I was working a regular glam gig this past Monday night and brought along my new Fujifilm Finepix X100. Even though I was there on someone's else's dime, I figured I could find a couple of minutes to snap a few. UPS had just dropped the camera off a few days prior and I hadn't yet shot anything with it yet which meant I was still unfamiliar with the controls and settings and such. I did spend some time, albeit not much, going through the manual. BTW, I should note that I didn't purchase the camera to shoot glam with it. I bought it so I can, hopefully, expand my photographic horizons beyond what I normally shoot, which is mainly glam and tease.
For my work, I shoot with a Canon 5D. The X100 is nothing like a 5D. Not even close! First off, it's not a dSLR. It's a digital rangefinder. There are many more differences, of course, between the X100 and any dSLR. Here's some of the more notable ones: 1) It's a compact camera. Not a point-and-shoot but a compact; and with a very retro design. Most people think it's an old film camera from the 60s or 70s when they first see it. 2) It has a fixed, non-interchangeable, 35mm lens. No zooming in or out, either optically or electronically with this camera. 3) It has a leaf shutter. In a nutshell that means, amongst other things, you can shoot at very fast sync speeds. 4) It has an optical viewfinder that you can easily and quickly switch to an electronic viewfinder with plenty of options for what's displayed in it. 5) The LCD on the back can provide a "live view" if you'd prefer bypassing the viewfinder and shooting with it that way, plus more functions and ways you can use it but, for now, I'll leave it at that.
The stuff I just mentioned is only a partial list of cool features packed into the very cool X100.
Anyway, I've been wanting one of these cameras since they were first released nearly two years ago. An X100 review that Zach Arias authored for his blog further sold me on it, as well as Ken Rockwell's take on the camera.
As I usually am, I was stressed for time the first night I shot with my new X100 but I said, "Screw it," and decided to take a few moments to swap out my Pocket Wizard from atop my 5D and slap it on my X100. I figured I could grab a quick few frames just to see what they looked like without having to dick around with the camera too much. In all, I was able to shoot about a half-dozen snaps of two different models with it. That was all it took to convince me I made a wise choice buying one of these impressive cameras.
The image at the top was my first pic with the X100, straight out of the camera except for resizing. It's about a half-stop underexposed and not brilliantly framed but when I reviewed the snap on the back LCD and zoomed it in to have a closer look at the detail I was pretty happy. Later on, when I got home, I loaded the images onto my computer and had another look. The images looked great considering I was rushed and fumbling with the controls and settings when shooting with it. I decided to crop the 3/4 body shot to a tight headshot and see how it held up. It held up just fine. Here's another shot with the X100. This pic below is the second model I snapped with it. Again, no processing, just resizing. As expected from a Fuji camera, the skin tones are terrific. (Click pics to enlarge.)