I added a couple of new tools to the arsenal this week. Specifically, I finally picked up a Fujifilm X100S. I have ranted about this camera a few times already. I have only had it one day, but I already like it quite a bit. I showed a couple of my friends, who called it a tourist camera. Funny enough, that is exactly what I intend to use it for. It is such a pain to drag an SLR system with me every time that I travel. I plan on bringing this girl with me everywhere. In true tourist fashion, I snapped a couple of shots in midtown this morning (including one in Times Square). Nothing amazing, but I’m just getting her broken in!
I came across theQ Camera on Hypebeast, this week. I’m kind of curious to try one of these out, if nothing else because they seem to be so versatile and durable. TheQ Camera is designed to allow the user to share images directly to social media platforms. Although that idea is not particularly unique (other major camera manufacturers have attempted this idea [and failed] as a stop-gap for the bite that smartphones have taken out of the point and shoot market), the way that theQ is executing this idea is much more interesting than I have seen in the past. For example, they don’t get crazy with the resolution, capping it at 5mp. For images that people are only going to be viewed on computer monitors and mobile devices, 5 megapixels is more than enough resolution.
The two features that I find most attractive are the manual focus ring, and the fact that it is waterproof. I really like the idea of both of those features because, first: you aren’t going to find either of those features on your iPhone. Sure, you can get an underwater case for your iPhone. But even that seems a bit sketchy. If it leaks, you are losing a lot more than just your images. I like the manual focus ring because I feel like being able to control all aspects of the camera is essential to becoming a good photographer. Like Clive Thompson, I think that photo-centric social media platforms have been very instrumental in helping people discover their interest in photography. Tools like a manual focus ring will further enable people that may never own an SLR, to explore effects like macro and bokeh (which could produce some dramatic images with the f/2.4 max aperture). Additionally theQ comes equipped with a built-in ring flash. That is some pretty innovative design. Finally, theQ took aesthetics into account by making the camera available in 9 different colorways.
Just a fair warning that this is going to be a very photo-heavy post. I recently was visiting my family in Salt Lake City and needed to purchase some medium format film for a Polaroid camera that I brought along. I discovered that a family friend from my parents’ old neighborhood had recently opened a camera store (Acme Camera Rental) that was basically right up the block from my sister’s house. When I dropped by to pick up the film, I was able to checkout the space and some of the cameras that were available for rental. I have been wanting a rangefinder camera for a long time. I love the portability and simplicity of design. They are especially appealing these days, since the image quality rivals that of pro-sumer level SLRs. I was especially perving on the Fuji X100 S (above). Jacob, the owner/operator of the shop was gracious enough to let me take it and test it out. It took most of the afternoon for me to get used to the controls. Once I got a handle on it, I basically didn’t put the camera down. I brought it along with me the next day to my granny’s house, as well as on a hike with my sister’s family. Below I have posted some of the snaps that I was able to get with the rangefinder. As a side note: If you are in the Salt Lake valley and have any camera needs, I would definitely recommend stopping through Acme. In addition to having a gangster selection of cameras and lenses for rent, they sell a wide variety of accessories from film to seamless backgrounds. Plus, they are cool.
Pretty stoked to be testing out this little gem. It is a collaboration between Leica and G-Star Raw. I like the styling of the case as much as like the actual camera. I’m pretty sure that if I owned this camera that I would bring it with me everywhere. I’ll probably post some of the snaps that I get with it, later this week or next.
I will never cease to be amazed by the level of creativity that some people have. Check out this video of shutter noises mixed into a beat.