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How I use my Fuji X-Pro or: Why I stopped worrying about buying a digital Leica – Guest post by Xiaosu Han

Inspired by the recent article by Hamish regarding the Sony A7Rii, I wanted to share my way of working with my favorite digital camera, the Fuji X-Pro. A lot of people, myself included, seem to be struggling with getting that rangefinder experience in the digital world. Sure, there was the Epson RD-1, which I never had the chance to try, and there are digital Leicas, which I never had enough money at the side to be able to even think about seriously. Some people say just stay with film. I stayed with film, but in addition to that I somehow made the X-Pro work for me over the years, and it gives me that rangefinder feeling that I love so much with the benefits of the digital workflow.

Bear in mind, this is not going to be a technical review as many others are so much better in them as I am. This will be highly subjective and it will be about how I use the camera, how I transitioned from a Leica M6 to the Fuji X-Pro (1 and then 2) and now use both cameras side by side. As X-Pro1’s are available at a very very low price at the moment I hope that I am able to inspire a few people who can’t or don’t want to afford digital Leicas to be able to give their M-mount lenses a digital life.

The pictures included in this posting have been shot with the Leica M6/M7, X-Pro1 and X-Pro2.

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Starting out

The first film camera I ever picked up was a Seagull, a Chinese Rolleiflex copy, and that started it all. At that time I already owned a Canon 5D and was fascinated by those huge 6×6 medium format negatives and one of my first scans was actually with the 5D on a self-built stand.

Soon after acquiring a lot of other (proper) medium format cameras, I’ve started to develop myself as well, starting out with black and white first and then color. I also got an Epson V700 and scanned all the negatives and slides that I would develop at home. As the famed Gear Aquisition Syndrome also got ahold of me I needed more, more than just medium format cameras.

There was also a style that really spoke to me, a style that I discovered through Magnum Photos, that’s when I found out that street photography is for me. When doing research on 35mm cameras, especially in connection with street photography, there is one product that always will appear down the line, that one brand one can not dodge and that more or less gave birth to the compact 35mm style.

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The Leica

I’ve tried so many other cameras, compacts like the Konica S3 and other M-mount bodies like the Bessa R3A, but at one point I finally gave in and had to do it, the allure of the red dot was too much and I became weak. I bought my first Leica M6. It has never ever let me down once since. I’ve used the Leica M6 for almost 10 years now, and at some point it became the extension of my eyes, my mind and my hands.

Every other camera I’ve been trying and using in the past has not been able to come close to the experience I’ve had with the Leica. The only camera that could extend what I could do would be the Leica M7 because of it’s aperture priority AE mode. Last year I finally found a good deal and got one, and it’s now my main 35mm camera, but to be honest I still miss guessing the exposure and being right, seeing those two arrows align in the viewfinder or frantically turning that shutter speed wheel just to be able to set it right in time for the snap. I still had the Canon 5D around, but it just didn’t get any attention anymore, it would just be too cumbersome and too heavy to use for work as well.

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Digital workflows

The Fuji X-Pro1 attracted my attention as soon as it was announced, back at a time when I was looking for another, lighter and more practical digital camera, mainly for work. As a director of photography for movies I was looking for a camera that I could use to scout locations, and as the X-Pro1 has a very similarly sized chip to the cinema cameras we use (ARRI Alexa 23.76 x 13.37 vs. X-Pro2 23.6 x 15.6), the focal length I would use on my photo camera would approximately depict a field of view I could expect if I used that focal length on my cinema camera. It became my main camera to scout locations and previsualize framings that we could use for our movies.

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Two-pronged approach

I kept taking pictures with the X-Pro1 for work and using my Leica for personal photography. Through tinkering with the digital files I was surprised how good the colors were and how much it looked like film, with the right color correction applied.

But the X-Pro1 was always just a digital camera for me, a camera that I didn’t respect as much as my film cameras, I didn’t even want to use RAW! It was always the camera which I used to capture something that I just needed to have a record of, something that I needed to be able to show at meetings, but it never got to the point where I would take the camera seriously, every time I used to see or foresee a situation that I really wanted to take a photograph of, in my mind a proper photograph, I got my Leica out and used that. Although I sometimes had to wait months to be able to see that picture – or maybe that was why I liked it so much – I still didn’t trust the digital camera.

