Well, I got tired of shooting only when paid to do so. I found photography as a 20 y/o frustrated artist: I knew I didn't have the skills to be a traditional artist, illustrator, or the patience for graphic design. So, Photography was an epiphany, and it was an instant love affair that I wanted to last forever.
Flash forward to now, I had been working with a Canon 5DMkII (a fantastic tool, and is very easy to work with,) which had been great but, I was not inspired to shoot with it, walk around with it, keep it under my pillow at night....
I was instantly attracted to Fuji's new X series cameras. Retrolicious looks, with cutting edge technology. I have only had the X-Pro 1 and x100 for a week, but the X-Trans sensor is amazing! The X100 is great, but that X-Trans sensor is on another level. I was immediately intrigued when Fuji first released specs to the press: https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_pro1/features/
Random array, no Low Pass Filter, and no morié!? The results are simply stunning.
It's not a camera for everyone, but it certainly works wonders for me!
I must thank Zach Arias https://zackarias.com/blog/ for helping me take the step. His pioneering work with the Fuji cameras, as well as his reviews and perspective really helped me to understand that I could continue my style of photography, while still having room to grow with the cameras.
A big thanks again to Fuji, not only for creating such fine pieces of hardware, but for continued support through software updates for ALL cameras and lenses! This really reinforces my belief that Fuji created this series of cameras as both engineers and enthusiasts.
Cheers, and Happy Shooting!
My current camera set:
Fujifilm X-Pro 1
XF 60mm f/2.4
As the device of ubiquity, the smartphone deserves a mention too.
The Moto X is awesome, one of the finest pieces of technology I have ever owned. Perfect size, it's smarter than I am, and does more while asking less.
P.S. I give credit, where credit is due: I do not know Zach Arias from beyond his internet presence, and I have no affiliation with Fuji beyond ownership of their fine cameras.