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Got to play with X100 and X10 yesterday at B&H

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by Glen Barrington, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Glen Barrington

    Glen Barrington SC Rookie

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    Nov 19, 2011
    Reading, PA, USA
    I was in NY yesterday for the CloudForce meeting at the Javits convention center.(A computer geek thing, don't worry about it), and son of a gun! This mid-western boy found himself actually walking by B&H! The place he has sent money to so many times on faith alone!

    Convention be damned! My shoes actually forced me into their building. So Cool! I never saw a camera shop with roped off waiting lines in front of sales clerks who waited like priests waiting to take confession before. (Forgive me, Canon, I had impure thoughts about Olympus) But to the point. I got to actually hold both "X"s there.

    I really liked both of them very much. The X10 felt VERY good in my hand as a compact. I had been wanting a Canon G12, but I'm pretty certain now that X10 is the way to go for me. . .

    BUT! The X100 felt like a camera of substance and means. I want one of them too!

    I loved the OVF, the size and the 'heft'. Curiously, I felt the EVF option, while cool, was kind of redundant. Considering the sort of things I like to shoot and how I like to shoot them, combined with the single lens option, the electronic viewscreen would seem to be more comfortable and as likely to be used by me when I need a TTL view.

    To me, the EVF option should be in an ILC type camera, not a fixed lens camera. I wonder why Fuji seems to be distancing itself from the dual VF concept? At any rate, I suspect I will be buying an X10 in February and wait and see what the Fuji ILC camera is like in 2013.
     
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Glen, I'm glad you followed "the call" and followed your feet into B&H. Sometimes straying off the prescribed path (to your "computer geek thing") is the best way to go.:wink:

    Keep us posted!
     
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  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Good to see you here Glen - I remember you from Four Thirds days I'm sure. Those X's are certainly beguiling.
     
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  4. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    You know the more I think about it, the more I am impressed with your self control, Glen.:biggrin:
     
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  5. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Glad you had such a great experience at B & H. I went with my husband. We arrived, we queued and we payed and left. I could have spent all day there! He's an accountant by the way :biggrin:
     
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  6. adanac

    adanac SC Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    To me the hybrid design showed Fujifilm thought very carefully about designing a camera that offered some of the benefits of a rangefinder while also doing some things a rangefinder can't do. Maybe it isn't a "rangefinder replacement" for all, but it could be for some and a good adjunct for others.

    With the OVF you get one of the benefits of an optical rangefinder or viewfinder in that you get more than the frame which can help when trying to capture a specific moment such as a subject entering the frame. The framing overlay and camera setting overlay is really nice in practice too.

    With the EVF you get precise framing in all shooting conditions, something a rangefinder can't do, and you also get support for macro photography to the extent that the camera can do macro which is something else you can't do with a rangefinder.

    I thought I'd use the OVF more but found myself using the EVF plenty as I enjoy framing more precisely in camera when the opportunity exists.

    You mentioned heft - it does feel nice in the hands compared to some lightweight cameras but in practice, for me anyway, I found that my ability to shoot handheld at low shutter speeds was not as well supported as with some other cameras. I actually wish the camera was a little heavier. With Auto ISO and setting a minimum shutter speed I could certainly work to avoid camera movement problems but in the back of my mind I was always wondering why I was fighting movement issues. I used the X100 extensively over a three month period.
     
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  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Wait, you're not calling Reading the mid-west are you? That would put West Chester in the south and I'm not a southern boy!

    I sort of agree about the EVF except there's no harm having it and its very helpful on the odd occasion I shoot something at very close range and the less odd occasion when I shoot something in VERY low light, where the OVF can be tough to see anything with but the EVF gains up and is really helpful. It may not be all that good a thing, but its certainly not a BAD thing.

    And yeah, the X10 is brilliant, white dots and all.

    -Ray
     
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  8. Glen Barrington

    Glen Barrington SC Rookie

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    Nov 19, 2011
    Reading, PA, USA
    No, I'm from Springfield, Illinois originally. I only came to Reading when the Casino company offered me a choice between employment and an incredible amount of freedom. Take a look at my Alton at Noon sequence on Photo.net or Jpg magazine.
     
  9. Glen Barrington

    Glen Barrington SC Rookie

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    Nov 19, 2011
    Reading, PA, USA
    I recognize no form of self control! I can't buy anything until February when a windfall comes in.
     
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  10. summerkl

    summerkl SC Veteran

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    Oct 11, 2010
    Vancouver, Canada
    Kevin
    Ahh Christilou, as an accountant myself, I always smile when I get a qualified compliment from my wife :biggrin: In a similar vein, my wife will often tell me that I am lucky that she married me ... which is true and I am sure your husband feels the same way.
     
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  11. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Sounds like my kind of shopping...

    ...except at B&H... but then again, there is so much else to see in NY.
     
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  12. Glen Barrington

    Glen Barrington SC Rookie

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    Nov 19, 2011
    Reading, PA, USA
    I remember you as well! I regret Oly doesn't seem interested in my needs, but as long as other manufacturers are, I guess it's all good!
     
  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I haven't set my foot inside B&H yet. Or Adorama. Although my hard earned dollars have traveled that way quite a few times! I'm afraid if I ever visit the store, I might not come out.
     
  14. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    To tell you the truth I have a harder time to resist buying from their website than I do when I visit the store. The last three times I have been in the store I have not bought a thing.
     
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