Leica T (Typ 701) and Fuji X100s comparisons

Leica T (Typ 701) and Fuji X100s comparisons
'Since getting my Leica Summicron-T 23mm F2 ASPH Lens I now have the opportunity to see how this measures up against my Fuji X100s which also has a 23mm f/2 lens. I thought I would look at three things. How f/2 compares on each lens, what the jpgs. that are produced look like at ISO 200 and 3200 and how easy it is to manually focus the lenses.'
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Fuji X - flawed but irresistably addictive

Fuji X - flawed but irresistably addictive
'I think it's very simple. The Fuji X system looks like cameras and lenses are 'supposed to.' It's often described as 'retro' or 'old-school' and that's as good as description as any, but somehow Fuji seem to have connected with an across the generations group of photographers who don't see modern camera and lens design as particularly inviting.'
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FUJI X - X-Trans or Bayer CMOS Sensor? The Adobe Camera raw issue.

FUJI X - X-Trans or Bayer CMOS Sensor? The Adobe Camera raw issue.
'First off, let me make clear that this article relates to how the Fuji X-Trans sensor compares to the Bayer CMOS sensor in the Fuji X-A1, with regard to raw files processed in Photoshop CS6 / ACR and the OOC jpgs. Raw files processed in other software, such as Photo Ninja and Iridient Developer is a whole other story. In fact the raw files processed from either camera in either of these 'alternative' software apps are very similar (and incidentally very sharp and detailed) and for me, this is still the best way to see what a Fuji X camera + XF lenses is capable of. However, Lightroom and Photoshop are the most commonly used raw development software applications and this is where all the issues have occurred. I'll also been very critical of how Fuji process their out of camera jpgs. and I thought I'd deal with this also.'
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SONY A7s and FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* - with this combination is there any need for a fixed lens 'lookaleica?' RAW FILE SAMPLES FOR DOWNLOAD

SONY A7s and FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* - with this combination is there any need for a fixed lens 'lookaleica?' RAW FILE SAMPLES FOR DOWNLOAD
'However it did occur to me that my Sony A7s fitted with my Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens, might actually have some significant advantages over the Fuji. And for all the perceived social documentary, 'street photography' cred of the Fuji X100 'lookaleica' series, might not the Sony be better for that as well?'
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Fuji X100s - wide Angle and tele converters - raw file samples for download.

Fuji X100s - wide Angle and tele converters - raw file samples for download.
'But understand what you're getting into.  Don't expect it to be a 1DX, or D800E.  Regardless of what you read online....it won't make you a better photographer.  It's not the DSLR killer some say it is.  It's not a Leica.  It is what it is, it has many flaws, and it might not be for you.  For me it's still the only camera I've truly loved'
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The 'lookaleica' Fuji X100s compared to the Leica that doesn't look like a Leica the T (Typ) 701

The 'lookaleica' Fuji X100s compared to the Leica that doesn't look like a Leica the T (Typ) 701
"Since unfavourable comments were made comparing the camera to other mirrorless alternatives I thought I'd have a look at how the Leica T compares to the Fuji X100s. Nothing on price, handling design etc. Just how the two compare against each in terms of image quality from the files."
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Picture making choices - Fuji X100s, Nokia 1020, Blackberry Q10 - HDR documentary photography








The above images were taken yesterday using three cameras. Fuji X100S + teleconverter, Nokia 1020 and Blackberry Q10 smartphones. Now I wasn't planning to use the last one, but the battery on my Fuji ran out of power, as it does quicker than it should and I wanted to keep on shooting square images and see that square when I took the picture, which the Nokia doesn't allow me to do. 

Since I now carry both phones with me all the time I'm out, the Blackberry for phone calls and emails and the Nokia for the web, I've usually got three picture making devices with me. The size of the phones makes that possible. (Though I wonder whether I can describe the Nokia as a phone. I have now actually made one call on it, but I'm essentially using it as a 'mini tablet when I'm out with it.) It also allows me the opportunity to work with the cameras and lenses I have left.

