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.
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.
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.
These are my links for July 2nd through July 5th as bookmarked on delicious.com:
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Review: Digital Photography Review
Looks like the best p&s for low light work at the moment
- Before you try to “fix” or “improve” forms on the web… | Christian Heilmann
Some tips on form design
- Plain English – mandatory for all of GOV.UK
Gov.UK's own bullshit bingo list
- It’s good to share. So share.
Medium lets you share your paid-for content with your friends
- Lockdown – Marco.org
"RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself."
- Tutorspree Blog — How Google is Killing Organic Search
13% of real estate devoted to true search results. The rest is promotional garbage.
- Mirror writing: neurological reflections on an unusual phenomenon
I am right handed and can mirror write with my left hand.
These are my links for June 1st through June 14th as bookmarked on delicious.com:
- How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce
- LensRentals.com – Whose Camera Will I Buy in 2018?
- Sharp Suits
"Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, illustrators and more took time out to dress up their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes that would normally give you a twitch, into a diverse collection of posters."
- t3[dmg] project home page
- Mr Fitzpatrick’s Dandelion & Burdock cordial
I can't believe I can buy this stuff in NL now
- The End of Ownership: America’s New Sharing Economy
"A startling number of young people, it turns out, have begun to question one of the central tenets of American culture: ownership."
"There are a series of unexplained deaths on Telos, and there is menace in the air. The Time Lord and his companion learn more about humanity in a conflict with Cybermen. After watching it, David Tennant declares he no longer recognises the show he loves. David Beckham is badly mis-cast."
It’s not April 1st, is it? Because this is funny enough to make me switch to Nikon.
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.
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.