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Just fess up, immediate X100 owner ... yes or no!
Old 03-08-2011   #1
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Just fess up, immediate X100 owner ... yes or no!

I'm insatiably curious to find out how many people here are actually going to be straight up X100 owners ... no ifs, buts or maybes ... you're either getting it now or your not! Six months from now who cares, because by then we'll all be salivating over the next miracle mirrorless digital.

I've noticed that Joe is flip flopping over his decision to own one and I can't help but wonder if some of the other 'I have to have one' brigade are doing the same?

Me ... I'm getting one that fell off the back of a truck!
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No. Film is still available and funnier ...
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I am waiting until I am in Melbourne, since we are staying for five years I would like to have a local warranty.

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No. Film is still available and funnier ...

Film is not just funny, it's a problem Gabor ... I've discovered it's taking up most of the room in my freezer.

How will I test the X100?
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No. Film is still available and funnier ...
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Film is the reason why my photo passion revamped and the reason why I spend time here...
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Have mine. Is worth the wait. Only two arrived in local store. I was first to put down a deposit so was first on the list. Hopefully you get yours soon Keith.
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Have mine. Is worth the wait. Only two arrived in local store. I was first to put down a deposit so was first on the list. Hopefully you get yours soon Keith.

There's people throughout the western world waiting for these things and Auckland has a couple already ... what goes on here?

Brisbane must be about the same population as Auckland ... where's mine?
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No. A redundant piece of machine that does nothing that hasn't been done before. And what it does now is no where near worth to spend 1000 dollars on. Imagine what you can do with 1000 dollars, but people insist on dropping it on something that is 'but a thing'. Stop being so materialistic.
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No. A redundant piece of machine that does nothing that hasn't been done before. And what it does now is no where near worth to spend 1000 dollars on. Imagine what you can do with 1000 dollars, but people insist on dropping it on something that is 'but a thing'. Stop being so materialistic.

Personally I think a thousand dollars does bugger all these days ... it did a lot when I was a kid though!

And suggesting that people here stop being materialistic is bold ... I admire your 'chutzpah!'
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It was a yes, until Amazon UK priced the thing at £899 for April shipment, and so now I'm waiting. If Amazon can sell it for that price clearly the launch price (£999) is a decent premium and will fall once stock becomes widely available.

Its a completely pointless and illogical purchase, I could get a similarly good compact RF (e.g. Oly 35RC) and about 90 rolls processed/scanned for the same price. Given the rate I shoot at these days that's probably 9 years of film photography, by which time we'll have a large format digital view camera with movements for the price of a Holga*

*OK, slight exaggeration.
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So far the X100 is looking really good but I can't afford one at the moment so the enforced wait means I really get to find out how the camera performs before I put any money down. And no, just because my name is Keith I'm not expecting one to fall off the back of a truck. I have lots of other toys to play with in the interim--20+ cameras as we speak. My wife has told me that if I want anything more I have more than enough stuff to sell in order to finance the purchase. But..the one nice thing about having that much stuff around is that she doesn't know if I do slip another body or lens onto the shelf--not that I would ever cheat on "her"...
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Keith - I think the one thing this thread will prove is that the people who have decided to buy, and the people have have decided not to buy, will both have perfectly reasonable and logical reasons for their decision. However, some of the negatives seems to awfully emphatic and repetitive about it!
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Keith - I think the one thing this thread will prove is that the people who have decided to buy, and the people have have decided not to buy, will both have perfectly reasonable and logical reasons for their decision. However, some of the negatives seems to awfully emphatic and repetitive about it!

Yes ... I did get the odd whiff of film verses digital myself!
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I invested in the great Leica M system - film and digital. Why on earth shall I leave this amazingly compact and enjoyable system at home for the sake of a little p&s which gimmecks a rangefinder.

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Old 03-09-2011   #17
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I'll be buying one but will wait for the first ones to develop bugs and be fixed before I get mine.I usually don't buy when things are first released.
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I weighed a few of my cameras last night. The M4/Summicron 35/2 weighs in at 900gm. The Hexar with the same lens is just 5gm lighter. The dSLR with my nearest equivalent lens is 1021gm. (And I feel the difference.)

