Reds & Blues – With some initial impressions of the Fuji x100



Reds & Blues, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Another like yesterdays post, this time I really tried to keep it to two colours. I even managed to sneak a bike in too, the first on the Fuji x100 (which is lovely by the way).
Pretty happy how these two shots work together.

Fuji x100 (RAW, LR3)

So then, the Fuji x100? What’s that all about? we thought you had fallen in love with the Olympus PEN and micro 4/3?
I know, I know, I did really enjoy shooting with the PEN and would still recommend it to anyone wanting a great, portable interchangeable lens camera system. It has great image quality and that Lumix 20mm f1.7 is a peach.
So why look to change????? Well I’ve always had my eye on the new fuji, it’s no secret around here that I have a love for Leica, one day I’ll be shooting digital M’s with beautiful Leica lenses. There is just something about the design, the retro (classic) camera feel and look to them and the craftmanship that has gone into them. Now go look at a fuji x100, see where I’m coming from?
Another reason was the whole lens thing, I have a “compact” camera (or the “not my work cameras”) camera to carry with me at all times. I want this camera to let me enjoy my photography, keep things simple and just let me concentrate on my vision. One of the great things about the micro 4/3 (PEN) systems is the whole array of lenses you can choose from. However for me wanting to keep things simple and clean, this is it’s biggest downfall. Over the last month or two I’ve spent far too much time scouring the internet and camera stores looking at lenses and accessories and all that. It’s kind of been annoying (but fun all the same). It has however been a distraction, to me my camera system is my Canon equipment, I know it inside out and blindfold, I know which lens will do what and exactly which will be needed for each job. For my “other” camera I desire simplicity, I don’t want to carry extra lenses and viewfinders (the Olympus VF-2 is still epic by the way). I want one very good lens, with character and a camera which gives me great pleasure in using, something that makes me slow down and relish in the challenges and experiences of making photographs.
Enter the Fuji x100, one fixed 35mm f2 lens, beautiful classic styling, built in optical / electronic viewfinder (finally), large sensor, great build quality and really great image quality.
I’ve only had a couple of quick jaunts into the city with it so far, sure it has a few nuances which I’ll need to adjust for but guess what? I’m manual with quick and intuitive aperture and shutter speed dials, easy iso access. It’s bliss.
I can just go and create photographs. The 35mm lens is something I can relate to, on the PEN I had 28mm and 40mm, these just aren’t focal lengths i’m accustomed to. I shoot prime lenses, I can see in 35mm, 50mm, 85mm. I know what it will look like in the viewfinder. So many times with the PEN I saw the shot, got the camera up and was greeted with an unexpected frame. Sure I can just step in or out a bit, but it just wasn’t clicking (forgive the pun) with my vision.
On the clicking side, I mentioned it in most of my notes on the PEN but the thing makes a noise. It’s an odd little noise, kind of squelchy shutter, there is no way I’m pulling off candid with that camera. You take a shot and in most situations everyone near you knows. Now I’m not talking pervy stuff here just I like a certain invisibility to my work at times, my old Leica DLux 4 and DigiLux 2 were ultimately silent, so if a job called for that I had a tool to fit. Onto the Fuji x100, hello silent again.
So here’s to some more testing of the Fuji to see if it really is the perfect camera to keep me happy until the bank manager says I can go and spend enough money to buy a car (or two) on a Leica.

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