Having knocked the Fuji X100 in the recent comparison resulting in what camera I would take to the city for street shooting the X100 fell into second place. Feeling sorry for it I decided to do something about it. So initially you might start to think well ‘why do I need this camera’. So I set myself another little challenge that would show and demonstrate its continued value in my kit. So here is the challenge.
Set up a drinks bottle shoot into the sun and sync a flash at higher sync speed than any other high end camera I could afford. Oh and all under 30mins start to finished post processed shot. This is the chosen finished shot. Ok not perfect but you get the idea its the leaf shutter and its so cool.
Ok so it’s not a brilliant shot, it could have done with a second speed light to fill in some of the shadows and extra water and a defects clean up, but hey not bad for the time I set myself. So what’s so special that makes me keep the Fuji X100.
The point here is that I can shoot into the sun setting a shutter speed of 1/800 (could have been higher if my Nikon SB25 was faster and more powerful). It allows amazing flexibility over any other camera I have owned or could afford. It means I can create images like this one. Try shooting it yourself, here is the setup. I don’t often do this sort of set up info but thought I would share this one. Don’t forget the image above and below we’re shot at the same time. I did not wait for the sun to lower into the evening the shutter speed and shooting at F11 is the point here.
You can see this is not complex set up and I was set up and ready to shoot in 15mins imagine how flexible this could be on a fashion or portrait portfolio shoot, of course I would replace my speed lights with a pair of Alienbees and diffusers and some more reliable pocket wizards but hey replace the bottle with a model and the table with a polycarbonate deck and now you can work with out having to wait for the daylight to dip to a level that none leaf shutter cameras can cope with. Hey that’s a good few hours EXTRA shooting time. (SadIy I don’t have any of that kit I mentioned but hey how good could it be)
Sorry I digress.
I wanted to show why the X100 stays with me. I can create images with this camera that I cannot replicate with my Fuji X-E1. so its got to stay in my kit line up. Ok… so yes I would like the X100s and get the best of both ..but think about it….not quite, I have still the flexibility to attach lenses of my choice to the X-E1, Canon,Nikon,Voitlander, Sumicron, Leica the list goes on can all be bolted to the front of this body.
So with the Fuji X-E1 and the Fuji X100 I can cover loads of options in my shooting style and requirements.
Just for fun I have a have included a couple of out takes to show speed light from camera left shot and one shot with speed light from the bottom angled up through the glass to catch the label and top of the cap leaving out the cropping to show the flash spilling.
Not bad for 30mins work. If I shot this again I would have a second light for fill and some liquid spray if I had more time just to finalise the dark areas and add some more thirst quenching drama.