Out on the Town with the XH-1


As my camera interest and knowledge has progressed I have wanted to try out new systems to better understand how they work and expand my photography knowledge. I have also entered the phase of consistently fighting off a debilitating sickness that any enthusiast for any hobby faces. It's known by the street-name of CUSS: Constant Upgrading and Spending Syndrome. There is no known cure, only management regimes.

One of those is the ability to rent gear. I have been toying with the idea of moving to a mirrorless system for some time now but I wanted to try a model before buying one based off written reviews and Youtube videos. I also wanted to take a day and explore Seattle. I killed two birds with one stone: a trip up to Glazer's Rental Shop and a day spent walking around taking photos.

What I rented was Fujifilm's XH-1 -- their flagship model for the X-series of cameras. I was set up with the body, the booster grip (adds battery life and shooting capabilities), and a 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. All total, it was just over three grand worth of gear. I had never held that much money in camera equipment before. But, I was genuinely curious to play around see what the difference was between a $2000 camera and a $1000 camera. It's like going to a car dealership and test driving a new ZL1 Camaro so you can say "So that's what a $60,000 car drives like."

I won't turn this in to a techy review, but I did want to share some favorite photos from the day. Safe to say, it was definitely a $2000 camera. Click on the images below for a larger view!

^Loved watching this man's hands dance over the keys


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