X100

I detached the tele converter

Today I decided to detach the TCL-X100 tele converter from my Fuji X100. Why so? I purchased it to get a 50 mm focal length to make the X100 better portrait camera and to get that FoV in general. The tele converter was working very nicely in outdoor use but I was not so happy with it indoors in poor lighting conditions. My intention was to use my Ricoh GR (28 mm equivalent) with my Fuji X100 with the tele converter (50 mm equivalent) to get two-camera combo which is small in size. Actually the X100 is not any small camera when the TCL-X100 is attached to it. That combination is almost same size (and actually heavier) than my Fuji X-Pro1 with XF 35/1.4 lens attached. And of course the XF 35/1.4 lens is much better than the tele converter. Sharper and faster. So, if I want a 28/50 mm combo the best option would be the GR with X-Pro1.

Actually I have used my Fuji X100 a lot as a portrait camera with its standard 35 mm equivalent lens. And I have been pleased for the results every time. Actually I like more ”environmental” portraits with some visible background. Here are some examples of that kind of portraits shot with X100 in its standard configuration:

Jenni at the Old Town walls

 

Puddle love

Tiitus at the beach

Up and happy

 

Relaxing

Happy pilot

I am so tall!
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50 mm view with Fuji X100 outdoors

I have been testing my Fuji X100 with a TCL-X100 tele converter and I am very pleased about the results when shooting outdoors with apertures 4 to 8. With that aperture range the tele converter delivers very sharp results with lots of details. I also like the 50 mm view which is a very classical one. I feel that I could go even to f/2.8 in good lighting conditions but f/2 is not so nice anymore. Well, it is okay but not fantastic. But that is the situation with X100’s 35 mm equivalent lens anyways; it is not that sharp at f/2.

So, outdoors the tele converter really shines with smaller apertures. The shot below was taken with the following settings: 1/80, f/5.6, ISO 640.

Snowy road

And another shot (1/105, f/7.1, ISO 200):

488

More later on about my feelings of TCL-X100 in indoors shooting.

Famous red roofs in monochrome

Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia.

I was amazed how cool these iconic roofs look like in B&W.

Old Town roofs B&W

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, Croatia, what a beautiful place to visit. I was there only four days with my wife to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary but both of us fell in love for this place almost immediately. Old culture, old buildings, beautiful Adriatic Sea, and very friendly people. What more can you wish.

Greetings from Dubrovnik, Croatia! 10-year Anniversary Old Town posters "Large" cup of coffee in Old Town Large Onofrio Fountain Old Town roofs I Old Town roofs II Candles in a church

What comes to camera gear I had only my Fuji X100 with me (plus iPhone) and it served me wonderfully throughout the trip. No hassling with lens changes or zooming – just shooting. Very liberating. Its 35mm equivalent lens is really a gem for general shooting. And JPEGs all the way; with Fuji cameras (X100 and X-Pro1 which I own) I do not shoot RAWs anymore. Really no need for that. I used OVF 99% of the time and really enjoyed that too.

OVF fun

I have been lately using optical viewfinder (OVF) extensively with my Fuji X100. Such a great feeling to use a superbly bright viewfinder. No electronic one can compete. OVF is so fast – no lack of course. And you can see more than you get. Very handy indeed. I have not been using any photo preview with my cameras for some time now. I do not need always the immediate response to see the shot I just took. This of course makes shooting so much faster and it also makes me feel more free. Just concentrate on shooting not previewing the shots.

If your camera has an OVF just use it. Learn it. It will be fun.

Few photos shot using OVF with my X100:

 

Shallow DoF with Fuji X100

My long time Flickr friend Richard asked me in my last post that how shallow DoF I can achieve with Fuji X100. Here are two quick snapshots to demonstrate how shallow DoF and how smooth bokeh I’m about to achieve. Both shots are F2, 1/100, and ISO 2000. Both are shot using macro mode. 

 

 

 

Interesting times…

…photography-wise. Yesterday I downloaded Lightroom 4 beta and tested it little bit. I found it very nice and it may be so that I could be ex-Aperture user in the future. Even though I like Aperture’s UI much more than LR’s there are quite many things processing-wise that are more pleasing in LR. I found especially the new shadows and highlights sliders very nice in LR 4 beta. Shadows slider for example is now adjusting shadow areas very accurately not touching the mid-tones. That’s quite a huge improvement. All the minor changes in develop module are very welcome. And now the adjustment brush corresponds the basic adjustment module which is also a welcomed thing. Now LR is having a map module too which is nice because I usually map my shots. 

Another interesting announcement was Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 camera. I have Fuji’s X100 compact and I really love it. Now there will be opportunity to have an interchangeable lens camera which shares same ideology as X100. I love the analogue approach in the high-end digital cameras. And of course the image quality of X100 is vey good indeed and I am sure X-Pro1 will be at least as good in that department. The prime lenses they announced with the camera body seem to be great ones! 

X100 – my next camera?

I have been drooling after Fujifilm Finepix X100 since it was introduced in Photokina 2010. It is just what I want to complement my 5D Mark II. It has a nice large APS-C sized sensor, hopefully wonderful 23mm/f2 (equivalent to 35mm) Fujinon lens, both optical and electronic viewfinders (actually a hybrid one), and great looks! The lens is fixed focal length non-interchangeable which is just what I’ve been looking for sometime now. I really think that 5D Mark II will be my only camera with interchangeable lenses if I will get the X100. Then I will sell my E-P1 (with three lenses I have for it) or give it to my wife.

More info about X100 here.