Fujifilm X100s Update

I'm grateful that my friend and coworker Claud Mann appreciates my need to make photos and allows me to shoot while we're at lunch. I'm getting very comfortable with this camera's ISO 6400.Some may feel it employs too much noise reduction, but the look works for me.

I’m grateful that my friend and coworker Claud Mann appreciates my need to make photos and allows me to shoot while we’re at lunch. I’m getting very comfortable with this camera’s ISO 6400.Some may feel it employs too much noise reduction, but the look works for me.

It’s been about six weeks since I got the Fujifilm X100s, and it has become my constant companion, except when I’m out photographing birds. I’m getting more familiar with its strengths and limitations, and I’m still very much in love. If they made the same camera with a 60mm f/1.2 or f/1.4, I’d be carrying two cameras everywhere I go.

We don't typically use wide-angle lenses for portraits because of the distortion, but it you don't mind a long nose, the wide angle up close definitely creates a thinning effect. The eyes are not the sharpest point in this selfie, but for an arm's length, ISO 6400 image, it's still pretty good.

We don’t typically use wide-angle lenses for portraits because of the distortion, but if you don’t mind a long nose, the wide angle at close range definitely creates a thinning effect. The eyes are not the sharpest point in this selfie, but for an arm’s length, ISO 6400 image, it’s still pretty good.

As I've said before, carrying this little camera awakens the teenage photographer in me, inciting my attraction to light, shadow, shape.

As I’ve said before, carrying this little camera awakens the teenage photographer in me, reigniting my attraction to light, shadow, shape.

The X100s is nearly silent, and does not hide my face. This allows/encourages me to make images I simply would not attempt with my Nikon dslr. I still love my D7000 and fine collection of lenses, and I believe the X100s is teaching me how to use them better.

The X100s is nearly silent, and does not hide my face. This allows/encourages me to make images I simply would not attempt with my Nikon dslr. I still love my D7000 and fine collection of lenses, and I am excited that the X100s is teaching me how to use them better by making me think about photography in new ways.

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5 responses to “Fujifilm X100s Update

  1. Mike Kichaven

    “I am excited that the X100s is teaching me how to use them better by making me think about photography in new ways.” Are you using your Nikon lenses on your Fuji?

    I’m thinking about upgrading from my Canon G12 to something in the X100s range. Suggestions?

    • Hey Mike! If I were starting over down this path, I might get a Fujifilm XE-2 with a couple of lenses. But then again, if I started carrying a bag, I’d inevitably get trapped in the cycle of adding stuff, and pretty soon I’d lose the key advantage of this camera: It presents an awesome compromise of size, weight, and image quality. Another friend is seriously considering the Sony RX100II, as was I. I didn’t feel i could move to a one inch sensor, but the reviews suggest that sensor size advantages are in flux as sensors and software get better. That’s a true shirt pocket camera with a zoom and, according to Thom Hogan, tough enough to carry everywhere.In other words, no, I don’t have any suggestions…I find it all very confusing.

      • Mike Kichaven

        My brain hurts.

        Your point about adding lenses, etc. is very well taken. I think the only hesitation about the X100s is the fixed focal length lens. Having carried zoom lenses all these years, do you miss a zoom?

        Lunch someday soon?

      • For daily carry, I haven’t missed a zoom, but I haven’t taken a lot of pictures, either. Usually, I just carry zooms to events where I’m shooting for others, or out birding. Otherwise, I tended to carry primes on the Nikons when just out and about. I’m still getting used to other quirks of the camera (focus speed, focus tracking – or lack thereof, color palettes, etc.). We definitely need to meet for lunch! I’m taking the week around Xmas off, it that helps…

  2. Conroy Judith

    wonderful and your enthusiasm comes through 😉

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