The Future Called...
When it is being polite, it arrives in the morning, takes off its hat, makes its way around the drawing room, and then leaves after twenty minutes. If I am not at home it leaves a card on a silver tray in the hallway. The visits are refined and pleasant.
When it is being vulgar, it heaves a rock through the front window with a note attached. Sometimes the note is flaming.
Today's visit was from the Fujifilm representatives - who very kindly brought samples of the new cameras that have just been released at Photokina. We were able to see and operate the XF1 and the X-E1 and compare them to the X-Pro1. In addition we got news about firmware updates for the current series of Fujifilm cameras.
Well, I am impressed with the X-E1. Smaller body than the X-Pro1 and a totally electronic viewfinder as opposed to the hybrid electronic/optical type, but the same well-disposed controls and the same brilliant sensor. It shares the lens mount so all the current lenses will fit, as well as the new 14mm and 18-55mm zoom. Same big battery - 330 shots per charge. And same precise build quality.
New to the camera is an improvement to the speed of the autofocus and the processing. This is also on the table for users of the X-Pro1 as there is a new firmware update that will speed it up. If you're using the X-Pro1 go over to the Fuji website and see what you can find.
Okay - I'm a Fuji fan since I put out my own money for an X-10 earlier this year, and I have the pictures in hand to support my enthusiasm. So I'm biased. But this new X-E1 looks like it will be a very sweet competitor in the mirrorless market - in fact if it is priced as low as the Fuji man said, I may indulge in time for next year's hot rod show.
The XF1 was stylish, at the same time producing a superb compact image. If you need a pocket-size and want your camera to be better looking than just a black slab, this is the one to look at.
We'll keep you posted when supplies arrive. X-Pro1 and lenses are here now.
jpeg image straight out of Fuji X-10 - Melbourne 2012