I've added an X-Pro 1 section to my website

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Jim Radcliffe
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I've added an X-Pro 1 section to my website
Apr 29, 2012

Finally caved and bought the X-Pro1... first thoughts and photos are online now at my website.. here is the direct link: http://www.boxedlight.com/xp1/

And a few samples...

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Good, rational approach to the X-Pro1 with some very good first-day images. Your "mission statement" as it were on your home page matches my philosophy about photography. Seems there are any number of moments during our waking hours that is a compelling to photograph. It is gratifying to see others, as yourself, embracing that path.

Your first day images are very nicely processed with deep rich color. Makes one just want to be an exclusive jpeg shooter.

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Good to hear/see from you again, I always found your photography outstanding with every camera you were using (one proof that it is not the gear that matters).
Thanks for posting so many wonderful pictures, also with X-Pro 1 now.
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Excellent, I already had boxedlight.com bookmarked, amazing images.

You take so many low light shots will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the Fuji uber-sensor coupled with it's not so uber AF.

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Fantastic, Jim! Looking forward to seeing what you can do with it...
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Great pics Jim as always (Remembering you from the Leica forum also).

I too am a Leica convert to the X100.

Still eyeing off the X-Pro1 and will see what 2013 brings....

Thanks for sharing.

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Jim -

Great start. I look forward to keeping up with your blog as you discover more with the camera.
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Bobtheamateur wrote:

Good, rational approach to the X-Pro1 with some very good first-day images. Your "mission statement" as it were on your home page matches my philosophy about photography. Seems there are any number of moments during our waking hours that is a compelling to photograph. It is gratifying to see others, as yourself, embracing that path.

Your first day images are very nicely processed with deep rich color. Makes one just want to be an exclusive jpeg shooter.

Bob

Thanks, Bob... for now I am just going to shoot JPG until there is support in Photoshop CS5.. hope they don't neglect that. I tried SilkyPix but do not really care for it.

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bluewater77 wrote:

Good to hear/see from you again, I always found your photography outstanding with every camera you were using (one proof that it is not the gear that matters).
Thanks for posting so many wonderful pictures, also with X-Pro 1 now.
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Thanks, Blue... hope to have more soon.

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flaxseedoil1000 wrote:

Excellent, I already had boxedlight.com bookmarked, amazing images.

You take so many low light shots will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the Fuji uber-sensor coupled with it's not so uber AF.

Yes, the AF could be a bit faster but for most of what I shoot I can manage with the capabilities of the X-Pro1. I think faster AF is my only desire at this time.

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ashwinrao1 wrote:

Fantastic, Jim! Looking forward to seeing what you can do with it...

Ashwin, saw your X-Pro1 shots over at getdpi... very nice stuff, as usual. Good to see a Leica guy singing praise for the X-Pro1 as a capable camera. Look forward to seeing more.
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Trevor Kloeden wrote:

Great pics Jim as always (Remembering you from the Leica forum also).

I too am a Leica convert to the X100.

Still eyeing off the X-Pro1 and will see what 2013 brings....

Thanks for sharing.

Trevor, you're welcome. I couldn't embrace the X100 due to the fixed focal length but the X-Pro1 is pretty much just what I've been looking for.

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Jim, I totally agree with your 5 points about the X-Pro 1 and had a similar motivation of buying it. I also find it to be as good or sometimes to even perform better than my 5D MK II as I have previously posted on this forum.

And since I managed to get some decent shots at this weekends Hamburg Marathon I feel very comfortable having only the X-Pro 1 with me.

Looking forward to more from Fuji in this camera class. I can buy a lot of Fuji X-Style cameras for the price of one Leica M9 + glass

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Jim, I too have decided the X-Pro 1 is the next investment. I've given up on Leica to produce anything that approaches what I had hoped would be a digital "C", and at an affordable price. I've ordered an XP1 and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Do you find the camera and lens light and compact enough to easy carry? I've grown tired to the weight and bulk of the 5DII system. For landscapes, fine, but for travel and carry around the big Canon is too much. Which lens have you found to be your favorite at this early date? I only ordered the 35 to start with.

As usual, your images are something to aspire to. I look forward to more. Duck those storms in TX!
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Rich Niemeyer wrote:

Jim, I too have decided the X-Pro 1 is the next investment. I've given up on Leica to produce anything that approaches what I had hoped would be a digital "C", and at an affordable price. I've ordered an XP1 and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Do you find the camera and lens light and compact enough to easy carry? I've grown tired to the weight and bulk of the 5DII system. For landscapes, fine, but for travel and carry around the big Canon is too much. Which lens have you found to be your favorite at this early date? I only ordered the 35 to start with.
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Rich, the camera is very light and easy to carry. I have both the 18 and 35 and have been using them both but if I could have only one I would take the 35mm.

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Jim Radcliffe wrote:

Trevor Kloeden wrote:

Great pics Jim as always (Remembering you from the Leica forum also).

I too am a Leica convert to the X100.

