Fuji x100s Street Photography | San Miguel de Allende © Jeremy Wade Shockley
I get a lot of request for camera advice from people looking to get their first digital camera, or who want to upgrade from a point and shoot. But lately, these requests are coming from professional photographers hoping to lose their heavy and often cumbersome DSLR systems and trade up for something smaller, lighter and more enjoyable!
Shooting professionally with a combination of DSLR cameras, mirrorless cameras and my iPhone, I’ve experienced the pros and cons of each system firsthand. I know each system’s limitations, as well as the freedom that each can bring to the craft of photography!
For example, the iPhone has its limitations, but it gives me unprecedented freedom to shoot on the go.
Mirrorless camera systems strike a perfect balance between my heavier Nikon and the featherweight iPhone. Which brings me to the Fuji x100s, a stylish compact digital camera — loaded with features. This has been my go to camera for over a year and here are the top five reasons I recommend the Fuji x100s.
Fuji x100s Day of the Dead | San Miguel de Allende © Jeremy Wade Shockley
Spontaneity: This is the number one reason I love this camera. It’s the camera you will take out on the town, or on an extended outdoor adventure. In fact, it beckons to be brought along! When the moments present themselves, you and the camera are set to go!
Stealth: The size of the Fuji x100s mirrorless camera allows for the spontaneity I just mentioned. It is small, unobtrusive and very, very quiet — in fact you can set the shutter to silent! I find my subjects are also set at ease by the unobtrusiveness of this camera.
Simplicity: This camera is perfect for those who love to make manual adjustments when shooting. The dials are straight forward, and classically designed. For those who are new to photography, each dial can easily be adjusted to the A position, for automatic mode. If your preference is to shoot in aperture or shutter priority, simply set the corresponding dial to the A position for semi automatic mode — pretty slick right!
Quality: The quality of the Fuji x100s digital files are excellent! The colors are superb, and the sharpness of the 35mm equivalent lens is wonderful. This camera has a fixed 23mm F2 lens, resulting in a dedicated focal length, which I find advantageous. I enjoy the simplicity and the challenge that comes with shooting a fixed, or prime lens.
Post Production: Adobe Lightroom 5 plays well with Fuji cameras! Even though the Fuji x100s has some great film simulations for the jpeg in camera image processing, I shoot entirely in RAW. I select my Fujifilm simulations in postproduction. There is a nifty section in the develop module that lets me try on different Fujifilm filters after the fact to get the feel I want from my images.
Jedi Camera Tricks | Fuji x100s Photo © Katie McMahon
In Conclusion: There are some great options out there for mirrorless cameras from companies like Sony, Olympus, and Leica, but for me, Fuji offers the best features for the money. Beloved by street photographers, photojournalists and travel photographers, the Fuji x100 series is a classic reimagined — perfect for our brave new digital age!
I picked this wonderful little camera up last spring for a few hundred dollars less then the sticker price, following the arrival of its newer counterpart — the Fuji x100t. The two versions of this Fujifilm camera are nearly identical, built in wifi perhaps being the most significant of the updates to the newer, more expensive version. The other changes, which include redesigned button configuration and a few new menu items, would be most noticeable to the seasoned Fuji user making the upgrade.
Some of the other perks. This camera works wirelessly with my Nikon SB700 flash for dynamic lighting on the go! The viewfinder is ideal for taking pictures in sunny conditions, and the retro styled leather half case provides most of the protection I need for any casual outing!
Fuji x100s Plaza del Toros | San Miguel de Allende © Jeremy Wade Shockley
Great review by Zack Arias on the Fuji x100s
Excellent Video: How to shoot Nikon flash wirelessly using the Fuji x100s — with DC based photographer Michael Kircher
Vibrant Travel Photography: See more images made using the Fuji x100s & Fuji XT1