If you're not interested in the forthcoming Fuji X100, it's going to seem like we're harping on the subject incessantly. If you are interested, you'll appreciate knowing that Fujifilm USA has just posted the official press release, and the first official image samples have also appeared. Boo yeah.
Alas, it looks like I myself won't be among the early X100 adopters after all. I'm afraid the Single Use Device has depleted the discretionary fund for a while. Maybe I'll have to do a closet dump to raise some rupees.
But those samples sure look nice. Assuming, as always with such samples, that you don't mind a few pics of cats, kids, and flowers. The picture above is wide open, the one below is one stop down. Yummy. The lens, I mean, not the cats.
The camera has just been made available for pre-order from Amazon.
(Thanks to Oren)
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Featured Comment by carl: "Here's the thing about cats: cats used to be people and they know that they used to be people. Thus the reason for all the attitude. Dogs, on the other hand, are looking forward to being people and believe that by being our 'best friend' they increase their chances of getting there. Dogs have the enthusiastic naivete of the aspirational; cats have the reflexive ennui of the disappointed."
Featured [partial] Comment by Ed Hawco: "I detect a bit of price creep on the X100."
Mike replies: You are not imagining things sir.
Featured Comment by Ctein: "OK, I'm not getting why folks are complaining about the sample image gallery. With only two caveats, I think it's great. There's a wide variety of subject matter and structure and lighting conditions, with the full range of lens apertures covered. I can figure out nearly everything about how that lens is going to perform in the real world from looking at these photos.
"The two caveats. First, we don't have a page of high ISO images yet (which won't tell me a damn thing about the lens, but will about the image collecting part, which is just as important). I'm guessing that will be forthcoming.
"Second, we're getting JPEGs, not RAW files. No doubt they were captured on the finest image setting, but it means we can't really evaluate the inherent sharpness, noise, color rendition or exposure range of the camera—those will all have been massaged by the rendering engine.
"In other words, pixel-peep with caution. If you like what you're seeing you can be sure the RAW will be even better. If you don't, you may just be seeing the deficiencies of the render that wouldn't exist in RAW. Don't jump to conclusions (unless you're an inveterate JPEGger)."
Mike adds: I agree. I thought the samples were quite good for grokking some of the qualities of the lens, which is chiefly what I'm interested in this stage (conclusions about the sensor simply require more in-depth investigation, which will come along after a variety of reviewers and reviewing sites have production samples to run gamuts of tests on). And the topmost cat picture and the picture of the little girl are excellent photographs, to boot. (On the other hand, I wrote privately to some friends that "people don't even seem to know any more what black-and-white pictures are supposed to look like." Fuji's samples are, in the words of one of those friends, "flat and lifeless.")
Featured Comment by John Roberts: "Seen on a bumper sticker: 'To a dog, you're family. To a cat, you're staff.' "