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Film habits

Shooting with film, especially with medium format, taught me that I have to make every frame count, and that I more or less have one chance to get a frame right. At one point I was shooting a lot of 6×9, which resulted in 8 frames per roll only. Scanning film is so much work, so it was very important for me to get it right the first time. Discipline is the key and I still rarely get more than three shutter actuations per scene, and actually edit a bit on my memory card already, deleting pictures that I don’t like immediately. I also don’t ever wipe my memory cards, keeping them as an additional backup, my digital negative.

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Legacy lenses

The Fuji X-mount lenses were never my cup of tea either, as I have used M-mount lenses for the longest time and somehow I never really warmed up to the modern lenses, not only their look, but also how they focussed and felt in my hand. Fortunately, M to X-Mount adapters became widely available so I was able to use all the lenses I have been using on my Leica on my Fuji as well.

After being able to mount my familiar lenses that I wanted to use on a digital camera I liked more and more I started to make the camera work for me. I’ve learned to use the peaking and especially the zoom button right next to the exposure compensation wheel and accustomed myself to the field of view of an APS-C chip, which I was already very familiar with through my work with the almost identical field of view of cinema cameras. I also found that using vintage lenses on my X-Pro to take the digital harshness off and using modern lenses on my Leica to be able to attain the sharpest possible negative gave me the best results.

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M6 vs. X-Pro shooting style

The M6 was always like (more or less simultaneously and entirely from muscle memory): See something – cock shutter – focus/look at rangefinder patch – half press shutter button – set exposure according to arrows – frame – shoot.

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Which adapted to the Fuji as follows: See something – switch camera on – press button to zoom in – focus – half press shutter button (returns to full frame from zoom) – maybe set exposure compensation – final framing – shoot.

Nowadays I have my right index finger on the On/Off switch all the time, the right thumb on the zoom button/exposure compensation, left hand on focus, preset aperture, auto shutter, auto ISO. When I see something I switch on the camera immediately and can go into focussing right away, snap, and switch it off right afterwards.

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Familiarity

I feel that having to switch the camera on feels very similar to advancing the film, and cocking the shutter and zooming in immediately feels just like looking at that rangefinder patch first thing when raising the camera up to my eye, so that translated particularly well. If there was a counter that measured how many times I switched my X-Pro on and off, that number would probably be higher than my shutter actuations. Now that I’ve made the camera work for me instead of working for it, why didn’t I just go full digital?

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Change

What made me get the X-Pro2 late last year and taking it seriously for photography was my latest batch of films. I’ve started to experiment a lot with motion picture film and other high iso films. The film that actually disappointed me the most was Cinestill 800T. It destroyed so many of pictures that I really liked from setting and framing, because of it’s really short shelf life. This and the inconsistency of films that I haven’t used before really frustrated me, I felt that even after almost 10 years of experience shooting film, the latest results were really really dissatisfying. Especially at night, where I became more liberal with the way I shoot in regards to exposure and shutter times, wide open lenses, which the X-Pro enabled me to do, because I could shoot at a higher ISO and check if I got it or not. It just didn’t translate so well back to shooting film.

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False expectations

As I’ve struggled with my results I’ve turned to something I was familiar with. Looking for other gear, looking for improvements, looking for technical advancements in order to get better results. So like before, when I found the Leica that I’ve enjoyed for so many years, I thought that a digital Leica might save me, make me a better photographer. So I toured stores, trying out several models like the M-E and the M262 and now eyeing the latest release, the M10.

They’ve never felt right, those cameras. In addition to all those problems that were popping up everywhere, stains on LCDs, sensor exchanges, old technology, not really satisfying images. LCD or no LCD? Video or no video? Instead of relying on new technology to advance my art, I had to work on something else.

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Full frame?

The only thing left that gave me doubts was that “full frame look”, that field of view, that feeling you get. I’ve tried a few Sony cameras, but they really just didn’t work for me, their menus and just how they are built. It’s just not the same, and going from a Leica to a Sony was never going to work, that I found out very quickly.

For now I have settled on getting that full frame look from actual full frame 35mm photography, and that gives my film Leica another lifeline, making it indispensable in the future. Now that I’ve solved the problem of the gear and accepted that there is no full frame digital camera on the market that I could afford and/or like, there was one more thing to do.

