Don't be surprised if you start seeing more and more fees on your wireless bill.
That's one of the takeaways from a new report of the U.S. mobile market, according to Tero Kuittinen, a mobile analyst and vice president at Alekstra, a firm that works to reduce companies' phone bills.
Because fewer new customers are signing up for wireless plans, giants like AT&T and Verizon are looking everywhere they can for additional revenue, which means charging their existing subscribers more, Kuittinen wrote on BGR.
Only 1.1 million new wireless accounts were created the first three months of 2013, according to the report from Chetan Sharma Consulting, a firm that specializes in mobile trends and strategy. This represents a whopping 60 percent decline over the number of new connections in the same quarter of 2012.
That's a huge problem for the wireless industry, which thrived in previous years as new customers signed up for mobile subscriptions.
In the year 2000, wireless companies derived more than 20 percent of their revenues from new subscribers, according to a slide in Sharma Consulting's presentation. Now, that share is hovering around 2 percent.
"They don't have much choice but to increase revenue from existing subscribers, which obviously from a consumer point of view sucks," Kuittinen told The Huffington Post.
Fujifilm X100S photo samples CNET The sharpness of the lens, high resolvability of the sensor and smart noise and JPEG processing all contribute to the X100S' excellent JPEG quality as high as ISO 1600 in good light.
Zack Arias put the new FujiFilm X100S through its paces in Istanbul in March 2013 - we've put together a video of Zack's walkabouts in Istanbul with the X100S where you can see him in action shooting the sights and people of Istanbul.
At first I am going to tell you that this review will not be a "technical" one at all. The web is full of specs and some other numbers, ones more "exact" than others…
Also I think that we always need to convince ourselves of stuff we read on the internet.
I've had so many bad or good "surprises" in this area.
One such a "surprise" was then when Fuji launched the X100 camera. As you might remember, it was a long teasing period of time until the camera had been available and all this time generated lots of gossips online.
Everybody liked the retro design of it and also the amazing quality of the Fujinon lens, 35mm equivalent in FF mode. Later on, there were many negative comments about the speed and accuracy of the focusing system.
Personally, I was not impressed by those negative comments and I bought a X100 in the first day the camera was available. It was "love at first click". The retro stylish design and the look of a classic rangefinder were some nice and impressive features. I am also a Leica M9 owner and I was able to compare them side by side. At that time the X100 was called "poor man's Leica". There are indeed so many things they have in common but I don't agree of a real competition between them. And yes, those rumours about the focusing system were true. It was not the fastest or the most accurate camera at all. The fixed lens, those focusing issues, addition of a optical viewfinder and most important the quality of the images made me reconsider my photography approach. And here the resemble with a rangefinder was obvious. I liked the X100 so much that I struggled to overcome those issues and by doing this it become my favourite camera in its class. I could even tell that the X100 generated a class of his own. Some beautiful concept was born then and I knew that they will come up with a X200 version for sure in the future. Based on the huge success with the enthusiasts and also the pro photographers, Fuji decided to make just an upgrade of the lovely X100 and this is how the X100 S was born.
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…
I finally received my Fuji x100s last week, two days before leaving for Venice where Heather and I joined her parents for a quick Easter holiday.
After following all the fanfare surrounding the x100s on the Internet and reading a number of very good reviews, I was very curious to try the camera out for myself to see if all this enthusiasm really bore fruit. To try it out in Venice was an added bonus, as it is probably my favourite Italian city. I have decided to write this review in the form of a journal of our trip there, describing how I became increasingly confident with the camera and why I am enjoying it more and more each day.
I am aware that 5 days aren’t enough to write a complete and in-depth review, but since I’m planning to use it frequently, I will post more thought about it in the weeks to come. Ready? Time to chase down some gondolas!
