So I asked a model friend to go out for a fun photo shoot to test the camera.
Here are a few photos from yesterday, some of which have already been posted.
Some natural light, some flash (sb-800).
We spent about an hour and a half shooting as we walked along the beach.
Post processing varied from very little to more time than I would like.
Thanks to lovely Kelsey for the shoot.
Hope you like them.
Last edited by The Smoking Camera; 26th May 2011 at 02:15.
Ok, I suppose the model shots are pretty good !!
OlliL - nice wheat!
Oh no, I misspelled it!
I'm jealous on the model shoots! They look very good.
Looks like your using the SB800 off camera. What are you triggering it with and whats the max sync speed you find your able to get if using a radio trigger ?
I haven't had a camera that can sync faster than 1/250th in so long I've totally forget what my SB's flash durations even are. I think I full power dump is still faster than 1/1000th hopefully. Theres a point of diminishng return where sync speed exceeds the flash duration, just don't remember where it is.
Awesome being able to get that type of light on a bright day without needing some big pack and head systems
A great looking model always makes the photographer look better.
Regarding high speed sync speed I suppose I should do some serious testing, but that isn't my style.
What I have learned is the following:
I can connect an sb-800 or sb-900 to the x100 using a Nikon sc-17 or sc-29 cord.
Sync speeds up to 1/4000 sec.
I repeat 1/4000 sec.
The external flash photos in this shoot were at 1/1000 sec at 1/4 to full power depending on iso and aperture.
On a couple of occasions I used the built in flash for fill at 1/1000 sec -2/3 compensation.
I really wish flash compensation would go down 2 full stops.
Just purchased another inexpensive sc-17 cord so I can flash off camera a bit further.
Yes, there is a point of diminishing returns, but this is unchartered light territory for me.
I have also played with my Profoto D1 Airs and depending on aperture I can sync up to 1/2000 sec, but at a significant light drop off. Still quite usable however.
An amazing little camera.
Okay wow have not been over here since we started the forum. You folks are rocking it keep it up.
Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.
So all kidding aside, that's some awesome photos you are getting from your X100 Joe. Very inspiring, especially the leggy ones ... Oopst, a slip. Urgh.
Cascadilla Glen - A pleasant little gorge that runs from the Cornell Campus down into the center of Ithaca.
Unfortunately, if you start from downtown this is what you run into about halfway up.
Don't think I would want to negotiate that crumbling shale along the side of the waterfall.
Ollil - Ditto what the others say. I too really like this shot.
Nothing to special with this shot, just of some storm clouds through the car windshield on the drive home, however, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with the dynamic range of the files. This was shot just in the normal quality jpeg setting (DR 100%) and there really is quite a lot of detail in the shadows you can bring up, in addition to a decent amount of headroom in the highlights.
One of the main reasons I moved away from m4/3 as my compact camera solution was the overall lack of DR, so I'm impressed so far with what the X100 can do, in addition of course of its quite nice high ISO ability.
Though I would include the original out of camera file as well so you can see, how even with a basic quality jepg, there is quite a bit of detail you can pull out of the shadows.
Perhaps not quite on par with something like a K5, however for a camera of such a small form factor, I'm pretty pleased. As I said, certainly far more ability to recover detail than my GH1.
Thanks for your kind words, everybody!
Millsart, I'm impressed how well the detail in the shadows can be improved.
When I was at my camera dealer yesterday, I walked my usual way to the parking space and recognised this entrance. I walk that way at least twice a week and never noticed this pretty "interesting" design (at least I won't paint my house that way )
Green | Unintended Self-Portrait von oliverleschke auf Flickr
My X100 needs to be serviced soon, as I discovered a hair (!) in the viewfinder.
Contacted Fuji and they offered to pick it up, when I want them to.
Hope this won't take to long, as my only other camera is my Contax TVS at the moment... And a bunch of assorted film cameras
An afternoon walk through the park....
And yours is a great shot, of a very complex scenery.
Their's a lot to discover, of what's going on in the fore- and background.
I really like that kind of stuff.
Just another day at the beach......
I do not believe that shot would have been possible with any camera other than the X100. In the shooter's hands it is unassuming and non-threatening. The image capture is AMAZINGLY sharp corner to corner and the RAW file gives you so much to work with.......and oh, where are the blown highlights and unrecoverable shadow details?
An amazing camera......R
Having said that I'm very well aware of the sterling qualities of the camera and it's files . . .and in this case of the photographer as well!
all the best
Just this guy you know
Basically, it isn't enough smaller than an M9 with a 35 summicron to make up for the difference in image quality, and after all that practice I can focus my M9 faster than the autofocus on the X100 . . . which only leaves (for me) 'cute', which isn't enough to keep being used
Just this guy you know
We are still experiencing unsettled weather and hovering near flood stage so boating is restricted and the canal locks are closed to navigation.
Where did they find the mermaid? Did they set her free and let her go back? Just wondering.
Jono, sad to hear you sold yours as I really enjoy your images.
carl, nice image. Gorge must have been dark, but looks well exposed.
millsart, glad you can pull detail from the shadows.
ollil, cool green door, fun reflection.
rich, super images, was the ocean shot a trash the dress shoot?
carl, wow, what dynamic range in the sky.
Life is an ever changing journey
Finished a shoot and had put all my gear away.
The client wanted a group shot for fun and luckily I had my x100.
Cool to have a small quality camera for these kinds of shots.
One from today after the rain cleared: