If you remember back to my earlier experiment with the Fuji X system, you know I have become fascinated not only with the Fuji X compactness but its efficiency. There is nothing better than coming back from an adventure, transferring some JPEGs to your tablet, and then sharing them with your friends and family. Sure, getting back home to the darkroom is fun too, but the JPEGs that the Fuji system produces might just leave you with more time to make photographs. All that being said, I headed to Belize with the following kit to make some more JPEG magic!
Note – The following images are all JPEGs straight out of the camera.
Photo Note – The image above is a great example of how the Fuji system just works. I have always dreamed of a photograph where George Lucas filmed Star Wars (Tikal) so I turned on the fill flash of my x100s, opened the aperture to 2.0, engaged the built in ND filter and handed it to my wife. It nailed the exposure. It just works!
- Pair of Fuji X-E1s
- Fuji x100s
- Fuji 55-200
- Fuji 23mm 1.4
- Lots of Batteries
- 3Pod Tripod
- Medium Saddleback Leather Simple Backpack
Photo Note – The Fuji x100s built-in ND filter is right up there with sliced bread, the Dyson Airblade and the smart phone. Not only is it useful in brightly lit fill flash situations, it adds an additional 3 stops of slo-mo to my B+W 10 Stop ND filter. The Fuji x100s let’s your creativity shine in even the brightest situations.
- Camera FUJIFILM X100S
- ISO 200
- Focal Length 23mm
- Aperture f/16
- Exposure Time 240s (240/1)
Fuji X-E1 & 55-200mm
Fuji X-E1 & 23mm 1.4
- Focusing – I’m not a big fan of the Fuji X-E1’s AF system. It works awesome if you’re subject is still and reasonably well lit. If not, well the AF isn’t that great. I have heard it is much improved with the new X-T1 so I’m looking forward to that. What I have become a fan of it focus-peaking. I love it and used it on 75% of the photos in the expose. Love it, love it, love it!
- RAW + JPEG + RAW CONVERSION – I’m not going to lie, I photograph both RAW+JPEG. Not only to cover my bases, but because of the Fuji’s in camera RAW conversion? Have you noticed it in the menu system? If not, check it out. Doing in camera, post capture, RAW conversions are really fun in the field if you just want to see what a scene might look like in B+W, more Vivid, etc.
- Fuji x100s vs 23mm 1.4 – This discussion probably warrants a post of its own. However, on this expedition I wanted to try them out side by side. In short, the 23mm 1.4 is an amazing piece of glass. The form factor and performance is second to none. If you have an x100s, I probably wouldn’t worry about picking up the 23mm unless you love living in the world of 1.4, which I do. The more interesting question is, if you have the 23mm 1.4, do you get the x100s. Now, that is an conundrum?