Rumors about the new Fuji in 2014: Retro style rulz

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RedBR
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Rumors about the new Fuji in 2014: Retro style rulz
Dec 30, 2013

I think you already read the rumors about a new Fuji weather sealed mirrorless camera that could look like Fujica ST.

Not only Fuji but Olympus and lately Nikon (with DF) follows this retro-styled trend.

I think that we will see more and more old style cameras on the market http://mirrorlessblog.com/retro-mirrorless-cameras-2014/

How important is for you the design of the camera? Were you convinced to buy a camera by the look of it? I love the look of Fuji mirrorless cameras.

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In reply to RedBR, Dec 30, 2013

I just bought an X-E1. In order, my priority was a company presence in Mexico, APS-C sensor, interchangeable lenses, lightweight.

I've had Pentax DSLR cameras since the IstD, 2003, but a minor problem with my current K-10 would have required shipment to the U.S. for repair. Because of shipping and taxes, that's not possible for me. Pentax refused to send the part and written instructions for replacement. So, I looked for a company that would service their product in Mexico.

I like my X-E1. i've been happy with the photos. I've been amused at people who think I'm shooting film.

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RedBR wrote:

I think you already read the rumors about a new Fuji weather sealed mirrorless camera that could look like Fujica ST.

Not only Fuji but Olympus and lately Nikon (with DF) follows this retro-styled trend.

I think that we will see more and more old style cameras on the market http://mirrorlessblog.com/retro-mirrorless-cameras-2014/

How important is for you the design of the camera? Were you convinced to buy a camera by the look of it? I love the look of Fuji mirrorless cameras.

Thanks.

There's a combination of factors that go into my decision wether or not to purchase a camera, but looks does come into play. The looks of the X100 are what caught my attention before release, but it was the features that reeled me in.

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In reply to mr moonlight, Dec 30, 2013

The retro design of Fuji caught my attention too and it was like love at first sight. Of course specifications were important too but the way the camera looks and feels is important for me too. It contributes to a better photographic experience... Maybe it sounds silly...

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I very much like the look and handling of the XP-1 because it reminds me of the old rangefinder Leicas I learned on back in the 1960's.  Much more than that, I like the analog controls and the compact, light camera with interchangeable lenses and superb IQ.  I don't like the slow focus.

A weather-sealed body would be wonderful - my cameras are used in lots of nasty conditions.  A much quicker autofocus would be even better!  I really hope Fuji sticks with "retro" at least in retaining both the analog controls and the compact rangefinder shape in its next generation.  I sure hope Fuji does NOT make its next mirrorless camera body in an SLR style, because I don't know of any mechanical or ergonomic reason to add a big lumpy hump on top of a camera that does not need to house a flapping mirror or its related pentaprism.

If Fuji comes out with a new generation of X mount camera with weather-sealing and quick autofocus dressed up as a faux-SLR, I will likely buy it even though I would hate its appearance and probably its handling as well.  So, I guess, at the end of the day, appearance is secondary to performance for me.  Now, give me a compact rangefinder style camera with weather-sealing and fast autofocus and I'm a very happy customer.

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In reply to RedBR, Dec 30, 2013

While I do like the look, I like the function. A shutter dial, aperture ring on the lens, these are functional items that work the way the cameras I grew up with worked. Fuji has struck a balance between modern digital functionality and tactile controls.

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dark13star wrote:

While I do like the look, I like the function. A shutter dial, aperture ring on the lens, these are functional items that work the way the cameras I grew up with worked. Fuji has struck a balance between modern digital functionality and tactile controls.

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Yes.

On top, it's off center placed vf leaves just a part of your face covered. You as your subjects benefit from it because you simply see more around you and your subjects (expecting them to be human) are more at ease.

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Yes.

On top, it's off center placed vf leaves just a part of your face covered. You as your subjects benefit from it because you simply see more around you and your subjects (expecting them to be human) are more at ease.

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Cheers Mike

Well, and for those of use with rather large noses, it's nice to be able to hold the camera to one eye without mashing my nose against the screen

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dark13star wrote:

Limburger wrote:

Yes.

On top, it's off center placed vf leaves just a part of your face covered. You as your subjects benefit from it because you simply see more around you and your subjects (expecting them to be human) are more at ease.

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Cheers Mike

Well, and for those of use with rather large noses, it's nice to be able to hold the camera to one eye without mashing my nose against the screen

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Ah, that's why they did that

You see that retro is ergo

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Limburger wrote:

dark13star wrote:

While I do like the look, I like the function. A shutter dial, aperture ring on the lens, these are functional items that work the way the cameras I grew up with worked. Fuji has struck a balance between modern digital functionality and tactile controls.

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Yes.

On top, it's off center placed vf leaves just a part of your face covered. You as your subjects benefit from it because you simply see more around you and your subjects (expecting them to be human) are more at ease.

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Cheers Mike

Except for those of us that are left eye-dominant

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In reply to RedBR, Dec 31, 2013

I purchased the X100 2 years ago based on a picture I saw of it in a photo magazine.  I didn't know anything about the camera other than the look of it and knew I had to have it!  The X-E2 I just bought was based more on its capabilities although I still love the retro look of it!

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To me the following things are critical in a camera (not talking about picture quality and af)

1) ergonomics: does it have enough physical buttons/switches to quickly change settings?

2) does it have an adequate grip for me to use it with lenses I plan to use it with

3) does it have viewfinder?

4) built-in flash is a plus for fill-in

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Absolutic wrote:

To me the following things are critical in a camera (not talking about picture quality and af)

1) ergonomics: does it have enough physical buttons/switches to quickly change settings?

2) does it have an adequate grip for me to use it with lenses I plan to use it with

3) does it have viewfinder?

4) built-in flash is a plus for fill-in

1. True, and fuji has the aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation dedicated wheels.

2. The grip is not fantastic but there are solutions,

3. Fuji (x-pro/x-e2,1 x100/s) yes! optical or digital

4. Fuji: yes. /

I see that you have olympus om-d e-m5 .... I hated the fact that the flash is external, and it was looking like a mad cobra.

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