SLR Hut and Fuji FinePix X100

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  1. scotjimland

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    Isn't that beautiful.

    Quite useless by today's standards, but a joy to look at.
     
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    Specific answers to your questions are no & no :Rofl1:

    but online reviews suggest they are a 'kosher' outfit
    http://www.trustpilot.co.uk/review/slrhut.co.uk

    I've had Fuji cameras before and have been very happy with them, I think they give a pretty good "bang for your buck" [perhaps more so at a significant discount]. Though currently I use Panasonics.

    I have bought a camera cheaply from a similar HKG based operation without any problems but there are a couple of caveats (of which you may already be aware)
    1. It will be a "grey import" so not a Fuji warranty, but one provided by SLRHut
    2. You might be liable for HM Customs duty despite what SLRHut claim - especially if the camera is dispatched from HKG rather than the EU
    3. I suspect it might be a discontinued model as Fuji's Refurbished Outlet store has them a) out of stock and b) 50% more expensive - of course an older model camera can be actually better than the one which is replacing it.
     
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    Ok - intrigued by how cheap it was, I dug a little further :Wink:.

    Again, you maybe well aware of this.

    The model you are looking at appears to be an even earlier model than the one most retailers are currently offering ie the X100 not the X100S

    x100
    Amazon's x100 listing

    x100s
    Amazon x100s

    Which would certainly explain the price differential
    And again, if it is the model you've researched then the above in itself is no bad thing - I've often bought discontinued kit because it is better than the new improved recipe!

    Digital Rev (the HKG based grey importer I've used before) has the updated x100s at £699 but lists the x100 as discontinued

    Hope this doesn't confuse you further :Blush:.
     
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    ahh haa ..thanks for that, hadn't dug that deep yet.. that explains a lot..

    I still like the X100 so may go for that ..
     
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    Not looked at that one Jim, brought the Fuji HS50EXR yesterday and love it so far.
    Had Fuji for many years and always been pleased with performance.
    Good luck with your purchase
     
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    I've got the 20. Proper job camera that does everything except fit in your pocket. Something to get hold of.

    Panasonic does that job.
     
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    not like you Brian to be so 'negative' :Wink:
     
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    Here is Ken Rockwell's review of the X100S - he rates it very highly. A lot of images to scroll down through, but the text reveals his admiration for the camera's abilities.
    http://www.kenrockwell.com/fuji/x100s.htm
     
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    I have had the X10 for about 18 months,brilliant camera,changed fron DSLR as I found them too bulky,this produces similar results but half the size.
     
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    that's my main reason for buying.. tired of lugging my Nikon DSLR around ..

    good in a studio, but not out cycling, walking etc..

    I have a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 which takes decent pictures.. but not on a par with the Nikon .. hence my search for a top quality compact..

    I've looked at so many.. my other contender was an Olympus Pen .. but always seem to come back to the Fuji x100 ..


    I'm going out tomorrow to get some 'hands on' at Jessops .. before deciding :Smile:

    I've also decided to buy from 'high street' shop rather than an on-line dealer I don't know..
    It's too much money to gamble on the unknown, I'd rather pay a premium knowing I can go back if there are any problems or warranty claims..

    . .. we have a Jessops and a John Lewis close to home..
     
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    As a machine to take photographs there are many much cheaper with excellent zoom lenses.

    As a work of art, buy it.

    Didn't Leica do one about ten times more expensive ?

    Bottom line is a camera is just like a motorhome, it's what you do with it that counts.

    http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/dslrs/129361/1/leica-m-e-review
     
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    Test the delay between pressing the shutter and taking the picture.

    In my experience compacts suffer from being slow compared to DSLR's.

    I have the panansoic made Leica compact which has a Leica zoom lens which is great but can suffer from a slow shutter release. Wife has a smaller panasonic.

    My main tool is a Canon DSLR with a selection of lenses but it can be a problem to lug around.

    Problem with your choice is fixed 35mm lens which is not really wide angle for panoramas but equally not good for close up portraits. Its a compromise but can you live with it. Conversely not a bad speed at F2 compared to a likely slower speed zoom.

    You know what you are likely to use it for and its sounds as if you know what you are doing so buy local after testing it out.

    I would not buy from Hong Kong!
     
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    AFAIK current Leica = rebadged Panasonic
    Needless to say, the best camera is the one you have with you, even a phone camera.
    Technology is such that now most cameras are perfectly adequate in most day to day situations. Especially after post processing.
    The photographer is more important than the equipment.
     
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    I had a Fuji S9600 bridge camera that kept me happy for many years and I was sad to see it go, so no problems with their products here.

    My main camera now is a Canon DSLR which I'm more than happy to lug around, but I recently picked up a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ38 for peanuts and am quietly impressed by what it can do, so that's my spare camera now.

    As one who makes at least part of his living flogging vintage camera kit it's interesting to note how retro styling is making a comeback in the digital market. I have a workmate who loves film and hates digital but wants to fork out for a Fuji X100 because he feels the need to update and it looks old, so that reassures him.
     
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    We seem to be in Silly Season for cameras now. Face detection, dog detection, smile detection, fart detection.

    Cameras for morons it seems. Deskill everything.







    PS I lied about fart detection.
     
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    Ditto 9500. And before that similar but much less resolution, but it handled just as well.

    Fuji seem to really understand the fixed lens digital SLR.

    But as I've said in another post, so many confusing options now I think they are becoming harder to use not easier.
     
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