People often want to know what’s in my bag or "what is that piece of kit?"
I have used a variety of cameras over the years and had experience with 35 mm Canon and Leica as well as medium format film in the past. It has helped me form the opinion that it is quite possible to make a good photograph with any camera if you know both how to use it and what limitations it has. 
If the last paragraph is true then why did I change my equipment? Early digital cameras had much poorer sensors than modern equipment. My first digital Canon had only 6.3 megapixels whereas my current cameras have 24. They also have other technological improvements but these alone would not have made me change. The early sensors also had a lesser dynamic range and were more prone to noise in darker areas and at high ISO values. This is not the case with modern sensors and I have no reluctance to use ISO 6,400 if absolutely necessary nor of sending the resulting file to a photo library.

The weight of full frame Canon gear prompted me change to something lighter and I opted for a Leica M9 with four small prime lenses. It could all be put in a small shoulder bag and weighed much less giving greater freedom. The downside was that lenses for the M9 had to be changed more often to get the correct focal length for a shot. There were no dedicated zoom lenses resulting in the need to use a wider lens and crop when it was impossible to walk forwards or backwards. “Zoom with the feet” as Leica aficionados describe it. One final but minor flaw was the lack of live view screen. This made a hard graduated ND filter almost impossible to use so pictures had to be bracketed resulting in more post-processing. 

At first I dropped back to using Canon full frame ending with a 5D Mklll. With the establishment of the Fuji X range I used the two in tandem for a year until finally switching over. The Fuji X gear again gives me the lighter weight of the Leica and I now have the option of heading out with everything in a backpack or just putting the body with just two or three key prime lenses in a small bag. The freedom is delightful; landscape photography is after all about the environment and the pictures we achieve and not about the gear.  

I am now a committed Fuji user.
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