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Archive 2012 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us
  
 
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p.1 #1 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us


From Reponses Photo issue 239 page 8 Fuji unveils its new X100 digital viewfinder interchangeable lens successor camera. Now with an APS-C size CMOS sensor said to rival the best, mostly because of its special 'random' photosite arangement, no Bayer filter variant, similar but different to Leica's approach. Congratulations, Fuji, for having the balls to innovate intelligently!
(Kudos, also to Sigma, Ricoh, Olympus and Sony..)

I was considering the Sony NEX-7 but the lack of decent lenses is a serious negative compared to the Fuji.

FYI I have posted the page (one page, paper only from Reponses Photo issue 239 page 8 ) - well part of it so I don't get sued for copyright infringement, with a translation of the salient points. This magazine said it had a preview/ leak in december that has been officially confirmed by Fuji altho I could find no such traces on the web.

Note that in the past Olympus also had preferred talking to the French enthusiasts about their 4/3 cams.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/6646399615/"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6646399615_311af0ed4a_m.jpg" width="240" height="177" alt="Brief interruption, commercial break: the Leica for the rest of us" /></a>







From Réponses Photo issue 239 page 8 - Fuji unveils its new X100 digital viewfinder interchangeable lens successor camera. Now with an APS-C size CMOS sensor said to rival the best, mostly because of its special 'random' photosite arangement, no Bayer filter variant, similar but different to Leica's approach

Digest from this article published on non-digital paper in the French press:

The X-Pro 1 arrives in March and should have people talking about its design as well as its Image Quality

..Fuji has confirmed earlier rumors published here by publishing the camera's details. It will hit the shelves around March. According to our information it should retail for Euro 1,300 as kit with the 35mm lens. Fuji also confirmed a new APS-C (1.5X) sensor with the X-Trans Fuji developed technology.

Resolution (pixel count) has not been communicated, Fuji preferring to talk of resolving power equal to if not superior to 24x36 sensors (Full Frame) ..

Read the complete digest there
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/6646399615/in/set-72157605888833527



Jan 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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p.1 #2 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us


It's an interesting product. There's three current threads on Alternatives.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1074386
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1074057
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1073620

P.S. The M9 is full frame and the X-Pro 1 is APS-C (1.5x CF) - if that matters to you.



Jan 06, 2012 at 09:58 PM
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p.1 #3 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us


jcolwell - thanks for the info. Re the M9 being full frame and also without and AA filter, Fuji may indeed have stretched it there - but it is a new kind of sensor, so who knows?
I suppose it will be better in low light as they are famous for it, but may not have the subtlety of the Leica in the shadows, which is why Leica went for a CCD sensor.

Time will tell, I 'm sure the tech reviewers will be all over that comparison.



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p.1 #4 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us


the better M9? i don't know
the more affordable rangefinder with interchangable lenses? yes

so many other questions w/o answers.



Jan 07, 2012 at 03:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us


sjms wrote:
so many other questions w/o answers.


Very true. The "totally new sensor technology" sounds promising but I have been trained to be cautious about claims from marketing departments.



Jan 07, 2012 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · Fuji X-Pro 1 - the better Leica M9 for the rest of us


Its a RF styled camera, but its really an AF camera, with no real rangefinder patch to focus or anything.

I've got a X100, and its a fantastic camera, and used to own a m9, which is also a fantastic camera but they are rather different in the overall shooting operation. M9 requires you to manually or zone focus it, X100 is AF or has a rather poor focus by wire MF.

Its like driving a car with an auto stick vs a real manual transmission, just isn't the same clicking to shift as working a real clutch etc

X100, and the X Pro 1 though will give a RF type experience in a lot of ways though due to the size, fixed lenses etc.

Lets you approach photography far differently than walking around with a DSLR and bag of lenses. Not better or worse, just different



Jan 09, 2012 at 06:59 AM





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