Valterj: Looking to these photos... I'm not impressed!
Latest gear, lots of money invested... and in a few years new bodys and lenses to buy...
Photojournalists have some privileges that other photographers don't have!
Please. It's not about privilege. These guys weren't born with silver cameras in their mounts. It's about doing the job every day and getting the professional opportunities that come from doing the job every day.
qwertyasdf: There are the real pros that can track a runner with a manual focus camera...just like the good old daysAnd there are the so-called pros that shoots with 10fps, the best AF system in the world and gets 1 keeper out of 3000 shots.
I think that getting a great shot is a By Any Means Necessary situation. I'm not going to think less of a picture because it was 1 winner out of 3000 duds. A great picture is, by its nature, 1 out of 3000. All this talk of Pros Are This and Mastership Is That seem way not the point. A good picture is a good picture. And a good photographer produces, chooses and displays good pictures. I say this with awareness that Henri Cartier Bresson's contact sheets, if you've seen them, are pretty astonishingly dud-free. But I'm also pretty sure that this site, which is for enthusiasts (whether Pros or Amateurs) isn't a site frequented by the ghosts of Man Ray, Bresson, Doisneau, Walker Evans and Robert Frank. I'm pretty sure that all of them would be out shooting, burning through film, looking for the next good picture.
Guimasai: ON USING LEICA M LENSES WITH THE XP1
I've been shooting with the XP1 for a month. I'm a Leica M shooter, accustomed to film and manual focus, who has no plans on getting an M9p anytime soon (I have used one, but it's too pricey at 9K for me; and I do own, use, and appreciate my Canon MKII 5D). I ordered an M adaptor from eBay and have been shooting with Leica glass on the Fuji for a week, mostly a 35mm F2 Summicron. This 2K lens on this 1.7K body produces images that are nothing short of fantastic on the Fuji. Outdoors, focus is not an issue when the lens is wide open: to infinity and beyond. Also, *manual focus is easy and clear*. If you have good eyesight and experience with a manual, you'll have no problems. Not a camera for everyone, but *for what it is and does*, it's dirt cheap and a joy to use.
@ By HowaboutRAW, if I'm arrogant because I mention the price of a lens, bear in mind that you needn't be so snide in your reply. If you judge a new camera by whether it's supported by this or that piece of software (that, soon enough, it will be supported by) you might as well never try anything new. As to my arrogance in quoting a lens price, I was doing so for comparison to what it would cost to buy an 8K Leica body to use the same lens -- a lens I've owned for 50 years and a body I won't spend that kind of money on. The price was only to give a perspective on full Leica kit v. Fuji w/ Leica lens kit.
Francis Carver: It is painfully obvious that Fuji should not be in the digital camera business. Just about everything they bring to market of late has to be recalled for its guts to be replaced. Major firmware updates are dime a dozen with Fuji as well.
Fuji, please.... stick with making great Fujinon optics and great film stock for both photography and motion picture cameras. But please, bail out of the camera biz, leave it to the big boys.
Francis Carver, until you shoot with the camera, please don't judge it. I've been using it for a month, and it's IQ is remarkable. Firmware updates have been prompt and useful. There's room in the world for Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Leica etc.
edcastanho: this is a very special camera with great potential. unfortunately fujifilm released its firmware only for pc computers... thats umbelievable! when some makers will respect all their customers???
I have a mac and was able to update my XP1 without incident. Much improved, by the way.
ON USING LEICA M LENSES WITH THE XP1
I have the X100 (updated to 1.21), and the X-Pro1. I'm a dedicated Leica M3 and M4 shooter, and have never bothered to get an M6 because my early Ms have never failed me. I have lenses that I love, have used for 25 years, and will never tire of.
The Fujis appealed to me for 2 reasons, 1 superficial and the other substantial. Superficial: yes, I like how they look, because they feel familiar to a rangefinder person. Substantial: IQ. The x100 takes great pictures, and the 1.21 update brings the AF to a level where -- for a user who doesn't need to shoot racehorses and rocketships -- I get consistent shots, as consistent as I am with my manual.
But the main reason I'm posting here is to contradict any poster who is suggesting that the AF on the XPro-1 is slower than the AF on the X100. This is nonsense. It's roughly twice as fast in normal shooting, and plenty fast for shooters who want a light rig that takes pictures an M-lover can love for $8000 less than an M9 with a 1.4.