Friend o' TOP Jeffrey Goggin sent along a picture of his current everyday outfit:
He comments, "If I ever had to pick one camera to use for a really long time (never say 'forever' when it comes to electronic devices!) then the X100S will be it...no hesitation, no regrets."
The companion WCL-X100 wide-angle converter, a lens hood, IR filter, and a slew of batteries are in the small belt pouch. Along with the compact tripod—which he needs because his major interest is long-exposure night photography—it all fits in a messenger bag. Fully loaded it weighs less than five pounds.
Lately he's been experimenting with high-speed flash work made possible by the Fuji's leaf shutter, such as this photo of his 78-year-old father doing his daily physical therapy walk (he broke his hip back in December and is still recovering. Right, they're already wearing shorts and T-shirts in Scottsdale, Arizona).
"I carry this camera with me pretty much every time I leave the house. It's also my street photography camera of choice when I'm in NYC, and I photographed with it extensively on my Salton Sea outing last December despite having a couple of much bigger guns along as well.
"Honestly, I continue to be amazed by the performance of this camera in all respects."
(Thanks to Jeffrey)
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David: "Jeffrey, I was just watching a video review of this camera.... What's the thingumajig thumb rest on yours? And what setup do you have for high-speed flash?"
Jeffrey Goggin replies: The thumb rest is a Thumbs Up EP-5S from Match Technical and it really improves the camera's ergonomics so far as my large hands are concerned. (Yes, there are many less expensive alternatives around, but this one fit my hand best, so was worth the money to me.) As for which flash I'm using, I have a Fuji EF-42, which I don't necessarily recommend, but am using because I already had it on hand because I bought it two years ago with my X Pro-1. For this photo of my father, though, I used the built-in flash of the X100S...it's not powerful, as on-board flashes go, but I'm finding that it's often just powerful enough.
Shameless plug while I'm here: Feel free to check out my photo-blog and see some of the night (and other) photography I've been doing with this and my X-Pro 1 of late.
Elisabeth Spector: "Jeffrey—Thanks for providing the link to your blog. I'm normally not a huge fan of night photography, but I think that's because most night photography I’ve seen a.) is in color, with a very limited (and eventually tiresome IMO) palette, often with yellow casts from sodium vapor lights and b.) rarely seems able to display any conscious effort to capture, and capitalize on, light and form. Your night images don't suffer from either problem! Black and white certainly seems the way to go, and the tonality and processing style are both very much to my taste. Secondly, and more importantly, your images make fabulous use of light to accentuate the geometric forms of your subjects as well as to create compelling compositions (wonderful, balanced abstract areas of stark whites and inky blacks). To me, the images seem to be much less about the literal subject matter, and I think that’s the reason they are so successful.
"It's fascinating to me how these night photographs are the inverse in many ways of daytime images, with the negative space being dark instead of light, and with the light sources belonging to/emanating from the subjects themselves rather than coming from some remote source like the sun. I can't remember the last time I saw a group of images that made me see things in a whole new way—a way that made me really stop and think (and smile in appreciation of having discovered something new and beautiful). This really made my day."
Scott: "You know, all this hubbub about camera size is a bit overblown. I would love to have the image quality of my D800 in an easily pocketable camera, but there are times when it's nice to have a big, heavy camera, especially if you do long lens work. I'll probably feel differently when I'm older, but for now, I don't really mind carrying my D800 with 80–400mm when I'm chasing wildlife through the mountains, and I usually bring at least a few other lenses 'just in case.'"
Mike replies: Your view is a minority one, but it's worthwhile being reminded of it. I even knew a photographer who preferred big cameras—the bigger the better. He just liked 'em. He carried a Bronica GS-1 as a walk-around camera way back when—not the biggest of the medium-format beasts, but a big medium-format beast all the same.