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.
And another shot (1/105, f/7.1, ISO 200):
More later on about my feelings of TCL-X100 in indoors shooting.
Dubrovnik Old Town, Croatia.
I was amazed how cool these iconic roofs look like in B&W.
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:
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.
…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!
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.