Over the moon with my Fujifilm X-E2

I’d fallen for the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 through reviews and pictures of it, but when I saw the real thing in BIC Camera in Shinjuku when I was in Japan earlier this month, I realised it’s just too big (wide) for me. But I spotted the X-E2 in the same shop, read up on that one and by the time I returned to Amsterdam, I knew I had to have one sooner or later.

I’d barely hit the tarmac and was already searching for a second hand body, preferably with a lens that suits my style. I got lucky, found what I wanted (a black body with the Fujinon 18mm/2.0 wide angle), made an offer which got accepted and I picked it up last week.

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It’s hard to explain what exactly makes the X-E2 such a joy to shoot with. It’s the right size. The retro look is sexy. I love the odd shape of the 18mm/2.0’s lens hood. I love looking through the EVF and the way it freeze frames the shot you take. I love the so very Fuji colours this camera spits out and the incredible sharpness of the lens in combination with the camera’s sensor.

The Fuji X-E2 has returned the joy of shooting to me. I’m excited in a way my SLR (which I haven’t touched in a year or more) hasn’t made me feel in a long time. I’m reading up on photography again, I’m listening to the “On Take Pictures” podcast and I am making plans during the week to shoot on the weekend.

Mirrorless, baby!

Fujifilm X-Pro1 appreciation post

It wasn’t too long ago that I declared I must have a Sony RX1. A full frame sensor on a compact body? Yes, please. But its 2800 euro price tag is prohibitive.

Enter the Fujifilm X-Pro 1. It may not have that full frame sensor, but it’s terribly handsome. It has exposure compensation and shutter speed dials. Dials. An actual viewfinder. And at less than half the RX1’s price?

I must have it.

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Bookmarks for July 2nd through July 5th

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Canon creates camera for women

It’s not April 1st, is it? Because this is funny enough to make me switch to Nikon.

Canon E1

Crunchgear reports Canon is releasing the Powershot E1, a camera for women. It comes in ‘vanilla white’, ‘aqua blue’ and ‘cotton pink’ (i.e. baby colours), and has fewer ‘unnecessary’ buttons… ’cause the little lady gets confused easily, yes?

The company created the E1 using ‘relaxation, positive feelings and friendliness as the main guidelines for the design of the camera’. It’s ‘soft’ and ’rounded’. Like a tampon.

There’s a thought. Stick it up your own hole, Canon.

Yashica T4 Super

Got my hands on that Yashica T4 Super I mentioned earlier this week. It’s a bit of a collector’s item because of its excellent Zeiss lens and extra “waist level’ viewfinder. It’s been discontinued and replaced by a slightly inferior ‘zoom’ type model. On E-bay it tends to go 125 – 150 dollars and up. I’m picking mine up tomorrow for half that pice.

It’ll be a great companion while travelling as I do not plan to bring the Ixus. Shlepping one charger around for the 300d is quite enough.

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