Not really a math problem, more like a statement. The $13300 (Canadian, before taxes) is the difference in price between the Fuji x-pro1 with 35mm lens and VSCO film pack 3 and the Leica M monochrome with 50/2 lens. Now keep in mind I have never held, or even seen a Leica monochrome in person. I am just a guy who loves black and white photography. Now I am sure it is a wonderful camera that takes tremendous photos. With that said , what I have done is worked for a living. I know the value of $13300, and no matter how hard I try, I just cannot fathom spending that much on a camera that has so small, if any, real world advantage. I just don’t get it?
I have never really cared what name was on my camera. I just want something that feels right in my hands. Something that makes me feel as if I am one with the camera. I like a certain look with my images, a rendering not all camera provide. This was the main reason I chose the x-pro1 in the first place, and the x100 before it for that matter. The Fuji’s have that look I am after.
The Leica’s do as well, but at a much steeper price and without AF. Call me a blasphemist if you must, but I want AF, it is 2013 after all. Add in VSCO presets and I am in my glory. Its not a look for everyone, but I like it, and in the end that is all that matters.
All of the images were shot using the x-pro1 with 35/1.4 fujinon lens and processed with VSCO3 and lightroom 4. I used the PX680– film with added creamtone + highlights. Most everything else was untouched. Camera setting were BW with red filter, DR100, highlights +1, shadows +2, NR -1, sharpness +1. I love it, sharp, contrasty, full of depth, yet subtle in tone.
I could not be happier with my gear at the moment. After all that, if you’re still not convinced the Fuji is a better deal, then try a colour shot. Trust me the monochrome cant compete here 😉
Thanks for looking, see you next time.
Lovely images! I just bought an X100T too, based on the same reasons you mention in this article. May ask which VSCO presets you used for the above images?