# Thread: Fun with the Fuji X10

1. ## Re: Fuji X10

Here's some interesting math: at widest setting the X10 lens has a 3.55 mm max aperture, and at longest setting the max aperture is 10.1 mm.

Compare this to a typical m43 kit zoom lens like the Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6, with 4 mm aperture at widest and 7.5 mm aperture at longest focal length.

Two conclusions from this (ignoring the fact that wide and tele ends have a bit different angles of view):
- X10 lens is able to defocus to at least the same degree as a m43 kit lens;
- X10 lens captures at least as much light as a m43 kit lens, which despite difference in sensor size should be reflected in sensitivity and noise levels being comparable. In theory, that is - for a given shutter speed a lower ISO can be used on X10.

I think that's what people are seeing in actual use?

2. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg
Here's some interesting math: at widest setting the X10 lens has a 3.55 mm max aperture, and at longest setting the max aperture is 10.1 mm.

Compare this to a typical m43 kit zoom lens like the Panasonic 14-42/3.5-5.6, with 4 mm aperture at widest and 7.5 mm aperture at longest focal length.

Two conclusions from this (ignoring the fact that wide and tele ends have a bit different angles of view):
- X10 lens is able to defocus to at least the same degree as a m43 kit lens;
- X10 lens captures at least as much light as a m43 kit lens, which despite difference in sensor size should be reflected in sensitivity and noise levels being comparable. In theory, that is.

I think that's what people are seeing in actual use?
That is definitely what I am seeing, and its getting me completely fuddled (mixed up and baffled).

The obvious differences in IQ between categories of sensor sizes, camera types, sizes etc are getting smeared with these new products we have seen in the past year.

If you use a GRX it becomes even more of an enigma because I can use my M-mount with a Leica lens and get images up to par with, dare I say it (but read the reviews) the M8 and in some respects the M9. I then go out with my P10 module plugged in and do those nice gritty black and white shots like the ones that I admire so much from Daido Moriyama . . . and I am using the same camera body and user interface.

I have a couple of M4/3 kits, a Sony a55 DSLR, a GRX with four modules and now an x10. I also do a lot of 35 film. I find I am using the GRX and my film cameras most of the time, and the x10.

I think for the people like me who don't do humongous prints the new era of Small Is Beautiful is here. I've just bought a beautiful Maxxum 7D, probably, the largest and heaviest camera I have, with a dazzling 6MP to match those on the EXR mode of my x10.

Keith

3. ## Fun with X10

Got now my own one (shot in JPEG).

4. ## Re: Fun with X10

Just very nice Uwe. From all I read it seems a number of reviewers see it in a different class from P&S. Where do you feel it falls? Maybe you aren't ready to make that assessment until you shoot with it more but I'll be interested in your thoughts.

Diane

5. ## Re: Fun with X10

>rom all I read it seems a number of reviewers see it in a different class from P&S.

Very different in many aspects:

- ISO 400 and 800 can be usable
- Nice rangefinder viewer
- Fast AEB bracketing
- fast zoom (like XZ1)
- Manual zoom
- well built
- amazing image quality for a small sensor

6. ## Re: Fun with X10

Nice work, beautifully presented as always Uwe... thanks for sharing.

Brian

Thanks.

8. ## Re: Fun with X10

Originally Posted by ustein
Thanks.
Hello Uve,
My X10 arrived Yesterday and today i made some test shots,
may i ask you which raw converter do you use? (if you use one)

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>may i ask you which raw converter do you use? (if you use one)

All shots derived from JPEGs.

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Thanks !

waiting for a good one (or Lightroom update)...

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I normally use only Raw but these JPEGs are not bad. Somewhat clipped in the shadows though.

12. ## Re: Fun with X10

ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/13 sec (handheld) in a very dark room. Have shot it many times and don't think the other pics were better.

13. ## Re: Fuji X10

I went for a walk at the Ferry Terminal market this morning.

I tried a number of different settings, including face detection so I could use the viewfinder without having o focus and recompose. I had some mixed results....some being user error. I did shoot bracketed and still managed to blow a bunch of highlights so I do await RAW files. I didn't use EXR dynamic range but will try that.

Here are number of quick shots. I really like the color. I used some fill and recovery but didn't touch any colors.

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Fuji colors are so nice. The roasting meat, Swiss chard and peppers look exactly as they do in my world LOL.

15. ## Re: Fuji X10

>The roasting meat and peppers look exactly as they do in my world

Think so too.

