A Fuji update

I have now shot over 100 images with the Fuji F80 EXR. The success rate so far is 89%. That’s 89% of the pictures coming out in focus and acceptably exposed, not 89% great pictures. Even when I try difficult lighting situations or use ‘Program’ instead of ‘EXR’ mode it comports itself admirably. I’m not only pleased with this camera, I’m impressed. It also points out a certain ironic twist in camera development: the EXR uses its ‘extra’ pixels afforded when it shifts from 12MP to 6MP to improve picture quality, either by increasing the dynamic range or improving noise-to-image ratio or concentrating on resolution. Now today we have cameras with twice that number of pixels, and they don’t do this little trick. Imagine how good a picture you could get with even an 18MP sensor shifting down to 9MP to produce the same results as the EXR achieves with just 6MP. To look at it another way, this is like making a 6MP sensor twice as big in physical size. Sort of the reverse of the modern camera cramming ever more pixels into ever smaller sensor space – and not actually getting any improved results. Yes they were really thinking when they designed this little gem!

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Witchy Woods

The effect here is cause by shooting telephoto into a bare spot on the steep hill rising behind the neighbour’s house; the ‘mist’ is in fact smoke from their chimney.

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Signal Loss

Here we see why I sometimes have poor, or no, Internet connection; enough snow sticks to the satellite dish and the beam is too scattered to work.

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What was that?

Duncan whipped around to look at something. Or maybe nothing. The image has a nice ‘old film feel’, something like aged Ektachrome.

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Bird on a Beam

Old crow sitting atop the superstructure of a sign frame. Full 10X telephoto shot from quite a ways away. Still fairly sharp.

I’m looking forward to trying the EXR’s dynamic range control in the woods this year; you get a vicious contrast between deep shadow and bright sunlight coming through the trees; it’s quite a challenge for any camera.

The only downside to this camera I’ve found is that it piques my curiosity about just how good a new Fujifilm X series camera really is. Unfortunately I did not win the lottery this week, so it’s unlikely I will find out personally for some time yet.

5 thoughts on “A Fuji update

  1. FujiFilm seem to have been excelling for years with digital. As I’ve said before, I’ve had much earlier cameras with their Super CCD sensors and they punch above their weight. An S7000 bridge camera I have really delivers in good light, approaching DSLR quality. And it cost me about £12.

    Like you Marc I’ve been curious about the X series for a while but haven’t gone further. I’d rather have a fixed lens, and the X100 still fetches approaching £300 it seems. It’s certainly not going to be 25 times better than the old S7000, even though that’s the price difference!

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    1. £300 for an X100 would be a bargain here. They’re more like £700 – $1400 CDN because our dollar is in poor shape. Even the low-end X cameras are about 1/3 that, and one thing I have set my mind on is no more LCD-only cameras; we have too much sun, when it shines.

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      1. It’s large and at times confusing. There’s the X-A series at one end, and the X-Pro series at the other. In between … I’ve lost track of the variations, but they are numerous!

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