So, I’ve now spent a week or so with the new offering from Fujifilm and here is my little Fuji X100S Review.

This won’t be a pixel-peeping technical breakdown.  There are loads of those across the internet.  I’m approaching this as a professional, using the camera and hopefully from my experiences you can decide if the X100S is a camera you would be interested in buying.  Needless to say, the important stuff is that the Fuji X100S is a new 16-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II image sensor and a new EXR processor paired up with the same 23mm f/2 lens as the X100 had.  A winning combination?

Now, when I was a little bitty teeny boy I had a Canon AE-1 program camera.  I loved everything about that camera from its weight, its size, its form factor, its tactile feeling and its resultant images (OK, I was pretty poor with film, so let’s not bring image quality into the equation here).

This was probably something like the mid to late eighties.  I had and Amstrad CPC464 computer and a Chopper bike rusting in the garage.  I used to watch films hired from the shop on a massive Betamax video recorder and I really liked a girl down the road called Rachael and playing rugby.

I no longer have the Amstrad, nor the bike, nor the video recorder.  Rachael became a Buddhist and I’m now married to Gemma.  I do still have my AE-1 though.  It sits on my shelf in my office.

Fast forward to 2010 and I’m a professional wedding photographer.  Crazy how the world shifts and tilts and we find ourselves doing things we just never thought we would be.  I was shooting weddings in a documentary approach and still do.  I was carrying a Canon 5D and a Canon 1 Series body with me to each wedding.  My back wasn’t happy but to be fair, I did love those cameras and they were (and remain so) very capable and have a place in the “fond” section of my memory.

I wanted a camera that was small, felt good, worked well, produced great images and a camera that I felt had a spirit about it.  Like my AE-1 did.  I wasn’t getting that with my DSLRs, even though they were very able machines,  I wanted something to bring enjoyment back into photography for me.

I recall seeing some adverts for this small form camera from Fujifilm called an X100.  I read reviews in the press from its debut showing over at Photokina and was instantly mesmerised.  Why?  Because it reminded me so much of my beloved AE-1.

I wanted one, and I got one and I loved it.  I genuinely did.  It came with me to some weddings and we became very good friends.

As we all know, the AF system in the first batch of original X100’s (that’s plural X100, not an X100s!!!!  – phew) was limiting, especially in low light, but to a certain extent Fujifilm diligently worked with users to produce a series of firmware updates for the X100 which made it a much more viable camera.  The X100 was much loved by me, and many, but a little bit like a politician it was very much subjective.

Wooooosh….. fast forward again to 2013 and we have a new iteration, called the Fujifilm X100S.   An update in every sense bar the look and feel (which is, actually updated slightly).


The Fujifilm X100S (shot taken on an original X100)

Fuji X100S

So, here is my old AE-1.  Shot in macro mode on the X100S.  The macro mode, by the way, is much more responsive than the X100 and to me it seems focus’s even closer.  This was shot at F/2.  It’s sharp enough for me for this picture but Fuji recommend not shooting in macro mode at less than F/4 to ensure sharpness in macro mode.


My beloved Canon AE-1 (shot taken with the Fujifilm X100S)

Canon AE-1

I’m a professional photographer and most Saturday’s I spend my time photographing weddings.  I took the X100S to some weddings (more on that later) but I think where a majority of people will see the benefit of this camera is as a “go-to” camera that produces amazing professional-quality images.  For family photographs, travel and street photography I can’t see me using much more than this camera going forward.

Its simple, pick the camera up and shoot.  Without disrespecting DSLRs too much, I simply wouldn’t have done that with my big cameras.  To a certain extent even the X-Pro1 makes me think about lens choices etc as I’m reaching for it.  But the absolute beauty of the X100S is that there is no decisions to be made.  Its a fixed lens – the decisions are at the behest of your creativity alone.

Albie, my son:  Shot at F/2, ISO 800 & 1/125th
Fujifilm-X100S

 

Fuji X100S Focusing

Let’s talk a little about Auto Focus first.  I’ll say this right away – it’s eons better than the original X100 and I mean that with all sincerity.  However, it’s still not “perfect” in some conditions.   Fuji claim the AF is now one of the fastest in the world on mirrorless cameras and perhaps that is true (I’ve not used any other in anger so can’t compare).  The AF is extremely responsive and in good light, pretty much instantaneous.  In low light, it’s slightly less responsive.  It does take a little longer in some instances to focus.  Buy you know what?  So does my Canon 5D Mark III.

