My Thoughts on the Fuji X100s

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…

Fuji X100s, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, 640 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/8, 1/4000 sec, 200 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/2.8, 1/350 sec, 200 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/2.8, 1/200 sec, 200 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/2.8, 1/550 sec, 200 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/2, 1/50 sec, 6400 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/2.8, 1/850 sec, 200 ISO

Fuji X100s, f/2.8, 1/450 sec, 200 ISO

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!

Happy Monday!

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Fuji X100s Ugly Noise Reduction & Why I’m Only Shooting RAW Now
Orleans, France: Fuji X100s
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Paris Day Two: Fuji X100s

 

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  • Hannah - You make me what to get one now!! Even though I don’t take photos professionally or nearly as beautiful as yours but the quality of the photos from that small of a camera is amazing! Love the pictures. :)ReplyCancel

  • payton - Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the x100s. I am currently, waiting in line to get one and I have a question about the focus points. Do you use any focus points beyond the center focus point? If so, please share your thoughts. I’ve heard that you loose the hybrid detection method ability, if you move the default focus point, which makes focusing less accurate and slow. Thank you Regards!ReplyCancel

    • Rachel - Hey Payton! I do use all of the focus points and haven’t had any trouble! I’m sure you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Brian - Hi Rachel. Your story is similar to mine, except I haven’t purchased the x100s yet. I played around with one at a shop last week and was very impressed with it. Just curious if you have incorporated it into any of your weddings yet. I’d love to be able to lose one of my Nikon D3 bodies and use this as my general portrait camera.
    Thanks!
    BrianReplyCancel

    • Rachel - Hi Brian! I’m so glad you’re considering the Fuji! It really is a great camera! I have not, however, incorporated it into my wedding shooting yet. But this is due more to the focal length of the camera (35mm equiv) and not the quality/performance of the camera. I am very much a 50/85/100/135mm shooter when it comes to portraits… It’s hard for me to put my Canon 28mm on my camera for portraits even. But if you already love that focal length, you will have no problem switching to the Fuji! I currently just use mine for personal stuff and sort of my “every day” camera, and it is wonderful!!ReplyCancel

      • Brian - Understandable. 35mm is a bit wide for portraits. Might be better for capturing more environmental portraits. I wouldn’t trade my 85 1.4 for anything. But like you said, I think the Fuji would be ideal as my casual camera. I always feel like I have to pack twice for our family trips…clothes and camera gear. Not so much fun anymore. :)ReplyCancel

        • Rachel - Exactly. I took the Fuji to the Omaha zoo when we went with our families and it was awesome! It’s nice because you can use it like a point and shoot (but still get great shots) or use it more like a DSLR (with off camera flash and what not). It’s very versatile in that sense!ReplyCancel

  • David Cheang - I’m smiling to myself reading your blog. Just got mine few weeks ago and my God I feel so free now. Got a Black Rapid 35 to go with it, I’ve rediscovered my photography mojo once again… =)ReplyCancel

    • Rachel - Yayyy!!! I just got back from a trip to France and Spain and it was the only camera I took! So awesome to not be bogged down with gear. Seriously in LOVE with my Fuji! Glad you are, too! :)ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa watkins - Ok ok ok. I am moving to Paris in about three months and don’t have a camera to bring other than my iPhone! Since that seems like a crime, I started looking into various Canon options and then Fujis. I was about 10 seconds from ordering an x-e1 and then stopped myself and started seriously considering the x100s. It is significantly more expensive than I was looking for, but the image quality and portability and just overall awesomeness that everyone claims it has is really impressing me. I will be going to school 20 hours a week there and will be writing lots of metros and bikes. I want something I can throw in my bag without it being too heavy or too vulnerable. At first I was concerned about the single focal length, but if I am honest I know I won’t want to carry more than one lens with me on a given outing anyway. Just too much trouble and bulk. Do you think you would be happy shooting only this camera for personal/travel/street photography for seven months? I am just about ready to pull the trigger!ReplyCancel

    • Rachel Ruffer - Um, okay. First. OMGSOJEALOUSYOUAREGOINGTOLIVEINPARIS. Okay. Had to get that out in the open. Second, I’m telling you – if I had to sell all of my gear and keep just one camera, the X100s would be definitely be it. I carry it around in my purse every day of my life and it’s amazing. Totally go for it. Seriously. It’s phenomenal. I’m actually considering switching from Canon to Fuji for pro stuff, even (now that the X-T1 is out). Oh, and one more time… SOFREAKINGJEALOUS. :)ReplyCancel

    • Rachel Ruffer - Also… I’m assuming you’ve seen them, but here’s the link to all of my photos from our Europe trip a couple months ago! The Fuji was the only camera I took and it was great! http://www.rachelrufferblog.com/tag/europe2013/ReplyCancel

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