FUJIFILM X100s – The Perfect Travel Camera – 2 Weeks in Japan

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 in Fujifilm
FUJIFILM X100s – The Perfect Travel Camera – 2 Weeks in Japan

I haven’t been back to Japan in over 7 years so when I was given the opportunity to go again, I didn’t hesitate. It was time to put my X100s to the test and see what it could do in the busy streets of Tokyo. I’m not much of a street photographer, mostly because I’m shy and don’t wanna seem creepy, but if i see a shot, I’m more than willing to suck it up and go for it. All photos were taken with the fujifilm X100s, uploaded onto my Ipad 2, edited on Snapseed, and presented here.

lights, camera...

Shinootsu

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Shibuya

There was something really fulfilling about spending the afternoon taking photos with a camera that excites me as much as the fujifilm x100s does, and then spending the evening in a coffee shop uploading and editing the photos. It’s something that really inspired me and I truly enjoyed the entire experience.

The Fujifilm x100s is a gorgeous camera. It’s physically beautiful and the results are even better. This camera has the “it” factor. There’s just something about it that just works for a lot of fuji users. The simplicity of it is just right. All the controls are at my fingertips which I absolutely love.

This camera makes me want to take photos. Unlike my DSLR which sits on a shelf until its time for a gig, the x100s makes me want to be a better photographer. It inspires me to get out there and shoot some damn photos! It was an absolute joy to use during my two week stay in Japan. Having travelled all across Europe with my DSLR and lenses, this was such a welcomed change in terms of size, weight, and simplicity.

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Shibuya

one of these things is not like the other

Yokosuka Chuo

Like is said up top, I’m not much of a street photographer, in fact, this was probably my first time having a go at it. I kind of fell in love with it. It’s all thanks to this camera!

day in and day out

Yokosuka Chuo Station

bronze

Shinootsu

hot springs

Hakone

I also noticed that I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do. Instead, I took a handful of photos that I consider “keepers” rather than having hundreds upon hundreds of photos as a result of clicking away with my DSLR. This camera makes me think more, for that, I appreciate it!

hot springs.

Hakone

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Hakone

tat

Shibuya

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Shibuya

as it says

Shibuya

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Shinootsu

all about film

Yokosuka

~YODOBASHI CAMERA – This was only a handful of the film I bought at YODOBASHI camera. Random film, but it’s film I very much enjoy. If you’re a photographer, you MUST visit SHINJUKU and hit up the many camera stores. it’ll make your jaw drop. There’s just so much and it’s just all so good!

in case

Sea

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Sea

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Sea

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Train Ride

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Honolulu International Airport

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Shibuya

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Shibuya

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this camera on this trip. Here in America, everyone thinks bigger is better. Everyone and their mothers have that mentality. They think big black DSLR’s are the only things that produce great images. It was cool being in Japan surrounded by people using a variety of cameras. I saw a lot of mirror-less users while i was there and for some reason, I liked that. Not saying there’s anything wrong with DSLR’s, I love my nikon camera, but when it comes to traveling, i don’t want my equipment slowing me down. With such great mirror-less options now, I don’t see how anyone travels with big heavy cameras anymore. But that’s just me.

I have much planned for this camera. Stay tuned for more!

23 Comments

  1. ashok
    June 11, 2013

    hi
    u need to review yr pictures. they all look stretched vertically for some reason which makes them look strange. some problem in post processing.

    regards
    ashok

    Reply
    • dturbo
      June 11, 2013

      that’s really strange, not sure why it’s doing that. seems to be fine on every device and computer i’ve tested my website on…..regardless, i’ll double check. thanks for the heads up!
      -danielle

      Reply
      • Mike
        June 23, 2013

        Photos look fine to me on my monitor. No stretching here.

        Great photos. I love your comment, “took a handful of photos that I consider “keepers” rather than having hundreds upon hundreds of photos as a result of clicking away with my DSLR.”

        That basically sums up my last four months with the Fuji system. I’ve actually ended up with a higher keeper rate with less photos. I love it!

        Reply
        • dturbo
          June 23, 2013

          great thanks for letting me know
          the fuji x system is such a game changer! loving every minute of it! thanks for the comment

          Reply
    • Budd Riker
      June 24, 2013

      They look great on my iPad.
      Budd

      Reply
  2. Heather @ MirrorLessons
    June 23, 2013

    I agree with your “bigger is better” theory. That’s probably why mirrorless sales have been so poor in the US! Very nice set of photos by the way. You’ve made me want to return to Japan. Cheers. Heather

    Reply
    • dturbo
      June 23, 2013

      thanks so much for the comment. Japan is an awesome country indeed!

      Reply
  3. Cayenne Lewis
    June 23, 2013

    Hello Danielle!
    Wonderful photos – I think you’re developing a keen eye for street photography. I really love the one in the train station, with the dragged exposure, but I think the top one for me is the fisherman – it looks as though it is straight from film. A really wonderful shot.
    …I think I need to pick up an X100s when I go to Hong Kong this summer.
    Keep it up!
    Kris

    Reply
    • dturbo
      June 23, 2013

      Thank you very much for the kind words! You won’t regret it, it’s a phenomenal little camera!

      Reply
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  5. Jason Keefer
    June 24, 2013

    Where is the deep shadow detail? This camera has none. Until Fuji fixes this the original X100 is by far a better camera.
    My two cents! Thx

    Reply
    • dturbo
      June 25, 2013

      there was definitely a little more magic with the x100 but i’m loving my x100s!

      Reply
  6. Dawei C
    June 24, 2013

    Your pictures look fine on my MacBook or ipad nothing wrong with it………

    Reply
  7. Jazz1
    June 25, 2013

    Great shots. No stretch issue on my 27″ iMac. Please post more when you can.

    Reply
    • dturbo
      June 25, 2013

      awesome thanks for letting me know! will do!

      Reply
  8. mfhiatt
    June 28, 2013

    Great series! My X100S is on backorder. Can’t wait to try it out. Love my 5dMII but looking forward to traveling with this.

    Reply
  9. Tim
    July 30, 2013

    AWESOME photos!! You certainly have an eye for detail. Well done! They look great!

    Reply
    • dturbo
      July 31, 2013

      thank you very much Tim!

      Reply
  10. Carlos C
    September 20, 2013

    Hi, congrats for your great photos.
    I am a happy owner since 1 month ago and wonder what settings do you use at black and white, I love those deep blacks, do you have any favorite custom settings? That 1st colour portrait photo with a very beautiful model seems to have some very well controlled flare did you use any UV fliter?
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • dturbo
      September 20, 2013

      hello Carlos,
      Thanks for the kind words!
      I did not use any filters for the flare shot. I just angled the lens around until I got the flare to be a part of the photo without creating a silhouette. I used the exposure compensation dial to adjust as well.

      Reply
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