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Friday, March 22, 2013

In-Depth: The New Fujifilm X100s

UPDATE: I recorded a ~40-min webcam walk-thru of the camera's best features and how to use them at the bottom of the post.



Short Version: It's a remarkable, sync-at-any-speed camera with a no-apologies 16mp chip. I'll probably make more pictures with this camera over the next year than all of my other cameras combined.

Why, below.

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It Sees in the Dark

With great high ISO performance, a lens that is respectable wide open at f/2, and a camera that is sooo hand-holdable at slow shutter speeds, if you can see it you can shoot it. Here's my daughter Em, lit by an iPhone:




At ISO 3200, 1/150th at f/2, this is not anywhere close to pushing the envelope. The camera is useable at ISO 6400, and I can handhold it on a still subject easily at ¼ second. That means I could have shot this same image with six stops less light. The aspheric 35/2 equivalent lens is pretty sharp wide open—see 100% medium size jpeg here.




Remember, there is no mirror flopping around to induce vibration in slow shutter speed shots. This shot of Dubai Knowledge Village was handheld at ¼ sec at f/2.5 at ISO 800. Yeah, there's a tiny bit of movement that you can see at 100%. But holy crap, this camera is hand-holdable.

Both of these are straight out of the camera, too. No post at all. The NYC skyline below is a two-shot stitched pano, shot handheld as the mix light got gorgeous:




The Fujifilm X100s is a machine purpose-built for documentary and street shooters. When I shot for papers, many photographers I knew shot with Nikons for dailies but kept a Leica M and a 35/2 for project work that really mattered. This is the first digital camera I have ever used that totally meets that bar.




And it is dead quiet. Not Leica-quiet. Dead quiet. So much so that you might miss the sonic feedback that helps you to handhold better at slow shutter speeds. You can set a variety of artificial sounds at various volumes if you miss the feedback (one sounding almost exactly like an M6) but pretty soon you'll let go of even that. Silent is good.


Sync at Any Speed

This is huge, and of special interest to readers of this site. There are some limitations, namely your flash's t.1 time at a given power setting and the fact that a leaf shutter won't evenly expose wide open at super-high speeds. But that is a physics balancing act that is worth learning.

For that reason, you're always gonna want to use a sync cord of some kind (using a long OCF cord here) or a slave, or a combo of both. That's because every microsecond (1/1000th of a millisecond) counts and all radios have inherent X-microsecond delays.




The sweet spot with the X100s is to shoot on (L)100 ISO, at 1/1000th of a sec at f/2 with the built-in 3-stop ND filter engaged. That will underexpose full daylight. You can then overpower the sun with a small flash and shoot wide open in the process for gorgeous backgrounds at f/2:




(UPDATE: I have since written a full post on this feature, here.)

Because of the ND filter, the equivalent exposure for your flash would be as if it were exposing something fully at f/5.6 at ISO 100. Doable, at modest range with a speedlight in an umbrella. This was shot at 1/2000th of a sec at f/4, at ISO 400 with the ND filter engaged. It was lit with two speedlights (one top, one bottom) in 43" umbrellas:




And with a monobloc, you can effortlessly dominate full sun on low power settings. It's a wonderful thing. (Full post here.)



The artistic limitation, of course, is the fixed 35mm equivalent lens. Fuji: gimme an aux portrait tele for this camera and I will love you long time. Suffice to say, leaf shutter + awesome chip = lighting heaven.


Choose Your Palette



Fuji's film-based knowledge and experience shows in the X100s. I did some all-other-things equal sequences below. But the light was changing enough to where there was different light in different sequences. So basically, judge comparatively inside the separate sequences, but not between them.

A Provia look is their standard-contrast slide film, but you can swap out to Velvia (more punch) Astia (softer) as shown here, in that order:




C-41 shooters will appreciate the nod to color neg, from which you can choose high or low contrast:




Within any preset, you can alter and fine-tweak white balances. But you can also tweak the contrast curve, too, as opposed to just the overall contrast. As with the X100 before it, they do it by giving you separate control of the highlight and shadow contrast (-2 to +2 on each). Here is an Astia frame, spanning -2, 0, and +2 on highlight and shadows together.




Mind you, you can choose to alter highlight and shadow contrast individually, too.

These tonal controls also apply to black and white, as do a series of color filter overlays. For instance, choose BW+red for silvery skin tones. Or choose BW+red and low-contrast highlights for rich dark open skies and clouds with full detail in your landscapes. Is it stuff you could do in Photoshop or Lightroom? Sure. But the point is you can choose to dial in a very personal look right from the camera. If you work in RAW+jpeg, you can have your cake and eat it, too.

And honestly, the jpegs are good enough to where I have not yet been tempted to shoot RAW. But fortunately, their use of the new X-Trans sensor means more RAW support from the big boys in software. But again, you can build a personal style into your jpegs—even if that style is completely neutral—that happens every time you press the button. And they are good jpegs.


Speaking of White Balance

The custom white balance is outstanding. It's better than auto white balance (which it also has) because you grab a custom WB exposure just like with a high-end DSLR. Except it is better than most. Here is a shot into a room lit with a gaggle of mystery fluorescents:




And as with any white balance or color palette you choose, you can quickly move it around via a one-button color shift matrix. You see the effect instantly, too, if you are looking through the electronic viewfinder. (And while on the subject of viewfinders, both the EVF and the optical are excellent. And having the choice is awesome.)


Hip to Be Square

In addition to the 3:2 and 16:9 aspect ratios, you can choose square. It's a mind gimmick of course, but one that helps me see shots differently. Especially when...


Shooting in Toy Camera Mode

Yep, it does built-in "advanced" filters. This is the kind of Instagrammy stuff is something I would normally turn my nose up at. But few of the filters are pretty cool. I like soft focus (think layered gaussian blur, done in-camera) and high key (which shifts the entire tonal scale relatively—this is far more than an exposure shift).

But the one I might find myself using most is the "toy camera" filter. Think Holga, right out of the camera, with weird color shifts and darkened corners, shot on square format:




And while the advanced filters are not themselves stackable, the different settings are. Meaning I can shoot wide-open fuzzy-background flash in full daylight with a square format and a Holga look applied to it, all in-camera.

Somewhere in Brooklyn, a hipster's head just exploded.


Finally, Pitch-Perfect Focusing

The autofocus is light years ahead of its predecessor. Fast and sure, even in near-dark. Which is cool because you will be shooting in the dark with this camera.

And as good as the autofocus is, the manual focus is better. This is especially cool because MF in the old model was all but unusable—bad pitch and no good feedback. Using the electronic viewfinder and one of three chosen "manual assist" modes, you can accurately focus in light that is literally too dark to see in. It's almost creepy.

When manually focusing, you touch the button under your right thumb and a louped center section appears. You can choose straight magnification, a digital version of split image, or something called "focus peaking," in which you can choose two different strengths. They all work surprisingly well. It's just a matter of personal choice. (And the pitch on the focusing ring is perfect.)


Menu Evolution



The menus, a little clunky in the X100, have been intelligently redesigned. The best feature is the Q button, for quick menu, which gives you instant access to most of the commonly used items.

And the other items are arranged in an intelligent menu tree, making many of the things you often need dedicated-button selections. It's quickly intuitive. There is a user-defined function button that sits right near the shutter button. I like it for instant access to ISO. But you can choose to use it for multi-exposure, depth of field preview, self timer, image size, ND filter, etc.

That's the beauty of this camera (or, one of the beauties)—you can dial it into just about any preferred workflow. It fits you like a glove. And if all of this sounds complicated, it's not. It's just that the camera begs to be learned. You adjust it to fit your style and tweak it until it is basically an extension of your mind.

Zack said it very well: the camera totally gets out of the way.


Is it The Perfect Camera?



Nope, nothing is. But it's close. Actually, for what it is, it is damn close. But there are a couple of quibbles.

For one, the shade should come with it. As the X100s ships—with a "slip-off" lens cap and no shade—it is incomplete to me. And while the lens cap is nostalgic (and true to early Leica models) it begs to be lost, leaving you with an unprotected camera.

So you want a hood, but the Fuji model is … shockingly expensive. And there are third-party options available. (I prefer a black hood anyway, so I had little choice but to go third party.) But make sure you get one that bayonets rather than screws. You'll want to quick-swap it out when using built-in flash. (Which I warm-gelled with some Scotch tape.)

So, lose the slip-on lens cap and get a hood and a 49mm skylight filter. And not a crap filter, either, as the aspherical 23mm/2 (35mm/2 equiv.) lens deserves good glass in front. Put the lens cap in a drawer and go filter/hood full-time. That's why we wear cotton shirts. One less thing to lose, and the camera is always ready.

Speaking of the flash, I'd like to see more control. It only goes TTL +- ⅔ stop. I am going to lobby for for a firmware upgrade to -3.0 stops TTL, with full manual control, say 1/1 to 1/32. I think people will want a wink light to set of slaved flashes in manual, and the TTL needs to go well below -⅔ stop to be useful. (Obviously, you can use manual off-camera flash with the hot shoe sync.)

And while the built-in flash is not empirically powerful, remember that you can always jack the sync speed and open the aperture for more reach. God, I love leaf shutters.

Last thing is batteries. The X100s eats them, but not as bad as the X100 did. Still, you'll want a couple extra matchbook-sized batts for all-day shooting. Once again, you can choose OEM or less expensive after-market options. Oh, and it is still possible to easily slip the batteries in the wrong way. Sigh. Just assume you did that when your camera won't power up until you learn to pay attention when installing.

But truly, these are small quibbles compared to the remarkable package offered by the X100s.


