Fujifilm Week Day Four - The Model T
Actually, I have been making the most of it for some time - I own the first model of the X -100 series cameras and have had several years to get used to it and make it do as I wanted. Since that first design there have been two later models released, and I am going compare the new one - the X-100T - to the X-100.
Okay - Fujifilm kept the same lens - 23mm f:2 - on both cameras and sealed the thing tight so that you don't interchange lenses. The X-100 uses a 12 megapixel sensor - the X-100T has 16 megapixels to play with. The new one peaks up higher in ISO settings. It includes a new JPEG film simulation mode - " Classic Chrome". And it has a little secondary screen inside the viewfinder that lets you see what you have in focus if you are doing it manually. That's a bigger and more detailed LCD screen back there.
What I can comment on is the sterling performance of that lens on that sensor. I always knew it was detailed and sharp out to the edges because I could see it on the files, but an experiment proved how closely Fujifilm have matched the thing.
My recent computer failure, replacement, and selection of new programs finally brought me to Lightroom 6. While I am still learning, I was guided by a client of the store in how to apply distortion correction to images based upon their pre-recorded profiles. The Adobe people have obviously measured the X-100 and the Fujinon lens and included the data in there program. Well, I opened raw files from a weekend shoot ( Hot Rods, yeah...) and passed them through the correction funnel. While the program did make sure there was no light fall off at the edges, it had very, very little to do with the centre of the images. This same experiment applied to other images taken with other cameras and other lenses showed some massive pixel-shifting needed.
And you can still take it on holiday in a retro ever-ready case as your one and only piece of photo gear and be confident of bringing professional images back.
PS: If you ever fancy going Henri Cartier-Bressoning, this is the camera to do it with.