I haven’t written all that much about my new favourite piece of gear, just some quick impressions, so I thought I would tell you some more about it since it may be of interest if you’ve considered or lusted for this camera.
I thought very long and hard before finally deciding to switch from my DSLR to the Fuji X100S. I’m not someone who has a lot of spare change to burn on expensive equipment, so getting this camera meant that I had to get rid of most of my Nikon lenses. Hence it wasn’t a decision I could make lightly. In the end I just had to have this camera though.
So, what do I think about it? After having used it a bit more, all I can really say is that I love this camera. This is a different feeling than I had towards my Nikon D3000. Though not exactly one of Nikon’s top models, it was still a capable camera and it’s my first real camera that lured me into the field of photography. However, it always felt like a tool and not much else. If it makes any kind of sense I would say that the X100S is a more emotional camera – I have trouble putting the bloody thing down, it makes me want to shoot. Maybe it’s because it’s still new and shiny but I don’t think so, this feels different. I’ve been shooting a lot of crappy snapshots (nothing that I plan to share with the world) with this camera, just because I wanted an excuse to use it.
First of all it’s the looks, it’s simply a gorgeous camera, and that’s coming from someone who values function a lot more than looks. I’ve already had a random person ask me if it’s a Leica and if it’s an old film camera.
Then it’s the way it handles. The controls are all in the right place, it feels solid, it does what its told. It certainly has some operational quirks that you need to get used to, like the fact that the shutter doesn’t seem to go slower than 1/34 in auto (which is just really weird), but it kind of adds to the charm of it as well (not very rational, I know).
Then you have the awesome hybrid viewfinder.
Then you have the leaf shutter and its insane sync speed, which you know I love for obvious reasons.
To top it all off the camera also produces some very nice files with great detail, dynamic range and high iso performance.
Are there things I will miss from my DSLR? Definitely, though very little. Occasionally I will miss having a longer portrait lens and, as an extension of that, being able to get a shallower DOF. During the summers I might miss my macro photography a bit too, though portraits has always been my main interest. That’s it really, everything else I wanted my DSLR to do, this camera does as good or better. I will more than likely want to build a system with different lenses again eventually but we’re talking at least 2-3 years before that will even be considered. Until then, this camera will keep me very happy.
You might notice that there’s a lot of talk about feelings and emotion here, but that’s simply because that’s what the X100S evokes. It’s such a fun camera to use and I can’t wait until the next time I pull it out of the bag or have it by my side when we travel. This is a camera that makes me want to shoot.