The Sony A7 has gone (again!) as have the Panasonic GX7 and GM1, plus a few lenses. There's more to go when I get round to it, but as per usual, I don't like to sell stuff, even though I may not use it much. Because different camera / lens combinations offer different things and for me at the picture taking end that means something. Where I've ceased to see any meaningful use in discussing the gear I use is when the images become a reality. (If a digital images consisting of 0's and 1's can be considered 'real'.) Consequently I haven't said which camera took with pictures.

Many of you will be able to work out what I took the above images with anyway, but ultimately it's unimportant. I've never subscribed to the 'best camera you have is the one you have with you' philosophy, because I see it used too often as an excuse for poor images and I make sure that the 'best camera(s) I have is (are) the one(s) I choose to take with me. And at the moment I'm very happy with my options. 

Finally I thought you might like to see how I've processed the above images for some (not all) picture libraries. i.e. the ones who are keen to put together 'smartphone stock.'








This is a look that I've been working towards for a while and it's one I like very much. It's also proving popular with the aforementioned libraries who are trying to promote that 'smartphone aesthetic.' It has to be said the people who buy pictures seem to be able to take it or leave it currently (mostly leave it!) But since I've got tens of thousands of images sitting on library sites with a more 'conventional' look, I like shooting editorial or non released documentary images and at present the market for that is in it's early stages via microstock, I'm prepared to give it a go for a while. 

I've got an article in preparation about this and the processing choices I'm making and that should be ready in a few days. But the shorthand version is I wanted to shoot some documentary or 'street photography' (god I hate that term with a passion and can hardly bring myself to write it) images and I wanted them to look different. And I'm not that bothered about their commercial potential (or otherwise) at the moment. So that's why I'm doing it. 

Anyway, after a period of time when I was working non-stop because of the weather, I'll have some time to post on the blog a bit more now, since the weather has reverted to type and today (a national holiday of course) it's raining and actually quite cold. So in between hours of editing I should be able to fit in some more regular posting, instead of the 'bus' type nature of what's been going on lately. The 'You wait ages for one then lot's come at once' scenario. 

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Fuji X100s files and Snapseed

All images Fuji X-100s and CL-X100 Teleconverter

One of the benefits of using Snapseed to process my images, is that it does rather nice renditions of the files from my Fuji X cameras. Including the X100s which I used to create these pictures.

Like many others I've been less than impressed by the raw conversion possibilities of the files and the jpgs. leave something to be desired in terms of sharpness. However, Snapseed seems to be able to pull out more dynamic range as well as producing a rather nice, somewhat 'dreamy' look to the images.




The X100s works very well for my current requirements. It does point and shoot very nicely once it's set up, it's virtually silent, unobtrusive and a pleasure to shoot with. It does of course, also have that sublime retro look. I would also point out that the image with the fisherman looking at the boat is taken at ISO 2500 and it's incredible in terms of the almost complete absence of noise in the OOC jpg. which I used with Snapseed. 

So this 'Smartphone Aesthetic' is having beneficial results all round. I've got too many cameras currently. Eleven is a bit much, even for me and I'd really like to shed a few. However it is proving difficult since I'm getting such good results with all of them and despite my despair at the photographic internet's gear obsession, I'm not immune to the charms of a beautiful camera, which the X100s undoubtedly is.

The difference is that I'm happy to embrace these systems deficiencies as well as their virtues and as is patently obvious, I have no 'brand loyalty' whatsoever. I also don't post any 'Road to Damascus' stories about how I discovered mirrorless cameras and discovered the secret to sublime happiness and eternal life. As you are well aware, my 'enthusiasms' are tempered with a large dose of reality check.

However, it is nice to report some encouraging results from the X100s, which is a camera that fits in very well with my current attitude towards creating photographs. However, I suspect that my accountant won't be quite as enthusisatic as I am that I seem to be finding 'good' reasons to keep on expanding my camera collection. Strange that my desire for simplicity seems to include the accumulation of yet more gear!!!


