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The Four Thirds Itch / Retro Styling

I have been flirting with the Four Thirds route for over two years, ever since a friend of mine Wibbly dabbled with a Panasonic GF1, which I blogged about here. The market has changed immensely since then, with retro styling becoming perhaps the prime consideration rather than the four thirds format and a number of manufacturers have waded in with Rangefinder style retro body styles to compliment the new digital technology inside.

Fujitsu, while not going down the four thirds route did  blast into the market for retro style cameras with their now iconic X100. This comes with a fixed prime lens shooting at 35mm equivalent and is now available at around the £650 mark. A tempting package indeed.

However, it is a fixed lens, it would always be an “as well as” camera. Still I can’t stop wanting one.

Meanwhile Olympus upped the ante with their spiffing OM-D retro styled glorious offering and Fujitsu came along with their X-Pro1. Both with interchangeable lenses and both knocking on the door of the DSLRs for image quality. Both though are the wrong side of £1000 by some margin, when you stick a lens on the front.

Fuji have listened to the comments about the cost of X-Pro1 ownership and have announced the X-E1 which has 95% of the goodness of the X-Pro but at a sub 1k body price. The target market of Fuji for this camera is a perfect match for er…  me!

So there you have it, the next step in my camera journey will be down the retro camera style route.  To this end a small camera bag is needed – a Billingham Hadley Digital or small will suffice – and a lightweight carbon fibre tripod such as the Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod + 3-way QR Head – 732CY-A3RC1 will establish the new direction nicely. The Fujitsu X-E1 launches in November, so time to get saving!


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Fuji X-E1 Is Imminent

A Japanese site called Digicam Info first leaked pics of a previously unknown Fujifilm mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, the X-E1. The natty looking snapper bears a strong family resemblance to the X-Pro1 model, but looks to be flaunting a pop-up flash, and lacks the optical viewfinder of the flagship model. The sneaked pics show black and silver-topped models, as well as a previously announced lens, the 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 OIS zoom that has also yet to hit the market. No other details, such as price, are available yet, but the model will likely slot behind the X-Pro1 and ahead of the X100 to fill out the retro-look X-family.

PhotoReview have taken a first look at this beauty and it is worth checking out here.


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Blog A Pic – Sunshine And An Opel GT

We have just holidayed in the South of France and while there we stopped off in one of our favourite spots to snap a few shots of our Opel GT.

This car is really at home in the South of France, it’s left hand drive for a start, it’s a convertible, it’s bright red and sexy and it moves a bit too! Yep it is just about perfect for us for a vacation there and as a bonus Peanut has enough room in the boot for a pair of high heels and a bikini. I couldn’t ask for more in a car.

This was taken just off the road that crosses the hills between Gassin and Ramatuelle on our drive to L’Escalet where our favourite beaches hide away from the crowds that head to the trendy Pampelonne beaches!