The “premium,” meaning somewhat pricey, Fuji X100 viewfinder digital camera looks a bit like a throwback to 20th-century film snapshot photography. At first glance, you almost expect its back to pop open and reveal a roll of 35mm Tri-X film.
But the X100 has excited many photographers both for its retro styling and for what it contains: a 12.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS high-performance sensor that enables shooting with very low light levels, an F/2 aperture lens that permits manual soft focus, and a viewfinder that can display enlarged selected image areas, so you can better control what you wish to have in focus.
These and other many features are covered in the user’s manual provided with the camera. But Mastering the Fuji X100 does more than introduce and explain key features. It also offers user tips from the author and others, plus personal experiences with the X100, which he terms “a terrific camera with a slew of features that set it apart from both established DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras.”
And it skips the traditional basics, Diechtierow notes. “This handbook is written with the assumption that readers have some basic photographic knowledge and skill. I think it’s a safe bet that anyone who forks over $1,300 for a camera knows that an aperture is.”
He uses some of his own photographs with the X100 to demonstrate many different decisions the camera user can make, such as setting sharpness levels, choosing filters, using the macro mode for extreme close-ups, selecting normal, fine or RAW image qualities, and using flash creatively.
This well-written, nicely illustrated book by an unabashed X100 enthusiast can give you “quick entry into the practical operation of the X100” and dealing with some of its quirks. It also can help you learn how to take better pictures as you go.
– Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, freelance book reviewer, and former software technical writer and software/hardware QA test specialist. He also is a former newspaper and magazine photojournalist. His latest book is Dark Signals, a Vietnam War memoir available soon in paperback. He also is the author of a detective novel, Erwin’s Law, a novella, Jump, and several other books and short stories.