Jul 13

Sweet Macro with the Fuji x100s

We went on a nice long hike last weekend and I took a few more shots with my Fuji x100s that I love. Here’s one of ’em:


Jan 13

Fuji X100 in the Studio

I used my x100 in the studio yesterday (with strobes and everything!) during a shoot for the Portland Playhouse (a local theater company here). I do a lot of the publicity photos they use for program covers, news, show posters, etc., and the creative director was nice enough to humor me while I slowed things down a little bit to swap gear and shoot with an unfamiliar camera.

I removed the Lensmate thumbrest and put one of my Pocket Wizards in the hot shoe, changed the flash settings in the menu to “External Flash”, did a quick custom white balance and then everything else was the same.

It doesn’t focus as quickly as my D700, and there’s a little lag between when I take the photo and when I’m able to check closeup focus on the LCD screen (shooting RAW, there’s some lag while the camera writes the image to the SD card…I hear this has changed on the 100s) but after I got a feel for how it was all working, it was pretty great. Nice and lightweight, and the images were sharp — just what I’d hope.

I can’t post any of the photos yet, but next time I’ll get some I can! Here’s one we did last month for their current production of The Huntsmen:


Jan 13

It’s Become a Bit of an Obsession

fujix100_blog-3I can’t stop playing with my new Fuji X100. I’ve spent hours and hours reading about it and researching all the accessories for it. It’s crazy. What is it about this camera that causes that? I’m not the only one. There are forums filled with people like me, trying to decide which case is the most perfect and which strap is the softest, most wonderful strap, and which little annodized aluminum soft release button (that I didn’t even know they existed before now) is the cutest and best color (and whether that color matches whatever other accessories I get)?? Oh and hey, I guess I’ll need a new bag that’ll hold my regular wallet keys phone etc. PLUS this camera…this bag I have now is a tiny bit too small. Shopping.

I started out by default (before I’d seen the hundreds of other handmade cases in many many colors) with the full case made by Fuji. It’s brown smooth leather and very nice (and $140), but if I put a filter or anything else on the lens, the camera didn’t fit in the full case. I decided I’d probably prefer a half case, so I returned the Fuji case and started looking for the perfect half case.


But it’s so easy to get distracted! There are sweet looking cases from China, Japan, Korea, handmade Italian leather cases from Italy, stuff on Etsy…oh hey and look at all those colors of aluminum that soft release button comes in. I definitely want one of those little soft release buttons. If I got the red one it would match inside of that cool leather strap I found with the red velvety lining (by Rainbow Imaging). (There’s a full case that goes with this strap, too! Black leather, really pretty…room for the filters on the lens, but no battery/SD card access.) But if I have a brown case, then I don’t really like that red with the brown. So then, maybe a black case with red stitching. But neither case has any access on the bottom to the battery/SD card slot, so I’d have to take the case off every time I wanted to upload photos. No. And that cool leather strap with the red velvety lining is short…I like to wear my camera cross-body, and it doesn’t adjust. Dangit.

Okay start over. There’s a half case that’s black with a metal bottom that has an opening for the battery/card compartment, a tripod screw (as well as a shotgun clip if you like to use a sling-type strap) and it has gotten great reviews from many people on the FujiX forums. But the leather looks fake…too shiny and smooth. Oh wait! Here’s a black one with a nice textured leather…okay done: Gariz half case from Korea. Check.

Now for the strap. I went ahead and ordered that black leather strap with the red velvety lining and the Abramsson red annodized aluminum mini soft release. The soft release is perfect (though a little more toward wine than red…variation in annodizing I suppose, but it’s nice) but the strap after a week or so of use is definitely too short. And it gets twisted easily. I really like that (expensive) silk braided cord strap from Artisan and Artist, but it’s too short.


I narrowed it down to that A&A silk strap, (too short, a lot of moolah), a Gordy’s leather strap (but I’m afraid it will be too stiff and won’t curl up in my bag nicely, plus, the “any length you want” option feels like too much freedom…I can’t decide), the Barton 1972 braided leather strap (also maybe too stiff to curl up in my bag, but great looking), a corded strap from Lance (they come in 36, 48, 60 inches, and custom, but I heard they were a bit stiff as well), and a Street Strap (46 inch, round soft nylon, with leather stitched ends).

After a week or more (!!!) of researching camera straps and reading probably over a hundred reviews (What the hell is wrong with me?? It’s a camera strap!!!) I ordered: A Street Strap

It arrived yesterday, and it’s perfect. I connected it to the little string connector extensions from an older strap I had so now it’s about 52″ long and is perfect worn cross-body.


It also winds/rolls up nicely to stick in my bag (see first photo, above), it’s soft, well-made, and low-key (unlike that red leather one I was previously coveting). Plus, now I know: my ideal camera strap length is 52 inches!

I also ordered a silver thumb grip from Lensmate. This doohicky has the added benefit of protecting the exposure compensation dial from accidentally getting turned every time I move the camera in and out of my (new) bag (which it does).


I don’t know what I’m going to do with my time now that my X100 is all accessorized. I guess maybe I’ll go out and take some photos with it. (I already have, I’m just teasin’.)

p.s. I told Kevin this whole thing reminded me of when I was 9 or 10 and my brother and I had these little Snoopy dolls. They were stuffed animals, but they had all sorts of crazy outfits and accessories you could buy for them. There was a Hallmark store over at Seaport Village in the Long Beach Marina that had what I remember being walls and walls of Snoopy outfits and costumes and accessories, and once in a while my mom and my stepdad would take us over there and let us pick out a new outfit for our Snoopy dolls. I can still remember the smell of the newly plasticated starched Made in China referee outfit, or cowboy outfit, or Zorro mask, or disco jumpsuit or whatever it was at the time. I don’t know why I loved this whole thing so much, but it was a blast. I know, I just compared accessorizing a $1200 camera to dressing a stuffed Snoopy doll, but it kinda feels the same, in a way. A more grown up, mature way. Okay maybe not.

Jan 13

My New Walking Around Camera