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Taking the X/100 for a walk

In Random Moments, Street Photography on April 30, 2011 at 4:08 AM

Forget about the tedium of pixels and megabytes, other then to say, the X/100 has sufficient and high enough quality of both.

Let’s talk about making pictures.

What is great about this camera is the psychology of it. Shooting on the street and amongst an increasingly neurotic (about being photographed) Australian public-is that nobody cares. It is a great advantage in being able to document people as they are, instead of them reacting to a photographer with a ‘house brick’ DSLR.
The images it produces are incredibly sharp even at F2. Noise does not even get on the radar to after iso1600. Time lag on releasing the shutter is minimal, if not at all. Too many features to mention but if I can sneak one in-the Panorama is a lot of fun.

I think it is a great second camera for professionals or a great camera-period-for anyone who loves making pictures.
It is not a compact and not a DSLR it fills the void between both.
There always was a high end small film camera that serious photographers could take with them anywhere even when they were not on assignment. A decade and more after the tidal wave of digital photography, swamping film photography, Fuji has provided the digital version of that camera. It comes in a beautiful and classic retro package with superb build quality.
It has been a long time coming but has arrived.
Firmware needs a serious update, it is quite idiosyncratic but that is a minor minor. It is a camera that takes a while to get to know but once you do know it, you will be very happy that you did meet.
This is the thinking photographers camera.
I will be back with more.
In the meantime here are a few random images made with the X/100 while walking around Surfer’s Paradise….
Jack
All Photographs © Jack Picone

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