Just back from a three day trip to Verona with my new X100T that I’d only had for two days when I arrived.
I’d spent those two precious days reading the manual – invaluable – to discover some very cool stuff (I always read camera manuals because they now do so much that there is always some weird stuff hidden in obscure menus / the fab stuff that you’d never learn about..). Like the fact that auto-ISO can be set up so that (when in aperture priority mode) the shutter speed drops below a certain value (in my case it’s set at 1/60) the ISO is increased incrementally as the shutter speed goes down, up to a preset maximum ISO. Genius. This maybe how all auto-ISO features work, but it was news to me and as a result of reading the manual.
Having read much about the film simulation, I set it up for RAW+JPG with the Jpegs set on the much raved about Classic Chrome. This was despite the fact that before Classic Chrome came in with the T, Velvia was the go to mode…
I normally work in aperture priority mode and it was a breeze using the exposure compensation dial – through experience more than anything – to capture amazing shots. Blown highlights are a thing of the past!
I used slow flash a few times (I normally avoid flash – in fact I have avoided the obscene harshness of flash these past 30+ years). But it was a revelation (I’d read that it was good). The images are natural and non-flashy / red-eyery.
Classic Chrome? Sooooo creamy and dreamy! Whilst on my travels I exported some Classic Chrome Jpegs to my iPad and did the merest hint of tweaking in Snapseed (to fix some of my exposure compensation overzealousness) and the results are simply stunning. Straight OOTC with the X100T is amazing.
WiFi? Faultless and effortless. It’s well-designed enough to enable the rapid transfer of images to an iPad / iPhone for upload to Facebook / Instagram which went down very well with my fellow travellers (and me). And I’ve used it a lot. In fact I’ve decided that my Instagram photos are only going to come from the X100T simply because it’s so quick and easy.
It’s small, light, unobtrusive, and easy to use when carrying an umbrella in the rain with a shoulder bag.
It’s just right for, of course, carrying everywhere (why I got it) – even to breakfast.
The Q menu is so easy to use and to customise. Once I’d set it up the camera with a few global custom setups, it was fantastic – mainly to change the auto ISO thing to a higher ISO. In actual fact though, why would you not have the intelligent auto ISO thing set up for 200-3200 (1/60) as standard? It’s going to cover you for most situations right? Maybe with a slower shutter speed? Maybe set a default of 200-3200 (1/30)? That’s 95% of all shooting situations covered.
I used it invariably with the optical viewfinder without that really, really annoying zoomed-in-digital-corner thing (probably useful if you manual focus which I haven’t tried yet).
Ultimately what I love about this little machine is that the way that it *is* (it’s form-factor; its layout), is impacting how I take photographs. It’s the simple way that the aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation controls are placed; the clever Q menu; the extraordinary viewfinder… It just takes me back to how I took photos in the 1980s with my OM-1. Tactile. Sensual. Engaging. Connected. Intelligent. Thoughtful. Desirable. Inspirational.