Bill Palmer has been out and about with his sparkling new Fuji X-Pro2 and a trio of lenses. Read on for his first impressions and sample shots.
Earlier today I picked up a Leica T and a brace of lenses, the workhorse 18-56mm and the wide-angle 11-23mm. Object of the exercise is to evaluate the firmware updates that have improved this camera since its launch—and since I first reviewed it—in mid 2014. Flossy Bellm at Leica UK indulged my wish in providing a black T this time round. I have to say that I much prefer the anodised black finish which creates an altogether more harmonious whole when combined with the top-mounted EVF and one of the zoom lenses.
Since the launch of the Leica X at Photokina last Septmber, I haven't had the chance to borrow a camera for review. They must be in short supply or something. I was therefore interested to see that Dpreview has been able to send out two experienced photographers to provide a second take on the X. It isn't all positive news.
Regular reader Treve Kneebone has sent me a picture of his newly acquired Leica X1, the camera I have declared a Leica classic. Not the X2, not the latest X-E version, but the old slowcoach itself, hailing from the early teens. Macfilos seems to be gathering a rare old society of X1 fans, headed by Mister X1 himself, John Shingleton down there in Australia. Treve (he was born in Cornwall and his local first name is pronounced Treeve, not Trev) is the latest to succumb. He found a mint X1 and has set about personalising it.
These sample images are intended to accompany the full Leica T review which is linked at the end of this gallery. There is a separate gallery for pictures taken with the T and a selection of M lenses, also linked at the end.
Apple’s new Magic Keyboard has had a mixed reception and I don’t understand why. I bought it with a degree of trepidation and was prepared to return it to the Apple Store later the same day, based on reviews I had read. It’s too flat and shallow, the arrow key layout is impossible to get used to, the keys are too close together and they have too little travel: These were the negative vibes I’d been getting from a number of reviews so I had to try for myself.
Panasonic's new FZ2000 brings improved features, particularly an improved zoom range and better video ability for serious filmers. But will it be the basis for a Leica V-Lux upgrade?