I am a fan.
I am convinced it is a very capable litle machine for many purposes.
First thing to answer is IQ: IQ is good, and these days you shouldn’t compromise anymore on that. This x10 is sharp and colors and details and whatever is in a photo, all that, its all there. The files are large enough for a double page in National Geographic so thats covered as well. And it should be for that prize.
We have an f2 lens yeah!: Okay the lens is fast and that is very very good, but dof is as wide as shooting with an iPhone. Good though is that there is hardly any CA or other weird stuff at f2…its just good quality all the time.
We have a viewfinder: Yes but the paralax is worse then the eyes overlooking the glasses of that retired Bangladesh Airways pilot while he is looking through the bottom of a gin botle while smoking a cigaret, landing the plane. It sucks but you will survive.
We have a zoom lens: That works well! Its a charm and really good instead of only having a 35mm lens like the x100. And it ends at f2.8 which is really impressive…and good!
So looking at these 3 things, besides that you can shoot in AV, raw, and have actual physical dials to compensate exposure, what else is important? Ah you have a manual zoom…thats intuitive…and works…its great to have that connection to your body and extend senses.
The litle fucker is so small…its a delight. You can take images of whatever…most people think its a mobile phone :-)))))
Now I come to the RAW part and that is a dark story:
The Raw of fuji is a part almost not-discussed on ze internet as far as I know. mostly cos a bunch of amateurs are using the x10…I guess then…I looked for raw + Fuji info on google!
The following text will tell how you best handle the Fuji x10 Raw files.
1. Do not shoot in Jpeg. People say its good but its not. The Raw file has more for you.
2. Do not convert raws in silky pix or whatever it is called.
3. Shoot raw, then convert to DNG and then convert to tiff or Jpeg in camera raw.
Why? For some reason if you shoot jpeg only you lose like 20 or more pixels on every side of your image. Duh? Yup!Weird? Yes totally weird but it is a fact!
If you shoot raw and convert with silky pix you still lose these pixels and your images look worse then the jpeg from the camera…hard to believe how Fuji manages to fuck you like that but..yeah…i checked it and did the tests…myself :-(
But…if you convert the Raws to DNG (with the free dng convertor) and then import these DNG’s into Camera Raw your images finally show their real potential: then They are not even ‘larger’ (a lot of pixels on all sides…they actually look really good, more subdued, more dynamic range, all in all a better image to publish or start working with in PS if you want so!
And for these 2 last lines here above and ‘cos its an all black camera body people don’t object to be photographed with …I like this litle black box.But for sure I like the next generation better when Fuji, Canon…closes the gap with Leica…in 1-2 yaers?
Would I recommend this small motherfucker?
I would only recommend it to people that know what they want and what they are doing…otherwise get a canon s100 or so?