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Adventures in Photography: The Camera

The above picture is not of me. This may be how I imaged myself as an amateur picture taker, but I doubt the average photographer looks anything like this. We can imagine ourselves, sometimes in glorified terms, in reality I usually have a pensive smile on my face when taking a picture, not the stoic look of an air brushed model. The model may not be me, but the camera he is holding is mine; The Fujifilm x10.

I knew exactly what I wanted but not exactly what I needed. I was looking for something of a mid-grade quality that I could travel with easily, but didn’t want to trade size for quality. I looked into some Leica options but those in my price range did not have a viewfinder. The stubbornness I had with finding a viewfinder friendly camera was of the utmost importance. I wanted to feel in control of the shots I was getting while using a simple style of camera. Two sleek cameras stood out to me from the start. The Fujifilm x10 and x100. The x100 was immediately out of my price range, so the x10 showed it self to be the best choice.

Allow me to get slightly technical for one minute to judge the pros for the specs of the camera. I personally do not have much knowledge in the field of lenses but with that being said I will attempt to describe the sensor of the x10. It is a 12-mega-pixel 2/3-inch EXR CMOS sensor. I am told this is quite large for a compact camera. It has mostly normal features of a compact camera with slight differences. One of these really drew me into the camera from the start. It was the fact that the camera had a manual zoom lens. Whereby it feels like you really are in control of the shot, this was something that I found important if I wanted to immerse myself in the art form of photography; figuring things out for myself as I went along. This camera provided me the beginners feel with a slight insight into the craft of photography.

This was one of the first pictures I had taken with the Fujifilm x10. Many more to come…

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