Why buy a new Fuji X lens, when you can buy an equivalent fixed lens body for less?

Started Jul 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
mr moonlight Senior Member • Posts: 1,789
Re: Do you want your wife to look 10 years older or younger?

photo perzon wrote:

I got the arch enemy of the GR, the Nikon A. So sharp and dermatological, my wife looked in horror as every wrinkle was evident. Our dermatologist wrote that there was no need for an office visit it was like being there looking at the jpegs.

We had gotten spoiled with the great Fuji X look (someone called it "detail withou texture.")

In photographer's non-terms, the Fuji makes people have rosy cheeks and less wrinkles. The GR and the A are so sharp and contrasty, people just look older.

My wife did not let me take another picture of her for a month! She'd gotten used to 10 years younger with Fuji and 10 years older with the Nikon A closed the model sessions.

After some work with the X100 she's back.

On the other hand the dogs never looked better. Every hair is seen perfectly.

Part of it is the way Fuji handles colors and harsh shadows/highlights. One of the things that enhances wrinkles and blemishes is sharpening and contrast. With Fuji, the detail is there weather you choose to sharpen it or not, but you don't get the harshness you get with some other cameras. Another thing that enhances the effects of aging is harsh lighting and the way your camera deals with it. You can achieve perfectly smooth skin in a variety of ways without painting over pores and wrinkles resulting in plastic. Fuji tends to be a little less heavy handed with contrast as well so you don't get smoother shadow transitions. Think of it as detail without artificially enhanced texture.

As for getting a bunch of cameras to substitute for more expensive lenses to go along with a Fuji body. There's always the used lens market if you want to stick with Fuji but keep your costs down. The longer you wait, the more prices tend to drop. Sometimes it's better to wait awhile to get the right gear at the right price rather than make compromises.

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