Okay. Back to my honking X100 (finally)!!
I’m not giving my post any particular title as I was really shooting with the X100 for 3 days in few difference locations.
I took my X100 out for a couple days. I was shaky and doing many crappy shots on the first day. That’s the sign of not been using it for a long long time. Plus, I was doing shots at night, the f-value was at F3.6-4.5 with zone focusing. Many shots were not as sharp as it turned out. I’m too used to the snap focus on my GRD…
My shots started to come together on my third day in a busy district of Tsim Sha Tsui. I was adjusting the distance with my focus ring from time to time to get my shots. The focus ring works when you know your distance with the subject. That’s about it. Fuji has to work on their focusing mechanism. Even the new X-Pro1 is suffering the same quirkiness. I could only imagine one day Fuji has a snap focus function like in Ricoh.
I wouldn’t say my creativity is limited by the not-too-fast AF or manual focus for only zone focusing. I would say if you know how camera operates, you’ll appreciate the current features of the X100. It’s more than enough and it works well.
I had said before the image effects could be a distraction to your serious photography. I’ll say it again. I’m stuck with the only Astia film simulation. Then run with presets on Aperture 3 to get my images done. Today I modified one of the built-in presets for my X100.
The ISO 12800 performance of the X100 is a nice boost to the limit of its sensor. The pixel noise is not so pretty though with JPEG. There’s always repeated noise pattern in the same area. The colors are too washed out. Black and white is the only way to go. I’ll read more about the RAW format. I think it’s something i want to try out in the future.
I took notably less shots with the X100 than the GRD.
It’s the size and shiny metal that prevented me to get the candid shots. My only comfort is the LCD screen. It’s the not-so-pro method, by framing with the LCD can often guarantee me the candid shot. (I was adjusting back to the use of this camera)
Less is more, I only bring my camera to eye when i see the shot is right. It saves my time selecting photos from my drive.
Finally I’ve to admit the clarity of image by Fuji is their strongest point and one important reason why I still own my X100 as much as I love my GRD.
Until my next post with X100. Keep shooting!
Find out more of my recent X100 photography, please also go to the following posts:
The Colorful Hong Kong: 5-6/2012 Collection – Part I
The Colorful Hong Kong: 5-6/2012 Collection – Part II