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Overcoming obstacles

I had to reflect, I had to look at my photography, I had to look at what the problem was, what it was that was driving me crazy. And it was my approach. I used to take my time taking a picture, I used to frame it up properly, I used to walk through cities alone just to take pictures.

Now, I expect the same results by just having a camera with me and now and then snap something and get the same result, just without all the thoughts and work that came with it. I’ve gone back and looked again at those pictures where the film has ruined my pictures. I’ve come to the conclusion that if I wanted consistent results with film, I’d have to use a consistent workflow.

So now I mainly use a few films that I trust, and try to take a step back before taking a picture, think about it for a second, think about what it will look like and if I have taken the right precautions to get a proper, sharp exposure.

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I’ve since applied the same approach to my digital photography, taking my time to take a picture and actually enjoy the process instead of just recording an image.

Reminding myself of the limitations of film photography and the liberations of digital photography has allowed me to focus on my photography and not on the gear that I use, using what I have instead of something that I want, but not need.

That’s how I stopped worrying about getting a digital Leica.

More of my photography can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xax
If you are interested in my work as cinematographer: http://www.stilfabrik.at

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    Olof Ljunggren
    March 4, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Truly an interesting read. And the images – wow. They’re incredible.

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      Xiaosu Han
      March 4, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you like them.

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    Blinx
    March 4, 2017 at 9:49 am

    That all makes sense. Experimenting with cameras is fun to a point, and probably a necessary stage to go through in deciding what works for you, but if it goes on too long it becomes a different hobby. I have an X-Pro1 and it’s the only digital camera I’ve managed to build a relationship with, but it hasn’t replaced film as my main photographic medium. Absolute sharpness, the potential for huge prints and other claims of new cameras is something I’m simply not interested in, so older digital or film cameras make sense. The bottle neck is scanning time, especially as I shoot a lot, and the effort periodically takes me into digital photography as a kind of convalescence. My rule is the further I get away from screen-to-screen image sharing, the less the need for digital photography. As most of my stuff goes into printed books now, full time conversion to digital is unnecessary. And film cameras are infinitely nicer to use!

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      Rasmus
      March 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Totally agree though I still find it to be a lot of fun to try out new old film cameras – theyre so easy to access and with almost no depreciation. My solution has been to invest heavily in analogue gear that all have different purposes/uses (M7, Xpan, a Nikonos, T3, PM670 etc) as well as a second hand Leica Q for those situations where digital is great (snaps and the like) and for my wife. I never liked the crop factor on an xpro that I had for a week. I so prefer film for anything that I put a bit of thought into. And I don’t mind the scanning as with a Pakon a roll takes 5 minutes and looks great.

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    Ronnie Thain
    March 4, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Blinx, you said it, “And film cameras are infinitely nicer to use!”, and that is exactly what I’m finding. The big problem is scanning time – getting the colour balance right, and the right balance of detail and grain, and then the inevitable spotting out. But I find once I’m happy with a scan it all feels worth it. I have this physical original negative to work with and archive, and, if anyone questions the colour, I just show them the negative and say, “Okay, tell me what you think it should be!”

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    George Appletree
    March 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Yeah, lovely couple.
    Colors need some adjustment, but that’s the good thing to learn from digitals.
    One wonders, what will you get from another new digital camera? So,… you’ll get right exactly the same thing. Imagine those people getting one new leica after the other. To what.
    An amazing nikkormat for instance is one hundred times cheaper than any of them. And there are many really inexpensive fabulous cameras.
    Yes, I love my leica couple, that’s it. Enough.

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    r_kt
    March 4, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    It’s safe to say after 20 years from my first camera to today, I feel the most complete with an xpro2 and a film leica in the same bag. I have the flexibility of run and gun, chimping, AF-C, madness for shooting family and my kid. And capability to slow down and think for the infrequent moment or subject that only film could tease out. But it’s a constant struggle of two disciplines, two mindsets. These two systems happen to play well with each other in almost every aspect, but none of them made me any “better”. Hamish, I did buy that M-A tho!!

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      Hamish Gill
      March 4, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Good good good! How’re you finding it?

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        r_kt
        March 4, 2017 at 9:17 pm

        Two frames into my first roll. Going out now. I am taking notes on my first roll since I can’t rely on my memory alone. I unboxed it in the leica store here in San Francisco, I must say the experience of buying new is something that I will treasure. New leica smell…Wow!

