Monday, January 21, 2013

Fuji X-E1: Love & Hate

Okay, so I ended up keeping the Fuji X-E1. Like I need yet another camera. But...I do. No camera is perfect. I'm sure you've got that from reading this blog. Some cameras are downright annoying though. The Leica M8.2 shooting in low light was annoying to me. I consider the cost of that equipment. A $3900 used body with a 35mm Summicron was close to 8.5K! You'd think it could be leaps and bounds above a camera like this Fuji X-E1. Well, you'd be DEAD wrong. Now, I'm not arguing that the lenses aren't better built, but the cost factor added into the quality of file, well, the lenses are the thing for the Leica. The M8.2 and M9, absolutely not. It's pathetic actually. I personally love the Fuji X-E1 kit lens. I love the concept of the Fuji X series camera bodies. I just think they need to increase the AF in low light.

The 18-55mm lens is a beautiful kit lens for what it is. It isn't a Leica lens. Oh well. I can accept that. What this camera puts out for RAW, I have to wait and see. The two main issues with Fuji X cameras are the RAW files aren't being converted to their capacity, and the AF hit or miss in low light. Well, it's not just in low light. I thought I had the focus nailed on a Scooter outside in bright sunlight, and well, I didn't. Now, I blame myself. I'm sure I did something wrong there. But the AF is slower than many cameras I've used. Still, the files coming out, the JPEG files that is, are so beautiful. The Fuji lenses have the right sharpness, and the sensor gives lovely results.

Still, I would like a camera the size of a Fuji X10, X20 or Sony RX100 with an APS-C sensor in it and interchangeable lenses. The closest to that is the Sony NEX 5, but I don't care for their kit lenses. The Fuji Lenses are so much better.

Zeke, a Miniature Schnauzer I saw at The Coffee Shop down the street.

Ozzy and his Shadow

Handsome Ozzy in morning light

Ozzy Mug Shot

16:9 Ratio of Ozzy

Vespa Scooter I saw behind Coffee Shop. So many of these around town in Arizona.

Zeke, a Miniature Schnauzer I saw at The Coffee Shop down the street.

Ozzy checking out the camera. Yeah, It's a nice camera, Ozzy. 

My favorite ratio is 1:1 square in this camera set to Standard Film/filter. Ahh, whatever they call the selection. 

The JPEGS coming out of the Fuji X-E1 are beautiful The slow AF, not so much. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Still using the Leica D-Lux 4, but changing the name of the blog?

I know it's an older camera, but I'm still using the Leica D-Lux 4. Why? Because it's the only Leica I have left, and I love the lens on this camera. The sensor is much smaller than the other cameras I'm currently using, but this is my only real (sort-of) compact camera left and I am hesitant to give it up. I love my iPhone 4, but the shots don't come anywhere close to the Leica D-Lux 4. Anyway, I am debating about selling this as I've recently purchased a Fuji X-E1 which has an APS-C sensor, (sweet spot). The camera is much bigger than the Leica D-Lux though and I am debating about keeping it. I love compacts and love the lens on this camera. I can't express that enough. For some oddball reason, it's just the perfect wide angle, plus it has all the cool  features. 

I may change this to my Leica & Fuji Blog though. Yeah, I know. But even with the Fuji AF drag, this camera blows away my Leica M8.2 in low light shooting. Yes, blows it away. Plus, the Fuji, in my prediction, will be a Leica KILLER. Well, at least a Leica WOUND-ER. LOL! Why? Because the ooc Jpegs are fabulous and the lenses are all wonderful. They aren't built like the Leica lenses, no doubt, but the Fuji cameras and lenses produce beautiful results. The Fuji lenses deliver the goods, even if they aren't built like little tanks. Plus, there is an M mount for the Fuji, so I can use Leica glass if I want. Not that I'd want to, as the cost between this camera and lenses between a Leica M9 or M is HUGE! I'm not a pro, and I'm not into blowing that kind of cash on Leica anymore. I think it's all a bunch of bullshit. The Leica lenses are the thing, and I am not rich or a pro photographer, so what's the point? I like the rangefinder experience, but HATE the prices of Leica. Most people would not be able to justify the cost. And with so many digital cameras that can rival the Leica, and yes they can, why bother? Fuji is one of those companies. they hit the nail on the head. Sony is another one. But Fuji is even better than Sony when it comes to ooc JPEGS. Yeah, I know there is the new Sony RX100 full frame camera with fixed lens and NO OVF/EVF. It costs too much and without any OVF or EVF, it is a deal killer for me. Maybe some day I can review one, but with the optional (read: purchased) OVF. 

Meanwhile, I still shoot with my Leica D-Lux 4, and a Fuji X-E1. 

All of the above were taken with a Leica D-Lux 4 camera. Now, below, these were all taken with a Fuji X-E1. So take a good look at them. Pretty good huh? And you wonder why I want to add the Fuji name to my blog. These are all JPEGS. A few things the Fuji isn't, it's not a rangefinder. It's a mirror-less camera with that retro look. Looks like an Olympus 35-SP or Leica CL camera or similar. It simulates Fuji film types. It has a beautiful B&W filter with choices of red, green or yellow filters. You can choose 1:1, 16:9 or 4:3 ration. No 3:2 ratio though. The lenses are lovely from what I've read. The 18-55mm kit lens is what I chose for a general, all-purpose lens. My next choice, if I keep this camera, will be the 35mm lens and an 18mm or wider lens. Fuji is coming out with more lenses. I'm sure they will be a lot quicker than Sony was in producing them. They will certainly be sharper than them. So, the Fuji is not a Leica in that it doesn't cost nearly as much money, the lens work wonderfully though they aren't as tank-built, but they produce great results as does the Fuji cameras; both the Fuji X-Pro1 and X-E1. Now, you can keep buying into the Leica, or learn from me and save yourself a lot of cash. Unless you're into name brands that give you the illusion of status. Now, if you're still into film, you can pick up an M6 or any M with Leica lenses, and I totally dig that as it's a wonderful system. Hell, a Nikon FM2 with fast primes is lovely too. Save your money and start checking out the new digital systems. An Olympus OM-D, Sony RX100 (smaller sensor) or even Sony RX1(full frame), Fuji X-E1, X Pro 1, are all good choices. (Yeah, I know the Olympus has the smaller 4/3rd sensor, but it is a great working system with lovely lenses, though not as nice as Fuji when it comes to enlargements. Sorry, sensor sizes do matter.