The reasons I gave for not buying the X100 and for buying a new Nikon D3200 were borne out by time and experience. The price of a new X100 has tumbled from £720 to £550; and a new X100S has just been launched offering the same philosophy but with a 25% increase in megapixels and faster focusing and operation. It costs £1,100 - double the price of the X100. No doubt a successor to the X100S is being planned even as I write.
Among all the improvements in the X100S, one I'm not reading about is a general enhancement of its robustness and handling over its predecessor, and those were my main gripes, as were lack of screw-in filter to protect the non-interchangeable lens. And so rather than the Fuji, I bought a Nikon D3200 for two-thirds of the price of a lightly-used X100. For this I get: a zoom lens with vibration reduction (OK, the lens is one-and-half stops slower but with VR I can hand-hold at three stops longer), the speed of operation of an SLR, a more intuitive, user-friendlier menu. On the downside, the D3200 with kit lens weighs 220g more than the X100.
And so - here we are - the X100 and its user, shot by a D3200 and its user.
|Evening, downtown Warsaw in focus; X100 user not quite.|
|Photographers snip-snap in the tram|
|Nikon S3D digital rangefinder, with manual Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens|
|Nikon S3D digital rangefinder - 3-inch LCD screen, controls|
|Nikon S3D digital rangefinder body showing full-size CCD sensor|
|Nikon S3D digital rangefinder top-plate - thumb-wheel for manual focus|
This time last year:
Weekend with the Fuji X100
This time four years ago:
Sublime sunset, Jeziorki
This time five years ago:
Dramatic sunset, Jeziorki