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This week, a good buddy of mind rented the Fujifilm x100s. If you’ve not heard of this hybrid shooter, you might get a bit acquainted. Photography seems to be going in a couple different trending directions (with the exception of the arsenal “kits” that most professionals collect):

“iPhoneography”-The best camera is the one you always have (and text from, call from, social “mediate” from…) Basically, the more convenient the better and the more user friendly the better.
What I love about shooting with my iPhone is simply the convenience. I utilize it daily for “sketching” (i.e. instagramming) my life, my workflow and lovely scenes that just happen in front of me when my equipment is away from my side.

“Mirrorless”-These are the bridging ground between compact point-and-shoots and DSLRs. Welcome the Fujifilm x100s, x20, x1Pro, etc. Although most common camera brands have a mirrorless on the market now, Fujifilm seems to be the most popular so far for early adopters of this niche group of camera. The Fujifilms in particular are outfitted with a sweet throwback look (retro) that appeals to those that remember their first film camera. It feels good in your hands, works great on the street/incognito, and feels convenient to keep around the house/car for when the perfect moment strikes. All that being said…the x100s has a starting price tag of $1300. It is a high price to look like you’re shooting film on the street still.

My curiosity was piqued. Below you’ll see some of my favorite images from the test run. These have been processed with VCSO film, my new favorite “film emulsions” for digital images.

Destiny snapped this one. Pretty sure this is the way I look 60% of the time.

Overall, did I like the x100s? Yes and no.
Yes. It was super-light, comfortable, not obtrusive, simple, challenged me compositionally, pretty swanky looking, has a lot of the typical features that I’m used to with my DSLRs and I could really see myself keeping it with me nearly constantly like I do my phone.
No. The price tag for its capabilities makes it a little “non-essential.” It doesn’t shoot like a DSLR, though the image quality performs close to a medium range one, and the focusing can throw you for a loop once you bring them into post-processing. The RAW files are huge–they take a bit longer than average to import/export. Seems a little silly for a “play-around” camera.
(this isn’t an all-inclusive list by any means…just my quick thoughts)

By no means am I swearing off the mirrorless trend…I plan on testing a few more until finding the one that’s “just right” for my creative bursts of energy as well as a social/around the house toy.

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