Letter to Fuji about the X100s

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Daniel K Berman
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Re: Letter to Fuji about the X100s
In reply to Palinarius, 9 months ago

I really like my X100s. But I do have some issues with the camera. Here's a letter I've sent to Fuji about it.

I purchased an X100s several months ago and haven’t been so excited about a camera in ages. I’m 66 years old and was a photojournalist most of my working career. I’m now a writer, but I still shoot photos.

Two forces influenced me to buy the X100s. First of all, I used to work with a GSW 690 and loved that camera. That’s a real pro’s camera. Unfortunately, I no longer care to shoot film. Secondly, I still have a lot of Leica equipment but am not impressed with Leica’s digital offerings so far. So this Fujifilm jewel looked like the right one.

The camera is very well built and the image quality is superb. But I found the controls to be so complicated and confusing that in a real shooting situation the camera is difficult to work with. It’s too easy to change a setting accidently, too hard to figure out what the issue is. I thought it was just me, the old guy loosing his marbles, unable to adapt to the new way. But then I started talking to other photographers, including some relatively famous journalists. We all agreed on the same thing: we need a Fuji X100s designed for people who actually shoot news photos. And Fuji is the company that should be able to do it.

I know what you’re asking yourself right now….”Who’s going to buy it?”

The fan boy digital camera field is so crowded right now….and under attack from the iPhone. A simple, durable high quality rangefinder would stand alone in its class. Lots of free publicity would come your way. Canon obviously got lots of working pro input into the interface design on their top of the line cameras. That pro input separates the real from the fake!

With Leicas I shoot with a 28 and a 35. So maybe you could do like you did with the 6x9 cameras and offer a wide camera and a less wide camera. I don’t think changing lenses is necessary. I don’t do it with Leicas.

I hope you’re interested in hearing from photographers. This is a great camera but not yet what a lot of serious photographers are looking for.

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Bratsvo i Jedinstvo!

The WCL-x100 should solve your problem of wanting something a little wider. By all accounts, it functions perfectly. Two cameras would be overkill.

I bought the x100 for the ease of use. What could be simpler than analog dials? I dislike rooting around in menus. I have a Canon 5DMKII and while I enjoy the camera I much prefer dedicated switches for shutter & aperture. Perhaps you would prefer a menu system. For me, I like picking up the camera and seeing my last settings before it's even turned on. Reminds me of my old Pentax K1000.

I think it's positive to reach out to Fuji. They clearly listen. That's obvious with the way they bring in people like Zack Arias and pay attention to what pros want. The firmware updates are also evidence of their commitment. The problem I see is that your letter isn't saying much other than you want two versions of the x100 and you think the analog switches are complicated. Not much to go on there.

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