Christmas in April

April 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

My new Fujifilm Finepix X100S just arrived from B&H.  I've been lusting after this camera since the original X100 came out but couldn't pull the trigger due to concerns over autofocusing and buffer speed.  Fuji apparently was listening and fixed both for the X100S.  I've only had it for a few hours, but here are my first impressions:

  • Build quality is exquisite.  The dials have just the right amount of resistance and click into place perfectly.  It feels closer to my old Pentax SP500 than my D7000, in a good way.  It feels expensive.  Which it is.  
  • The viewfinder, both in optical and electronic modes, is really good.  Noticeably brighter than the D7000 (which is a great viewfinder in my opinion).  Can't wait to play around more with the focus-peaking and split-image modes.  
  • The menus... I hope I get used to.  One of the things I like most about DSLRs is that commonly used settings have dedicated buttons and aren't buried in menus.  This is also my first Fuji camera, so it's going to take some getting used to.
  • Some of it is really simple and intuitive though.  Want to put in in aperture priority?  Set the shutter-speed dial to "A" and turn the aperture ring to the f-stop you want.  Want it in shutter-priority?  Put the aperture ring to "A" and set your shutter speed.  Both manual?  Both "A."  Fully manual?  Set 'em both where you want 'em.  Super simple. 

Hopefully I can sneak out at lunch or after work tomorrow and find out what really matters - what the photos look like.  

Until then, keep on shooting.  

-PSF 


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