Hey Steve and Hey to all!
I found your site quite recently on world-wide net and I find it very refreshing and much more exciting than other more “technical” websites. Loads of interesting read, interesting opinions from a variety of people and of course top class photography!
So the reason I decided to write and submit some of my images for Daily Inspiration is the review of Fuji X Pro 1 (a.k.a. X Slow One). Very high IQ, but very slow. Sounds exactly like setup I am using at the moment – a Canon 5D Mark II with a set of Carl Zeiss ZE primes (Zeiss 21mm F/2.8 Distagon T* ZE, Zeiss 100mm F/2 Makro Planar T* ZE and Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T* ZE). Manual focus is slow (even with Canon’s EG-S Super Precision Matte Focusing Screen and extremely unreliable focus confirmation function) and mostly using the Live View for precision critical focusing. I also must say that 5D MKII auto focus is also very slow and often unreliable – with Canon’s EF 50mm F/1.2 L USM it was pretty much a nightmare and image quality was also not there (reason why I switched to Zeiss glass). So basically it sounds very much as Fuji – isn’t it? (not quite…you can not manually focus the Fuji like you can the 5D with Zeiss primes). Is just that Fuji size and weight is way less than my setup. And as I often do 20+ mile hikes for landscape photography it really made me think of lighter and easier to carry setup without sacrificing much of the image quality (which is the most important to me and for my way of shooting). So what one can shoot and get with such a slow setup – here are few examples (and more on my website www.martynas.org):
And thanks to you for your inspiring reviews and stories and superb images!