I have to admit that I’ve been a Fuji fan for many, many years. I loved their film and all their cameras and lenses. Recently I bought the X10, and it is one of the most fun cameras I’ve owned for many years! When photography is both your profession and a passion, you just don’t often use the word “fun” when describing a “tool” that you use.
I’ve been looking really closely at the developments in mirrorless technology. Prior to spending some time talking about this with Will Crockett, I hadn’t given it much thought. It really looks like this is going to be the “next big thing” and that we will all eventually end up here possibly sooner than we think. I’ve been getting some great, super sharp images with my X10, but I really wanted to shoot some with the Pro version, the X-Pro 1. (This is the big brother to the X1o) The camera system includes three lenses now, but more are on the way. Including some great super fast, incredibly sharp zoom lenses. My boss Ron Rice owns this dream machine and was kind enough to let me play with it in the studio as I taught yesterday. Price is always a concern, so you should know that the camera and 3 lenses can be bought for under $3500.00. These lenses are sharp, inexpensive and super fast.
This image is from a Lighting Class I teach for Belmont University. Trevor Hinelsey was our patient, and easy to photograph model. Our class has 16 students, so he stood there for a super long periods of time letting each one of them take the same photograph, over and over again. Take a look at the incredible flesh tones from this jpeg right out of the camera!
Great flesh tones, black blacks and white whites, what more could you ask for? This was with the 60mm macro which gives you the equivalent of a 90mm lens. I think it looks incredible! Would you like to see what it looks like enlarged 100%? OK, here it is:
This camera is a 16M camera, but the file I am showing here was taken from a 3.4 MB JPEG right from the camera! I’m not ready to sell my Nikon and lenses…yet. I do see this as a very possible transition in the future.
I’ve carried large, heavy and expensive cameras for 40 years. I enjoy what the cameras do for me, and the images they allow me to capture. I love my 70-200 2.8 VR II lens, it is incredible and has helped me make some wonderful images. I will post some images from my D700 too, I think you’ll see they have some similarities and some specific differences. I DO hate the weight of it, even more now that I am not in my 20′s or 30′s or…well, you get the idea.
I hope to be shooting this camera a lot more, and the new camera that will be here in a few weeks the X-E1. When I do, I’ll be sure to post them here.