I do most of my photography for Homewood with the X-Pro2 using the program mode since I need to work fast under changing conditions; so, what I am writing about in this article doesn’t apply to my event photography. I am writing now about how I photograph my own work when I am experimenting and learning. As I have done this, I have been exploring more types of photography with my X-Pro2 and the HX80. I like the size of the HX80 and I can do a lot with it, more than many would expect; but, there are times when I need more.
The things I really like about the X-Pro2 are the controls. I can make the changes I need to make just by looking at and changing the external dials. Not having this capability is alright if I’m photographing in program or auto modes, but is much harder to photograph in manual mode with the HX80 which doesn’t have the nice controls of the X-Pro2. And don’t forget that the capability and image quality of the HX80 are way less than what the X-Pro2 has.
I have been doing more experimenting while I practiced with the above cameras. As I have been doing this, I have been finding the value in photographing in manual mode. This realization, along with the limitations of the IQ and controls of the HX80, have started me wondering if I can find another camera that is in between the size and weight of the X-Pro2 and the HX80; but choosing one involves other compromises, constraints, and changes, including my continual battle with finding things to photograph, deciding whether I am going to need/use longer focal lengths, considering weight and size issues related to my physical abilities, etc.
The above have moved me to keep going lighter and smaller with my cameras, but ones with better controls, so I have been thinking about going back to the older Leica X2 or the older Panasonic LX100 or the Leica D-Lux 109. I had a Leica X2 once before, and I am going to give it another try first. I liked the minimalist simplicity of the camera in addition to its small size and its external controls. I should have another used one in my hands this coming week to check out.