Nikon D90 vs Fuji X100

I spent a few days in Cologne at Teymur‘s place and I fell in love with a new camera: Fujifilm X100 limited edition. So I decided, after a few hours out taking pictures in the street, to come up with this blogpost with the purpose to summarize my fresh experience with this new camera, compared with my trusty Nikon D90. There are many other blogpost about the X100 out there, so if you are interested specifically on that camera I strongly suggest you to have a look at the full review on DPReview and definitely at the complete review by Zack Arias.

Always with me

I always carry a camera with me, and when I say always I mean every single time I go out. Carrying a DSLR is not easy, even considering that my D90 is not a huge monster like a D3S. I don’t even use the additional battery grip, but it’s really tiring to hang around with such a camera all the time.
I wanted to find a camera much more handy to carry around and with the Fuji X100 I think I achieved my goal.

Prime lens

My D90 is always equipped with a wide prime lens during the day, like my 20mm f2.8, and a 50mm f1.4 at night; considering that the ISO performance of this 3 years old sensor are not so extraordinary, having a fast lens when it gets dark it’s very convenient. I definitely love prime lenses and I’m well use to them, so I don’t miss any zoom capability in my X100. It’s equipped with a 23mm f2.0 that becomes a nice 35mm equivalent in full format. The perfect lens for street photography.

Limited Edition

The X100 is beautiful by itself but I wanted to get spoiled a bit more and I bought the Limited Edition that comes in a gorgeous black wooden box, complete with it’s external flash and with a super nice leather pouch that gives the camera an additional retro kick. It’s really wonderful looking to carry around.

Let’s compare pictures

I dare you to guess which pictures are from the D90 and which are from the X100.

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You can find more comparison shots on my flickr set.

While I was struggling between my D90 and the X100, Teymur was having the same problem between the Nikon D3S and the Leica M9-P. So we decided to film some footage during our tests and this is the result, enjoy!

3 shots with a Leica M9-P

This camera is really amazing, I do really appreciate it and it totally matches my style. But not my wallet, so I have to admit, it’s not mine. It’s Teymur‘s camera, whom I have the pleasure to visit during this long weekend.

I never used a Leica before and still, after 24 hours, I find pretty strange the way to focus and the way to compose the shot with a telemeter. But beside that, this camera is really amazing.

The full frame sensor and the 50mm summilux f1.4 are are so sweet! But let’s dive into the pictures.

Woman smiling at a friend

Cologne

I was having breakfast in a bar in Cologne, getting ready for a street shooting session when this woman started waving to a friend and I captured the moment. It happened with a very silent whisper: “click”. Yes, this camera is silent and extremely sharp.

Street player

Cologne

The amazing thing about this camera is that people tend to relax and be available when I point the lens in their direction. Usually they tend to be nervous when I do the same with my DSLR. Even when I’m equipping a small lens like a 20mm or a 28mm.
With the Leica they look totally unaware of the camera and they keep on doing their own business. If they realize I’m taking a portrait they just smile. I’m trying to figure out the reason behind this surprising behavior.

Teymur in the dark

Cologne

It was not just dark, it was completely dark. So I convinced Teymur to hold a couple of portable micro-softboxes commonly known as iPhone4 and voilà, enough light for this portrait. Amazing result, I have to admit.

Let’s keep on testing the camera for another day and let’s see what comes up, you’ll find all the pictures on my Flickr set. Viel Spass!

Another three pictures from San Francisco

I really love to take pictures in San Francisco. Here another selection of three pictures i took during the last days. I met so many people and so many things are happened that I will need weeks to wrap up all my ideas and describe the awesome experience in this city. In the meanwhile enjoy the visual part of my exciting adventure.

Trolley

Trolley
Enjoy the full size pic on my flashblog

Take-off

Alcatraz
Enjoy the full size pic on my flashblog

Ride

Ride
Enjoy the full size pic on my flashblog

Three pictures from San Francisco

Yesterday I spent my late afternoon walking around because the only way to understand a city is to explore it on foot. There’s no other way.

I took soo many valuable pictures that i cannot feature them all. This is a just a selection of three I’m really proud of, but you can find the entire phoset on Flickr.

Bar

Bar

Ghost Building

San Francisco

Bus

San Francisco

One more thing… on the road!

I also polished the photoblog I share with Letizia and I suggest you to subcribe the feed. The new name is “on the road” and the new template is really beautiful. Now the pictures are bigger and it looks gorgeous!

Check it out!

Tre foto da New York – analisi di come le ho fatte

Alessio & Elspeth

Alessio Jacona and Elspeth Rountree
Alessio ha intervistato Elspeth dopo la tavola rotonda “know your meme”. La sala stampa era particolarmente buia ma il mio flash puntato sul soffitto ha risolto il problema. Per fortuna qualche luce di fondo ha dato profondità al muro dietro di loro. L’effetto plastico è dato dagli 800 iso e quindi dal rumore che ho cancellato con Lighroom unito allo sharpening estremo. La vignettatura era d’obbligo per esaltare i soggetti centrali.

Alessio dopo la corsa

Alessio post run
Alessio è rientrato dalla corsa mattutina a Central Park e mi ha avvertito che stava arrivando pochi minuti prima di giungere all’hotel. Voleva un ricordo della scorrazzata sotto la pioggia e non c’era niente di meglio di un ritratto a 20mm per includere il contesto urbano a cui teneva tanto.
Niente flash e solo luce naturale all’alba (era partito per la corsa che ancora era buio). Successivamente ho abbassato la saturazione e corretto la vibranza per avere colori morbidi ma non completamente piatti. Ho aggiunto un gradiente di sottoesposizione da destra verso sinistra per togliere rilievo alla strada ed esaltare il soggetto che fortuna non guardava in camera altrimenti avrebbe rovinato tutto. Ho scattato inclinando a sinistra per mantenere il dinamismo della corsa.

Tim O’Reilly

Tim O'Reilly
Durante la tavola rotonda con i giornalisti ero bloccato in un angolo della piccola sala stampa. In prima fila ma senza libertà di movimento. Con il mio 50mm “da blogger” ho voluto isolare l’espressività di Tim mettendolo a contrasto con il vuoto del muro dietro di lui. Le linee di texture a sinistra sono molto utili come limite estremo per lo sguardo che non si smarrisce nella mancanza di contesto intorno al soggetto.

Qualche consiglio per concludere

Prima scattate delle foto, poi fate la postproduzione e poi pubblicatele. Solo successivamente prendete quelle che hanno fatto il più alto numero di viste e inventate un modo molto fico di raccontarle. Mettete qualche definizione tecnica per sembrare che avete fatto apposta. Se la foto è storta dite che è dinamica, se è scialba tirate a mezzo la ricerca dei toni morbidi. Il bianco e nero salva l’80% delle foto fatte male, il restante 20% sta nella fantasia di saper inventare scelte coraggiose durante lo scatto. Se non sapete fare le foto, almeno impegnatevi a cercare qualche scusa decente.