Moving up to professional grade

by | Nov 29, 2022 | News

I finally did it: I made the huge financial commitment to invest in my photography and took the plunge into medium format territory. In other words, I bought a Fujifilm GFX 100s.

For those who might not be familiar with this camera, it’s a mirrorless digital camera with a sensor that Fujifilm advertises as “medium format”. I have a bit of an issue with that, as the sensor doesn’t quite reach the size of a traditional 6×4.5, let alone 6×7 or 6×9 systems that originally defined the realm of medium format.

Still, with an image sensor spanning 43.8 x 32.9mm, its scale far surpasses that of any full-frame camera from the big players (i.e., Nikon, Canon, Sony). And for me, coming from a Nikon DSLR within the DX family (meaning not even full-frame), the leap I made in image quality and color fidelity from where I was with that smaller sensor to what the GFX system offers has floored me.

Don’t get me wrong: I might be a bit of a gadget geek, but this isn’t a story about how picking up a professional piece of equipment will magically solve all your artistic challenges; far from it. An experienced photographer with an artistic eye and a basic camera will always surpass the quality that a novice might produce with a high-end system.

For me, this transition has been long in the making. After decades of using consumer cameras, I reached a point where I could commit not just funds to purchase such an expensive setup, but also allocate much more time to work with this advanced camera as a component of improving my overall skill set.

Here’s a little secret related to that: anyone who tells you that your photography will instantly improve if ONLY you buy a more expensive camera is a fool–or is trying to make you into one. Sure, the equipment can make a big difference, but only if you know what you’re doing and can take full advantage of what the camera can offer.

And that’s where I am today–I’ve made the commitment of time and money. Now it’s up to me to stay the course and continue working to make the best, most immersive images I can. Stay tuned to watch that process unfold.