new zack arias review of x100s is up

Started Mar 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
framus
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Re: Hey Y'all!
In reply to palincss, Mar 27, 2013

palincss wrote:

ScottD1964 wrote:

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy "real full time photographer" schedule to drop by.  There are plenty of us who "get" what you were referring to in your statement.  And yes, you're right.  This X100s is the camera that Daniel Craig would carry as James Bond where Sean Connery would have carried a Leica.  Fuji gets it.  I've said in a prior thread that this camera appeals to people for the same reason that the new Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang appeal to people.  High tech in a retro cool package.

I think there's more to it than that.  Consumer Reports does not constantly complain about cars whose radios lack tuning & volume control knobs and tuning buttons, instead relying on touchscreen menus, because CU likes the "retro-cool look" of knobs and buttons, but rather because it's a lot easier and safer to adjust your radio by touch when driving than to take your eyes off the road to futz around with touch screens and menus. Similarly, the appeal of shutter speed and f/stop dials is not "retro cool" and the value of good manual focus lies in usability, not the technology behind it.

Palincss makes a good point.  The 'retro' meme fails to acknowledge that some control paradigms exist and are useful in and of themselves.  I don't have and enjoy an X-pro1 for its 'retro-ness', rather I appreciate the optical viewfinder, the aperture ring, the shutter dial, and the focus control on the lens (though by wire needs to improve). I find the control/s implementation on the X-pro1 to be more enjoyable than that on my Canon gear.

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