review Fuji X100

photo session with the Fuji X100 Рcamera review

First of all, for those who haven’t heard of the Fuji X100 (B&H) yet, it is a beautiful retro-looking rangefinder-mimicking 12 megapixel digital point & shoot camera (with a fixed 35mm equivalent f2.0 lens), that gives remarkable image quality. That about sums it up.

For all those reasons, quite a buzz developed around this camera. Quite unlike anything since … oh, the Leica X1. Or the Olympus Pen EP-2. Or the Sony NEX-5. There was greater excitement building up around the Fuji X100 though than other cameras, specifically¬†for its looks initially. And then when news hit about the incredible image quality, the excitement and interest became more substantial. It’s a hot item right now, and for good reason.

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review: using a Fuji X100 for wedding photography

Being impressed so far with the image quality from the Fuji X100 (B&H), based on my initial impression of the camera, I was tempted to put the camera to a real test. A test where we remove the luxury of using the camera just as a walk-about fun camera. Instead, I wanted to shoot an event where there are real expectations from the images. With that idea in mind, I asked around if any of my wedding photographer friends would consider using me as a freebie 2nd shooter, where I would use only the Fuji X100 as my camera.

My good friend, John Arcara, who is one of the outstanding wedding photographers in New Jersey, was kind enough to allow me to be Uncle Bob at a wedding he photographed this weekend. The couple, Megan and Joel, were quite cool with the idea as well.

It was surreal walking up to the wedding reception venue on Saturday with only this tiny camera in my hand. I normally shoot weddings with two Nikon D3 bodies (each with a zoom lens and a flash) slung over my shoulders. I usually look like the Photo Terminator as I determinately stagger forward with all that gear. But not this day. Just the Fuji X100 in hand.

I had the opportunity earlier this week to buy the brand-new Fuji EF-42 flashgun (Amazon), but I decided against it. My intention with this camera is that I have a light-weight high-quality machine to take photos wherever I find myself. Adding a flashgun to this would make it that little bit less portable, and then I might as well go all the way and take a Nikon D3 as my carry-around camera … which I’ve been doing until now.

So this is how I found myself second-shooting a wedding with only the Fuji X100. Not even a flash. Just a spare battery.

And the verdict? I’m still very much in love with this camera, but frustrated by some short-comings.

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