The Fuji X100s – A review
OK – I’m sorry. This post is mainly for the gear heads who read this blog. I know you’re out there. And being a bit of a boy I do enjoy the odd toy as well. I don’t write many posts about equipment, and I’m not going to change that. But Fuji’s x100s is something very special indeed. And I think it deserves some blog space. So its going to get it.
I was always a big fan of the original x100. It was a camera you fell head over heels for. Sure, it had its foibles. OK it had more then a few of them, but they were things you could live with, see past and just work around. But you did swear from time to time. OK I swore at it quite alot if I’m completely honest, but always kept coming back to it. When Fuji announced the x100s, dealing with many of those foibles, then it was probably the first time I’ve been excited about a new camera in, I’m not sure but its a long time. Zach Arais published his, now famous, camera walked into a bar review of the X100s and for me, that kind of summed things up. It is a camera with an awful lot of charisma about it.
I’ve been using this camera more and more over the last few months. So much so its pretty much replaced my D800 as the camera I use every day. There are still little foibles about it, but it does make the x100 look like a prototype. Fuji certainly listened to their users when they made this. The first thing people comment of when they see the x100s is its looks. Its rangefinder retro looks are simply fantastic and, I hate to say it, it drips cool. There I said it, don’t hate me for it. I’ve said before the original x100 was a camera you just fell for. This even more so. My friend, Hannah picked this up at a wedding. Three photos it took for her to decide she wanted one. Thats it, three photos and ‘I want one’. It’s that useable and that easy to fall for.
The x100s uses a fixed 23mm lens, giving the classic 35mm field of view. Personally I think thats a fantastic focal length. And much prefer working with prime lenses anyway. Of course, for some users this would be a bit of an issue. I know if your thinking about one of these you’ll be more then happy to decide if that works for you or not though.
There are still some negatives, I’m not a big fan of the white focus peaking in manual focus and the battery guage is about as accurate, as a not very accurate thing.But its fair to say they’re minor things. Overall, this is very easy to use, loves been pointed into the sun and lets the photographer use it for some stunning photos. Wondering round with it you feel its a camera that fits in, isn’t out of place and lets you enjoy using it. Overall I swear less when I’m using it then I did its older brother and beating the x100 is no mean feat.
Anyway, I’ll let you enjoy a few photos from it.