Fuji X100s

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I posted this photo as part of last Thursday’s Bloghop, and I thought you might be interested to see quality of the images from the camera. So here is the full frame. The woman was standing on the High Street in Edinburgh, trying to drum up business for Mercat Tours. I asked to take her photo and she was willing.

It is a strange thing though, don’t you think, to be asked for a photo? I’ve been asked a couple of times, and I am flattered and at the same time I also wonder ‘why’ – and I see the same thought process in the faces of the people I ask.

I have asked all kinds of people whether I can take their photo and I see a flicker of a question mark on their faces and then they almost always say yes.

woman-closeup And here is a crop from a small part of the full frame. Is is approximately 1/150th or 0.6% of the entire frame, so it gives you an idea of how much detail the camera is able to capture.

The camera has its limitations in that it is a fixed-lens camera with a focal length equal to 35mm in full frame – the same as a 35mm film camera. So no zoom – except with your feet.

Although the files are very detailed, there is a strange almost plastic quality to the images. I was talking to another Fuji owner a couple of weeks ago and he remarked on the same thing.

It’s in contrast to Nikon images, which have a kind of grittiness. I am guessing that either the Fuji is applying some kind of noise reduction that is smoothing even the RAW images or The images aren’t at their best in Photoshop. That’s possible because they are X-Trans files, which are slightly different to most cameras.

If it is a setting in the camera, then I have yet to find it. Not that that means a lot because although I have had the camera for several months I am still finding my way around the menus. It has by far the most idiotic (quixotic) set of menus and buttons of any camera I have owned.

A few weeks ago, through inadvertently pressing a button, I ‘lost’ a setting that I had got used to, and it took me ages to find it again.

But – and it’s a big but – the camera can produce some lovely images and it is small and compact. And it has an optical viewfinder. That’s a huge plus for me. I can’t work with the LCD in the back of some compacts, and SLRs with big viewfinders are much bigger cameras. I can slip the Fuji in a jacket pocket easily.

This is a photo of a comedian who appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. I forgive the camera all its buttons when it can produce files like this.

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