Ultimately, just a "35mm" is too limiting for me, so it is not by any means a substitute for an M9, or even an M8. (Not that anyone here has said so - yet - but someone will!)
IMHO - what the "X1" should have been (and the "X2" may be). In some ways, even, what the Digilux 2 should have been (real optical viewfinder).
It is AF-only (no focus ring), but other than that, NICE manual controls. Those "wings" on the aperture ring are a tip of the hat to the original Summilux-M 35mm.
Probably counts as a digital equivalent to the original fixed-lens Konica Hexar AF
, with a bit of Contax-G and Fuji/Hasselblad X-Pan DNA mixed in (wonder if that means a Hassy version will appear?).
God will be in the details - if it has the occasional "Hunh, Wha...? Oh, you wanted me to take a picture?" focusing delays of the Contax Gs, that will be a problem. Same if the focus resets to infinity after every shot without recourse to a focus lock of some kind.
I'd imagine the hybrid viewfinder is achieved by using a split prism like an M viewfinder, but replacing all the RF/framelines mechanisms with the EVF. So not something that could be used in a camera with a functioning manual RF. Flip up a little blind to block the optical view, and turn on the power to the EVF (probably that silver lever on the front) - and you have liftoff.
There's something soft around the edges that make it look a bit like those tiny Minox "Leica reproductions." But on the whole, a beautiful picture-taking machine (we shall see if it actually takes beautiful pictures- but given Fuji's track record with lenses, film, and digital, it should).
I hope it is a kick in the butt to Leica, as was the Epson RD-1. (Fuji was actually Leica's first digital partner, before Panasonic - see http://bondo.be/z/a167_4361.jpg
I wish it a huge success!
Price pool: My guess, $1,999 MSR
Edited by adan, 20 September 2010 - 00:22.