Joshua Ginter has been churning out a veritable storm of lens-related reviews recently over on his site The Newsprint, and they've all been terrific. In-depth points, beautiful product photography, and some gorgeous sample shots to boot. They've been a joy to read, but these posts have also made it so there's something I need to get off my chest: and it's that when I read posts like these I feel a little drawn by the Micro 4/3rds system.
A little under a year ago, I threw my hat into the Fujifilm ring when I bought my x100s. It's been an awesome camera and I'm sure that in many ways it's better than a lot of it's smaller 4/3rds brethren, but there's something about those little cameras that speaks to me when I read this sort of piece. Maybe it's the lightweight, compact bodies, maybe it's the huge selection of lenses, hell maybe its just the fact that theres a selection of lenses at all. The x100s is of course, a fixed lens system.
Either way, I've been having thoughts of lens mounts and differing focal lengths circulating through my head recently. So many of my favorite writers on the web use Micro 4/3rds systems, and even though I know my camera is just as good if not better on the technical side of things, I still feel a little twinge of doubt about it. Right now I'd chalk it up to my camera being away for repairs and me waiting anxiously to get it back, but if I examine the issue a few weeks or months from now once I've had my camera back for awhile, I suspect I might still feel the same way. Whether through one of the Fuji cameras that feature their X-mount series of lenses, or through a sort of "downgrade" to the Micro 4/3rds system and it's smaller sensors, I think that interchangeable lenses could be in my future. I'm not entirely sure I like that particular itch being there (especially financially), but in the long run I might end up scratching it anyways.
All told I know I'm overthinking this, and I can't wait to get my hands back on my Fuji and start taking pictures again as soon as it gets back. That's what it's all about anyways.
As always, be sure to pop over to Josh's piece if you have any interest in the lens and system that he's talking about, or just quality writing and pretty product photography in general.