Why this blog?

The why is simple. I’m thinking out loud. Or, probably more precisely, I’m using this blog as an imaginary listener to sound my thoughts off.

What am I thinking about? The original answer to that question is that I was thinking about the then current Fujifilm X-Pro 1, and whether or not to buy one. A lot has changed since then, and now while still focused on Fujifilm X-Series cameras, my thoughts here are much more general.

Also, as a native English speaker living in a country where English is not in wide use, I seldom have the opportunity to use written English in anything more than a rudimentary and highly repetitive way, so this is also a chance to meet the desire to simply express myself in written form in my native tongue.

Incidentally, my name is Dean Johnston, and I live and work in Japan, where I have a modest portrait business and where I also teach communicative English (i.e conversation) at the university level.

A confession – I didn’t take the photos that auto rotate through this blog’s headers. They are the default ones from WordPress. It was just easier to leave them in place. The exception is; in posts where I have included photos, I will probably have set the page headers for those posts to one of my own photos.

And, for no particular reason, I might also at times include what I’m listening to as I type. Which, in this case, would be the Norma Fraser version of The First Cut is the Deepest.

8 thoughts on “About

    • Hiya Alain.

      I’m not quite sure what you are asking? As I understand it, the X-E2 has the same sensor & processing engine as the X100s, but the output is still basically the same as the X-Pro1, so you can mix either the X-Pro1 files or the X-E1/2 files together with X100s files and achieve the same look no problem.

      If you mean complimentary in terms of companion camera, I know that several very accomplished photographers use both an X100s along wih either an X-Pro1 or one of the x-E cameras. I can’t really help with a choice between an X-Pro1 or an X-E2, but I would mention that there are strong rumours of a new higher end camera coming in late January, if you can wait until then (although it is expected to be only electronic viewfinder and SLR-like).

      Hope this helps.


  1. Dean,
    I’ve linked to your mini review of the lensmate thumbrest in my latest post on x100 kit. Are you on twitter? I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and would like to follow, but your rss isn’t working and I’m too lazy to check back regularly.


  2. Hi Dean, I decided to jump to your blog site after reading your comments on Phil’s Mae highlight and calibration issue. I too taught conversation at a university but in Taiwan. I was there 7 years before retiring. Small world. Continued best with your teaching.


  3. Hi Dean,

    I am a designer working out of Bangalore, India. I bought the original x100 to take pictures of family and friends & the occasional travel overseas. I am contemplating if I should buy the TCL x100 for my x100s (upgraded to x100s a year ago) or to invest in xT10 with 56mm 1.2 and 35mm 1.4 (to go along with my x100s that i carry everywhere with me).



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