Fuji X-Pro1 or X100 series: The Optical Viewfinder versus Electronic Viewfinder

Fuji’s X100 series and their X-Pro1 camera both have an innovative, hybrid viewfinder. With a flick of a switch, the photographer can switch instantly from an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) to an Optical Viewfinder (OVF).

Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Silver)

Fujifilm X100T 16 MP Digital Camera (Black)

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)

The Hybrid Viewfinder of the X-Pro1

The Hybrid Viewfinder of the X-Pro1

While I discussed the ideal situations of when to use the OVF versus the EVF in my article on using the X-Pro1 for street photography, I’ve received a few questions for further details. I’ll try and answer those questions in this post.

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“Now the 50 is my 50” – David Alan Harvey Or, in Fuji X-speak, Now the 35mm is my 35mm

An interesting quote about the 50mm (or equivalent) lens, from the great Magnum and National Geographic photographer, David Alan Harvey –

“…when i was shooting slow iso colour transparency film, i could not use the 50 in the same way that let’s say HCB used the 50 with b&w…simply a low iso thing…for anything w low iso the 50 is not the same tool as it is with higher iso’s with either Tri-X (400 iso) or with digi….of course one can use the 50 with low iso , but it then must be used wide open most of the time (at least in my case)…it then is not a great candid street lens (no depth of field)…but with high iso digi it becomes a street lens again, just as it was for the old b&w photographers..i like the more “compressed” look of the 50…in short, digi makes it so that i can use the 50 in a way i could not w colour film…for colour film, the 35 became my 50….now the 50 is my 50…”

The premium, beautifully built, Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4

Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4

Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens (11891)

Zeiss Touit 32mm X mount with factory hood installed

Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 in Fuji  X mount

Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit Series for Fujifilm X Series Cameras

The thread and context of this quote can be found at Mr. Harvey’s Burn Magazine site, for this photo essay –

http://www.burnmagazine.org/essays/2014/07/crazed-in-rio/

A quick note: this article is discussing the 50mm lens in terms of its field of view in Full Frame, which is 46.8 degrees diagonal. For the Fuji X APS-C sensor size, the 50mm equivalent is the XF 35mm or Touit 32mm.

So for the purposes of this article, the full frame focal lengths (first figure) are the same as the Fuji X equivalent (second figure):

50mm FF = 32mm Zeiss Touit or 35mm Fuji X

35mm FF = 23mm Fuji X

28mm FF = 18mm Fuji X

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