I had never tried it since I don't have the hood (or filters). I just tried, though, and its very tight, but after working at it for about 10 seconds or so it finally broke free and then unscrewed very easily. So I think it just needs a bit of urging, but probably not a plumbers wrench.
The bigger, heavier, better put-together thing may just be pride of ownership poking its ugly little head up
The interface takes some getting used to - not nearly as intuitive as most other modern cameras, but once you spend some time with it, you figure out how to do what you need to do pretty quickly. Nonetheless, you can get there from here and hopefully Fuji will make it easier to get there from here in a reasonable amount of time.
David, since I am still in the waiting game mode, I have to live vicariously through you all. Is the leather case you mention the Fuji X100 "standard" case? And can it function as a half case? I've started to think about accessories..and even an extra battery... Maybe if I buy the extras the real thing will come?
You can get aftermarket batteries and chargers for the X100 all over the place. Long before I had the X100 I'd bought a couple of aftermarket batteries and a charger (that doesn't require the cord and doesn't have a little plastic piece that's way too easy to lose and that won't work without it!). I think I paid about $10 each for the batteries and $15 or so for the charger. Fuji uses this same battery in other cameras so it shouldn't be hard to find if you don't care about it being a Fuji branded battery.I did order an extra battery but there are none available at the moment.
Optical viewfinder great. Image playback not so great - I must adjust it if I can. EVF is a great fall back and not so fiddly, but I just love the OVF.
Very fiddly. The OVF takes ages to come on and sometimes mysteriously disappears - its probably me.
The image playback can be turned off or set to 1.5 seconds or longer or can be set to stay on until you touch something (like the shutter button). I sometimes turn it off altogether but often leave it on for 1.5 seconds. Come on just long enough to see if I have some horrible disaster happening in the shot but reverts back to the OVF pretty fast. I love the little trick of looking through the OVF for the shot, having the EVF take over momentarily to show you what you've shot, and then switching back to the OVF automatically and quickly. Nice little piece of engineering in that and after a couple of days I was taking it for granted - life's not fair that way!
The OVF should not take ages to come on. Turn off all energy saving settings and turn on "quick startup" or whatever its called. Set it to never ever go to sleep - it really doesn't like waking up. Just turn it off if you're not shooting for long enough to want it to go to sleep. You can turn it on a LOT faster than it will wake up from a nap - very cranky that way. And carry an extra battery as the price to pay for all of that lack of energy savings. When I turn my camera on and raise it to my eye, the OVF comes up the moment it recognizes that my eye is to the viewfinder and it switches from the screen on back to the viewfinder. As close to instant as I could want.
No, not for beginners, and yes, a TON of fun to shoot with. Your images show the camera's capabilities well. Love those daisies!
Do you have any idea both how happy you've made me, David - and how impatient?!?!? Seriously, love to read the good news! I'm so impatient though!
Heading over to look at your pictures shortly!