The Fuji x100s in the hands of a Boudoir Photographer
Is the Fuji x100s really a compact camera? You may know already that I have personally fallen in love with the new Fuji X series. The X-Pro1 had become my main body, replacing the Canon 5D Mk II. I said “had become“, because the there is a new kid on the block who totally stole my heart. The Fuji x100s arrived on the scene thanks to a kind loan from Fuji and made its big brother look chunky, big and slow. Everything I had to get used to with the X-Pro1 have been fixed or improved in the Fuji x100s.
The question is: would I use the Fuji x100s professionally for our Boudoir Photography?
Fuji x100s: kudos to Fuji
The Fuji x100s is a beautiful camera. What do I think the “s” at the end of its name stand for? “Steroids“? “Super“? “Simply brilliant“? All of those. This camera is the natural extension of my hands and eyes. The Fuji x100s is a tiny camera, unobtrusive yet powerful.
Do you remember the “pain points” I underlined while reviewing the X-Pro1? Fuji worked hard on those. The Fuji x100s is free from them.
The focus speed is truly impressive. It still struggle under certain circumstances, as while backlighting your subject, but it is from another planet in comparison with the previous one. The other point I noticed that was solved is the lag between the pressing of the buttons. This little camera is quick, and when you press the button, it clicks.
Would I use the Fuji x100s professionally for our Boudoir Photography? I am already doing it!
Where does the Fuji x100s excel?
Similarly to the X-Pro1, the Fuji x100s is a small, unobtrusive camera. Not having a big, bulky camera with a huge lens will help you with relating with your subject. This camera can fit in your pocket, and it is light, incredibly light. I wouldn’t expect such power from such a tiny object.
The image quality is superb, and I wish to Thank Fuji for placing the same sensor in all their X cameras. I can take the X-Pro1 or the X-E2 or the Fuji x100s, and I know I will get the same results.
The Fuji x100s is silent. In comparison, the X-Pro1 is awfully noisy, and the Canon 5D Mk II is unbearable. Shooting the other day with Fabiana, I was able to hear the shutter noise of her Canon 10 feet away over the one of the Fuji x100s in my hands.
Would I use the Fuji x100s professionally for our Boudoir Photography? Do you really need to ask it again?
It’s a 35mm relative, but it is a point of strength for the Fuji x100s
My initial skepticism regarding the Fuji x100s was that it does not have an interchangeable lens. In these past two weeks, I came to realise two things that made me feel this is not as limitation, but as an advantage. First, even if I were not forced to use this lens, 95% of my images would still be shoot with a 35mm relative. You need to love the perspective of a 35mm, though. Second, being forced to keep that single lens has forced me to explore my creativity. No more useless lens swapping just because I am frustrated. If I want to capture the “right” image, I need to stop, think and look. This makes my photos better.
Where can the Fuji x100s get better?
Using my camera for both photos and videos, I really lack the capability to get what I really want out of the Fuji x100s. The video functionality seems to be there just because they had to put it in. You cannot manually adjust your settings, and I feel this to be a limit. The 5D Mk II was such a hit also because they released it with minimal options: you had to do everything on your own. Having the same feature with a firmware update would be awesome!
Would I use the Fuji x100s professionally for our Boudoir Photography? We loved it so much that we bought one.