Two weeks in and I’m totally smitten with my Fuji X100 camera. I took it on a holiday to Cornwall and then I pulled it from my camera bag at today’s portrait shoot just for 1 minite. This is a follow up to my original post about the Fujifilm X100 here.
I would love to have shot for longer with the X100 but I didn’t think my client would have been too impressed with me using a ‘Micky Mouse’ camera. And that’s the great thing about this camera. It looks innocent, non threatening, fun and kids love it. As soon as the big Canon comes out the mood and the moment changes. It may be a subtle change but it is certainly very significant. If I had prewarned my client that I was going to use this ‘special camera’ then I’m sure there would have been no issue.
You will know by now that I don’t blog client pictures so I’ll keep the client shots annonymous. I do want to share them with you because I really believe there is merit in using the little Fuji X100 for client work as well as for personal projects. It really doesn’t matter if you decide to spend a bit more and get the Leica X1 or a little less and get the Olympus Pen2. The fact remains that these latest generation of big sensor compact cameras are up to the job optically, electronically and in speed of use.
The Fuji focusses so fast I can catch moments with more certainty of a useable result than I can with my 5Dmk2 and it’s 50mm L lens. Admittedly the Canon 5D mk2 focus engine is a relitavely ancient design being handed down from the mk1, and the 50mm f/1.2L lens has a vast amount of glass to be shunted around. I’m not here to praise or knock either system, just to report my findings. I’m using the focus and reframe method with the fuji and because the lens is of simple construction it seems to allow for quite a big framing shift without any change in focus position even at f/2.
These four portraits were all shot wide open at f/2 using auto ISO and aperture priority. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. The rest of my client pictures from today’s shoot were taken on a pair of Canon 5Dmk2 cameras, mine with a 100mm f/2.8L lens and my second shooter, Brett Symes, used a 24-70 f/2.8L. I don’t normally use a second shooter on portrait jobs but I wanted to see how the customer experience could be improved by freeing me up to chat a bit more and build on our rapport. Brett’s pictures really add to the mix and the client will love them. I can’t wait to show the pictures to my clients and to design their album.
Here are a few of my findings that I can share with you after using the camera for a week or so:
The focus mode switch is easy to knock and so too is the shutter speed dial.
The camera is almost silent when the melody mode is switched off.
You have to record a jpeg as well as a RAW file if you want to be able to crash into 100% in playback. If you record RAW only the screen preview is a lower resolution.
The lens hood I bought on Ebay from China is fabulous and increases the contrast in the images by reducing flare. I bought two of them so if any of you need one tweet or DM me @damienlovegrove
Please share your Fuji X100 experiences below.