16. ## Re: Fuji X10

The roasting meat is delicious but not really at 10AM.

Got an message from a friend today. He was at a camera show in Austin.
Fuji rep was there, and had a sample of the hood and leather case. The hood will cost \$50 but no estimate on when it is going to be available.
Also, Precision Camera in Austin apparently has about 15 of the X10's in stock.

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Today we shot some well known scenes in overcast (love it). All images are based on camera JPEGs.

We like the results. Let alone from a P&S small sensor camera.

19. ## Re: Fuji X10

Uwe - these all look good.

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Decided to start seeing what the EXR modes can do....nothing like starting with a torture test.

21. ## Re: Fun with X10

Nice shots, Uwe. I drove from Dallas to Austin today to pick up an X10 from Precision Camera.. they had 16 left after I bought mine. Charging batteries now and reading the manual.. will try it out tomorrow and see if it will work for me. First impressions are positive.

22. ## Re: Fun with X10

Jim,

very interested what you get out of the X10. Like your style of photography a lot.

23. ## Re: Fuji X10

>these all look good.

I like them.

24. ## Re: Fuji X10

Hi folks, I merged the thread running in Small Sensor Forum and Fuji Forums. Lodged it all in the Fuji forum.

Sorry if a few things look out of order.

25. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Terry
Decided to start seeing what the EXR modes can do....nothing like starting with a torture test.
Sunset, over the Sutro Baths. That brings back memories – as a kid I swam in that saltwater pool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutro_Baths

It looks like the shadows need more of a boost. Of course that can be done in Lightroom.

26. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Allan Ostling
Sunset, over the Sutro Baths. That brings back memories – as a kid I swam in that salt-water pool.

It looks like the shadows need more of a boost. Of course that can be done in Lightroom.
I gave them a little boost but I'm working with a smallish jpeg there. I want to see what I can do when I can get my hands on a preferred RAW converter.

27. ## Re: Fuji X10

It seems the EXR capabilities are available even when not in the EXR switched mode - I found this blog very useful (thank you Serious Compacts)

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.com/2009...t-it-mkii.html

Keith

28. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by woodmancy
It seems the EXR capabilities are available even when not in the EXR switched mode - I found this blog very useful (thank you Serious Compacts)

http://kimletkeman.blogspot.com/2009...t-it-mkii.html

Keith
I have C2 set up as a medium jpeg, DR 400, RAW+jpeg
When shooting this way you get a smaller jpeg + a raw that is the same size as a full sized shot but with the reduced pixel dimensions. I took some shots side by side with this setting and EXR dynamic range. I will compare them when I get RAW supports.

I did find it interesting that you can still do a bracketed exposure with EXR selected.

29. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Terry
I gave them a little boost but I'm working with a smallish jpeg there. I want to see what I can do when I can get my hands on a preferred RAW converter.
Yes, I forgot that in EXR mode you are dealing with only 6 megapixels.

Another mode which I've not seen examples of is Pro Low-Light, selected by turning the mode dial to Adv. From the manual:

Each time the shutter button is pressed, the camera makes four exposures an combines them into a single photograph. Use to reduce noise and blur whn photographing poorly lit subject or static subjects at high zoom rates.

30. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

I agree about the colours - fab - lovely pics Uwe and Terry.
Still not tempted though

31. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

@Uwe/Terry -

I think what the X10 really has going for it is that at these picture sizes, the shots look chock full of detail and having that "DSLR presence" that a good lens will give you matched to a reasonable sensor.

On the highlights blown- yes Terry, EXR 400% should take care of that. Those modes should be excellent for dealing with that and it is *the point* of the EXR sensor. I personally don't care it's 6 megapixels, that's enough for an 8x10 print or anything you want to do on the web.

I also think this is probably one of if not the very best JPEG engine Fuji has ever done in any of its cameras (and I am including here the S3/S5 Pro DSLR's though those had the benefit of having an SLR SR class sensor).

- Ricardo

32. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

I'm trying to remember what you have 😊😊😊. Did I understand you have sworn off and sold all your small cams??

Originally Posted by jonoslack
I agree about the colours - fab - lovely pics Uwe and Terry.
Still not tempted though

33. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

i agree Ricardo. I'm following this thread because of that.

Originally Posted by raist3d
@Uwe/Terry -

I think what the X10 really has going for it is that at these picture sizes, the shots look chock full of detail and having that "DSLR presence" that a good lens will give you matched to a reasonable sensor.

sensor).

