CRAusmus here. Currently in Texas, but going to get to Georgia this summer.
I've been involved in photography in one form or another since I was a teenager. After taking a class in Junior High I built my own black and white lab and began to develop my own images with my Olympus OM 10. After spending some time muddling around after high school I got a job doing lab work for a professional photographer and working with various camera systems from Horizontal Cameras, Vertical Cameras, Contact Tables, Even Cruze Cameras that took up two rooms.
With thoughts of working in high fashion and making millions in the photography industry I went to Art School and wound up going the Graphic Design route instead, only picking up cameras in the studio when needed. First digital camera I ever shot with was a Nikon based Kodak DCS that took a 3.5 in floppy disk, and I was bitten again by the photography bug.
With the cost of digital being so expensive I spent more time renting gear and never got around to purchasing a DSLR. You could shoot all weekend for 90 bucks with Nikon D1, where as to buy one would cost you over 5 grand not including the lens, keep in mind this was 99-03. However it wasn't until just a few months ago I actually decided it was time to build a serious digital kit for myself. After spending an entire year doing research and saving, I took a leap and bought into the Fuji System. I'm fully invested now and couldn't be happier. I have two lenses on my purchase list, the 10-24 and the 55-200 (unless I score a major deal for the 50-140).
I've been loving having the freedom of shooting whenever I want now I've begun to get back into film as well, and pulled my Patterson out of the attic a few weeks ago and bought a battery for my AE.
Just one of the wonderful things about photography. The principles never change, the terminology never changes (well not all the terminology), and the technology only gets better. I'm excited to be a part of the Fuji X Community. I'm excited to be so near the ground floor of what Fuji is doing. They have a truly exciting future in front of them and I am very happy to be on this journey with them and you all.