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Tuesday, 12 July 2011


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So you live in lakeshore east? nice. Ive dreamed about doing time laps photos with the park view.

Parallax error is a problem that was solved many years ago by the SLR camera.

Now why does this neat feature only work when the AF is triggered by the shutter release button but not when it is triggered by presing the AFL button in MF mode?

"Parallax error is a problem that was solved many years ago by the SLR camera."

My view camera doesn't have any parallax, and its basic design predates SLRs....


Yikes! I guess I haven't been paying attention but I didn't realize that 1/8 of the optical viewfinder gave you a nice view of the side of the lens. I'd much rather have a little more parallax and actually see the lower right hand corner of the frame. I don't recall any of the 35mm fixed lens rangefinder cameras, or interchangeable lens cameras with their standard lenses mounted that were that bad. Just checked a Oly 35 RC, no lens in the viewfinder. Kind of negates the whole unobstructed view thing I think.

Do the overall frame lines move as the focus is changed, as they do in a Leica M? From the pictures, it looks as if this is the case: After focusing, the highlighted focus rectangle looks to be in the center of the frame. But, then, I'm not sure why there are two focus rectangles. Why not just show the correct one?

This is confusing! And, it seems like the camera could get confused.


Thanks for the review, Ken. My X100 arrived at the front door two hours ago. Haven't used it yet—battery charging. Then I'll be taking it for a walk to the beach. In your pictures it looks as though frame lines adjust for parallax and shrinking field. A focusing target that adjusts continuously, along with the frame lines, as the lens moves might be a nice future update.

@ Carsten Bockermann: The "Corrected AF Frame" feature does work when snapping AF with the AEL/AFL button. Double check your button setting (for AF-L) and if it's still not working...well, you know.

@ David & James: Yes, the whole outer frame border does shift (in the OVF mode) as needed for parallax adjustment. Those two focus rectangles are targets for you as you set your composition and AF spot. Although the examples I presented above show the actual AF area to coincide exactly with one SF target or the other, in fact the actual AF area (shown by green box) can land anywhere between the two target boxes when you actually snap focus.

BTW, you can move and enlarge those AF target areas using buttons on the left side of the LCD.

@ hugh crawford: Indeed, you're seeing the OVF view with the camera's lens shade mounted. No, that infringement into the viewfinder is not characteristic of the single lens rangefinders but it certainly is common on the Leica M. Many of my M lenses' hoods clip that corner. That's why such hoods are made with those gaps between the inner and outer edges; to see through.

Of course the X100 has the advantage of using that EVF display in the viewfinder, avoiding this issue completely.

Ken I've had my X100 for about two weeks now and have been shooting with it every day whilst overseas this week. When I treat it like the 'best Canon IXUS ever made' then I am blown away by its versatility, image quality and manual control. It is not a Leica M replacement and people buying it as one will most definitely be disappointed. Horses for courses!

I've found myself using the LCD screen for about 75% of my shots and the optical viewfinder when outdoors in bright light.

So far I'm quite pleased with the camera despite the FUBAR software interface. A UHS-1 class SD card transformed the camera from a lag beast to something quite responsive, and I would call it a necessity.

"Parallax error is a problem that was solved many years ago by the SLR camera."

My view camera doesn't have any parallax, and its basic design predates SLRs....


Your view camera doesn't have a finder either.

The through-the-viewfinder images really look like there are two fixed-location (overlapping) focus marks in the viewfinder, and the camera just decides which one to highlight (and how). The text, though, tends to suggest a more flexible scheme, more on a par with the moving framelines in an M-series Leica.

(Leicas, of course, didn't have this particular parallax problem, because the focusing device was in the viewfinder, not working through the main lens.)

"Your view camera doesn't have a finder either."

Of course it does. A great big piece of groundglass.


Oh, another thing. People have been saying that you can't get faster than 1/1000 at f/2.

This is another example of how spoiled photographers are in the 21st century. Guys and girls, here's a leaf shutter than goes up to 1/4000! One Fricking Four Thousandths! Even if it topped at 1/1000 my mind is thoroughly blown! You can sync your $10 pawn shop flash to FOUR FREAKING THOUSANDTHS!

I'm not aware of any other leaf shutters being faster than 1/500. Even the Hexar AF was limited to 1/250.

The Sony dsc-R1 synchs at 1/2000.
One of the reasons I'm keeping mine.
The amazing lens is the other.

My brother once use Fuji FinePix when he's in college. Now he's graduate and about to buy new camera. This one might interest him.

I get a black OVF when switching from EVF to OVF when the camera is writing to the sd card or just finished writing.

Same problem when coming back from magnified view with MF.

Surely something that sould be addressed by the next firmware update.

Great little big camera. Outstanding IQ, especially colour rendering.
I'd recommend this to everyone who is truly interested in photography and wants more than holiday/family snapshots.

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