honestly, i do love fuji cameras. however, either one of the following will work:
1. if one are willing to learn about photography and have fun with all its challenges , dslr with optical viewfinder would be the camera he/she should buy, or
2. if one WOULD NOT LIKE to learn about photography, then a mirror-less camera should be the one that he/she will pick up since:
a. you get what you see which is, to me, no challenge and fun, and
b. ease of use (even a kid can get a right exposure after less than an hour of learning.)
if i have to buy a mirror-less so that my wife can also use, fuji x-pro1 or fuji x100s will be the one that i am going to buy since i think it does offer, sort of, optical viewfinder. fuji xt-1 (my friend lets me use his for few times) is a wonderful camera, but too bad, it does not offer optical viewfinder like the other two... hopefully fuji offers both again in the future...
it is just my personal thought and i am not a pro either...
I feel differently. Photography is about photography. It is not about the difficulty with which photos are taken. Photography to me is capturing beauty, telling stories. I am impressed by photos, not with the technique with which the photo was taken unless the technique itself is creating magic.
totally agree with you on "...is capturing beauty, telling stories". but "...impressed by photos" is not quite if without techniques. if i say that all i care is the result of addition/subtraction/multiplication/division problems and do not care about the ability of solving the problems without calculator, would you agree? i think that is the reason why nikon come up with its ads "PURE PHOTOGRAPHY" (note: i am not trying to advertise for nikon since i am a canon user.)
i certainly believe that a photoshop expert with good imagination can turn a crap image to a stunning image with little of effort. of course, i am talking about a image that is in focus, not out of focus
about capturing beauty, there are probably easy ways to do it but require a camera offering high quality video (i think)... try to film it with all possible angles and extract a frame that one would think it is best. in this case, one would probably never miss a moment in this case. for example, i have done like the one below multiple times, capturing a frame that i like from a clip and then learn to use photoshop from there when i am busying with my kids but want to have some image to play with (note: done in the past and you probably know where i get it from). however, to have a beauty image from movie frames still require techniques such as using angle and subject matter, isn't it?
however, it is probably not fun to someone else, but it does to me when trying to capture an image within my exposure. adding up, i cannot find an ease for myself if someone, one day, approaches me and ask for help with taking an image with a dslr which has a broken lcd. that is the reason why i always find my time to learn hard in the past two year and half.
after all, there are always funs and challenges of hits and misses of exposures like jay maisel has stated, "who has faith about exposure"... one still miss sometimes, even though he/she is an expert photographer...
below image was extracted from a youtube video:
below is a fun video of showing how to turn regular images to telling story images using photoshop. well, this guy is an EXPERT in ART which also includes photography and photoshop.
Photoshop Live - Street Retouch Prank