Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fuji X100

I picked up a X100 (for the second time) this past weekend. Those who may have followed my make life well blog might remember a write up I did on the camera, and why I ended up selling it.

A few things have changed since then, mostly the fact that I no longer owned a digital camera of any kind (switched to shooting only film for a few years to really learn photography) and I wanted a good quality go everywhere camera that wasn't as big as a DSLR, had full manual control and a fast lens. The X100 meets those requirements. And with an APS-C sized sensor (same size as say a digital canon rebel) it has some pretty great image quality. I may write a more in-depth review later, but since the camera's been around for almost a year, there's already heaps of info on the web about it.

All in all it's a great camera that I'm glad to have back in the tool box.


Bob said...

I saw you were starting to use film recently, but I thought you did most of your shooting with a Canon 5D.

What do you think you've learned from film that a manual digital wouldn't teach you? Or is it the fact that with film you really need to think carefully to make sure you get it right because you don't get the instant feed back?

Jerome said...

Hey Bob,

I did used to shoot a lot with my 5Dmk2, but I've recently committed 100% to film.

I have shot in full manual (except focus of course, cause that would be a little crazy) and I certainly understand photography, how the technical aspects work and how to get in my mind recorded. But with film, there's a little more hesitation and consideration when shooting. When you shoot a creative or family session and can't see what you've done until the subjects are gone, you double check everything more carefully that you would in digital. I feel like film requires more of a commitment from the photographer, and ultimately, if you're good digital shooter, it may not translate to being able to shoot film well. But, if you're a good film shooter, you will be just as good shooting digital.

Also, I love the colour and texture. I think that film has a character all it's own. Digital to me seems almost too perfect and in a way, lifeless or soulless. Over the past 2 years I've averaged over 150 photos per day, every day. No joke. I've thought a lot about the decision to shoot only film for paying work, and it's where I'm at for the next two years. By then hopefully I'll have it down pat:)