My preferred method of shooting with the X-Trans cameras (including the X-Pro1) is to use manual focus and use the AFL/AEL button as a back button focusing option.  I set the AE/AF-Lock Mode to AE&AF On/Off Switch and this in effect decouples the AF from the exposure button.

If you switch the image review mechanism off, and employ this configuration, you can shoot much more rapidly once your focus has been achieved.  It works amazingly well and whilst I’d like to see a bit more configuration options around the AE/AF on the X100S this ability to focus, then fire frames when you are happy has made shooting with camera much more pleasurable.

Something to remember is that the Fuji X100s actually uses a combination of Phase Detection and Contrast Detection auto focusing.  The camera will decide what to use and it’s my understanding you can’t influence that.  The new phase detection is faster but only really in good light (plus it only works on the central nine focus points) and that might explain why, in good light, the AF speed is so much improved.

One of the things that I admire about Fuji is that they do listen to us users.  This is evident in the firmware updates they have put out for all of their recent cameras.  I think one of the biggest gripes amongst professionals with the original X100 was the manual focus functionality.  A camera that was destined to be used by street photojournalists the world over and the manual focus was a big disappointment.

Not any more.  The new manual focus system works and works well.  Fuji have also introduced two new aids to manual focus shooters;  Digital Split Image Focusing and Focus Peak.  I can hands down say that the Focus Peak feature is worth the money alone.  If you have an X100 and shoot manually (or want to) and you are on the fence about whether to upgrade; the Focus Peak is the reason to upgrade.

The focus ring is more agile and pulls together far quicker.  This was perhaps the biggest gripe of X100 users and Fuji have addressed it head on with the Manual Focusing features of the X100S.

Rosa, my daughter:  Shot at F/2, ISO 500 & 1/125th
Fujifilm-X100S

Low Light Performance

I don’t think anyone who has used any of the X-trans cameras from Fuji can fail to be astounded by the level of image quality they produce.  For me, as an available light shooter, I rarely use flash in any form.  The X100 was good at low light shooting but I wouldn’t head north of around 2,500 ISO in extreme circumstances.

The Fuji X100S inherits the superb low light processing of the X-Pro1 and X-E1 as far as I can tell.  The extended range goes all the way up to 25,600 but for me, the real power in low light is the ability to set the Auto-ISO to top out at 6,400 where needed (taking into account a minimum shutter speed).

A lot of people ask me if I’m comfortable using the Auto-ISO settings and the answer is yes.  In fact, I use it pretty much all the time.  However, I have different settings for different situations.  You can save the different Auto-ISO settings for each of the three camera custom shooting profiles so I have one setting that shoots between 200 ISO and 6400ISO with a minimum shutter speed of 1/125th (that’s my standard).  I then have a couple of variants for outside shooting and for shooting in much darker scenarios (where the shutter speed is a lot lower).  Using the new Q button I can switch between these pretty rapidly.

As ever, the famed Fuji colour rendering is just amazing.  However, as I tend to shoot JPG with my cameras these days I’ve noticed the NR setting in camera can be a little harsh and for that reason I usually set my NR setting to -1 in the configuration menu.

In my tests , the colour accuracy, sharpness and noise is markedly better than the X100 and certainly on a par with the files my X-Pro1 produces.

Rosa, asleep:  Shot at F/2 ISO 6,400 1/15th Second (spot metered)

Fujifilm-X100S

 

Malmesbury Abbey:  Shot at F/2 ISO 6,400 1/20th Second

Fujifilm-X100S

This next shot was taken on the weekend at just before 8:45pm.  Hence the high ISO and slow shutter speed to bring the ambient light in as much as possible.  Shot with an exposure compensation of +1.  I’m not sure if I could get this kind of image, hand held, from a large DSLR and to be honest, I’m not sure if I’d get it hand held using the 35mm lens on the X-Pro1.

Malmesbury:  Shot at F/2 6,400 ISO 1/55th of a second

Fujifilm-X100S

X100S in Real Life

As a documentary wedding photographer the Fuji X cameras have been a bit of a Godsend.  I shoot a lot at each wedding now with the X-Pro1 and whilst I did take the original X100 to a few weddings in the early days it soon became redundant with the advent of the X-Pro1.

Would I take an X100S with me to a wedding?  Yes.  Definitely.   I’m not sure it would be a primary camera but I think it’s a wonderful addition to the kit bag.  I took it to a couple of weddings last weekend and whilst I only took a very small amount of images with it, I was very pleased with the results.

