I’ve been loving my little Fuji x100 for a couple of months now. It’s my carry-with-me-whenever-I-can camera. It’s been great taking it down to the strip, anonymously and silently making my way through the streets, crowds and casinos, drawing no extra attention to myself while I did my shooting; not causing anyone to wonder what my intent was; wondering where those images would show up and what their purpose was.
Just a guy taking pictures, or something to be concerned about?
The latter was often the reaction I’d get when street shooting with my 5D Mark II. I’d always get more attention. Sometimes it was cool, but often it was a sense of concern and if I did actually take shots of people, it seemed to have more impact on those moments than it would if I was using the x100.
Now, after experiencing how quiet and unassuming the experience can be with the Fuji, it even made me a little uncomfortable to use a DSLR on the street. And, I even took my 50mm 1.2, which is one of my favorite lenses!!! (it still just makes me laugh when I go for those extra-bokehlishous shots and I look at the LCD and see nothing but half of a leaf in focus and the rest is total blur…. I LOVE IT! HA!)
At End of the Day
While I had become used to the feel of shooting street stuff with the x100, when I got home tonight and was able to play with the images in Aperture, I was very happy with the shots the 5D2 helped me get today. The massive resolution this camera dishes out allowed me to crop in pretty tight on some shots and still get some great quality images.
It was interesting observing how street shooting with each of these cameras gave me a very different feel. But, they are both cool cameras, each with their own strengths. The Fuji x100 is awesome. I love the retro style and the silent shooting. Very fun, indeed. The 5D Mark II is nothing short of amazing to me and I love the quality of the images it helps me capture! It’s definitely my baby!
Here are some of the shots I got today. Click on an image to view the full larger version.