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An Amateur’s Take on the Fujifilm X100S

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Today’s post is about a camera. So, photography geeks, grab a coffee, because we’re gonna get our nerd on.

Backstory

For almost two years, I’ve been looking for a camera that can serve as a travel/everyday backup to my big-rig Canon 5D Mark III DSLR, until Chris Schmitt Photography was able to help me out with this. The full-frame Canon is more camera than just about anyone needs, and its files are flat-out astonishing. But – it’s big. Carrying the Canon with pro glass I feel less like a photographer and more like a Navy SEAL. I need something that fits between the Canon and my iPhone.

Over the last 18 months, I’ve tried (and sold) more cameras than I care to admit: the Fuji X100 (the original model), Sony NEX–5N, Sony NEX–7, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony RX–100. Not a bad camera in the bunch, but they weren’t what I needed.

I wanted something fairly small (pocketable not necessary) with a big enough sensor to let me do decent available-light shooting and occasionally get some reasonable bokeh at a wide aperture. I shoot family, pets, daily life and some street photography when I have a chance.

What I didn’t know is that I really wanted a fixed-lens camera. I learned through many trips and photowalks that (a) I didn’t use much zoom at all, and (b) I found big, protruding lenses (even small ones like the Sony E-mount and Micro Four-Thirds glass) bothersome. A prime lens became a natural fit for me.

This is the problem with being an amateur whose skills are (slowly) growing: you don’t necessarily know what you don’t know. Until you do know.

Enter the Fujifilm X100S

Let me be very clear: I am an amateur photographer. This mini-review is coming form someone who is used to DSLRs but still learning, but is beyond simplified cameras that make access to key settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, metering mode, autofocus point selection) difficult without wading through endless menus. I’m a tweener, as it were.

There are dozens of excellent X100S reviews on the web, most notably those from Zack Arias and David Hobby. Both of these guys are expert photogs who have forgotten more than I know, so I figured some impressions of the camera from a rank amateur/enthusiast might be welcome.

ISO 400, f/4, 1/210

ISO 400, f/4, 1/210

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 4/15/11

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Know This

Longer body, longer life?

Amazon introduces $114 ad-supported Kindle to combat Apple’s iPad.  A $25 discount to have your reading experience smattered with ads?  How about a free Kindle with ads?  That’s more like it.  I don’t see the $25 incentive as being anywhere near worth the intrusion of ads while you try to relax and read a book.

How prone are we these days to be quick to criticize?  Consider this little social experiment: someone posted the first page of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest online to Yahoo Answers to solicit ‘feedback’ for ‘his’ book.  The crowd was ruthless.  The moral?  No matter how good something might be you post online, most people, hiding comfortably behind keyboards, will harshly criticize the work — even if it’s a page out of one of the best pieces of contemporary works of fiction ever written.

Clorox made the decision to drop BlackBerry in favor of phones employees want.  The company offered workers a choice of Apple’s iPhone, various Android models, and Windows 7 devices.  The result?  92% chose the iPhone.

$69 for a hot dog.  Not a joke.

Read This

The power of observing and talking to real humans.  Good stuff by Bob Sutton.

The new guy’s computer.  Great blog post by 37signal’s new hire Trevor about how he sets up a new Mac and the tools he can’t live without.  Total nerd fodder here.

Watch This

As part of his inventor expose, David Friedman profiled Steven Sasson, the creator of the now-ubiquitous digital camera.  Here’s the video.

This movie shows all Unicode characters (almost 50,000 of them) at a rate of one per frame for more than a half hour.  Did you have any idea there were so many?

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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