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    Mads
    March 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Great post. I have used the Xpro 1 for almost four years alongside film gear (M6, Nikons, various medium format systems) and I love it. It is slow as hell, but I’m used to this from shooting manual film cameras. The fuji glass is amazing, and the shooting experience is the closest I’ve come to shooting film. I’ll usually use the XP1 and the M6 as a combined light digital/film kit. I’m also tempted by digital Leica, but they’re so … darn expensive …

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    Wayne
    March 5, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for taking the time to create an interesting piece. I, too, went from using an Xpro-1 to an Xpro-2. I almost immediately realized some regrets about the change. It became immediately obvious, to me, Xpro-2 was all about improvement in function; in doing side-by-side comparison of photos from the two cameras, I found those from Xpro-1 seemed superior in that ever-controversial “film-like” quality thing. Of course, it could all be in my head; but once something gets in your head……….. I have always felt the same about M9, as that camera is compared to its successors.

    I also share the thing about medium format film cameras. Once I stumbled upon my first Zeiss Ikon folder, a 6×9 model, it was no time before I had a drawer full of different folders-none of them setting me back any more than a good night on the town. The little Zeiss Ikon 531 A (4.5×6) is not much larger, folded, than my Contax T compact…Truly, a compact, medium format, film camera. I frequently read comments pertaining to the widely held opinion that having/using too many cameras is detrimental; I feel just the opposite: it is enjoyable, and instructive, to visit the same old haunts with different cameras.

    Thanks again.

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      Blinx
      March 6, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Using multiple cameras is fun in a casual way, but I find if I don’t stick to a couple of old favourites when the results are important I mess up. Although the principle is the same for every film camera, the variation in control and placement is mind bending. My more common mistakes are forgetting: to wind on before pressing the shutter after using an auto advance camera, exposure compensation is set, an uncommon mode is applied, DX coding doesn’t allow what I need, AF hunts through glass, and a myriad of other cockups based on unfamiliarity. Sometimes it’s just a D’oh moment, but I’ve also missed good shots. The least problematic cameras to move over to are full manual types, clever compacts can require a totally different mindset.

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    Rollin Banderob
    March 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I’m struggling with either getting a Fuji XP2 or Leica body to use my M lenses. How is XP2 OVF with digital focus aid vs M7 viewfinder?

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      Xiaosu Han
      March 6, 2017 at 1:58 am

      (same reply as on facebook)

      I would not use the digital focus aid from the OVF – it has been irritating to use and I found that zooming in and focussing is much faster. Also the framelines of the Fuji are not that exact.

      The M9 is a full frame camera, but with an 8 year old sensor. If you can find one under market price then I’d say test it out. I’ve had great results from it (also in low light) and the old Leica rangefinder feeling is back! If you care about handling a Leica and can’t get over how it feels to take a picture with one, the M9 is required. If you only care about results, you don’t need a Leica. The M9 will only help you psychologically, but not technically, if that makes sense.

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    Eamonn Power
    March 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. I have spent years with the battle between film/digital comparisons and this really helped clarify a multitude of issues in my mind.
    I wonder could you share any recommendations in lens choices plus adapters to use with the Fuji Xpro 1 ?
    Unfortunately all my analog gear is Canon so I will have to create a budget to invest in some Leica glass.
    Thanking you in advance – Eamonn

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      Xiaosu Han
      March 9, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Glad you like my point of view!

      I’ve gotten a random cheap adapter off Ebay, a quick search reveals several options for 10 dollars with free shipping.

      Here’s a list of lenses that I quite liked because of their size and what they offer:

      – Canon 35mm f2.0 LTM (extra adapter needed)
      – Voigtlander 21mm f1.9 (for the wide shots)
      – MS-Optical 50mm f1.1 (for the faux Noctilux look)

      Those are basically the lenses I use for the equivalent focal length. There is a Chinese X-Mount lens floating around for around 100 USD, a 25mm f1.8 that I have just gotten in the morning. It seems to be quite good too.

      If I had to get one lens, it would be the 35mm Canon LTM. They say it’s the Japanese Summicron, and I love it. You will too 🙂

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    THE BIMBLER
    March 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I had an X-Pro 1, for about fourteen months. When I went to use it one day I could not change the EVF to the OVF (which was why I bought the camera) then the shutter wouldn’t fire. The camera was kaput and just out of warranty!
    I already had on X-E1 and an X-10 which I really like for it’s small size.

