Week 5: Fujifilm X-T1, Photoscope, and 3 sentences

The new Fujifilm X-T1

This week Fuji announced the Fujifilm X-T1, the latest camera in their acclaimed X-series. It looks beautiful and the features are pretty impressive.

Fujifilm X-T1

I like gear as much as anyone, but I don't buy new cameras regularly. Of course, I lust after the latest model, but I rarely pull the trigger. I used a Nikon D70s for about 4 years even when other photographers made fun of me and my old camera. It still worked great and I just didn't see the need. I rented a Nikon D3 when I needed more megapixels, but that wasn't often enough to justify buying a new body back then.

I also bought a Panasonic GF1 that I only upgraded to a Fujifilm x100s last year. I love the x100s. In fact, I've used it for 80% of my photographs in the last 6 months. It feels so good that I now loathe taking out my DSLR. It's not only the size though; the controls in the Fuji are a pleasure to use. It feels like a camera and not a computer.

That's where Fuji's new X-T1 comes in. It's small and with accessible manual controls for the important stuff. It has direct access to ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. It's weatherproof, it has a tilting LCD and Wi-Fi, and that electronic viewfinder sounds impressive.

It's tempting. Very tempting.

Photoscope for Aperture

A few years ago there was an iPad app called Pixelsync that let you transfer projects from Aperture to the iPad, where you could add ratings, keywords, and other metadata, an then sync it back to Aperture. I used it a lot to organise on the go. Unfortunately, an update to Aperture broke something and the developer discontinued Pixelsync.

This week I came across PhotoScope, a new iPad app that let's you browse, rate and flag images in your Aperture library. However, it does this by reading your library in real time via Wi-Fi. Which means you have to be in the same place as your library.

I haven't used PhotoScope yet. I'm not sure how useful it will be if you can't take the photos on the go. If I have access to a Mac and my Aperture library I might as well just do it directly in Aperture.

What I'd like is to take a few projects on my iPad and sit down at a coffee shop to rate, flag, and add keywords, that I can sync back later.

It's still good to see apps like this being developed. I'll definitely give it a try.

Emails with 3 sentences or less

Long emails suck. I've been known to reply with tl:dr on occasions, which has sometimes been taken the wrong way. Now I think I'll just reply with a link to three.sentenc.es.