I have had the privilege of trying out the Fuji X70 for a couple of months now. It has been a true joy to shoot with and I only wish Fuji wasn’t expecting it back! As for a review of the camera itself, I find myself with a very interesting dilemma. I could launch into your typical review, talking about the pros and cons and sum it all up with my final thoughts. However, plenty of others have done just that. Most of those reviews are very consistent as well. To make a long story short, I love using the little thing but hate not having a viewfinder. There you go. Easy enough. I’m actually going to take a different approach. I’m not going to elaborate on the technical aspect, but rather the creative one…….
And onto the WCL-X70…If you have read this blog recently, you’ll know about my initial commitment to disliking the new Fuji X70 and then, actually, falling head over heals in love with it. You can read about my first day at the races with the Fuji X70 if you so wish. Well, subsequently, I have kindly been loaned a WCL-X70 from Fujifilm UK- that’s a Wide Angle Converter in English and its made just for the little Fuji X-70. Oh, and the image quality and sharpness is superb. I’ve been working on a long term personal project for a while. I’ve tentatively called it “Burning Britain”, but I think it might end up just being about…well….being British……
I recently went on a long vacation to Belize. It was one of those rare trips where everything went smoothly, and it was a legitimate break from my everyday life. But I was incredibly anxious before I left — not because I was afraid I’d forget my passport, or that my allergy to bee stings would ruin my vacation. Instead I was worried about answering the most important question I ask before any trip I take: which camera do I bring? Last year when I spent some time driving around the American Southeast, I forced myself to bring one camera: my Fujifilm X100s. I chose to leave everything else — my DSLR, my lenses, my camera bag — at home……
When the announcement hit that Fuji was adding the X70 to the family, I shrugged and rushed to look at the X-Pro 2 instead. I wasn’t interested in a new compact camera. Then I got a chance to spend a couple of months with the X70, and from the moment I picked it up and started shooting I realized my mistake. The X-Pro 2 is a professional’s dream, but this…this is the camera that’s going to put the X Series in the hands of more people than ever before. X70 vs. X100T: The Obvious Comparison. There are two or three cameras that people have been comparing the X70 to. The most obvious is its own sibling, the X100T, but beyond that we have similar compacts like the Ricoh GR and Sony’s RX100 series. What stands out to me is how well the X70 manages to bring together the best aspects of those cameras…….
You can’t deny the attraction of a camera that can shoot at the level we photographers need and want, but at the same time can fit in most pockets. This camera is so damn easy to take with you anywhere and its image quality is spot on – true to the Fujifilm we love and know so well. The lens has a focal length of 18,5mm, but is the same physical size as the 23mm on the X100, so all filters, lens hoods,etc. will fit. I’m not going to lie: it took me a while to warm to the camera, more than I’m used to with any other cameras in the Fuji X-range. I wasn’t quite comfortable with using it without a viewfinder and first couple of times I picked it up, I put it to my eye out of habit. I also found the controls a bit close to the LCD, which also comes from being used to having more real estate on my cameras…….
- Scott found some info that Canon may actually step up their game in the mirrorles segment.
- Marco gives a fairly thorough hands on review of the new Fujifilm X70 compact camera that he has been working with for a month now. He shares a lot of hands on experiences about what worked well and what does not work so well. And Marco gives some solid firmware improvement wishes that the Fujifilm marketing and product engineering team should take a close look at. In the end, Marco gives his thumbs up or thumbs down verdict on this camera.
- In an interview with Panasonic North America manager Tom Curley, Marco finds out some interesting information about Panasonic and the cooperation with Leica. And there are plenty of information regarding current Panasonic cameras and what their particular strength are. You can find out more about Panasonic Lumix cameras on their website at LumixLounge.com or follow them on Twitter @LumixUSA
- Scott closes the show with some of his own thoughts on Panasonic Lumix cameras.
After a tremendous amount of self-imposed gear anxiety, I decided to leave the X-T1 and various lenses at home and packed only the diminutive Fujifilm X70 to cover my photography needs, real and imaginary, during my nine days in Peru. I have no hesitation recommending PFL for anyone that wants to travel to Peru without anxiety or doubt and want to focus on adventures and not misadventures. During the next few posts about Peru, I am not going to write many words about the trip, my experiences, or my time with my son; that is reserved for my memories. I am also not going to write much about the Fujifilm X70 except to say I was grateful that it was the only gear I took. I truly appreciated the compactness and capability the X70 afforded…….
A Fuji pocket camera with an APS-C sensor? Sign me up! In the past, I’ve briefly owned the X20 and X30 which are similar in size, but with a smaller sensor. You can see my reviews over on Medium here and here. The great thing about those two cameras is that they are very responsive, have a great zoom range, and they are excellent for closeups. The problem is that they have a smaller sensor, and thus the images really fall apart at high ISOs. I’ve been spoiled recently by the Fuji X-Pro2, but I still like the appeal of having a smaller camera, especially with the new 28mm equivalent focal length that the X70 offers. The price has been a bit off-putting though. What changed?……..
I know this is a review of a Fuji X70, a digital camera! But bear with me. My approach is by no small part based on my experience with film and analog cameras. For some time I’ve been craving a hi-end compact camera. Digital and analog respectively. The latter craving was fulfilled thanks to none other than Hamish himself when he sold me his Minolta TC-1. As for the digital compact I was still on the lookout. Since last September and my first hands on experience with Ricoh compact film camera I pretty much settled on a Ricoh GR II. Earlier this year the price in my country dropped significantly (the GR I here cost the same as GR II on B&H and GR II was through the roof like 1/3 more expensive). I’ve read about anything I could about it and was pretty determined that I’ll buy it. At the store I took some test pictures to inspect at home. I was specifically taking pictures on 6400 ISO……
Shortly before Christmas I sold my Fuji X100T. Simply put, it covered exactly the same ground as the new Leica Q that had just come my way. Since then the Q has filled the role formerly taken by the X100—and then some. I have already covered this in several articles. Yet the X100 left a certain emptiness in my photographic life. It was somewhat smaller, somewhat flatter than the Q which cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be classed as a pocket camera. The X100 bulged a little but, nevertheless, fitted reasonably comfortably in a coat pocket. There are occasions when you don’t want to appear with a camera around the neck yet still wish to be in the position to grab a quick photo that……