I have recently started using my Fujifilm X70 again and I am rediscovering the delights of this little gem.
First of all some history. I have owned 3 of these cameras. The first of which I sold soon after buying it mainly due to the fact that I could not see the LCD screen very well. I wear contact lenses, I can see perfectly for miles, but cannot see the back of a camera or my phone screen! I convinced myself that without a viewfinder the X70 was useless to me.
I missed it. A few months later I bought another one, deciding instead to change the power of my contact lenses so I could see the screen. It worked, to a fashion but it was not great. I sold it a few months later.
A year or so went by, and several cameras later I still missed the X70. By this time the model had been discontinued and they were not easy to find. After a lot of searching I finally found what may have been the very last new X70 available in the UK. A trip to Chesham Cameras sealed the deal and I owned my 3rd X70. That was several years ago and I still have it to this day. I am pretty sure I am not going to sell this one and I have come to love it.
I also shoot Leica cameras but increasingly my go to camera of choice, a camera that perfectly suits my current style of photography is the X70. Turns out the lack of a viewfinder was not a problem after all. In fact I think now it is a positive benefit. I dumped the contact lenses, opting instead for glasses and I can now see the LCD perfectly.
I have come to realise that it is so much easier to compose a shot with a large LCD than a little viewfinder. The articulating screen also makes unusual perspective shots so much more comfortable to shoot. The light weight, small form body means I have the camera with me at all times. All the buttons and dials are in sensible places. The exposure compensation dial is for me at least indispensable and so much more intuitive to use than the equivalent on my Leica Q.
The X70 was not universally loved but to this day but still has a loyal and probably growing following. If you can find a used X70 on eBay you are going to have to be prepared to pay a high price for it, they are much sought after.
I am seriously considering selling my Leica Q and putting the money aside in readiness for the launch of the Fuji X70v, X80 – what about it Fuji? Please, please, please!