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Fujifilm Finepix X100

Portraits With the X100

The X100 has serious frustrations when it comes to shooting portraits, namely focusing speed and accuracy.

First, an assessment from another professional

I handed the X100 to a friend, whose professional interest is in a smaller/lighter camera for portraiture. He’s after the short-lived postures and facial expressions that make instant-exposure mandatory.

In less than 30 seconds of failing to take my picture when he wanted to, he concluded the camera was unusable for his purposes— the 1/3 second or so delay in focusing and exposure meant that every fleeting facial expression was long gone by the time the X100 got its act together.

While prefocus can help, it’s no substitute for taking a picture instantly as with a DSLR. I was frustrated with the focus speed while trying to shoot pictures of my kids, even when I asked them to be still (“hold still... no wait I missed it... wait let’s try again... etc). Useless for that type of photography unless some random facial expression is acceptable— it’s not for me. The Leica M9 or a DSLR is a far better choice for such things— except that the M9 requires 20/20 vision to focus accurately and quickly.

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The portraits I shot, after deleting 4 or 5 obvious blurred frames

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