I would still have the flexibility I have now. I would continue to use my DSLR in most regular situations, and if I ever can get back to traveling, I will take my G5 X II instead. I would use the Fuji mainly for landscapes, using a tripod and taking my time. I wouldn’t need a full range of lenses for that nor flash units. I will replace my old iMac some time next year, but it still zips right along in Photoshop, even when the image I’m working on is something stitched to that level of megapixels. I have ample external storage where I keep my old Raw files. So no loss of flexibility, but a valid question of whether I would take that many more landscapes if I had the camera and a couple lenses. Or would I enjoy the aesthetics of knowing I could take those pictures if I wanted to. Silly as it sounds, that is worth something. Having great camera equipment just sitting around seems no worse than just having the money sitting around doing nothing.Although that camera body itself is nearly as handy as FF my concern with the system is that the inflexibility would result in less interesting images, unless one has the wherewithal to fully equip that system with the lenses, flash and computer power that you’d need to keep the same degree of flexibility that you probably have now. This, and the fact that no one else other than myself will be able to see any difference in the output is what’s stopped me from going down that route.
But your final sentence is really the kicker. What would I do with the pictures? They’d look glorious on my 5K iMac screen. And then what? Would I be tempted to buy a printer that could accommodate paper much wider than the 13” of my current one? Where would I even hang the pictures, with my house already looking like an art gallery of my work?
Friday morning when I woke up I looked out into the woods behind the house and the morning mist looked really atmospheric. So I put on a robe and slippers, grabbed my DSLR, and went out on the deck. The mist was already clearing, and I never got anything like what I meant to. But I sort of liked a few of the shots, and so I ran them through ACR and Photoshop. Then I saved JPEGs of them, high quality, 1500 pixels wide. They had lost a lot of their appeal in the process. I still uploaded them to the winter picture thread here, and several people clicked on “Like.” Would the result have been any better if I had shot with the Fuji instead? I doubt it.
Yesterday I watched a YouTube video of a professional photographer comparing the Fuji with a camera he already had. He gushed about the Fuji on and on. Then he posted pictures from each for us to compare. Obviously, reduced and compressed by YouTube, there was no real difference. He said the same for posting on the web or Instagram. Even his clients can’t tell the difference in what he furnishes them. And most of those shots wind up on the web.
So is it worth my getting the camera, when “no one else other than myself will be able to see any difference in the output”? Good question. I take pictures for my own enjoyment, so it is possible that the answer might be yes, stupid as that sounds.