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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


Its my birthday very soon and I'll have some money to play with, possibly around £500 to £600.

Main gear wise I'm happy with where I am but I really pine after a camera that I can take with me everytime I leave the house. I already know that I want a Fuji but can't decide which way to go. I'm particulalry interested in the X100/X100s but haven't completely ruled out the X20.

The slow AF of the X100 is stopping me from just buying that and getting on with it. The X100s definitely seems much more like the spec and performance I want but of course at the mo its twice my budget. For the enhanced AF and additional features I'm tempted to wait for the price to drop and pull a bit more money together. I worry that I'll always wish I had waited for the X100s if I go with the X100.

Then there's the X20. In budget, and has the X-Trans CMOS sensor. The 12mp doesn't worry me, thats plenty, I'm not entirely convinced by the smaller sensor though.

I think the particular lure of the X100 is the fixed 35mm focal length. Coupled with the portability I think this camera will really help me to improve my photography by challenging me to really focus on my technique and creativity.

Do you guys think the X100s is worth the much larger price tag? Do you think the X100s price will drop soon or will it hold its value for sometime? At £1200 in the UK I think the price tag is far too high, but in fairness for the quality of the product and it's IQ performance maybe it's not that high afterall.



Jan 25, 2013 at 04:44 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


X20 would be my choice the x100 is still a fairly big cam.


Jan 25, 2013 at 04:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


Happy Birthday ct8282. Mine is tomorrow. I hope yours is a great one.


Jan 25, 2013 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


ken.vs.ryu wrote:
... the x100 is still a fairly big cam.


Big in comparison with my thumbnail, maybe...

P.S. sensor size rules: either nab an X100 now, or an X100s later.



Jan 25, 2013 at 08:25 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


There is also the Rx100 to think about, if you want to bridge the gap between sensor size and camera size.


Jan 25, 2013 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


ShadowWalker wrote:
Happy Birthday ct8282. Mine is tomorrow. I hope yours is a great one.


Thank you. Have a great day tomorrow, happy birthday.

Chris



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:16 PM
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jcolwell wrote:
Big in comparison with my thumbnail, maybe...

P.S. sensor size rules: either nab an X100 now, or an X100s later.


I'm certainly drawn towards the X100/s. think I need to have a hands on with this and the X20.



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


yah, i'd take the rx100 over the x20 for now - but that's if you want pocket..

iif you want small bag, then there are a ton of options. but i wouldn't get an x100 at this point unless it was used in great condition for a great price… i owned one.. twice… and while they improved some things, some they could not.

i am really hoping lens flare is improved greatly for the s



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:18 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


douglasf13 wrote:
There is also the Rx100 to think about, if you want to bridge the gap between sensor size and camera size.


Yes. The RX100 is a fine camera, more versatile than the X100, but not in the same class for IQ. I own both.

h00ligan wrote:
yah, i'd take the rx100 over the x20 for now - but that's if you want pocket..


For sure. The RX100 is a great pocket camera.

Douglas, I read your comment about the RX100 as a suggested alternative to the X100. If you meant it as an alternative for the X20, then I'm in complete agreement.



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:20 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


You could always confound expectation (and likely reason) and get yourself a Jetsetter. It's not entirely pocketable, but it is wearable as chest protection.

Otherwise, just get the X100 and satisfy your curiosity. If it doesn't work out, trade it.

And happy birthday, by the way.



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


Alternative idea: instead of a new camera, how about finding a more comfortable way of carrying your Nikon and Sigma 35mm? A sling or other such small pack, bag, case or what have you.

with respect to which camera, the X 100 I found too slow to operate, frustrating manual focus when autofocus wasn't working well, and it seemed subject to veiling flare more than I'd like. the new X 100 s will probably address the auto and manual focus issues nicely and perhaps clean up operational deficiencies. as was said earlier, my hope is that the new camera has improved optic as well. if so, it is a camera I could be interested in again. I would not buy the existing X100 myself again.

I have used a variety of really good small cameras, mostly with great Zeiss optics, but my plan now is to goto my Nikon when I want everything but size, and then go to a simpler, less capable, camera when I want transportability first and foremost. With that in mind, by my definition either IX100 would be too much of a camera to purchase just for portability.



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:46 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


jcolwell wrote:
Yes. The RX100 is a fine camera, more versatile than the X100, but not in the same class for IQ. I own both.

For sure. The RX100 is a great pocket camera.

Douglas, I read your comment about the RX100 as a suggested alternative to the X100. If you meant it as an alternative for the X20, then I'm in complete agreement.


I was suggesting the RX100 as an in-between alternative, since the OP is asking about two very different classes of cameras.



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Birthday - what to buy? X100, X100s....?


douglasf13 wrote:
I was suggesting the RX100 as an in-between alternative, since the OP is asking about two very different classes of cameras.


Good suggestion.



Jan 25, 2013 at 09:51 PM





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