The X100 specs promise a mass of 445gm with card and batteries.

As I get older that starts to sound attractive in some situations. And I would still have the option of using the other systems when they would suit my needs better.
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I weighed a few of my cameras last night. The M4/Summicron 35/2 weighs in at 900gm. The Hexar with the same lens is just 5gm lighter. The dSLR with my nearest equivalent lens is 1021gm. (And I feel the difference.)

The X100 specs promise a mass of 445gm with card and batteries.

As I get older that starts to sound attractive in some situations. And I would still have the option of using the other systems when they would suit my needs better.
Dear Chris,

True, but whenever I advance this argument to myself, I reflect that with a minimum of self-discipline (eat and drink a little less, exercise a little more) I could lose the weight of my M9 and any single lens I own for it. With more effort I could probably lose the weight of a small Leica system (2 bodies, 5 lenses).

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Film is not just funny, it's a problem Gabor ... I've discovered it's taking up most of the room in my freezer.

How will I test the X100?
How about taking some photos of the, errrr, cat?
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Lol Keith, where did you pre order yours from? if you know anyone in bris has stock do tell

I have mine pre-ordered at a shop in WA... long wait.
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I have one, it was worth the wait, and now I've had some time to play with the settings and set it up as I want, I imagine it'll be a great little shooter. And everybody who has seen it thinks it's an old film camera.
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It was a yes, until Amazon UK priced the thing at £899 for April shipment, and so now I'm waiting. If Amazon can sell it for that price clearly the launch price (£999) is a decent premium and will fall once stock becomes widely available.
+1

I had the camera pre-ordered, and expected to collect it next week. But the store wouldn't match the Amazon price, and the filter ring (and other accessories) aren't available until early April. So I've decided to wait and buy once everything I want is available.

Sounds like a fun camera though

edit: Hope that with Fuji increasing output, the quality control isn't affected.
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It's not a matter of my weight and fitness Roger (although most of us can improve). In some situations one is already burdened with other necessities, "tools of trade", etc, and every gram counts. In my bushwalking days we had a saying - take care of the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves. I often photograph in places that require a decent walk to get to, in conditions that demand that food, protective clothing, water, map/gps/compass, first-aid kit, etc be carried. Throw in the odd aches due to old injuries and a concern for the weight of the kit becomes not second nature, but an imperative that demands attention! And in other situations where photography is not the prime reason for the outing, a heavy camera is an unnecessary burden. Where I want good results and I can, I'll take the Hasselblad. Everything else is a compromise, to differing degrees along the spectrum.
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Lol Keith, where did you pre order yours from? if you know anyone in bris has stock do tell

I have mine pre-ordered at a shop in WA... long wait.
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Called them today to get an update - delivery is expected late March to early April.

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Lol Keith, where did you pre order yours from? if you know anyone in bris has stock do tell

I have mine pre-ordered at a shop in WA... long wait.

'Digital Camera Warehouse' ... they have stores in Brisbane Melbourne and Sydney. When I rang the other day the guy on the phone seemed to think that there was still unclaimed cameras in the first shipment. I forgot to ask him for a predicted arrival date though!
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If I didn't already have an M9 and J3 50/1.5 I would be very seriously looking at the X100.
However, I would ultimately still be in search of a small digital system that offered genuine wide angle capabilities, and that inevitably means interchangable lenses....so I would probably have looong fondle of the X100 in a shop but inevitably take the m4/3 route or if I had more cash a used M8 + used CV lenses.
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It's not a matter of my weight and fitness Roger (although most of us can improve). In some situations one is already burdened with other necessities, "tools of trade", etc, and every gram counts. In my bushwalking days we had a saying - take care of the ounces and the pounds will take care of themselves. I often photograph in places that require a decent walk to get to, in conditions that demand that food, protective clothing, water, map/gps/compass, first-aid kit, etc be carried. Throw in the odd aches due to old injuries and a concern for the weight of the kit becomes not second nature, but an imperative that demands attention! And in other situations where photography is not the prime reason for the outing, a heavy camera is an unnecessary burden. Where I want good results and I can, I'll take the Hasselblad. Everything else is a compromise, to differing degrees along the spectrum.
Dear Chris,

Of course you are absolutely right, but equally, I am amused sometimes at how readily people ignore the point I made. Often, the more they weigh, the more willing they are to ignore it.

