Melbourne and the Fuji X100S

Melbourne Laneway crop

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Tonight I had a chance to edit my first crop of photos from my Fuji X100s.

I bought this camera mere days before I left for Australia, knowing I wanted to restrict myself to a single lens, and to force myself to 35mm focal length. The problem was, I don’t own a 35mm lens.

I put in an order to hire a 35mm 1.4 L lens for my Canon 5D mkII — my usual travel camera — but changed my mind at the last minute and instead took a punt on a $1300 camera, some SD cards, and two extra batteries. I figured if the change to an unfamiliar focal length, an unfamiliar form factor, an unfamiliar camera manufacturer, an unfamiliar camera software, and an unfamiliar shooting experience didn’t work out, I could sell the gear when I returned from Oz at a $200 loss, and still break even (hiring a 35mm Canon lens for a month cost this much).

During the trip, I had a love/hate relationship with the Fuji x100s, but once I understood some of it’s quirks, the balance tilted a little toward love. Now I’ve had a chance to view and edit some .RAF files up close, I’m loving it even more. The lens on this thing is incredibly sharp, just as everyone on the internet has reported, and the small, light, and silent form factor is extremely fun to use on a trip.

I can understand why some people are ditching their DSLRs. It’s an exciting time.