Still eyeing off the X-Pro1 and will see what 2013 brings....

Thanks for sharing.

Trevor, you're welcome. I couldn't embrace the X100 due to the fixed focal length but the X-Pro1 is pretty much just what I've been looking for.

Jim,

Nice X-Pro 1 summary on your blog and also some of the reasons why you just couldn't "resist" acquiring one. I felt the very same pull to purchase the camera, also with the same two lenses as yourself. I am truly more amazed each day at what I'm able to output in terms of overall IQ from this relatively diminutive little beast of a imaging tool. Coming from the 5D II (which I recently sold so that I'd have enough available fund to get the X-Pro 1), I agree that the X-Pro 1 seems to have slightly better everything, most especially DR, color straight from the camera, and even a stop,or so of higher ISO capability. I already have the X100 - which I'm having a very hard time parting with - mainly due to it's even more compact size, and can shoot completely silent. But the X-Pro 1 is on another level altogether, and I can see myself owning and working with this landmark new compact camera for many years to come.

One question to you about one of the statements you made concerning Leica's approach thus far in the increasingly competitive and popular compact camera arena: "In my opinion the X-Pro1 is the kind of camera Leica should have been working on. All I can say is that I'm glad Fuji had the vision to see what Leica did not or would not consider producing." -- In your opinion, why do you think it is that Leica Solm's is so resistant at producing a camera that approximates a camera like the X-Pro 1 - at any price-point, let alone Fujifilm's current one? Is is just about the cost, or is their some other reason for Leica's refusal to address what FijiFilm so obviously understood and quite enthusiastically sailed into with all engines running at full steam ahead???

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Man I'm really impressed.
Fantastic http://www , congrats!
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One question to you about one of the statements you made concerning Leica's approach thus far in the increasingly competitive and popular compact camera arena: "In my opinion the X-Pro1 is the kind of camera Leica should have been working on. All I can say is that I'm glad Fuji had the vision to see what Leica did not or would not consider producing." -- In your opinion, why do you think it is that Leica Solm's is so resistant at producing a camera that approximates a camera like the X-Pro 1 - at any price-point, let alone Fujifilm's current one? Is is just about the cost, or is their some other reason for Leica's refusal to address what FijiFilm so obviously understood and quite enthusiastically sailed into with all engines running at full steam ahead???

Leica will produce no camera that might impact the sales of their M system. They are good at what they do and that is produce great optics/lenses but they are slow to embrace change of any kind, especially when it comes to the M system.

If they were to produce a digital body that accepted the M lenses at half the price of the current M bodies (M8, M9, M10) I am sure it would hurt the sales of the M.. and at $7,000 a pop.. that would hurt their bottom line.

Leica glass is the best in the world.. it's a shame they can't produce an entry level camera that will accept the M lenses.

Leica is not a company known for much in the way of innovation. I just think they are comfortable being who and what they are. There are enough people willing to shell out the $7K for a body and another six or seven thousand for a lens or two.

I have been a fan and critic of Leica since the release of the M8. I owned one and realized that in these digital times what I wanted was the form factor of the M but with AF... Fuji has produced exactly what I wanted at a price far below anything Leica might offer... I'm happy.... and you know what.. you can mount M glass on the Fuji if you wish.

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Thanks Jim, since that's all I can afford at the moment, the body and the 35mm it will be. We're taking an extended Baltic trip in June, so I'm looking forward to not having to hall around a couple of bricks. I'll post when I get back. Have a good week.
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Jim Radcliffe wrote:

Leica is not a company known for much in the way of innovation. I just think they are comfortable being who and what they are. There are enough people willing to shell out the $7K for a body and another six or seven thousand for a lens or two.

I have been a fan and critic of Leica since the release of the M8. I owned one and realized that in these digital times what I wanted was the form factor of the M but with AF... Fuji has produced exactly what I wanted at a price far below anything Leica might offer... I'm happy.... and you know what.. you can mount M glass on the Fuji if you wish.

Thanks for the reply Jim. And I also do agree with what you say about why they haven't up until now, produced a digital camera on the same innovated level as Fuji's X-Pro 1.

But don't you think that if Leica just stays basically put and continues to produce their traditionally stripped down (though very well constructed) rangefinders, offering only the barest minimum of features and performance capabilities, and doing so at 2-3 times more than everyone else, that innovative and aggressive companies like Fujifilm will slowly begin to peel away enough of Leica's remaining customer base to perhaps begin incrementally nudging the old company into a more modern and competitive direction? If not, then FujiFilm, or Olympus, or perhaps even one of the bigger guns in the photographic world might decide to directly hit Leica's long vaunted M-series head-on with one of their own FF digital rangefinder in the next year or so, and at less than half the cost of any current, or upcoming (M10) Leica M-series camera?

In short: how long can Leica realistically hold out and on , without being forced to seriously innovate and/or offer their potential customers better value - especially if their are clearly much better, and more affordable options on the market?

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