Fuji Is the New Leica



Essentially, what you have in the X100s is a tiny, super capable camera with fast, sharp glass that handles like a Leica M. The 16MP X-Trans chip is the best APS-sized chip I have seen—in skin tones, high ISO and sharpness. (They changed the distribution of the RGB pixels and lost the low-pass filter without getting moiré.) It is also insanely customizable. And silent.

Again, echoing Zack Arias here when I agree that Fuji is the new Leica. (UPDATE: Zack's review is now up.) As someone who used many different Leica M film rangefinders, this thing is more Leica M than any digital camera Leica has made yet. By a long shot. And at a small fraction of the cost. If you woulda just used your film M camera with a 35/2 lens permanently on it, as many did, this is your camera.

My prediction: this will be the personal, auxiliary camera of many a working photographer and photojournalist. Heck, it'll be the prime body for many, as this is a camera you could build a career on. David Alan Harvey spent several decades toting around just an M6 and a 35 Summicron. I am enjoying watching him get to know the Fuji X100s. As for myself, I am starting my 2013 round of HCAC assignments and many will be shot with this camera. It's that good.


UPDATE: A Webcam Video Walk-Thru



UPDATE: April 25th -- After passing the 10k frames mark I archived a full, ~40-minute walk-thru of the features on the X100s. Hope it helps anyone new to the camera. Enjoy.


The Dreaded Question

I know every current X100 owner is thinking, "Should I upgrade?"

Agonizing call, as your camera is (a) really decent and (b) not that old. Here's my suggestion, if a bit ironic. If you are totally in love with your X100 and use it a lot, sell it right now and upgrade if you can afford it. The X100s is $1299, so figure prolly $500 difference, depending on how long you wait. But it is $500 better, that's for sure.

FWIW, Fuji sent me an early production model to play with. So I knew what to expect. On the day GPP opened in Dubai, I heard they were flying in a dozen of them to sell along with the launch. I was first in line before the booth opened, to buy the first one.

If you just use your X100 as an occasional, knock-around, travel-light camera, maybe stick with it. But do not handle an X100s because, just don't. You'll be powerless. But the more you use your X100 original, the more you should think about upgrading.

I know. Sorry.
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Fujifilm X100s (Amazon.com)

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205 Comments:

Blogger tobanphoto said...

Thanks for the great review. What sync speed can you use with radio transmitters without any funny business?

March 22, 2013 10:36 AM  
Blogger M said...

Which brand of bayonet hood do you use?
And where did you buy it from?

March 22, 2013 10:40 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Toban-

Too many variables, IMO. Microseconds matter. Advise a wire as best, slaves as second-best. (Even slaves introduce micro-second delays.)

Remember, you are dealing with shaving microseconds and up-against-the-wall t.1 times. Power levels, and in particular, the strobe itself, matter, too.

Ideal for high power: a wire and an Einstein set to speed mode. I will test that combo on a future post.

March 22, 2013 10:42 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

I got an EzFoto hood/49mm ring and a B+W UV filter, both from Amazon US.

March 22, 2013 10:44 AM  
Blogger Eric Kelly said...

Awesome Review! I'm not in Brooklyn, but my head did explode! Just placed a pre-order with B&H. Can you recommend a decent sync cord? Thanks you-

March 22, 2013 10:45 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Ideal is a long OCF cord. Nikon works fine with a Nikon flash (i.e., the extra connections are not a hazard/problem). I used a YongNuo 10m OCF cord. Unlike their flashes, I have found the cord to be very reliable.

March 22, 2013 10:50 AM  
Blogger Wonderwall said...

'Somewhere in Brooklyn, a hipster's head just exploded.' muahaha

And I so want this camera.

March 22, 2013 10:57 AM  
Blogger Human Gobo said...

Dammit, Dave!

Anyone wanna buy a used X100? ;)

I'm really curious about the manual focus because the fly-by-wire in the first model was (let's face it) utter crap... is it still fairly slow to register in low-light, or is it actually done right like the Canon 40mm?

March 22, 2013 11:09 AM  
Blogger Bryan Leighty said...

Are you really that worried about someone stealing your camera??

March 22, 2013 11:18 AM  
Blogger Sébastien Barré said...

Thanks. I had the X100 for the longest time, liked it a lot, then switched to the X-Pro1 last year (made considerably faster with the latest firmware). Have you used the X-Pro1, and if that's the case do you feel a vast difference?

March 22, 2013 11:19 AM  
Blogger Mike Padua said...

Fuji's cash registers are on FIRE right now.

March 22, 2013 11:28 AM  
Blogger Michael Sebastian said...

David, great writeup. I have the X-Pro1, and love it except for its autofocus. It's not the horror that some have depicted, but it could be better.

I'd been thinking about the new 23mm lens for the X-Pro1, but since it's not yet available, I'm starting to lean towards the X100S instead. Costs more than the lens alone, but you get a backup body as well.

Are hoods for the X100 and X100s interchangeable? Assume so....

Here's another, but it's more expensive than the EZFoto you mentioned:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005HNNJXA/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3MIREDL6J0GLS

March 22, 2013 11:29 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Peter - Thanks for the typo. Fixed.

@Michael- Hoods (and most every accessory) are interchangeable.

@Sébastien- The X-Pro-1 is a little too fly-by-wire feeling for me, so sticking with X100s. But Zack loves his.

@Human- Nope. It's fast and super-accurate. Uncanny, almost.

March 22, 2013 11:33 AM  
Blogger Don Boys said...

Are raw converters for this going to be available for either Aperture or Lightroom?

March 22, 2013 12:00 PM  
Blogger tobanphoto said...

Has the buffer on the X100S improved from the X100? I see it has improved almost 3X for jpeg, but can't find any info about RAW performance for the odd sports use..


Also on a side note, I wanted to let you know about a portrait a day project i am working on, that the majority of portraits are shot 'strobist' style with hotshot flashes: www.davidlipnowski.com/365

March 22, 2013 12:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

What a great review! Thanks so much. I have a DSLR that I rarely use. Most of my photography is street. I tend to use my Fujifilm X10 95% of the time. After reading this review, I see a 100s in my future.

I do have to say that I really do love the X10. It takes fantastic images, is fast and looks great. The X20 improves on an already great camera. But it appears that the X100s is the sweet spot.

March 22, 2013 12:27 PM  
Blogger Leo Edwards Photo said...

Accurate and to the point - this camera really does deliver - I must of taken delivery of one of the 12 bodies mentioned and have not been able to put it down. Gave the autofocus a good workout at the weekend shooting an olympic kayaking team camped out at Wadi Adventure in Dubai - results here http://leoedwardsphotography.com/fuji-x100s-sublime/

don't hesitate, just pull the trigger and buy one

March 22, 2013 12:30 PM  
Blogger Ahhh... Por que não? said...

Damn...
Should NOT have read this.

Since I´m getting married this year, I´ll probably be looking for an upgrade later than I should :(

Thank´s David for a great review!

March 22, 2013 12:35 PM  
Blogger Reid Bowie said...

Just a tip for those, like me, who are anti-lens shade. On my X100 (no s), I use a B&W Multi UV stacked on top of a cheap best buy UV in which I unscrewed the retaining ring to remove the glass. This allows the lens to rack out without hitting the B&W glass, and there is no 'netting. I'm not going to tell you where I got this from lest I be ridiculed...

March 22, 2013 1:15 PM  
Blogger Brian Kraft Photography said...

Nice write-up, David!

Another little quibble of mine-- no option to toggle the ND filter from the Q button! You have to go diving into the menus to turn it on and off-- a step backwards, really from the X100 (assigning the RAW button).

Anyway, didn't get in the way when I used the X100S to shoot an entire wedding a couple weeks ago. You and/or your readers may enjoy spying that (including my similar comments regarding the use of manual focus in the dark-- amazing!)--

http://www.briankraft.com/Blog/fuji-x100s-wedding-photography-colorado/

Cheers!

March 22, 2013 1:35 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

David,

I'm a photojournalist with street shooter roots. I love to set my camera a la Bresson for the range of DOF I want to shoot between so I can just frame and shoot without worrying about focusing on each subject. Is that possible with the x100s? I bought an x10 hoping for that feature, but alas, it doesn't work so well.

Alex

March 22, 2013 1:39 PM  
Blogger Alex Marino said...

Does anyone know if the leather case for the X100 works on the X100s?

March 22, 2013 1:44 PM  
Blogger William Ng Photography said...

Newbie q's: Would a Canon OCF cord with a 580ex2 flash work with x100s?

March 22, 2013 1:51 PM  
Blogger TheAlp said...

Can you recommend a brand of filter? so far I have used cheap'ish Hoya UVC filters or nothing.

March 22, 2013 1:55 PM  
Blogger Wake Array said...

How is the macro auto focus on the X100s? It is literally unusable on the x100 and I do so love me some macro... Honestly, focus is my only issue with my x100, I 100% love it otherwise, and will likely be picking this up when I can afford it.

March 22, 2013 2:00 PM  
Blogger ginsbu said...

Thanks for the review. The X100s is sorely tempting me! I do wish Fuji had included face detect AF, having got used to it on my Olympus E-M5. I find it invaluable for the kind of shooting I do a lot of—young, fidgety children indoors at wide apertures—allowing me to shoot with greater fluidity and attending more to composition.

March 22, 2013 2:02 PM  
Blogger Neil van Niekerk said...

Maaaaaan ... I sold my Fuji X100 because the AF was frustrating, even though I thought it was the sexiest camera I had ever owned.

So now I will have to get the X100s.

Great write-up!