Optically fantastic provided you correct the distortion. I’m talking about the WCL-X100 wide angle converter which converts the X100 23mm lens to a 19mm lens (which means it becomes a 28mm equivalent). The build quality of this converter is excellent. It just feels like a solid hunk of metal and glass, with construction matching the X100/X100S body/lens. As the WCL-X100 simply screws into the front of the X100/X100S lens, the focus and aperture rings are the ones on the “normal” lens. The WCL-X100 has no markings on it at all. It accepts 49mm filters, the same as the official Fujifilm filter adaptor, so the official lens hood can be used on the conversion lens. Optically, with one exception, this converter is very good. CA and fringing are almost non-existent. There is a little vignetting wide open that disappears as you stop it down. In terms of sharpness, it’s pretty similar to the X100/S lens – average at F2 but becoming excellent past F4. Unfortunately there is some barrel distortion which you can correct in camera for jpegs, but a profile is required for RAW files. I would like to say thank you to “Hector” who uploaded a lens profile for this lens to Adobe Lens Profile Downloader. It seems to work well enough. I realise many of these shots need keystone correction, but in the absence of capture one support there is not a lot I can do. Autofocus speed seems to be very quick with the adaptor fitted. By way of an aside (and nothing really to do with the WCL-X100), I tried switching to continuous autofocus to see if that speeded up AF. It does, AF on the X100S is actually as fast as the E-M5 (no mean feet) in good light. Yes and no. The 28mm focal length is more challenging for street photography but does give you that little bit more to play with. I do prefer 35, but there are times when 28 is a definite preference. This is a really nice, well built piece of kit that is definitely worth getting if you plan to travel with your X100/S. The only downside (for me) is that it is relatively expensive and you need to tell the camera it is fitted.
Finally. Finally, finally. After what seems like an eternity my brand spanking new X100S is here. Actually it came Monday but I have let things settle a few days before I wrote my initial impressions. They are initial impressions since I have not done any real work on real subjects with the new camera. The reason for the delay of even my very first thoughts is that I wanted to make sure they were balanced and had a few days to settle.
Vous cherchez des puces dans la crinière du lion!” one of my french school teachers was wont to say when one of us would ask a pointless question, just to sound interesting; looking for fleas in the lion’s mane.
Someone pointed me to CNet’s review of the X100S this week. Thing is, I don’t really care about reviews unless they’re done by actual photographers, actually shooting with a camera and not spending two days looking at 500% blow ups of a brick wall or a cat’s whiskers. But the reason this review was mentioned was because of this tidbit: “f2 is close to unusable".
Unusable. As in: cannot be used. Just forget about it.
Fujifilm is on a roll recently. Since the launch of the X series of cameras, the company has managed to create a lot of waves in the digital camera world. The just released Fujifilm X100s is the update to the acclaimed X100. It brings faster focusing, a new sensor, a new viewfinder, faster operation – a lot of improvements. I shot with the Fujifilm X100s and it behaves like a different camera! As I own the X-E1 the Fujifilm X100s might seem unnecessary but is it really so? Or would the Fujifilm X100s be a good addition to my (growing!) collection of Fujifilm cameras?
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.
I’ve just picked up an X100S so I thought I’d go through the manual carefully and see what’s new. Whilst reading the manual I realised there were a few things I’d never actually known about my X100! Many of these hints and tips can be applied to the X100 as well, but bear in mind I’m writing this primarily for the X100S. I’ve done a little write-up of some of the options that aren’t all that obvious unless you’ve read the manual (as many of us don’t!) and include some hints and tips of how I use my X100S that might help you get the best out of your camera. Before I begin I’m going to include an image that shows you two important dials. The naming of these is a little confusing until you’re familiar with it, so to clear up any confusion between the Command dial and the Command control, here is a graphic that shows what each one looks like.
Shutter Speed Adjustments
Where it might be obvious that you can change the aperture in 1/3rd stops by using the Command control (the small ‘toggle/push’ control below exposure compensation) What isn’t as obvious is that in manual or shutter priority modes, rotating the Command dial (the big round one!) selects the 1/3rd stop shutter speeds. So for example if you choose 1/250th on the top dial, by rotating the command wheel you can select down to 1/200th … 1/160th and up to 1/320th … 1/400th before then choosing 1/125th or 1/500th from the main shutter speed dial. If you want to know more see P39 in the manual.