As with the X100 it’s silent.  Absolutely deadly silent which is great for candid photography.  As  a point of fact, one of the weddings I took the camera to the weather was pretty appalling.  The guests made the most of it of course, but were all in a confined marquee for a major part of the day.  Using the X100S allowed me to really get amongst the guests and shoot candidly and with as little notice as possible being taken of me.

For wedding photographers and street shooters, the X100S will be a powerful tool.  In situations where shooting is restricted, or where there is a large amount of guests in close quarter I can’t think of a better option right now.

Fujifilm-X100S

Fujifilm-X100S

Fujifilm-X100S

Fujifilm-X100S

Fujifilm-X100S

As mentioned previously all the images I shoot these days are shot in JPG.  Decent raw support for the RAF files of the X-Pro1 and X-E1 has finally arrived in Lightroom 4.4 but I would still like to see some camera profiles added.  I’ll wait for (what will probably be) Lightroom 5 before investigating the RAF support of the X100S there.

The ergonomics of the camera itself have changed a little from the X100.  There is the now ubiquitous Q button which is remarkably useful when I remember to use it.  Notably, the AF selection button is now at the top of the back dial.  This is great as you can very quickly move your AF point across the frame.  Perfect for those who don’t re-compose and shoot.

The dials are more rigid and I haven’t once knocked my exposure compensation dial unlike I do all the time with my X100 and also do with my X-Pro1.

And quickly, whilst using the camera I found the following quite useful:

–  In MF press and hold the command dial to choose quickly between Digital Split and Focus Peak

–  Holding the Q button down switches the brightness of the LCD

There are some additions to the film emulations and some pretty cool “features” to the in camera editing such as Toy Camera and Tilt-Shift emulation (in fact, take a look at David Cleland’s great series A Mini Adventure)

I’m sold on the camera – you can tell right?  There some minor irritations still;  I’d still not 100% comfortable with the button configuration on the back.  I’d like to see a dedicated AF button over on the right hand side.  Another customisable function button, perhaps on the front of the camera would be awesome too.  At present, I use the Fn button to switch the ND filter on and off.   That’s about it though!

The Fujifilm X100S is a wonderful camera, and I genuinely mean that.  Zack Arias said it is the best camera he has ever owned and you know what, I think I may well agree with him.

So here they are.  The old master and newly crowned favourite.  You see – they are so close…. The Fujifilm is actually a little smaller and lighter. But they breathe life into your photography.  In a modern digital world where everything can be so automated using a camera should be a joy, as well as functionally productive.

The Old Master and New King:  Fujifilm X100S and a Canon AE-1 (shot on an original X100)

Fujifilm-X100S

 

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39 Responses

  1. klehmann

    Hi Kevin,

    Enjoyed reading Your review!

    Been shootin’ the X100S for a few weeks+ now and must say the same as Yourself and others that its a remarkable improvement over its predecessor the X100 (I had two of those at various point in time + I am using the X-Pro1 on almost a daily basis)… However, I’m still slightly frustrated about the AF at times. Despite FujiFilms claims about the ‘worlds fastest bla-bla’ – perhaps that’s true but it certainly does not always feels so under anything but optimal lighting… I wonder if there’s anything out there yet in this segment that will deliver what I wish for no matter Zack’s and others almost raisin’ it to near god-status;o) It’s good, yes – but still not quite there… So as it turns out I ended up using it mainly zone-focused at approx 7feet at f8 or sometimes f11 in good light and there it shines. Now, if only they will bring out the improvements from the X100S over to the X-Pro1(S?), and rather sooner than later, I’ll be a happy camper and probably by then will ditch the little X100S in favour of the new Ricoh GR that more suits my needs in terms of high IQ/pocketability on the streets! Wll miss the lovely viewfinder + Fuji-colors though;o)

    Best
    klehmann

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks for stopping by Klehmann,

      Zack certainly loves it doesn’t he ;-)…… I’ve not tried the Ricoh so can’t compare but I see the X100S as a great camera in good light, and a very good camera in poorer light. It’s not a DSLR and I suppose Fuji will push the X-Pro1/X-E1 range forward to take on the big boys there.

      For me, the X100S is a great little camera that performs well and produces amazing results. I too often zone focus with it and that does speed things up in terms of focus and exposure for sure.

      Cheers

      Kevin

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  2. Colin Nicholls

    Awesome review there Kevin, very insightful and from a ‘real world’ perspective, can’t wait to get my hands on the new ‘S’ version, had a little play with it at Focus and I was sold, Thanks for sharing.

