I've been looking for a long time for a "carry-around" camera. Something that I could have in my bag at all times so that I'd always have something to take a photograph with, but without having to lug my heavy DSLR's and gear with me around everywhere.
I noticed that when Sara and I would go on vacations, I was bringing bags of stuff. I'd spend more time messing around with that stuff than enjoying the vacation.
So I wanted something small. It had to have good resolution, and it had to fit well in my hand. It had to be robust, so that I could toss it in my bag or around my chest, and I wanted something that had a classic look. Just a small, simple, digital camera that could be controlled like a DSLR, but wasn't the size of a DSLR.
The answer was the Fujifilm X100.
If you are a photographer reading this, you probably already know about the X100. Retro stylings, APS-C sized sensor; all the insides of a DSLR but in a nice tiny body.
Everyone I know seems to have one. The issue was always cost - these glorified point-and-shoot cameras are pricey little suckers, so I figured I'd just wait for a while for newer versions to come out so I could pick up an older used body.
And that is exactly what I did. I picked up an original X100 (as of this writing they are on their 3rd version - the X100T) for a decent cost and it was in mint shape. When I busted open the box it was all metal and shiny and impressive, yet small and inviting. It was the perfect size. I was in love. Well, mostly.
The menu design and system is a total pain in the ass. I've had it for about six months now, and I'm learning how to manage the settings better, but the actual menu selection and buttons are terrible. But worth it because the camera is gorgeous and produces really lovely files.
Finally I have something that I can keep in my bag, or I can take it with me on a vacation, and not worry about bringing my heavier studio equipment.