This quirky little Leica clone is really starting to grow on me. Great ISO performance…
Organic X-Trans CMOS sensor rendering filmic images with noise free shadows…. lack of an a/a filter… adding these up there really is something different about these images, that I quite like. Enough so that I can live with some of the camera’s oddities.
One of the reasons I chose the X-Pro1 was the beefier body. Very close to the size of a M9 the X-Pro1 is a better match for odd glass…then say a NEX7. I added the Thumbs Up (CSEP-2) grip/rest to help handle the load of heavier glass… which it does brilliantly…. also works to improve stability even with ultra small Leica M lenses. Such a great little improvement.
The quirks that really bug me…
1) The Q (quick menu) button is a great idea but why can’t I view the image when dialing in white balance/iso etc… seems like an correctable over site.
2) No focus peaking? The 1:1 zoom function is enough to get me by but even my $400 HD preview monitor has this feature built in. Let’s face it most folks are going to be using legacy glass on this camera at some point. Add this to the next firmware… all the mirror-less cameras are doing it!
3) I can’t speak to the Fuji Film 35mm or 60mm but please, please, PLEASE! Make a pro series of lenses ala Canon L series of glass. Make them simple and all manual if you must. I picked up the Fuji 18mm to try out and it was a train wreck of a lens. Decent enough image quality but the focus by wire system is a disaster. Even after the firmware update. On a bright day it couldn’t even hit consistent points. The delay in time it took for the lens to communicate with the body, process and relay the info back to the lens to respond in manual mode was unexceptionable. There must be a better way. A fast auto focusing set of PRO level primes with truly manual responsiveness would be next level for the FUJI system. The sensor tech seems to be there already.
I am just hoping there are no surprises when ADOBE updates the camera RAW plug-in and we can really enjoy these images.
Next up I’ll profile the ZEISS ZM line of LEICA M MOUNT lenses on the X-PRO and EPIC-X
Parting with one of my widescreen anamorphic lenses:
-Works w/ Canon 5Dmkii - RED - EPIC - SCARLET- M4/3 -NEX ..etc with the appropriate adapter
Lomo Roundfront Anamorphic 75mm f2 OCT19 Mount (FOR SALE)
Iscorama 2001 50mm F1.8 ANAMORPHIC 1.5x (SINGLE COATED?) NIKON F
Produced in the 1990s in Germany. Covers FF Canon 5D MKII. Close focus says 6 feet but at F1.8 it was more like 10-12ft. This is a very sharp anamorphic even wide open. A bit of a pain to focus, but diopters make it very usable, and sharp at close range. Slim diopters + Vari ND vignette on the 5Dmkii. Slim diopters don’t vignette at all.
This rare beast might be the only all-in-one full frame anamorphic lens out there. You could probably Franken something close but the ISCO 2001 is a nice little compact package. My LOMO square fronts cover FF S35 (APS-H) on the EPIC-X but give no where near the coverage this lens provides.
FLICKR IMAGE SET
Being single coated the Iscorama 2001 gives good flare.
Practical footage examples to come next…
I’ve own a bunch of ISCO lenses… the 36, 42 and this is by far the easiest to use. Not having to focus two lenses is a must.
An unscientific evaluation of the Lomo Anamorphic (Square Front) Lenses. These lenses were produced in Russia from 1970-1980.
-Images and Footage shot on my RED EPIC X
-5K anamorphic mode in RED COLOR2+RED GAMMA2 (UNGRADED TEST)
35mm T2.8, 50mm T2.4 and 80mm T2.5 in OCT19 mount
35mm @ T2.8 FLICKR LINK
- The smallest of the bunch, flares wide open as well as stopped down. A mastery of optical engineering a thing a beauty.
35mm @ T11 FLICKR LINK
50mm @ T2.4 FLICKR LINK
- Flares nicely wide open and less so when stopped down. These are heavier then their more modern round front counter parts, but still manageable hand held.
80mm @ T2.4 with a +1 DIOPTER FLICKR LINK
80mm @ T2.4 FLICKR LINK
Thanks Matt for standing in.