A second hand chrome Fuji X100s winked at me and said “Buy me, you know you want to” – and so comes a page about the self-indulgent purchase of a camera that I don’t really need.
Inside the shop (a branch of the LCE that I had never been in) the rather over-confident young sales person assured me of the 6 months warranty and that the firmware was up to date, despite when testing the camera inside and outside the shop at various settings, it was plainly over-exposing and a symbol was appearing on screen that I had never seen before, indicating over brightness I think. I searched through the menus for an indication of what could be awry but found nothing. The sales person did a reset to factory settings and the symbol disappeared as did the over exposure. I bought the camera which included an ever ready case and a spare battery. I have not owned a ERC for a camera for about 40 years, but as I intend this camera to be “ever ready in the van” it was a bonus.
Playing with the camera later in a café, waiting for the ferry, both the symbol and over-exposure re-occurred and I began to regret my impetuosity.
Back in Normandy, I went online and found that the firmware was far from current, (which is the last one for the X100s I believe) so I downloaded and installed version 1.21.
The problem seems to have gone away and the camera is stable and seems fast and accurate.
There are pages on this site of images from my loved X100 that was my companion for a number of years in France, the UK and in India, so please look through the pages on the right if you are interested.
In the meantime I will put up images from my ER Camera when I think about it.
Near Caen, there is an out of town shopping area that incudes an outstanding art, craft and music emporium called “Cultura”; well worth the detour. And a strange bit of Americana.
Maybe sometimes one should avoid part exchanging a loved piece of kit, as I did with the X100 – however one would end up with a cupboard full of bodies and lenses and then make oneself miserable for not having used an old love.
I let myself be ripped off buying the lens hood and the filter ring, just as I did when I bought my original X100 back in 2011.
The Macro setting on the X100s is very useful and having the camera accessible means fleeting ideas are more easily realised.
And some recent motion panoramas –
The X100s does seem faster than the X100. Hee Hee!