Thursday, May 10, 2012


The torture test of any hand sized camera is in the field of conflict. We saw how the Leica covered the Depression, the Spanish Civil War, World War Two and the Korean Conflict.  We saw how Vietnam was covered with the Leica, Nikon F and the Pentax Spotmatic. The new Fujifilm X-Pro1 is a great camera. How does it handle a demonstration where opposing factions come face to face?

It handles well. It is a strong metal bodied camera that can take its share of jostling. I was downtown in Ottawa on May 10th, 2012, and I was witness to a demonstration of anti-abortion activists. Along the path that the marchers were assigned was a gauntlet of pro-choice supporters. At this point of the path, there was a perfect opportunity to observe an exchange of ideas...or conflict if you wish.

For this demonstration, I used the black and white application. I also used my Voigtlander 25mm f4 M mount Color Skopar lens. With this lens I was compelled to focus manually. Nothing auto. It was a fantastic, albeit scary, experience.


  1. Great shots and particularly liked the Mardi-Gras chaps in their Feather Boa's..... thuuweet!

  2. "What a crowd! What a mob!" - Ben Birnie, Cotton Club 1928. (Repeated by Tom Waits in the film Cotton Club.)

    Thanks, Shane and Lawrence! With the unrest over the present government, there stands to be more demonstrations. And the little X-Pro1 camera can do the job!