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Behold the Fuji X70

Yes, I usually succeed in not buying another camera. But this time it’s different. Of course.

It was either the Fuji X70 or Ricoh GR II.

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It was Eric Kim’s review that made me go for the Fuji X70. It’s “a Ricoh GR with Fujifilm colors”. Fantastic!

This time I have my wife’s blessing, as I’ve convinced her that I need a digital camera for street photography at night, as I have 3-4 hours to kill while waiting for my son (as his designated chauffeur) on various evenings.

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Here’s the obligatory “me and my shadow” shot.

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There’s a whole genre of cat photography to be found on the web.

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I’m trying my best to resist taking another shot.

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I’m still not instinctively comfortable with the 28mm focal length – I’m too close this time.

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Here, I’m slightly further away than I realized – the 2 men should have filled out the whole image. I’m still thinking in terms of 35mm.

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The articulated screen allows me to be more stealthy – I can’t imagine doing this even with my Leica M6. Raising it to the eye would make me feel too conspicuous. Not to mention that fact that my usual ISO 400 film would not be fast enough given the lighting conditions.

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The Daido-inspired (poetic?) blurry shot. I think I can get away with it because of the wonderful film simulation colours from Fuji.

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The touchscreen framing via LCD approach does allow for various angles.

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I could do the “spray and pray approach” as well…

I sense a new book project in the horizon … maybe I can convince my wife … one book project, one camera …

Buy my book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 comments on “Behold the Fuji X70

  1. yuri rasin
    September 24, 2016

    Its the very camera I keep my eye on for the last few weeks. Sounds like a perfect ensemble in compact package..

    • eddietay
      September 24, 2016

      Yup it’s fantastic – but there’s a slight shutter lag when you shoot with the touchscreen.

  2. M.K. Wyman
    September 25, 2016

    You mention you would be afraid to hold your Leica to your eye. I think you should try it! Most people are caught off guard and either a) don’t care or b) don’t react. But if you just lean against a wall, sit on a bench, stand off to the side… It’s amazing what you might capture when you let the people come to you as opposed to you seeking them. It’s a sport!

    • eddietay
      September 25, 2016

      I tend to just walk along with the crowd but yes, standing to one side would work as well. 🙂

      • M.K. Wyman
        September 25, 2016

        Looking at your other posts… I may have spoken too soon. You have some great work and it’s great to see you are holding the value of film near and dear!

      • eddietay
        September 25, 2016

        Thank you! Yup, good film cameras are ironically never obsolete.

  3. Jimmy Tong
    September 26, 2016

    I have the Ricoh GR, very good companion. I do have an issue with dust in the sensor. A trip down to the service centre is no cheap. Good choice for X70 though 🙂

    • eddietay
      September 26, 2016

      Maybe I’ll get the Ricoh GR 3 in future. 🙂

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