    Eventually I got a Leica M9 with less than 1000 shots taken and I am very pleased with it. I have several Leica M and Ltm lenses that I can use.

    But buying another camera will not make you a better photographer. Learn how to look, how to compose and leave your Smartphone at home!

    For many years I only had a Minolta XG-1 which I still have, and took many of my best pictures with it.

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      Blinx
      March 10, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      The Bimbler, not changing EVF to OVF was probably down to the mode you were in. Fuji’s operational protocols are a law unto themselves, for instance you can’t use OVF in macro, and as the macro button is where your thumb naturally falls, the X-Pro1 accidentally locks up. Of course it may have been broken, but I’m betting a heap of XP1’s were returned based on user error.

      A dual viewfinder camera is quite a trick to pull off, offering zoom optical framing and an EVF with focus assist is no small task, and changing between the two requires a different mindset.

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    Jesse K Anderson
    March 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

    The only thing keeping me from purchasing a XMount Adapter is the crop factor. I have Fuji lenses for my Fuji and M Mount for my CLE and Voigtlander. Seems it might defeat the purpose of the great lenses to only have their focal lengths changed (ie. 35mm to 50mm). Does this bother anyone else? My 40mm Rokkor would be a whole other lens, no?

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    Bjorn
    March 9, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Great images and I love your story. It’s one I can relate to. I started out with photography about 11 years ago with a DSLR. As time moved on I longed for a smaller, lighter more portable system to suit my style of shooting. My search lead me to Leica, but considering the cost it was not an option. Mirroless systems kept improving and when the X-pro1 came out with the fast primes, I bought it at launch. I sold my canon gear and never looked back.
    At the same time I got introduced to the world of mediumformat film photography and self-developing. I got myself a Bronica SQ (the poor mans Hasselblad). That inspired me to start to use film on the streets as well and I started looking for a suitable 35mm camera.
    Being so happy with the xpro-1 formfactor leica came back into the picture. Still expensive though, so to ensure myself it was worth the rangefinder experience, I bought a second hand Zeiss Ikon ZM. I used it for two years and sold it for the same price I got it for.
    I replaced it with a Leica M-A. It is just so much fun to use, and provides great satisfaction when nailing the focus and exposure.
    The temptation for a digital Leica is still there, but it is such poor investment. In 5 years it will be technically outdated, in 10 years it will probably start having issues with electronic parts and after 15 years there will be no new batteries available. End of camera. My Leica M-A however I expect to hand over to my kids in 50 years or so.

    I’ll stick to the Fuji and Leica in my small messenger-bag.

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    Simon
    March 10, 2017 at 8:57 am

    嗨!小苏!
    I quite agree with you.
    I got a M262,not the MD M262,but the M240-for-poor-man M262 . I found it rather good. Not like the M240 or the new M10, it’s a genuine rangefinder camera. A genuine rangefinder camera means if you consider it as a camera, it is no where near as good as A7 or 5D. But I think I got far more good pics from the M262 than A7 or 5D.
    Because it is so bad as a camera, it forces me to think before pushing that little button on the shoulder of the camera. In other word, Leica taught me how to take photos, how to take it seriously, not just snap around. It is like the difference between a Gatling and a Barrett, u can certainly spray the shots with an A7, but Leica is the more critical one. I have to make every shot count. (It’s the medium format film that taught you this same thing.)
    And it’s also like the difference between tools and toys. The Leica surely gave me more joy than those tools. So I found myself neglected my A7 and 5D for quite a long time now. And recently, to add to the joy a bit, I bought an Leica M3. With no metering and the joy of film processing and fully mechanical structure, it’s certainly a better toy than the M262. I will not be surprised if I found one day I left my M262 with my A7 and 5D collecting dusts.
    As a toy, the worse one is always the better one.

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    Jamie
    March 15, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Hey, great website and great post.
    Just wondering where you got your camera straps/body covers?
    They’re awesome.

    Thanks

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      Xiaosu Han
      March 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      thanks!

      the straps are actually just the regular fuji/leica straps – the leica halfcase is from artisan and artist, a japanese company and the fuji halfcase is the one I used on the X-Pro1, with a lot of patina…

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    Trevor
    March 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    That was a very well-thought out and well-written article. Your pictures are also very beautiful, they make me want to go shoot right now. I love my Fuji cameras, but they’re just tools with strengths and weaknesses. And I’m the same way with my on/off switch.. I’m afraid I’ll wear it out faster than the rest of the camera.

