I’ve tried to be pretty honest on this blog and my trial and error with gear is no exception. In the past 18-months, I’ve owned three different camera bodies and a handful of lenses. But lately, I’ve been wishing I’d never let my X-T1 go. Yep, you read that right. I miss my five year old camera. That’s ancient in technical years. But that also meant it was a lot simpler.

The X-T1 was the camera that introduced me to the mirrorless world. The camera that refreshed my very stagnant creative vision. The camera that brought joy back into shooting. Smaller than the X-T2 and X-T3, it was almost as portable as the X100 series. At 16 megapixels, the file size was manageable but large enough for any use I had.

I feel like I’ve only complicated my life by selling my X-T1 and “upgrading.”

The 24 megapixel files produced by my X-T2 are a little too much for my outdated standalone version of Lightroom 6 to process. The software freezes all the time. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I have started utilizing the custom film simulation settings and shooting jpeg most of the time.

I’m not a fan of all the bells and whistles technology brings. To me, it has always just represented more opportunities for things to break. That has proven true this week as I have to send my X-T2 in to Fujifilm for repair. I’ve only owned it for six months and I probably haven’t shot more than 5,000 images on it. On the other hand, I used my X-T1 for almost four years and never once had an issue with it.

Sometimes, it really is better to stick with what works. As I sit typing this, I can’t even recall why I started changing up my gear kit to begin with. Honestly, I think it was just an outlet for some personal issues I was dealing with at the time. Lesson learned: don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry and don’t make big decisions when you’re emotional.

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