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  3. bob Parsons

    So let me get this right in my mind. 2 years ago Fuji launch the x100 and it is flawed.(ie it cannot manually focus, its auto focus capability is not that good, it often locked up and is generally slow to start up). They add a couple of firmware updates and everything is fixed. Not the manual focus it’s still pants and the autofocus is not much better.
    So fast forward to 2013 and they launch the exact same camera fixing the stuff that didn’t work in the original, add a slightly bigger sensor put an S on it and expect original x100 owners to be happy about how wonderful the new camera is!
    I own an original x100 and I can tell you I am now very unhappy that they are charging a grand for something they should have got right in the beginning. That may be good business for them but short sighted if they think x100 owners won’t forget how poor this looks. I was thinking about an XE1 but after this fiasco they can take a run and jump. Fuji consider yourself off my future shopping list!!

    Bob

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Bob – thanks for taking time to comment. Whilst I sympathise with you and can see the angle you are coming from I don’t really see it like that myself.

      Camera technologies move on. It’s an evolutionary thing. There would be no Mark II or Mark III of any of the Canon cameras if they were all perfect in the first instance. The Canon 1DX is a far better camera than the Canon 1D Mark IV and it has features that many people think should have been in the 1D Mark IV in the first place.

      I think Fuji have made a good camera here and the mirror less digital age is relatively young which is worth bearing in mind.

      Just my thoughts of course,

      Cheers

      Kevin

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  4. Charlie Johnson

    Great review again Kevin. Are you using Fuji exclusively for your wedding work yet? I’m not sure whether to use the x100s for a back up at weddings or plump for the XE-1. My way of working weddings now is x-pro 1 in the hands with 35mm on it and the 18mm in my pocket. Shocking for the die hard white lens Canon users and their osteopaths, and their Nikon cousins, but it works for me. Been there done that. The x-pro and x100s would be my choice as the x100s is just a bit more pocketable for personal walk around stuff. Not sure how it would fit in with my 18, 35, 60 set up though. Thoughts? Anyone?

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Personally I wouldn’t use the X100S as a primary camera at a wedding. It’s going to be with me at every wedding though and will be great for wandering around and shooting the candid moments without any kind of distraction.

      It will be interesting to see what the next breed of X-Pro1 / X-E1 brings to table too (and I have no idea on that).

      Cheers

      Kevin

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      • Charlie Johnson

        Thanks Kevin. I plumped for the X-E1. I love using the OVF on the X-Pro 1so the X-E1 will have the 60mm which I don’t use much, leaving me to use the OVF with the wider remaining lenses. The X-E1 was not too dis-similar in size to the X100 so when the pancake 23mm comes out it will do what I wanted the x100 to cover….without the snazzy manual focus that is.

      • klehmann

        hi charlie,

        27mm is the pancake…. the 23mm is with a f1.4 and is big as a house… ok, just kiddin’ – it’s still small compared to similar fl/aperture on dslr’s – just sayin’… in case your mind was set on something here? the 27mm is an f2.8 to keep it small-ish.

        best
        klehmann

  5. Clive

    Hello Kevin, Already owning and loving a X100 your review along with David Hobby’s and Zack’s leave me salivating at the prospect of getting hands on with the little beauty. My next wedding isn’t until mid May, it’s really tempting to get one by then. Thanks for the great review.
    Clive

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  6. David whittley

    Great review.
    Your intro sent shivers down my spine! I also had a Canon AE-1 Program and a rusting Chopper in the garage. No flirt by the name of Rachel and the home PC was a Vic 20 if I remember correctly.
    I have read review after review about this camera and am still on the fence -as it were. The picture of your son and a few of the pictures from the wedding -especially the one with the waiter moving- have however tipped the balance slightly towards the x100s.
    I currently own and still shoot with a 10 year old Canon D60. This replaced the AE-1 and with a good lens produces decent shots. Files however become quite damage with even a slight amount of post processing!
    I really want the x100s but by the time I’ve purchased the camera, a quality fast memory card, the lens hood and adapter, an UV filter, the original leather case or the more expensive Italian made case from Luigi plus an extra case to carry the lens hood and the extra batteries and other necessities I’ve spent as much as would have on a new Canon 5D Mrk II. Albeit just the house.

    Decisions decisions!
    Regards, On the fence.

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  7. Blaze

    I see that you shoot all your photos in JPG on the X100s. Are the photos in this article straight from the camera, or have you done any post processing on them? If they are SOOC, would it be possible to learn what settings you use?

