Fuji X100 revisited

Well, it’s been a long time since I last used the Fuji X100. I have enjoyed taking images with the Sony NEX but mostly with my film cameras during the past months. this time I was on a business trip and could only afford to carry one small camera that could easily fit in a very small bag (and in my coat pocket).

It had to fulfill the following requirements: small (and most important, thin), with ability to be use both at day and night, great image quality and have a viewfinder. The Leica M with the Elmarit 28mm would provide me the best IQ and ease of use (which means a rangefinder camera in my case) but it would not be useful at low light. The Sony NEX with the same lens would be a 42mm equivalent and it would require peaking focus manually (a great feature but not as good as a rangefinder). If I was to use the 18-55 zoom lens then it would not be able to fit in my pocket (I would also never risk putting the NEX in my pocket with the OLED viewfinder attached). The pancake 16mm would be the smallest combo but I didn’t want to be restricted by its 24mm focal length (too wide).

My small Ricoh GX200 (a perfect camera for street images) does not have the IQ or ISO performance I required so it was not a choice. So, the Fuji X100 was my only viable choice.

It fulfilled all my above requirements and provided me with my favorite focal length (35mm).

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(Fuji X100, shot taken through my car’s windshield, edited with Photogene app for iPad)

As it turned, I was so busy that I didn’t have any time taking images, so I just managed to make some photos on my way back home. I made a stop on one of my favorite seascape locations and it was during dusk that I made a few images. Since I had the luxury of being next to my car I used my tripod for all my shots. Now, this way I could have carried any of my cameras in my trunk, but since I only had the X100 with me, I have it a try.

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(Fuji X100, shot on a tripod, f16, 6 seconds exposure, ISO 100)

In order to create a silky water effect I used a f16 aperture and pushed ISO 100 (the base ISO of the X100 is 200). I only had with me a 10 stop B+W 110ND filter which would be too much for the current shooting conditions. What I needed was my Hoya ND8 3-stop cut filter.

It was only after I left the area that I remember the in-camera ND filter feature of the X100 !! I always seem to forget about this very useful feature of this camera, and I have missed many god images this way. If I had used it, it would allow me to pick a f5.6 aperture which would provide me the optimum aperture for making a better quality photo.

As usually, the X100 could not focus correctly (and sometimes could not focus at all) which made me shoot manually (which is a painful process with this camera). Also I have found myself many times framing handheld through the screen and not the viewfinder. I don’t really know why I many times forget that this camera has a wonderful hybrid viewfinder, maybe I am used to use the screen in small cameras (I have even tried some times to use the live view on my Nikon D700, which of course doesn’t have any !!!)

Well, since I will be very busy with work during the next days I will probably carry around my X100 again and make one last effort to familiarize with his camera which has exceptional image quality but also serious flaws (for my personal taste, that is).

Enough with words, here are the rest of the images.

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