X100s - It Arrives
It is no secret that I have been patiently waiting on the sidelines watching and waiting to see what Fuji does and doesn't do. I shot with the Sony NEX series as my travel cameras for the last 2 years but finally tired of their consumer electronics mindset v. a photographic one. So,... after all this time, I have jumped in and purchased one of the little Fuji X100s cameras.
Totally unavailable, but the gods smiled down on me and with one random phone call to a totally random camera store, I found one and had it delivered in two days. Yes, I know, this is all on top of the little V1 arrival, but that camera is for a very specific purpose. With the Fuji's, I am looking for something that will allow me to travel in peace without taking my Nikon and Zeiss kit. I am spoiled with the IQ and usability of the Nikon/Zeiss combo, but the reality is that it is expensive to travel with (on a bike) and very, very heavy, when trying to travel light.
Therefore I decided to jump in to the Fuji world and see what it is all about. I personally believe that XE-1 and XPro-1 camera replacements are right on the horizon so I thought it best to start with the X100s and simply rent the XE-1. For my upcoming Lost Coast bikepacking trip, I have the XE-1 coming courtesy of LensRentals.com. Along with the body, I have the 35 and the 60 to test. Between the 100s and the 35/60 combo, I cover the focal length that I normally travel with.
There are a ton of detailed reviews out their on all of this kit, so for me, I am simply focused on sharing usability and IQ as it relates to travel photography, especially adventure based travel photography. As I delve into the gear I will post sample images and random thoughts and opinions. With the update to Face Book terms of service, I will no longer post images there, instead relying on this site and my Flickr account, so follow along as the shooting begins.
Ok, so this thing actually looks, feels and acts like a camera versus a consumer electronics device. While it has its share of buttons and displays, I can say without hesitation that I love the way it feels. Metal construction and a heft that feels good in your hands. The viewfinder is awesome with its dual personality and the aperture ring is very sweet. Not so sure I like the way it does 1/3 increments, but I am sure I will get used to it.
I took the camera out of the box this AM, shot some Jpegs in color and B&W and then a few in Raw. My goal was simply to play and get acquainted with the way things worked. A couple of neat features stood out. There is a 'Film Mode' bracket feature which lets you define up to 3 different film modes and then for each shot, the images are processed for each of the 3 modes. Set it up for Velvia, B&W and B&W with a Filter, shooting Raw + Jpeg, and you have the ability to select from 3 different images to post WITHOUT having to edit them on a tablet on computer. Man, I am super stoked about this feature.
More to come, but here are three images shot this AM. Two JPEGs and one Raw processed.