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Lunar Eclipse in Beijing

As I get to play around more I hope to finally get some picture up of the Fujifilm X100 I have started using. Lots of site talks of ‘the most hyped camera’ of 2011 or whenever, and I bought it because I can actually use it. Yes, it has some faults, but it has many many qualities that make it an interesting choice for lots of photographers. And that includes bumbling amateurs like me who just try and enjoy taking pictures, but like to have something that can actually take what is wanted, and that requires minimal post processing. But I have little time, so cannot guarantee anything!
For those of you that may see this post looking for a review of the Fujifilm X100 I wish I had time to do one. Seriously, it deserves better press than a lot of what I have read. It really will make you happy about having a camera again, and just taking pictures that you like. The angle of the lens, the luminosity are totally perfect. It is not so much a question of zoom or lack of it, it is a question of having a field of vision that is natural and close to how you eyes see things, with a bit extra on the sides. You can see a shot and frame it, whip out your camera, and take it. Wander around with it, it makes no noise, it just looks nice. People will not feel embarrassed by having a large phallus thrust at them, nor will they feel that you are taking a picture with a toy.
Maybe more. Stay tuned. (lightly tuned)

Best review I read, this one made me decide to really go for it. Steve Huff’s review of the X100 he tried to take ‘real’ pix and you can see from even simple shots what makes you want the thing. It really brings out beauty in simple things 🙂
Most in need of refining and updating: DPReview they panned the camera, but many of their gripes are actually not borne out in real use. What is: video, but their gripes about it being sooo slow, no, it is slow but not that bad. However one of the main problems with the X100 – the autofocus is not fast enough. The X10 has clearly been updated in that respect. It is supposedly contrast autofocus and has some great control over what it focuses on and how small the focus area is, but it fails far too often and ‘hunts’ over the entire range. One thing to do, as it makes sense, is if you get it to autofocus once to the right spot, it to then switch to manual focus so you can continue shooting without having to worry about it focusing again. Next would be to also get it to do the Auto Exposure properly! I imagine a lot of these issues will get fixed with firmware upgrades, esp given that the X10 seems to suffer far less from these quibbles.
One other odd thing with the X100 (is this the ‘sticky aperture’?) is that it shows a perfect pic all ok, when you take it, it is overexposed. It needs to be retaken for the exposure to set properly. This means that when taking fast shots it is a problem, often it means you have to be sure to check your picture before moving to the next one.
To finish for the moment: the optical/live view viewfinder is quite something. If you have, like me, used rangefinder or viewfinder cameras (the Rollei 35 was my first real camera) for many years, you will appreciate the way it works, as it feels a very natural camera to use and the viewfinder is the icing, I have the viewfinder look (with other useful bits of info thrown in) and when I want, just flip over to the live view to make sure it is all as wanted.
And then the lens is crazy good. I loved the Zeiss lens on the Rollei 35, I thought it was not possible to get better for such a small package. This lens is better. My suspicion is, as it gets used more, people will realise that maybe it is one of the best fixed lenses ever made in the digital era, bar a couple of Leica lenses 😛