X10 Inbound

Fujifilm X10 I pulled the trigger and ordered the Fujifilm X10. I’m really looking forward to getting it. Unfortunately, it probably won’t get here before the weekend.

I find it very interesting that several of the well-known photographers I follow are relying more and more on various compact system cameras and less on their big DSLR kits. Many of them seem to be gravitating to the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 or maybe the X-E1. I find them both to be very intriguing, given my current desire to simplify as much as possible without sacrificing quality. Unfortunately, my budget does not allow purchasing any of the APS-C X-series camera bodies any time soon.

Another sticking  point for me is my lenses. I really don't want to lose the use of the few Minolta lenses I have acquired. Obviously, I can keep my Sony SLT-A35 body and continue to hold on to that kit -- which I'm certain I will for some time. There are some adapters available to use A-Mount lenses on the Fuji bodies, but they do so with no automation what-so-ever. Without aperture rings on the lenses, I have no idea if the operation would be acceptable.

As I re-read what I've just written, I see that I'm echoing the comments of several other photographers who are making, or have made, transitions to "digital rangefinders."


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Another "Future of Photography" post

Much in the news of photography today, much of which is not good. First up, our favorite camera store, Penn Camera, has filed for bankruptcy. They'll be closing stores almost immediately. That leaves only a very few, scattered independent shops in our area, most of which suffer from small product lines. The logo from 1987 to 2006. "Evolution of...

Second, Kodak is also filing for bankruptcy. In my opinion, this has been a long time coming, and taking our Kodachrome away was the nail in the coffin. Not that I ever liked Kodachrome. I always thought Fujichrome was a much better film.

Sony Alpha NEX-7

Meanwhile, Trey Ratcliff has posted an interesting article on his blog announcing the death of the DSLR. Instead, Trey imagines a future of 3rd generation digital cameras, most without mirrors, and many without even any kind of viewfinder except for the big screen on the back. Indeed, new mirrorless cameras like Sony's new NEX-7 offer all of the image quality of today's APS-C DSLRs in an amazingly compact package. With adapters available allowing a wide ranges of lenses to fit on the NEX cameras, they're sure to be a hit. The NEX-7 is poised to be a very capable, professional quality camera once some serious lenses are available.

Full circle?

Years ago, professionals relied heavily on superb-quality 35mm rangefinder cameras with interchangeable lenses from Lieca, Nikon, Canon, and others. They loved them for their small size and weight and excellent image quality. A glance at the pages of any new photography magazine shows some of those same players are back at it today, introducing high-end "digital rangefinders" aimed squarely at professional or semi-pro markets.

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