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No. A redundant piece of machine that does nothing that hasn't been done before. And what it does now is no where near worth to spend 1000 dollars on. Imagine what you can do with 1000 dollars, but people insist on dropping it on something that is 'but a thing'. Stop being so materialistic.
Ridiculous... you don't want the camera so anyone else who wants it is materialistic and a fool? Nonsense. I'm sick of morality judgements on camera / photo sites. People can use their money as they see fit.
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I made a promise to myself to stop buying things on credit so I'm saving for one. But as soon as I hit my savings goal oh man you know I'm placing that order.

I want this camera so bad! Too bad they didn't make an option in black paint.
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Ridiculous... you don't want the camera so anyone else who wants it is materialistic and a fool? Nonsense. I'm sick of morality judgements on camera / photo sites. People can use their money as they see fit.
I physically could not agree more.
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No. I like the camera but I'm not sold on the sensor. I also have no project in mind where I can use it, so I'll wait for X200 with Nikon D7000 sensor.
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No. A redundant piece of machine that does nothing that hasn't been done before. And what it does now is no where near worth to spend 1000 dollars on. Imagine what you can do with 1000 dollars, but people insist on dropping it on something that is 'but a thing'. Stop being so materialistic.

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I have been waiting patiently for a non-Leica digital camera designed with full manual use in mind that I can hold up to my eye to compose a photograph.External finders don't count for me because I'm feel the camera shouldn't require one. With digital cameras external finders are just an expensive tax to accommodate the vendor's refusal to do the job right in the first place.


I tried a G1 & 20/1.7 but the current performance level of the small sensor and the lack of analog controls soured me on a micro 4/3 solution. So I sold my micro 4/3 kit and started lugging my D200 around with a small prime – and waited for something like the X100 to appear.

The RD-1 would ideal, but I'm vain enough to occasionally make a 12 X 18 or even larger print so the RD-1's sensor is a deal killer. Otherwise I would have bought two RD-1s.

The X100 is just a APS-C sensor based camera fit my needs… nothing more. My first rangefinder was a Canonet QL-17. I then upgraded to a ZI-M with the 35/2 Biogon. I carried both cameras with me where ever I went. The X100 is simply a digital replacement for these cameras.

As far as film goes, I still use film for one of my projects, but when I run out of film that project ends. I would still own the ZI-M except that where I live smart phones are slowly, but surely, killing off color film development availability. I am disappointed with myself as I do not have the interest, time or dedication to film (character) to develop Tri-X in a timely fashion. This is my deficiency, not film's.

I decided to accept the inevitable and embrace digital photography. Due to my vanity, laziness, lack of self-discipline and irrational disgust with all things Leica, I look forward to using X100. Fuji finally provided a tool that meets my every day needs.

When a better tool comes along, I will buy that one too. I really don't care about the cost… life is short.
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I am getting one because I sold my Canon DSLR system (almost all of it) and still need a digital for kids, friends and neighbor's pictures and occasions when film is either too expensive or time consuming or else. Was thinking of NEX but the ergonomics are ridiculous.
So I figure- might as well get this one, it looks nice and gives me enough quality and good color so what the hell. Still have M6 for black and white.
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No X100 for me, I am perfectly happy with my current machines.
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Yes. I like what I see in form and function--I'm imagining how it will function. Images thus far are fine to me. AF speed isn't the deal breaker, but I'd like to know for myself how it compares to the GF1/20/1.7--which I consider fast enough.
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I am attracted to this camera - I think it's the best design concept any manufacturer has come up with in a long time, but I simply don't need one. I certainly hope that the camera lives up to all my thoughts of what it might be.

If 35mm (equivalent) were my go-to focal length, it might be another story. However for today, my savings account is safe from harm!
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