Fuji x100T trial run…

Initial thoughts…
Took this little x100t up to the farm at Thanksgiving Point to give it a go. I knew shooting conditions would be a challenge…mid-day, no clouds, harsh sun, and moving children, lack of experience with the camera. Doesn’t get a whole lot worse than that…

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I did a lot of research before getting this camera. Although their are many different opinions and suggestions on what mirrorless camera to buy, the one universal opinion on this camera was it was “fun.” Basically all reviews said it made them want to go outside and shoot. That is was the most fun to use…

This was important to me. After actually working in photography a little of the fun factor disappears. I understand a little more what the reviews meant…something about it is just fun!! I was concerned about the fixed lens but I am starting to think that is one of the special attributes that makes this camera so fun…

Another thing that was mentioned often was that this is not necessarily a good camera for beginners unless you are dedicated to learning about photography. I would agree with that. It is not a point and shoot. I would argue that many dslr cameras with their automatic settings are better for beginners than the x100t.

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I learned that I am very used to my canon mark ii. Everything feels a little foreign on this camera. Also, with such a small size, I found that I would accidentally hit buttons at first. Although the menu is easy to use, sometimes I didn’t know how to undo what I had done. This happened more often the first 2-3 times I used it. Now it isn’t too bad. I had turned on bracketing at home when I was playing with the camera. Forgot to turn it off so when I got to the farm it was still on. But, it took awhile to figure out how to get that off since I couldn’t remember how…

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As with my dslr, I found I liked pictures that were slightly overexposed from the camera metering/exposure guide. This is easy to achieve with the exposure compensation dial. Thanks to the accidental bracketing, I got a chance to really look at exposures. Autofocus is not quite at my dslr level but not a major problem. This was another reason I picked this camera. In the fuji mirror-less line up, this camera is supposed to have the best autofocus. Fuji is also known for their colors. I wasn’t disappointed in this area either…

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I love the lens. This is a 23mm which on the crop is basically a 35mm lens. This is a great all around length but I was still concerned. I mean…I love shooting with primes (that is what I try to solely use) so I knew the prime factor would be fine but to always shoot with a 35mm?? Turns out, this lens is great!! I am sure in the future I will run into a few situations where I wish I could change it a bit but I haven’t run into any yet!

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This camera has a built in neutral density filter. With the highest shutter speed at 1/4000 sec, I found that even with my ISO at 100, if I wanted a f/2.2 I needed to turn on the filter in the mid-day sun. One thing I am wondering about…in some of these pictures you might notice a “halo” effects around Sam. I didn’t mess with brushes/etc in lightroom too much. I don’t know exactly how to describe it but it feels like there is a little blowout/halo effect around his head and body in some pictures where the backlighting is overexposed. Maybe it is just me seeing it??

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3 thoughts on “Fuji x100T trial run…

    1. mprince Post author

      I haven’t looked at my raw files yet. Since I just got the camera, my lightoom didn’t have the update for the x100t so it couldn’t read the raf files. I shot this in jpeg and raw so I could use/see them fast. I need to update my lightroom and look at the raw files.
      Have you noticed a similar effect with the raw files?? I have seen this before a little on my mark ii also. I wonder if it is similar to when you overexpose a window? A small area around that window will also be overexposed? I am sure there is some technical photography term for an effect like this but I am just not a good enough photographer to know it 🙂

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