Falling In Love With The Fuji X Pro 1 Camera system..
Or, what does a camera system have in common with a good doggie?
A little history:
I started in photography over 45 years ago (yes I am an old fart)… A long time for sure! I started using and learning on an Argus C3 35mm rangefinder camera then just started working up through many many more rangefinders. Along came SLR camera systems and like most other photographers of the time I decided that I too must have one of these so that I could actually see through the lens to see what I am going to get. Many years passed and every time I would pass a camera store I found myself looking with lust at rangefinders of all things. At first I thought that there must be something wrong with me, why else would I be drawn to an older technology after the many thousands of dollars I had invested in the best Canon bodies and lenses over the years?
After much reflection I decided that it must be like dogs! You know… your parents purchase you your first dog which you fall in love with, and you are forever imprinted with love for the dog and the type of dog. Then for the rest of your life you desire only that type of dog! I am on my 9th dashound now and wouldn’t dream of any other type! So, back to the point, cameras, like dogs are imprinted upon us at an early age and we tend to gravitate back to momma so to speak! After coming to grips with this fact I went out and spent another $2500 on the Hasselblad XPan II rangefinder and was forever re-hooked. Yes, I still have and shoot Canon bodies and L glass, but my true passion is for rangefinders and dashounds! I have accepted this fact as part of who I am. I find that I even occasionally purchase an old rangefinder camera to display in a glass case in my studio!
Ok, enter Fuji! Last year, Fuji introduced the X100, which is a digital rangefinder styled camera, not a rangefinder focusing camera. It looked great and got great press. I wanted one from the very first but held off for a year. Last fall I actually purchased one and was instantly in love with the thing! It was small and light and SILENT… It has a fixed 23mm lens and did I mention that it is totally silent in operation!! Oh yea, in love to be sure. This February (2012) my wife and I went to Italy for 11 days of photographic heaven and the only cameras I took were a small Infrared camera (Panasonic GH2) and the Fuji X100. It was a match made in heaven for travel. Light, small and no work to lug around! I got amazing images with the Fuji even though it had a wide fixed lens. I simply had to rely upon my sneaker zoom to get close!
I found that I was not totally satisfied with the X100 because it was limited to a single lens. So I ordered the new digital Fuji X Pro 1 interchangeable lens system with the 35mm f/1.4 and the 60mm f/2.4 lenses, and I have the 18mm f/2 lens currently on order. It arrived at the end March and I was amazed by its light weight but enhanced functionality that the camera system provided! now after a month of shooting with it I feel like I have returned to momma and have again found myself through my roots in photography! God, please help me.. I am so locked onto this camera system that I can not see any way to ever break away, hooked, addicted with a big fuji monkey on my back! Fuji also says that later this year they are offering a 14mm and a 18mm to 72mm zoom! Then 3 more new lenses next year! I can feel the dollars slipping away now.. I hope that my wife can forgive me for these future purchases. I WILL keep the X100, it is after all a rangefinder styled camera and it is silent in operation! I will purchase new lenses for the X Pro 1 and look to the future for the Pro 2 and Pro 3 bodies…
It seems as though I have found yet another addiction…
This post is not a review of the X Pro 1, there are a ton of those out there on the web. It is simply a short series of statements and facts about the camera and why I love it so!
It will NOT replace my Canon 7d for (5%):
- Lightning Photography, because it does not have a electronic shutter.
- Water Drop Collision Photography, because it does not have an electronic shutter.
- Macro Photography, well, it might actually work out for this one.
- Birds in flight, focus is not fast enough.
- Sports Photography, I simply don’t do this anyways.
- Movies, has HD movies but no external mic hookup.
I will use this camera for(95%):
- Hummingbirds in flight, works great.
- Grist Mills & Covered Bridges
- Long Exposures, works great.
- Travel, light with many lens choices.
- My MAIN every day camera system!
I was considering the Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5 M Mount Lens instead of the Fuji 18mm but there have been so many web posts on how bad this lens is on the Fuji that I have decided against it. I instead will use a Leica M mount Pin Hole plate from Skink on the Leica to Fuji adapter! I love Pin Hole photography and have them for ALL of my camera bodies! There is just something very peaceful and satisfying about using technology for the early 1800’s and the resulting images are very etherial!
Ok, more to come on this great new camera system in the future, I have to have a chance to actually go out and shoot the thing!
Returning to the love of our roots can mean:
Camera Love <= Really does equal => Doggy Love
Told you I was a sic person…