I must admit that after the first few times of using the X100, I had buyer’s remorse. The controls are much different from the Canon 5D mk II. There are quirks like how the ISO also changes when I switch modes from M to Av (fixed using the new firmware) or how I need to turn on the in-camera ND filter when shooting outdoors at f2.0.
The hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder is such a new experience that it took me awhile to get a hang of it. The manual focus is unusable and a big disappointment. The AF is tad slower than a DSLR but it is faster than a point and shoot. The auto focus is also not very accurate, I have to refocus a few times when I notice that the image is backfocused. This focus problem is similar with the first Canon 5D and I guess it just takes time to master a focusing technique that works.
The thing I like the most about the X100 is its size. It packs the punch of a Canon 5D with a 35mm L lens without the extra weight and size. It is perfect for street photography as the X100 isn’t intimidating as a DSLR when approaching a subject.
Speaking of street photography, I came across Yanidel’s Paris street photography blog before our trip to Paris and it inspired me to dabble a bit in this art form. Below are a mix of travel and street photography for our France leg of the trip.
Our first stop was Nice. We arrived late in the evening and in the morning we went to their famous street market, Cours Saleya.
We tried a local snack, called Socca which was a crepe made of chickpea. It tasted like KFC chicken breading.
The narrow streets of Old Nice:
The azure waters of the French Riviera:
The sun sets at the South of France:
We went to Monaco for a day. The Monte-Carlo Monaco train station.
Bored dog at a Monaco apartment.
After Nice, we went to Paris.
A Parisian lassie:
Fumo-folding bike si Lolo:
At the Louvre:
Lovebirds inside the Louvre:
Lovebirds outside the Louvre:
View of Paris skyline from Sacre Coeur Basilica:
Sunset at Champs Elysees:
Location. Location. Location. A prime spot at Champs Elysees…
Paris by night:
Eiffel Tower at night: