I just purchased (again) the camera that changed my photography.

Six years ago, I dipped my toes into the world of mirrorless by renting a Fujifilm X-T1. I took it along on a family photo shoot and when I loaded the images into my editing software, I realized that I only used my full frame Canon for less than a quarter of the pictures.

I loved everything about the X-T1: the tactile feel, the light weight, the smaller size, the EVF, everything. After that experience, I pretty much knew I needed to sell all my Canon gear and make the switch. About eight months later, I dove headfirst into Fujifilm and purchased the X-T1 for myself, as well as three lenses to round out my new kit.

To say that camera changed my entire approach to photography is not an understatement. The size meant that it could go with me practically anywhere – and it did. I began to photograph my own life in a more relaxed, organic way. For four years, that camera captured both my life and work and I loved it.

Even though I never had any issues with it, even though the image quality was beautiful, I fell into an age old trap of thinking newer was better. In the summer of 2019, I decided to “upgrade” from my beloved X-T1. Not being one to hang onto things I’m not using, I passed along the older model to someone else.

And I have regretted it ever since. What I wouldn’t give to go back and keep it. Not just the X-T1, but my X-T1. If I’d had a way to get a hold of the person I sold it to, I may have even asked if I could buy it back.

I’ve used several newer, more technically advanced cameras since then. My X100V has significantly more megapixels, a better processor, and bells and whistles that my X-T1 never even dreamed of. And yet, to me, there’s still something special about that first little X series camera of mine.

Maybe every Fuji shooter’s first X-series camera holds a place in their hearts…or maybe I’m just sentimental. Either way, I just bought another X-T1 in like new condition and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to put it through its paces.

*All images in this post were shot with my original X-T1.

Published by Lea Hartman

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