Fuji X100s Review | Robin Schimko | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


Since the original X100 was announced back in 2010 I was eager to get one. That thing is looking damn sexy and at that time it was unique and the only company that makes something similar is the one with the red dot. But as you might know, they are freaking expensive and so are their lenses. And of course the lack of autofocus is something I don’t want to deal with every day. Don’t get me wrong I am used to manual focus on my DSLR rig and I’m loving it. But sometimes it can be really convenient to let your camera doing the work. So when Fuji came up with a rangefinder styled body but with all the features of a modern camera I was completely sold. My plan was to take the x100 with me on a trip to Korea, but unfortunately it took six months till the x100 hit the shelves. Finally I couldn’t get one before my trip so I ended up bringing the DSLR rig. A couple of months later I had the opportunity to try out the x100 and I was somewhat disappointed. The AF felt a little sluggish and the camera wasn’t as responsive as I expected, so I decided to wait till something else is in the pipeline. Now two years later Fuji came up with the x100 replacement and a bunch of improvements as well as a new sensor, an updated version of the one you can find in their x-mount cameras. Early previews mentioned that the camera feels much more responsive and the autofocus is a big step ahead over the original x100. The x100s seemed to be the camera I was looking for and I wanted to give it a try and preordered shortly after the announcement. (Now) two weeks ago the camera arrived and I was really excited about it, but that weekend the weather was really bad and I had no chance to go out and shoot. That was frustrating and when you think it can’t get any worse it actually does. So after taking some indoor shots I noticed that some pictures look really grainy and after checking the EXIF data I realized that my brand new x100s was already broken. In aperture priority the camera sometimes switched automatically into manual mode without me hitting any button. For example the camera chose 1/4000 instead of maybe 1/50 while pushing the ISO up to 6400. A couple of days later I talked to my dealer and he told me that he would get another camera within one week. And now here it is and it works just fine…