The New Zeiss ZX1 (Hands On!)

Finally, I can talk about this. It’s so hard to keep this secret for so many months! Today, Zeiss announced the full frame fixed lens ZX1. Some of you saw me testing a blacked out camera over the summer, and this was it. So I have official hands-on experience with it! I really feel this is a great idea: a minimal design with no SD slots and an internal 512 GB SSD drive.

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The Cameras

My camera history began in the summer of 1984 (at the age of 13) using my father's Minolta SRT-102 which he used for shooting mind-bogglingly exciting things like eggplants and tomatoes in his garden. A year later I  learned how to develop film and wet-print in a darkroom in my 8th grade photography class. I decided I needed my very own camera at that time, and as I wasn't very smart then, I decided a tag-sale bargain Polaroid OneStep would be the way to go. Seeing my mistake, my father continued to let me use his Minolta whenever I wanted. What a swell guy. You'd think this would be the start of a young photographer's pursuit, but I was quickly distracted by the Flash Gordon Pinball machine at the penny arcade, so there are quite a few shaky years below.

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Light Meters

I've been seeing quite a bit of talk on Twitter about light meters lately, perhaps because I follow mostly film shooters or simply because it's a trending topic in the photographic community. But regardless of which medium you shoot, you are metering light (if you don't know the difference between incident and reflective metering, do yourself a favor and Google that - I suggest this site). Many people let the camera do the metering behind the scenes while others like to take full control of this aspect of photography.

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Rangefinder Focusing and Metering

Rangefinders are a categorically different beast from the DSLR when it comes to focusing (and in some cases, metering).  Rather than having a multitude of focus points and light confirmations on focus, you get a small patch in the center of the viewfinder.  This takes some getting used to if you're coming off a DSLR world. Also, metering tends to be a big question for me lately, so I'll touch on that as well.

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