X100s: PROS and CONS at Brian Kraft

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Brian Kraft continuously updates his post about the X100s with images and PROS and CONS here.

Here some PROS:

  • AF improvement… Is it what you’d expect from the latest and greatest DSLRs? Do you really expect it to be? In some respects it is as good, but probably not quite in all– as it’s very different. At least if I’m comparing to my Canon 5D Mark III cameras, which are quite sophisticated in tracking motion, etc. That’s what I have to compare to and probably an unfair comparison.[…]
  • Being able to preview your photo in the viewfinder for .5 seconds is like a fresh of breath air to me. On the X100, the shortest preview time was 1.5 seconds or not at all.[…]
  • A much shorter minimum focusing distance (with AF) in non-macro mode! Fuji says it’s been reduced to 21 centimeters or 8.25 inches at that seems to be what I’m getting.
  • The manual focusing ring is way more responsive.[…]
  • Switching between AF and MF, with the re-ordering of the switch on the X100s is wonderful.
  • You can now switch between photo previews in a zoomed-in state. If you want to closely examine photos for detail on the LCD or EVF, you can now scroll through various photos with that same view, whereas with the X100, you had to zoom all the way back out, proceed to the next photo, then zoom back in on that one–making it almost impossible to properly compare any photos in that way.[…]

The CONS:

  • This does not apply to RAW shooters, but for those that enjoy shooting jpegs, this may apply. Now, I say may, because this is very much an opinion and personal preference. I’ve noticed that when I had the X100s set to standard (0) noise reduction and I shot jpegs at 3200 and even more so at 6400, and even higher, that I was not wild about the way the camera was cleaning the image up. Less noise can be a nice thing oftentimes, but it’s  the trade off that I’m not quite loving–when set at 0. To my eye, it’s almost a smearing of detail–an almost plastic-y look–the way someone may heavy-handedly over-use the noise reduction in a program like Lightroom. It’s not something I initially noticed zoomed in at all. In fact, I think it’s even more apparent when viewing without zooming in. Now, the nice thing is the X100S allows you to set among 5 different levels of noise reduction +2, +1, 0, -1, and -2. I just did a test at ISO 3200 and 6400 settings and shot the same thing, using all 5 levels across the 10 photos and happily I can already tell that I will be able to find the happy balance that works for me. I need to spend more time with it, but I think I’ll keep mine set on at least a -1 NR. I don’t mind a little noise and, in fact, quite enjoy the quality of noise that the X100S has– at least at ISO 3200 and 6400. I’ll need to do further testing to see what my impressions are at the even higher ISOs and what effect the different NR settings do for me.[…]
  • […]On the X100, that button was called the RAW button and after a few firmware updates, it became customizable and was the perfect way for me to toggle the ND filter on and off. Now, with the X100S, you have to dive into the menus to toggle the ND filter on and off. I’m not happy about that and I do hope a firmware update can address that and add the ND filter to the Q button options. I do realize that the function button can be assigned to the ND filter, but I like that assigned to my ISO.[…]

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonDE / AmazonUK (will be shipped on March 11, according to R. Bachmann)
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

image courtesy: Brian Kraft (PROS and CONS / initial photos / more photos)

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X100s and X20 Full Size Sample update at Fuji’s website

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“I think that if company invest so much in producing and marketing a new camera, the should invest a bit more and get a better photographer.” This is Sagi’s comment when he saw the X20 full size sample shots.

Now Fuji added some more full size images here (X100s – up to ISO 1600) and here (x20). Take a look by yourself and see if Fuji learned from our critics ;-). And thanks again MJr for the links!

Fuji X100s

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Lightroom 4.4 RC purple fringing effect

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Massimiliano Angeloni from riflessifotografici (website) is one of those who’s testing the latest release of Lightroom. He says that overall the new release is definitely an improvement! But, well, just look at the image where he compares the SOOC Jpeg’s, LR4.4 and C1.

Have a look at the water drops! The Lightroom 4.4 release candidate shows a purple fringing effect when processing images with strong sunlight falling on wet surfaces. And look at the bridge, where the whole surface that reflects the light is tinged violet!

Thanks for the image, Massimiliano!

Oh, and if you want to read an interesting “riflessifotografici-quality” review about three cameras that were taken out of production, the Fuji X100, Leica X1 and Sigma DP2X, you should read the latest article of riflessifotografici here (translated version).

Fuji X100 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Leica X1 Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Sigma DP2X Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

image courtesy: riflessifotografici

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climb up there with a DSLR… no way, you need an easy Fuji X100 ;)

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X100s: David’s feedback to Fujifilm

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Lucky FR-reader Douglas with his brand new X100s!

David Hobby tested a pre-production X100s in Dubai and, after two weeks testing, he send his feedback to Fujifilm. You can read the whole feedback here at petapixel. Here an extract:

“The chip is fantastic. I was worried that higher pixel density (16mp vs 12 mp) would bring noise problems. Nope, it’s truly awesome. […] Autofocus: Super quick, confidently grabbing focus in low light. […] Fantastic manual focus. The focus peaking works wonderfully. The changed pitch of the manual focus ring was much-welcomed and is, in my opinion, perfect. Bravo. […]”

The story has a happy end… he fell in love and purchased the X100s!

X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUK / AmazonDE /
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

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X100s: UK delivery postponed + rolling review + more sample shots

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X100s: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUK / AmazonDE /
X20: AmazonUS (blacksilver) / BHphoto (blacksilver) / Adorama (blacksilver) / AmazonUK (blacksilver) / ebayITA /  / AmazonDE / AmazonITA /

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1) What’s this? I told you that the X100s should be available in UK in time for the focus on imaging show. But now I’ve received the following email:

“Hi,fuji have had technical difficulties with the x100s so date has been pushed back a further two weeks,as long as difficulty gets ironed out..no idea what the technical difficulty is but dealers have this two week new timescale. R Bachman”

Can’t tell you what these technical difficulties are. Fact is, the camera should have been available now, but AmazonUK pushed back the delivery date to a vague “usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months”. Let’s hope that shipping times won’t slip also in other countries.

2) Alan sent me the following email: “I’m sure you’ve already heard about this, but just in case… Sean Reid at Reid Reviews (www.reidreviews.com) has started a “rolling review” of the X100S.  A rolling review is one that he updates multiple times as he adds more observations and tests.  His site is subscriptiononly, and I’m not able to provide a direct link to the review.  But your readers might want to be aware of it.  Reid is well known and highly valued for lengthy reviews written from the standpoint of the working photographer, not the pixel-peeper or testbed-jock.  He calls the X100S “one of the most impressive cameras (all aspects considered) that I’ve used in a long time – especially in this price category” and suggests that Andre Kertesz might have taken an interest in it. Hope this is helpful”. Alan also told me that ” he goes into extreme depth -, not with DP Review-style technical reviews but with a real, felt exploration of how a camera is going to perform in the hands of a working photographer.” A subscription is currently $32.95 per year.

Other readers told me that two X100s were available, for a short time, at Calumet in the UK yesterday morning, and the lucky FR-reader Douglas grabbed one.

3) Thanks to Vernon, who posted this link (fujixseries) in the comments, with X100s indoor and high ISO shots of phdezra.

image courtesy: phdezra (Flickr)

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