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To be honest, neither the X100s or RX1 is going to replace something like an M, when it comes to zone focusing. The shutter dial thing doesn't bother me at all, as the camera does keep your shutter and aperture settings when turning the camera off, and looking at my shutter speed on a dial isn't really any different than looking at it on a screen. You've also got the preset modes on the mode dial that you can customize.
I agree, it would be hard to replace a Leica M but for the type of street shooting I do, I am almost always using hyperfocal with infinity in focus. For these type of street shooting, I don't use RF focusing on the M at all. I am drawn to the Leica RFs because of its simplicity, set ISO and WB manually, look at aperture scale on lens for zone/hyperfocal and a shutter dial when the light changes. I don't like the idea of having to look at a LCD screen to check shutter speeds, I rather have it on a dial where I can adjust on the fly without even looking at it, feeling the clicks along the way. That to me is the best thing about shooting with a Leica, it gets out of the way. Ever recall the Wim Wenders ad for Leica M8?
This one advertisement sold me on the M8 ... and when I tried the X100s, its the only other camera so far that come closest to the Leica experience for me.
The RX1 can give me a very similar shooting method, all I need is either a snap focus mode (best) or a manual focus memory (workable) and maybe a way to complete switch off the LCD to conserve batteries. Finally attach an OVF and I'm all set
As I just mentioned, I do kind of with the EC dial was a shutter dial... even if reprogrammed through firmware, I'm not sure it would be so great. You really need to "see" on the dial where you're at ...
Would you really need 5-6 batteries if leaving it on through the day? That's alarming. Heavy shooting with my SLR needs 2 batteries max. I was hoping casual shooting with an RX1 type could keep me around 2 as well.
I think I could use a marker and tape to write certain speeds on the EC dial if needed. But I doubt there is a demand for this feature, too hardcore for Sony users
As for batteries, I have ran out of 4 batteries in a 3-4 hour shooting window one afternoon, with the EVF and LCD constantly switched ON to avoid having to reset manual focusing distance. The RX1 battery capacity is too small. Would be great if someone came up with some sort of a integral grip with additional batteries.
BTW, do you have a link to Martin Parr's X100S photos? Just interested!
Can't find the exact page on Magnum site but here is a link for a pic on Kouldeka.
and some info on Martin Parr here, not to mention if you shoot with a X100s, you will be in the esteemed company of other greats such as William Egglestone, Nan Goldin, Stephen Shore and more. Fuji really nailed their marketing spot on with these endorsements.
David Alan Harvey wrote about his experiences with the X100s in his Burn Magazine site. You'll need to look in the archives. Otherwise, I think there might be a few pics here
John Vink on RX1 and X100s