Lazy blogger: The Fujifilm X-Pro2 rollout is scheduled for the middle of the night tonight, so you're not going to hear from me about it until tomorrow morning, because, tonight, when the event takes place, I'm going to be in bed, reading. (Fujifilm Australia spilled the beans, if you must know now, but I don't like thinking of the sad fate of the Fujifilm Australia employee who's responsible for the SNAFU. He or she is not a happy camper right at this moment, is my guess.)
It's not that I don't think the rollout is important. I do think it's important. But I didn't even stay up to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve on TV. (That's how extroverts can tell they're not young any more, by the way. When being in Times Square for New Year's Moment no longer sounds at all appealing, that's it: you're old. You have to be under the spell of the happy idiocy of youth for that to sound like fun. And if it never sounded like fun to you, at any age? That's how you know you're an introvert.
But I digress.)
In the meantime, here's this: the purpose of the new XF 35mm ƒ/2 lens (above) is so it can go on the X-Pro2 (or -1) without blocking the optical finder. Which you may not know if you have never shot with a traditional rangefinder camera. Big, bulky lenses on traditional rangefinders like film Leicas would block off some portion of the lower right-hand area inside the framelines. That's why rangefinder lens hoods sometimes had that funky inward-sloping profile with "vent" holes...to allow you to see through the hood when you're looking through the finder.
A rangefinder lens hood
Similarly, lenses that are smaller and slope inwards toward the objective (outermost element) are better suited for rangefinders. The XF 35mm ƒ/2 will work perfectly on an X-Pro2 when using the optical viewfinder.
An old rangefinder lens. The "pointy," vaguely "conical" shape is no accident.
My late friend Arthur's Fuji X-Pro1, with my relatively bulky XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 mounted on it. (The camera is evidently earmarked to go to Art's nephew, which I think would have pleased Art.)
This shows how much of the optical viewfinder is blocked by the 23mm.
You don't need a rangefinder-shaped lens for the X-Pro2 (or -1), of course. If you're using a lens that blocks the optical finder you can just switch to the EVF and see exactly what the lens sees. But if you want to take full advantage of the OVF aspect of Fuji's amazing hybrid finder, you'll find the XF 35mm ƒ/2 to be the ideal partner for the camera. In case you want to be a digital-era Cartier-Bresson.
Oh, and by the way, the new X-Pro2 will be available in silver as well as black, so it goes with the silver 35mm.
Tune in tomorrow for more lazy-blogger comments about the new Fujis.
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