Considering how much I love photography, I've never really embraced Instagram.
Probably common sense to most, but it was never really meant for "proper" photographers - that is, those with dedicated picture-taking equipment rather than their devices that do many other things as well - to share their work. If it was, they'd have done a desktop app. So rather than going to all the bother of faffing about sending my pictures to my phone to work around the restrictions of a social network, I just didn't bother.
I thought I'd reinvestigate it after messing around with VSCO Cam on my phone. I rather enjoyed using it and I love the results from it, but felt frustrated by the HTC One Mini's camera. Don't get me wrong; it's a fantastic camera, given that it is attached to a very small mobile device. It just can't, and will never be able to compete with my XPro-1.
To link up the camera and my phone, there really was only one option: I gave Amazon my credit card details and they promptly send me an 8GB Eyefi Mobi SDHC card.
Oh man, is this thing cool. Setting up is straightforward (virtually non-existant) - you take a picture and it appears in the app a few seconds later. Press the share button, select VSCO Cam, edit, send to Instagram. It takes me longer to write the caption than the whole process up to that point.
Why didn't I get the Pro X2 version? To be honest, I probably should have; I am probably going to kick myself when the time comes that I need to wirelessly transfer the raw files to a laptop. At the moment though, I'm not too worried.
If you want to see what I'm up to, come see my work on Instagram: follow @thomasbisset (I don't tend to come up with any particularly imaginative usernames). Let me know what you think!