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photographs·thoughts·and some more·for the contemporary mind


April 9, 2017

Trying a Fujifilm XPro1 these days.

The early conclusion is simple:

Photographs are excellent.

Interfacing that camera after being used to rangefinders needs some, say practice.

It is "very electronic", but once knowing how it works and what's able to do, things become easier.

The option between electronic viewfinder and straight view can't confuse you. It is an advantage having both. Just you need choosing the right one for the desired purpose.

EVF frames exactly what you're going to shoot. Like SLR's you have exactly your picture there. Just things become in some way odd if being used to direct view. Something like image becoming some blurry when moving the camera or lightening gaps occurring in some situations; generally better for daylight and some uncomfortable when light is dim.

By opposite optical viewfinder works fine in low light situations. But framing through viewfinder lines becomes really poor in normal sunny day light ones. Just that viewfinder frame fades away.

An easy solution for that is placing a plastic sticker film on the viewfinder and drawing on it the frame for your lens with a permanent marker. That sounds primitive but it just works.

In both electronic and optical view, exposure is easy to read inside the viewfinder, specially if not so much light, but even so readable.

Menus are not difficult to go through. But better not getting lost in them and choosing previously the right settings.

Things like double exposure are welcome. And the function button sounds versatile.

Finally, that camera has a fast and sharp autofocus functionality. Actually it's designed for that purpose.

The point is I'm using an adapter. So, ... just manually focusing. Is that so bad?

Oh, no. Electronic viewfinder does it properly. If optically, scale focusing just works!

In conclusion, if I would design that camera I would make it slightly different. But, ...doesn't that happen with any camera? Usually we have to adapt to the camera, but ... isn't the camera the one to adapt to us?

...Good feeling

And I forgot that exposure compensation dial is just fantastic


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