Fuji X100 revisited (part III)

This is the third and final installment on my reevaluation of the the Fuji X100 camera. I have written a lot during the previous two parts so I will just add a few final words. Despite the fact that this is a camera I don’t feel very comfortable working with (at least in the way I work with the Leica M8 or Sony NEX 5N), the images it produces are simply stunning. I have used it as my main camera for a few days now and I could easily get the 90% of my images without using any other gear. The only thing I would miss is portraits. I can do portraits with the X100 but its focal length is not ideal for this task. For pretty much anything else, its a superb camera.

A few more observations. Although I opted for a very good B+W UV filter in order to protect the lens (since this is a fixed lens camera, damaging the front element makes the whole camera obsolete), in most cases I found myself shooting without the filter. This is something i do with all my cameras if there are no extreme conditions (rain, beach, heavy wind, etc). Despite the high quality of the B+W filter, its one more glass in front of your lens. It can cause ghosting and reflections depending on the lighting conditions so I rarely use it. The metal hood (which is provided at an extra price together with the filter adapter) makes a pretty good job protecting the lens.

The X100 has some very good images presets such as Fuji, Velvia, Provia and b&w with filters emulation. I prefer to shoot RAW in order to get the maximum IQ from the camera. I used to shoot RAW+JPEG but not anymore. I can use Lightroom to add the effects I need later with much better control and results.

One more great thing about this camera, is the high speed flash sync due to the leaf shutter. With my Nikon SB-900 flash I can shoot at speeds of 1/1000 or even 1/4000 which can prove very useful for various tasks.A few examples of freezing liquid motion can be seen at the images below shot at 1/1000 with the SB-900.

So, this is an excellent travel camera and in most cases I could use it as my sole camera for many purposes. Add a couple of batteries and fast cards and you are pretty ready to go anywhere with this very small and light equipment.

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2 Responses to Fuji X100 revisited (part III)

  1. gianna giavelli says:

    I don’t know if its the photographer but I much prefer these pictures to the d800e. More film and more of that breathtaking quality. I know theywont enlarge quite as much

    I am getting pulled to the 100s camp. But I’m waiting for a full frame manual thats Leica M like but with more of a fuji price and sensor sensability

    • kbesios says:

      The D800E currently has the best sensor, it can create absolutely stunning images. Of course the Fuji X100 is also a brilliant camera with fantastic image quality. I don’t shoot the Nikon very often, I prefer smaller cameras like the Leica M or X100. My best photos come from my film cameras, maybe because I use them all the time.

      A full frame mirrorless would of course be a great camera. There’s the Sony RX1 but its very expensive. Logically, a full frame Sony NEX should arrive within this year or 2014 and maybe a full frame Fuji X, these should be wonderful cameras with a price tag of course much cheaper than the Leica M240.

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