Here are full frame and crops of a couple of photos I took today. I have a new camera – a Fuji X100s.

The way I came to buy it is that I had an Olympus E-PM1 with a 45mm lens – check here for a photo taken with it – and it was great except that the viewfinder was a slip-onto-the-hotshoe kind.

And it had an electronic viewfinder.

There’s something I don’t like about putting any kind of electronics between me and what I am looking at.

I tried a higher spec Olympus model – the E-M10 – and didn’t like it that much. It gets great reviews and I am sure it takes great photos, but it was somehow too small and chunky.

And it too has an electronic viewfinder.

The thing is that photographers keep writing how they are giving up their Nikon/Canon gear and moving to smaller cameras.

And I thought about selling my Nikon…

But I can work so fast with the Nikon and I don’t want to give up a camera that works so well and which has an optical viewfinder.

So the restriction of the X100s – which has a fixed lens and an optical viewfinder – solves the problem.

I still get to keep my Nikon and I can take the smaller camera out as a carry-around camera.

Why didn’t I just keep the E-PM1? I just didn’t get on with the hotshoe electronic viewfinder. It was OK – just not a pleasure.

I had the camera for about a year and it made nice photos – but slowly, slowly, the viewfinder started to nip away at the pleasure of photographing.

The X100s is different. I’ll write more about it when I have put in more time with it.


In Freebie and The Bean, Alan Arkin is a detective trying to run across the road with bullets zinging around him. He starts running and he’s almost across when his partner James Caan tells him he has to zig zag.

So Arkin runs back across the road to do it again, only properly.

I love the non sequitur of him running the risk of being shot crossing the road zig zagging, when he already crossed the road.

The building I saw today has some zig, but lacks in the zag department. It’s an installation being built in the grounds of the Modern Art Museum in Edinburgh.