Mar 262014

A Month on the Road with the Fuji x100/Why It Is Still My Soulmate

By Andy Eclov

Hi Steve, thanks for the opportunity to share my story!

My name is Andy, I’m a 21-year-old musician from Chicago. I spend about 3-5 months out of the year touring with my band and, for a while, I would bring my 1D with several lenses and two-speed lights on tour, but that was ultimately too much to lug around and too much to risk losing.

I then spent about a year shooting photos only with my shiny new iPhone 5 so that I would be forced to compose with the provided lens, and have to work to get nice lighting situations. Just like Steve said in his recent article, I sometimes focus too much on the beauty and acquisition of photography gear and not enough on the process.



The convenience was obviously there with the iPhone, but the quality was suffering, and so was my interest in taking photos. Being able to shoot a photo, edit it in-hand, and upload it to my blog in less than 5 minutes was an undeniable benefit that I didn’t want to go without by going back to the Canon gear. So I spent my countless hours of research and review-reading focused on the mirrorless systems. The Fuji x100 was an easy choice. It stood out to me physically, the viewfinder is attractive, and the photos have a certain sparkle to them when compared to similar cameras’ photos. Being a collector of 35mm rangefinders and SLRs made the Fuji impossible to pass up.


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I spent a couple of months carrying the x100 with me everywhere, spending as much time as possible getting to know it and it’s quirks. I scoured the internet in search of every accessory I could justify (or afford).


Austin TX Fuji

But before too long, the snowy and freezing Chicago suburbs got in the way of any motivation to go out and take photos every day. Besides the studio project from time to time, my x100 was bound to taking photos of my puppy in the kitchen for a while.

Finally the time came to head out on another tour, and I was delighted to finally have an opportunity to shoot with the Fuji. I appreciate that I was able to spend so much time getting the camera set up just right for my exact specifications, it seems like a very customizable interface – once you get the hang of it.


Broken Arrow OK Fuji

Kansas City Fuji

The camera came out every time I got out of our van. No matter what the scenario, it was beautiful to see it through that viewfinder. It gave me a reason to be the first one awake every day. I’d try to get an idea of what the city we were in each night was like, and then the next morning I’d walk and snap photos for a while before we moved on to the next place.

I used my wifi SD card to send my images from my camera to my phone, where I would edit them with VSCO cam and some other apps, and then post them to my blog right away. Before long I couldn’t stand the quality I was losing by compressing the original files through my iPhone anymore and decided to take the time to shoot RAW and edit more carefully and selectively.


St Louis Fuji

Brookyln NY Fuji

I think shooting with the Fuji x100 has made me a better photographer and I think it will continue to do so. More than anything, it keeps me in love with my photography. Though it may be nearly outdated already by some’s standards, I think this camera will stay with me for a long, long time.

I keep a detailed blog of my travels here:


Mar 072014

Faces of Malaysia

By Wijnand Schouten

I went with my family to Malaysia.

My wife is half Malaysian so I met a lot of relatives whom made it possible to stay far away from the tourism roads..Which is a good thing at my opinion. I love faces of people and met a lot of them. Trying to get them out of a pose and get the moment of them they are in at that time. Nothing can be taken…all is there to be received. With all the beautiful colours in Malaysia i still prefer black/white processing though.:).

All shots were made with my Fuji X100s and worked on it in Lightroom.

Greetings from Wijnand Schouten









Feb 202014

Shooting with Fuji

By Olaf Sztaba

It is not common in the days of big egos and anonymous message boards that a great photographer and hugely popular blogger stands back and allows other photographers to share their work on his own website. I applaud you for such a generous approach.

This is our first submission to your website, so a few words about our philosophy. We believe that as we have all been taking photographs for over 100 years, we are experienced enough to go beyond portraits and landscapes to take photography into the artistic realm. Capturing the emotions you feel as you look at people and landscapes is another level of photography, as is capturing the essence of a person or landscape.

Having said that, we put a lot of effort into the visual and emotional quality of the photograph; only after that do we strive for technical perfection. Our photo trips usually take us into unknown and forgotten places, some of which may seem obscure and rusty at first sight but somehow they interest us more than what’s new and pretty. I had my first camera at the age of four and ever since my eyes have been searching for the perfect composition, light and subject. My wife Kasia and I are based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We are currently shooting with the Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji X100S cameras and Fujinon XF lenses, which fit our style of photography well. With the basic gauges at our fingers, we can focus on what’s important: our subject, emotions, visuals and light. We believe that every photographer has special needs and preferences, so I don’t want this post to be about equipment.

After all, a strong, artistically beautiful image, even if it is technically imperfect, will always triumph over a technically perfect but dull image.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Olaf & Kasia Sztaba


Image #1: Fuji X100S


Image #2: Fuji X100


Image #3: Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8


Image #4: Fuji X100S


Image #5: Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8


Image #6: Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8


Image #7: Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8




Jan 252014

Fuji’s X100(s) series, What else?

By Renaud Perez

Hello Steve,

A while ago, I’ve already sent some posts to Steve about the Fuji’s X100 and X100s. I took some time to write a bit more and share, on this fabulous website, more of my thoughts on this camera series, as I’m using it exclusively for 2 years already. I’m not going to talk about camera’s performance but more about how I’m using this system and try to explain why I don’t see the point right now to have anything else. Actually I’m going to speak as an “X100s” since I did the upgrade 8 months ago and this is the only camera I own right now (+ the wide angle converter WCL-X100).

 1/70 f8.0 ISO-400. WCL-X100. Converted from RAW.

Sun set, south west of Koh Kood island, Thailand,


After two years shooting with this series (both camera are more less the same on the outside) I can say that I feel it has the perfect from factor, body + lens. It’s small of course but not too small and I they fit 100% right in my hands. In term of from factor, it has something a lot of people forget while comparing camera size… the thinness. I can strap my X100s on my shoulder, have it under a very light jacket, nobody will never ever figure out that I have a camera one me. Only the pana 20f1.7 on a small m43 body could give you the equivalent, for the rest of the lenses, I mean prime’s people are often talking about, just forget about it. That’s the fixed lens advantage (other X-mount do not offer this either!).

