Fuji X100 imminent.

Fuji X100

With the imminent arrival (tomorrow?) of a Fuji X100 I took the opportunity to download a copy of the Fuji / Silkypix software to see how it worked with the raw samples available at Photography Blog.

Having had a pretty negative experience with Fuji software in the past, its nice to see that Sillypix have provided it for the X100. I've always quite liked Silkypix and they seem to be providing raw converters for other manufacturers, Pentax and Panasonic amongst them.

One of the interesting parts of the software are the Fuji film simulaters. Below are versions using a Standard and a Velvia setting.

As can be seen the Velvia version is somewhat more saturated. One of my reservations about many of the files that I saw posted from the X100, was that they were somewhat "flat". However the conversion software provides a number of different options to convert as you wish. Certainly the Velvia simulation gives very punchy results. Very encouraging for what I plan to use it for.

In terms of use, people are still talking about this camera as being for street photography. It does seem strange to assign a genre of photography to a camera. There are many uses a fixed lens compact with great high ISO performance could be put to, and street photography is merely one of them.

Since most of the "streets" I walk down look like this:-

Samsung NX100 20-50mm Zoom lens

I will certainly be producing a different kind of image with the X100.

Certainly when I used the Leica X1, I found it useful for all sorts of situations.

Leica  X1

Leica X1

Leica  X1

Leica X1

Leica X1

I imagine I will be using the X100 for much of the same.

Since ordering the camera, there have been a number of posts on forums concerning glitches and difficulties with the menus. Michael Reichmanns field tests with the camera certainly give indications of some "frustrations".

Unfortunately the reason I sold my X1 was because of frustrations with both the slow speed of many of the cameras functions and the difficulties it posed to my way of working. I'm hoping that the X100 will not give me a repetition of that.

Certainly, the camera in use has produced changes in how the camera is perceived. It seems to be less the camera thats going to change the world and more the usual new model with a few teething problems. As usual the reactions have swung in their somewhat exaggerated manner, and there are some that are positively vitriolic. I get the suspicion that many are the result of disappointment that merely using the camera hasn't turned the user into Cartier-Bresson, and the realisation that using such a sophisticated camera actually requires a bit of work, has come as a shock.

Its going to be interesting to see for myself.