March 22, 2013 2:05 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@TheAlp- Yep. B+W. They are awesome, and reasonable at 49mm.

@William- Dunno on the Canon OCF cord.

@Alenxander- Sure, using MF. You can preview the DoF, too. Hyperfocal is great for shooting outdoors in good light.

@Bryan- Some of the places I am headed with it, $1299 USD is a year's salary. So, yeah, I am careful.

@Toban- Reports are the buffer is much improved. But not an issue for me as a jpeg shooter. I seem to remember seeing card speed was limiting factor. Could be wrong, tho.

@Don- Not a RAW shooter, but I think the fact that they ported the X-Trans chip means more love in that dept. Can't speak to specifics.

@Brian- ND is not something I need to toggle fast. But if I did, I'd assign the Fn button to it, (you can) then toggle the ISO (for which I currently use the Fn button) by using the Quick menu.

March 22, 2013 2:07 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

How big is the AF area in AF-S mode with the OVF? This is my biggest irritation with the X100, you just cannot be precise in what you want it to focus on unless you use EVF.

March 22, 2013 2:20 PM  
Blogger Carsten Bockermann said...

I upgraded from the X100 a week ago. AF is in a different league.
Lightroom 4.4 RC1 supports the X100s RAW files.

March 22, 2013 2:40 PM  
Blogger Jac Comfort said...

Wow, I'm impressed!...But, is it a good second camera, backup to major league DSLR (5d markIII) walkaround camera...Just curiuos where it fits in your opinions

March 22, 2013 3:18 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Wake- Macro is much improved, mostly because the crossover point (which was annoyingly far out on the X100) is now much closer. Most shooting will be in normal mode. You'll only switch to macro when you want to get really close.

@Mark- Not sure if I totally understand your Q. But just checked and the AF box is the same size in AF-Single whether you use the OVF or the EVF.

@Carsten- Good to know on RAW file support. Thanks for that.

@Jac- IMO, it is good enough to be a primary body. It is the only body I plan to travel with. If you want the versatility of a 5D-III, lug it around. But I find the "not even on your shoulder" feel of the X100/s makes it my go-to camera. Still have my 35mm FF DSLRs and MF, but this is a constant temptation.

March 22, 2013 3:25 PM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

Resistance is futile. :D

How do you focus/compose/expose?
I typically use aperture-priority with AF-S, lock focus with a half-press, recompose and shoot. The problem with the X100 is that the exposure also gets locked with the half-press.
This can lead to completely wrong exposures in contrasty situations.
Did it change with the X100s?

March 22, 2013 3:28 PM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

@Wake Array
I don't understand what you mean by "unusable auto focus in macro mode".
At f/4, with EVF, in macro mode and with AF-S, it is totally usable on the X100.
Not so otherwise.
Another possibility is to set manual focus to the minimum distance, and just move the camera closer or further to the subject in order to achieve focus.

March 22, 2013 3:40 PM  
Blogger Ted Zombek said...

So, do you think that a Zeiss or Leica M mount lense will fit?
Ted

March 22, 2013 4:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Well, Im not a hipster, but theres now some brains on the wall of my prospect heights apartment.

Truthfully Money's rather tight for me at the moment, im new to the city, freelance work has been very up and down, and finding a survival job in NYC is pretty much impossible, can't even get a job at starbucks lol. But anyway, I can't help but walk around the city and think "Man, I wish I had an X100" there are scenes that im constantly framing in my mind, its an amazing city for street photography..

So anyway David, would the X100 be a mistake to pick up used in your opinion?

March 22, 2013 5:51 PM  
Blogger Human Gobo said...

Awesome, good to hear it's not the same crappy manual focus! I've been such a huge fan of the X100, and it's been my on set/travel camera for work. The AF and the MF of the x100 drove me crazy though... guess I'll be upgrading!

March 22, 2013 7:14 PM  
Blogger ninh fame said...

can you tell us what off camera flash cord and what flash did you use that works with/sync with the new X100S?

thanks,

nick

March 22, 2013 7:18 PM  
Blogger Pat Feltmate said...

Thanks David. Didn't see any comments on viewfinder accuracy above. Can you comment on how accurate the optical viewfinder is for framing?

March 22, 2013 7:48 PM  
Blogger EdG said...

AWWW. I just bought a Nikon 1 system to fill the bill that this cam fills. But this is so much more, and totally destroys the few things I HATE about the Nikon 1. Now I want to peddle my '1 kit and get this. This is sooooo NOT FAIR!

March 23, 2013 11:16 AM  
Blogger achates said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, and let me feel good of keeping my pre-order.
Do you gaffe tape the entire top plate to cover up all silver/chrome, or just the front of the camera? Love to see a picture of your camera from the top. Will replace the gaffe tape from time to time to avoid permanent glue marks?
Thanks!

March 23, 2013 11:31 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Eric-

That's the way I work, too. It's a holdover form my SLR shooting. But I am starting to make use of the much-improved autofocus sensor moving button, which is now a single press with your left thumb at the top of the wheel to engage.

March 23, 2013 1:04 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Ted-

No, but they have an adapter for the X-Pro-1. I have three Leica M lenses, but I still don't see that as being a big draw.

March 23, 2013 1:04 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Unknown-

I actually like the X100 a lot. It was worth learning to work with the autofocus because the ergonomics and flow and quality were really good. If I were in your case, I'd be looking to score an X100 on the very cheap within the next few weeks. If you are lucky, you might grab one for $500.

March 23, 2013 1:06 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Ninh- I used a 10m coiled YongNuo cord, which I bought a few years back. Nikon variant. Works fine.

March 23, 2013 1:07 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Pat- I would say accurate, but a little conservative. Meaning you get a little more than the frame lines show in OVF mode. You can always swap to EVF for 100% accuracy, when the situation warrants. (That's what I do.) And the fact that the camera uses the EVF to replay what you just shot, even in OVF mode, is great feedback.

Oh, and make sure you turn on the parallax compensation for the AF point in OVF mode. Makes a big difference. Dunno why having that "off" is even an option.

March 23, 2013 1:09 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Achates- I gaffed the area up top on the half of the camera over the viewfinder. My main goal was to have it present as matte black (and pretty scruffy) in front. This was both for antitheft and visibility when shooting purposes.

And I sanded/dinged/beat the HELL out of that $8 lens hood. 'Cause I gots that kinda money to BURN.

(It was off of the camera when I did it, natch.)

March 23, 2013 1:11 PM  
Blogger Boomer said...

Why always have the hood on? Seems to add some protection to the lens but, seems like it could add enough bulk to make it less "slip into pocketable"?
Does the lens have issues with flare without it?

March 23, 2013 1:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

awesome review!
which camera strap are you using in the x100s' photo ?

March 23, 2013 10:03 PM  
Blogger id said...

Hi guys!

Great review David, it was a pleasure seeing you again at GPP!

@William - I can confirm canon OCF hotshoe sync cable to 580exII works up to 4000th sync...

March 24, 2013 5:17 AM  
Blogger johncarvill said...

Great review. So, re. filters and hoods, do they screw straight on, or do you need an adapter? Can you recommend a 3rd party hood? Thanks.

March 24, 2013 6:07 AM  
Blogger Vladislav B said...

Great review, great camera, BUT: non removable lens = no access to the sensor. Sooner or later (depending on environment) you WILL get some dust inside the camera and on the sensor. I know, there are many good cameras with fixed lenses, but there also is unlimited supply of dust almost everywhere (also in factories assembling cameras).

March 24, 2013 7:59 AM  
Blogger Erik Hill said...

I literally LOL'd at this part..

"Somewhere in Brooklyn, a hipster's head just exploded."

I'll have to admit though, my head almost did explode when I read the preceding info, "Meaning I can shoot wide-open fuzzy-background flash in full daylight with a square format and a Holga look applied to it, all in-camera."

I went from knowing nothing about the Fuji x100 series cameras, to wanting one.. then to needing the x100s by the time I finished reading this post.

Love your posts David, very tecnical and laced with sarcasm and quick witted humor, keep up the great work!

March 24, 2013 10:42 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Vlad- I have used the crap out of my x100 (original) with not a speck of sensor dust. Remember, this lens does not zoom, and thus does not suck in and expel air. I am very happy in that regard. If only I could keep my DSLR sensors this clean.

March 24, 2013 3:38 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@John-

I suggest the EzFoto (black) hood/adapter on Amazon for <$10.

March 24, 2013 3:38 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Unknown- A Domke Gripper, which has hong been my go-to strap for several reasons.

March 24, 2013 3:39 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Boomer- I do not use a pocket, so there is no downside to the hood for me.

Upsides:

• Better flare control.
• Hood/skylight filter offers quicker access (i.e., no lenscap to remove and/or lose)
• WHen in tight quarters, my hand goes right to the hood, as a grip to use my hand to protect the camera knowing into walls, etc.
• It acts as a great brace/notch for the index finger on my left hand. I get *at least* an extra shutter speed out of that for hand holding.

March 24, 2013 3:42 PM  
Blogger Tom Hohl said...

Great... More money flying outta my pocket. As a D3 Shooter, I do tire of lugging it around on family outtings but LOVE the quality I get. Might have to get one of these... Drats!!!!

March 24, 2013 9:56 PM  
Blogger Bob Cooley said...

David, Great review. Man, I JUST got my x100, and am really liking it, but it sounds like I'll love the s, so thanks, (and darn you) :)

oh and "Somewhere in Brooklyn, a hipster's head just exploded..." thanks, now I have to clean my keyboard because I spit coffee onto it laughing...

