It has been a while since I’ve last written about photography, up until the last blog post anyway, and there have been several changes since.
First, as this post’s title states, I have joined the ranks of Leica rangefinder owners. I have been lusting over Leica film and digital rangefinder cameras for a while (2-3 years), mainly due to the major retro experience. My fascination with Leica also deals with how small the camera and lenses are, as well as how the whole system works. The fact that the Leica M system is manual focus only did not bother me, as I already own several manual focus-only lenses for my Nikon D300. I was also getting tired of lugging around my D300 with its support system every time I wanted to take pictures. Continue reading
Got a chance to hold and play around with a Fuji X-Pro1 over the weekend. Definitely yearns to be a proper digital camera with manual controls for shutter, aperture and exposure compensation.
Even with the 35mm fast prime lens, the camera is pretty darn light; quite a bit lighter than my M9 with a Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f/2,0 (yep, I’ve crossed into the Leica world with a foothold in the Nikon DSLR world). At first, it almost felt too light, but got used to it and it felt quite nice to hold. The dual viewfinder is pretty dang cool to use, with the EVF being a touch better than the OVF for focusing.
In terms of price, it’s a whole lot cheaper than an M9 and is more in line with a high-end m4/3 camera. Jury is still out on lens availability and selection over the next 2-3 years (critical as it uses a unique mount).
If I wanted a digital camera that would be shared between my mum and I, I would probably just pick up an Canon S95 or S100 and be done with. Sorry Nikon, the 1 and the Coolpix cameras do nothing for me.