Let me start by saying that some of this was written yesterday and some of it today. Eh…who cares….
I had to get my Dreamcatcher stuff posted first because of such high public demand. Just kidding but not really. These images sell more than anything else from my artsy fartsy collection. These were all made with the XP1 and the 35mm 1.4. It’s a chore for me because I don’t like the 50mm FOV but yet with the XP1….it’s very natural. I use the OVF 90% of the time and the screen the rest and of course somewhere in my demented mathematical equation, the EVF works in.
So there’s much talk about the new kid on the block. Oh yeah…it’s all over the net and all over the world. The Fuji XT1 is going to break records. I don’t know which records but I’m told big stuff…wait and see. Well….here in Northeast Philly on Montour Street, in the back room that’s converted to an office but nobody works in it just me and it ain’t work if you love it but anyway…..here…the XT1 will never make an entrance. It’s shunned and not allowed to make a presence. Andre’ the XP1 and Ding the XE1 have decided that …we doin’ need no stinking camera with a center mounted evf that looks like a SLR from the days long gone but they ain’t long gone cause many still like that form but here …. we don’t!
The Form Factor
I don’t think the form factor of the XT1 is something I find attractive, in fact I know it isn’t. I’m not going to make a realtime comparison between the XT1 and XP1 but I do want to get a few things off my chest. I speak for my self and whoever else is in my head at the time of this writing but you may just find some stuff to think about. That hump on tomp of the body is something I find totally repulsive. Because of that, I can’t wrap my head around it.
It’s a know fact, at least here in Philly that photography is about seeing. More importantly, seeing at the precise moment of exposure…The Decisive Moment…ring a bell? Now this isn’t just about the moment of exposure but maybe a few seconds leading up to it. On the street, avenues, alleys etc, there are many puzzles to find and to try to put together to make your photos. Many elements work together in either positive or negative energy and many times both together that make up your photos.
The ability of the shooter to se these parts before and during exposure is something that has to be recognized as most important. So what happens is something like this: You spot something of interest and you feel a photo ready to be born. You look and then when you think things are either really close or are at it’s peak….you raise the camera to the eye…frame, then shoot. See, here’s where I take issue. With the XP1, this is how I most times do things: I raise the camera to the eye and…I can see my frameline and then I squint the right eye looking thru the finder and open the left eye…this immediately allows me to see the elements outside the frameline and decide if my crop is complete or I need to rethink the frame. Of course, this happens really fast and the hidden elements outside the frame are exposed and I can be more precise in the statement I am trying to make.
This is something every Leica M shooter knows about and probably does. This is not something that should be dismissed or taken for granted…it’s actually lifesaving at times. Yeah, yeah….what about that parallax thing shooter? So what! Things like that are not intrusions, they are things to keep the mind awake and to keep it off AP…(auto pilot). Now I’m not saying that the EVF isn’t a good thing, not at all I’m just saying that all things being equal, the OVF is better for me.
I gotta come back to this but I feel it’s like beating a dead horse. Many shooters understand this stuff and many haven’t a clue. It’s ok, I stated on the get go that the XP1 killed the XT1 for ME! Ya know….the difference between the OVF and the EVF is as strong as the EVF against the LCD screen……WHAT!!!!!!!