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To Boldly Go..............


This is a shameless piece of self-promotion about another piece of shameless self-promotion I posted on my social media shameless self-promotion sites.


Old school? New school? Retro? Modern? The past? The future? The death or rebirth of photography? Answers to all these questions won't be answered at http://soundimageplus.blogspot.co.uk/ because I'm just as confused as everybody else. However if you enjoy the confusion as much as I do, you might like to follow one man's journey into the photographic unknown. To boldly go.................


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Fuji X100s creates great panoramas


By using my Fuji X100s, shooting square jpgs. at ISO 100 and stitching them together in PTGui I've been able to create some very high quality panoramic stitches both quickly and easily.



PTGui has improved significantly over the years I've used it and it's now extremely quick and accurate to stitch images together. It's significantly faster to use than Photoshop Photomerge, which when I was using Photoshop CC didn't even work properly. 




Lots of cameras offer a Panoramic function these days, but for the best quality a dedicated stitching programme and good quality originals is still the best way to do it. 

I made sure that all images were focused and exposed identically, since to do otherwise can create problems. So I used my X100s with the basic 23mm lens, manually focused using the peaking function and set the exposure manually as well. That gives a nice even set of images that merge and blend together very easily. Most good software, including PT Gui, can compensate to a certain extent for different exposures, but it never produces the best results. 

I haven't done this for a while because it can take a lot of time, but with the new improved speeded up PT Gui, creating excellent high resolution panoramas is now much faster than it was. The file sizes on the above are anything from 70-125MB in size, which allows for incredibly high quality reproduction and for picture library purposes means that if required, the images can be cropped while still retaining excellent quality. 



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'Personal work' with the Fuji X100s and Point and Shoot mode.



There is a wonderful phrase that professional photographers use to describe the images that they can't sell. It's called 'personal work.' OK, it does include pictures shot for portfolios, tests etc. and all sorts of other non assignment photography but I've always thought it was a wonderful phrase and makes holiday and family snaps seem much more 'artistic'.

My 'personal' work usually involves shots with people doing stuff in them. Now, I could sell these as editorial images but I usually choose not to. They aren't really travel or location images and of course there is no chance of a model release and they aren't really in the style that would generate a lot of sales. They are usually in a kind of documentary / reportage style and while 'street photography' is a description I dislike, because it's one of the photographic internets great cliches and source of some fairly dispiriting images, but I suppose it's that as well, since it is mostly photographs shot on a street.

















This 'street photography' usually involves tourists in Stratford-upon-Avon which is a rich source of material. People from all over the world come for the 'Shakespeare experience' and even on a Tuesday afternoon before the school holidays start, it's still crowded.

I used my Fuji X100s with the two conversion lenses and set everything up to reflect my current simple tastes. ISO 100, jpg. only, auto-everything. Once again I was concentrating on the pictures and not the gear. So point and shoot mode. And some people think that's a derogatory term, as if the more you fiddle with your camera the better the photographer you are. Pointing and shooting are after all the two most important elements in photography.

As I've indicated in recent posts I'm currently really not inclined to do any 'fiddling' whatsoever. I just want to spend my time creating photographs in as finished a form straight out of the camera as I can make them. I'm also in the mood to shoot what ever makes me want to press the shutter, rather than consider whether I will be able to sell the results. And as you can see, I'm also indulging my passion for square framing. 

I've got the X100s set up to do this. It's also set up to produce low contrast, unsharpened images with saturated colour. I do still edit in Photoshop, but much quicker these days and in a much less complicated way. Yesterday, I deliberately shot jpg's only, so that I wouldn't get involved in the raw processing workflow that I'm trying to get away from.
Below are all the shots I took and as you can see they are pretty consistent.


Some need sorting out, but after years of working with Photoshop that's not a problem. 

