This is Part 03 of my Fujifilm X100T series, in which I share a bunch of photos that I've taken with the camera so far and talk about how I ended up deciding to buy it.
In Part 01, while discussing my experience trying out the Sony RX1 and A7R, I concluded that I wasn't very impressed with the camera. Some people might be surprised to know that conclusion actually had much less to do with technology and image quality than it did with how these objects are physically designed and engineered.
I mentioned that the RX1 felt very much like a camera designed by a software engineer, and I stand by this. Knobs and buttons weren't where I wanted them to be, build quality felt distinctly electronics-y (I'm making up words now), and everything on a whole was rather uncomfortable. It just didn't feel natural in my hands.
Around the same time that I was interested in the Sony offerings, a hyped up little camera, crafted from a single block of hand-polished-by-a-German aluminum, called the Leica T was just making its way into the hands of reviewers. Luckily for me, being in New York, I was able to get my own hands on a Leica T at the Leica Store in SoHo. They went on to be sold out for months, though I wonder how many were actually made and sold. My guess is very few.
Now, this was also around this same time that I was finishing up Claye, and just barely starting Lovably Grey, so I didn't actually buy one. The T is over $3,000 for the body and lens, and I had quite a few expenses from getting these projects off the ground. On top of that, I didn't even have any real income until September. In fact, when Lovably Grey's site went live for the first time a year ago, I had all of $6 in my personal bank account, so I clearly had no intentions of buying a high-end $3,500+ camera at the time.
But I really enjoyed learning about photography and shopping for the right camera, even if I couldn't buy one.
Visiting the Leica Store to see the T was a lot of fun, though I ended up liking the very expensive and limiting Leica M more than the less expensive and trendier T. I tried so hard to convince myself that the T was great, but I don't think I was right about that.
The almost exclusively touch-screen interface worked far better than previous touchscreen cameras, but it still sucked. That was a deal-breaker. Even the Leica Store employee was consistently confused. He tried telling me on multiple occasions that I needed to 'press really hard and slide down' to see my previous shots.
'You're not pressing hard enough, I think!'
Definitely not something you believe if you know how modern capacitive touch screens without pressure sensitivity work. The dude just didn't know how to use it.
More on this story in Part 04.
As with the previous two parts, all images were taken by me through the lens of a Fujifilm X100T (affiliate link). If you have any questions about the camera or my setup, feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.