What's the big deal with the retro thing?

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Re: What's the big deal with the retro thing?
In reply to John Rausch, 6 months ago

John Rausch wrote:

Well, lots of comments!

The X-T1 has been described as "retro" by about have of the places I've seen it described. And several of the posters have said, in so many words, that they just like it. I suppose for them it's something like wearing a Breitling-style watch. In fact, in another thread a poster had a picture of just such a watch alongside a digital techno watch asking which would you choose.

Others have said the retro look is simply a side effect of have functional dials instead of menus or other buttons or wheels to make the changes. Fair enough. Maybe I haven't given it enough time to grow on me. I have to admit that I really liked the idea of individual dials, but in my using them so far, settings have been awkward. Some inconsistent things have been a minor problem, like the auto setting for a lens being all the way clockwise on the 35, a switch on the 18-55 and non-existant (no aperture ring or switch) on the 50-230, which I like a lot -- I rented the 55-200 and prefer the 50-230 for my infrequent telephoto use.

Maybe it's because I am so used to my now-gone Canon DSLRs that I find the mode dial and thumb wheel convenient.

Lest anyone have any doubts, I am more than pleased with my X-T1 and X-M1 (for infrared) and lenses. But still puzzled by why a camera's appearance matters that much.

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If you're still troubled by your dials get yourself a light meter and use it to determine the dial settings until you can look at a scene and know your ballpark settings without it. You'll have started to FEEL the light, and will be on your way to be able to say that you're a photographer.

I dragged out one of my old Weston meters that's still working somehow and had to practically relearn  how to use it but boy do I feel the magic that drew me to this stuff when I was in the 8th grade.

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