I consider the source of both X100/X100s mojo’s to exist due to 3 reasons;

 #1) The Hybrid viewfinder. What did Fuji here is magic, it gives you both of the 2 worlds. EVF is a great technology improvement over the past years, it gives you the possibility to manual focus more accurately than you could through an OVF. It’s also better for a perfect framing and gives you a good overview of your real exposure, WB and color rendition. On the other side it’s a lot of tech’ adding “filters” between you and the real scene. If you shoot RAW, you do not really care about your color rendition, WB or exposure since all this can be adjusted during later on post processing. One remark on focusing, for those who never used an X100/X100s, since it’s not a ranger finder, you cannot manual focus using the OVF. Then comes the OVF, and that for me is a very very very important part of the photography experience. When I’m using an OVF, I’m slowing down. I take time to look around and concentrate on the instant trying to catch interesting things and just simply enjoy! Add to this the LCD screen of the X100/X100s that you can just leave displaying the most important info, focus point, metering, AF-mode etc… No live view and go out for a RAW shooting session, never reviewing any of your photos during it and you will enjoy a classic photography session!

 1/30 f2.8 ISO-2500. Converted from RAW.

Self-portrait at Bangkok airport,


By the way, I keep wondering how Nikon missed this one on the Df? If this Df would had integrated such an hybrid system, it would have been a real killer! Come on, the designing and engineering team could not manage to insert an additional mirror switch mechanism to give you a great EVF in the viewfinder, allowing you to manual focus old school lenses perfectly? This would have been a real statement from Nikon that compact Full Frame DSLR are here to compete with the mirrorless FF offer (A7/A7r).

#2) The controls. Controls as they are designed today are nearly perfect to me, giving you access to the shutter speed, aperture (on the lens) and exposure compensation in a very intuitive way or I would say and old school way, back to basics! The only thing I wish is to see coming in next version(s) is an ISO dial, giving you direct control over the 3 mains photography parameters, Speed / Aperture / ISO. I also would like to see one more Fn button in the right bottom side of the camera front, close to the lens. For me this one would be fully dedicated to the ND filter, leaving the Fn button next to the exposure dial for other things. I think it would be a much better ergonomic in this way since you could with your left hand control the aperture + ND filter without having to go back to the rear part of the camera, leaving your right hand dealing with shutter and exposure compensation while holding the camera.

 1/2000 f4.0 ISO-200. Converted from RAW.

Phra-Si-Rattana-Chedi, Grand palace Bangkok.


Holding the camera is also leading to the debate, is inner camera stabilization necessary? In the X100/X100s concept I would clearly answer NO! But of course if cameras maker’s competition is bringing this inside, I would not refuse it ;-) No, simply for the reason that you do not need it during day time, due to the X100/X100s 35mm eq fixed focal, no telephoto super zoom here! And for night time shooting, using the auto ISO between 200 and 6400 paired with a minimum shutter speed of 1/30 (for those who don’t know, a good rule of thumb is to choose a shutter speed that is one over your focal length to ensure no camera shake due to hand’s movements), is sufficient for you to get crisp looking photos. The only situation where it would be useful is for a night scene without any moving subjects (important), and where you would need to keep ISO 200 for later on post processing, so having to use a long exposure. But for that very kind of shots, It’s possible to plan them a bit in advance bringing a tripod and if not, you can still use other elements around you to set-up a support for the camera (since night scene + long exposure does not require any “instant” capture and rush). Finally, do not forget that there is no mechanical vibrations issue with the X100/X100s. Which brings me to the last part of the X100/X100s magic.

 1/750 f2.0 ISO-200. Converted from RAW.

Golden portrait, Grand palace, Bangkok.


#3) The leaf shutter. What is a leaf shutter? It consists of a mechanism with a metal leave which pivots to let the light going on the imaging element (film or sensor). It offers lot of advantages, no any noticeable inner vibrations (camera shake due to the focal plane shutter curtains impact) and is dead silent (i.e. some complain about these issues on the A7/A7r). It is so quiet that you can discretely shoot a guy you are talking with and he will not even notice it. This added to the camera size, and you get a system which is not intrusive at all, so it does not interfere in people’s interaction. Usually when you talk to guy, furtively give a try to a “lucky” shot and the camera gives you a loud click-clack, you interlocutor will pause with the kind of expression in his eyes saying “hey, what are you doing here?”. You camera will simply have broken the moment and that’s not what we want! There are of course hundreds of other situations where having a silent camera is a golden gift. Of course the sexy retro compact look helps a lot, the camera not being intrusive, even giving interrogation to people and being a discussion starter, I’m not going to say more on this since everybody know how beautiful are looking these cameras.

 1/60 f4.0 ISO-3200. OOC Jpegs, B&W+Green filter, Highlight & Shadow tones +2.

My mother’s emotion after the birth of our baby girl, furtive catch


Finally I will end with things I discovered using the X100s.

About the X100/X100s sensor rendering, as Steve and others mentioned I also found that OOC jpegs can be flat, it mostly appear when the light is not there but IMO that’s just internal jpegs processing, since the RAW files of the X100s are very rich and with a RAW you can pimp your picture as you want.

If you are shooting RAW with the X100s, I strongly advise you to set your DR to 100%, do not use the auto DR. The principle of this DR feature is to upper the ISO to get more details out from the shadows. So basically if you are in auto DR and that the camera says you need a 400% DR (which is the maximum), you will have to be at least at ISO 800. It‘s well known that Fuji X-Trans is great at high ISO but if you are working on extracting details from a RAW, you’d better stay at ISO 200. If you go for a jpeg session, just leave the DR in auto, it’s doing the job very well.

 1/2500 f5.6 ISO-200. Converted from RAW.

Temple of dawn, Bangkok


If you are in a light situation where the output goes flat, and do not want to bother with post processing, what I usually do is I quickly tune the highlight and shadow tones levels to +1 or even +2 (both) and then I get the punch back.

I found that the internal B&W filters are working quite well. I’ve started to use it a lot recently, using the B&W+Green filter and setting the highlight and shadow tones to +2 since I like a lot punchy and contrasty B&W images.

 1/240 f4.0 ISO-400. OOC Jpegs, B&W+Green filter, Highlight & Shadow tones +2.



 1/30 f2.0 ISO-250. OOC Jpegs, B&W+Green filter, Highlight & Shadow tones +2.

Fail to catch her – baby pics are a real challenge



 1/60 f2.0 ISO-640. OOC Jpegs, B&W+Green filter, Highlight & Shadow tones +2.