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    Konstantin
    September 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

    the more recent photo for today on flickr have been taken with leica m9… haha)

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    Xiaosu Han
    September 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Yes! I have gotten a M9 in the meantime 🙂

    I was about to write an article regarding it…

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    Anandananda
    October 26, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Beautiful colors. No, I will not ask for settings;)
    Anandananda

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    Richard Alton
    February 4, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Excellent post. I’ve arrived late at the party, but there’s still lots of good food for thought. Having used the Leica M3 and M6 for many years, I turned to an M8 when I moved to Zambia in 2015. Importing photo chemicals to Zambia? Are you joking? The quirky framelines on the Leica M8 sometimes drive me mad, then I fall back in love with it. The straightforward menu is perfect for a technophobe like me. I’ve often thought about buying a Fuji X-Pro, but their reputation for complex menus has put me off. Thanks again, Xiaosu.

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    Anson
    April 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Now I found someone understand and shared the same feeling. This is the same thing happened to me. I have decided to switch from M10 to X-Pro2 now.

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    Nikos
    August 17, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I am looking to buy a Fujifilm XT20 and use a Leica lens in order to enter the digital age and attend a year of photography training. Easier workflow, editing, etc …

    I am shooting 50mm on film and I am doing street photography, although I don’t like the term since I am more interested in people than street 😛

    What would you suggest as a versatile Leica lens to use on the Fuji for my intended use ? Since I am a father of two, I am referring to used Leica lenses and not the new, expensive editions.

    Maybe in the future will keep the lens and buy an M6 body.

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      Hamish Gill
      August 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Why Leica? Why not zeiss? The ZM 35mm lenses are stunning and are a fraction of the price of anything made by leica

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      Xiaosu Han
      August 19, 2018 at 7:31 am

      It really depends if you are set on getting a Leica lens. The really only “cost-effective” one under 50mm is the 40mm Summicron. Great lens and can be bought on a budget. All the 35mm Summicrons and Summiluxes come with quite a hefty price tag.

      One of my favorites that I use almost daily is the MS-Optical Apoqualia 35mm 1.4, although it has a very special look wide open. My absolute favorite 35mm for M-mount in regards of value is the Canon 35mm f2.0 in LTM mount. Very cheap but perfect build quality and awesome pictures.

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    Bart
    November 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Can I ask about lens that you used for that photos?

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    Bart
    November 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Hi! What adapter do I need to shoot with Canon 35mm f2.0 LTM ? Did you tested Canon 35mm f/1.5 LTM ?

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      Hamish Gill
      November 10, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      If I was looking to adapt an ltm lens to a fuji I would get a leica m to fuji adapter and a ltm to m adapter

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    Andy
    January 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    What adapter are you using for the Apoqualia-G?

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      Xiaosu Han
      January 23, 2019 at 9:48 am

      A Leica M adapter works well! I’ve gotten a cheap one off ebay.

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    Nigel Vernon
    March 6, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Is it possible to use an Fuji X lens on a Leica? Anyone tired it?

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      Hamish Gill
      March 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm

      Unlikely without the relevant connections – both focus and aperture in the fuji lenses is electronically controlled!

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    lawrence
    March 29, 2019 at 10:04 am

    I guess another solution on the digital front would be to use the smallest capacity memory cards available. Maybe have one in the camera, and one spare ‘just in case’ something unexpected turns up.

    The small capacity memory cards & shooting RAW (big file size) will limit the number of shots you can take, which makes each one more ‘precious’ to get right, which will slow you down & make you question pressing the shutter more.

    A broken ‘delete’ button on the camera might help too 😉

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    Gustavo Sil
    May 8, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I want to buy my first camera after a bad experience with a canon that I had I did not adapt to the size and weight, so I thought of a fuji already I like leica cameras I think so beautiful but the price is very high, so I was looking at a fuji x100 that in which models xpro1 and x-e1 are the cheapest and that in which could buy more easily taking the factor that would have to buy a lens if it were xpro1 or x-e1, I’m afraid to buy some of these 3 cameras I regret to spend less instead of buying something newer with the x100s or x-e2, could you help me on which camera I could buy which of these models would be more affordable and with a better cost benefit

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