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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