March 24, 2013 10:37 PM  
Blogger Mathew said...

For flash sync, you could go the exposed-frame-of-film-taped-over-the-built-in-flash route, at least until that firmware upgrade happens

March 25, 2013 6:17 AM  
Blogger J.D. Mulliken said...

I'm hoping Canon's M camera gets this good of a review. My only hesitation to getting this camera would be my heavy investment in Canon EF glass and since they havent really been pushing the envelope since the 7D for a good successor to it (yet) I've really been looking for reasons to jump ship.

March 25, 2013 4:05 PM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

The biggest drawback of the hood is IMHO that it shades a whole corner of the viewfinder. At least that's the case with the official Fuji hood. Is it any different with the EZ one?

Also, I'm pretty sure the X100/X100s cannot take picture at 1/4000s f/2.8.
You can set the shutter speed to 1/4000s, the exif says 1/4000s but the leaf shutter probably makes it something between 1/2000s and 1/1000s.

It could be interesting to measure the exact exposure of pictures taken at large apertures and various shutter speeds. f2.0 and 1/1000s does seem to be brighter than f2.0 and 1/2000s with a continuous light source.

@J.D Mulliken:
Buy an X100/X100s, fall in love, notice how much you leave your DSLR at home, sell some glass, take pictures. That seems to be Fuji way.

March 25, 2013 6:17 PM  
Blogger Good old Clive said...

Holy flaming film stock Batman. Kerpow, wham, bang, wallop it's a knockout. Two raving reviews from two respected sources! What's a poor snapper to do?
You and Zack both drooling over next gen of my X100, the next Leica!!!! OK it's a deal, gimme 2, no hang on make it 3, cancel that I'll take a truck full, Fuji will not cope with demand. Mua ha ha ha ha.

March 26, 2013 5:25 AM  
Blogger Vey said...

Hi David,

Big fan of your work. By the way, I was amazed by the cheap camera challenge you did on DigitalRev.

I have a question by way of recommendation. I own an EOS 7D, but my main lens a Sigma 30mm f1.4 I find occasionally limiting so I wanted to sell it and upgrade to something like a Canon 35mm f1.4 L. But now I'm wondering given that I can't always carry an SLR and 3 lenses (others are a Canon 85mm f1.8 and a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8) might it be an idea to go for an X100s?

Cheers,

Vey

March 26, 2013 9:09 AM  
Blogger Gus Samarco said...

"Ideal for high power: a wire and an Einstein set to speed mode. I will test that combo on a future post."

I'll be looking for that one :)

March 26, 2013 12:20 PM  
Blogger Richard Wintle said...

You mention two reasons I used to love my (wife's) Sony DSC-R1 - completely silent shooting (it's an EVF/no mechanical shutter beastie), and sync at any speed (ditto). That said, it crapped out at anything higher than ISO 400 - your test shot of your daughter by iPhone light is incredibly noise-less at ISO 3200. Wow.

March 26, 2013 3:38 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Vey-

Interesting decision. And an EF 35/1.4 is almost exactly the price of the X100s. It sounds like you really like the 35mm focal length, too. I would suggest test driving one somehow (borrow, barter, exchange gear, etc.) to see if the camera fits you. (There is a learning curve.) But it could be a very cool way to augment your system. And yeah, you may find yourself leaving the DSLR at home, as I do. But it's a different animal than your SLR.

FWIW, many photogs I know, for many years, have used an SLR with an aux Leica M in tow (with a 35 on it.) This is absolutely the parallel of that setup for you. It's definitely a good option. Whether it works for you personally, only you can say.

March 27, 2013 12:04 AM  
Blogger wonderlens said...

David, thank you for the great hands-on review, I definitely want to buy this camera! One doubt though: you say you won't be shooting RAW with this camera, does this also go for actual assignments? Is the quality of the JPGs so good that you could think of a general "comeback" of JPG versus raw? (at least given that you "get it right in camera")
I had been planning for ages on getting a 24mm lens for my D300, that plan has just been called off. But funny enough I think the X100S will be replacing for equal parts my SLR and my iPhone. I have been using the phone quite a lot for street photography but was always reluctant about making prints due to quality and resolution. The X100S's lens seems to have the same equivalent focal length as the iPhone4s and the resulting quality is double, not only in resolution.

March 27, 2013 5:00 PM  
Blogger Stefan said...

Hey David,
did you have the chance to compare the x100s with the Olympus OM-D EM5?

I wonder if they are on par or not, the Oly got the ability to adjust the contrast curve and white balance just like the x100s.

March 28, 2013 10:07 AM  
Blogger Bob Cooley said...

Just got mine a couple of days ago and am in love with it!

One question - And apologies for asking here David, but you seem to have great insights into the Fuji product line, and of course more into battery strobes, so you seem the person to ask:

Do you know of any plans for Fuji to sell a hotshoe-based TTL extension cord? It seems like such a logical thing for them to produce, but I've seen no indicators that they are selling one. OR is there a cord on the market already that will allow corded TTL (using Fuji flashes, of course)

Thanks!

March 31, 2013 12:17 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Bob-

That, I do not know. I don't really use TTL flash with Fuji, so is out of my area.

March 31, 2013 1:31 PM  
Blogger Bob Cooley said...

David,

Thanks for the quick reply - as it turns out, I found my answer after a lot of digging - apparently the Canon OC-E3 E-TTL cable has the same pins (with an extra one for Canon strobes)

so it will work as a remote cable for Fuji strobes, and give TTL

it will not, however allow TTL with Canon strobes (it lacks the additional info sent through the extra pin).

Hope that's helpful to some others out there. Cheers!

March 31, 2013 7:52 PM  
Blogger David Williams said...

Hi David, I’ve been trying out the new x100s over the past week and have posted many pictures – http://www.dwwphotography.blogspot.com.au – so you can check them out. I have to agree with you, the upgrades are significant and worthwhile for regular shooters. Your website, composition & blogs are wonderful – thanks, cheers, David

April 01, 2013 4:15 AM  
Blogger Erik Forsberg said...

Great review, many thanks. Have you also got to try the Fujifilm EF-X20? Good for on camera fill perhaps?

April 01, 2013 4:08 PM  
Blogger alexdpx said...

Hi David,

I have finally decided to order one X100s from Gulf Photo Plus and I'm expecting to have it by next week. In the meantime, while waiting for it, I downloaded the Owner's Manual from their site and have started reading. In page 40, Fuji said that 1/4000 is not available at wide apertures from f/2 to f/5.6 because of limitations of the lens-internal shutter.

If you have time to reply, could share how you did this: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8hSLHyCaXpU/UUi14ABfilI/AAAAAAAAH0E/Qr-nGWm144c/s1600/Sync.jpg

Thanks.

Cheers,
Alex

"DO NOT PUBLISH"

April 04, 2013 8:54 AM  
Blogger Randy Gay said...

David, just got my X100s. Thankx for the review. What cable would I need to fire Elinchrom Quadra?

Thanks, Randy
see my work: www.randygay.com

April 06, 2013 9:44 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Hey Randy-

An X100s syncs via hot shoe, and a Quadra needs a 3.5mm plug. So I'd go for a hot-shoe to 3.5mm nub and a simple audio cord. Or if you had soldering skills, I'd buy an OCF hot shoe-based cord (like a 10m) and convert the flash end to a male 3.5mm plug. Which would be pretty nice, actually.

April 06, 2013 4:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

@Vey

I also was looking at the 35mm f/1.4, but on an aps-c sensor like the 7d, the field of view is really 56mm. In your line up of lenses used on a 7d, you are missing a field of view equivalent of 27mm to 48mm.

So, an x100s would get right in the middle of that range you don't have at 35mm.

I'm in the same situation with similar lenses as you, but we'd have to move up to a 5d to take advantage of that true 35mm field of view of that f/1.4 lense.

Hope this helps...

April 06, 2013 6:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

@David

Do you know of any electronic air bulb release to do time lapses with the x100s?

Also, just wondering if you could comment on the video quality. I'm looking for a camera with great image quality, but that can take better video than my Android phone. Is the video high quality?

Thanks,
David

April 06, 2013 6:35 PM  
Blogger Bob Biess said...

I rank David's reviews as some of the most credible anywhere, so after reading this one (and many others including dpreview.com) I took the plunge.

If you haven't looked actually finding a X100s to purchase is a bit of a challenge as they're back-ordered everywhere, however, using a tip from a friend I found one at Cameraworld New York for list price and free shipping.

Can't wait to receive it!

p.s. David - Fuji needs to do something nice for you for all the great press you've given this camera! ;)

April 08, 2013 4:38 PM  
Blogger Super Sharp Shooter said...

I hauled my x100 around central america as my only camera for 6 months. 4 months in, the aperture got stuck open at f2 and I lost the ability for it to auto expose, but I still managed to get plenty of great shots out of it shooting in full manual at f2. I've just put it up for sale, and will replace it with the x100s when the time is right. The frustration caused by the slow and flakey autofocus of the original x100, macro mode uselessness, and slight delays in firing will not be missed. I really hope the AF is as fast as is claimed now!

April 10, 2013 5:51 AM  
Blogger Bob Biess said...

'Gaffing' the front of the body is brilliant and as difficult as it will be to do (to a brand-new camera) I'll be giving mine the same treatment. This is a pretty common practice amongst Leica shooters who routinely cover the 'Mx' designation and the Leica logo (red dot) so they draw less attention to the fact that they're pointing a $10K camera at someone. :)

April 10, 2013 4:06 PM  
Blogger Chris R said...

Yeah - they are interchangeable - I purchased a new x100s cover that is labelled X100/X100S - so backwards compatible anyway.

