fuji x100 test drive. january 29, twenty thirteen.
I made a resolution to A) take more pictures and B) post more on the ol’ blog. Well, I’ve been doing the first part and now it’s time to catch up on posting…
I have been looking for a more “carry-able” camera for a while now; something small and simple and that doesn’t have the weight (and inconvenience) of my DSLR. Don’t get me wrong, I love the control and images I get from my Canon 5D Mark II, but it can be cumbersome. Trying to find a smaller camera that still gives me great images has been a challenge within itself. I have found several “compact” cameras that I thought would be good, but didn’t give me the image quality that I got from my 5D. Or it didn’t have the options I wanted. Or it would put me in the same situation as my DSLR – having multiple lenses to pick from. Then I found the Fuji X100…
The Fuji X100 is a smallish (fits in my coat pocket) digital camera that has a great “old style camera” look to it. It also has a fixed/prime lens, which means I don’t need to worry about what lenses to use. It also has all the features that I am looking for. The only downside…the price; that and they just announced a new updated version (the Fuji X100s) that fixes a lot of the issues…but this won’t be available until March and will most likely be hard to come by (when the X100 first came out, people were waiting months – and months – to get one).
I really felt like I had found something to fit my needs…so I rented one from LensRentals a couple of weeks ago and gave it a test drive. I’m not going to get into a review of the camera, but I greatly enjoyed it. Yes, there is a bit of a learning curve, but I am extremely happy with the results I got in my limited time with the Fuji X100. I can’t to see the improvements they make in the X100s and hope to pick one up later in the year.
Images shot with Fuji X100.
Edited with Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and Silver Efex Pro 2.