The X100s is a bit like Brian Clough at the football club Leeds Utd. A brilliant exponent of its art but just not the right fit, for me at least. After less time than Brian Clough actually spent at Leeds Utd, it's now on its way to a new owner, who will no doubt cherish it and produce fabulous images with it - something I just couldn't quite get to grips with. Having had a yearning for almost as long as the X100 has been available, I finally succumbed in late September and bought one to compliment my XP1 as a day in day out camera. Something I could carry around with me daily, something that I could use just as was needed, and of course, looking at it as a possible replacement for my XP1. Potentially, maybe, possibly.
My initial impressions were as I expected. It's a beautiful bit of kit, built wonderfully, with everything a photographer needs to get the image. It is after all the camera that many top, top photographers have made their fame and fortune with.
But, somehow I haven't gelled with it. It's difficult to put a finger on. The fixed focal length is less than I'm mainly used to with my XP1 and 35mm. The button layout is different (OK, so it's a different camera), and the image quality, well - frankly I just didn't like it compared to the more organic film like feel of the XP1.
Of course many of these arguments can and would have been overcome with time, but somehow I just didn't bond with the little X100s, and following an outing where I ended up reaching for the XP1 where I thought I'd be reaching for the X100s instead, I decided the camera wasn't for me. Time to move on.
In fairness to the X100s, it has its advantages over the XP1 for sure. Auto focus is just that little snappier in normal light, and definitely speedier in low light, the onboard ND filter is excellent when you're out and about in good light, and the flash is handy for fill when needed. But close focus at f/2 is pretty poor (something Fuji themselves admit, suggesting to shoot at f/4) and on the whole it just didn't feel right.
When I buy a camera I buy into it. It's mine, it's something personal. I hate to buy and to not have that connection with it, and that's what was missing from the X100s. I have that with the XP1, almost to the point that I almost felt like I was cheating on it when I was using the X100s.
The jury's out as to the next move, I'm looking closely at the XT1 now, somehow, that with a 56mm has my attention...but it's got big boots to fill and even bigger boots to sit next to!