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Fuji X100 OR a cup of coffee and a cream cake

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Richkaz, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Richkaz

    Richkaz SC Regular

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    Mar 1, 2012
    I don't own a Fuji X100, but have noticed potential owners concerns regarding the limitations of only having a 35mm option
    for a lens without a zoom.
    Well, I keep an old 'toy' device in my car for emergencies.
    It's called a Kodak Easyshare C310 and can currently be purchased on fleabay for the price of a cup of coffee and a cream cake :smile:

    I used it last week when a couple of horses popped across to say 'hello' in the company car park.
    After taking the shots I realised that the 'toy' had a few things in common with the X100 :rolleyes:
    1. It's a digital camera
    2. It's about the same size as the X100
    3. It sports a fixed 35mm equivelent lens - Plastic I think
    4. It also has video ( all be it silent movies :biggrin:)
    5. It has mega pixels ( 4 from memory )
    6. It has a rear viewing screen AND an optical view finder ( yes really ! )

    Now that editing and cropping is soooooooooo quick and easy I can now understand why fixed lens users don't seem too bothered about a lack of zoom capability.
    They just shoot and crop !














    This picture has already been cropped

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    The image is cropped again

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    Again, this has already been cropped once



    and the toy crops again




    And again







    The C310 allows pretty substantial cropping and still renders reasonably acceptable results. Just imagine what a much bigger sensor and super optics can achieve !


    Some other images from the little Kodak




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    Using a fixed lens encourages you to get in closer to the subject and certainly makes you think more before pressing the button.
    I would imagine using the little Kodak ( or similar ) for a week, would sway potential X100 ( or other fixed lens compact ) owners to buy or not to buy.
    Saying that I think I will be sticking with my EX1 :smile:

    Richard
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I want that MG now! I wonder how many X100s I'd need to sell to buy one. Unfortunately I only have one and am not selling it. That little Kodak shows well that we only NEED one focal length.
     
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  3. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

    676
    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    hehe, great idea. I might even try that. I like primes in a compact, and the 41mm of the DP2 is sometimes just a touch not wide enough :)
     
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  4. Richkaz

    Richkaz SC Regular

    76
    Mar 1, 2012
    Wow ! The images taken with your Sigma are sensational. No need for a big zoom there then ? Keep up the good work !
     
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    once you rid yourself of the idea that over a certain point, megapixels make any difference to how good your images look, it's rather liberating ...
     
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  6. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

    676
    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    very true! It doesn't mean that you're not tempted by megapixels every once in a while. :)
    But if you manage to resist you can keep using your old computer, your old software and accessories. Restrictions can work to your advantage... or sometimes drive you crazy... You win some, you lose some :)
     
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  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Indeed. And in some case, more is less. As it were. I still keep my old Olympus C760. only 3.2Mp but it does great work.
     
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  8. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I think it was starting to use film again that has sealed it for me.

    I can't imagine now that any more "IQ" than I can get with my Olympus E-P2 is worth buying another camera for. I can't zoom my film scans to 100% and see each blade of grass but so what?

    While my hand has been mostly inoperative I've been using my old Canon P&S - albeit converted to shoot raw - and I love the way it renders with "just" 7.1MP and a 1/1.8 sensor ... especially in monochrome.

    anyhoo, chacun a son gout and all that
     
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  9. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

    676
    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    exactly right, you don't necessarily need all that detail.
    As an example: motion picture film for visual effects and DI (digital intermediate - colour grading) is scanned at "2k" most of the time.
    Which is 2048x1556 = 3.2 Megapixels.
    Which is what you see at the movie theatre. :)

    (Some projects get worked on at 4k these days, which is equivalent to 12Megapixels, but it's still quite rare.)
     
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  10. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    These were shot back in the Spring of 2005 with a Kodak EasyShare CX 7310 which I had bought for my son (then 5 years old). Obviously, not SOOC. Re-processed a few minutes ago with PS CS5 and Silver Efex 2.0. I believe the CX 7310 is one generation behind the C310 and is only 3.2mp rather than 4mp.

    100_0218.


    100_0209.

    Puerto Nuevo Beach, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.

    These look fine on screen, but would probably not print larger than 5" x 7" without the lack of detail becoming obvious.

    This is the camera that took them:

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    2004 Kodak CX 7310 by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    :drinks: Me, too - love that car!

    Very fine examples of using what you've got, Rich!:bravo-009:
     
  12. nikki

    nikki SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
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  13. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    539
    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    These great photos show us that pixel peeping is on the way out and just enjoying your photography is on the way in!!!

    I love my X100 and Promise to have a hunt around and buy one of these little beauties to play with too :)
     
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  14. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

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    Jul 9, 2010
    Illinois
    Brian
    Nice photos, Richard. I can't recall whether it was the Easyshare C310 or the CX7310 that Antonio mentioned that was my family's first digital camera. We ordered it from Dell along with a desktop computer and I really disliked it. You seem to do very well with it. It was a nice surprise to see images from that camera on here after all this time!
     
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  15. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Nice!

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  16. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    And heres one from my old Ollie, completely unedited, even to the point where you can see reflections in the glass I was shooting through. Sydney Harbour, looking in the direction of the heads, from the top of ...somewhere... I forget where we had lunch. In the foreground, the Botanic Gardens. Taken a few years ago.

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    P6150003 by kyte50, on Flickr
     
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  17. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

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    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Chuck
    Nikki, the Canon A series was highly regarded in its day, particularly the A650. And somehow we were able to get quite decent prints from 4 to 6 megapixels....
     
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  18. Jenna

    Jenna SC Rookie

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    Aug 18, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Karen
    several years ago, I was ata scenic location, Craigs Hut (which was originally built for the man from snowy river movie), beautiful wild light from a storm. Put my Pentax K10 on the manfrotto tripod. Damm dead battery, turned out then charger was faulty and despite being on charge overnight, the battery had not charged. I was devastated til I remembered there was a very basic 4 MP camera in the car. Grabbed it, placed on said manfrotto to the guffaws of onlookers, here is the results

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  19. nikki

    nikki SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
    lovely shots Jenna, - you know what they say - "its not the camera but the person holding it" !:smile:
     
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  20. thekeddi

    thekeddi SC Top Veteran

    539
    Aug 15, 2011
    South Australia
    Some brilliant stuff guys, keep em coming!!!