Now I hope people don't misunderstand what I'm currently doing. There is no intention on my part to argue that jpgs. yield as good results as raw files, because they don't. Nor am I trying to promote some point of view that says people should be shooting jpgs. rather than raw. It's just that I've spend so much time converting raw files, rather than doing what I actually enjoy doing, taking pictures, that I'll pretty much do anything at the moment to avoid creating yet more of them. I have several thousand waiting to be worked on as it is and the thought of producing yet more has led to this change in my operating practices. 

The X100s did it's thing very well and I liked shooting at ISO 100. Dynamic range suffers a bit but the jpgs. are smooth yet sharp. 
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Now I did shoot a few pictures on my Blackberry phone as well. But yesterday only to upload to facebook as a kind of live updating diary. I'll be doing this for all of my shooting excursions from now on. If you're interested in this then here's the link - https://www.facebook.com/soundimageplusblog Yesterday I even managed a 'selfie.'


Now I fully expect to shed a few readers with this new approach and I doubt many of the sites who very kindly link to my articles will see much future in continuing to do so if I stop writing endless comparison articles on how this piece of gear does X,Y and Z marginally better than some other piece of gear. 

It's interesting that using a camera in a mobile phone has got me to this. Who would have thought that something that I have spend a lot of time denigrating would actually get me more interested in creating pictures and less interested in lens and camera appraising. And something is changing since I seem to far less interested about new announcements than before. 

Regular readers will know that there is every chance of me 'resuming normal service' in the future, but I suspect this won't happen for a while. Because this isn't just an 'enthusiasm' for a new piece of kit, this is an 'enthusiasm' for a whole different approach to creating images and one that is less gear centric and workflow demanding than before. It's also much more enjoyable and definitely liberating and those are things that will be difficult to give up once I've got used to them. 






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Beautiful light with Fuji X100s - Seling lots of gear.









I often write about the weather here in the UK, and as we are fond of saying, we do get an awful lot of it. Saturday was a case in point. A dark sullen day with lots of rain cleared up in the late afternoon to produce some gorgeous light. I drove down to Stratford-upon-Avon to capture some of this.

But being the UK it still managed to bite back. The church and rainbow shot was taken one-handed as I was using the other one to hold my umbrella as it was pouring with rain where I was. The whole period of sunshine only lasted about 1/2 hour, but was worth every second. 

How commercial these shots will be remains to be seen, since clear blue skies and bright midday light always sells better than dramatic dark clouds and shafts of sunlight. It should be the other way round but it isn't. But then imagine people booking holidays who aren't photographers, what kind of weather would they like to see?

For these pictures I used my Fuji X100s and the Wide-angle and telephoto adapters. And currently that's one of the cameras that will survive what is a substantial clear out. I've finally got round to doing it and my Sony A7 and some lenses are already sold. The point is I have too much gear sitting on my shelf. Some of it has hardly been used. I bought a Fuji 14mm a few months ago and I think I've used it twice. It's a great lens, but it seems pointless to have it sitting around just looking decorative. At the moment the only other camera I know will survive the 'cull' is my Sony A7r. I'm undecided about the rest and I'll be slowly chipping away at what I have, getting rid of the gear I use the least first.

I do of course want to keep it all and selling stuff in today's second hand market, which isn't what it was, means I will loose some money. However, that's preferable to having money tied up in gear I like the look of but always seem to leave behind when I go out. The X100s is just my favourite ever camera. It just looks so good and handles so well and is pretty much my 'personal' camera. The A7r is simply the best image quality I've ever experienced so that's not going anywhere. Apart from that everything is under consideration. 

It's still my intention to do what I've wanted to do for years and buy the complete set of Voigtlander manual focus (D)SLR lenses. I'm thinking I might use these as my 'core' lenses, since with adapters I can pretty much use them on anything. I'll still be keen to try new things, so it might be the case that I keep the X100s, A7r and the Voigtlanders and just have the latest whatever to use, write about and play with. But as ever this is down to my whims and caprices.

Plus of course as I'm always keen to point out, cameras and lenses come and go, but it's the pictures that are the really important thing. And my pleasure at what I got on Saturday will last a lot longer than any pleasure I get from my temporary cameras and lenses.


