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My first week with the X100

Bob Todrick , Apr 04, 2011; 12:17 p.m.

Have had my X100 for a week now. Gave it a thorough working out over the weekend at an open mike stage for up and coming country artists.
Firstly, it isn't a poor mans M9 or any such thing (lets get that out of the way).
But those of you who remember the Konica Hexar A/F (the non-interchangeble lens Hexar)...well that's exactly what it is, updated to todays digital world.
No lag time, quick A/F aquisition in low light, very quiet...and a quick look at the files (both B&W & Vivid color settings at 400ISO) seem very good...puts any of the 4/3 compacts out their to shame.
Pretty sure they have a winner here...and Fuji has confirmed an X300 next year that will have interchangeble lenses.
It will be interesting to see how Leica reacts. Face it...if this was the Leica X1, they couldn't keep them in stock at twice the price.

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Starvy Goodfellows , Apr 04, 2011; 01:35 p.m.

Just like the Leica M9 should not be compared to a X100, the X100 should not be compared to micro four third or Sony Nex for that matter. All these cameras suit different pockets and are for different purposes. The Oly/Pana offerings cost less than the X100 including the cost of an adapter for older Leitz or other lenses.

Zach Ritter , Apr 04, 2011; 01:38 p.m.

Bob, where did you see that they confirmed an X300? I would be very interested in reading that.

Leslie Cheung , Apr 04, 2011; 01:46 p.m.

puts any of the 4/3 compacts out their to shame.

How much did you pay for your? Probably much more than a m43 camera, right? The panny and olys are/were as high as $700 and as low as $350...X100 even at a non inflated price of $1200, should be better. Is it 2-4 times better? I don't know how much they go for on the bay but I'm sure it's much more than $1200 due to Japan's situation.

For those who are interested, LL has a X100 test here: (link)

Phylo Dayrin , Apr 04, 2011; 02:13 p.m.

So they go for 1200 dollars in U.S ? Here I've seen them for 1200 euros, which is 1700 dollars.

Leslie Cheung , Apr 04, 2011; 02:17 p.m.

Don't know the exact pricing, Phylo, just going on memory...I'm probably wrong though it's up there.

Bob Todrick , Apr 04, 2011; 03:28 p.m.

Now let's see Leslie. A little over a year ago I paid $1199 for my Olympus E-P1 w/ 17mm lens (35mm equivalent).
Last week I paid...yup, the much more expensive $1199 for the Fuji...exactly the same price.
And a lot of people have purchased micro 4/3rds as a Leica alternative...just as they will this camera.
Ya know, I forgot why I quit frequenting this forum a couple of years ago...now I remember why...arguing for arguings sake.
Oh and Zack (who asks a question instead of griping)...I'm in the pro photo supply biz...this is from Fuji. They have decided to pursue what they call the serious prosumer market. The plans are that in the fall they will release an X200...a simplifed 'p&s' version of the x100. If these cameras do well they plan on the interchangeble lens version sometime next year.

Mark Luccarelli , Apr 04, 2011; 03:33 p.m.

"So they go for 1200 dollars in U.S ? Here I've seen them for 1200 euros, which is 1700 dollars."

Well, correction: the MSRP was $1200 up from $1000 due to the weakness of the dollar. Right now that's all theoretical. They are not taking any more pre-orders for them and at auction on ebay people are paying upwards of $2000 for one.

Leslie Cheung , Apr 04, 2011; 03:43 p.m.

Ya know, I forgot why I quit frequenting this forum a couple of years ago...now I remember why...arguing for arguings sake.

Bod, I don't argue just to argue. AFAIK the Oly and Panny were not that much...as least not for long. I'm just saying it shouldn't be compared to the X100 (different sensor size and all) just like it shouldn't be compared to the FF M9. That's all. It is overpriced imo but that's another story. FWIW I don't own a m43 so it's not like I'm m43 fanboy...Why do people get offended so easily?

BTW, I used a LX3 as a leica alternative...Should we compare that to the M9 or the X100?

Zach Ritter , Apr 04, 2011; 03:45 p.m.

If these cameras do well they plan on the interchangeble lens version sometime next year.

I have to laugh at this. I think they would do well if they had just started with the interchangeable mount. But, there are people working at that company who are much smarter than I, so I have to bow to their logic as they probably know things I don't.

Now you have me even more curious as to what a P&S version would be....


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