It's Official - Finally, a Digital Camera for us Old Pharts!

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. pic_02

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.

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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:

 

Nikon Df Leaks

I'm not usually one to jump on the gear leak bandwagon. There are plenty of sites out there just for that. But, I've been following this one pretty closely, and I decided to share the latest. Why? 'Cause I'm a hit whore. I mean, "Nikon Df," and "whore" are guaranteed to drive my search rankings through the roof! Anyway, here's one of the pictures that's been floating around today. Nikon Df in Black and Silver.

It's not a bad looking camera, really. As you can see, it's bristling with knobs and buttons. There's a shutter speed knob next to the shutter button, and on the other side, an ISO knob and an exposure compensation knob for +/- 3-stops. It has good specifications, a "full-frame" 16.2MP sensor, and will work with virtually any Nikon lens or accessory you can throw at it; both AI and non-AI lenses are supported, along with all the more modern lenses. It is more like an F3 than an FM, which is in many ways a disappointment.

The leaked price is the killer, though. Nearly $2750.00 for the body. Guess what? At that price, there'll be no Nikon movement for me! If I were to go full-frame right now (which I won't), the choice would be a Sony Alpha 7 with the appropriate lens adapter to use my Minolta lenses, despite the slightly awkward shutter release position.