© 2012 Stephen Sheridan

Week 31 – Early Autumn Triptych

Just for the fun of it, a little early autumn triptych. All of these shots were taken while on a nature walk with my son Jack. Jack brought along his camera too and took some interesting shots of bugs, sticks, stones, and stingers.

For this little nature walk I took along the Fuji X100. I’ve been playing with the camera over the last while trying to get used to its little ways. At times I’m blow away by the files this camera produces and at times I’m less then happy with its focusing ability. I guess I’m spoilt coming from the Nikon world with super fast and accurate focusing of the D700. In my opinion, to get the best out of the Fuji X100 you have to jump between the OVF (optical view finder) and EVF (electronic view finder) and even between Autofocus and Manual focus modes depending on the situation.

There’s a lot to love about this camera, its size, ergonomics, focal length, hybrid viewfinder, classic styling etc, etc. But there is one thing I would love to see Fuji put on a camera like this. Proper geared manual focus, instead of electronic focus by wire. Its not just this camera. I had the same issues with the Lumix GF1 and a bunch of other mirrorless micro 4/3 cameras I’ve tried. I think there is a sense of detachment between the camera and the photographer with focus by wire when you turn the focus ring. Compare this with realtime brain to hand to lens camera focusing when using manual focus on a DSLR or rangefinder camera and you will feel like your operating on a half second delay. Fuji enhanced the manual focus with recent firmware upgrades, it doesn’t take as many turns of the focus ring to go from near to infinity now, but its still not great. That’s the beauty of geared focus rings, there is no delay. Especially if the lens is engineered well, it takes very little rotation to lock on target.

All in all though, I really like the X100. For me its a great compromise between full blown DSLR and compact camera. The image quality is brilliant and the high ISO capabilities are great considering the sensor size. I’m also impressed with the metering and dynamic range this camera can capture. The built ND filter is also very handy when you want to use shallow depth of field on a bright day. Add in other little features like the ability to sink flash at really high shutter speeds and its insane ability to balance the onboard flash with ambient light and you would have to consider the Fuji X100 as your go to camera of choice if you already own a DSLR.

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