I find it amazing how many times I've heard the line... "I had too much gear, I was a gear head". and then the other quote "My photography isn't getting any better, despite the amount of gear I have bought!"
The X100C (A collective of nine photographers using the Fuji X100 series cameras) generally had all the same experiences. My guests Patrice Michellon, Bradley Hanson and Benjamin Nwaneampeh joined me to discuss The Collective. It was the brain child of Patrice and Nicolas Cazard to exchange images and challenge themselves, they decided to create a collective and offered the site membership to users of the same camera to join them, asking photographers to submit either their websites or a portfolio of their work using the X100 series cameras. X100C was born.
Patrice had tried many cameras and systems from Sony to Nikon to Canon back to Nikon he became a real gear head, trying to find the camera that suited him. His first recollection of a camera was a disposable Kodak camera taking loads of images but not really getting into gear until he bought a Sony DSCP1. It was in 2007 that his interest in photography really took off and the long obsessive search for a camera system that suited him started. It wasn't until the Fuji X100T came along plus the two lens adapters and an XT-1 with 16-55mm lens, that he found a camera system that suited him. Thats his kit now! He referred to his recent interest in getting back into film photography, but unfortunately we didn’t get back to that subject as we ran out of time!
Benjamin's first recollection was a Kodak Instamatic 110, which unfortunately was destroyed when his brother broke it. His first digital camera was a Fuji 'bridge camera" which got him into photography and he then moved on to a Nikon D5100 then on to D7100 and then went full frame with the D610 and D700. But although happy with his Nikon gear it was the Fuji's that really caught his attention, his gear now comprises of the X100T and X-T1.
Bradley's first recollection was a Voigtlander, which was like a jewel to him! The first camera he bought was a Minolta 700! Reluctantly he switched to digital in 2004 with a Canon 1D. As a professional wedding photographer he realised the cost factor due to the amount of images that he had to take at a wedding. Digital allowed him to shoot more for less cost! But the photographs, he found, just couldn't replicate what he liked so much about film. That is until he came across the Fuji's. His first Fuji was an X-Pro1 and he hasn't looked back.
The main thing that came across talking to these photographers, is the quality of image that is achieved with the Fuji cameras especially the X100S and T. Each photographer on the show and I think this applies to the other X100C members look to produce images that have a film like quality. Not many cameras on the market these days can do this. The images resulting from the Fuji's are so reminiscent of the film characteristics, that even at ISO 6400 are very acceptable. The cameras are ideally suited to photojournalistic work, especially street photography and in Bradley's case a reportage style of wedding events. But as you can see when you visit the site of X100C, the landscape photographer can produce some wonderful images.
X100C is a clean and simple site to use, one thing in my opinion many website builders forget to take into consideration. The emphasis is on the members portfolios, along with story making and projects. The intention is to keep the membership to just the original 9 members which I think is a good idea. As X100C has only been live since this February, the temptation would be to open it up for all Fuji X100 users, to join. This I feel would lose the exclusiveness of the collective. A collective that is committed to showing work on a regular basis, not 'a now and then member' which would happen I feel if X100c were to open the membership up. An idea though is to have a guest member (a number 10) that would offer work from time to time. Thats an interesting concept. One thing is for sure though. This is an exciting idea and project. There are many other collectives out there. But not many that specialise in a specific camera. And that is what is so unique about X100C.
All I can say is all Power to X100C and Power to the Fuji's.
Thanks for joining me X100C.
Until next time 'Leave you camera bag at home'
The all important links.
X100C can be found