X100S

In need of fixed prime lens

Definitely. Small camera with a fixed prime lens. Want one. Not totally sure yet if it will be an X100S or GR. I've read now quite many reviews on X100S and I am very convinced about it. I was enjoying my late X100 and can't see why I would not enjoy its improved version. Ricoh GR is still little bit of a mystery to me but of course mysteries are intriguing.

A sunflower to brighten your day! Shot with X100, btw.

Simplifying

It seems that life is never simple enough. At least when it comes to camera gear. I am now using m4/3 system (Olympus OM-D and several prime lenses) as my camera system. It is very fantastic camera but I still feel something is missing from the user experience. Or should I say I’m having too much stuff for the proper user experience. I highly recommend to read Jesse’s blog. He is a fellow photographer and blogger pondering the same kind of things and now he has found a solution which seems to work for him.

I have some fantastic m4/3 lenses (e.g. M.ZUIKO 45/1.8 and 75/1.8). But I’m still frustrated every time when I have to change lenses. I am never just picking the camera up and shooting. It seems I really need a camera which liberates me from this. Something simple and beautiful. It does not have to be a all round system. I do not need that kind of a camera. I need a camera which will make think. But after I have picked the camera up. At the moment I am thinking too much for the right lens choices before I am even touching the camera.

Maybe Fuji X100S would be that kind of a camera? A liberating one. When browsing through my Flickr set for X100 shots I realized how versatile that beauty really is. From great close-ups to nice landscapes. And everything in between. Just with that 35mm focal length.

Another tempting option would be Sony RX1 but it is really expensive. Should I say fortunately very expensive because I have said in many blog posts that full frame is not my thing.

Well I know some people will say that I will be missing longer focal lengths if I choose X100S. That may well be true. Solution for that would be a zoom lens camera like Sony RX100. But then I would be frustrated in zooming back and forth. It is similar thing for the user experience as is the lens changing thing. For longer focal length maybe the new Sigma DP3M (with a 75mm equivalent lens) would be an option. I know, I know. I just sold my DP2M. But anyways. Just a suggestion for myself. Check out these DP3M sample photos.

Summarizing this it seems that I would like to simplify my camera gear through most complicated ponderings. Nothing new in that actually. Still looking to the future open-minded as Herkko does in the shot below.

It seems I have to do some S(mart) moves

As some of my readers may know I am always doing very fast moves considering camera purchases. Usually too fast moves. But now it seems that I have to do a S(mart) move soon.

What I mean here is that Fuji has will be announcing a new X100S in CES next week. And I have to say that the specs of that beauty really rock! I really loved my late X100 but still something was missing. The new S incorporates even faster AF, focus peaking, and new split image system (for manual focusing). They replace the old APS-C sensor with new version of X-Trans sensor which produces fantastic images but do not have decent RAW support yet. I hope Adobe and Apple and others would now see that X-Trans sensors are here to stay and develop good RAW support for that sensor type.

I am very excited about the S. I would like to offer a loving home for it.

More about its specs here.