Shutter speed and exposure information visible via viewfinder LCD Multi exposure (up to nine exposures) B-time prolonged to maximum of 540sec Self-timer delay with 2sec or 10sec option Flash sync at the beginning or the end of the exposure Improved IR film performance for high speed B&W IR film Rewind of film with option to leave a film tip out of the cassette Electrical remote control release (optional release cord) Dioptre lens with locking system Lens shade for 45mm and 90mm lenses with locking device
They missed several items on my wishlist: A spotmeter and increased metering range, a centered tripod socket, a built-in spirit level, and a more scratch resistant finish. The viewfinder info display could be a big improvement, assuming the designers also have made the display visible under daylight conditions. The current finder diodes disappear far too easily.
Incremental improvements - all good, but nothing very radical. I know much has been made of not having the shutter speed available in the viewfindr, but I've never really mssed it. For the scratch-resistant finish, try a Fuji TX-1, which is titanium finish, not black paint.
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Assuming the finder display is improved and wouldn't wash out in daylight, that would appeal to me, especially for using the camera in other than tripod-mounted panoramic shooting. But it would take a spot meter to lure me into thoughts of upgrading. I couldn't find a press release for an updated TX-1 from Fuji, but I would assume it's in the works.
It may be incremental, but it makes me want one more. Maybe that's the real point, to get new people to buy one. I do know not what owner's of the previous version mean though; it seems there would be more to get them to upgrade.
For a moment there I was dreading having to make a dent in my wallet but with these changes there is nothing significant enough to justify an upgrade. The viewfinder and new extended bulb times are great but just not enough to upgrade.
The new lockable lens hoods though would be worth it (if only they weren't SO expensive!!!). I have the 30mm lens which comes with the locking hood - it really is a lot more secure. I assume that the new hoods would fit the existing lenses.
They would have to since no new lenses have been announced. I've been wanting a hood for my 90mm so I don't have to keep swapping from my other lens, but the price put me off. If adding a lock doesn't boost the price by an absurd amount, maybe I'll get one later on.
It looks like the ISO dial is gone on the new model. On one hand, this is good since I found it relatively easy to find the dial turned to an incorrect setting accidentally. On the other hand, using a dial with a reliable detent would be faster than using an LCD panel with button controls.
With the 30mm, do you use the accessory finder for framing and the main finder for rangefinder focusing? This is an academic question since I'm not likely to afford the 30mm without hitting the lottery
It's a shame the 30mm is so expensive. I'd like to have one, but like you, I find the cost prohibitive. I have both the 45mm and the 90mm, and I've been very surprised at how much I use the 90mm focal length. I think I actually use it a bit more than the 45mm, which I never would have guessed prior to getting the lens.