Fuji X100s as a portrait camera

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cali4nia love
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Fuji X100s as a portrait camera
Apr 18, 2013

I was asked to do a some portrait shot and gladly accepted. The X100s is my only camera/lens, and have never tested its performance doing portraits.

How is X100s as a portrait camera? I know there's some softness at 2.0 aperture, so I may just sit at 2.8 for blurred background. Anyone used the X100s professionally as a portrait camera?
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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

A portrait comes in many forms, some head to toe, some neck up. Some neither. What type are you doing?

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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

cali4nia love wrote:

I was asked to do a some portrait shot and gladly accepted. The X100s is my only camera/lens, and have never tested its performance doing portraits.

How is X100s as a portrait camera? I know there's some softness at 2.0 aperture, so I may just sit at 2.8 for blurred background. Anyone used the X100s professionally as a portrait camera?

As mentioned, what kind of portraiture are you looking to do? Are you familiar with using a 35mm FOV for portraits? It definitely takes some getting used to. Now that I understand it better and how it shapes things, depending on distance, I love using it for portraiture. I use a 35mm on my Canons for that a lot.

In terms of the X100S, I've used it professionally for portraits too. Not sure if it's the style you're interested in seeing, but maybe-

http://www.briankraft.com/Blog/engagement-photography/colorado-engagement-photographer/

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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

It depends. The X100 can be a great camera for portraits but you need to accept it's limits. Short focal length, AF at short distances, ...

The softness at F2.0 is not a big deal but because of the short focal length it has it's limits to blur the background. The short distance to your subject can also be an issue if you do not know the person very well.

The perfect portrait setup for classical portraits is a full frame DSLR with a fast 85mm lens but portraits with the X100 are possible. Here is one of my favorites.

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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

cali4nia love wrote:

I was asked to do a some portrait shot and gladly accepted. The X100s is my only camera/lens, and have never tested its performance doing portraits.

How is X100s as a portrait camera? I know there's some softness at 2.0 aperture, so I may just sit at 2.8 for blurred background. Anyone used the X100s professionally as a portrait camera?

Conventionally portraits taken with a WA lens make the subject wider, which means that fat to average people can look, well, fatter than they really are. That's why (amongst other reasons) there is a convention of using 90mm (and longer) lenses on FF for portraiture because it has the opposite effect (it makes people look thinner).

Frankly, with a 35mm equivalent lens I don't think it really makes people look fat, though I'm not sure if I would use a 35mm lens for a straight on head shot. The biggest reason (of the other reasons I refer to above) is to throw backgrounds attractively out of focus. Only you will know if that's what is required here. Personally, if all I had was the X100S I would go for full body shots with a neutral background (e.g. open space, not tree branches).

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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

Foe me the x100 and the 35mm lens excel at environmental portraits, also using the flash at high shutter speeds can give you some good effects. For head and shoulders shots wide angle style distortion may be an issue. You have to get close for portraits and can be a bit intimidating for the model, just mention this before you go diving in!

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This posting may help answer that question:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51290482

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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

I think it does okay--see below.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesardoniciconic/ also has some really good more "conventional" portraits.  --M.

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In reply to cali4nia love, Apr 18, 2013

As long as you fight the need to compose very tightly you should be ok.

Traditionally the 35mm is not a portrait lens, but for candid / street / setting portrait you can do some great photographs. I found a flickr stream of portraits done with the Fuji X100s and I love them - http://www.flickr.com/photos/thesardoniciconic/

I would say give it a try!(and do not get too close to the subject, as that is the time when unflattering distortions can appear)

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