Finally, the WCL-X100 is really the best convert I ever used. Actually I did not notice any loss of image quality compared to the original lens, I get wider and still keep the max f2 aperture. So IMO it’s just like changing the lens on the X100/X100s. It gives you a 28mm eq perfect for landscape (I found the 24mm to be difficult to fill). Just keep in mind the WCL-X100 is huge and the camera loses one of its advantages, as I mentioned previously, using it. When I say huge, I mean the camera cannot go under your sweater anymore, but it’s not bigger than the Pana 25f1.4 (to give you a better reference).

 1/350 f4.0 ISO-200. WCL-X100. Converted from RAW.

From my office, Beijing



My wish list for Fuji. Through firmware upgrade;

- AF performance and the OVF framing lines, to me there is still some improvement to be done here.

- I would like also to see the ability to configure the AE/AF-L button to a Macro mode selection quick switch. Press it, you go Macro, re-press it, back to normal mode. When you are shooting during weddings, anniversaries, parties and so on… You are all the time in situations where shots need to be taken at distances varying from 3m to 0.5m this changing randomly at a high rate. I’m struggling and losing too much time with the current Macro mode selection, it should be faster to give time to the AF to re-adjust.

- In AF mode, the ability to use the manual focus ring to parse the AF points and select the one you need. Turning the ring, you can parse AF points from the upper left to the bottom right in line order.

 1/180 f4.5 ISO-200. Converted from RAW.

Street shooting, the spring roll factory, Bangkok’s China town



For future version(s), I will not talk about sensor size here (even if nice rumors are talking about FF), but IMO it should be a least;

- Weather sealed. This camera concept as it is should be a life time camera. In a recent trip to Thailand, using it at the beach, I had the feeling that it would not last so long if I were staying there for some months. This camera should be rugged to support anything, having it with you all the time, everywhere.

- Battery life. This is a joke on both X100/X100s. Using it in real conditions, with performance mode set on maximum, reviewing some pictures with my wife or friends, I only manage to take a hundred shots, no more, on one battery charge (I always take two to swap but still… it’s not acceptable).

- On the rear part Fuji should add a rubber element for your thumb, like on the X20.

And after, of course, keep what makes this series so unique and improve the hybrid viewfinder, sensor, lens etc…

 1/18 f2.8 ISO-6400. OOC Jpegs, B&W+Green filter, Highlight & Shadow tones +2, NR to -1.




At the end, I do not see any camera / camera system, which could give me more than what the X100s does end of 2013. I’m limited to wide angle (WCL-X100, 28mm eq) and the 35mm eq focal which is, anyway, what I would own if I had an interchangeable lens system. The only thing which is missing is an 85mm eq for portrait, here the X100/X100s have to admit, it’s out of their capabilities. Apart from this, what else?

 1/125 f5.6 ISO-200. Converted from Jpeg.

My wife & me, shot by our tour guide at the Grand palace Bangkok


I wish to you and everybody all the best for the coming year and I’m sure that you guys will have a lot to do with all new stuff coming from camera makers ;-)

Enjoy, thx for the website and all the efforts and energy you guys put inside.

1/40 f2.0 ISO-400. Converted from Jpeg.

The Lying Buhdda, Bangkok



Jan 182014

Monochromatic with the Fuji X100

By Renan Luna

Like many others, I’m a hobbyist photographer and I visit your site daily. I have been shooting for at least 10 years, mostly part-time with my old – and now semi-retired – Canon Rebel XS. I love this camera, but its weight and size hardly go unnoticed by the subjects.

In São Paulo, where I live, the people are not so open-minded to be photographed. In fact, they hate it! So, I needed to upgrade my equipment or lose one shoot after another. I decided…the Fuji x100 looks nice to me!

The camera is amazing (the Steve wrote a great review of that). The grip, lenses, size and everything fit with my needs perfectly! I’m back to action days, sneaking in the shadows and hunting for the photos without being discovered.

I’m a color-blind person and monochromatic photos is true passion to me. And again, the Fuji x100 supports me very well in this case with some interesting options of film simulations, especially the black and white ones, that do not need a lot of processing to get images with the results that I want.

After I bought the x100, my style changed a little bit. The fixed lens of 23mm has no zoom of course, but yet it is so versatile you can shoot in open areas and in a living room without losing quality or details. It’s a unique experience!

My intention with this text is just to show that a good camera is just a tool, what counts is the person who controls it. I hope this will inspire someone to do something special!

Thank you for the opportunity to write.

Wishing you well and good photos for us all!

My contacts: 

Thank you again,

Renan Luna

A cat in the dark

Alone in the dark

Boys on the docks





From old times

In doubt on shop


Spray and push

Looking the ocean

Oct 182013


Fuji X100 Owners, get Firmware Version 2 for a speed boost!


YES! Fuji did it again and proves at least that they are the best in Firmware updates. They have released the firmware Version 2 for the Fuji X100 and below is what you get, so it is WELL worth it to do the upgrade!

Improvement of AF speed

Approximately 20% faster AF speed is achieved in various conditions such as bright scenes, dark scenes and changed focus distance compared to the previous firmware version.

2.Improvement of close-up focus performance

The focus distance from the lens surface without switching to macro mode is approximately 30% shorter compared to previous firmware version.

3.”Focus Peak Highlight” function for manual focusing is added.

The function, which features on FUJIFILM X100S and X20, is added and assists accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.

* With this update, “Focus Peak Highlight” function is selected as a default setting. Pressing the center of the command dial for a while enables you to switch the setting of “Focus Peak Highlight” and “STANDARD” (off of “Focus Peak Highlight”). And “MF ASSIST” is added in SHOOTING MENU where you can select “HIGH” and “LOW” in “Focus Peak Highlight” and “STANDARD”.

4.Improved manual focus operation

This makes it easier to capture the peak of the focus by displaying the image with shallow depth of field, using open aperture, when adjusting the focus with the electronic view finder or the LCD.

5.Faster start-up time

The camera start-up time is shortened by approximately 0.2 second with QUICK START mode OFF.

6.Improved operability of selecting focus area

Previously, the focus area was selected while holding the AF button on the back. With the upgraded firmware, pressing the AF button will switch to the focus area selection screen and the area of your choice can then be selected.

7.The phenomenon is fixed that a camera will automatically turn off during “Bulb (B)” shooting with the “CONTINUOUS” setting in “IMAGE DISP.”