April 10, 2013 9:43 PM  
Blogger Bjarte said...

Awesome review! I have been considering the X20 and X100S but after reading your review I decided on the X100S. And now I've just bought it. It's only 1 day old! :-)
Can you please give me an advice on which memory card to buy?

April 13, 2013 7:18 AM  
Blogger stax eustaquio said...

Hello. Hey, I've seen the x100s review and it was GREAT!!! However, can you do a comparison on which buy...esp now that the xpro1 body is a bit cheaper than the x100s, and the specs for the x100s is a bit more updated or at perhaps at par with the xpro1? thanks. :D

April 13, 2013 8:00 PM  
Blogger stax eustaquio said...

Hello. Hey, I've seen the x100s review and it was GREAT!!! However, can you do a comparison on which to buy...esp now that the xpro1 body is a bit cheaper than the x100s, and the specs for the x100s is a bit more updated or perhaps at par with the xpro1? thanks. :D

April 13, 2013 8:05 PM  
Blogger William Ng Photography said...

I have my x100s for a few days now. I love using it so far. I take it with me everywhere now. It's small and portable. What a welcome break from carrying a DSLR.

I am still adjusting to the smaller size coming from using DSLR. I will definitely need to carry an extra battery if I want the camera to last the full day. But then, it may be due to me keep checking the LCD and playing with the different settings.

The battery definitely goes fast if you use the built-in flash.

April 16, 2013 6:37 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

FYI - Although Amazon shows 1-3 months for shipping, I ordered mine on Monday and it is scheduled to be delivered today (April 17).

April 17, 2013 2:38 AM  
Blogger Matt Adcock said...

I've been thinking about this one :) Thanks for the thorough post amigo, muy bien!

April 18, 2013 10:00 AM  
Blogger RonnaV said...

Hi David -

Curious whether the EzFoto 49mm Metal Lens Hood blocks the view through the X100S's viewfinders? And too, whether the hood easily releases with a pinch, or whether it must be unscrewed.

Thanks, Ron

April 18, 2013 10:15 AM  
Blogger ThomasT said...

You state that skin tones are great. That was also found on the X100 by a 'color' expert, who noted that nature/landscape etc color on the X100 was NOT great. The Question then must be.. will the S improve on the X100 landscape color. If not, I'll stay with my perfect Fuji FF 175MPP sensor, Velvia 50. I dion't need to change cams' every 6 months!

April 18, 2013 11:06 PM  
Blogger Bryan said...

@Andrew-Did you actually get your camera on 4/17?

April 19, 2013 12:06 AM  
Blogger mizmdjammer said...

Traded in my Canon MDII and the X100 for the X100S. The low-light capability is incredible as you reported. I took shot shots at ISO 3200 in a big top at a traveling circus and couldn't believe how little noise there was at 100%. I will definitely be using it to shoot wedding receptions from now on.

April 20, 2013 1:21 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Received my x100s this week, the video you added is extremely helpful! Thanks.

April 26, 2013 5:25 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Thanks for posting the video, very helpful. Got my x100s this week, your guide was the perfect introduction to my new flame.

April 26, 2013 5:30 PM  
Blogger Grisanti said...

Just a quick thanks for posting such an in-depth review. It answers some questions and certainly stirred up more desire for this camera. Does it have a multiple exposure option? Thanks again.

May 01, 2013 6:41 PM  
Blogger Paul Crouse said...

Thanks for posting this excellent video. It is so refreshing to find someone who knows what he is talking about on the Internet.

I just got this camera this week. This is the camera I have wanted ever since I started shooting in the early 1980s.

BTW, the lens hood for a Pentax 40mm 2.8 DA lens works with this (and the adapter ring). It makes for a bit flatter of a profile.

I am glad I have found your website. Keep up the good work!

May 02, 2013 1:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi David, thanks a lot for your awesome review. I was wondering if you could tell us a bit more about the custom presets you use (C1-3)? Can you give us some indication about the different settings you use in order to get 3 different cameras?

Thanks and greetings from Luxembourg,

Yannick

May 02, 2013 6:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So, I thought about a way in which higher dynamic range at higher ISO could make sense for a digital sensor... This is just a hypothesis.

The old way, in the case of film, higher ISO relates to larger grain size. The chance that a large grain catches some light is just higher than with smaller grains, but you intrinsically have less grains per area of film, and every single of these grains only gives you one "data point", so your dynamic range probably stays the same or decreases.

In the case of a digital sensor, there is a clearly defined amount of pixels. At lowest ISO, it should perform as little interpolation between these sensor pixels as possible to create the image pixels. So you only have one sensor point with color information per image-pixel in the extreme case.

If you increase the ISO, the processor probably bundles the information from groups of sensor pixels into one image "superpixel", creating something similar to a large grain, and of course the picture becomes more grainy because the information between these newly calculated image pixels now has to be interpolated. But, where high-iso film only gather one data point for a large grain, on a digital sensor at high iso still the amount of light for each individual pixel in the grouped set pixels is measured. You could create a smart algorithm that combines the scale of light intensity information of each of these grouped pixels into a much finer light intensity scale for the new "superpixel". So even when the group of sensor-pixels will create only a single image-pixel, and then lose some image information due to the interpolation, that single image pixel can still contain a much finer scale of light intensities to work with and thus an increased dynamic range.

I imagine Fuji did something of this kind. With their older cameras they used to just scale down the size of the image for their high dynamic range modes, it seems that now they found an ever smarter way.

May 06, 2013 7:52 PM  
Blogger akis said...

Dear David

At 9-5-2013 i bought one Fujifilm X 100s.
I read many web reviews and i decided to buy this camera and let for a while my DSLR’s. All reviews said its a brilliant camera,some said its the best camera in the world.
Unfortunately the lens of the camera has a flair-ghosting failing.
Semicircular radius are shown when i shot direct or side light sources.
I dont think that with the use of lens hood or uv filter will decrease the fail.
I made some tests.
Here is a link from where you can download 5 photos, where you can see the flair lens failing.The DSCF1423.JPG is without flare because its evening, i just want to show the place i took the photos.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?ehnzfceo7gm0pp1

Could you please tell me if this is a natural failing of the lens?
All the X100s lenses they have the same problem or its only mine with this failing?
It’s unacceptable to pay 1200€ to buy cameras with these kind of problems.
I am so disappointed from Fujifilm.

I made some photos from the same position with my Canon EOS 5 MK II and 24-105/4L is and my Canon EOS 40d with the cheap Canon EF-S lens 18-55/3,5-5,6 and the photos are 100% clear without any flair or ghosting problems.


Thank you
Akis

May 10, 2013 9:06 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@akis-

I have not shot in that space in that light, so there is no way I can tell you whether that is normal or an anomaly. All I can tell you is that I have been very happy with the way my x100s handles high contrast situations, and have been posting full-res versions of many photos I have shot with it.

I would suggest you get in touch with Fuji if you have specific technical questions like this.

Best,
DH

May 10, 2013 12:07 PM  
Blogger Olivier Bouton said...

Hi David,
I don't own the X100s. Just a thought:
Regarding the power setting of the X100s' flash, have you thought about taping a piece of -1EV (or more) neutral density gel in front of it, same way you do it with the warmer ? That could bring it down just to what you want. Dunno if that makes sense at all.

May 14, 2013 9:46 AM  
Blogger akis said...

Thanks David

I dont have any technical questions, but i have a lens fail- problem (on a new camera i bought ) when I take photos of light sources.
I was sure that because you have the camera and you did a review maybe you would like to answer to me if is a fail or a natural reaction of the X100s.
I send you a link with photos of this strange rainbow semicircles of the lens of my new Fujifilm X100s.

http://s1333.photobucket.com/user/AVITHOS/library/Fujifilm%20X100s/FUJIFILM%20X100s%20RAINBOW%20SEMICIRCLES%20AT%20NIGHT%20SHOTS

Thank you

Akis

May 14, 2013 3:44 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Olivier-

Alas, it is TTL. It would just put more energy through the flash to compensate for anything in the optical chain.

@Akis-

As I said, I have not had similar issues, but then I have not shot in that environment in those lighting conditions. So there is no way I could tell you if your lens is behaving as it should. Again, I'd suggest you call Fuji...

May 14, 2013 4:35 PM  
Blogger En Cambency said...

You're being dragged into a tar pit, that Akis dude is insufferable and is on some sort of e-crusade because Fuji won't give him a scented-oil rubdown.

May 14, 2013 5:23 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

No tar pit. He just asked the same question twice, so I referred him to the first time I answered his questions. That said, I am willing to bet his question does not pop up in print for a third time here.

;)

May 14, 2013 6:25 PM  
Blogger Foebia said...

Hey David,

So, if I get the hood and UV filter you recommend, do I still need to get the filter adapter from Fuji?

May 15, 2013 1:01 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Foebia-

No, you do not. The adapter ring comes with the 3rd party shade. #WIN

May 15, 2013 3:11 PM  
Blogger Patrick Smith said...

"Here's my daughter Em, lit by an iPhone". So you say. But I see strange shadows for the bedrails. Looks like a ceiling light to me.

Grin.

May 22, 2013 8:30 AM  
Blogger Allen Ko said...

Hi David, When I try to shoot close distance, the camera pops up " turn off camera, and turn on again, have you got that problem?

May 23, 2013 2:06 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Allen- Never seen that one. You may have a bug.

May 23, 2013 11:59 AM  
Blogger Gwyn said...

