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As a writer, I play with words. You would most likely find me jotting down notes on paper, battering the keyboard, or staring blankly into space as I phrase a catchy lead for an article. While most of the articles I’ve worked on were published with photos, I’ve barely considered taking them myself—until I realized how MY OWN photos can complement my writing. Thus, I decided to buy myself a camera.

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

My big dilemma question was, Which camera’s best for me and my line of work?

Low-light performance

I find it important to have a camera that captures great images even after dusk and in barely-lit places. For years, I’ve been happy with a seven-megapixel point and shoot that was passed down to me by my cousin. However, I found it limiting in many instances especially when I have to attend events or visit places at night. Yes, over the years, point-and-shoot cameras have also evolved; but should I spend on another one? Or should I get myself another type? Maybe a DSLR?

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

Size and weight

Some of my cousins own DSLRs and I’ve borrowed them a couple of times for writing gigs, and during trips and family gatherings. The pictures they produce are impressive, hands down. However, since I tend to walk a lot and hop from one place to another when covering some assignments, I wish they weren’t as bulky and heavy. Traveling light is ideal to get myself ready for unforeseen turn of events; but when a camera and some extra lenses easily take up the weight and space allowed for carry-on baggage, it’s simply impossible.

Of course, capturing awesome sceneries and moments is worth the weight; but if there are lighter options available that won’t compromise quality, I’d definitely prefer them.

Budget check

A camera is a toy to some people while others treat it as an investment. To me, it’s both. I am open to spend more than average but I’m not yet ready to sell a kidney to buy myself a really good one. As a newbie in photography, I thought I don’t necessarily need to have the latest one. I want one that’s pocket-friendly—figuratively and literally—yet produces superior output.

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

Mirrorless and Fujifilm X

I asked around and researched online to at least get an idea on the latest trends in camera technology. It was then that I first came across with the term ‘mirrorless.’ I got a few good recommendations from friends on what camera I should get but the mirrorless ones seem to best fit the criteria I’ve set. And among the forums I’ve read, one brand clearly stands out—Fujifilm.

I researched further and read more about the company’s X series. When the technical specs became too overwhelming to process for my little brain, I started checking out sample pictures taken with them, reading more forums, and visiting camera stores. I loved the sample photos I’ve seen and the retro look was a bonus that’s more than welcome.


My first camera: X-E1

I bought the X-E1 as my ticket to the addictive yet personally rewarding world of photography. Though it’s not the latest release from the Fujifilm X arsenal, the company still provides software updates for the body and the XF 18-55mm lens that came with it, something I highly appreciate as a consumer. The bundle won’t fit inside the pocket of my jeans but I could easily have it inside my regular bags. As a bonus, the size makes it less intrusive when I go around so people, especially strangers, don’t get too guarded when I take it out.

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

Fujifilm X-E1 + XF18-55mm

It may take some time for me to be a good photographer; but I’m already excited that I could actually become one once I get to master some tricks with my X-E1.

They say “the pen is mightier than the sword;” so just imagine the possibilities when the pen goes along with something that shoots

Jaycee Perez is a freelance writer based in Makati, Philippines. Some of her works have been published on Skyscanner, Tripbod, and XYO.net. She loves to travel, meet new people, and explore different cultures. She has found a good buddy in her X-E1 as she works on her new assignments for TripAdvisor.

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