What I always liked about my Fuji x100 was that you would get the same image quality (sometimes better and more film like!) as my APC-C cameras the D300/D90 – but in a compact form. Nice. But these days, if you listen to the way the microFourThirds people talk (incl. Steve Huff) they say technology has caught up with the APC-C cameras. Get an Em-1 and get the same quality in a lighter more ‘iPhone tech’ like way?
So, should I go microFourThirds and get a EM-1?
Sensor size and quality: I can believe that the EM1 might equal an ageing D300, but it won’t equal a bigger sensor of the same generation. Bigger is better – within the same generation of sensor. Of course there are benefits of smaller sensors, like a more deep and relaxed DOF. But re quality – yeah I took some shots in a shop with the EM-1 and whilst good, I don’t think they are all that good. I don’t think I’d be happy. A limited test, so I downloaded good outdoor samples in RAW and examined them. Surprisingly good, but not what I’m after.
The Fuji x100 camera is meant to be carried around everywhere – and for that you need to use the straps supplied, or get yourself a case. The official leather case is nice, but I prefer something more discreet that I can carry on my belt under my jacket.
After looking at all the cases in all the photo shops in Melbourne I couldn’t find anything that met my criteria. The case had to:
be as small as possible
easily attach to any belt – without having to thread the belt through anything etc.
have zips – I really wanted something secure so that the camera wouldn’t fall out as I bent over etc.
I finally found the perfect case at a high end photographic shop in the suburbs – its a ThinkTank modular pouch:
I was sitting in a cafe a few days ago and took this photo of my Fuji x100 using my iPhone 3GS. Post processed in the phototoaster iPhone app – I don’t remember the preset I used, but it turned out quite well I thought. The corner of the newspaper shows it was the Collingwood vs Geelong football grand final that day!
I’ve actually been using phototoaster a lot recently, I like the range of vintage, lomo and other presets it has. Plus you can save your own presets, which saves time. Its like having the new Nik Color Efex 4 visual presets feature in your iPhone!
Why do some people try to bring down the x100 in ridiculous ways?
Looking through some of the posts on say dpreview fuji x100 forum you’d get the impression that the Fuji x100 was fatally flawed in some way. One of the common points raised is focussing being both inaccurate and slow.
Hmmm – I use it every day and rarely encounter any focussing issues, I just take tons of pictures.
Sure, contrast based (as opposed to phase based) focusing with a cameras with such a large APS-C sensor takes a while to get used to and you sometimes need to point the focus box on a contrasty area with hopefully a bit of vertical in there – not a big deal.
Most of my shots are in perfect focus. Check this shot out:
Ever tried contrast focussing in ‘live view’ mode on a Nikon D300 or D90 (both of which have the same sized, APS-C sensors in them) – its very slow – sometimes a couple of seconds before the Nikons finds focus. So shouldn’t the Fuji get some credit here for being better? Focussing on the x100 usually takes a quarter to half of a second at the most, usually less. This is a very usable speed for the type of photography I do.
Melbourne, Australia has quite a few old world alleys and laneways. Old world in this part of the world may only be a couple of hundred years old, but hey – still charming.
I met a fellow x100 photographer that day – he was using a flash during daylight hours. We chatted for a while but didn’t exchange contact details. Next time I’ll make sure I exchange flickr website urls or something – we Melbourne x100 street photographers should know about each other!
To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. — Henri Cartier-Bresson