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Fuji X better than m4/3 for noise at higher ISO's - Myth or reality?



By accidentally applying the wrong preset to a m4/3 file I was editing I found that an image I had shot at ISO 1600 was actually less noisy than I was expecting. Hmmmm... I thought. That's interesting. Plus there has always been this feeling nagging away at me that while Fuji X raw files are less noisy at high ISO's, particularly with the OOC jpgs. they are softer, unless I use Photo Ninja or Iridient Developer. But then using either of those does make the files they process look noisier both in terms of luminance noise and colour noise.

Now I'm VERY interested in the Panasonic GH4. Every example of test shots and video footage I see makes me think that this could be a special camera, particularly since my plan is to shoot a lot more video in the future. However, almost every comparison and opinion (including mine) is that the Fuji X is much better at handling high ISO noise than m4/3 cameras. And certainly comparing like for like, using the same settings, that is what I have found. But then I got to thinking, what about if I don't compare like for like? What about if I used the settings I have come up with to get very clean, sharp m4/3 files at low ISO's and adjust them to see if I could come up with some settings that 'equalised' the results between my Fuji X and m4/3 cameras with regard to the noise / sharpness equation. So I did some test shots.


Above are two ISO 1600 jpgs. from my Fuji X100s and Panasonic GM1 + 17mm f/1.8 lens. Clearly the GM1 file is noisier, but also sharper.


In the example above I sharpened the Fuji file which worked, but it is noisier.


Next, I reversed the procedure. The Fuji file is as before the OOC jpg. but this time I applied noise reduction in Photoshop to the GM1 file. As you can see, it's softer certainly but in terms of noise and the overall look not that dissimilar to the X100s.

Then I had a look at some raw files.


Above is a comparison of identically processed raw files. The GM1 file is clearly a lot noisier, but again it's sharper.


My final comparison was with the Fuji raw file left as it came out of Adobe Camera Raw, but with noise reduction applied to the GM1 file. This brings the two cameras much closer together. I still see a cleaner result from the Fuji X camera, but with very careful processing and the application of Photoshop noise reduction this is better than I would have thought. The GM1 file does loose a degree of sharpness, but in reproduction terms for the markets that I sell to, this is negligible. 

Encouraged by this I had a look at some files I shot in museum last summer. I haven't done anything with most of them since I had some refused by a picture library as being too noisy. Even using a Nikon f/1.8 prime fitted to my GH3 with a Metabones speed booster I was still shooting wide-open at ISO 1600. The raw files and the OOC jpgs. for that matter are pretty noisy, but applying what I had discovered above, I got a much cleaner, though softer, result.


There is no doubt that the Fuji X-Trans is better for this kind of work. It's obviously easier and quicker and works 'straight out of the box'. But it wouldn't be difficult to set up a one click preset for getting decent high ISO results from my m4/3 cameras. I just have to get the settings right. 

There is however the fact that Fuji are using in-camera software and post-processing 'background' presets to keep the high ISO noise down. And to my mind this is more important that the fancy sensor array they have come up with. m4/3 and Panasonic in particular have always prioritised image sharpness over low noise and it's not that difficult to come up with some settings that produce similar results to what happens with my Fuji files. To what degree this can be achieved however needs more testing.

What I'm now interested in doing is seeing if I can get results that I'm happy with, using my m4/3 cameras, at what are becoming my preferred settings for my Fuji cameras. I.E. ISO 400 > 800. These are settings I've always avoided with my m4/3 cameras, but I want to see if it's possible to work this way with those. I'll report back when I've done that.

As ever I have to issue my usual disclaimer that this is under no circumstances intended to be some kind of definitive, objective analysis of how these different cameras perform. This is limited to what I shoot, how I shoot and what I shoot with and is something that I'm experimenting with to see if I can get better results from my gear. What I want from a file is not necessarily what others want. So please bear that in mind. 


