The Fujifilm X100S is no slouch. It doesn’t have the pedigree or the history of the Leica M series cameras but at $1300, you can buy nearly 7 of them for the price of the Leica M and the 28mm f2.8 Elmarit lens. I got to use both cameras at the same time last Friday on 6th Street. A couple of days ago, I wrote about my thoughts on the Leica M with plenty of examples. This time, I’ll do the same for Fuji X100S. All photos in this post are from the X100S. Keep in mind, this is not going to be a head to head comparison. That won’t be fair. I’ve only shot the Leica M for a couple of hours, with at most, several hundred frames. I’ve had the Fuji since March and have shot close to 20,000 pictures with it. It takes a while to get to know a camera and optimize its usage and image post-processing. That said, I’ve tried to include similar photos, when possible. You can compare these images to the ones I took with the Leica M.……..
You ever have one of those things in your life that always seems to frustrate, but you just can’t seem to part with it emotionally? Many folks have had that car, that burned oil, would randomly not start (and by randomly I mean at the most inconvenient time possible), yet anytime someone would recommend you get rid of it, you’d quickly start making excuses on why you should keep it. I’m not talking about that total lemon that you would do anything to get rid of, I’m talking about that turd that everyone hated but you. It wasn’t the fastest thing. It wasn’t the prettiest or the most comfortable. And in many cases, it wasn’t even an issue with money that was preventing you from ditching old Betsy and getting something better. Perhaps there were simply some fond memories with the car. Some long road trips, sexual encounter(s), its as your first car……maybe you just really like that color. Could be it was a hand-me-down from pops…..
Now we all know that Jimi had many things right. I mean a generation of people learned a new and brilliant way of thinking. Well, Jimi said one thing that I find as an untruth. “….ain’t no life nowhere….”. Well, here in Philly with Andre’ the Fuji X100s, if you look around “….there’s life everywhere….”. When I was younger and had more innocence, hmmmmmm well innocence for sure, I would see the world as interesting place photographically. I adopted a premise for my work while in VietNam. See, I was surrounded by life of all forms but in a fraction of a second, the world was transformed to a place where nightmares are real and not dreams, friends I talked with and ate with and smokes with were no longer a part of this world and now they would be memories that would haunt me to my elderly age and still live inside my soul and mind…..
Sometimes it’s the little things that count? Like the absent-minded touch of a loved one, or a stray beam of sun slipping through thick cloud and illuminating your child as she plays in the park (which is great, because you lost that kid years ago). Or this: It’s my new Lensmate thumbrest and I love it so……
Paul Schlemmer; Nomadic Fuji X photographer tells us Why I chose Fuji to Making a living from photography & gives us a peek in his camera bag …..
In part one I put the new Fuji TCL through it’s paces to see how well it would perform in a studio portrait environment. In part two I take it outside to see how it does in more everyday situations. First off, I headed over to the seawall on a bright, blue sky day. Walking around shooting at the beach was a breeze, pun intended, and overall the TCL was a pleasure to shoot with outdoors. The following shots are all straight out of camera with Lightroom v5.5 Lens Correction applied, except for a couple of adjustments that I’ve noted in each image caption…….
I haven’t blogged for a while now, but loads of things happened in the last couple of months. Couple of photo shoots, weddings, holiday, new website and a new camera… What, new camera? Oh, yeah. I finally said good bye to my Canon kit and got an X-T1 with a 56mm lens to accompany my X-Pro1 and X100s. Wasn’t an easy decision, but time will tell. So far I’m loving it, but because I have plenty of editing to do, I haven’t spent huge amount of time with it. My lovely wife and I spent a week in Tokyo in the middle of July and it was amazing. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with the city and the people in it. The following images are just a little preview from our trip. All photos were taken with the Fuji X100s and the new X-T1……
Today while I was conducting a commercial session I decided to run a quick test. I wanted to compare my work camera, the Canon 1DX using Sigma’s new Art 50mm Lens against my Fuji X100S with the TCL X100 teleconverter attached. Both images were shot using the same studio strobes and modifiers. Camera settings on both units was ISO 200, 1/160th shutter speed, f6.3. Obviously both focal lengths were 50mm. For those who may be sneaky, I’ve removed the EXIF data. It’s quite remarkable what the little Fuji paired with the TCL X100 can do. After all it’s only about a $6,049.00 difference at suggested retail! Smile or no smile, which is which? …..
Well, if your a regular follower of this blog, you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted too much in the last few weeks. No excuses either. No, I’ve been making some photos, not many but some. Nah. Not really sick, The VA with all the bad press, takes good care of me. We’ll i do have a passing but recurring illness. It’s a case of Igotlazytopostontheblogitis. Olivier was no help during this time of perpetual laziness. He just kept telling what needed to be done and the deadline. Ya know what I need from the world at this point of time is not photography and it’s not my intent to say everything is just a pretty picture. I am and have always been a CNN addict. That just means that I want to know what is going on in the world. The new effects me in different ways. For example, I am near to the Cold War in the Home front. Tanya and I don’t see eye to eye on the Ukrainian War. What does this have to do with photography? …..
For the record, the studio is possibly one of the worst environments to test and judge the TCL-X100, but it’s where I needed to use it, so take the following with a grain of salt if you have no intentions of using yours in this environment. I’m not a pixel peeper, and you won’t see any charts, graphs, or fancy, mathematical, technical terms here. I judge gear by how easy or difficult it is to work with in the field, and the image results I get. I’m a touchy, feely kind of shooter who loves a piece of gear or an image if it feels right. First, a little backstory on why I purchased the TCL. I’ve been using the x100 now for three years. Initially I purchased the x100 for shooting street. Almost immediately the small camera that could became my favorite camera ever. I love the fast, bright f2.0 35mm equivalent lens, and have never really had issues with it being fixed. In fact, not being able to change lenses has been more of a blessing than a curse. I also own a X-Pro1 that I use for street and studio work. Recently, while working on a long-term portrait project, my 60mm lens on my X-Pro1 started having focusing issues and I was forced to send it in for repair…..