Monday, February 29, 2016

X100T in 2016!!! Just another X100T first impression thoughts....

I finally pull the trigger.
After too much thought, took me one long year, i finally bought the X100T.
"If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done." ... i saw this on google and i think its right.
"Buy first, think later"

I drove 30 miles to the only Fujifilm authorised dealer here to seal the deal. I've been thinking too much about the X100T. X100T versus this, versus that. TCL this versus primes and what not. Google this, google that. Why didnt i get the X-T10? Why didn't i wait for the X70 or even the X-Pro2? I guess i just love the X100T design too much. Like i said, my heart will never settle if i dun go buy the X100T. Anyway it is also available here. Tell you, its really hard to get new cameras here except for Canon which has its authorised dealer here for so long. But a new Fujifilm agent is here! Yay! No more going to Singapore to lust for Fuji cameras.

The Camera

When i first held it, i dun remember it being this tiny! It felt like it was smaller than the S but thats impossible. Mind u the last time i held the S version was late 2014. I guess i forgot how small it was. My only proper camera at the moment is the Leica M8. So my muscle memory must have been used to the M8 size and heft solid body. When i handle it i was like "Wow, this thing is small." So how smaller can the X70 get? i thought.

 I got a free faux leather half case and a free 32Gb SD card with it. The camera itself is sexy. beautiful. sleek. i just want to hold it, grasp it, brush it...whatever. I want to peek into its OVF/EVF. I wanna take pictures with it. I put on the case and it handles even better and looks good too. THe battery compartment kinda hard to open with the case on but i just need to learn the trick. i think i figure that out already.

I have this habit for something new it needs to be put on the bed. even shoes. 

Such a beautiful camera. I miss Fujifilm. I miss X100 series. 

The lens cover is a bit hard to pull out.
THe battery took ages to be fully charged. I havent charge the camera via smartphone charger because the camera is still new. Still fragile in my mind. i dun wanna fry its circuits but by right it never will. You know how you really take good care of your stuffs when its brand new but after a few weeks or months you just kinda roughen it like yeah-i-dun-give-a-shit care.??
I opt for the silver colour. That retro look im going for.
Took me a while to customised the buttons and functions to my liken. and it eats the battery. I mean the battery life is shit. I need a few spare batteries. I love how you can customised the Q menu to your chosen function. And also customised different buttons like the arrow pad to different functions. What i didnt like is there is no more a one button silent mode. Used to have with the S version. I think just pressed long the disp button i think. Now with the X100T no more. I dun remember how the silent shutter sound like. But i believe it was dead quiet with the S or maybe im wrong. but with the T, there's a barely audible tick sound. i honestly dun remember. but i believe the S was silent literally or maybe i just forgot. it probably is the same. But with the electronic shutter it was dead quiet. like literally no sound.

3inch LCD is a blessing and so is Wifi. Man, i love me cameras some Wifi. With todays technology and social media, it is just easy to transfer your images to your phone for sharing with people, on FB, IG, WA, and just looking at the images via your phone. Godsend!

Holding the camera is like riding a bike. Its familiar, getting the muscle memory to remember the S but somehow it feels different. It is faster and snappier, less hunting but Olympus is still king of speed focusing. The X100 focusing felt familiar but somehow with the T, its faster. although at times there's not much different (I'm using it indoor). THere are times it needs to hunt but felt much faster than the S.

Face detection is awesome. I dont have to move my camera to focus and recompose technique. It just find the face and i just half press the shutter to focus and take the shot. Its easier to take pics of my kids.

I've been using the camera indoors, not so much outdoors as i just had it for 2 days. and i was staying home for the weekend so i just took a bunch of photos indoors. and so far the classic chrome is ...meh...for indoors. I was really looking forward to classic chrome but indoors, hmmm not so much to like. It was ok but i prefer what i get out from VSCO presets. For outdoors i think it is pretty awesome. i love desaturated colors. but again indoors...not so much. but i still shoot solely Classic Chrome because thats the look that i after and the reason to get a new X100. Maybe i need to shoot more and see if its the colors im going for. Maybe i'll just eat my words.

