I don't usually comment on camera gear but I'll make an exception for the Fuji x100. I've never actually seen one in person, but judging by all reports this is a camera to be reckoned with. I won't go into all the features, but you can basically think of it as an M9 without the ridiculous price tag. At least that's how I think of it. In fact it's the first high end digital camera that I've seriously considered purchasing. And I'm a film guy, so that's saying a lot.
The x100 is one of the most anticipated cameras in years and much has been written about it. Just when it seemed the camera couldn't get any more hyped, the Japan disaster came along and did just that. Apparently the camera production line in Japan took a hit. New shipments have been indefinitely suspended.
No arrival date known. Supplies limited. Now suddenly the already existing x100s have become a rare commodity. The eBay listings have shot through the roof with prices ranging from around $1,300 on up past $2,000. These compare to the original retail price of $1,200, which itself was an increase over the initial proposed price of $1,000. Someone's pockets somewhere are being lined.
Of course all of these prices are for non-radioactive models. You might find a deal if you're willing to put up with a little nuclear decay, although you'll want keep the glow away from photosensitive materials.
Either way the x100 is probably the first digital camera in history to actually appreciate in value after new purchase. Who knows. If prices keep going up it could threaten the pricepoint of the M9, although there's still a ways to go.
What does all this mean for us average Joes? More months of waiting for prices to stabilize and drop, or for some other camera manufacturer to wake up and realize there's a market for this type of thing.
In the mean time I guess I'll stick with film a while longer.