It's been a year, three months and... 23 days since I got my X100.
I was shooting in the street the other day and this little hipster punk asked me what camera it was that I was using. I showed him my beaten up X100 and he said "I've got the X100S, just got it yesterday" and I cheekily asked him if he knew how to use it and if he posted his work anywhere. I was in a grumpy old man mood but I was genuinely interested to meet a fellow photographer.
"Sorry, I keep my tumblr private. I'm not really confident with my photography yet" sounding almost exclusive as if it was my loss.
Ok mate, no worries. I told him the only way he's going to get better is to show photos to people.
What I'm trying to say by that is yes... there is an upgrade and rightfully so, because this damn camera has some really REALLY shitty idiosyncrasies. And so this whole idea of a blog post about the X100 came up... you know, defiantly standing tall against the tides of technological change.
So I set out to go through my images and in the process I've made a blog post about the year that was 2012. It took on a whole other life. 2012 was a year full of change and new beginnings for me and it was amazing making this entry.
So here we go.
I felt like I was shooting without restrictions.
I started photographing the 'everyday' again. I started seeing again. Gearheads will try to tell you that one camera/lens is a limitation...
I say it's the most liberating thing a photographer can do.
The X100 is certainly the camera of choice when getting drunk with the likes of Mr Attree... or going out at all. The last shot was 3200 ISO f2 @ 1/30th... low light is fine. And... people don't see you when you have a little rangefinder styled camera that is smaller and more silent than a leica M...
It helps if they are preoccupied.
Of course, when it's me and the boys out on my 'last night of being a single man'.... the battery runs out. But... thats probably for the best.
Shit battery life though? For such a small camera? Please... give me a break. Carry a spare, weighs about the same as a roll of film.
Or a small box of rings... if you're one of those people who loves terrible segues...
Small enough to be on you all the time... like on your first dinner together as husband and wife...
... yet still sporting a killer 1.5x crop sensor and a lens that punches way way way above its weight. You should all see that at 100% crop... but this isn't a camera review, it's a story.
This camera makes award winning images.
And as a travel/camping/holiday camera... a "walking-out-the-door-grab-a-camera" sort of camera...
And of course... as a street shooters camera... it sings.
2012 was a year of new friends and new beginnings.
So... that turned into something else.
2012 was massive. I shot lots of things. Many of them with this little camera... I have a sad feeling it's on the way out, AF is slower, AE is making mistakes. It has been well used. I'm going to use this camera until it dies, and when it does it will be a swan's death.
It is the first digital camera that I really feel has a soul. It's old technology now... so hence this is not really a review, as people out there know how it performs and have for a while.
It's a collection, a story of a year.
And yes, I will buy the X100s... but I'm not in a hurry.