The Fn button can be assigned to a variety of quick selection options as we know. It does have a secondary function though - press and hold it to change the Fn function! This is particularly useful with the X100S as I used to have the RAW button assigned to ND on my X100, but now this is the Q button on the X100S I no longer have that option of having two assigned buttons. This is useful if you often want access to two (or more) different options quickly. I use this to change it to something more appropriate to what I’m shooting – for example indoors and at night I’ll have it set to ISO, but if I’m shooting daytime landscapes I’ll change it to ND on/off as I’m more likely to use that. Using the press-and-hold technique I can do this without going through the menu system.
As much as I loved my Fuji X100, the X100s is that much better and is quite possibly the best camera I own. Fast, responsive, amazing color, tack sharp, great handling, spectacular low-light capabilities, flash sync to 1/4000 sec, all in one amazing little package. As most of you know, I’ve been an X100 fanboy for some time. It’s been my go-to camera for everything from portraits, to streetshots and a lot in between. It was always with me and now it’s been replaced! As great as the X100 was, the X100s is just that much better. Every gripe that I had with the X100 has been addressed with the X100s. It’s nimble and quick. Okay, not Nikon DSLR quick, but so much quicker and more responsive. The focus is fast and tack sharp. This was a huge problem with the X100. Many people were turned off with the slow and quirky focus, but Fuji nailed it with the X100s. Close focusing. I can now focus within 18 inches of my subject!!! This may be the single best feature of the camera for me! The X100 was cool for portraits – so long as you were at it’s minimum focus distance of 2.6 feet. Not quite ideal for portraits with a fixed 35mm equivalent lens. Previously, it was considered the poor-man’s Leica. I think now it’s the modern man’s Leica!
Never wanted to write one of this “it’s been a little quiet here” posts, but it actually was a little quiet here 2013 has been busy so far, since I started to earn some money with my photography besides my main job as a sales manager. My respect goes to all those brave freelancers and full-time professionals out there, I just dipped my toe into the pro-water and am soooo glad to have that financial backing of my main job. Furthermore its kind of nice to switch to “non-photographic” thoughts now and then. By the way, that’s why I also have some changes/updates regarding this website on my agenda – but filed this under “Priority: C” at the moment…
Anyway, I guess almost 80% of my photography will still be private pleasure and so as casual as it’s always been. The only challenge will be to find enough spare time for that. Speaking of private-pleasure-photography, I’m totally in love with Fujifilms X-system. This company exactly knows what some of us highly GAS-infected photographers want. The X-Pro1 is…ahh…I just love it! Period. Nothing feels better than grabbing my (black) dothebag Mono 06 with all those Xquipment inside (actually, the X-Pro1, her 4 Fujinon primes, an EF-X20 flash and stuff like the X-Pro Hand Grip, batteries/SD-Cards etc. fits in there nicely), and heading downtown to enjoy some hours of shooting with this awesome pieces of kit. But in spite of the fact that an X-Pro1 with a Fujinon XF prime isn’t actually a large/heavy camera (compared to a DSLR that’s capable of a similar output quality), it’s still that little bit to hefty to just slip it over your shoulder and take it with you everyday/everywhere.Yes, I know: there will be a Fujinon XF pancake lens later this year, and yes, there already is the tiny little Fujinon XF 18mm/F2.0 R with its pancake-like design; but I neither wanted to wait for the pancake, nor am I one of those (enviable) photographers that can manage to shoot everything with just a 28mm (FF equiv.) lens. Even 35mm (equiv.) is still a wide affair to me, since I already confessed to be a “50mm-guy”. But I have to admit that something between 35 and 40mm would be the perfect focal length for everyday-everywhere-use. That’s why I still used a trusty old Olympus PEN E-P1 with the lovely Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH pancake (40mm equiv.) for this purpose. After falling in love with the X-system last year, I was already thinking about replacing the PEN with a Fujifilm X100 - especially when Fuji released that extremely sexy ”limited” Black Edition – but I couldn’t justify spending 4-5 times the price of the PEN (a good second hand E-P1 comes in for less than € 170,- on eBay & Co, and even the “PanaLeicake” isn’t that expensive anymore) for an everyday camera with more quirks than