I’ve wanted the Fuji X100 forever. Like, ever since it was released. But I couldn’t make it work because I was still in school. Plus, from what I heard it was super quirky and finicky and frustrating. So I just followed people who shot with it, constantly impressed by the quality of that little camera.
Then, enter the X100s. I was SO anxious to read everyone’s reviews about it. Was it a lot better than the original? Less frustrating? I poured over blogs, and Twitter, looking for anything and everything people were saying about it. And right as I was about to make up my mind, I wondered… Would I be able to handle just the one focal length? I mean, sure, I normally have my 5Dmkii + 28mm when I take my camera for personal stuff. But it’s nice to have the option to throw on a 50mm or 85mm. So I decided that before I take the plunge into the X100s, I better rent the X100 and give it a try.
The Mister and I went with some friends on a road trip to a wedding in Michigan, and it was the perfect time to rent it. You can read all about that trip (and see the pictures from it) here. After that, I immediately pre-ordered the X100s. I was sure it would be The One.
It took four weeks to ship to me. Silly backorder nonsense. But it was so worth the wait. I’ve had it for a while now, and although we haven’t taken any major trips, it’s nice to be able to carry a small camera with me. See, here’s the thing. The entire reason I started looking into the Fuji X-series was because IHATECARRYINGMYDSLR. There, I said it. It’s SO HEAVY. Even with my adorable Kelly Moore bag, I just hated carrying it around. And half the time I wouldn’t even take the camera out of the bag. Why? Because it was 1) a lot of work just for personal pictures and 2) people didn’t really like it. They got nervous. People generally don’t like having a big camera shoved in their face unless they’re paying you.
And I hate the quality of little point and shoot cameras. We have a little waterproof one that we bought to take to Mexico, which was nice because of the waterproof thing, but man. Those pictures are terrible. Blurry. Even in daylight! Pretty much worthless. So I refused to carry around that, too.
That left my iPhone. And while those pictures are okay, they’re still not great. So I have hardly any good photos documenting my first year of marriage. Boo.
But now I have this little Fuji and it’s amazing. I take it everywhere. I take it out all the time and people. love. it. They think it’s so cute! And since I shoot on Aperture Priority mode all the time (which is phenomenal), I just click, click, click. Occasionally I’ll adjust the exposure compensation dial, but the Fuji does a great job exposing images. Actually, the only setting I’m really picky about is custom white balance. Ever since I started using the ExpoDisc, and subsequently Kelvin mode, I’m totally obsessed with having good white balance in camera. And while you can use the ExpoDisc on the Fuji, I find it’s easier to just choose a Kelvin setting (I eyeball it) and go with it. Then I don’t have to carry around an extra little piece of gear.
Oh yea, and I suppose you want to see some pictures…
I know how hard it is to buy a camera without using it. If you have any questions about the Fuji, leave them below in the comments section (I don’t get notified if you use the FB comments, so if you want an immediate response, use the WordPress comment box). Also, consider renting for a weekend if you’re on the fence. I’m so glad I did!
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