Your feedback wanted!

Early reports are fantastic from X100 owners. If you own an X100 and did the upgrade, how is it? Is the AF slightly faster or much faster? Inquiring minds want to know! Sure makes the black X100 look extra good right now :) In fact, with this update, I would buy the black X100 at $1080 over buying an X100s as I prefer the older sensor. :)


Jul 012013

User Report: My Journey to the Fuji X-Pro 1 by Christina Davis

Hi Steve,

I’ve been a reader for a little over a year now and have found your site to be a wonderful resource as well as a bad, bad enabler! I guess I’d fall under the category of MWAC: two kids (15 and 12) and camera as traveling companions – even to the grocery store. The problem is, my dslr was just too big. I have attempted to simplify in the past couple of years. When I upgraded to the 5DMIII, I did not upgrade my PS or LR. I went back to editing jpeg files and discovered no difference in the results. I even picked up a 40mm pancake lens in an effort to lighten the load; however, that dslr is just too much camera to carry around in my bag and to take on outings and trips.

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I have been challenging myself to spend each summer with a small camera. Last summer, thanks to your blog, it was the Sony RX100. It was OK, but obviously didn’t come close to the dslr in quality. Last fall I read on your blog about the Fuji X100. I picked one up and took one step closer to finding the right fit and the image quality was more on par with what I was after. I should admit right here at I have some level of GAS. I just love cameras, handling cameras and making photographs, ever since I was a kid and my mom was constantly yelling at me, “Don’t waste the film!”

Well, that Fuji X100 is quite a camera, but then I read Amy Medina’s contribution on your site about how she picked up the Fuji X-E1. I was sold. I got the kit with the zoom lens. Only…I didn’t mesh with that camera or the lens. Both were great, don’t get me wrong, but that “feel” wasn’t there and I have to say I really was bothered with not having an OVF.

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After a couple of months and more reading on your site, and with summer getting closer and the kids being out of school soon, I caved to the camera which had been calling to me for months. I tried to ignore it. I told myself it was too expensive and I shouldn’t spend the money. I told myself it will be replaced pretty soon with a newer model. I just couldn’t resist any longer. I now have a Fuji XPro1. I paired it with the 18mm lens in the hopes of getting a do-it-all combination which is light and flexible. I have to say, I haven’t been disappointed.

A couple of weeks back I took the kids on a little mini vacation to San Diego. This was the first time I was able to really play with the camera, using it in all types of settings and situations. I really enjoy how it handles, I like the light weight of it and the image quality is closest to my dslr of any of the small cameras I have used. It’s a perfect “throw-and-go” camera for my purposes.

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What I found particularly pleasing is the image quality straight out of the camera. I shoot in jpeg on this camera as well and find that these files need so much less editing than those from the 5DMIII; maybe just a little crop here and there, maybe a very slight adjustment to add tone when necessary and some very light sharpening and that’s it! The only thing I do with any detail in PS would be B&W conversions. I just don’t care too much for the B&W files from the camera. I probably just need more practice.

Since I do really love the Canon 40mm pancake lens and find it to be the perfect focal length, I am anxiously awaiting Fuji’s 27mm pancake lens. I would like to see it out before summer is over, so I can use it, as well as the 18mm, on our outings.

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Thanks for letting me share and thank you for providing such an interesting and fun resource which really demonstrates what these little cameras can offer. I think that these days there is too much emphasis on dslrs and the “big brands”. The cameras you discuss on your site are really fantastic and offer up such versatility which was really enjoyed by people (and those masters of photography) in years gone by.

Christina Davis

May 292013

Three Months in South East Asia with a Leica M6 and the Fuji X100

By Brendan Gara

Hi Steve,

I’ve been following your website for quite a while now. We (my wife and I) recently got back from a three-month trip traveling through Vietnam, Laos and Thailand where I used my M6 and a Fuji X100. I thought your readers might appreciate my thoughts and experiences traveling with both film and digital.

I prefer film cameras (Mamiya 7ii, MPP 5×4 camera and a M6) but I decided I should take some form of digital camera and chose the Fuji X100 a couple of months before leaving. I did think about the M8/M9, but I couldn’t justify the cost so close to going away.

I took two lenses, the 28mm Elmarit f2.8 ASPH (I’ve always liked 28mm as a focal length and thought this would be good for narrow, busy streets) and the Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton SC (I like the way this looks wide open and that wide aperture is useful in low light). I had already filed the rangefinder tab down on this lens to bring up the 35mm framelines, so with the Fuji’s fixed 35mm field of view, I had only two views to think about.

I took 80 rolls of Tri X and 20 rolls of Portra 400, carried in a fold down waterproof drybag. I carried this attached to my camera bag when going through X Ray machines. We went through 13 X –Ray checks whilst away and I can’t see any fogging. I developed the B&W films and sent the color film to Peak Processing. Negatives were scanned, adjusted, cleaned etc in Photoshop then imported to Lightroom for selection. Fuji files were brought into LR and any B&W conversions done in PS.

Thoughts on the M6:

Bangkok High Rise Leica M6 Elmarit Tri-X ISO250

I like shooting with rangefinders; it fits my way of seeing things. I like the fact that you are limited in having 36 shots before stopping and changing. The extra couple of stops of the Nokton were useful, but I still had to push tri-X to 800, 1600 and even 6400 ISO regularly (maybe related to the places we hung out). Light in Asia is really bright, then fades away super quick so you can go from shooting at 250 ISO to needing 1600 ISO on one roll. That’s just about doable, but I didn’t risk pushing to 3200 or higher without changing to a new roll. I tended to use the 28mm lens more and just push film a stop or two rather than use the f1.4 on the 40mm as the extra depth of field was important. The only other places where I saw people shooting film cameras were in Hanoi around Hoan Kiem Lake (all Nikons) and in Dalat (a lubitel TLR). People were very surprised to see a film camera.

