Thoughts on Fuji, Leica & How The Camera I Want Doesn’t Exist

Fuji and Leica seem to be going at each other.  Leica’s newest camera has an X in its name while a newly announced Fuji has an M. I don’t think this is an accident or coincidence.

I don’t understand some of what Fuji was thinking with their new X-M1 camera. It’s sort of a junior X-Pro1 and has the same APS-C sensor as that roughly one-year old camera, as opposed to the newer sensor in the X100s that everyone is raving about. This makes no sense (sorry) to me. Why not put that newer sensor into it?

(If you haven’t already read this in 100 places already, Fuji announced the X-M1, an interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor retailing for $699 body only or $799 with a kit zoom lens.)

I’ve hit this frustration point because what I want in a second camera should be simple enough and yet as near as I can tell, it doesn’t exist.

Sadly (or stupidly) it took my going through three different mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (Fuji X-Pro1, Sony NEX-7, Olympus O-MD) before I finally realized that for all the strengths of these different cameras, I didn’t want a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.  For one thing, once you put any sort of a decent zoom lens on them, they became so bulky that there was no advantage to taking them every day as opposed to my Nikon D800.  More importantly, I realized that I could neither afford nor desired to spend hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars buying multiple lenses for these systems when I already have a fair investment in Nikon glass.  (And no, before you ask, I have zero intention of getting a Nikon 1.)

Of all of these various cameras, the ones I enjoyed shooting with the most were the Fuji X100 (but I felt stymied by having just that single focal length lens) and the X-Pro1 (didn’t want to invest in Fuji glass).  What I loved about them was the control layout – instant and easy access to aperture and shutter speed without fiddling through menus.  Today I’ve got a Sony RX100 which certainly takes a nice picture but I find the control system too fiddly and I don’t like having only that 3 inch LCD screen for framing; I like a viewfinder.

I suppose that the latest Leica, that X Vario, would be perfect for me but whether or not you want to quibble over the zoom lens being relatively dark, the $3,000 price tag puts it out of my reach.

So what do I want? It’s actually simple – I want a Fuji X100s with a fixed halfway decent zoom lens. I loved the controls on the X100 and I LOVED the hybrid viewfinder.  I want a fixed zoom lens, which lets out the Nikon Coolpix A. I want a large sensor, which lets out the Canon G series.  And I want it to cost under $1,000, which lets out the Leica.

If Fuji ever releases an X100s with a zoom, I will be there.

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  1. UII July 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Watch the Ricoh space.

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