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Blaze,

      Yes, the images are all from JPG within the camera. The B&W’s were mostly shot using the +R filter. I have sharpness set to +1 and shadow set to -1.

      I have processed them slightly by adding a small warmth tint in LR and a vignette.

      In another post (soon) I’ll put the original full size JPGs in Dropbox for you to take a look at if you wish.

      Cheers

      Kevin

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  8. Mark Loader

    Well then. Another “real world” review…Hallelujah, if i see another bloody macro of a meaningless chart or banknote I’ll throw up. Thank you and Zack Arias and David (Strobist) Hobby for a working pro’s insight into a brilliant camera. I have the X100 Black LE (I am not snobbish or proud but I’m willing to learn!) which of course came with some firmware upgrades so many of the niggles were taken care of. I was, and remain, staggered by its performance. Goodbye, Leica-lust. Acquired the X-E1 as well and whatever’s coming down the pipeline for that and the X-Pro1 must be….we’ll just have to keep calm, carry on and wait for that! Maybe you could write a page about the “romantic” aspect of shooting with these beauties. I think Zack may be contemplating doing likewise himself. I find DSLRs cold and technical, whereas the X’s just seem to have a soul. Camera first, computer second perhaps? Whatever, they’re awesome, the DSLRs tend to stay at home now, and Saturday I have a shoot with my favourite model…I’ll take the X100 & the X-E1 i think…thanks again, Kevin, and good luck with your weddings. Try and keep the Fujis dry in that delightful climate of yours! ;-)

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Lol – thanks Mark. The climate is certainly an issue……!

      I’m glad you find the review helpful. I’m not a big fan of “pixel peeping” myself and if I can help with real world samples and reviews that help working pros then all the better in my opinion.

      Cheers

      Kevin

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  9. Neil Pollock

    Great review Kevin, interesting to hear how you are getting on with it.

    I’ve been waiting for the release since I heard about it. I resisted buying the x100 because of price and I couldn’t see a place for it in my kit bag but I always admired it so waiting for people to stock the x100s became a bit of an obsession.

    Eventually got it last week and have to say I love it already. As you say the fact that you are fixed to the lens means you have to get on with it rather than pondering what lens to throw on the front.

    I haven’t had a really good play yet but will do at this weekend’s wedding as a third camera for some of the documentary stuff and probably some bridal prep too. Hope to get a blog post up myself soon too if I can find the time.

    Keep up the good work!

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  10. David

    Great review Kevin. I’ve had my x100s for about 4 weeks and it rocks! Low light, faster AF, portability, clarity, love it. I’ve posted lots of info including high speed flash syncing at dwwphotography.blogspot.com.au

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  11. Mat @ MirrorLessons

    I always have the x100s at my side for professional assignments these days. (I work at the National Cinema Museum of Turin, and often have to report on film festivals and the like.) I may not use it all the time, but it is useful for capturing informal group shots. For everything else, I use the Oly E-M5 and four interchangeable lenses.

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  12. Jony Patterson

    Great post Kevin. Every time I read your Fujifilm posts I get those little butterflies I used to get when looking at the kids toy section of the Argos catalogue when I was younger! It makes me want to go out and buy one and then spend months wondering the streets snapping everything in sight! If only my wallet would allow such escapades!

    Who knows, maybe one day ;)

    Keep up the awesome blog, it’s a pleasure to read.

    Jony

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  13. Kevin

    Hey there, I came across ur website while checking reviews for the x100s.
    Very enjoyable read, I was on the fence about shall I buy or not, I think I will take the plunge and buy it quite soon.
    I’ve never used or owned fuji cameras, I’ve owned Nikon Slrs, canon and sony, I hate carrying around the heavy bag.
    These days I like small and compact cameras with first class quality photos, I think this camera may fit the bill.
    Thanks for the review,
    I enjoyed looking through ur wedding photos,
    keep up the good work,
    All the best,
    Kevin.

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  14. Stephen

    I bought a Sony RX100 camera, having sold (to my mind and experience) a rather disappointing second hand Leica M8. I paid more money for that than almost anything I have ever had… and every time I went to use it, there was something wrong with it…

    The Sony, was sold to me as the best point and shoot available… However, on the occasions that I have attempted to use it, I found that it’s cleverness, meant that as a p&s, it was barely average, and as something to attempt to use as a camera, it was really confusing.

