So much of a user’s experience of a camera is driven by the firmware that runs it. For a while Fujifilm were doing a good job of frequently releasing firmware updates for their X-series cameras, even for some models that were discontinued. This process even had a name “Kaizen”, and was somewhat promoted as a key philosophy of the brand. Unfortunately, this didn’t apply to the X100S which I own.
I decided to sell the unexpected GH3 when the E-M5 was repaired. Thanks to the lens and grip bundle deal I got on purchase I came out even, or near enough. I put the money towards upgrading my portrait lens from the Olympus 45/1.8.
As I’ve mentioned before, the choice for me is either the Panasonic 42.5/1.2, or buy into the Fujifilm X system with the X-E2 and get the 56/1.2. I went for the Fujifilm option based on my experience with the X100S. It’s a lovely camera to work with and it significantly out-performed the Olympus E-M5 for the fireworks and tall ships.
So despite being fully bought into mirrorless cameras, I still have a Canon 7D hanging around. This is now used as a dedicated telephoto camera, mainly for moving targets, and the only two lenses that have survived the move to mirrorless are the Canon 70-200/4 IS and the Canon 400/5.6.
This past weekend was the Tall Ships Regatta and Festival in Greenwich. It was spread over a number of sites in the area including Cutty Sark (packed solid, horrible), Woolwich Arsenal and Canary Wharf.
I’ve sold my underperforming Olympus 17/1.8 lens and bought an Olympus 25/1.8. The aim was to have a shorter length micro 4/3 lens that is actually worth using.
This isn’t a stand-alone review of the Olympus 25/1.8, but more of a discussion in the context of my existing equipment.