Or, the Fuji X-Pro 1 is soon to be 830nm Infrared…
Well, while the X-Pro 1 is a much finer camera than the X-E1 due to its hybrid viewfinder, but the E1 offers some minor upgrades that make it more attractive to me. First and foremost was the addition of an electronic remote shutter release! This one single change allows me to attach the camera to both my High Speed Water Drop system as well as my Lightning Trigger. I can also use it now with high speed hummingbird photography! This is in following my plan to completely remove my Canon equipment from my photographic tools in order to achieve a leaner lighter photographic system (click HERE for an explanation as to why this is so important!).
I am REALLY HAPPY with this decision. The camera is light and small, people around me rarely notice it in my hands! It generates GREAT images that I can use in place of images generated on my Canon 1DSMK3 and 7D without the need for a donkey to carry it around! (if you did not follow the link in the above paragraph as to the WHY reason, please do so, it will explain sooooo much!).
Now that I have completed the evaluation and testing of the new E1 camera I have decided to send the X-Pro 1 off to LDP in New Jersey to be converted to 830nm Infrared. I have a Panasonic GH2 Micro 4/3 system already converted to 590nm IR so I am thinking that the X-Pro 1 will be a novel deep contrast B&W IR system to have. I really do like the X-Pro 1 and love the hybrid viewfinder so I will likely be watching closely next year to see what its replacement can do!
So with all of these photographic paths in mind I jumped on the X-E1 camera system. I also ordered the new Fuji 18-55mm lens as a walk around lens further allowing me to reduce the camera bag by three extra lenses, the 18mm, 35mm and the 60mm. Now all that I carry is the 18-55, 8mm fisheye, Voigtlander Heliar 75mm f/1.8 Lens with two 5mm Leica extension tubes (I LOVE the Leica and Voightlander M mount lenses for this system!) and a Pin Hole lens! This makes for a much lighter camera case.
There is no sense in evaluating the new camera, it has been done a thousand times all over the world, and basically it is identical to the X-Pro 1 in all ways except for the Viewfinder and the LCD panel and has the addition of 2 separate inputs for an electronic remote shutter release.
What is important here is to show that in operation, the camera handles just like the X-Pro 1 and generates great images. I shoot in RAW and currently am using Adobe’s ACR within Photoshop CS6 and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Phase One’s Capture One V7 with Fuji support! Capture One has been my main tool for RAW conversion for years and it is just killing me to have to wait so long for this update!
I hope that you can see why I am so excited over this smaller sister to the X-Pro 1 camera! It really will fill every of my photographic needs in time. I am anxiously waiting for the release of the 55 to 200mm lens in 2013!