- Ricardo

34. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Terry
Decided to start seeing what the EXR modes can do....nothing like starting with a torture test.

Nothing like the baths in the evening though I like the view from lower
-bob

35. ## Re: Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Bob
Nothing like the baths in the evening though I like the view from lower
-bob
Yeah I thought about going down lower yesterday but there were so many people that they would have been more prominent in the photos and the sunset wasn't looking all the promising with very little in the way of clouds to bounce around some pretty light. Looking forward to the rougher higher winter tides that seem to merge the view of the baths and ocean a little bit more.

36. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Diane B
I'm trying to remember what you have 😊😊😊. Did I understand you have sworn off and sold all your small cams??
HI Diane
No - the Nex 5N is smaller than anything except the Pentax Q
But yes - I've got rid of all my small sensor cameras, nothing less than APS/c. It's not that there's anything wrong with them . . just that I didn't use them!

37. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

JPEG in EXR mode (Evening sun light on the tower)

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All kidding aside, the tonality and 3D feel to the picture is cool. You really feel like you can reach out and touch it.

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Actually the Phone is hanging outdoors in the air as shown. The background is a house wall.

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Uwe:

Any special pp in your Fort Ord image. The wood texture is great.

Martin

43. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

No question about it. The X10 is a must have, at least for me. Excellent for travel in this part of the world, particularly in combination with a film body (for bw). There's a waiting list at my local pusher's. I should probably sign up on that and at the same time ask him to sell a couple of obsolete bodies.

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>Any special pp in your Fort Ord image. The wood texture is great.

I have published my usual workflow here:

http://www.outbackphoto.com/CONTENT_...ion/index.html

Here mostly my Tonality Master script was used because the camera sharpens already (too) much.

45. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

If you use camera JPEG images the in camera Picture Style settings are crucial.
Here are our Picture Style settings (for JPEGs):
Image Size: Large
Dynamic Range: 200%
Film Simulation: STD
Color: MID
Sharpness: M-SOFT (to avoid over sharpening with halos)
Highlight Tone: M-SOFT
Noise Reduction: LOW
These settings are made to allow the most options in your post processing. Blocked shadows and clipped highlights cannot be undone later.

46. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

Uwe, the problem with you and your pictures are that they say very little about a camera. The tonality which you manage to show in all your images, from whatever camera, is never short of incredible, helped by your general soft rendering style. The tonality you show I've only ever seen in my own images from what to me has always been my benchmark of tonality, the 1Ds3. You manage it from a P&S!

47. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

Thanks. Not really hard.

Now with the shadows set to "SOFT" it should actually improve.

48. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

Thanks to Uwe for the suggested JPEG settings - I will give them a try.

Note that not all combinations of settings are available: e.g. if the ISO is set to Auto(1600), or even direct 1600, the SOFT option is not available for Shadow Tone - only STANDARD, MEDIUM HARD, and HARD (ISO must be 800 or lower, and the camera can not be in Program Mode for MEDIUM SOFT or SOFT to be available for Shadow Tone). In a bit of playing with settings, a couple of times I noticed that changing one setting resulted in another setting being changed or re-set. My brief perusal of the manual did not find any documentation of these restrictions.

49. ## Re: Fun with the Fuji X10

Originally Posted by Arjuna
Thanks to Uwe for the suggested JPEG settings - I will give them a try.

Note that not all combinations of settings are available: e.g. if the ISO is set to Auto(1600), or even direct 1600, the SOFT option is not available for Shadow Tone - only STANDARD, MEDIUM HARD, and HARD (ISO must be 800 or lower, and the camera can not be in Program Mode for MEDIUM SOFT or SOFT to be available for Shadow Tone). In a bit of playing with settings, a couple of times I noticed that changing one setting resulted in another setting being changed or re-set. My brief perusal of the manual did not find any documentation of these restrictions.
Yup, I just found the ISO 1600 SOFT incompatibility. The good news on the settings changes is that the camera alerts you that it is making the change by showing the function in yellow.

I think I just figured out what is going to go on my C2 setting! I think it will be my high ISO emergency settings. This way I won't change ISO in my regular aperture priority thereby resetting the SOFT setting.

Now we know what the camera is doing in high ISOs....crushing the shadows "look ma, no noise".

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>the ISO 1600 SOFT incompatibility.

Not a big deal as ISO 1600 should be just used in emergencies. The camera can use f/2-2.8 in low light and this helps already.