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I like taking my camera for a walk


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On Have your say: Best Fixed-lens Compact Camera of 2013 article (91 comments in total)

The best fixed lens camera is probably the iPhone 5. Literally anyone can now take an excellent photo using it & applying an Instagram filter, you can make calls, email on it and browse the web too. Can't do that on any of the above, but the 100XS is a very lovely 'dad necklace', goes well with a Harris Tweed jacket.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 18:15 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

Acquiring more stuff than you actually use is of course very much a privileged First World 'problem' . If I put as much time in trying to take good and better photographs and learning about the art of photography as I do checking our 'gear porn' then I'd be a far better photographer. That said this site has helped me enormously to get the most out of a camera and lenses I really love using daily, those being the Fujifilm XE 1 with 35 mm lens and the 18-55 zoom. Perhaps on this site there should also be forums for Walker Evans, Cartier Bresson, William Eggleston, and Atget fans (etc. etc.) so art and commerce can go hand in hand? I'm interested in why we love photography & the power it has in our lives, but I'm passionate about technological progress too. We need the balance, but I'm striving to own only what I regularly use.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:24 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies

Just buy a Fujifilm XE1 - good lenses now and more to come, and a great inbuilt EVF. Light & very easy to take anywhere - I do all day every day. Why pay so much more for this still limited Sony? Fujifilm have it nailed already with so much more usability for less outlay.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 10:55 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
On Just posted: Fujifilm X-E1 Review article (527 comments in total)

Had it for weeks: it's a great camera. Feels good in the hand, compact and light enough to carry everywhere, everyday. It's capable of capturing great images when you've set it up to get what you want: it's an easy process. I only shoot and use jpegs: I never post-process anything, it doesn't suit my way of working or aesthetic - I like to get the images straight out of the camera that are perfect for me, and I get them with the XE-1. Now the camera is set up to give me the colour I like I simply use the exposure compensation dial and aperture priority to get what I want. Job done on having a great responsive tool that leaves you free to work out artistically what you think a good photograph is, and how you will take one!....still working on that...this tool helps. Well done Fujifilm.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:41 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1511 comments in total)

Er, none of the above. For me it has to be the iPhone 5 as it's so convenient & has a rather useful phone & computer attached to it too. Along with the Fujifilm X-E1, which is cheaper and smaller than the X-Pro 1 and with a better EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2012 at 21:33 UTC as 184th comment
On Fujifilm X-E1 preview extended article (113 comments in total)

Bought several weeks ago on the strength of hugely liking my results with the X100. Delighted with this camera too. Great in the hand, easy to carry with you always. Superb pictures. Autofocus still a wee bit sluggish sometimes but it's not really a problem as it's not a camera for taking snapshots. I only shoot jpegs, the colour is always pleasingly natural and accurate. Great product in terms of function & aesthetics.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 15:28 UTC as 33rd comment
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Tom_A: I have the XE-1 bought as a limited launch kit with the 35mm 1.4 lens.
This is such a nice combination, giving very convincing bokeh and perfect sharpness and colours, that I was a bit disappointed when trying the 18-55 in a japanese shop. Yes the quality seems to be good, but the speed and bokeh is lost.
I may eventually still buy the 18-55 as a good single lens for holidays.
But for now, I think I'll just stay with the 35mm and walk a bit more instead of zooming :-) There is something to be said for minimalism !
I am curious about the 23mm, it has the perfect angle of view for walking around like a classic full frame 35mm lens. However if I read the DOF charts well then at medium distances this 23mm f1.4 lens has a similar DOF as a classic 35mm lens at f2.8.

I have the same kit with the 35 mm 1.4 lens. I seem to be having a hard time achieving focus when taking portraits at a close-ish distance (say 3 or 4 feet away) even in reasonable light conditions. The focus square shows green but when I look at the images on the computer they are all out of focus. I never had this trouble with the X100 - any tips? I've already enlarged the EVF focus square up a couple of notches from the smallest setting I kept it at on the X100 & checked I've the latest firmware installed. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 12:58 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E1 Preview preview (410 comments in total)

I have owned the X100 for the last 8 months. I have thoroughly enjoyed using this camera for superb (to me) pictures of my family, street photography, landscapes & architecture. The image quality is always beautiful and enticing. I very easily carry the camera everywhere every day. I just concentrate on taking the picture I want & this camera works by not getting in the way with distracting fiddly menus or irritating physical bulk. Once you've set it up the way you want you can focus fully on taking an excellent photograph: which is what it all about. I will also be buying the X-E1 as it has a similar physical size to the X100 and it will allow me to use a greater number of lenses. I never use the optical viewfinder on the X100 so I don't need one - the EVF is very good on the X100 and is, so it seems, even better on this new camera. I love the fact that the Fujifilm X cameras are very well made & beautifully designed tools that, although not cheap, don't cost silly money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2012 at 14:48 UTC as 72nd comment | 2 replies

I bought the X100 a few weeks ago so I let a year go by for the price to become affordable - I got mine ex display from John lewis for £620. Also many of the bugs had been ironed out. The X100 is a wonderful camera that encourages my creativity & gives me a lot of pleasure & satisfaction. I'll enjoy and learn from my X100 for at least two years (if not far more) & only then will consider if I need and want an X-Pro 1, by which time bugs will have gone and the price will have come down considerably. My main 'problem' is the daily hunt for fascinating subjects to photograph. I'm so lucky, as a non pro, to be wealthy enough to afford £600 pounds for a camera, but it's one of the best pieces of technology I've ever owned & I use it daily because it's easy for it to be always with me. Looking forward to seeing the pictures everyone takes with the X-Pro 1.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:31 UTC as 15th comment
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