I’ve considered selling Xpro-1 camera so many times.. Originally selling my Leica M8 to get the Fujifilm camera and being so happy with it now for over a year and a half! Sure I miss the Leica quality, magic and the glass – not really. This camera has everything going for it including the magic of high ISO, light weight, fantastic glass and all the updates that Fuji has made available making the camera a fine tuned machine. This camera has near perfect jpeg conversion from RAW built in! At the time I only had the Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 and to this day it is my favorite lens combo! I’ve only recently purchased the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 .....
Following on from the X-Pro1, the X-E1 retained its operational feel; the hybrid multi-view finder changed to an EVF, we added a built in pop-up style flash, reduced the camera size and weight, and improved functionality and handling. Now we have the X-E2 launching, with a further evolution in features and handling. Die-cast Magnesium has been employed to combine weight reduction with strength for the upper control deck design unique to Fuji's X-Series. A character line features on the front face, in order to decide whether or not to feature this line, real mock-ups were created – we wanted to find a design that was truly suited to the X-E Series. These mock-ups included a proposal without this line, a proposal containing a straight line, a proposition with a bend in the line, and so on. As the die construction of the final design plan is complicated due to the three-dimensional shape, the amount of work needed to be done by a craftsman after casting increased and subsequently the cost became higher. However, a very satisfying look descending from the X-Pro1 has been achieved, along with a non-intimidating image preserving the X series' sense of authenticity.
In terms of colour variations, the “all-black” is discreet enough to blend into any situation and the high-grade “silver” turns the camera into an accessory that hang from your shoulder......
“ I never get to know the subjects of my candid street images. This year that changed and so the question I discussed with Andy Butler of Mobiography was 'One incredible encounter or story that has been part of your photographic journey this year'.”
Via jack hollingsworth, Street Shooters
Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) has announced that it will release two new hand grips, the MHG-XPRO and MHG-XE, which provide enhanced grip and hold for the X-Pro1 and X-E1/E2, plus allow access to the battery and memory card slot without removing the grip.
The main product features are:
(1) High quality X Series designMaintaining the quality associated with X Series cameras, the new hand grip bases are milled from aluminum block with the grip designed to integrate perfectly with the camera, to deliver firm grip whilst keeping a stylish silhouette.(2) Optimum balance that allows sufficient clearance from the camera body base when the camera is tripod mounted with a large-diameter lensThe new hand grips allow an additional 8mm clearance from the camera body base to prevent large-diameter lenses such as the XF23mm and XF55-200mm from interfering with the tripod head.(3) Allows battery and memory card access without removing the gripThe MHG-XPRO and MHG-XE hand grips are designed specifically to allow users to open the camera’s battery cover for speedy access to the battery or memory card even while the grip is mounted on a tripod.(4) Enhanced operability with a tripodThe hand grips have a tripod-mounting screw hole positioned so that the rotation axis of the tripod is aligned with the optical axis of the lens to enable panning and framing free of rotation displacement. The base part also features a 38mm-wide protrusion that acts as a quick-release dovetail plate for use with a dovetail tripod mount.
Via Thomas Menk
“A Nikon Df camera review by Tom Grill (Web | Blog, click on images for larger view):When I first held the Df I immediately felt at home, as if I was greeting the return of an old friend.”
Via Philippe Gassmann
The American road trip is a well-trodden path with a rich and varied photographic history. It is a history full of either Americans looking at themselves or visitors looking at Americans. Between autumn 2011 and winter 2012 Vanessa Winship travelled extensively across the United States with her large format camera.
Via Mario Pires