YES ! I am really excited that I finally managed to get myself the brand new Fuji X100 back in April 2011. Thanks to Denise for the help in reserving one unit for me : ) To be honest, I have been eying on this camera for about a year even before it was launched. First was it’s retro old skool range finder look and secondly was the spec which caught my attention. The hybrid view finder, a fast f2 prime lens and a DSLR ( APS-C ) sensor housed in a small compact magnesium alloy body, RAW capability and fully manual controls as well the vintage retro styling ….I knew it was the camera for me.
Having read about the camera information on the internet over and over again for the past 12 mths … hence it wasn’t really difficult for me to understand the camera capability and functions when I first lay hands on it. I have to admit that the menu system could be a little quirky as compared to my trusty Nikon but I get used to it after a while. Not much of a problem actually as one has to accept the fact that it’s not a DSLR. Further more I am used to shooting with prime lenses (24mm, 50mm and 85mm ) almost 70% of the time during my assignment hence a 23 mm ( equivalent to 35mm on full frame ) f2 fits really well with my shooting style.
The image quality of the X100 is truly amazing. Wide dynamic range, accurate white balance and skin tone, awesome black and white and low noise is how I would like to sum up this camera. The X100 can take amazing photos in almost any lighting condition. It might not have the fastest auto focus speed like most of the EVIL ( PEN, NEX and GF alike ) but I feel it’s suffice for street photography. Another thing I like most about this camera is the leaf shutter is almost dead silent. It’s so quiet that you might ask yourself if you have actually taken a shot ! It’s awesome for street photography or shooting in the church or temple when you need to be discreet.
Well last but not least, would I recommend it ? Yes, but certainly not as your first camera. I would think this camera is more geared towards professionals or hobbyist who already owns a DSLR and would like to have a small compact for your casual day to day outing without sacrificing image quality. It has no scene presets like portrait, landscape, sports and even AUTO mode. It’s fully P,A,S,M mode just like the professional DSLR. Hence the X100 a camera which one would either love or hate and nothing in between. It’s really not a fancy bling bling camera with tons of functions like image stabilizer, shoots 3D, HDR mode and yada yada …..but it’s the simplicity which appeals to me.If I were to put it, I would say it’s like a weekend car similar to Lotus or Mini Cooper which reminds you of the joy of driving and not your regular Toyota Corolla which you drive to work everyday.
1. Switch to digital view finder for close range and macro focusing to reduce parallax. It’s a range finder like camera ( ala Leica M, Voigtlander Bessa and Zeiss Ikon) , the optical view finder ( OVF ) is a little off set from the lens position so the images might not be 100% precise as when you compose it. However on EVF there is no such issue.
2. Make use the smart ‘auto iso’ function and set the function button as ND filter. Ensure the camera default iso is set to minimal as it will affect your auto iso output. The camera always uses the manual set ISO rating as minimal target. Easy : )
3.When using manual exposure mode, screen exposure if not indicative on the final image outcome ( what you see is not what you get ). If you are used to point and shoot camera or shooting a scene with tricky exposure, stick to P, A and S mode.
4.The cam need to switch to macro mode for anything closer than and arm length ( weird ! ). I normally use Manual mode and then tap the AFL/AEL to focus. Then you need not switch macro and non macro anymore.
5. There are half stops controls for aperture and shutter speed on the command and rear wheel.
6. Manual focus mode is only good for macro shots. It’s not meant for normal use.
7. Get extra batteries ! Got mine from ebay at fairly low price.
8. Use the fastest available SD card . I’m using Sandisk Extreme Pro 45 mb/s card and it helps a great deal in improving the start up and time and write speed.
9. I’ve switched off my image review to make shooting a lot quicker !
Below as some of the casual images which I have taken in Perth and Bali not too long ago. All shot in jpeg format and added a touch of MK editing. Thanks again for viewing and hope this helps : ) Have fun shooting !