Chilloutbuddy: This camera is cheap.
If you want a camera with a window finder and a few lenses, then your only other option is Leica M. That's when you realize how cheap is the xpro.
And, if you want autofocus on top of that, then you realise that your only other option is to go back to shooting film, so you can use the Contax G1 or G2. And that's when you realize the xpro is a real bargain.
If you don't want a window finder, then I'm not sure why you're even reading this review... countless cheaper EVF/retro looking cameras out there.
I do miss my Contax G... the XPro the closest thing I've found in the digital world, and better in some ways (the G's autofocus was lame). I just wish the Fuji primes were a little smaller.
This camera is cheap.
It's great to see a resurgence of high quality compacts, because we had a golden era with the likes of Hexar AF, Ricoh GR, Nicon 35Ti etc, and then digital came and killed the whole category for many years. And the medium format ones like the Fuji GA are still dead, so digital still owes us :)
The ones compared here are all great in different ways, probably better than most of us will ever need. Personally, after looking at my pc for a whole day, the last thing I want to do in my personal time is look at yet another digital display. Nothing wrong with EVFs, they're the future, but damn it feels good to look through bright and crisp optical glass some times.
Thank you Fuji :)
Skipper494: It does not impress me when a company keeps bringing out new firmware versions, means they didn't get it right the three times before. The lenses are excellent, the performance clean, but it's still a 16MP camera.
you are a salesperson's wet dream :)
guys thinks are very simple:
Fuji has a camera in the market that sold X units. Sometime after the launch Fuji learned a new trick that can make this camera better.
Fuji has the following options:
a) Launch a new model with the new tech and call it an "upgrade"b) Wait until the next planned release to incorporate the new techc) Give a FW for free
Lets just say I like the choice that Fuji made and call it a day.
Chilloutbuddy: yep, I agree.
the only thing that ruins it for me is the physical shape of this camera; with fixed-lens cameras I want them to be as flat as possible, because they are by definition my take-everywhere cameras and I want them to fit in as many places as possible, from jacket pockets to non-camera bags. One of the things I love about the X100 series and the GR. So I think I'll wait for the pancake lens version, if it ever comes.
PS it's been many years since I've paid for anything branded leica, but lately I feel better about their pricing since I noticed for how many consecutive years they were actually losing money from selling cameras. Search their financial reports up to 2010/11.
True about the Texas Leicas, which is why I avoided them, instead I went for a Fuji GA (medium format 645) which is a flat pack camera and can fit in surprisingly tight spaces, even in a jacket pocket.
I think it's mostly the choice of focal length and aperture that gives this lens that size, which is fine, just not my personal preference. Leica and others have a lot of experience making pancake-ish lenses with very usable rigs, but it would probably have to be around the 35 to 40mm range, and probably slower than f1.7.
yep, I agree.
skyfotos: I used film Leicas for many years but have never got used to the fatter feel of digital Leicas. I wish that they would slim the digital models down to the original film M3 size.
Well, here's what I know beyond doubt: a) rangefinders don't mix well with my shooting style, I've bought and used some awesome ones by Leica & Zeiss (35mm) and Fuji & Mamiya (medium format). RF shooting is great, just not designed for me. b) I like & need colour too much to have a dedicated B&W camera, I would use it rarely, if ever.
And yet, I'd really love to own this camera, with this lens. Try and explain this one :)
Edit: bah... I didnt mean to post this as a response but as a standalone comment, sorry
MrFlash: Just when you think that Fuji (and others) may drag Leica kicking and screaming into the 21st century, they resist temptation and take a giant leap back toward the 60's.
Very few people will be willing to photograph exclusively in B&W, so it's a good thing that Leica bodies are priced so that most people can just buy two. One for color, one for B&W. Makes perfect since to me.