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Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Either that, or the Fuji ST-605...

http://g4.img-dpreview.com/2EA98A65BAAF4275ABFB9DCBBCF7C151.jpg

The 'prism' looks closer to the ST-801. Not a bad camera to copy, looks-wise.

I remember when I worked in a Philadelphia camera shop and the St 701 first arrived. It was a "fun" little camera but none of us took it seriously because it was so small and we were still drooling over Canon F-1's and Nikon's...bricks to be sure and "serious" cameras.
It seems as though Fuji has finally had the last laugh...so much so that they are "killing" Canon and Nikon. My only gripe is I can't keep up with 'em. I finally gave up when I bought the Fuji X-100S.
(I'd probably own them all if I was REALLY GASsed.
My two pesos.

I've never see a chrome 701 , now I know why.

Comparing the 801 and the 701 is what made me not like LEDs as a replacement for meter needles.

It doesn't look like the Fujica. It reminds me of a Praktica from the late 60's that has been zapped with a shrinking wand.

Cameras are a distraction from photography. The best thing we could do for our photography is choose a camera and stick with it for the next ten years. We would all be better photographers because of it. Think about it.

Actually knew someone with one of these back in high-school, not a bad Pentax "wannabe", for a little cheaper money...

Yes the Fujica 605 was my first camera! I still have it but haven't touched it in over 20 years.

Hi Mike,

My first real camera was a Fuji ST-701 which I bought new many years ago while in highschool. Used it for yearbook photos. It was a great camera for learning photography much like the better known Pentax K1000. Fuji's recent offerings have me lusting again for one of their current offerings. Hope they continue with their success.

The ST701 was the only camera I ever bought new. A fine little camera with a screen that was brighter than a Spotmatic. Mine however had a couple of glitchs. The first was a mirror set at the wrong angle (it was adjustable) and that was easy to correct. A few months later a second incident was a wind on jam. That turned out to be easy to fix also. A screw holding a sub assembly had worked loose and fell into a swinging arm on the bottom of the camera. Extract and return screw to proper place (lock with nail polish), jam cleared.

Fuji must have been having some initial QC problems. I sometimes miss that little beast.

I think the X-T10 bears more of a resemblance to the ST-801 than the ST-701, but in my mind it's closer to a Topcon Super D than either. Your comparison between the X-T10 and the ST-701 is an interesting one to make, though. In a purely aesthetic sense, I have to say that I find the ST-701 to be the superior camera, although comparing the 701 to a black X-T10 may change that a little. I may be a bit biased, however. The ST-701 was my first decent camera, and I still own it. I also owned an ST-801, but it just didn't have the same vibe. The 701 was great for me because it was small, affordable, capable of great images, and was, well, different. Nobody I knew had one, which was just fine with me. It's probably the same reason I own Pentax DSLRs and an Olympus Stylus 1 today. I guess I have an affinity for great products that are just a bit outside the mainstream. I wonder how many people are drawn to Fujifilm products today at least partly for the same reason.

I remember those Fujicas. I thought they were unknown and under rated. My brother bought one on my recommendation, a black ST 901 I think, but he used it hard and broke it somehow.

I am very, very impressed by Fuji stuff. If only they would put a bit more effort into their bridge camera line. I own and like the S100-fs very much and I've wanted the HS1, but Panasonic has grabbed my dollars for the FZ1000, sorry. I lust after the X-T1 but bridge cameras for travel are really what I want at the moment.

Then again, maybe they were thinking of a Topcon Auto 100.

What is really funny is that in order to sell these modern cameras, companies have to resort to making them look like cameras made 40 years ago... Fuji and Olympus are really milking the "retro" cow...

I wonder how many of these they sell to young people? Is the market only middle aged one, or older?

At last, Fujifilm’s answer to the Praktica MTL 5B and the Zenit B.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praktica
http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Zenit_B

Looks like a Leicaflex.

Totally agree Manuel... Praktica.

For Paulo:

Actually, my experience is the Gen X and Gen Y folks *love* the looks of the retro-designed Fujis, just as they do turntables and vinyl! ;-)

I was shooting a charity event at the track recently, and one of the young PR staff guys saw my camera, and asked, "Stephen, what is that? A Leica?" I showed him my X100T, and he replied, "Wow! That's cool!"

Prince Harry shoots with an X100, IIRC.

Well yes, Fuji can make one into bit of a fanboy. Unfortunately, many reviews of Fuji products are written by total fanboys who attribute magical qualities to the cameras. While doing some pre-purchase research last year, I found that the TCL100 converter for the x100 series has no flare, the extra weight doesn't change the balance, and it basically gives your Fuji a Leica 50mm equivalent. Mine, however must have been defective as none of that was even remotely accurate.

We'll know when you've crossed the line, if we start seeing that sort of thing. Otherwise, there ain't nothing wrong with a bit of fanboyism.

More likely it is inspired by the Fujica ST801: http://anusf.anu.edu.au/~aab900/photography/cameras/pics/fujica-st801-front.jpg

I had me one of those a few years back with a bunch of matching M42 EBC Fujinons. Compact, sturdy and with a big 'n bright viewfinder, it was a pure experience shooting it with the exquisite EBC glass.

According to the first look report by Rco Pfirstinger on Fujirumors, the inspiration was the Fujica AX-5, which does look closer than any of the ST cameras.

Researching the AX-5, like a good fanboy, revealed that after the ST lineup of m42 screw mount cameras, Fuji made a line of cameras with their own bayonet mount, also called the X mount, and that in short time, that X mount developed an extensive lineup of prime lenses ranging from 19-400mm, plus a fisheye.

Also worth noting that the current X-mount is almost exactly 3 years old. 3 years for primes covering 21mm-e to 135mm-e, hitting all of the important focal lengths and having pretty much no stinkers (at least, optically speaking) in the bunch. To say nothing of the zooms...

Fanboyism seems like a defensible position if you ask me!

After seeing a couple of reviews for this camera on Youtube it looks like it would make a nice pocket camera. Just add the 18mm or 27mm pancake lens.

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