In the mist of last night madness in London, tea are served…note the riot police shield used as tray.
Fuji is expected to announce a second firmware update for the X100 this week. Here are some of the improvements brought to you by the Fujiguys: 1/3 stop adjustments now available in all modes. Red Eye Removal can be disabled when shooting RAW. You can get into the “FN” assignment menu by holding down the “FN” button for 3 secs. Exiting sleep mode now by pressing the shutter button on the Fuji X100. No longer required to hold halfway for a few sec. Size of AF Area is maintained even after switching between OVF/EVF/LCD. Holding down menu/ok button for 3s will lock outer function of the command dial (directional pad), Drive/Flash/WB/Macro. When “Eye Sensor” mode is enabled via “View mode” button, notice will appear briefly on the LCD indicating “Eye Sensor”. (Macro/ISO/Drive/DR/Self-timer/Flash) Modes, Settings maintained even with change of exposure mode/camera(off/on)/playback. With ISO Auto Controls set to ON, actual ISO sensitivity will be displayed on half-press of the shutter.
There are a few usability things that could be improved and I’m not completely comfortable with it yet (I don’t yet have finger memory like I do picking up a Canon) but I can’t argue with the image quality. At f/2 it is easily as sharp as any of my L glass is at 5.6.
The 7d spoils me with 100% viewfinder coverage, it gets a little weird using both. I’ll shoot one like it is the other- I had problems framing a wall with the 7d because I’m retarded. This isn’t a fault of the x100
The built in ND filter lets you shoot f/2 in bright sunlight. I only tried it once because I didn’t want to get too fancy the first time out. It works as advertised. The in camera panorama stitching is surprisingly neat.
There are parallax differences between the optical viewfinder and the lens if you’re close to an object. It can seem like the camera is blowing focus a lot but if you pay attention you’ll see that the focus is to the right of where you wanted it, this is the parallax. I figured it out in the 2 days of practice before I took it out and didn’t encounter it.
It takes too many turns of the focus ring for manual focus to be viable right now. The autofocus could be better. Extra batteries are a must but they are cheap and light. Formatting the card in camera can shave up to 7 seconds off the startup time. More as I think of it. Overall a very good experience. Going to be my daily carry with my 7d left at home until planned photowalks and the like.
(Source: Flickr / quietreverie)
Street photographer John Goldsmith has written a detailed review on Street Reverb Magazine:
“the autofocus is reasonably fast though not nearly as quick as my 5DMkII, even in great light. In short, I didn’t find the autofocus performance fast enough. In the case of the X100, the freezing EVF, the lack of a focus tool in the OVF, and the relatively slow autofocus, don’t leave any quick and reliable focusing options for speedily composing a street photograph. …
“This focus ring, which seems to have been dipped in high-grade honey, can take as much as 5 full rotations to move to the opposite end of the scale. Fortunately, if I understand the mechanisms of the camera, the focus is electronic, or fly-by-wire, and this suggests that a firmware update could be an easy fix.”
My Comment: x100 is a breed by itself - a range finder style camera with DSLR sensor. Comparing 5D MkII and x100 is like comparing Apple and Orange.