Fujifilm X Pro 1

Technically speaking, there’s a lot to like about the camera in addition to its lens mount or its good looks: a 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor that Fujifilm claims could rival many full-frame DSLRs, ISO range up to ISO 25,600, a hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder, a 1.23-million-dot LCD, and Fujifilm’s fast EXR processor. It’s beautiful inside and outside, but Fujifilm’s latest won’t come cheap: the body alone costs $1,699, and lenses cost upward of $600 apiece. It’s no $30,000 Leica, but the X-Pro1 is clearly not for the the light of wallet. Is it worth the price? Read on.

The Verge – https://www.theverge.com/2012/5/22/3032377/fujifilm-x-pro1-review

The X Pro 1, released in 2012, has a strong cult following today (2021) revolving heavily around the original X Trans 1 Sensor. Fujifilm now on to the X Trans IV have grown this sensor in megapixel but also colour science and has moved on from the magic that was found with the first iteration.

Many love the X Trans 1 sensor, including myself, as it creates fanastic colour tones which you cannot find before this release nor after with the newer versions.

Pair that sensor with the X Pro 1 body and you’ve got a very capable camera which at released was aimed very firmly at the professional market.

Today, in 2021, the X Pro 1 has in my opinion aged gracefully. The 16 Megapixel X Trans 1 sensor paired with the great X Mount range of lenses produce fantastically sharp images with great colours. Gone is the issues plagued at launch of terrible focusing, now whilst not lightning fast has improved significantly to not be an issue street shooting.

It’s also very popular to pair this body with vintage lenses with X Mount adaptors to produce even more variations of soft colours and vintage aesthetics, i’ve done this myself and very pleased with the results.

As today i pretty much use the X Pro 1 exclusively with the Fuji XC35mm F2 which is a perfect pairing in my book. Serves as my “Portrait” setup perfectly and compliments my other cameras.

Specification:

  • Fujifilm-designed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • Novel colour filter array to suppress colour moirĂ©, no optical low-pass filter
  • EXR Processor Pro image processor
  • Dual-magnification hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder
  • Analogue dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation on top of camera
  • All-new, fully electronic X lens mount; 17.7mm flange-to-sensor distance
  • Three ‘XF’ lenses at launch: XF 18mm F2 R, XF 35mm F1.4 R, and XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
  • Prime lenses have traditional-style aperture rings (1/3 stop increments) and large manual focus rings
  • Revised rear-panel control layout
  • On-screen ‘Q’ control panel and redesigned tabbed menu system
  • Focal-plane shutter, 1/4000 sec max speed
  • 3.0″ RGBW 1.23M dot LCD

Ricoh GRII

The Ricoh GRII 28mm f/2.8 lens performs extremely well producing images that are very sharp and detailed, and the compact size of the camera combined with a large APS-C CMOS sensor means that you get extremely high image quality (akin to a DSLR) for a compact camera.

The camera features numerous focus options, including snap focus for instant photography and this makes the GR II an ideal street camera, with a subtle and compact design. A 21 / 28mm equivalent optical viewfinder is available and the rear LCD screen can be switched off completely giving the camera the feel of using an old film camera, which the original Ricoh GR series was. 

For those that want a pocketable camera that can deliver high image quality, without the need for optical zoom, then the Ricoh GR II would make an ideal solution. Highly Recommended.

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/ricoh-gr-ii-review-27907#Verdict

The GRII is the camera that brought me back to photograpy. Previously my post smartphone camera was a Sony A6000 and a 35mm (52mm full frame), which at first i enjoyed but after 6months or so i fell out of love with it. I found that the camera lacked character and i sold it after not using it for some time.

I think felt the itch again and this itch was revolving around street photography and candid family gathering shots. I first looked at the smaller bodied cameras like the X100 series and handled a couple with a view to search eBay to find a good deal. I then came across the GR series of film cameras and which followed after as expected their digital GR range. Reading reviews of the “GR Digital” cameras and “GR” series of digital cameras i very quickly started the hunt for either a GR or GRII (the only main difference being the GRII had wifi for transfering images to your phone/PC). I didnt care which but i ended up finding a good deal on a mint GRII in original packaging.

The GRII is an awesome camera. Tiny enough to slip into your jeans pocked and very powerful with its 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, the smallest body you’ll find this big sensor on the market. What i wasnt prepared for is the great colours of “Positive Film”, great colours and without comparison throughtout other manufactures and the new GRIII (Positive Film is present in this camera but it is a newer version).

The GRII is always in my pocket, and i hope that i never need to sell it, because i never want to.

Specifications:

  • Lens: 7 elements in 5 groups (2 aspherical lens elements) 18.3mm / 28mm Equivalent
  • Focusing: Approx 0.3 to infinity
  • Shutter: 1/4000 – 300sec, Bulb Time
  • View finder: No View Finder
  • ISO speeds: ISO 100 – 25600
  • Dimensions: Height 62.8mm Width 117mm Depth 34.7mm
  • Weight: 221g without battery and SD Card

Ricoh R10 / Elle

The Ricoh ELLE is a compact 35mm autofocus point & shoot camera released in 1999 as a collaboration between Ricoh and fashion magazine Elle. While Elle assited in the design of the case, the camera design borrows heavily from the Ricoh R1.

It was re-released as the Ricoh R10 in 2002, one of the last 35mm camera models released by Ricoh.

https://camerapedia.fandom.com/wiki/Ricoh_ELLE_R10

In the hand the R10 is very light, being fully built in plastic this may not feel like a camera worth shooting. However with the optics of the R1 it is a great point and shooter.

Ricoh being Ricoh have also made this camera extremely thin, at its thickest it is not much thicker than a roll of film. This makes it great to live in your pocket for the day without becoming a chore.

If you’re aware at all of Ricoh’s film camera’s you’ll know that this camera would be overshadowed by the famous GR1. The GR1 is very popular for pin sharp optics and fully manual settings in a body that is very small, slightly smaller than the R10. With the R10 you loose out on the manual settings, but have the similar great optics and thus can be a great gem if you can find one.

Whilst the R10 doesnt have the same lens as the GR1, it does have the same 30mm lens as the R1 which is the baby brother of the GR1 and follows with great optics.

Lastly, the R10 has the same great feature of most of the Ricoh’s in that when putting in a fresh roll of film it will fully unwind the film out of the camera and then wind in each exposed frame once it’s shot. This is a great feature which offers some protection should you accidently open the rear back mid roll as all of the exposed shots will be protected having already been wound into the film canister.

Specifications:

  • Lens: Ricoh 30mm F3.5 multicoated glass Lens,4 elements, 4 groups.
  • Focusing: Passive type 7 zone multi point autofocusing with single AF facility. 0.35m – Infinity. Macro mode: 0.2m – 0.35m
  • Shutter: Programmed electronic shutter, 2 seconds ~ 1/750
  • Self timer: LED indicator, 10 second delay.
  • View finder: Reverse galilean with bright frame, 80% field of view.
  • Film speeds: ISO 50-3200 (DX), ISO 100 for non-DX.
  • Dimensions: Height 118mm width 62mm depth 28.5mm
  • Weight: 150g without battery.
  • Power: 1 x CR123A

For a more in depth look into the R10 i would recommend JC Street’s review: