bookmark_borderSome Accessories For My Fujifilm Finepix X100

Since I do not have to splurge more money on extra lenses for the camera, the money I saved pretty much ended up at pimping (customisation) department. There are plenty of accessories out there which opens the door wide to endless customisation. From grips to soft release shutter buttons, casing to straps, it is up to one’s preference on how they (in this case, me!) wants their camera to look like. Long story short, here are the items I bought for my camera;

Lance Camera Strap

Lance Camera Strap

Although 2 leather straps were provided when I purchased the camera (and not forgetting the current one – Crumpler Popular Disgrace), somehow the urge is there to get something else that fits the camera’s profile and my preference. I do not really fancy leather straps because they tend to get really uncomfortable when hot weather strikes! I did use the Crumpler camera strap temporary but somehow, the colour scheme does not match with the camera’s.

So, I knew from there on that I needed something soft yet durable which I am able to use it for long hours without feeling icky about it. I scourged through some forums and blogs and after a long search, I finally took a plunge to get this strap – Lance Camera Strap – which is relatively unknown compared to other well known ones such as Artisan & Artist. However, rest assured that the quality of this product is top notch!

Lance Camera Strap for Fujifilm Finepix X100

There are a few cord lengths and ring colours to choose from and the purchasing process was fast and easy with an option to include O-Ring Strap Bumpers (to protect the camera’s body from scratches / wear-and-tear). It took about approximately 2 weeks to arrive to my location (Malaysia). I chose a 48 inch non-adjustable strap with red orange rings and bumpers and all I can say is it is good stuff at fraction of the price! The cord is adequately thick to withhold the weight / strength yet I am still able to wrap around my wrist easily and rest around the neck comfortably. Besides that, I chose this length because I prefer the camera to rest on my stomach rather than on my chest and I can sling across my body easily.

Zhou Soft Release Button

Zhou Soft Release Shutter Button for Fujifilm Finepix X100

The shutter button of the camera is kinda small. But with a soft release button ‘installed’, it made all easier to press the button. Seriously! And it looks nicer too! The downside of this is that it gets loose easily and the paint will chipped off when it falls from higher ground.

GGS LCD Screen Protector

By now, it is recommended to get a screen protector to urm… protect the LCD screen from accidental scratches. As of writing this, there is no proper fit for Fujifilm Finepix X100’s LCD screen. I have read a couple of reviews from forums mentioning about this (GGS LCD Screen Protector). And again, I took a plunge to get a 3.0” and walla, it turned out to be perfectly fine! I mean, it is bigger than the screen but it covers the screen nicely plus the sides of the screen.

Marumi UV Filter

Although it is not a must to get a UV filter, but being the clumsy one isn’t worth the risk. Besides that, with the hood installed, there is no way to use the provided lens cap to protect the lens during storage. There are limited selections to choose from because of its unusual size (read : small). This one by Marumi does the job… and it is wallet-friendly too. The other option to protect the lens is to get a third party lens cover, the ones used by Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma and etc.

Fujifilm AR-X100 Lens Adapter and LH-X100 Hood

Just like LCD screen protector, they are yet another automatic purchase when getting camera. There is an option to get a third party from other brand, which costs almost half of the original’s price, but I was told that the hood tends to fall off easily. Therefore, although the original ones are pricey compared to the third party unit, they are definitely worth the price. Sexiness +100

Grip Case by J.B. Camera Designs

Grip Case by J.B. Camera Designs for Fujifilm Finepix X100

Leaving the camera bare naked is perfectly fine. It exhibits the carefully crafted, aesthetic beauty of the camera. But it is perfectly fine to have a lil protection too, especially the bottom part of the camera since it is the only area that will be in contact with other (rough, maybe) surface most of the time. While most opted for leather half case, I chose this due to some reason; i.e. durability and price factor. There are few colours to choose from and it’s no brainer that I chose black but I was really tempted to get the striking orange.

Grip Case by J.B. Camera Designs for Fujifilm Finepix X100

What I like about this case is how robust it looks and how it was carefully designed to snugly fit the camera. Besides that, there is quick access to the battery and memory card compartment. Despite its flexibility, the grip case ‘clamps’ nicely to the camera body without having tiny space in between. The flexibility is designed as such as it adds to its durability and does not damage the camera by being too rigid (could scratch when taking it on and off the camera).

Grip Case by J.B. Camera Designs for Fujifilm Finepix X100

However, that said, due to occupancy of a stainless steel screw that secures the case to the camera via the tripod socket, one needs to remove the case if there is a need to mount the camera to a tripod (mainly for night photography).

Lowepro Terraclime 50

Lowepro Terraclime 50 Camera Bag

This is probably the best fit for the camera (for me at least). There are 3 small compartments in the bag for battery / memory card storage. Instead of Velcro system, a hook mechanism is used for this bag. It fits snugly without leaving any extra space for other items. Try to get Terraclime 100 if you are going to store more things in the bag. Although it is discontinued model, you can still get it from eBay or Amazon.

bookmark_borderFujifilm Finepix X100

Just a couple months back, I decided to sell off my entire camera arsenal due to some personal reasons. The process was a lengthy one but it was all done by May 2012. After the mass exodus, I was determined to put my photography hobby on hold since I seldom shoot nowadays and there are no travelling plans in my calendar. But somehow, the so-called “determination” took a drastic turn when a good friend of mine brought a camera to our dinner appointment. The camera was on my acquisition / target list. The rest, as they say, is history.

Fujifilm Finepix X100

There are tons of articles out there which offer in-depth reviews. So, I suggest that you take a look / read them for a thorough, professional review. But if you insist, continue to read on for my summarised amateur opinions / impression / thoughts about this camera; Fujifilm Finepix X100. Not like my words would change the mass perception of this camera, anyway. Or, you can skip the last paragraph which still does not bring any value to this post, heh.

Fujifilm Finepix X100

1. Simplicity at its best. One fixed lens attached to the camera. No future G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). This is one of the main reasons why I bought this instead of other cameras like Sony NEX-7 or Olympus OM-D E-M5 although they perform much better in terms of all aspects. Another reason is that it is cheaper than  Leica M9 my other targets.

2. The size (and weight) is just nice. It is perfect companion for travelling. I like how light and handy it is and it doesn’t weight down your shoulders / neck in a long run. You can ‘dump’ it in your backpack and move on, literally.

Fujifilm Finepix X100

3. S.O.O.C. (Straight out of the camera) image is good. Almost everybody claims that the EXR processing engine is amazing. I was sceptical at first but now, I know why after seeing it for myself. Besides, the configuration of the camera opens up to endless options in creating the final image you like. There are so many settings to fine tune; i.e. DR, Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone, Sharpness, Colour, ND Filter and etc. There is virtually no reason (for me, at least) to shoot RAW unless you are going to PS the shit out of your photo.

Fujifilm Finepix X100

4. Hybrid viewfinder is something new to me. I like the high resolution responsive EVF (Electronic View Finder) and I’m equally fond of OVF (Optical View Finder). That said, the EVF freezes for half a second whenever the camera is acquiring focus while there is no Macro mode when I’m using OVF mode. Or maybe I’ve no found a way to do so yet… Therefore, it is good to use OVF for moving subjects and EVF for static subjects.

5. Oh… there’s Macro mode! Me like Macro mode. It’s a poor man’s version / way of owning a macro lens. Problem?

6. The learning curve is steep at first since this is my first Fujifilm camera. My previous gear was Canon EOS 40D and Canon in camera world is like Nokia in mobilephone world. And by that, I mean it is ancient user-friendly. Unlike DSLR, there is no PASM dial. I have to tweak here and there for each and every mode. Nonetheless, once you get the hang of it, it will be a lot easier. Besides, it is always fun to learn / discover new things.

7. Prime lens means fixed focal length. It also means limited capabilities / flexibility. It did concern me prior to purchasing this. But then again, I’m on budget (then, now and near future). Besides that, I’m too used to short range / wide lenses. My previous ‘farthest’ lens was 50mm. And I went through that phase for over 4 years (I can’t believe I did so!).

Fujifilm Finepix X100

8. The leather case is all nice and dandy. But it is kinda useless if you have a hood attached to the camera. Hence, get a bigger bag or something. I’m using a combination of Lowepro Terraclime 50 (discontinued model) and Crumpler Hillman Hunter.

9. Unlike the preset settings found in Olympus (they labelled them Art Filters), the ones found in this camera is somewhat generic but still wonderful. Fujifilm labelled them Film Simulation.

10. There is no internal IS (image stabilization), which is a bummer! But, as they say, you can’t have everything in a single camera…

11. Sad to say, the autofocus is not as snappy as the latest digital cameras out there. If I were to compare the autofocus system with any other cameras, old or new, out there, I would say it would be slightly slower than the previous system I owned (Canon EOS 40D). A good thing or bad thing? You decide. As for me, this camera is never built to be a workhorse. I doubt any professional photographers would use it to do sport photography. That said, when there is a will, there is a way. Once you get used to the focusing system, there will be little or no complaints at all.

12. The battery life is bad. But the design of the battery charger is even worse! ‘Nuff said.

Fujifilm Finepix X100

I have not personally gain mileage with this camera but I kinda like it, from my initial trial run. I mean I better do since it will be ‘THE’ camera of the household for quite some time. And yes, I’m still putting partial blame on my friend for this unexpected expenditure.

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