The other day I had to make a call I never wanted to have to make. At 28 I needed to see a chiropractor - some would call it the photographers curse, a curse that unfortunately goes with the territory. Lugging heavy camera gear around, usually with it hanging from the neck, waist or one shoulder eventually takes its toll. This realisation along with some other vague and equally suspicious excuses was one of the reasons I'd been interested getting myself one of Fujifilm's X-Series cameras - the thought of having a camera that was small and light and could maybe even supplement my heavy old SLR was appealing. I knew they would probably never replace my SLR for work but as everyday cameras they seemed to offer a good compromise.
Anyone who reads this blog will know that the Fujifilm Finepix X100 is my favourite walkabout camera. It can produce images that rival the much larger Nikon D800, it is beautiful to look at and is so well screwed together that I'm sure it will last me years. My X100 is a limited edition 'black' version and came with a few special extras in the box when I bought it last October.
In March 2013 Fuji unveiled the X100S, an updated version of the X100 with improvements in several areas including the use of a 16mp X-Trans sensor from the X-Pro1 / XE-1, full 1080P HD video and a faster AF system. I played with an X100S at the Focus on Imaging Show in March but last week I was able to get my hands on one for a long term test.
Is This a DSLR Replacement for a Professional Photographer's Non-Work Camera? By Paul Rogers I'm a professional photographer. I make my entire living from editorial photography for The Times newspaper, and documentary wedding photography.
Thank you so much for your comments and kind words. We have been shooting Fuji X100s quite extensively in the last few weeks and here are some additional (full review here) thoughts about the camera and the files it produces:
In the interest of fairness, let me get this out of the way right away .. I freaking LOVE my X100S. Living on a tiny island, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it took me awhile to get one, but now I have, it is fair to say that the wait was really worth it.
This is not going to be a balanced review. In fact, its not really a review at all. I am not going to present pro’s and con’s of the product so you can make up your own mind. That would just be wasting your time. I am just going to tell you straight up, if you are thinking of buying one, stop thinking. Just buy it.
This article mainly deals with the X100S from a photographic perspective. Video is coming in the full review next week.
The old X100 was fatally flawed in my view. Manual focus with a massive lag between moving the focus ring and the clunky focus stepping itself. Very sluggish AF and a long minimum focus distance. We’re not talking macro here but just basic portrait stuff. Entering macro mode for portraits or even not particular close close-ups was a hassle.
All this and more is fixed on the X100S, which is a major upgrade that totally belies the similar external appearance, including 1080/60p video.
Convergence has gone off the rails. Clearly there’s still room for two cameras, one that does cinema brilliantly like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and one for stills.
I started looking for a camera for street photography a year ago. What I wanted was a small body, small and fast prime lens between 28mm and 50mm focal length which is in my opinion the best range for street photography, and more important it’s the range that suits my style of shooting, as I am not very comfortable with longer or shorter focal lengths (for street shooting I mean).
So I tried the Olympus OMD-em5 in september 2012, coupled with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4. The combo was very small, and picture quality very good. Due to some financial reasons I had to sell it after two months of use. But in early 2013 I was financially in good health again, so I started to look at what the camera market offered.
Just a few short years ago, there were generally two groups of cameras: Small cameras with small sensors, and large cameras with larger sensors. No matter what you tried to do, the best you could do if you wanted a small camera with a large sensor was to buy a small SLR and stick some small lenses on it. Then Sigma came up with their good but flawed DP1 along with Olympus and Panasonic with the mirrorless system cameras, and now we are lousy with small cameras with large sensors. This area is now gaining ground, and here in this shootout, we take a look at the three main contenders of 2013: The Fujifilm X100S, the Nikon Coolpix A, and the Ricoh GR. All pack APS-C sized sensors with a fixed lens, and are priced at about US$800 to US$1200, making them pretty close on paper.
This review will be published into two parts, due to the length of it. We will update this space with the link to part two when it is published. For now, here is part one!
The Fujifilm X20 and X100s are two X-series cameras that were released with great anticipation in the March/April of 2013. They are the updated versions of the extremely successful X10 and X100. However, unlike their predecessors, the X20 and X100s contain an X-Trans sensor found in the likes of the X-Pro1 and X-E1, though slightly updated (X-Trans II). Both new models have been labelled ‘compact cameras’ for their small size. Moreover, they have non-interchangeable lenses, and share a classy retro design reminiscent of analog cameras from back in the day.
So, how do the X20 and X100s differ? While they share much in common on a superficial level, you will see that there are many distinctions that place one model on a different plane of existence than the other.
The promotion of the new X100s FujiFilm camera enticed me to buy for a number of reasons but one wonders why this advertising campaign worked where so many other cleverly designed attempts to empty my pockets left me cold? I have a few reflections about this and briefly review my newest camera in this post.
I bought a Fuji X100s after what feels like years of research and thinking about what I really was looking for. It is not that I lack cameras. I have a few, but they are all DSLR, and for some reason I almost never use them outside my work as a full-time photographer. My family only gets the iPhone/Instagram treatment, and that is a bit sad. And boring for my kids later on.