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It's hip to be square - Fuji X100s and conversion lenses


Another day shooting square images with my Fuji X100s and 19mm and 33mm conversion lenses. And another day of photographic enjoyment. It doesn't get much better than this.

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The Fuji X100s three lens system






I like this camera and it's 'add-on' conversion lenses a lot more than I probably should. All that chrome and metal punches rather too many of my buttons than is good for me to remain objective about the gear I use. And if you think it looks good then just wait until you pick it up!

I love the simplicity, I love the style, I love the way of working it make me adopt. It's not the fastest, it's not the best image quality but it is by some distance the most enjoyable and satisfying camera / lenses combination I've ever used. So pretty much a retro-heads pride and joy and surely must win an award for the best 'lookaleica' ever made. Takes a decent snap as well.






Lots of things that I like. Changing 'lenses' without having to always turn the camera off to avoid dust spots. Able to shoot square compositions so I don't have to bother about camera orientation and the screen and EVF blacking out because of the non-OLED viewfinder. Nicely positioned +/- dial I can use without removing my eye from the viewfinder. Three 'lenses' all f/2. With the Fuji X-Trans sensors ability to provide quality clean images at high ISO's it's pretty much a shoot anywhere / anything camera. Wonderfully quiet leaf shutter. Small but not too small. Light, but not too light. With it's add-on on Photo Madd grip, the best handling camera I've ever used and the most enjoyable to use. 

If i let my heart rule my head I would dump everything else and just use this (plus a black set for backup) because it's almost impossible to resist it's old-school retro charms. But I probably won't. However with my track record with gear, I don't rule anything out any more.


                                                                                                














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Fujifilm TCL-X100 Teleconverter for X100(S) Cameras - 'Real World' shooting


I'm hard pressed to think of another day in my entire photographic life when I enjoyed using a camera and lenses so much. Someone posted a comment on Google+ recently asking why I didn't seem to be using the X100s much. The answer was I was waiting for the TCL-X100 Teleconverter. I really wanted the 3 'lens' set or 'system'. And yes I know the wide-angle and tele converters aren't strictly lenses, but they might as well be considering what they do. I now have 19mm, 23mm and 33mm options for my X100s, turning one of the most beautiful cameras ever made into a lot more than a fixed lens compact with a couple of screw in adapters.

But first, here is what you get from the set.


So, not a huge range, but one that will certainly give me lots of creative options. 

I also took the opportunity to indulge another of my retro head tendencies and shoot square pictures, which the X100s lets you do with the OOC jpgs. (The raw files stay 3:2)









I've always loved the simple formal elegance of the square frame. I've always felt it focuses the eye on what's important and 'gets to the point' better than any other framing rectangle I use. 

I think I always knew I would fall in love with this 3-lens option (and yes I'm calling them lenses from now on) The wonderful simplicity of the X100s design, the old-school aesthetic, the incredibly good handling were seemingly designed with me in mind. I know it's going to take some serious sensible and logical self convincing to stop me from putting everything else on ebay and buying another X100s set in black! Because using this camera today with the two converters is to me the joy of photography. There wasn't a single moment I wasn't smiling to myself. 

As I mentioned in my last post I was tired yesterday after a succession of hot days out shooting combined with getting things ready for my new business. This wasn't helped by the fact that yesterday evening I had a game of Badminton (or my pathethic attempts to hit a shuttlecock as it should be more accurately described) plus I kicked a ball about and even fell off one of my nephews BMX bikes. So after this attempt to convince my body I was 17 again (Total failure I'm afraid!) I was somewhat fatigued today. However I still managed a walk around the grounds of a stately home on a hot sunny afternoon (The last for while I'm afraid) and indulged myself with my 'lookaleica'. 

I guess it is an indulgence, because in terms of IQ I have better. But then none of my other cameras feel like this to use. They don't have that sublime leaf shutter, the beautifully weighted knobs and dials and that lovely solid metallic feel of the lenses. Despite all that technology on the inside, this is a photo fanatics camera on the outside. One that takes the best of the old and combines it with the best of the new. I love the look of old film cameras, but I don't want to use film any more, so the X100s is a real treat. There is also this bonus that the images that come out of it are pretty special too. The above are OOC jpgs. with only minimal adjustment in Photoshop, so it would speed up my workflow as well.