Hi David, thanks a lot for your informative review. Just wondering/requesting if you could tell us a bit more about the custom presets you use (C1-3)? Like may what your settings are so we have a base to start at.
thx

June 05, 2013 10:01 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Gwyn-

C1: BW -- BW film w/yellow filter, plus one contrast both ends (highlights and shadows)

C2: Color Neg: Neg film (low contrast) with decreased color saturation and -1 shadows and highlight contrast

C3: Chrome: Velvia with +1 color sat and -1 highlights and shadows contrast

June 05, 2013 12:42 PM  
Blogger Toronto Wedding Photographer Sam Obeid said...

I was disappointed X100 owner and I'm now a happy X100S owner thansk to your review and Zacks.

I hated lugging my wedding photography gear when out with the family and wanted somethig with SLR quality images but small enough that it wasn't a PITA to carry with me.

I thought the X100 was it and it was if the kids were sitting still, aka asleep. But it wasn't meant to be, the AF was just too slow and it just sat on the shelf not being used.

Anyhow, the X100s, completely different story. It's not as fast as my D4 but I didn't expect it to be or need it. But it keeps up with the kids and that is all I need.

As for image quality I'm super happy, no need to bring my SLR's on trips for the way I shoot.

Here are some pictures I took in the streets of Vancouver a few days after buy the camera.

http://samobeid.com/fujifilm-x100s-vancouver-street-shooting/

June 07, 2013 1:34 PM  
Blogger JS said...

David, you mentioned the "EzFoto hood/49mm ring", but said to go with BAYONET mount. I don't believe this combo IS bayonet mount. Am I wrong?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008KFY16Q

June 12, 2013 11:41 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@JS-

Yep, it is.Adapter screws on after removing the trim ring on the camera. Then the hood bayonets onto that. Also gives you a 49mm female filter fitting inside. A bargain at $8.

June 12, 2013 3:28 PM  
Blogger jen said...

Hi,
Hope it's ok to comment on an old post.

Just wondering what gel you use on the on-board flash. 1/2 or 1/4 cto?

June 13, 2013 3:33 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Jen-

No worries. I have people asking questions on 7-year-old posts. :/

I used a 1/4 CTO.

Best,
D

June 13, 2013 3:44 PM  
Blogger Shawn Carson said...

Excellent review!
I am new here. I have been using My SONY A900 full frame and my SONY A77 for what seems like ages. Just bought an X PRO 1 in Jan. to push into the Street Photography realm
however I found it very confusing re: the menus and also highly idiosyncratic so sadly I returned it. Six weeks ago I bought a used X10 and loved the results. Everytthing I came across suggested that I would love the X100 even more. So, as before, I got a great deal...$600 for a used MINT X 100. I was thrilled with the results but not with the AF speeds.
S L O W! Further extensive reading convinced me that I should have gone straight for the X100S and bypassed the X100 altogether. I agreed. So yesterday I picked up an OPEN BOX X100S at Future Shop along with a cool 10% savings to boot. I could not believe my good fortune since these are as scarce as hens teeth in Canada. I spent the afternoon shooting with it and I loved it. This is what the X100 should have been in the first place. My only complaint so far... and I have this one minor observation, is that I feel that Fuji... for whatever the reason, has definitely cheapened the presentation here. The X100 original came in a cool black, purple satin lined nest of a box... in two distinct pieces. Very cool. Very impressive. On the contrary, The X100S comes in a regular single box: no satin, no purple... just a plastic foamy wrapper: all very cheap by comparison.
And also, it shows in the nexkstrap as well: the original having Fuji and X100 silkscreened on opposite sides while that of the X100s simply says Fujifilm on the one side. Zero mention of the model X100S. I was surprised: since the camera is so much superior to the original and yet the obviously cheap presentation stuck in my craw. It's like they blew their entire budget and could not afford anything better than this. I must admit what really surprised and amazed me with my first exposure to the FUJI product was the elite packaging (on the X PRO) and on the X100: not so with the X100S. Somewhat of a letdown really. Albeit a minor one and in view of the greatness of the camera itself. Am I alone in this observation or does anybody else out there feel the same? Once again, All very minor in the final analysis: just thought I'd mention my surprise thats all. Best wishes to everyone out there.

June 14, 2013 1:12 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Hi David
Was looking for a good travel camera.. and liked your review.
BUT had an issue with the EzHood ...! (Maybe we can save others from my ordeal?)
I ordered one and then one from another manufacturer and neither would fit, took it to a camera store ( and Fuji Dealer! he couldn't figure it out) looking for a step up ring and was going crazy until I read your much later reply to someone that you had to unscrew the "trim ring"!!!!
Can I make a suggestion that you add that into your original recommendation for the Ezhood?
Thanks,
Enjoy your blog...
Best,
Jeff

June 14, 2013 2:44 PM  
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June 15, 2013 2:06 AM  
Blogger Scott Gant said...

On yours and others advice, I got two extra batteries for when I'm going out. The thing is, I'm not sure where to put them when I'm traveling "light". I have one of those Pixel Pocket Rockets for my SD cards, but not sure where to put my two extra batteries. I don't want to just throw them in my jeans pocket.

What do you usually do when you're out just traveling light with your camera? Or do you go ahead and carry a small bag with other things?

June 15, 2013 6:47 PM  
Blogger Rodney said...

Thanks for the review. I have an X100S and am very happy with it, though I have not used it extensively yet. I'm disappointed that it doesn't seem to be possible to engage the ND filter from the Q menu. I want to reserve the Fn button for ISO, and it's inconvenient to have to go into the menu to engage the ND filter. Have I missed something?

June 16, 2013 3:25 AM  
OpenID samerashkar said...

Hi,

Thanks for this nice post. Image-quality and colour wise, is there a major difference between the X100 and X100s? I've found a few used X100 cameras in my area in a good condition for about $800, one including a flash and and I was wondering if the famous fuji colours are the same in both or have been improved or lacking in the X100S. I'm an amateur so I'm not sure if the camera's speed and auto focus speed will impact my usage.

Cheers

June 20, 2013 4:03 AM  
Blogger Andysmooth said...

Nice review David, can you recommend a 3rd party battery brand for the X100s? Thanks

July 03, 2013 10:50 AM  
Blogger Erik Hinkston said...

Wow, do I want one of these! Fantastic review, best information I've seen and I think I have seen all of the x100s reviews. Thank you so much for the time you spent on this. I'm squirreling away cash now to join the club, can't wait to watch this again with camera in hand...

July 09, 2013 11:19 PM  
Blogger R. Downey said...

Passed on the X100 when is first came out; glad I waited. I agree about the corrected AF frame setting. But I do not understand why the focus frame for 50cm is on all the time! Hope is is corrected in an update.

July 11, 2013 10:49 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

David,

I have the X100S and got the UV filter + Hood you recommend in the video. However, with the filter on the hood will not clip closed. Any suggestions?

Rob

July 14, 2013 12:05 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Rob-

Should. Mine does. Sure you have it on right?

1. Take off your OEM retaining ring.
2. Screw on ring that came with hood. This is essentially a female-to-female 49mm ring.
3. Screw in filter
4. Bayonet on the hood

On mine, I do not see how it could possibly not work if you are doing it right. Post a pic if still a prob and shoot me the URL to it.

-D

July 14, 2013 2:14 AM  
Blogger Dave R said...

Unfortunately, the x100s is shaping up to be the best little camera that nobody can get! Long, long waits, no status reports from Fuji or vendors. Might as well just wait a little longer to see what Nikon and Canon might offer to counter this phenomenal camera that could eat their lunch if they ignore it.

July 21, 2013 12:29 PM  
Blogger 44kumasan said...

New x100s owner. If you don't mind, what strap are you using? Looks much more practicable than the one supplied by Fuji. Also, I have heard that Leica's strap is good. Your thoughts? Thanks much for your review and video walk around.

July 21, 2013 4:05 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@44-

Domke gripper. They still make them, but this one is from the 1990's.

July 21, 2013 6:40 PM  
Blogger William Ng said...

I use the Leash and Cuff by Peak Design. Works well for me.

July 21, 2013 7:28 PM  
Blogger William Ng said...

I use the Leash and Cuff from Peak Design. Works fine for me.

July 21, 2013 7:30 PM  
Blogger jinga said...

It took me almost 3 months to get one. I ordered in late may, and finally got one July 24th 2013. The pictures are insanely clean on many iso's. my main issue is it's hard to get a straight centered shot.

July 28, 2013 2:44 AM  
Blogger davichunternyc said...

David, I live in NYC and I own a X100. I am looking to upgrade to the X100S for street shooting but I also want to learn how to use speedlights. I watched your 40 minute video on the X100S. It was very generous of you to post this but I am one of those stupid people who gets confused easily and I learn best one on one. Stupid question, I know, but do you teach classes on how to use the X100S and speedlights? I would love to learn directly from you, as would thousands of other people.

July 30, 2013 12:46 AM  
Blogger davichunternyc said...

David, I live in NYC and I own a X100. I am looking to upgrade to the X100S for street shooting but I also want to learn how to use speedlights. I watched your 40 minute video on the X100S. It was very generous of you to post this but I am one of those stupid people who gets confused easily and I learn best one on one. Stupid question, I know, but do you teach classes on how to use the X100S and speedlights? I would love to learn directly from you, as would thousands of other people.

July 30, 2013 12:54 AM  
Blogger Tom Hyde said...

Just received mine after 6 weeks (B&H). In love.

August 09, 2013 1:38 AM  
Blogger Tom Hyde said...

Did I mention I'm in love? Ah yes, but I forgot to write that extra batteries are still backordered.