the X-Pro and the PEN together, and even without that beloved X-trans awesomeness. But just 1 year later, it’s here. The thing that pulls the € 1.200,- out of my pocket easily. The facelift of the X100. Fuji listened to their customers feedback and made everything right (imho). No dramatic design changes, no revolution, no mainstreaming of the concept/look. I’ll stop here with tech/spec-stuff about the X100S since there are so many blogs and reviews out there, praising and testing the heck out of the new model (my personal favorite is Zack Arias’ “a camera walks into a bar”). The only thing Fuji didn’t give me (and many other photographers), is a black version of the X100S. But I guess they’re preserving that for another (even more expensive) “limited” Black Edition, and I guess I’ll even buy that BE version as soon as it becomes available. Anyway, I have a small and light “pocket-XPro” for my everyday-use now. And the Easter Weekend gave me at least one hour of acceptable weather to shoot the X100S between two familial obligations in Frankfurt/Main. This isn’t a wannabe-review, just some thoughts of someone who enjoyed taking a few casual (and unspectacular) shots with his new toy…
Yesterday I received the long awaited Fujifilm X100s. I’ve literally had it for less than 24 hours, and in that time I’ve had to run my normal life too so I’ve not had a great deal of time to explore the camera yet.
So, this post is basically a “first thoughts”…….which are, in a nutshell…….superb.
The camera arrived just before School pickup time so I busied myself around making sandwiches, dinner and Mr Tumble taking a few snaps of the kids.
The one thing that most people wanted improved (myself included) over the X100 was the AF speed and I can safely say that this is simply eons better than the original X100. In fact, the X100S is the closest thing to perfect in a small form factor camera that I have ever used (based on my brief usage – this weekend will be the acid test).
I will be taking the camera with me everywhere this weekend, including a couple of weddings and so I hope to have a much more thorough overview of the X100S online sometime next week.
Briefly – what I’m impressed with in the few hours I’ve shot with it are:
There's been a lot of buzz about the Fuji X100S since it was announced and now I finally join the ranks of X series owners.
Getting this camera has been an adventure in itself. I ordered mine from Futureshop the day it was availble for preorder. Then I learned that Futureshop are terrible for keeping you in the loop on your order.
Three delays, and a month later (with no notice from them), I finally cancelled and ordered from dZone2 HK on Ebay. I got my camera in perfect condition, with zero shutter usage, within 4 days of ordering. And it was cheaper than Futureshop too. So yeah...
Anyway I've been anxious to try this camera out, so here are some impressions:
When I reviewed the Fujifilm x100, I was impressed by the DSLR caliber image quality but disappointed with all of its quirks for the price charged. The Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera is the result of a lot of user feedback and improvements. As a result, this camera looks the same but it is very much different on the inside – in a very, very good way!
I like to use car analogies, so I’m going to use one here. If this camera was a car, I’d call it a modern dayMaybach. For those who don’t know their cars, that basically means it’s on the same level as a Rolls Royce (think Leica) but made by someone else. Just like the luxury cars, you can argue that it’s a lot of money for something you don’t really need – even if you can afford it. However, purchase sometimes go beyond all reason and logic and are purely motivated by emotion. This is where I think the x100s sits, and if I had the money I’d buy this camera in a heartbeat despite my logical side telling me – WHAT? Are you nuts?
I've been shooting with the Sony RX1 for about a month now and the Fuji X100s for a little over a week. I got up to speed with the X100s quickly since I've had plenty of experience with the X100 and X-Pro. I had both cameras with me during a busy weekend of shooting in New York City last week (along with the Nikon Coolpix A), and both have gotten plenty of work. I've written some about the RX1 here and the X100s on the Xspot forum, but I'd promised to do some sort of comparison between the two since they're somewhat similar by virtue of both being fixed lens 35mm (or equivalent) focal lengths with f2.0 lenses. While I question whether these two cameras will be directly competing for very many potential buyers, there are a lot of similarities and differences worth understanding for those who might be considering either.
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