jasonmsucks said: I'm thinking of abandoning film cameras, how're you liking the x100? Also, do you never make prints, how're the results?
I really, really enjoy shooting with my X100s. It’s my digital Hexar (for those who don’t recall, I used to shoot with a Konica Hexar AF). It has awesome ergonomics, great build quality, and a fantastic lens. The optical viewfinder is probably the sharpest and clearest I’ve used, film or digital.
I was scanning some film the other day and it never ceases to amaze me how much I loathe scanning film. It is a long and tedious ordeal. I much prefer just having it all already on the computer and easy to sift through with my X100s.
That being said, film has its perks still, which is why I haven’t completely given up on it. I think the biggest perk to film is the aesthetic. Aesthetics in photography is probably something I fixate a bit too much on though, and is something I’m trying to move away from as I focus more on content and composition. A lot of people fall back on the film thing and end up having photos that wouldn’t look nearly as interesting if you removed the “Tri-X factor”.
If you’re like me and are big on aesthetics, be prepared for some initial frustrations with any digital camera as you try and work out what is best for you. Unlike film, digital aesthetics are highly variable depending on how you post-process, but you may struggle getting the look you’re after. I still do, especially with grain or grain emulation.
I actually kind of hate grain these days. It’s given me so many headaches lately that I prefer not adding grain to my digital photos. A lot of film users will bemoan this however, but I mean, it’s just grain. The film world gets so wrapped up in grain, though, and I found myself wrapped up in it too. In the end, what matters is what’s in the photo, not some silly aesthetic texture. In many ways, digital has been liberating. I’m no longer drinking the film kool-aid and I’m seeing film for it’s positives and negatives.
I would caution against an X100s (or X100t now, I guess) if you don’t absolutely love the 35mm focal length. If you like having an assortment of lenses or would prefer being tied to a different focal length, then this camera isn’t for you. I personally love 35mm length and rarely have a need for anything else, so the X100s was perfect for me.
The only major quirk I’ve found with it is that the AF is a bit slow in low light compared to film cameras. Apparently this is common with digital cameras, though someone can correct me on that if I’m wrong.
I actually haven’t had any prints done yet, but I’m planning to very, very soon. I’ve heard good things about printing with Fuji X System cameras, though, so hopefully the prints will turn out well. If you want I can keep you posted on that.
I hope this long-ass response is helpful in some way.