Return of the X100

I've been so busy with some model shoots lately and just realized that I failed to follow up my previous post about the sticking aperture problem on my Fujifilm X100.  Well, I'm pleased to say that the X100 is back and working better than ever!

My local camera dealer handled the shipping back to Fuji and it was gone for about 2 weeks.  I don't know how it was shipped to and from Fuji so I'm not sure how many days it  was actually at the repair center.  The repair statement said that the lens assembly was replaced, which is what I expected.  I also discovered that the firmware had been flashed to version 1.12.  At the time, this firmware revision was not released to the public (it wasn't on the Fuji support download site anyway.)

Due to a hectic work schedule and illnesses in my household, it was a couple of weeks before I got out to try my repaired X100 out.  I chose to take it into downtown Austin for an evening shoot on the streets.  I'm happy to report that it seems to be working just fine - better than before in fact.  The autofocus seems a little snappier now.  The new lens seems to be just a bit sharper at wide apertures than the first, although that may be a result of a bit more accuracy in the focus system.

This little camera can sure be annoying sometimes and having to send it back to the factory for a gross defect had me considering trading it off for something else.  Now that it's back in my hands and I'm looking at the great images coming off its sensor those thoughts are behind me.  The image quality truly rivals and in a lot of cases surpasses the full frame sensor in my old Canon 5D.  I'm not known for being a patient person when it comes to electronic devices.  I like what I'm seeing enough to put up with some glitches.  The X100 remains a keeper!

Here are a few shots from my first outing with my repaired X100.  All images were captured in raw format, converted in Lightroom, and touched up to varying extents with Photoshop.

Single long exposure.

Two exposures with a bit of blending.  The X100 has great dynamic range, although it wasn't quite enough to grab detail under the brightly lit solar canopy at Austin City Hall.

I'm a sucker for interesting window displays.  Single exposure through the window glass.

I love street light bokeh and these handlebars made a nice foreground piece.

Another shot through window glass.  The X100's dynamic range really shows here.

I love interesting signs and murals.  This mural was put up for SXSW I believe.  Single exposure with colors boosted in Topaz Labs Adjust.