veejaycee gives sound advice! I think that he is right in these tips.
Thank you for your advice veejaycee! You helped me to make the right decision before I went to the shop to trade in my old gear. This setup I have now is absolutely the right gear for me at this moment; WCL-X100 for the X100s and XF35 on the X-E1 - this is the way I love to shoot!
I crop on the computer. I find it easier on the computer as I can see everything larger. It is easier to see what to cut out from the image on the computer.
For bird shots; maybe the coming, Fujinon lens XF55-200, could be something to work with. To just take with you when you have the intention to take bird shots. I could trade in the XF18-55 for the XF55-200 as that makes more sense to me as the other lenses I have is so close to the XF18-55 (X100s lens and XF35). Then I would have a dedicated long reach lens in the nature.
Yes, I am very happy with the combination of X100s and X-E1 with the XF35. The zoom is now an extra lens that I suspect I will not use much. Like you said, the zoom is not stealthy; while zooming with that big lens it almost feels like you're back to those big bulky DSLR:s that we want to get away from.
For stealth (for me); I can have both X100s and X-E1 (with XF35) hanging from my neck (with the Lance Camera Straps that I bought). When I want a wider shot I'll use my number 1 "tie" camera - X100s, and when I want a closer shot or more bokeh - I reach for my second "tie" camera - X-E1 with XF35. When I want absolute stealth (due to absolute silent shutter), I just reach for the X100s.
Even if I just use the X100s and I want to get closer; I can crop the photo later as the 16 megapixel X trans sensor gives a lot to work with
Actually, if we are not talking bird shots and alike, I find the reach that I have now enough from wide to little closer.
I belive that the best combo is the X100s with the X-E1 and XF35. You could also buy the great WCL-X100 and get 27mm eq. and 35mm eq. on the X100s and keep the XF35 that gives you around 50mm on the X-E1. Then in practical use you have three different focal lenghts with the X100s and X-E1. You would come a long way with that kit.
I would skip the zoom if I were you. Because I'm thinking of selling my XF18-55 as it takes away the small form factor. I am going to shoot mainly with the X100s either with the WCL for 27mm or "standard" 35mm combined with the XF35 on my X-E1 for 50mm. I don't see any need for the zoom anymore.
I would suggest that you trade in your X10 for X100s and buy the WCL-X100 and skip the zoom. You would be sorted with the three focal lenghts you have then. And when you need, you also still have your D7000.
I've used different brand through my path in photography.
The first DSLR I bought was the Olympus E-510. After that I bought the Olympus PEN E-P2, my first mirrorless. I went into the micro fourthirds world (from 4/3). I added the Panasonic Lumix G3 and some lenses as well.
Then I met the Fujifilm Finepix X100 - the first camera that I fell in love with!
I traded in the E-P2 and some lenses for it.
I later traded in the G3 and rest of m43 gear for the Nikon D7000 with kit lens 18-105 and bought the Nikkor 50 f1.8G prime. I was never satisfied with any of these cameras except the X100. Never got the real "feeling" when shooting with any of them.
Then X-E1 followed with "kit" lens XF18-55. I traded the Nikkor 18-105 lens in and some Nikon accessories. I added the XF18 as I wanted a smaller combination. I fell in love with the images from the X trans sensor even though I loved the X100 body more. But the X-E1 got most of the action because of the X trans output.
Now I got my X100s and I suspect that this camera will get most of the action now; X trans love and X100 body love combined! The best of two worlds for me!
For the X100s I traded in all the Nikon gear that I had left (D7000 + 50 1.8G and some accessories). I also traded the XF18 for the XF35.
My kit now:
Fujifilm Finepix X100s with Wide Conversion lens and accessories.
Fujifilm X-E1 with XF18-55 and XF35 + accessories.
I am all Fuji know and I can't be happier
My path in photography has led me to Fuji.
I love shooting the Fuji X cameras and that is the most important thing because you use equipment that you love more than equipment that you don't like so much.
That in mind, I am not a sport photographer. My photography is more slow paced and here the Fuji cameras shine. Nature, street, some people photography. I am making memories with my Fuji cameras! I always carry at least one of them with me as a "tie" camera. I am naked without!
The Fuji X cameras is the perfect combination of size and image IQ for my needs. I don't need anything more or less.
The trip to my "local" camera store to and from was actually around 430 miles. I took some time because we took a few brakes. But I am now home and tired.
The only thing I did was to open up the package with the X100s and felt it with my hands
It feels somehow different than the original X100 even though it is the same body mostly. Better somehow, hard to explain... Maybe a subjective feeling.
Well, I'm not going to test it until tomorrow... Need to get some sleep first, it is late evening here in Finland now.
I am glad that I now have a "simplified" full Fuji kit:
- X-E1 with XF18-55 and XF35 (Fuji X-E1 leather case)
- X100s with WCL (lens hood & adapter and the original Fuji X100 leather case)
- Lance Camera straps for both
This is my kit now and I am going to live with this kit for some time! I'm putting myself on a "non-shopping" camera gear mode for some time now! I am even going to skip the next update to X-Pro and X-E lines. The X100s is my main camera now that always will follow me everywhere and the X-E1 will serve as my camera when I need the other focal lenght.
Now I will fall asleep and dream sweet "Fuji-dreams".
By the way: they had only two X100s in the whole camera store chain, another person got the first one and I the second one.
Thanks! I'll try to post pics as soon as I can. We are having a coffee break now, my friend and I, on,a Gas station cafeteria. Still many miles to drive. Looking forward to the unboxing... These last miles... I can see the X100s unboxing waiting for me at the goal line.. I'll post those pics as well. Got to go, miles to drive still...
I'm especially looking forward to the improvements on the manual focus on X100s and the added feature (digital split image and focus peaking). If AF doesn't lock in lowlight, maybe the improved manual focus will help shooting in low light.
These improvements must absolutely make their way to X-Pro2/X-E2.