When I tried the Leica Q2 last week I really thought it would suit my style of shooting, so I was disappointed when I didn’t get the thrill I was expecting. Yes, the images from it are amazing, but it just didn’t click with me as a camera. With my penchant for shooting with prime lenses, the concept of a compact camera with a built in prime still appeals, so I considered other options.
I’ve long liked the concept behind the Fujifilm X100, but there have always been too many compromises for me to consider one seriously. However, something made me check them out online and I quickly realised they released their latest model, the X100V, earlier this year – and it seems to have solved all those little irritations! With that in mind I decided to hire one for a few days to see if this characterful little machine is what I’m looking for.
The camera arrived while I was working yesterday so I spent some time setting things up and headed out this morning for a brief shoot. I began with a photographically unsatisfying walk at the local country park (not the camera’s fault – I just couldn’t get inspired!) so afterwards I popped into our village church. This gave me a chance to try the camera out on a subject I’m used to shooting.
This image is the best of the ones I took there. Nothing ground-breaking, but I like the look of the pictures from the X100 and it’s a starting point. Over the coming days I’ll get out and shoot some more, so watch this space for my final verdict!
30 October 2020