August 09, 2013 1:40 AM  
Blogger Egami said...

great review as usual David, i got mine couple of days a go, any thoughts on how to use off-camera flashes (Nikon preferably)in TTL mode with this camera? any recommended TTl cords for Nikon flashes ? if not, should i buy Fuji flashes? but still do not which TTL cord work for Fuji flashes.

August 12, 2013 10:05 AM  
Blogger Jeroen said...

Hi David,

can you confirm these are two things will fit the X100S?

UV-filter: http://goo.gl/Bz2w9u
Lens Hood: http://goo.gl/p1Hnwr

August 15, 2013 11:00 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Yep, they both work fine. And you do need that hood and adapter ring to use the filter. It is an ideal package, IMO.

August 15, 2013 12:31 PM  
Blogger dds02 said...

Due to fixed focal length how close would you have to be for say a 1/2 torso shot? And if you do that, how much face distortion would there be?
Could someone please post some un-cropped portraits? Thanks

August 20, 2013 6:35 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@dds-

Dude. It's a 35mm equivalent lens. You can search out relevant examples of 35mm lens throw portraits very easily . . .

August 20, 2013 7:58 PM  
Blogger Ayan Booyens said...

Sorry this is not 100% relevant but I am looking to buy a new camera. This camera is double the cost of its little brother the X20 which I had originally set my heart on. Do I go for instant gratification and start shooting asap or do I save up for a couple more months? Thanks :)

August 25, 2013 6:08 PM  
Blogger Rob S said...

Hi David.
I've been a fan of the Fuji X100 which i owned for almost year. Love the ergonomics and design but specially the image quality. I sold it a few months ago to fund the purchase of my X100s. And i have to say my heart is broken and i am sending it back. The blacks in the jpgs clip to abruptly. I am not seeing the tone nuances that i had with the X100. The images look to me unnatural and to contrasty for my taste. It's as if the camera is editorialising the pictures. Do you think this will get fixed? It doesn't seem to bother people that much. Obviously this affects the jpgs more so tha the raw. (I shoot jpeg which was one of the things i love a bout this camera). I should maybe go X Pro.
Thanks.
Great blog BTW.

September 03, 2013 7:38 AM  
Blogger davichunternyc said...

^^^ Are you sure you don't have the dynamic range function turned on to an unreasonable level? Also check your highlight and shadow settings. They might not be set to 0. If you are not careful with the jpg settings, your B&W photos can indeed turn out awful. Recently, however, I shot an indoor birthday party in low ambient light and I shot it in B&W jpg. The photos came out great.

September 04, 2013 9:42 PM  
Blogger davichunternyc said...

^^^ Are you sure you don't have the dynamic range function turned on to an unreasonable level? Also check your highlight and shadow settings. They might not be set to 0. If you are not careful with the jpg settings, your B&W photos can indeed turn out awful. Recently, however, I shot an indoor birthday party in low ambient light and I shot it in B&W jpg. The photos came out great.

September 04, 2013 9:43 PM  
Blogger Rob S said...

Thanks David.
Just to be clear,
I have DR at 100%.
NR at -2.
Color at 0.
Shadows at 0.
Highlights at 0.

September 06, 2013 12:15 PM  
Blogger Bryan Boudreaux Photography said...

David,

I have just gotten my hands on a x100s and am loving it so far. I have taken the suggestion of lens hood and filter ( EzFoto hood/49mm ring and a B+W UV filter) to protect the glass. I have also read Zack Arias' reviews of the x100/x100s. I have come across some concerns of the lens actually brushing up against the filter. Have you had this occur? Is this something you are concerned about?

Thanks

Bryan

September 08, 2013 4:22 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Bryan-

That only happens when people do not install the filter ring adapter (which is female to female 49mm) and instead just install the filter on, backwards.

Adapter ring, then filter then shade. You can't mess it up.

September 09, 2013 10:52 AM  
Blogger Charlotte B said...

Hi David
I just want to tell you how helpful this blog is for me.
Regards Charlotte from Sweden

October 05, 2013 1:05 AM  
Blogger Benny Profane said...

Thanks for this generous review. I just ordered an XE1 for a trip to Tuscany soon, because I can't live with a fixed lens, but I will be coming back to this video often to learn the camera, which is basically the same, I am told.

October 06, 2013 8:55 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Benny- Same chip, but VERY different camera. Night and day.

October 06, 2013 11:20 AM  
Blogger Benny Profane said...

I know, but, this is my first serious digital camera, and I just can't live with one fixed lens.
Is it really that much different, other than the viewfinder?

October 07, 2013 7:12 PM  
Blogger Benny Profane said...

Oh, duh, leaf shutter vs focal plane. Now I get it. Oh well, I'm still going with the XE1, but, maybe, if I really like it so much, I'll get an x100s or whatever the 100s is in a year or two.

Thanks again for your review, and the blog in general.

October 08, 2013 7:29 AM  
Blogger Benny Profane said...

David, have you figured out what this "Dynamic Range" thing is all about?

I have been in possession of my XE-1 for a week and a half, and love it. I am a professional retoucher, and have been waiting for some time for small, affordable cameras to evolve to this quality image level, and, I'm happy with what I just purchased. I plan on shooting RAW, because, as i said, I am not unfamiliar with post processing. So, main question is, do I have to concern myself with any of the internal settings beside exposure and focus when shooting? Most of what you speak of is just setting parameters for the camera to decide how to process jpegs, right?, including this "dynamic range"?

That said, I have done side by side comparisons of images processed in jpeg with conservative settings and my own tweaked RAW images, both printed on an Epson proofer, and, I must say, the jpegs are awesome. Very nice camera.

Thanks again.

October 15, 2013 1:03 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Benny-

Not entirely sure, but I think it tailors the RAW to jpeg conversion to a wider (or narrower) dynamic range. I let the camera drive on that setting. (Auto)

October 15, 2013 7:51 PM  
Blogger Rick Cogley said...

David, thank you for the wealth of information you provide online. Your reviews and positive comments were part of the reason I switched from a heavy Nikon D700 system, to Fujifilm X100S and X-Pro1.

I was pleased to see one of your shots from this article at Fujifilm's "X Lovers" event, to showcase the new XQ1 and X-E2. It kind of nicely put a bow on the reasons I switched to this system.

You can see it through the threshold here:

http://500px.com/photo/49453578



October 19, 2013 1:27 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Rick-

That's awesome! THanks very much! Do you have a frame of the info they had under the print, by chance?

October 19, 2013 12:17 PM  
Blogger Rick Cogley said...

You're welcome. I'm sorry to say I did not get any shots of the placard. It had EXIF info, your name, and some blurb of information in Japanese.

October 20, 2013 5:55 PM  
Blogger Riccardo said...

Hi David. I would purchase a Yongnuo 560 MkIII speedlight, to use with my X100s, and also with a Canon 7D or a Sony A7r (when I'll get it). Which additional equipment do you suggest to fire at very high sync speeds, up to 1/8000? Do you have any brand and model to suggest?

Thanks.

October 22, 2013 7:55 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Riccardo-

You will not be able to get a 1/8000th sync with any camera. The X100s will be your best shot because of the leaf shutter. But bigger picture, I do not recommend YongNuo flashes because of the combination of a poor reliability record and a bad warranty.

October 22, 2013 2:14 PM  
Blogger Riccardo said...

@David

Thanks, I was targeting Yongnuo because many people say good things about it, including Zack Arias. Let me know, please, which could be a better alternative :)

Thanks again.

October 22, 2013 3:47 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

I prefer the LP180s over the YN flashes for many reasons. But further, your Q reveals that you need to have a better basic understanding of flash and sync, etc. and I cannot do that for you one-to-one in the comment stream of a six-month-old post. You have some research and work to do to make a better informed choice. Good luck!

October 22, 2013 3:55 PM  
Blogger Riccardo said...

@David

ok, thanks!

October 22, 2013 4:15 PM  
Blogger alan ra said...

Hello from México, thank you for the review, I just bought my X100s and I want to know if you can adapt any type of flash or just the fujifilm flashes?

October 23, 2013 9:42 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi David,
Thank you for such a detailed review. I am convinced to switch to Fujifilm from Nikon! I was just going place an order for X100s and X-E2 came out! Now I am confused. X-E2 looks superior but is missing 2 key features - flash synch speed and built-in ND filter. The later one I can get around easily but not the former one. What would you do if you face this dilemma today? I like fixed lenses so switching to X-E2 is not based on on interchangeable lenses only. Thanks again for your wonderful review.

October 23, 2013 8:02 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi David,
Thank you for such a detailed review. I am convinced to switch to Fujifilm from Nikon! I was just going place an order for X100s and X-E2 came out! Now I am confused. X-E2 looks superior but is missing 2 key features - flash synch speed and built-in ND filter. The later one I can get around easily but not the former one. What would you do if you face this dilemma today? I like fixed lenses so switching to X-E2 is not based on on interchangeable lenses only. Thanks again for your wonderful review.

October 23, 2013 8:02 PM  
Blogger Eric Duminil said...

Thanks for the insightful video.
Yes, full control over flash would be great.
Rear-sync would also be nice, along with the possibility to use the internal-flash as a fill even when a pocket wizard or another flash are in the hotshoe.

I thought at first that "Commander mode" would do something like Nikon CLS for the Fuji EF 42.
It turns out it's just a no-TTL weak single flash pop, so it can trigger an SB-26 or SB-800 via optical slave.

Cheers,
Eric

November 13, 2013 9:20 AM  
Blogger pasgal said...

Many Thanks David! Please help me in these question:

1 Lens hood does work badly (create shadow) flash on board?
2 B+W 49mm 007M MRC Nano Coated Clear Glass Protection filter - XSPD Mount makes you lose sharpness?

