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    Switching from M9 to XPro1 -- an interesting and provocative review


    Quite an interesting review of the XPro1 by Chris Weeks. Chris is one of the reasons I got a M9 a few years ago after watching his excellent street photography video one too many times. He was really high on the Leica digital rangefinder, but alas, no more.

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    ps: There are some not so subtle jabs at other well known red dot enthusiasts.
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    The legend of Leica has never really been built on digital bodies. The lenses are wonderful and the film bodies were beautiful mechanisms. But Leica asks a big premium and diminishing returns makes that a hard route on which to deliver. I'm not criticizing any Leica body as an image making tool; it's just not a surprise that others can do something essentially equivalent, or better, for less money.
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    I think that Mr. Weeks has a huge chip on his shoulder. Any useful insight he may have into the Fuji X-Pro 1 is completely drowned by his vitriolic attack on Leica and Leica users.

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    The first two paragraphs:

    Let’s see … I know I’m many months late with my impressions of the Fuji X-Pro 1. I’m sure there were “reviews” before the camera was even released. Even if there weren’t I’m sure there were thoughts – probably numbering in the thousands – on forum sites. Quite honestly, I didn’t read any of them.

    Then again, I never really do. How is the experience of a retired engineer or a
    forum-whore-turned-blogger going to help me? They’re not.
    Who does this guy think he is, and why does he deserve to be read? I didn't continue onto the third paragraph.
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    I skipped right over that sentence... your right, he's a horses a$$...
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    It's not really obvious why he was so bitter. He liked his XPro1 and that should make him happy. Maybe he's sensitive about not looking like "a real photographer"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Guffin View Post
    I skipped right over that sentence... your right, he's a horses a$$...
    Maybe so but there are a number of legitimate points made in the review

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    I've read a few articles in the past from Mr Weeks, and this is the most readable yet and light on profanity too. I suspect he's been in more than a few Leica flame wars.

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    There's an awful lot of Leica commentary written by those who have never used the product or walked in Weeks' shoes.

    Agree with Weeks or not, as a long time Leica film and digital M user the guy has at least come to develop his opinions based on actual experience with the cameras and as a member of the Leica user community.

    His writing style is... challenging. But entertaining. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by adanac View Post
    His writing style is... challenging. But entertaining. ;)
    +1

    Chris Weeks has been around the block for a while, way before I started enjoying photography about 3+ years ago. He's brutally honest about his opinions, and he doesn't sugarcoat anything. I don't agree with him on a lot of issues, including many non-photography related issues. But he does take good street and editorial photos. And his video about street photography is a must watch for anyone interested in the genre. If memory serves me correctly, he did have a good relationship with folks like Steve Huff and Thorsten Overgaard. But I have no idea what happened.
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