X100s

Camera
7D
Lens
28mm
Tv
1/100
Av
f/4.0
ISO
3200
There's been a lot of buzz about the Fuji X100S since it was announced and now I finally join the ranks of X series owners.

Getting this camera has been an adventure in itself. I ordered mine from Futureshop the day it was availble for preorder.
Then I learned that Futureshop are terrible for keeping you in the loop on your order.

Three delays, and a month later (with no notice from them), I finally cancelled and ordered from dZone2 HK on Ebay.
I got my camera in perfect condition, with zero shutter usage, within 4 days of ordering. And it was cheaper than Futureshop too.
So yeah...

Anyway I've been anxious to try this camera out, so here are some impressions:

First Impressions

The camera is instantly both eye catching and completely inconspicuous.
The body isn't compact camera tiny, but it's about the height and width of my Galaxy S3, so fairly pocketable.
Camera
7D
Lens
30mm
Tv
1/40
Av
f/2.8
ISO
640

The camera is pretty tiny compared to everything in my house

My main reason for getting it was that I was tired of lugging my Canon 7D around.

The 7D is a great camera but maaan is it heavy. In comparison, I just walked for 5 hours around Vancouver and didn't even notice the X100S.

Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/900
Av
f/4.0
ISO
800
The camera itself is pretty quirky coming from an SLR.
Things like the parallax in the viewfinder, the different modes that force you into EVF or switching to Macro mode really threw me off at first. But even then, the image quality is enough to make you realize it's worth sticking with it.

so today I walked all around Vancouver to get myself aquainted, and I think I'm really falling in love with this.

Invisible

One of the greatest features about this camera is that nobody notices you.
Or if they do notice you, it's because they're intrigued by the retro stylings.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/500
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Unlike an SLR, where people will avoid you, people are totally fine with you taking pictures of them with this.
It took me a good while to get used to that. Usually I have to be very sneaky or shy about candid photos. I have to hope nobody hears the mirror slap and shutter chunk.

This camera is silent. This camera lets me get near people without them reacting. That's a gamechanger for me.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1250
Av
f/2.8
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/340
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400

Lens

I've heard a lot of mixed things about this lens.
People are quick to say how sharp it is, but also that you need to be atleast f2.8 or f4. They also mention the flaring.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/280
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/40
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Both negatives are pretty true.
The lens flares like crazy in the sun, so I think investing in a hood is necessary. That said, the flare is sort of appealing? It has this vintage look to me, whereas my other lenses would give me something more Star Trek in nature.
The sharpness is true too. At f2, it's pretty soft.
It's not a dealbreaker, the images are still pretty good, but you will notice it for sure.
At f2.8 and above, the lens is ridiculously sharp. I can zoom into feather on birds and see all their glorious details.

Noise

Noise? What noise?

This blows away my Canon 7D and a lot of other cameras for noise control.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/6
Av
f/4.0
ISO
3200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/2000
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
This will be my go to camera for low light stuff now.

AutoFocus

This has been a big contention point for this camera.
The old X100 was notorious for its slow AF, and this was meant to fix that with on sensor phase detection.

Unfortunately a lot of people are noticing that on firmware 1.01, that it's equal to or worse than its' predecessor.

In use though, and I'm on FW 1.01, it's been rock solid even in fading light.
I can easily compare it to my 7D and it only comes out marginally behind.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1250
Av
f/2.8
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/500
Av
f/2.8
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1000
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Honestly, I think AF is a non issue on this.
At dusk, a guy on a motorbike went wizzing by me, and I still managed to lock focus.

Colors

Everyone keeps going on about FUji colors, and I can see why.
The camera has beautiful color reproduction and the various film modes each have their own subtle flavor that I like.
But Black and White has stolen my heart.


Seriously, the black and white modes on this camera, especially the Yellow filter, are gorgeous.
It looks so cinematic and filmlike, I had to force myself to switch back to color.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1800
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/240
Av
f/5.6
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/120
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400

ND Filter

One last thing that I greatly underestimated liking, was the ND filter.
Vancouver can be really tempermental with its' weather and lighting, so being able to accomodate a very sunny moment right after barely any light is great.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/220
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
I've assigned my Fn button to toggle my ND on and off.
Like a lot of people, I wish this was exposed in the Q Menu, but I think I'll stick with it on the Fn.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1400
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400

Conclusions

In the end, I'm very glad I bought this camera. It has gorgeous colors, great performance and is something I will carry around more often than my SLR.

It's a very niche product, but I don't think I'd hesitate to recommend it to friends.
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/900
Av
f/4.0
ISO
800
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/2000
Av
f/4.0
ISO
800
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1700
Av
f/4.0
ISO
800
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/125
Av
f/4.0
ISO
800
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/800
Av
f/4.0
ISO
800
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/170
Av
f/5.6
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/680
Av
f/5.6
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/140
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/125
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/180
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/75
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/280
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/2000
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/2000
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1200
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1900
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/2000
Av
f/4.0
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/1250
Av
f/2.8
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/350
Av
f/2.8
ISO
400
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/45
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/150
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/25
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/60
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/120
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/80
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/160
Av
f/4.0
ISO
200
Camera
X100S
Lens
23mm
Tv
1/13
Av
f/2.2
ISO
800