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Leaving the DSLR world behind: “Working with the X100S has totally changed my vision of how I see things and shoot them”


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Stockografie (Zeiss Touit 50mm + X-T1)

FR-reader Daniel shared some images taken with his brand new Zeiss Touit 50mm 1:1 macro lens (mounted on a Fuji X-T1) on the Fujirumors facebook wall here. (The lens should be available in late April and is can be pre-ordered at BHphoto and Adorama.)

If you also have some favorite X-shots to share, feel free to use the facebook wall. Or just check it out and push the like button on the images you like most. The most liked pics will be featured in the next X-shooter facebook zone.

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Thierry Nguyen

Hello Patrick.

I followed Fuji rumors for awhile and I have to admit that your feed have mostly helped me in my decision to totally switch. And thank you for that!

I was a DSLR shooter I’ve been Canon (7D, 5D) then switched to Nikon (D7000, D700). I switched to Fuji since 6 months with the X100S. I still kept my D700 in case of this little bad boy wouldn’t make it, and guess what :  My D700 stayed in his bag since all these times, and I think I won’t use it anymore. I use my X100S all the time, even for all my commissioned works.

To me the X100S equal the D700 and even, it performs better.

It’s not only about specs or image quality or design etc, but Fuji cameras have « un je ne sais quoi ».  I remember that there was some testimonies saying that the X100 had a soul, and I confirm that. Working with the X100S has totally changed my vision of how I see things and shoot them.

Here’s a sample of my works done with this little bad guy :-

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Thank you again Patrick for keeping us updated about all Fuji news, you do a great job.

Thierry Nguyen

X-T1 – 23mm – 1/4000 secs – f/2.2- ISO200

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Çağlar Çakan

Hello Pat.

You like to feature Fuji X photographers so I thought I’d share my experiences and show off my street photography work.

I worked my way up on the Fuji X ladder. Our relationship started with the X10, I wanted to have a quality point and shoot for in addition to my DSLR. I figured that the OVF and the low profile was excellent for the kind of work I was beginning to explore, namely working on the streets. The long and slow walks I regularly do to explore the urban atmosphere in order to collect images where much easier due to the practically non-existing weight of this little camera. But I needed more as I figured that the X10 was getting my new tool of choice on the streets.

I got a X100 and that was a revelation. This camera is probably the most important camera I’ve ever had – it changed the way I shoot and ultimately the way I function on the street. No need to point out the excellent IQ – but with all my love for this camera it also has been a very frustrating relationship from time to time. IF the AF locks on, you will get the one-in-a-million chance to shoot this moment. IF the camera turns on in 2 seconds. IF the camera decides to wake up from sleep by a half button press. Although I believe the 23mm lens is the perfect focal length for street photography there have been times where a shot was impossible to get, mostly because the lens is not wide enough for some scenes.

I love the lens of the X100. It is a perfect street photographers tool (I bet the X100s even more so, I never used it). It is wide enough to give the viewer of a good photograph the impression to be right there in the middle of the scene and it is close enough to be able to photograph scenes from a reasonable, still small, distance to the subjects (which is always an issue, not only of courage, in street photography). I used one single focal length for almost a year. Exclusively.

Now that I didn’t touch my DSLR for a decade or so, I decided to replace it completely with a Fuji X-E1. I figured the X-E1 and the Kit zoom are the perfect companions for traveling where you have to adapt to many different situations, may it be street, forest, indoor or public spaces. You get outstanding IQ on the wide end with reasonable aperture of 2.8. For the first time I will leave my X100 at home and bring with me the X-E1 instead. I will have to carry a little bit more weight and size, I will miss the OVF and I won’t enjoy the absolute silence of the X100’s ninja-style shutter noise. But I hope I will bring good photos home. If you are interested in the stuff I do with the Fuji X system – most of which is shot on the streets of Berlin and Istanbul

visit my tumblr at

Çağlar Çakan

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Matt Russell

I just wanted to write to say I’ve enjoyed your work on the fujirumors website.  I find myself checking it once a day usually.

I am a long time DSLR user (Canon 5D Mark II) and shot medium format before that.  Fuji was my favorite film at that time.

With the addition of more kids I found it difficult lugging my DSLR kit with lenses around and having the time and free hands to take the shots I wanted.

I started hearing about the X100S earlier this year.  I finally bought one this month and took it on a family vacation and I can say I was extremely impressed with the sharpness, image quality, and size.  I barely noticed it hanging on my neck and images I got were on par with my DSLR.   I’m hooked on this little camera and look forward to taking it on more trips.  I was hesitant to leave my DSLR kit at home, but I feel really comfortable after seeing the shots I got with the X100s.

All of the shots on my website with the exception of the top gallery (Washington DC, December 2013) were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II with L lenses.  I found it hard to see a quality drop off for the majority of the shots I liked.

Check out the Washington DC gallery and the detail I’m getting.  All shots in this gallery (except the last one) were taken with the X100s.

Great camera

Matt Russell
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Hi, just like to share a set of images i took with the x100s when i was in China in May 2013. Places include Shenzhen & Jiangxi Nanchang. (website)



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Daniel Korzeniewski

Hey Patrick,

I am back from Myanmar, took along the Nikon D4 and the Fuji X-E2, I really had a wonderful time and moving forward I am just going to travel with the X system, this is my second Fuji, just upgraded from the X-E1. Although used both cameras during the trip it really doesn’t make sense to carry big gear and lenses anymore, the IQ of the Fuji is superb, ended up using the Kit lens most of the time, and I am very excited with the new lenses coming up.

Here is a link from a post from the Street Market, that I shoot entirely with the X-E2, and also attached 2 photos you can use for X-Shooter Section if you like.

If you have any question, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and thank you for running the site, I keep an eye on it every day.

Daniel Korzeniewski

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