Rob Wood, so you’re a Fujiholic?
Since buying an Fujifilm X100T in June 2016, I was instantly impressed with the small powerhouse of a camera. Not only with its performance but also on its sheer good looks and how it felt in the hands. Once getting familiar with it and its capabilities I was well and truly hooked on the Fujifilm brand.
Seeing articles on pre production of the original X100 I wanted one straight away as it reminded me of my days with my old rangefinders. I love minimalism and a ‘Rangefinder’ type camera suits me fine.
Fast forward to 2016, in Rome, a Canon 5D mark ii hanging from my wrist all week. The result? Sore neck, aching elbow and a decision to buy the Fujifilm X100T, not a difficult decision considering all the reviews I´d been reading.
The Fujifilm X100T had all I needed in a camera for my type of shooting, image quality, stunning looks, portability, ergonomics, usability and best of all its pure fun to use, which can only induce motivation to improve my photography.
My first love is ‘ Street’ photography and the X100T with its field of view I find is just perfect.
I’ve considered the Fujifilm X-Pro2/X-T2 but I love the Fujifilm X100T and being angst free from not having to choose which lens to use.
Less stress equals happy photographer. The Fujifilm X100T, for me, puts true enjoyment back in to photography.
Am I a ‘Fujiholic’? Without any doubt, a camera that puts a smile on my face is good enough for me.
Which is your favourite lens and why?
As I only shoot with the X100T, it has to be the Fujinon 23mm fixed lens.
When out shooting, what are your settings and why?
- I shoot in RAW
- Automatic White Balance
- Film Simulation on Standard
- Dynamic Range on auto
- Noise Reduction to zero
- Highlight/Shadow tones I adjust to suit for prevailing conditions
- Colour on zero
- Sharpness on zero
Depending on the look of the image I’m making I’ll use either Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Zone Focus,
Generally I use ISO Auto control with a default sensitivity of 200 and maximum sensitivity of 6400 with a minimum shutter speed of 1/125th.
I never use manual focus.
What kind of tools do you use for post processing?
I import my files into Lightroom 6, zero out LR default sharpening then export to ‘NIK sliver Efex Pro 2 where for me the magic happens.
What is your favourite film simulation? why?
I stay on ‘Standard’ mode, i’m not that keen on film simulation modes.
I’m hoping to have an exhibition in 2017, dependent on costs of course, I know it’s not cheap and I’m retired now so have to watch the budgets.
There’s lots of opportunities here in Barcelona where I now live and it’s a fantastic city for doing what I love most, ‘Street’ photography.
If the exhibition never happens I won’t be too bothered, it would be interesting though. I just love getting out there amongst it all and then the excitement of seeing my shots on the computer and hopefully one will jump right off the screen. The icing on the cake.