I recently had the Fuji 23mm F1.4 lens shipped to me. I pre-ordered it the day it was officially announced and it got to me last week. I have been shooting with it for a week or so but am not going to do any sort of image quality review at this time other than to say it is at least as good as all the other Fuji lenses. It is very similar in fit and finish to the 14mm. I was more interested in writing about the debate that has gone on in my head since it was added to the roadmap. The thought was that when the 23mm f1.4 was released sales of the X100s would dry up. Why would you buy an X100s when you now have a fast 35mm equivalent offer for the X-Pro1 or X-E1?
Had a discussion with someone regarding X100S and as usual all of my complaints came out before the good points. You guys know I love the little beastie right? Well that doesn’t mean I don’t have issues with it. Fixing some of them might actually cause others to get worse - I don’t care - not my job but here’s what I want and I want it friggin NOW in a firmware update which seems doable for the most part considering it’s a computer and all fly by wire-y that’s functionality is determined by software. It stupefies me that this stuff is still like this in V2 after a couple firmware iterations…
Photographer Bill Wadman's blog about photography and making images. The creator of 365Portraits.com writes about everything from subject to shoot, from post-production to printing. Opinionated and not afraid to say so.
This is not a gear review site - I have neither the time nor the money to test every new gadget that comes along. However, after weeks of deliberation and reading of such sites, I decided to buy myself a Fuji X100s, and in this post I'll share my impressions of this lovely little camera as well as some pictures I took with it in Moscow and Paternoster. Why the x100s? I'm extremely lucky to have a job which allows me to travel to interesting places - most recently I got to spend two weeks in Moscow - and in the past I would carry an entire backpack full of camera gear with me wherever I went. This is a huge pain, especially since there does not exist an ideal camera bag, i.e. one which (1) has space for a DSLR and several lenses, (2) fits my laptop and bunch of A4-sized papers and books for work, and (3) is comfortable to carry on my back for extended periods. In practice, you get to pick at most two out of three. In my case, I have a nice backpack that satisfies (1) and (3), and a fancy airport case satisfying (1) and (2).
Istanbul is the city of one hundred names, incredible historical importance and, a heaven for street photographers. Fujifilm X100S is the next amazing thing that the photo-world seems to be raving about these days. I found myself lucky enough to be in Istanbul, with that very camera and, here are my impressions of both, the city and, the gadget. I got the Fujifilm X100S in Spain, after my slightly early departure from Africa due to catching Bilharzia, also known as snail fever. The camera was my own consolation gift to myself. I didn’t use it much in Spain, but, I planned to head out somewhere new and exciting. I didn’t know exactly where. That place turned out to be Istanbu
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.
This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm X100S mirrorless camera, which was released on January 7, 2013 together with the X20 compact camera. After the success of the original X100, Fuji upgraded the sensor and the hybrid viewfinder, added some new features, addressed a few important firmware issues and added the “S” to the label of the camera. The long-awaited Fuji X100S debuted with a lot of fanfare, thanks to its big supporters like Zack Arias and David Hobby that provided plenty of coverage of the camera. Being tied up with reviewing newly released Nikon lenses and cameras, I did not have a chance to test the X100S out until the summer of 2013. Another reason was poor availability – the X100S was in such a high demand, that it was nowhere to be found for a long time.
I was fortunate enough to be sent to Treviso in Northern Italy this week for a portrait for The Times T2 section, only to discover on landing that the shoot had been cancelled. So I had almost 12 hours before my return flight with nothing to do. Thankfully I'd flown Ryan Air (never thought I'd use those words in the same sentence) which meant my carry on baggage was extremely limited, and so I'd taken only one Canon 5d MkIII and 3 lenses to cover the job. I'd decided to pack my Fuji X100S as a backup camera which turned out to be a great decision. I put my heavy DSLR and lenses in left luggage, along with my lighting equipment and hopped on a train to Venice with only the X100S and two batteries. I've never been to Venice, so really enjoyed wandering around with no agenda, just photographing what looked interesting. I did need to send some stock pictures of Venice back to the Times, but that was the only real requirement. It was a pretty overcast day, but the X100S really produces some lovely colour tones even in flat light. I used the back button manual focus method for the entire day and shot mostly at f/2.0. All images were shot as jpeg and processed in Lightroom. Here's some of my favourites from the day, including dawn from seat 12A somewhere above Italy......
Time for a confession right up front. I suck at writing camera reviews. ... So, having bought a FujiFilm X100s, unboxed it, and made a few test shots in my studio, I took the camera out on the road to Hakone, a picturesque hillside town, a few hours outside Tokyo. I was already somewhat familiar with the X100s menu system from using the X-Pro1, so it didn’t take long how to work the camera.
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