Believe it or not, I haven’t had that much free time on this lockdown. I’ve been mostly working, and actually working more than I usually do.
I’m a freelance video editor that does game trailers and clients still want their trailers – as you can imagine. The Agency I work at has been feeding me a steady supply of work and keeping me very busy which I am very grateful for especially since nobody is buying cameras, memory cards, and accessories right now. Some of the projects have been rather crazy with late nights, like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laxOfJLBpm4
But I have some time here and there and I’m not on any projects right this second, which gives me a little time to recover from those 2 am nights and a little time to just relax and shoot.
Fujifilm X100V More Sample Images
Since so many people are so interested in the X100V right now and are probably stuck at home bored out of their minds, I’ll keep talking about it and showing sample images.
I want to again talk about the autofocus problem.
A lot of reviews keep saying the autofocus is great, it’s better – Yes, it is . . . kind of.
People keep calling me out for my criticism of the X100V autofocus, and to be honest, I do make mistakes all the time, but not with this.
I’ve been shooting with the X100V more and testing it more, and I will still stand by my claim that the X100V autofocus is not good enough by today’s standards.
It’s definitely better, but there is a catch.
You might think the autofocus is better if you stick the camera on a tripod and have your wife dance in front of the camera with eye-tracking turned on and film the back LCD screen while watching the little green box track everything then say, hey look the autofocus is good, then upload it to Youtube and call it a review (Do you guys like how cynical I’ve become? 🙂 I’m just having fun and joking around).
But seriously, the only thing that matters in real life with autofocus is shots in focus on the SD card.
UI feedback means nothing. All those little dancing focus boxes make no difference if the lens can’t keep up. This is one of the big things with Sony cameras. They put on a beautiful autofocus display, but really the FF mirrorless cameras are all showing about the same results now. Some are tuned differently so some work better in different situations.
So when I criticized the autofocus on the X100V review, saying it’s not really better than the X100F, this is what I mean. A massive chunk of my shots when shooting AF-C with my kids are slight off even though it’s engaging eye AF or face AF. Is it a deal-breaker? No, because it’s better than the X100F at knowing what to focus on and not getting confused by objects in the background.
So I get fewer errors in autofocus, but still the same amount of misses do to a slow lens. So yeah, there is an improvement there.
But I do want to be honest about this so I’ll keep talking about it. This is simply out of my own self-interest. I want Fujifilm to put a faster lens on the next X100 even if it’s bigger. I want a weather-sealed lens so I don’t have to use the adapter. I think they can do it and I wish more people would get behind this idea.
That being said, I still love this camera. I’m so glad this camera came out when it did because it’s made this lockdown so much more fun.
Here are some more samples with the Goddox flash.
These shots are all super rushed. Shot RAW with the Goddox flash and my presets applied. Pretty much no editing.
I’m liking this on-camera flash look. I use to never do it because all the snobby pros always told me when I was learning photography to take the flash off the camera. But this look is cool.
Guitar Time | X100V Bokeh Samples
In my X100V review, I also mentioned the different or strange bokeh the X100V produces. Here are some more samples so you can see how the bokeh renders differently. It’s pretty cool in most images, but here is some occasional weirdness. This is not a complaint, but it’s interesting seeing the new and different character the lens produces.
I also did some more tests with regards to the onion ring bokeh. I shot some shots at faster shutter and some on a slow shutter with the ND filter. I do notice that the ND filter does change the bokeh rendering slightly, but the faster shutter does not seem to cause more onion ringing. Only specific situations produce the onion ring. Most of the time it looks like theses sample below. A little bubble with a ball in the middle and some onion ringing.
I’m still on the fence as to which camera lens renders better, the X100F or the X100V. I feel like there was something a little more organic with the X100F, but I would take the improvements to the close IQ capabilities of the X100V any day.
Again I don’t have my X100F with me so it’s tough to compare. It’s still in California and who knows when I’ll be able to go back to Japan. And I’m definitely not going to go back if they are in lock-down for the summer.