A late afternoon walk with the Fuji X100

Fuji X100


A late afternoon walk with the Fuji X100. Coming back to the Fuji X100, and in particular the viewfinder, was a pleasurable experience. Just using it gives rise to the thought, why aren't all viewfinders like this? Maybe they will be one day. 


Fuji X100


In some ways its a bit of an illusion. The actual framing area is actually quite small, but having the area around it gives the impression that its big and bright. It is similar to using a rangefinder and a lens that has a small frame. One of its great advantages is that my pictures are a lot straighter with it. I'm actually quite bad at level horizons and generally have to fix them in Photoshop, but the Fuji gives a nice guide.


Fuji X100


Some of the early ones apparently had the frame lines not quite straight which led to a few problems. However posts about that seem to be receding. 


Fuji X100


Like on a rangefinder I do get slightly more in the picture than the frame lines indicate, though its certainly not as bad as the Leica M9. 


Fuji X100


Its certainly a wonderful camera to work with. It is very different to anything I've used before, and the viewfinder and handling (which I am getting used to) are unique. This "freshness" combined with the retro look contributes to the somewhat strange sensation of using a modern piece of history. I know that doesn't make any sense, but thats the best way I can describe it.