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Fujifilm X100s: FirstLook

We held off from getting the Fujifilm X100 when it was first announced in 2010, even though we REALLY wanted one, because we had committed ourselves to spending some quality time with the Nikon P7000. When we heard that Fujifilm would be updating its X100 series, we knew we would not miss being at the front of the line this time around.

The X100 has had a devoted following since its launch, but as with any first-generation product, it had some shortcomings/idiosyncrasies which surfaced once the camera was released. Fujifilm listened to its users and has both addressed those issues and added some new features to attract more fans to the growing X100 base.

As soon as we got the shipping notice that the camera was on its way, we looked out the window every time we heard a delivery truck pull up to the office to see if it was the FedEx guy. It wasn’t unit after Easter weekend that we were rewarded for our efforts.

We won’t parrot the technical specs of the X100S, so here are a few good links which should more than satisfy (FujifilmDPReviewKen Rockwell). Our picked-up-for-the-first-time response to the X100S is that we are very impressed with the quality, the fit and finish of the knobs, and the overall feel of the camera. No wonder it is often compared to a Leica.

The Fujifilm X100S comes with the following in the box:

  • Camera and lens cap
  • Battery and Charger
  • Strap and USB cable
  • Directions and FinePix Studio software

Fujifilm’s user manual will get us started, but we would probably dig a bit deeper into Deichtierow’s book Mastering the X100 (RockNook 2012) now that we have a version of the actual camera in house.

Look for frequent updates as we take this new camera through its paces. We will also take a look at cases, straps, and other accessories available for the X100S. It is going to be a fun couple of months getting to know this new camera.

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