Having my first child, what is a solid but affordable upgrade from my X100?

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Carl JF New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Having my first child, what is a solid but affordable upgrade from my X100?

CatholicBlock wrote:

Here’s the two problems with the camera I’ve used and loved for several years (and yes, it’s the very first X100!):

1) the 23mm fixed lens is probably not the best for portraits of my newborn, and

2) the camera is sloooow. It’s been okay for vacation shots when traveling with my wife, but only barely. AF is especially awful in low light.

So yeah, with a small kid soon to be crawling around, I feel like the X100 is probably not gonna cut it. However, budget is tight and I want to stay under $800.

Would a used X-T1 or X-T10 with a 35mm f1.4 or newer 1.8 make sense? Would the autofocus be a solid improvement over the X100?

A newer gen X-T20 or a E-X3 is probably over my budget used, but I’ll consider it if AF is a huge leap forward

Of course that depends on lenses though, which is what makes me confused... I know the 35mm f1.4 has a reputation of being something of a bottleneck, so perhaps I don’t need the newest camera? But is a 35mm even the right choice for baby shots?

Thanks a lot for any help and suggestions!

First off, congratulations !

Second I think your X100 is good enough for the time being until your little one is starting to walk, once that happens you'll probably need a faster AF camera or lens or both.

With that said I have an X-T1 with a 23mmf2. I tried out the 35f2  and found out that sometimes I need more space to work with the 35f2, so I returned it and got the 23mmf2. It's worked great so far, and it's a joy to use.

Another reason I went with the wilder fov (23mmf2) is because my kids are going to be doing things, like going on swings, little cars, dinosaur rides, going down slides etc. Sometimes I don't have my wife with me, so I need to be a little closer to my kids in case they run off on me.

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Fujifilm X-T1 Fujifilm X-T20 Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS +6 more
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