February 2012 Archives

I was at the CP+ convention last month when Fuji unveiled the X-Pro1 and played with the camera a bit. I have to say that I was very disappointed in its lens work. Basically I found both the auto-focus useless as it hunted far too much, even in a well-lit environment. I was never sure of whether the focus was achieved unless I was in EVF mode, which seemed to defeat the purpose of an optical viewfinder.

In manual focus, the stock Fuji lenses seemed to be very "detached" from the focus ring. I didn't have the confidence that I could snap focus like I could with a Leica M rangefinder.

The worst aspect though of manual focusing was that there was only one manual focusing aid -- the magnified view option. This is good but is now a bit dated.


I decided instead to get a Ricoh GXR base camera and plan to get an M-module very soon. I've already tested this setup and I found that the contrast-highlight manual focus option on the GXR is very fast and accurate -- as accurate as my rangefinding focus. Will report on this setup more as I get more experience with it.



Comparison Reviews

Sensor SizeM4/3APS-C
35mm Equiv.2.0x1.5x
Sensor Megapixels1616.312.3
Viewfinder MPix1.44
VF2: 1.44
RearMonitor KPix4606101230920
RearMonitor TouchYesNo
Mic-InYesNoYes (custom)No
Body Weight (g)394272425450370

Note: The GXR is the GXR A12 mount for Leica M

Video: Out of Sight

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Yesung Lee sent me this wonderful short animation, titled Out of Sight, made by three students who graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts.

out of sight from kynight on Vimeo.

Watch it until the end.

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