an SLR is just a camera body you can attach various lenses to. here's my Contax collection...
my lenses and filters
the camera itself, zoom lens (42-75mm) attached
as for the fuji... it's a decent all-around camera, but it's definitely got a couple shortcomings. first of all, the autofocus is crap. it doesn't really seem to lock onto anything, and you wind up with nothing but soft-edged shots no matter what you're shooting. second, manual focus, while existant, is practically useless because you can't look through the viewfinder to focus- you have to watch the tiny 2" screen, and it's not like you can see minute differences in focus on that little thing.
the one thing i really like about the fuji is its macro mode. it works like a charm, and you can actually effectively use the focus in it. the detail is amazing.
This is a camera where the photographer sees exactly the same image that is exposed to the film and can adjust everything by turning dials and clicking buttons. Since it doesn't need any electricity to take a picture, a manual SLR camera provides an excellent illustration of the fundamental processes of photography.
dead thread revival: just upgraded. sale pending on the e500, and i bought another Fuji: an S5100. i have yet to even find something other than coworkers' asses to take pictures of (had it delivered to me while at work), but this thing is the shit. came with a telephoto lens, a macro adapter, a wide angle lens, and a handful of filters for maximum awesomeness. i'll post pics whenever i find something worth shooting.
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