If I was shooting just for myself everything else would be going, but I take pictures to make a living as well. It is going to be hard however to forget just how good using the X100s and it's three lenses felt. Is this THE ONE? It just might be.


                                                                                                












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Fujifilm TCL-X100 Teleconverter for X100(S) Cameras


A Fujifilm TCL-X100 Teleconverter for my X100s arrived today. I had emailed Fuji a while ago to check availability and they sent me an email last Thursday to say that they had 1 in stock. I promptly ordered it and it arrived this morning. This must be one of the first to arrive in the UK since no-one else currently has one, though I guess with the arrival of mine they will be in stock very soon.

First off it's somewhat bigger and heavier than the WCL-X100 Wide-Angle Conversion Lens and it has the hood built in. Like the W/A converter it screws on the front of the fixed 23mm lens on the X100s. To get the optical viewfinder frame lines you have to download the latest firmware, but it works with the EVF without having to do that. It is in common with all the other Fuji lenses I have, beautifully made. And fitted to the camera the X100s almost looks more 'leicaesque' than a Leica. It's very classy and VERY old school. And of course I love it.






The above are 100% blow ups from unsharpened OOC jpgs. and as you can see it's optically very good, even at f/2. It is in fact just like buying a 'real' lens. So if like me you enjoy pretending that you're Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson or similar with that uber cool mid twentieth-century photojournalist vibe, then you'll love this. I know I do. (Though how photographing buttercups in your garden fits in with this fantasy God only knows!!)

By the way did I mention this cost me £219. I'll repeat that - £219. Pretty much a steal at that price because to get an f/2 'standard lens' that looks as good and performs as well as this is pretty unusual. Just imagine how much other companies would charge for something like this. For example I would point out that the optical viewfinder for the Sony RX1 costs £375. So almost as much again for a small bit of glass and plastic that the Fuji 100s doesn't need anyway. Well I guess you pays your money etc.......... 

So another example of Fuji lens excellence and coming out with a product that is stylish, high-quality and (very) reasonably priced. Just further evidence that they really are turning into the classiest camera company out there. Expect lots of camera porn from my new 3-lens 'lookaleica' outfit in the next few days. Who knows, I may even get around to taking some pictures with it!!


                                                                                                












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Fuji X100s






In the cliche ridden, dogma dominated world of the photographic internet, the Fuji X100s is a camera for 'street photography'. For no other reason than it looks like the Leica cameras that Cartier-Bresson and others used to shoot outdoors with. The fact that other cameras, e.g. pretty much any m4/3 model of the past few years, are better for fast reaction shooting in an urban outdoors situation doesn't seem to matter to those who can't think for themselves. 

And just like film Leicas were used (and still are) for studio, portrait, landscape and virtually every other kind of work, the Fuji X100s is capable of turning it's hand to whatever is asked of it. It is a fine, light and small camera for sunny days shooting landscape / location pictures for example and the W/A adapter came in very useful. I'm still waiting for the teleconverter to appear to give me my faux '28mm' 35mm' '50mm' classic outfit. And when I do get my hands on one, I'm sure it will get used for all sorts of photography. Now that might do nothing for my 'street cred'. But then that mistakes me for somebody who gives a damn.

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Plus the Soundimageplus blog is 100% independent. No-one sends me gear to review and I have no relationship with any manufacturer or retail outlet. I buy all the gear I use and write about. The advertisements that appear on this site are generated by Google and I have no control over the content, which differs from country to country. I do make a small income from them, which covers expenses and some small recompense for the time I take to write this, but no more than that. If you like what you read and would like to help me to continue to keep buying stuff to write about then clicking on a few adds will earn me a few fractions of a penny. It will cost you nothing and you don't have to buy anything to contribute a (very!) small amount to my coffers.  

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