Bangkok Leica M6 Elmarit f2 Portra ISO400

Bike Luang Prabang Leica M6 Nokton Tri-X ISO800

Market Luang Prabang Leica M6 Nokton Tri-X ISO 6400

Mekong Luang Prabang Leica M6 Elmarit Tri-X ISO250

Monks Luang Prabang Leica M6 Nokton Tri-X ISO250

Pho Hanoi Leica M6 Nokton Tri-X ISO250

Phu Quoc Leica M6 Elmarit Tri-X ISO250

Thoughts on the Fuji:

AK47 Cartridge Ho Chi Minh City Fuji X100 ISO200 f2 125th sec

What a camera, seriously a joy to use. Yes, the autofocus is a bit slow, but seriously think about it-it’s autofocus and I probably missed about the same number as I missed with the M6. The viewfinder information is great and easy to see and understand. I have the camera set to no shutter sound, but not the silent mode. I didn’t use auto- ISO, but have started to since getting back. The file quality is really nice, and no dust. I shot the Fuji in a similar way to film- I shot RAW files, didn’t look at the files on the LCD screen, and downloaded them to a laptop every few days, where I then left them, until we got home. Downsides; the camera does feel better in the hand when you use a “thumbs up” grip and the battery life is rubbish. I ended up carrying two spares and would get maybe one or two days from each charge. I also only saw one other X100, in the hands of a lady in Dalat on New Years Eve, who also had the lubitel.

Cricket Farmer Dalat Fuji X100 ISO1000 f4 180th sec

Gold Fish Imperial Palace Hue FujiX100 ISO200 f11 1.2 sec

Patpong Bangkok Fuji X100 ISO6400 f2.8 280th sec

Phu Quoc Fuji X100 ISO800 f8 1700th sec

Tuk Tuk Bangkok Fuji X100 ISO200 f2.8 200th sec

Overall then both cameras are more than capable of the mixed light, high humidity conditions you will meet in South East Asia. They won’t let you down and are subtle enough to get you into situations that a bigger camera may not. Vietnam is a wonderful place to visit; the people and the food are amazing. Carrying film around isn’t a major deal and you can develop and scan B&W yourself.

So would I consider the M8/9/M option now? I’m not sure, yes it makes sense when you weigh up the costs of film D&P, but the Fuji is so close. It’s going to stay in the too hard to decide box for a while longer as I still love the film process too much.

You can see more photographs and read more about our trip on my blog (, and more of my other photography on Flickr (


Brendan Gara


Apr 082013

USER REPORT: Two years with the Fuji X100 by Doug Barry-Martin

 NEW TOY – DAY ONE. Lets try black and white, high ISO and wide aperture.  f2.8 1/90 sec EV -0.33 ISO 1600. 


Hi Steve,

It is hard to believe that so long has passed since I first looked through the viewfinder of the then brand new and exciting Fuji X100 and went wow! I pretty much bought the camera based on the super clear viewfinder. The price was a lot more than expected – especially as I opted for the leather case (about US $1600 all up). The case incidentally makes the camera as it really improves the handling. I did replace the overly grippy and uncomfortable strap with a softer smoother one. I have never had a lens cap on as it is not required with the case which you can quickly unfold and shoot. The real surprise was the high ISO performance. In fact the jpg output was so nice I have never shot RAW (which I usually do) except as a test. Good job Fuji. Whilst my Canon SLRs were more efficient in terms of handling and af the Fuji charmed with its size and unique handling and looks, not to mention output. I did take time getting used to reaching under the lens to find the aperture lugs and wish Fuji had just made this a knurled ring without the lugs as per a Sony RX 100 etc. 99% of the time I keep the camera in auto ISO with a low limit of 1/30 sec and have assigned the fn button to ISO. The RAW button is assigned to the ND filter and is very handy when shooting at wide apertures in bright light. I have the EVF set to show a review of the image after taking the shot or, if I pull my eye away it appears on the LCD. This is a great feature as is the ability to scroll through the menus on the EVF when it is difficult to see the LCD.

Lets try street shooting. Wow this is fun! (See my flickr site for more about this shot).
f11 1/250sec +0.67 ISO 200 


Yes there were a few niggles to start with but the camera got better with each firmware update. It sure kept up your interest in the camera seeing how it had improved with each update. I did eventually encounter the dreaded sticky aperture problem but Fuji replaced the lens no problem.

I am sending 21 of my best shots over the 2 years that I think show a variety of shooting styles, processing and subject matter. I have also have posted 200 plus shots to my Flickr account for your readers to view (see link below).

Sounds a lot, but not when you consider I have shot nearly 10,000 images.

MODERN LOVE. For the Fuji that is. Loved this clean rendering. f4.0 1/2000 -0.67 ISO 200


I went through a few phases such as delighting in handheld night photography (I have never used a tripod and only once or twice used a fence or some support) or, due to being inspired by your site’s images, trying black and white or shallow depth of field. Although the Fuji does not excel at macro or even landscapes I managed to pull of a few of those too. I also tried it out for action photography. In all instances it worked fine and generally is a joy to use. Yes it has it limitations but so do all cameras. Hopefully you will enjoy the images I have posted. Amazing to think that this groundbreaking camera is now superseded. I will hang on to mine for a while yet as for most purposes it is the best compact camera I have owned. Only thing I wish for is a small built-in zoom or at least an add on telephoto lens.

HOT WHEELS. Retro style derby cart. Accidentally bumped white balance to a cooler setting and added a warming filter in Photoshop. Voila – retro look.

f2.8 1/1100 ISO 400


Some of the images I have shot have found their way into calendars or Diaries (I shoot for a company producing these for Nelson and Christchurch).

Mostly I shoot with the X100 for my own pleasure but it has been great at parties too due to its low light ability.

You can be sure as long as you have the X100 with you probably won’t miss a shot (unless you need to zoom in or the action is just too fast – but more the former than later). And for those who think the af is slow at night just switch to af-c. Works a treat.

FRESH AS!   Candid shot at the market proving that timing is as important as fast af.
f8.0 1/250 -0.67 ISO 400 


I thought about replacing it with the OMD E5 and although I like the IQ and versatility etc of the Olympus I do not like the tiny buttons and small hard – to read on-screen type and muddled menus. The Fuji is a paragon of simplicity and clarity compared to the Oly.

The twist in this tale is that I have just bought another compact camera, second-hand. An Olympus XZ-1 (apparently it is no good unless it has an X in the name these days since Fuji started the trend). I bought it in “as new” condition for about US $200! So far I am finding it hard to see the screen in sunlight (impossible sometimes) but that aside it is pretty good. I have quickly discovered the need to shoot RAW, mainly due to the strong NR that is applied to jpgs. As Steve would know having a new camera can reignite that enthusiasm to “see what she will do”. Will it replace the X100. Highly unlikely but it will be an interesting addition.

