Cherry blossom time…

Cherry blossom time

Our Japanese friends go gaga over the scale and number of blossoming trees in Tasmania. Indeed we have to be some of the most fortunate people on the planet to have a site like this to wake up to for a few weeks in the year. Likewise as a photographer I am enjoying the Fuji X pro 1 camera. This as every Fujiphile knows was the first of a new range of mirrorless cameras that Fuji introduced some three years ago. Unlike most manufacturers, Fuji through downloadable updates have recently turned a three year old into a new current tech camera. The camera has evolved!

To be perfectly honest there is another mitigating factor I bought the X pro1 as it was being offered by at a very reasonable price less a cash back offer from Fuji resistance was futile. I have been a Leicaphile almost for as long as I can remember and when my M9 was stolen in a very violent break in I put off replacing the M9 as the 240 was about to be introduced. My other half was also concerned about the cost, lugging 15k of camera kit around for her was a liability she was not comfortable with, especially as on one trip to Bologna I had a pocket picked! For me the look and feel of the images was paramount but when I began to compare the IQ of the Type 240 and the Fuji’s glorious X Trans sensor my steadfast Leica loyalty began to falter then wane away. This process took three years I’m not prone to hasty decision making. With every upgrade and new Fuji model the IQ scrutiny continued, the pixel peeping and even the odd print was over analysed ad nausium. Then it happened, Leica type 240 was reviewed by AP – Amateur Photographer and Fuji introduced an upgrade within a few weeks of each other. To my eyes the IQ the look of the Fuji image had all the qualities I wanted from a Leica it was then the purse strings were unleashed.