b craw: Seems pretty well traveled ground within portraiture tradition; reminds me a bit of some work featuring Native Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century or the work of depression-era photographers of the migrant farmer population. I think, as with those photos, these present a quiet respect for subject(s). One thing that does impress upon me is the richness of colors and textures emphasized within a lack of gymnastic technique on the part of the photographer.
I had the same feeling of having seen these before, but it left me with less regard for these. The techniques and viewpoint used by Edward Curtis and those who followed him were new and expressed a clear viewpoint on the personalities of the subjects and the fading of a culture.
These seem to be trying to use that visual language, but apply it where I'm not sure it fits. My (very limited) experience with travelers would make me think that motion, action and emotion should be captured more.
I didn't see any mention of the slanted top where the controls are. It really does work in pushing your elbow in to a more stable position. It is a very clever feature.
I've only held a pre-production model (at CES) and it seemed unnecessarily large and heavy. I know it is less than an M9, but would people really take it less seriously if it was a bit more compact. For street photography, I'd prefer smaller and a bit lighter.
ctpjudd: I am an enthusistic amateur and used to have Nikon SLR's and old Kodak retinas.I hate to admit it but they're gone and I love taking my Casio S600 on holiday.After all, the camera has to be with you at all times, portable and not stolen !
I intend to get an X100 or X Pro -1 and I can't understand for the life of me why people want small , lighter cameras. I want my camera to feel solid, work with precision and be a delight to use. And with manual settings. In 1975 I had a ST601 Fuji with the first LEDS.
I guess I have just described a Leica M9 and all I can say is ....thank you Fuji for giving me a wonderful choice of 3 for my best camera.
The X Pro 1 is certainly big and heavy enough for you. I was disappointed at the size when I saw it in person, as I'd really like to see an interchangeable lens X100.
To me, it comes down to what you use the camera for and what size lenses you are hauling. Stick a big piece of glass on a Panasonic GF or an Olympus PEN and it is completely unbalanced.