Fuji X100S reportage

Using the Fuji X100S

A couple of hours at The British Museum with my young son and the Fuji X100S camera came along. It was his first time there and it did seem to capture his imagination and interest. I was amazed at how much he knew from lessons at school and could recognize objects as he came across them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so engrossed looking at display cabinets. With me I had a small camera that has really grown on me. It’s my carry-around camera now. The iPhone is all well and good but it’s not a real camera. I like something that looks like a camera, feels like a camera, has a viewfinder, some manual controls, and can deliver real high-quality image files.

This Fuji, looks like a retro rangefinder. It’s small, light and has a fast fixed lens that is the equivalent of a 35mm f2. A converter attached to the lens changes it into a 28mm equivalent and soon I’ll get hold of what I’ve been waiting for this past year, a converter to replicate the 50mm field of view. A leaf shutter means it is silent and I mean really silent. You have to check the LCD screen on the back sometimes to see thatyou did take a photo when the ambient noise levels are high. The sensor is astonishing for its size. There are some rumours that a forthcoming X200 could be full frame. There is every chance Fuji could hit it out of the park with that. I have the X-E2 and X-T1 cameras too – it’s a system that is progressing very quickly. The ‘big boys’ like Canon and Nikon need to look out!

After the British Museum, it was off to visit The Forbidden Planet…hence the mask. Here are a few images…


  1. Great photos! And I do also love my x100s.

  2. Nice shooting Martin. I use an x100s too and couldn’t agree more about how nice it is to use. I really like you thoughtful approach to capturing a young boys view point. Your use of differential focus adds greatly to the creative quality of your work. Nicely judged exposure and contrast. Great stuff.

  3. Terrific photos!
    It seems you have no trouble at all with the x100s AF. About the first shot, did you pre-focus on the statue and had your kid walk into the frame, or was it shot by focussing and recomposing?
    Great work!

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