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Fuji X-100 and Sigma DP2m

Fuji X-100 1/1200th Sec @ F8.0  ISO200

I had sold my X-100 long before I bought the DP2 Merrill.  

I missed it quite a bit.  

  • The Viewfinder
  • Colour
  • High ISO Performance

The nights are 'drawing in' shorter days in the UK mean less picture taking time - and lower light levels, Halloween Parties and Fireworks suggest a better tool for low light / nightime use!

If like me you are interested in looking at the the Sigma DP2 Merrill alongside the X-100 - side by side as it were,  and looking at the images they produce then the you might be interested in some work I'm doing.

I've just ordered another X-100 - This time a black limited edition version with lens hood, case, and filter. (Picking it up on Friday 2nd November) The later firmware will be interesting - promising as it does, much improved AF performance: we'll see.

I have a day job in addition to my addiction to this blog!   I hope to be able to publish something useful be the weekend - thanks for your patience.  Incidentally, this blog is getting hits from all around the world from 500 new visitors a week as well as the loyal band of followers who come back regularly.  Can I just take a moment to say thanks for all the emails and encouragement - it means a great deal!

Fuji X-100 1/320th sec @ f5.6 ISO200

First pictures from the X-100

The set of 4 pictures above were taken as snapshots with the X-100 this afternoon (the day I got the new X-100).  It was raining heavily when I left home,  and I didn't take the DP2 with me.  the colour in the sky was quite amazing and completely different in one direction compared to another  - the colour represented in these shots was exactly what I saw during and shortly after an Autumn shower near Weston-on-Trent, Derbyshire today.

Fujifilm x-100 Processed from RAF files in Lightroom

This batch of shots were taken handheld during late afternoon in November.  The light was very warm and the sun was low in the sky.  I was a little disheartened when I looked at them close up... they lacked a little 'punch'.  

Sigma DP2 Merrill

This batch taken on the same day, at the same time as the batch above from the X-100.  I've written several commentaries on there images, deleted them and written them again.  I've decided to augment these images with EXIF data and then invite the reader to form their own conclusion.  My thought:  The X-100 is a great tool for capturing images even at quite high ISO's.  The DP2 is marvellous. 

Speed

I have read some prominent commentators and understood the DP2 was good but slow to operate.  I've used the DP2 Merrill (a lot) alongside the Fuji X-100, the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Leica M8 and I feel the exact oposite.  The DP2 is agile, fast to focus, quick to start, shoot and put away.   The Fujifilm X-100 (with the current Firmware 1.30) was not nearly as quick to use which totally surprised me.  The x-100 is not slow, and it's very practical but for me, the DP2 is the camera that took me by surprise... it's really very quick and very practical indeed.  

I will enjoy using both over the months to come and no doubt the X-100 higher ISO performance will see more frames from that lad over the weeks to come.

Sigma DP2

Fuji X-100