8 years, 3 months ago 14

Boy did I get emails!  Most went something like this, “Wow, what a news break!   I know you love Nikon and adore the D800, but the Fuji X series comments were a shocker, I’m dying to know what images you’ve been showing were made with this camera you so excitedly described!!”


So here goes, the Fuji X-E1 and Fuji X100s are both spectacular image makers, and much smaller, lighter, and easier to carry. than a big DSLR system.  But the other shocker for me was just how wonderful the images were.  As I said in yesterdays post, I’m not comparing the D800 and Fuji X series as apples to apples, they’re not. They are sorta like a Chevy Suburban, and a BMW 3 Series, very different products for very different uses, one won’t do what the other one can do, and visa versa!


But to satisfy your curiosity, and to make a point, here are a few of my favorite images from the Fuji system.  Remember you can double click any image ans see it much larger, and you are going to want to!!



I think you will agree, this covers the bases!




the pilgrim


P.S.  And by-the-way the Black and White shot of the phone was straight out of the camera, not a conversion, these cameras make drop dead gorgeous B&W’s!  Since they will shoot several film type brackets (including Velvia, Provia, Astia, Sepia tone and several types of filtered B&W), you can have an original out of the camera, B&W for every shot you  make, super cool!!!!!

14 Responses

  1. Cauley Hayes says:


  2. Tom Gresham says:

    My 1st Nikon was in 1972. Many bodies and many, many lenses, and I love ’em, but my new EX1 and X100s are, as you say, just stunning. My D800 is spectacular, but I’ll have the Fujis with me more.

    First rule of photography — have a camera!

    Beautiful work, Bill.

    • the pilgrim says:

      In all honesty, and something I never mentioned in yesterday’s blog post is simply age! I do love my DSLRs, but it gets harder every year to lug them around! I was becoming certain that adopting a lighter system for travel and walking around would mean having to except much lower quality, which hasn’t been the case. If I need to print 8X10 “feet”! The D800 is definitely is the ticket, but for normal shooting, the X system does great.

  3. RodneyB says:

    I follow David Hobby’s Strobist blog and he’s done several posts on the X100s with it’s leaf shutter and why it’ great for syncing with strobes. I don’t pretend to understand it all, but it’s worth looking into as I too don’t like carrying all that heavy gear around as I travel. Here is a link to one of his posts, just put Fuji into his blog search panel and more will come up. http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/06/on-assignment-speedlights-sync-and-sun.html

  4. Nick Coury says:

    It has been fun to watch this from the “inside” as you’ve grown to love this system. I agree, that if you need to make billboards, they D800 is the only way to go. For me that means a rental call, still no big deal. Can’t even remember the last print I’ve made over 30×40 inches to tell you the truth. It is a joy to carry most everything I need…even want in one small bag! IMO, no loss of quality or even compromise in what I am delivering to my clients either. Winner, winner chicken dinner! Love you Bill!

  5. Lisa Gordon says:

    These are truly magnificent!
    Thank you for sharing them here.

  6. Dan Levesque says:


    I follow many photography blog sites and I find that your ability to turn ordinary subjects into compelling photographs is second to none. May the new EX1 and X100s take you to places where no D800 has gone!

  7. Will Austin says:

    Hi Bill,

    So great to find your blog today, I did a workshop with you many years ago!

    I’m also a D800/XE-1 guy and I love them. I also use some of my old Nikkor lenses on the Fuji with an adapter, really fun.

    I am just wondering – do you have a favorite way to process the raw files? I am spoiled by Nikon’s dedicated software, I wish Fuji made a converter with the same color settings/profiles as the camera as well. Usually the jpegs are great but I have seen people pull in several stops of highlight detail out of the raw files, really amazing.

    All the best,


  8. Bob Mielke says:

    I switch from Nikon to the Fuji X-E1 about a month ago. I have been using the Nikon D800 and D7000. I don’t miss the weight and I don’t miss the cost. With my X-E1 one of the things I notice is an entire day of shooting without ever looking at a single menu. Under good lighting conditions I find myself using the LCD to compose and during bright, sunny days I use the EVF. I love the retro controls, ergonomically arranged so that my fingers can easily make changes without needing to look.

    I was blessed to be able to take advantage of the lens sale put on by fuji. I now have the 18, 35, 60, 18-55 & 55-200 lenses. It’s still 1/3 the cost and weight of comparable DSLR equipment. It all fits neatly in my Think Tank Retrospective 20 bag.

    The image quality of the X-E1 is superior to anything I’ve seen, especially in low light situations. I’m not shy from using ISO 6400, producing very usable image with little grain. Yes, I’m old school. The word “noise” has a negative connotation, grain does not. Thanks for a great website and God bless. – Bob

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