August 26, 2020

Fuji X100v

I just purchased the Fuji X100v camera to complement my primary Fuji XT-3 camera. It's a smaller camera with a fixed 35mm F2 lens. The camera has unique features that set it apart from smartphones and other point and shoot cameras.

The 100v is a range finder style camera with a hybrid viewfinder, with a flick of a switch you can go old school using just an optical viewfinder or electronic viewfinder. 

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The camera has the same sensor as my T-3, so its image quality is excellent. It has improved auto-focus, the new Classic Negative Film Simulation, a silent leaf shutter that lets you flash sync up 2,000 of a second.

I took a few sunrise photos the first morning I got the camera. 

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The 35mm F2 lens is sharp wide-open, with a 3.9-inch minimum focusing distance. At F2, this lets you create some nice closeup pictures with blown-out backgrounds. It's not an actual macro lens, but I think it does a pretty decent job.

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Another nice feature is the camera has a built-in digital zoom. You can rotate the front lens ring, and it will create a 50mm or 70mm digital zoom. It's different than when you zoom in on a smartphone. It crops the shot and then resizes the photo in-camera to the same resolution as a regular photograph.

I went for a walk around the lake at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and took a few pictures. 

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So you may be thinking, why would I want a fixed lens camera? I wanted a small camera that I didn't have to think about which lens I'm going to use. It will force me to think more about the scene I'm photographing. Hopefully, it will make me a better photographer.

I've set up three Auto-ISO settings that reflect a minimum shutter speed. I only have to choose which shutter speed setting I want, rotate the front aperture dial, and the camera handles the rest.

Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Always remember, your best photographs are the result of one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments always welcomed.
Mark