Fuji x100s

Street photo of the day: Symmetry: and a few thoughts on the new Fuji X-E2

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good old times, shot with the Fuji X-E1 and the 18mm 2.0

As you probably noticed after I started shooting with the X100s, the X-E1 stayed in the drawer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the X-E1, I still consider it one of the best Leica alternatives, however, the silent shutter and the faster af speed on the X100s just make a lot more sense for my type of shooting. As expected, Fuji upgraded the X-E2 with their latest X-trans sensor and made a few minor improvements that should help put an even bigger smile on the photographers face. Should you upgrade if you have the X-E1? I sure would, af speed is important to me and every little bit counts. I won’t get one since I am using the X100s and the GR as my main street cameras – both with silent shutters, a huge plus for street photography. If you already have the X-E1 and are happy with it, there really is no need to upgrade. If af speed has been an issue for you, give it a try, there will be a noticeable improvement in af speed, however, don’t expect a miracle, the X-E1’s af speed is already pretty good. Kudos to Fuji for listening and continuously releasing cameras that make most of us smile and enjoy photography all over again!
You can preorder the X-E2 here at BH, black body only, , silver body only, black X-E2 with kit lens, or silver body with kit lens.
And you can preorder all new Fuji X-E2 configurations here from Adorama.

Washington Square Park: Summer fun

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Ever since my first NYC visit many years ago I have been drawn to WSP, the variety of people and activities one encounters in this famous public park at the lower end of 5th Ave qualifies it as a heaven for street photographers. Every time I stroll across WSP it feels like a separate world, a neutral space, detached from the high paced rush one usually encounters on the streets of Manhattan. A place to relax and just hang and chill. The shots below are from a few walks with the Ricoh GR, the Fuji X100s and the Sony RX100II (which I mainly purchased to shoot video) check them out after the break

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