'Mighty Oaks from little Acorns grow'..... or so the saying goes.
Just been out shooting with my new camera - the Fuji x100s. This camera has received rave reviews from the likes of David Hobby a.k.a. the Strobist as well as Zack Arias and others and is purported to be possibly the best street photographers camera on the market at the present time.
Styling wise the camera is similar to an old Leica m series - it's got a pin sharp fixed focal length 35mm F2 lens which will no doubt deter many users wanting something a little more adaptable but the advantage of it is a) it's size and inconspicuousness b) it's weight c) silent shutter d) leaf shutter.
I've shot quite a few images with it over the last month or so - Am I in love with it?...Not yet. Do I think I will fall in love with it over time? Quite possibly. I think its a grower rather than a love at first site camera for me, I like the idea but it's got a long way to go before I leave my 5d mk 3 at home and rely on this alone.
Using it on a recent assignment in East Africa made me realise it's not a camera for shooting reportage - AF is not quick enough, viewfinder doesn't have the right feel and there are a number of other things that bug the hell out of me. But all that aside - I still like it and am prepared to give it a second chance.. Like all good relationships it will mature and develop with time.
As long as you are not rushed for an image then I think it will be a brilliant camera - trying to get in close to a subject and capture moments as they happen is not this camera's strongpoint - standing, waiting and taking your time and creating pictures however might well be.
It's an Acorn for the time being - I'm hoping it might yet turn into an Oak.
Here are a few pictures shot on recent assignment in Rwanda, Mozambique and Zambia.