CHAINED. An evening shot with warm filter applied in Photoshop.
f8 1/30 -1.0 ISO 3200



BANG! War re-enactment as part of our war memorial day (ANZAC Day).
f8 1/80 ISO 400


Anyway hopefully the images tell the story of my 2 year journey with this wonderful camera.

All images have some PP in Photoshop.

I almost always shoot in aperture priority mode with auto ISO (max 3200 and low shutter speed 1/30).

Also I usually have at least EV -0.33 on all my digital cameras (rather blocked shadows than blown highlights).

MAGIC. Shot from my car resting the camera on the open window ledge.
f4.0 1/10 ISO 3200


SIKA (his name) – musician/shaman/market seller. How close can we get?

f2.8 1/1250 -1.33 ISO 200 (the -1.33 EV must have been an accident – no reason for it).


Here is the Flickr link.


Thanks for reading.

Doug Barry-Martin


New Zealand

Mar 142013

This group of photos was shot with my Fuji x100, ISO 800, raw editing done in Aperture, and black and white conversion performed in Silver Efex Pro. Thank you Steve, visiting your website has been a daily ritual of mine for over a year now, your opinions and real world tests has been refreshing and tremendously influential. I am early in my photography and could not appreciate this opportunity any more.


These photographs portray the apprehension and sexual tension that exists between two platonic individuals whose relationship stumbles along the line of intimacy and ultimately, vulnerability. A conflict between multiple states of mind exist. Experiences and scars from one’s past struggle to outweigh the ethereal nature of new love. These photographs reveal a level of human intimacy that I hope the viewer finds genuine.

I am incredibly grateful to have met such a wonderful person, model, and photographer who continues to challenge and inspire my artistic contribution.











Feb 262013

Waiting for the X100s by Renaud Perez

Dear Steve,

At first, thanks for this website, all the efforts you’ve put inside and sharing all this pictures from other readers / photographers.

I’m a French guy living in Beijing for about 7 years now and I can say that China helped me a lot in my photography. I guess there are two reasons for that, the first one people do not really mind the way you look at them here, my personal feeling is that they do not judge based on the outside and the result is that you can walk in the streets look at a guy and shoot, either he smiles or he don’t care. The second is that it’s not better than any other places, but it’s so different, and this give me motivation and creativity!

About my photography experience, I guess it starts to become a routine for you reading this but like many I started with a Nikon D40 then D80 then D7000 and then STOP!!! All were super cam’, I loved them BUT they were all at the same time too heavy, too bulky, not discreet etc… About one year and half ago I sold everything and bought a Fuji X100. And I can say right now that it is the BEST camera I ever had, plus it helped me so much improving my photo skills. I like it, I always wanted to take it with me and shoot shoot shoot.

I have so many pics that I even don’t know which one to send you. But there is one I wanted you to publish, the X100 reflection through my apartment window in Beijing, it’s kind of my way to thanks Fuji for such a great camera. For me the best word to define the X100 is “emotion”.

The other ones are a portrait of my friend Pedro, cycling in the Beijing Hutong (old streets). One of a women eating in a restaurant in northern Sichuan, where I was backpacking with a friend last summer.

There is also a sweeping panorama I did with the WCL-X100 attached on it (in Huanglong national park).

And as a bonus a macro of my mother’s orchid.

Now I’m just waiting for one thing, the new ”s”, I already sold my X100 waiting so badly for the new X100s and if Fuji really managed to get rid of the slow AF and all quirks I think it’s a camera I will keep for years.








Feb 112013

My Wicked Journey (back) to the Fuji X100

by Kevin Preblud

My own photographic odyssey began while in Junior High School, shooting black and white on a Nikon FE. I learned about f stops, shutter speeds, film speed, as well as how to develop my own film and print my own photos in an old fashioned darkroom. There was rarely a moment when that Nikon wasn’t slung across my shoulder like a musician with his guitar.

Over the years the depth of my passion ebbed and flowed depending on various life factors, but ultimately the birth of my first child in the early 1990’s, conveniently coinciding with the availability of affordable consumer digital cameras, was the convergence of events that put me on the road that has led me to where I am today.

Over the years, another child was born and various individual and family milestones were recorded for digital posterity. But it wasn’t until my children became involved in a variety of youth sports, that I truly picked up where I had left off with that Nikon at the end of my own childhood. It was time to jettison the pro-sumer digital point and shoot, and get back to the SLR world, albeit a digital one.

Once again my trusty dSLR was rarely missing from my side, shooting every sporting and school event that was on the calendar, at times, even for other parents who knew they could count on me to capture those precious moments of their children while I was for mine.

With both kids now in High School and still active in several sports, I spend many fall and spring afternoons photographing their various games, again now not only for myself, but for the teams as well. While this is the worst paying job I have ever had, the satisfaction of seeing the kids faces as they view their action photos online, like a professional athlete, is payment and satisfaction enough.

But like many fans of this site, while researching the mirrorless revolution, in an effort to add a less bulky camera to my toolbox, I found Steve’s review of the Fujifilm X100. That was it! I didn’t have to read another review. The X100 appealed to me in on so many levels; form, function, image quality, size, and most importantly, a return to the basics I remembered from my Nikon FE. It had a dedicated aperture ring, shutter speed dial, and exposure compensation dial; all the basics I had started with nearly a quarter century earlier.

I immediately went online and made my purchase. Upon arrival, the X100 did not disappoint. It was a rare combination of art and utility, like a fine writing instrument, not usually found outside of the Leica world. I must however admit, it took a bit of time to re-acclimate myself with non-automatic photography, but the more I did, the better the results and my personal satisfaction. As well, like so many others have said elsewhere, the X100 is an eye-catcher. The uninformed don’t know if it’s new or old, film or digital, but the intrigue easily draws them in front of the lens with little anxiety. People want to be photographed with this camera. People want to touch and feel it, making the whole photographer/subject dance much less intimidating and far more engaging.

Sadly however, I suffer from technology BBD (bigger better deal). Despite how much I had come to enjoy the X100, and how much I saw my candid and street photography improve, I wanted the next best thing. No thanks to Steve, I abandoned and sold my X100 for what sounded like the next best Fuji, the X-E1. Sure, there were AF improvements, interchangeable lens capability, and a better sensor, but I quickly realized that although the X-E1 was an improvement on paper, I missed my trust X100. In short order, I returned the X-E1 and went back online to eBay in this case, and re-acquired my trusted companion, another X100.

