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At long last… I now have a Fujifilm X100T!



A few months before it was announced, I promised to myself that I won’t give up my X100S since, for sure the upgrades will just be incremental. And I was right! Even some die-hard Fuji fans aren’t recommending X100S users to upgrade to the X100T. Here are the similarities:

  • Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 fixed lens
  • 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Start-up time of 0.5 second
  • Shutter lag of 0.1 second
  • 10cm close focus

But why did I upgrade? Basically, it’s the refinement of its predecessor. After using the Sony A6000, I found that Wi-Fi is a necessity for me. I initially thought that it’s not that important until I start using it. I post photos on Instagram and VSCO Grid, and I want to post them in an instant instead of a longer workflow of transferring the image to my Mac when I reach home, then send it to my phone through iMessage or email so I could edit it on VSCO Cam. Apart from Wi-Fi, here are some of the minor improvements that made the X100T better:

  • Advanced hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder
  • 92% optical viewfinder coverage
  • Real-time optical viewfinder parallax correction
  • ±3EV exposure compensation
  • 1/32000 maximum electronic shutter speed
  • 1040K-dot 3-inch LCD
  • Focus peaking with colors other than white
  • Cross-hatched grip dials
  • A more precise focus-mode selector
  • A more improved button layout
  • An addition of the Classic Chrome film simulation
  • Added aperture stops

I admit that I don’t shoot a lot and my photos aren’t as pleasing as the others’. But this is where I’m happy. I probably have the Gear Acquisition Syndrome and sponsored-professional photographers might be shaking their heads as they always say “Buy Books, Not Gears”. Yeah they can say that since they don’t spend money for gears, again they’re sponsored. 

My iPhone 6 may be enough for sharing photos on Instagram and Facebook. But most of the time, I shoot in low light, indoors and the iPhone camera isn’t capable yet to produce good-quality photos due to noise/digital grain/artifacts. Plus the feel of holding a real camera is really different. But I will still use the iPhone.

I had gone black this time after buying silver X100S and X-E2. The silver is sexier, more elegant and more photogenic; the black may probably look dull but it looks more serious than hipsterish. I need that change. I feel like I did not upgrade if I see the same colors, it’s just me. I will proudly show off the “T” branding, heck I paid for this camera with my own money! Haha! And yeah I no longer have my X100S and XE-2 cameras.

Look at some of the first photos I took this morning using my new buddy: these untouched/unmodified Velvia-simulated jpegs were transferred using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi to the iPhone 6, then uploaded to WordPress for iOS.











The Best Camera is the One you have with You

There are plenty of people inquiring about my cameras, all but one are low ballers. Around 9 inquired about the X100S and 4 on the A6000. One who wants the Fuji requested for us to meet in Alabang coz he’s from Batangas. But I live in Bulacan. So until now, they’re still with me.

What I realized over the past few days was I’m discontented with what I have. I’m aiming for something better which is Fujifilm X-T1. But if I won’t be able to sell my cameras, I won’t be able to buy it, not to mention the Fuji lenses are so damn expensive; the cost of one lens would be enough to buy a Canon 700D!

What I learned is I should be thankful for what I have. These are great cameras. The Fujifilm X100S received a lot of praises from professional photographers, both from Fuji loyalists and those using full-frame DSLRs of Canon and Nikon. While the Sony A6000 is a very versatile camera and is even considered as The Best Camera in 2014 by The Camera Store TV.

So tomorrow, I will be pulling out my ads and will keep the cameras that I previously dreamed of having.

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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
-Oprah Winfrey

But I still want the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition!!!!!

[UPDATE]

I already sold my Fuji X100S last February 13, 2014.

On the eve of the Valentine's day, I have gathered all my courage to finally let go of the one I truly love. After weeks of deliberation between my heart and my brain, I have finally decided to give up and let you go. In a short span of being with you, I have learned to be selfless, I have understood your needs, I have adjusted just to have a pleasing result. But I think it's time to move on from our relationship. I really, really enjoyed being with you. Before I slept this early morning, I was still thinking about you. You became a special part of me. I sincerely hope that whoever is with you right now, he'll provide you the things you need that I wasn't able to give, and the same extreme care that I have provided. So long my love. #darkroomapp

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Quick Post: Simple Edit

Yesterday, I took my Samsung Galaxy S5 in the garden to take some photos. Due to the limited and weird camera controls, I was not satisfied with the result of the shot. I myself couldn’t understand what my subject really was.

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My usual workflow is to import the photo using some apps like VSCO Cam or Afterlight and add a filter. But I still wasn’t contented with the result so I started modifying the exposure, contrast, and saturation. Then I started to wonder what if I just edit the exposure, contrast and saturation without adding any filter?

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See the difference? I lowered down the exposure and brightness, increased the contrast, decreased the saturation a little bit and added a bit of sharpness. I think it looks better. What you say?

Thank you @enjoyGLOBE!

The long wait is over! And I won!

My friends and I went to Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, Philippines to witness the #GlobeSlipstream last night. I was there not only to witness the high-velocity concert, but also to wait for the announcement of the #GlobeSlipstream Samsung Galaxy S5 giveaway. See previous post.

Too bad I didn’t bring my powerbank to recharge my phone’s battery and missed taking pictures of the other performers. Here are some photos I took from the GlobeSlipstream party.

Again, thank you so much @enjoyGLOBE for the Samsung Galaxy S5! And as promised, I will be giving away some stuff to give back and share my blessings. Watch out for it soon on my Twitter account.

Awesome night! Good times!