Some pictures taken after our little ice storm this morning. All pictures taken with the Fujifilm X10.
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Much has happened since I posted TOM, THE FUJIFILM X-E1, AND A DOLLAR BILL back in September. Fujifilm updated the X-E1 to the X-E2, and they introduced the X-M1 and the X-A1. And, at around 11:30PM EDT last night, Fujifilm announced what looks to be a delightful digital camera for those of us who have long lamented the disappearance of traditional camera controls: shutter speed dials, aperture rings, etc. It’s called the Fujifilm X-T1.
This is the second camera to hit the market with this level of control (the first being Nikon’s full-frame Df), and the first mirrorless APS-C camera do so. The X-T1 features the traditional aesthetic of an SLR married to all the tech that only Fujifilm brings to the table with their advanced X-Trans II sensor and EXR-II image processor.
The image above clearly shows the traditional control layout. Finally, everything is where it should be on a digital “SLR” styled camera — the shutter speed dial adjacent the viewfinder hump, aperture ring around the lens, shutter button under the forefinger, along with easily accessed ISO and exposure compensation dials. Still, the camera is compact, possibly about the same size as the old Olympus SLRs.
As exciting as the X-Pro I and the XE-2 are, this camera looks to be as close to photographic nirvana as an old phart like me could get. I’ll be anxious to see the price!
Of course, you can read all about the new camera here, or check out the press release. There’s also a “special site” dedicated to the X-T1. Finally, you can watch Fujifilm’s official promotional video:
If you’re really jazzed, you can pre-order at Amazon.com!
Fujifilm is slated to announce this camera (the X-T1) on January 28. This image comes from a slightly hidden page on the official Fujifilm X-Series web site, and from the looks of things, they have really done this right. All of the controls appear to be in exactly the right places, and it should have all the most excellent Fujifilm technology under the skins. This is exciting!
I took the lead picture this afternoon while on my way home from Lewes, Delaware, where I attended an excellent event hosted by the Coastal Camera Club featuring Lewis Kemper. Within another couple of minutes, I was driving through blinding rain.
Lewis presented two excellent talks on making photographs, which included some great basic photography tips, tips on getting the best out of your camera, and also on RAW and HDR processing. I took two full pages of notes, something which I rarely do at events like these.
I was particularly impressed with his approach to HDR processing. His work uses HDR to enhance realism … to make the printed image look like what he saw, not an over-cooked cartoon. He also showed a really interesting technique for RAW processing that can make getting a great looking conversion quick and easy. The gist of the technique is that you do the conversion in B&W mode. Briefly, you open the RAW file in Lightroom, press the V key in the Develop module to toggle into black-and-white, adjust the image for the best result, and then use the V key to toggle back to color. The premise is that a good black and white will make a good color. I can’t wait to try it out of some of my own images.