Fuji First time X100 user

Lieven

Regular
Jul 5, 2012
33
Italy
Got my (used) X100 in the post yesterday evening. Decided to buy one now as prices have come down quite a lot recently and I can't afford to spend a lot. Unpacking was a happy event, does that little camera remind me one of my Minolta's of yesteryear!

Fuji X100

Fuji X100 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Minolta AL-F

Minolta AL-F by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

After reading through the manual I took the new camera out for a very short walk to the post office, 150 m from my house and took some pics. Luckily I live in a very interesting little village (just look up San Sperate on Flickr, it's worth it).

I am a strict Aperture Priority Mode shooter, want full control on ISO (that's what the fn button is for no), even if I plan to try out Auto Iso on this camera, need only one central AF area and will gladly recompose holding the AE-L button. And I shoot Raw, because I consider post production (be it in the dark room of olden days or the light room of nowadays) an integral part of my photography.

That said, the in camera jpegs are really good! I've already set the camera up with 3 custom settings for 'special' colours (aping one of my Sigma DP2's settings ... I admit).

San Sperate (Sardinia, Italy), November 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

And one B&W custom setting, trying to emulate - at least a little bit - Ricoh's High Contrast B&W.

San Sperate (Sardinia, Italy), November 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Back home has seen me wrestling with Fuji's Silkypix Raw Converter a bit, leading to some interesting results. In camera jpegs are very good - as you would expect when comparing them with the DP2's - but I think I like the artistic expression of moulding files in a raw converter much more. Some comparisons: in camera jpegs first, then processed raw files.


In camera jpeg
San Sperate (Sardinia, Italy), November 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Processed raw
San Sperate (Sardinia, Italy), November 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

In camera jpeg
San Sperate (Sardinia, Italy), November 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Processed raw
San Sperate (Sardinia, Italy), November 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Ever since switching to digital photography I have been searching for a 'digital version' of my trusty old Nikon FM2 with standard 50mm 1.8 lens. Might I have found the one? Certainly this little Fuji gets to you very quickly.
 

rbelyell

All-Pro
May 14, 2013
88
NY Mtns
very interesting and enjoyable photos. imo the original X sensor kicks subsequent xtrans to the curb. just my opinion. were i to buy fuji again, it would ONLY be the original x100.
 

donlaw

Hall of Famer
Sep 14, 2012
124
Texas
Don
I have the original X100 too. Great camera make sure you have the latest firmware. fuji did a nice job updating this one.
 

porchard

Veteran
Feb 3, 2013
43
Devon, UK
Nice work - it looks as though you've 'tuned in' to Rawtherapee. IMO it's a great piece of software, which continues to reward, the further one delves into it. There's so much that can be done with it, and I can't get results to match it from any other of my processing software. Geometry editing is not its strong suit, but for colours and details processing, I find it to be superb.
Let's see some more results, when you have them to hand.:bravo-009:
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
I really like the look of Rawtherapee, and tried to use it instead of Photoshop, but its latest version for Mac doesn't work with the newest beta so I'm back to square one. Lieven, you've done great here, love all versions but my leaning for favourites is toward the colour, of each.
 

Lieven

Regular
Jul 5, 2012
33
Italy
Took a stroll in the small village of Giorgino near Cagliari this morning. Once a little isolated fishermens' outpost, now surrounded by the harbour. Strictly B&W shooting, even if I do have processed some of the files in colour, and yes they do look good as well. But not on show here ;-) I'm shooting the X100 exclusively in aperture priority, using only full stops (not used to the thumb switch yet) and heavily relying on the good old measure-press AEL-and recompose trick. Dangerously close to what I used to do with the old FM2 and FE. I'm freely switching between EVF (for subject matter as below) and OVF (for 'people' shots as can be seen on my Flickr page). All pics then post processed in Raw Therapee where I've created several colour and B&W profiles which I elaborate on when I feel it necessary.

Giorgino, Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), December 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Giorgino, Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), December 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Giorgino, Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), December 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Giorgino, Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), December 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr

Giorgino, Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), December 2014 by Lieven Loots, on Flickr
 

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