    You can probably tell, that I am no “photographer”… But I have dabbled over the last 40 years…

    Anyway, I read a couple of reviews of the x100s and I held one and fiddled around with its bells and whistles in a London store and came to a couple of conclusions… Firstly, I would go home and stick the useless Sony onto EBAY… byeee!

    The second was, that the websites that I was used to reading, are nothing more than affiliate sales channels, the most famous one (that shall remain kkkk k kompletely nameless) had clearly not even held one of these cameras, let alone used one! Though he was impressed with the camera that he hadn’t seen or used.

    Then, having placed my order for the camera, went looking for proper reviews… The first one that I found was by someone called David Hobby (a professional who is mainly interested in lighting), and he is obviously someone who actually knows what he is talking about… And he rated this camera very highly, even if he didn’t like the reflective nature of the shiny silver finish, he really wanted a black one.

    The second one is yours…

    Neither of you seem to be selling anything other than your proven professional skills, and you both seem to use cameras as tools to get your work done.

    Thank you Kevin for a decent review from someone that has actually used this thing, and I am looking forward to getting and keeping my new camera.

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Thanks Stephen – I think real world usage examples are very important. I leave all the technical jargon and pixel peeping to others so I’m pleased my review helped you.

      Later today, in fact, I’m going to be publishing and updated review so keep an eye out for that :-)

      Thanks again,

      Kevin

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  15. V.

    Kevin,

    I finally managed to get hold of one two days ago…I am excited to put it through its paces on my upcoming travels. I am leaving the x-pro’s at home (never thought I would say that).

    Great insight buddy.
    V.

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  16. Ben

    Kevin – thanks for the review. I have had an X100 since Nov. 2012 and love it! It is my go-to camera for family shots/personal work.

    I am branching out into more semi-pro work (weddings, family portrait shoots) and don’t ’t *quite* trust the X100 for mission-critical PJ type work. So… I just ordered the X100s and intend to use it as a personal camera and for PJ wedding work (getting ready, receptions, etc) Compared to the X100, do you think the AF/MF performance is better enough to give me that extra little bit of confidence for mission-critical PJ work?

    I should add – I have two Canon DSLRs (5d/50D) for portraiture/backup, so the X100s would not be my only body.

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  17. Patrick pace

    Hello Kevin
    Thanks for your review. As a happy owner (two months) I took special attention to you take on how you shoot faster in a document setting. I tried you system of using manual focus to set up your shot the switching over to autofocus and hitting the el button. It seams to work well however on my camera when you switch over to auto I get a right focus shift. For example if I focused at 5 feet on something in manual focus then switched over to autofocus and hit the el button then pressing halfway down on the trigger the focus point would be 6 feet. I am dealing with this by shifting to the left in manual focus before switching over to auto.
    Do you know if this is a firmware issue or can I have this adjusted by a camera repair company?

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    • Kevin Mullins

      Hi Patrick – I can’t say I’ve noticed this, but I would probably always do the AF first, with MF override if need be (rather than the other way around). The AF points in MF mode are larger than the smaller points in AF mode so it could be something to do with that perhaps.

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  18. Riccardo

    Hi Kevin,

    Great review and pics, congratulations. Just a question: do you use any uv/clear filter to safeguard the front glass?

    Thanks.

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      • Riccardo

        Thanks Kevin. Even if I’ll use the X100s more as a street camera, since I take great care of my gear I think I could use it without filters.
        Cleaning the front glass just with lenspen and microfiber cloth, right?

        Sorry to bother you with these questions, but this is one of the concerns of X100s owners, you know :)

      • Kevin Mullins

        I always have the lens hood on the X100 and clean the lens occasionally with a cloth yes. Not a lenspen though…..but only because I don’t have one :-)

  19. Angelo

    Hi Kevin… I’m using Fujifil X-E1 and I’m a Fujifilm camera die hard fan haha.. I’ve seen ur youtube videos and I’m so inspired by ur works. documentary shots are my preferred aswell. u did the great Job.. and i hope i can learn more from you. thanks and have a nice day sir

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  20. Lucas

    Hi Kevin, I am wondering, do you consider the X100s a “point-and-shoot” (e.g. perfectly usable for my father, mother and girlfriend who are not so keen on adjusting manual knobs and dials) when you put all the dials on automatic?
    I personally think it is a perfect camera for me (shooting in and around the house, some street photography and the occasional vacation pics) but I regularly read that the X100s is “not for beginners” so I am in doubt if this camera is usable for the “entire family”.

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