A new lease of life for the Fuji X100

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to fotomind. It’s not from the lack of wanting to, it’s more that time just didn’t allow it. We’ll now I guess it’s time to start finding time!

No photos in this post. Just some news.

For all Fuji X100 owners out there. In the off chance that you’ve missed the news, Fuji yesterday released FW version 2.0 (replacing version 1.3) for the camera that effectively launched Fujifilm’s X-system range of cameras and lenses. This is extraordinary considering the X100 was replaced earlier this year by the X100s. Even more extraordinary is that this is an update not only to fix a load of bugs, rather a major update bringing a load of enhancements to what would normally be considered a discontinued product.

Quicker AF, quicker camera start-up, closer AF (outside of macro mode), and finally a usable manual focus functionality. That means a more responsive focus ring and the addition of focus peaking (as introduced in the last FW update for the X-Pro1 and the X-E1).

All I can say is well done Fuji. It seems that our fantastic, retro cool X100’s, have just been given a new lease of life.


Zorki-4 continued

I thought I would quickly post two more from the Zorki-4. This time two that I took over the christmas break in England. I posted the same views before in this X100 post.

I’ve now bought a colour film to try and I can’t wait to see how the results will look.

An evening stroll around Turin

Last week I had the opportunity to spend an evening in Turin which gave me the chance to try out my new Fuji X-E1 camera with 18-55mm kit lens.  I’ve blogged before about how fantastic the X100 is in low light (see https://fotomind.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/eiffel-tower-meets-x100/ and https://fotomind.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/a-few-more-shots-of-paris-by-night/) so I was really interested to see if the X-E1 would be as good or perhaps even better.

I must confess that as I had people with me, I pretty much let the camera do its own thing.  ISO was limited to 6400. The only thing I did try for some shots was the manual focus which compared to the X100, is way better to handle. This makes the future prospect of buying some old M-Mount lenses and an adapter really exciting (I just hope Fuji will introduce focus peaking in a coming FW update).

Typical for Fuji, the jpeg engine is awesome.  To be honest I’m blown away and I’m so glad that I was able to resist the distraction of the new Sony Nex 6 which very nearly pulled me from going for the Fuji.

An evening stroll around Turin, Italy.

With auto focus the camera did hunt around a bit in really dimly lit situations but nothing that distracted from the pleasure of using this camera.

An evening stroll around Turin, Italy.

I’m no camera reviewer so I’m going to stop here.  All I can say is that I am definitely not regretting making a further investment into the Fuji X series and I am really looking forward to getting more and more familiar with this camera.

Wet and windy Rutland

While visiting the UK over the Christmas holidays, my wife and I took some time out from the family to visit Rutland water. After a fantastic pub lunch we drove around to the south shore and took a wet and windy walk along the edge of the reservoir.

Rutland water was created in the 70’s to meet the water needs of an increasing local population and involved the flooding of many small villages, farms and fields. One such village was Normanton and all that remains are a few farms, a hotel and cottages. The remains of the Church can be seen at the edge of the water.

As usual my trusty Fujifilm X100 was able to bear the cold miserable weather to capture some nice moody shots of the church, and one of the Pub of course.

Introducing the Zorki 4

I am now the proud owner of a Zorki 4 camera that this weekend I was finally able to take out and pretend to take photos with.

As mentioned in a previous post, I was on the look out for one on eBay and in terms of appearance and function, I think I have found a nice one. The only issue I’ve had was a dragging second curtain on slow shutter speeds but nothing that some oil and an adjustment to the curtain tension didn’t sort.

Unfortunately it started to pour with rain about half way through the roll so I will now have to wait until next weekend to finish it off.

Of course I have no idea how the photos will be. I can honestly say that I didn’t think I would have such apprehension before taking each shot. No screen to preview with, no overhead display showing what the camera is doing, metering, focusing on. Not even a light to show that it is working. For that matter, no battery and no on/off switch.

I’ve been metering with my X100 so hopefully that has helped a bit. I’m definitely not expecting much from this first roll of film, in fact, if I can get even one shot in focus and correctly exposed (at the same time) I’ll be happy.

The X100 and Zorki make a good pair when sat side by side. Hopefully the team effort with regards to metering will be equally as good.


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