Very low light with Fuji X100

Fuji X100
1/15th. sec. hand-held f/2 ISO 6400

This church is one of the darkest interiors I know. When the lights are switched off its actually difficult to see around it. I was always grateful I never had to shoot a wedding here. However it makes a wonderful place to do real world low light tests. 

Fuji X100
f/2.8 ISO 3200
Fuji X100
f/2 ISO 6400

Fuji X100
f/2 ISO 3200

Fuji X100
f/2 ISO 6400

As you see from the readings I was using ISO 3200 and 6400 and often at f/2. The top shot of the organ pipes was at 1/15th sec, f/2 and ISO 6400, which means its pretty dark. Indeed I could see very little via the optical viewfinder and when the image popped up in the viewfinder I was surprised by how light it was and the bright colours. It looked nothing like that in reality.

I did switch over to the EVF and the screen because in these situations the OVF was just too dark and the gain on the EVF was very useful. 

The results from the out of camera jpgs which I've used here, are very good indeed. I found it difficult to get equivalent results from the raw files. As noted before f/2 is a little soft, but very useable. 

All of this goes to show what everyone is saying, that the X100 is a superb low light camera. Fast lens, great high ISO performance and via the leaf shutter, the ability to shoot at quite low shutter speeds. This would have been a great camera to have shooting weddings, and I can see how with its silent shutter, wedding photographers would love this camera.

Overall very impressive.