The bliss returned and we were back in business. You would think the lesson was learned, but yet again, and in no small thanks to Steve and his wonderful review, I was back on the BBD program looking to acquire a Sony NEX 6. So, out the door X100 No. 2 went and in the door came the NEX 6. Certainly the Sony is an able and accomplished camera, but I quickly realized it was no Fuji X100. All the reviews said it has better AF, better IQ, and better functionality, but at the end of the day, it just didn’t “fit” me like the X100. So, once again, back went the NEX for return, and back I went to eBay for X100 No. 3. While I’m not sure how much I have cost myself thru the various exchanges, I can promise that this is the last time the X100 goes out the door……..until of course the recently announced FujiFilm X100s I have pre-ordered, arrives at my door step. I promise I will remain faithful until then!!

The following photos are from a nighttime shooting excursion along Colfax Avenue in Denver. Colfax was the primary East-West artery thru Denver before the advent of the Interstate Highway System. Playboy magazine once called Colfax “the longest, wickedest street in America.” Colfax still continues to provide a variety of photo opportunities; from old neon-lit hourly motels and dive bars to recent urban redevelopment including outdoor shopping malls and the latest trends in fine dining.

Oddly, for one of the X100’s most harsh criticisms, low light shooting, I found it to be a jewel to work with, and I was very pleased with the results. Sure it takes care to be certain of your focus point, but like anything, once you get used to its intricacies; both positive and negative, they become practically insignificant.

And so, although not slung over my shoulder like the old film Nikon FE, my Fuji X100 is once again a constant and convenient companion in my coat pocket……My Journey (back) to the FujiFilm X100!










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Jan 252013

My first shots and impressions of the Fujifilm FinePix X100.

By Lee Craker – His website is HERE, his BLOG is HERE and his Flickr is HERE

Yes, the X100 is still a valid choice in a compact mirrorless camera that will not break the bank. Thanks to Lee for writing about his experience with the Fuji X100.

A few months ago I started a quest looking for yet another point and shoot camera (It seems in the last 10 years I have owned so many). I travel quite a bit and in the last few years have found my professional Nikon DSLR’s have become a burden to carry all day. In fact the weight of a bag or backpack with 2 bodies 4 lenses and other paraphernalia becomes a detriment to making the kind of images I enjoy, candid, fast-moving, people and street shots. A couple of years ago to help solve this problem I purchased a Leica M8, and then the M9. The Leica M’s solved the problem of weight, and produced amazing image quality (IQ). I found however, that with my age, eyesight, and my inability to manually focus quick enough I was missing many shots. So I decided to compliment the M’s with a small auto focus camera. I purchased a Leica X1. The large sensor and IQ appealed to me. Alas, I only carried the X1 for serious photography for a few weeks. A trip to Diyala Iraq on assignment with the X1 and my pro Nikon proved to me that the X1 could not be used for anything other than static shots. The slow focus did not cut the mustard. So on the shelf it has sat for 2 years, with only a few shots put through the camera.

With an upcoming trip scheduled in March I thought it was once again time to look for a small autofocus camera to compliment my Leica M9. The research has been long, but fun. Since I live in a remote part of rural Thailand testing cameras in person is impossible, so I have read every review available on the 3 cameras I narrowed my search down to, The Fujifilm FinePix X100, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and the Leica X2. The OM, although reportedly has fast focus, which is a necessity for me, I ruled out because of it’s DSLR like handling, and removable lenses. While interchangeable lenses are a must for my pro cameras, for a point and shoot I’d rather be assured I will never have to clean a sensor. The Leica X2 was in the running up until the end. I am familiar with the IQ and handling, so if the focus problems were fixed, it would be a good little camera. However the price factor of the X2 was just too much. After Thailand VAT I was looking at close to $3000.00 for the the Camera and the EVF. So this left the Fujifilm FinePix X100. In all honesty I would have probably opted for the X100s, but unfortunately that will not be available until after my trip in March. So I want on eBay and found a black X100 like new for a reasonable price and ordered it. I had read about of all the problems, and also read about the work arounds and great IQ, so I crossed my fingers and waited for delivery.

I tracked the order on line so I knew the camera would be delivered yesterday. My stomach was in knots. Thailand is a strange place to order on line. The customs duties and VAT are applied without any rhyme or reason. I have purchased clothing on line from one place and have been charged 50% duties and ordered the same amount from another manufacturer and was charged nothing. I had made up my mind that if it was going to cost me three or four hundred dollars in customs fees and duties to receive this camera then it was going back, I would refuse delivery. I got the notice from the post office around noon that the fees for receiving the camera would be $100.08 USD. I breathed a sigh of relief and went to pick up the camera.

I picked up the X100 and dropped my wife at a local market to do some shopping while I unboxed the camera. I found the battery was charged and put an SD card in the camera. It took a couple of minutes to figure out how to take a photo, and then I headed to the market to catch up with my wife.

Less than 5 min. after unpacking the box I made my first X100 photos. The camera was at default settings, and has the latest firmware upgrade. I saw a woman in the market raised the camera focused recomposed and fired. The focus was fast and sure. What a relief after all I had read. Would my Nikon D3s or D800 focused faster? Well sure, but I think that is a strange comparison. This camera is a point and shoot, and it focuses as fast or faster than any point and shoot I have ever owned and many times faster than the Leica X1 it is replacing. When I got home I opened the files the way I process any image, with Photoshop and ACR. For a B&W I use Silver Efex Pro 2. The image files are impressive, even in jpeg. I’m used to looking at files all day long and I can tell you the IQ of the X100 is not hype, it is real.

Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

This morning, after playing with the camera settings for an hour of so last night, I went out to shoot my daughter going to school. I thought for sure I had missed this shot. I saw the wide eyes and expression on my daughters face raised the camera and fired, just as I would have done on my pro Nikon’s. I really thought the camera would not have had time for focus, but no problem. This image was from RAW converted with ACR.

Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

The last test I did this AM was to test auto focus continuous mode. Every review I have read says it does not work. I set the camera to AF-C and focused on a motorbike coming towards me. I waited with the shutter pressed half way and fired with a panning motion. This is not a conclusive test, and sure the camera focus drive makes all kinds of noise while constantly trying to acquire focus, but the proof is in the pudding as they say. This image is in focus just as I had intended. Will I use this allot? No way, this is not a sports camera, but I proved to myself that if I want to use it creatively I sure can. This image was again from RAW converted with ACR. The whites in the shirt are blown out somewhat, and I found that the recovery was not as good as if this had been shot with my pro Nikon’s. But I think I can live with that, or I think I can modify some contrast settings, I’ll play with that in the future.

Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

Overall I’m very impressed with my first 20 shots with this little camera. It will find a home in my small camera bag along side the M9 and 3 Leica lenses.

Thank you,


Lee Craker

Nov 262012

Fuji X100 Magic to create them. By Simon Peckham

One of the special things about the Fuji X100 that I have learnt and still learning while using the camera is the way the photographer can “play” with the light and the resulting image. I will try to explain how I use the camera to control the light in a little more detail. It’s only possible to be able to control the camera this way using the EVF, it is not possible with the live view or the OVF. Take a look at the lens flare in this image.

You can clearly see the wonderful “star” effect from the suns rays. This is due to the blades at smaller apertures. You can’t see these at wide aperture. Then it’s a question of just trying to get the correct camera angle. Taking care using the EVF set the camera to f11 or f16 it works better at these apertures. It’s ok at f8 but since your pointing the camera directly at the sun it’s better using the smaller. Take care doing this looming directly at the sun is not something any wine should be advising or advocating but to get the shot then we need to take some risk. You also need some subject that can be use as a gobo.

The sun is a giant studio or speed light after all so you need a gobo, this can be a tree, leave,car,building it can be all most anything. Now you need to start to frame the shot by looking at the sun and moving the camera to just get the sun to peep around the gobo, this starts the flare, using the EVF you will be able to “see” the flare now you just need to choose you image. It’s amazing to see the effects that can be created this way, I a, often looking to take shots into the sun, I normally choose to shoot towards the sun at the end of the day it seems a little easier to control. Here is another similar shot.

You can see the above shot has creatures a beautiful flare with a partial halo. I love this type of control that I believe can only be controlled using an EVF. I have not been able to do this on any other camera, I am not sure if it is because it is EVF or the fixed fujinion lens. I am really hoping I will still be able to use this technique with either the Fuji X-pro 1 or the new Fuji X-E1. I would certainly like to hear from any Fuji X-pro1 or Fuji X-e1 owners that can try this method and confirm if is works particularly on other lens’s. it would be a real shame to lose this ability to play with e flaring. Take a look at the next shot.

This halo is really fun to play with. I really cannot explain what this is I don’t really know how it is formed but I do know its a similar technique to get it as the 16 point flares, the halo seems to be best created with the wider apertures but it’s created over all the range if you GE the camera angle right. Again use the EVF to do this and not look directly at the sun using the OVF. The full halo takes a little bit of practice to get the right angle. It’s also very sensitive to getting the right angle, pointing the camera at the sun slowly tilt the camera vertically and you will find you can get the complete halo to appear.

Now it’s just up to you to frame this image compose the shot make the halo appear and click away. I will be playing more with this in the future and hope to be playing with the same either on the new Fuji X-E1 or the Fuji X-Pro1 what ever I end up getting and with what ever range of lens I have I really hope I will still be able to create these type of really cool reflective artifacts and flares. We shall see. Go out and have some fun with this and see if you GE the same or similar results as me.

Simon Peckham – His Blog is HERE

Sep 102012

My 500 Mile, 38 Day Walk Across Spain with my Fuji X100 by Michael Fratino

Hello Steve,

Thanks for your great site and your real world reviews. Last March I embarked upon my 500-mile walk from St. Jean Pied de Port in France up over the Pyrenees Mountains to Santiago Spain on the northwestern corner of Spain. This walk is known as the Camino de Santiago and has been traversed for over 1000 years by people from every walk of life. Last year Emilio Estevez made a movie (The Way) starring his father Martin Sheen describing this journey.

Since weight and space were my biggest concerns, I had to triple think everything I packed. I knew I wanted to take a camera but the idea of a P&S was out of the question and a DSLR was going to be too big and bulky. Last year I purchased the Fuji X100 when it debuted but was so disappointed with it that I sold it.

Fast forward one year and I began to look at the X100 again because of your posts on how Fuji corrected some of the issues with major firmware updates. I knew this was the camera I had to take because of its solid metal design, worked miracles in low-light situations, had mechanical old-school dials, had only one fixed lens and most important… it was quiet and discrete.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed. The camera handled itself almost perfect. The design of the camera is so robust that it survived wind, rain, mud, snow, hail and the rigors of it being used on a continuous basis. So much so that the emblems on the back of the camera wore off. I even dropped the camera a couple of times and it didn’t even dent the metal housing.

I only had two complaints about the camera. The first was and still is battery life. It is so poor that even carrying an extra battery sometimes didn’t even work out right. I had to make sure that wherever I stayed for a night that I was near an electrical outlet and that didn’t always happen (thank God for my iPhone!)

The other complaint is not really even one. For being so small and discrete, the camera drew so much attention from everyone I was around. Many of the Germans I met along the way thought I was carrying a Leica, others thought I was shooting film. Many wanted to just pick it up and shoot a few frames with it. One Japanese fellow was so taken with it that he made copious notes about it so he could purchase one when he returned to Japan. Almost everyone was blown away by the hybrid viewfinder, the ability to shoot in low-light and how silent it was.

For this walk, I carried everything on my back and stopped only for food, drink and a place to sleep. This walk took me 38 days through some of the most incredible scenery I have ever seen. But the walk was only half of it. The people I met along this path from every walk of life were just incredible. I took over 2500 pictures. At first I concentrated on the scenery but after a week or so I realized for me that this journey was about the people who embark upon it for all kinds of reasons. So, I decided to take portraits of some of the people who had some type of effect on me.

While the lens is not necessarily geared towards portraits, I had no problem using it for this purpose. I can’t even begin to tell you how liberating it was to have only one lens. It seriously makes you think about your subject and creative ways around any type of situation.

Attached, please find some of these portraits. I hope you like them and if you have any questions for me, please free to email me. On the technical side, I shot all images jpegs. I used to Photoshop to resize, correct brightness / contrast and to add vignettes. There is no retouching done to any of the images.


Michael Fratino

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