Day 1 with the Fuji X100!  Yes, it arrived today, so I’ve been mucking about with it when I find a spare moment.  (And as you can see, I’m happy to have it…) Impressions - I already hate the lens cap, first time out with the camera (before I even got home with the box) I fumbled it while taking it off, and it hit the asphalt and rolled under a car, then out again. Oh well, few chunks out of it already - better that than the camera. I expect I’ll get the lens hood and just go without a cap, like I do with my R-D1s & 35 Summilux - that’ll also keep my clothes from wiping themselves off on the lens when I’m walking around with it. Otherwise - the AF might be a little slower than my first impressions (where I said it was at least as good as a 500D), but not by much. It’s pretty darn snappy. I find the ND filter a bit of a pain, combined with the 1/1000th limit at f/2 - I’d love the option of automatic ND, where it would drop into place at a preset limit, much like the Auto ISO stops at a certain minimum shutter speed / maximum ISO. If I could set the ND filter to arrive whenever I exceeded the max shutter speed, I’d be very pleased not to have to hit the button. I’m also running up against the minimum focus distance of 80cm more than I expected to, but that’s probably because I’m testing it out and trying to get massive background blur on things just because I can. That said, I’m also finding that the AF tends, when confronted with a target that’s smaller than the AF box, to choose a higher contrast object BEHIND what you were aiming to shoot. So, EVF is useful in those situations, so you can see what’s actually happening, and stop it grabbing the wrong place. Oh - other interesting (bizarre!) discovery, when you put it into ‘burst’ / 3 or 5 frames-per-second mode, and play back the images, it shows you the first one with a little flickering window showing the others in the bottom right. It seems to treat them like a ‘stack’ of files rather than several different images; but if you hit delete on that first one, it deletes THEM ALL! Perhaps there’s a way to change this behaviour, I haven’t really gone looking yet - but it’s sure not what I expected would happen when I hit delete… Overall, really enjoying it (perhaps a bit too soon to use the word ‘love’ though) - bring on an update to Adobe Camera RAW, and I’ll be well pleased! p.s. no, those aren’t straight-from-camera colours in the image above, that’s a tweak from Alien Skin Exposure 3…

Day 1 with the Fuji X100!  Yes, it arrived today, so I’ve been mucking about with it when I find a spare moment.  (And as you can see, I’m happy to have it…)

Impressions - I already hate the lens cap, first time out with the camera (before I even got home with the box) I fumbled it while taking it off, and it hit the asphalt and rolled under a car, then out again. Oh well, few chunks out of it already - better that than the camera.

I expect I’ll get the lens hood and just go without a cap, like I do with my R-D1s & 35 Summilux - that’ll also keep my clothes from wiping themselves off on the lens when I’m walking around with it.

Otherwise - the AF might be a little slower than my first impressions (where I said it was at least as good as a 500D), but not by much. It’s pretty darn snappy.

I find the ND filter a bit of a pain, combined with the 1/1000th limit at f/2 - I’d love the option of automatic ND, where it would drop into place at a preset limit, much like the Auto ISO stops at a certain minimum shutter speed / maximum ISO. If I could set the ND filter to arrive whenever I exceeded the max shutter speed, I’d be very pleased not to have to hit the button.

I’m also running up against the minimum focus distance of 80cm more than I expected to, but that’s probably because I’m testing it out and trying to get massive background blur on things just because I can.

That said, I’m also finding that the AF tends, when confronted with a target that’s smaller than the AF box, to choose a higher contrast object BEHIND what you were aiming to shoot. So, EVF is useful in those situations, so you can see what’s actually happening, and stop it grabbing the wrong place.

Oh - other interesting (bizarre!) discovery, when you put it into ‘burst’ / 3 or 5 frames-per-second mode, and play back the images, it shows you the first one with a little flickering window showing the others in the bottom right. It seems to treat them like a ‘stack’ of files rather than several different images; but if you hit delete on that first one, it deletes THEM ALL! Perhaps there’s a way to change this behaviour, I haven’t really gone looking yet - but it’s sure not what I expected would happen when I hit delete…

Overall, really enjoying it (perhaps a bit too soon to use the word ‘love’ though) - bring on an update to Adobe Camera RAW, and I’ll be well pleased!

p.s. no, those aren’t straight-from-camera colours in the image above, that’s a tweak from Alien Skin Exposure 3

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