Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome: THE DICKENS!
Okay, so, I just got home from a (fairly) dark little pub, shooting a band I know with my latest acquisition (the Fuji X100 if you haven’t been keeping up), and I’m really trying not to swear here in polite company. Can I be forgiven for quoting the Blues Brothers, y’think?
JESUS H. TAPDANCING CHRIST, I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!!
(I’ll change it, if that’s bad.)
Wow. I have to say, focus was rock solid and consistent, the speed wasn’t holding me up, metering jumped around a little as did white balance but I’d expect that under stage lighting, and that’s why the good people at Fujifilm let us shoot RAW files. These are straight in-camera .jpgs, no tweaking - and they’re a little underexposed because I was expecting to have to protect the highlights and pull the exposure up in the RAW conversion, that’s my normal way of shooting.
I didn’t need to go out of my way to anticipate moments - at least, no more than I would have with any of my SLRs - which is to say, the camera needed to be at my eye with the shutter half pressed to lock on a target. But when I hit the shutter, I got what I wanted.
Now I’m home, looking at them at 100%, and reading the serial numbers on guitar headstocks at 3200ISO. (Maybe not on the ones I shot at 6400, but still…) My hit rate is pretty much exactly what I’d have expected if I was shooting with a 1-series Canon and L glass like I usually would be - what I mean is, the camera isn’t limiting my image selection, I’m just editing on the basis of what’s in the photo.
Sorry folks - the word is in. This camera is SERIOUSLY good. I was impressed before, now I’m blown away. Did I mention I’m trying really hard not to swear, here? It’s FRAKING SPECTACULAR. There. I didn’t.
Apologies for the images being re-compressed by Tumblr, and not looking sharp at the moment; tomorrow I will work out a way to post something at 100%, so don’t hassle me for it now. (It’s night here, y’know!) And feel free to repost this elsewhere if you like, I’d just rather you post a link back to here than put the photos somewhere else - thanks!