Update: the newly release Fuji x100T is the upgraded version of the x100s. After having using this camera for a year, I can tell you I whole-heartedly recommend it. It has completely replaced my DSLR camera and I have been thrilled with the results and portability of the camera. I take it with me EVERYWHERE.
Are you a mom photographer? I’m sure you have experienced the same dilemma I’ve faced, then: going places and trying to decide whether to pack up your DSLR to capture the moments or leave it behind.
I’ve always been the one to tote around a camera to capture everything. This compulsion escalated when I had a baby and got a DSLR, and my old high school love of photography came back.
Do you remember film? I had an old 35 mm Minolta in high school, and took it with me on a trip to England. I came back with something ridiculous like 17 rolls of black and white film to process. It was not as easy as inserting an SD card into a laptop… I had to go in a completely black room with a round canister thing and get the film hooked on to it, and roll it up but it had to be perfect and it took a lot of patience and skill… and I ALWAYS MESSED IT UP and then I’d cheat and go to one of those 1 hour photo places when they still existed and they would develop the negatives for me. Then I would get to the fun part – pouring over the photos and choosing which one I’d print. I’d go to the machine, burn it into the paper, drop it into each of the chemical trays for the right amount of time… and finally I’d get a print.
Before Digital Cameras
Now, photography is easier and more difficult at the same time – the cameras have a million more features and post processing has a million more features. I’ve decided, like golf, photography is never something you actually master – and the better you get, the more critical you are, and there are so many more things to learn and so much equipment to purchase. And, an iPhone will not suffice for someone who’s caught the photography bug… but carrying around a heavy DSLR everywhere can get, well, heavy. Even if carrying the camera with just one lens around in a cute Kelly Moore Posey bag, it’s still a pretty large and heavy item to carry everywhere.
What is a mom photographer to do?
Found: the perfect camera for a mom photographer: the Fuji x100s
A few days prior to Christmas, my husband surprised me with a Fuji x100s. (yes, I have the best husband in the world!) This camera has a lot of pretty compelling reviews from photographers like the Strobist and Zack Arias — and I’ve been following x100s Flickr users and have been amazed with the quality of the photos. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the fixed lens but decided that a lighter camera that doesn’t have a zillion lens options actually might be much better… and after using it for a week, I don’t miss the zoom. I just move closer when I want a close up shot – or – crop in Lightroom because the quality of the photos are that great.
The camera is small and retro – and is so similar to my old camera from high school, it’s nostalgic. I absolutely love it. This is definitely a camera for a photographer – it’s compact but has all of the manual controls to capture the perfect shot. It’s just so easy to keep in my bag.
So… enough about what I think, let’s look at some of the photos I’ve taken with it:
Taking this to Medieval Times and to the playground is perfect – I’m not taking out a huge attention-grabbing DSLR that screams HEY I’M TAKING PHOTOS and the x100s, as you can see, takes DSLR quality photos.
Will I totally abandon my DSLR? No way. There are still times when I will want to use that camera, especially for my new interior projects, but for the everyday visiting friends, going to playgrounds, etc. – this will be the camera that I use the most. Which is why, in my opinion, this is the perfect camera for the mom photographer.