Excuse the upside down Fujifilm. its not anti-fujifilm. 

SO far i did not noticed if there's a lag in the EVF. which is a good thing. I havent try the hybrid viewfinder. *edit* so last night i just switch to the hybrid viewfinder and i find the focusing window on the bottom right is quite small. i dunno how you can focus with that small window but i havent try it yet. just a peek. i think i'll stay with the EVF.

Image quality is oh so fujifilm wonderful. I miss fujifilm. i miss the X100. i did not miss my X-M1 though. The X100 does something to me that makes me just wanna take pictures. a beautiful camera can make you take more pictures i guess. I really miss Fujifilm IQ. Its so good, i dun wanna go four third anymore. and to be able to transfer that images via Wifi to your phone on the go, the X100T is perfect.

IQ is more or less the same as the S. Should be the same because same sensor. Wide open it gets hazy but i guess thats the character of the X100. I set the NR to -2 and sharpness +1. I shoot JPGs only. and i set iso max at 1600 to avoid the plastic waxy skin that Fujifilm is known. I dunno if this workaround works for JPG, its actually for RAW but i just use it on JPGs. Ha.

I love the headroom i can get with Fuji jpgs. I can push the exposure to +2 and the image has yet to suffer. its like editing RAW files except this is JPGs. I've been editing SOny RX100iii's images and i cant get much headroom like i did with Fujis.

Face detection seems to be working well. I can approximate selfie and let the camera do its thing, take a shot and my face was in focus so i guess the detection works well.

Comparing to the S, i believed this is a great upgrade.
It felt snappier and faster.
Wifi is godsend.
Less hunting.
Face detection works well.
Customised button functions.
Customised Q menu.
Much better EVF
3inch LCD
Better autofocus performance.

I dont have to dive into menu so much as i can customised different functions to different buttons and customised Q menu. If i have a conversion lens on i can just press the left button to (which i set) either wide mode or tele mode or normal mode. Easy. No more browsing the menu.

Now do i still want the X70? yes i do. one can never get enough of Fuji gears but i think...i think my GAS is lessen with the recent purchase of the X100T. I hope i can wait for the new X200 before i'd buy an X70.

The only thing that my X100T cannot beat the Sony RX100iii is size. Sony is smaller that i can just grab and take pictures. but it can never give me the feeling of joy as i have with my X100T. The Sony IQ's will be satisfying but with X100T i am satisfied and also pleasured?? ahah..  like orgasm is released everytime i press the X100T shutter. thats overly dramatic but yeah. pleasure.

Things that got me frustrated with the S have yet to occur on the T. S was back focusing prone. I havent got this problem on the T. So far. I think on contrasting scene the X100 might be having a difficult time to focus but you gotta know the trick to get faster focus. Just aim your focus box in between dark and light. if u get my drift. There's dark scene and bright scene inside your focus box. that would speed up the focus. Dont just aim the box onto a dark scene. it will hunt. Focus Tip = Half bright, half dark.
The X100 series seems to pre-focus initially and then when it achieved focus, it will be faster afterwards. But believe me coming from S to T, the autofocus is a snap. better. less hunting. i think i keep saying this over n over. which literally means the autofocus is better.

instant noodle with corned beef. ooooh ma ma. This is shot wide open and you can see the haziness. but sharp nevertheless.  

Classic Chrome....indoors. Ok i think im just gonna take back my words on Classic Chrome. I just compare this OOC Classic Chrome with my favorite presets on VSCO. Turn out the colors are the same except for contrast level. So my words about liking it better with VSCO presets is unfounded. 

My camera so cool im not stealthy. I got caught taking his picture but what r you gonna do about it?? get my coffee done! aha 

So i guess thats what i had in mind as my first impression.
If you have the S version and you want to upgrade u ask? Just upgrade it. its worth it. sell the S n get the T.

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