November 18, 2013 1:23 PM  
Blogger pasgal said...

Many Thanks David! Please help me in these question:

1 Lens hood does work badly (create shadow) flash on board?
2 B+W 49mm 007M MRC Nano Coated Clear Glass Protection filter - XSPD Mount makes you lose sharpness?

November 18, 2013 5:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

David,

Do you know how to provide feedback to Fuji on the X-series cameras as far as bugs or suggestions for future firmware updates? You & Zack have mentioned they are very open to communication from photographers, but I see no X-specific feedback channel other than the generic Fujifilm US e-mail address.

My X100S attempt didn't go so well (long story) but I now have a X-E2 and a few lenses and am in hog heaven. I guess I have you (and Zack) to thanks for yet another camera in the bag :-)

November 27, 2013 11:04 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Unk-

I'd suggest hitting So Keitaro (mention him by name) via @FujifilmME on Twitter.

November 27, 2013 12:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Ramundo said...

David - Great Review! I picked up the xX100S - love it. Question on Flash: My other camera is a D800 w an SB-800 flash. Is there any reason to not use this flash with the X100S... or is there another flash you would recommend?

PS: I am reading your lighting 101. Thank you for this too!

November 29, 2013 2:30 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Tom-

Yep, great combo. But use it off-camera and enjoy that leaf shutter.

November 29, 2013 4:47 PM  
Blogger Tom Ramundo said...

Thanks David. I am trying that - using the wireless commander mode. (pretty cool) Is there a way to control the flash output or is this one of those experience or trial and error things? Is it better with the sync cord like you describe in your Blog?

Than you!

Best, Tom

November 29, 2013 5:01 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Tom-

Nope, that won't work when using cross-branded gear. Manual only.

November 30, 2013 12:40 AM  
Blogger davichunternyc said...

Thanks David for your continued input on this thread. Thank you too for the 40 minute tutorial on how to use the X100S. Please, I understand Tom's ^^^ pain. For most of us, off camera lighting is intimidating. There are plenty of tutorials on how to use off-camera lighting with DSLR's but none on how to use strobes with Fuji's X body cameras. Please (on my knees, begging) would you post another 40 minute video on how to use strobes with the X100S? Tell me what to buy and how to use strobes with the X100S. This would be a godsend. Thanks.

November 30, 2013 12:53 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@David-

Huh? It's not a 40-min video, man. It's a 2000-post blog on lighting with years of work.

Shoot manual with manual flash, just like with your Nikons/Canons. Use a radio remote (or better, a cord like one of theses, depending on your flash: http://flashzebra.com/5m_with_hotshoe/index.shtml, which will allow faster sync speeds due to no radio latency). Everything I have worked on at Strobist for the last 7+ years is relevant to your camera. I can't go out and make a 40-min video walk thru for each brand and model. ;)

November 30, 2013 10:58 AM  
Blogger davichunternyc said...

Thanks David. You can't fault me for trying. ; ) I have watched your X100S video over and over again. Each time I glean something more. I just thought it would be cool to make a Part 2 with strobes. It's just my laziness that I am not reading up as much as I should. Your hard work and contributions to the world of photography is legendary and appreciated. Thanks for the info.

November 30, 2013 11:32 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

I'm having a heckuva time achieving auto-focus with spontaneous photos of backlit subjects. Even in the "spot" focus mode the X100S occasionally focuses on objects behind central subjects, even when locking focus and re-composing and using the focus-shift view to adjust for parallax. I've taken more out-of-focus pics in my first month with this camera than in the last year with SLRs. I plan more practice and to make the focus point smaller, but I didn't expect to have to worry about this.

Do you have any experience with this?

December 01, 2013 11:04 AM  
Blogger pasgal said...

David just me you did not answer :-(

December 04, 2013 2:24 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Pasgal-

The hood will leave a shadow with flash. The B+W is a good filter, but no filter is perfect. Neither is a bare lens with oil, dirt and or scratches.

December 04, 2013 7:24 PM  
Blogger Benny Profane said...

David, a few pix from my trip to Italy using the XE1. Thanks.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95150330@N05/sets/72157638426300516/

December 13, 2013 12:59 PM  
Blogger Ron Marquez said...

Hey David,

How does this compare to the newer mirrorless cameras such as the NEX 6. I like the look of the x100s.

-Ron

December 20, 2013 12:15 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

@Ron- I dunno. I could not tell you the first thing about the NEX 6.

December 20, 2013 3:00 PM  
Blogger mark rupp said...

Can one turn on the focus distance scale (AF mode) in the OVF? I see it when in manual focus mode but not in AF. The scale appears in the EVF and LCD.

December 29, 2013 5:47 PM  
Blogger mark rupp said...

Figured it out, after some fiddle diddling: Press the DISP/BACK button and select C1 while in OVF. Why didn't I think of that?

January 01, 2014 1:04 PM  
Blogger Bilal said...

Hi Strobist.
Thank you for the review ! I'm the happy owner of a X100s.
i come from dslr stuff (not the huge thing, the d7000 one).
It was the cam i was looking for. since i cant afford to go leica.
Thing is, i find the x100s too slow. for streetphoto.
I mean, slow autofocus and slow trigger (trigger? when you press the button to take the photo)
You know, when you press, it takes the photo like long after you ve pressed.
and between two pictures too its slow.
all that compared to dslr.
the rest is off the hook indeed.

I m i normal or is there smthing i didnt get about this (lovely) camera ?

Best

January 23, 2014 4:42 PM  
Blogger John Fenix said...

Hey,

great review (I watched the video and it is a great help). I have my x100s for one month now and I love this camera already. One question: will you switch to the black edition of the x100s or will you keep your silver version with gaffe tape. I'm going to live for one year in India and the black one would be less visible but the gaffe tape makes it look more cheap. What would you say?

February 03, 2014 10:29 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Hey John-

Don't think I would buy a second body just to change colors. If I bought a backup, I might go black. Otherwise fine w/my silver. Taped or not.

February 03, 2014 8:13 PM  
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February 06, 2014 6:02 PM  
Blogger Rodney Wren said...

Hey David, Great write up! So, I have thoroughly confused myself. I'm an old school guy (we are about the same age) and I am ready to get serious again about my photography. This X100S reminded me of my first 35mm a Canon Canonet 28 albeit at a Much higher price. A few years ago I very reluctantly went to digital and sold all my Nikon and Canon gear. Got a Canon G5 and was mostly happy. Well I slipped into the snapshot mode and not "Real" photography. Whew, now I really want to jump back to "real" photography, but I don't want to be tied down by tons of gear. I don't know what photo style I'm going for, but I do want to take portraits of my family as well. I have gone back and forth between the X100S and XE-2. Now there's the XT-1. Again I don't want to be weighed down by too much gear, but don't want to limit myself either. Also I know I am interested in doing mostly available and natural light. Any suggestions to help direct me would be AWESOME!.

Rodney from up the road in Woodstock, MD.

February 21, 2014 1:16 PM  
Blogger Rodney Wren said...

Hey David, Great write up! So, I have thoroughly confused myself. I'm an old school guy (we are about the same age) and I am ready to get serious again about my photography. This X100S reminded me of my first 35mm a Canon Canonet 28 albeit at a Much higher price. A few years ago I very reluctantly went to digital and sold all my Nikon and Canon gear. Got a Canon G5 and was mostly happy. Well I slipped into the snapshot mode and not "Real" photography. Whew, now I really want to jump back to "real" photography, but I don't want to be tied down by tons of gear. I don't know what photo style I'm going for, but I do want to take portraits of my family as well. I have gone back and forth between the X100S and XE-2. Now there's the XT-1. Again I don't want to be weighed down by too much gear, but don't want to limit myself either. Also I know I am interested in doing mostly available and natural light. Any suggestions to help direct me would be AWESOME!.

Rodney from up the road in Woodstock, MD.

February 21, 2014 1:16 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...

Hey Rodney-

I am not your go-to on that. One, God knows the world has enough camera review sites and this site and this one is not trying to be that.

February 24, 2014 1:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Hohl said...

Bought this camera based on the info contained in this review. My thoughts as a D3 shooter are as follows:
1 Camera takes incredible pictures as stated.
2. Menus are well laid out as stated
3. Autofocus is VERY unreliable and unpredictable. (I am actually surprised that David is giving the AF a thumbs up (sorry David). I updated firmware to 1.3 and AF is still very unreliable compared to a pro DSLR)
4. That said, it is still an incredible camera for its size and portability (which I LOVE)

So as David said, it is a ton of camera for $1300 but just know going in that the AF on this camera is a challenge. I am shooting motorcycle riding pictures with it and sometimes shooting blind without looking through the viewfinder and the camera misses the focus on about half of the shots.
For product shots and people pics, you will not be able to beat this camera as the images are great. I wouldn't say D3 Nikon great but very close.

April 03, 2014 10:04 PM  
Blogger Follower of The Way said...

Thanks for this article and video, David. I've had the X100S for just over two weeks, and this has been very helpful. I will mention that I like to keep a pinch lens cap on hand just in case I need it for some reason. They're very inexpensive at Amazon.

Do you think you'll get the 50mm converter when it's released?

John

April 16, 2014 7:02 PM  
Blogger Daryl Davis said...

I've been intrigued by this camera since the original X100. This video, and your DigitalRev Travel Photography segment, aren't helping!

I may sell my EM-5 gear and go fixed-lens rangefinder for a while.

Thanks for a great site!

April 24, 2014 11:14 PM  

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