Back to the Future

14Mar11

Back to the Future

When I was a kid, not much more than about 10 years old, I saved up my pennies and bought myself a camera. The Fuji fixed lens compact camera on the left. I used that camera for many years, eventually replacing it with a little Casio digital.

Since then I’ve rediscovered my childhood interest in photography and for the last few years have been using stupidly big Canon DSLRs with their stupidly big lenses. Last weekend I made my inner 10 year old very happy and added a Fuji fixed lens compact. The Fujifilm X100 on the right.

This has been a hotly anticipated camera since it’s pre-announcement back in September. As well as looking gorgeous, it’s also rather special. It’s got the same size sensor as most digital SLRs (APS-C) and a 35mm equivalent f2 lens, so it’s great in low light.

It’s got an in-lens leaf shutter, so it’s almost silent in use. It’s got a hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder, so you can have framelines overlayed with shooting information or a through-the-lens SLR-style view. It’s small. It’s tactile. It’s very lovely indeed.

Taking it out for a first spin yesterday afternoon, I had a massive grin permanently attached to my face. This camera is wonderful. This camera is fun.

Daffodils

Early X100 – A set on Flickr

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2 Responses to “Back to the Future”

  1. 1 Elizabeth

    Drool. Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these in the U.S.A. Also looking forward to checking out your flickr stream as you use it more ;)

  2. Thanks Elizabeth. It really is a lovely camera.

    My big camera is a Canon 5D MkII, so I was looking for something a (lot) smaller to carry with me every day. The X100 has more than surpassed my expectations.

    It’s really well made and a real joy to use. Flicking between the OVF and EVF is seamless and I’ve found uses for both. Not only are there the manual controls, but should you need to dip into the menus these display in the EVF when the camera is up to your eye, so you never have to move the camera to change anything.

    I love it a lot. I hope you get yours soon.


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