An impending flare of GAS

Gear Acquisition Syndrome - GAS - is a terrible condition. It's a mental and financial spiral to the ground. 

I have a confession to make: Despite all my talking, I am highly amenable to GAS.

Even though I have been preaching the virtues of a fixed lens setup and minimal gear in photography, I am very tempted by Fuji's recently released X-Pro2 camera. It's the brand new successor of Fuji's first prosumer, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera of the X-Series, the original X-Pro1. From what I have read and heard so far, it's a lot of what many photographers have been waiting for. 

I have been tempted by the original X-Pro1 ever since its release, but in the end, the quirks this camera seemed to have, have held me back. Considering the price range of Fuji's lenses, maybe this has been for the better. Finally, I ditched the whole idea of swappable lenses for good reasons and got the X100T which I wholeheartedly love.

The X100T - but any X-Series camera, for that matter - is the perfect addition to an iOS-centric photographic workflow that's lightweight and stress free. The image quality of the X-Trans sensors is superb. It's not full-frame, but who cares? With an X-Series camera, it is absolutely justifiable to stick with straight-out-of-camera JPGs instead of always shooting RAW.1

I fall in the field of range finder lovers. There is something about holding the camera to my eye and looking through glass, that catches my passion for the craft. One of the great things about my X100T is that I can switch between optical view finder, electronic view finder and an optical-digital hybrid by the simple push of a handle. I hardly ever take photos with my X100T via the LCD screen as you do on an iPhone. The range finder style is why the X-Pro1 has always been more attractive to me than the later released X-T1 which is EVF (or "DSLR-style") only.

Still, for quite some time now, I have been toying around with the idea of buying into the X-Series interchangeable lens system. Sometimes, a little zooming can't be so bad, can it? Also, some of Fuji's primes look alluring, especially for I often prefer wider angles than 35mm in most of my shooting which is street and urban photography. The X lens system has matured and leaves little to desire. But, boy, it sure is a steep investment. 

And in the end, photography is more about moments and opportunities than it is about the gear. Safe the money and go on a trip instead, is what my left brain says.

But I do love great cameras.

With the X-Series cameras, you can choose from a list of in-camera film presets that give a distinctive look to your images. These presets are based on classic Fuji analog films like Velvia or Provia. They are unlike the bulk of cheesy filters that are still the hype on social media these days. My favorite preset on the X100T is the Classic Chrome preset, that gives a subtle, film-like moodiness to your images which is not unlike some of my favorite VSCO Film presets.2

Unique to the X-Pro2 is a new black-and-white preset that Fuji calls Acros in reminiscence of the Fuji Neopan Acros emulsions. This preset is one of the things that really stir me up about the X-Pro2. The Acros sample images that I have seen, fill a gap that I have with my X100T. As much as I like Classic Chrome, I haven't settled with the X100T's BW presets, yet. For black-and-white edits, I mostly turn to VSCO or Black on iOS. In this regard, Acros looks exactly like what I have been waiting for. As it stands, it's probably not going to show up on earlier X-Series cameras like the X100T or X-T1 due to processor constraints. Bummer.

With all that said, I hope there will be a resolution to my GAS flare-up, even though I can't tell whether it will be a cheap or a pricy one.


  1. Because who needs Lightroom, anyway? ↩︎
  2. The VSCO Film presets for Lightroom are the one thing that I am dearly missing since I switched away from Adobe CC. ↩︎