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Fuji X100 – Super High Speed Sync!

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Today I discovered another of my new Fuji X100’s unique powers. Its leaf shutter has the ability to sync with a flash unit at an ambient-crushing 1/1000 of a second. My D700, by comparison, has a maximum sync speed of 1/250th (you can go higher, but it dramatically cuts your speedlight’s effective power).

With a sync speed so high, I can compete with noon day ambient with a single flash gun and use wider apertures for shallower depth of field, something I couldn’t possibly do with my D700 without much more powerful lights. I tested out this really cool feature today, connecting one of my SB-900 flashes to my X100 with a sync cable (above). For the shots below, however, not only was the SB-900 running light through its dome diffuser, but also through a softbox with two more layers of diffusion material. Despite the bright, harsh sunlight (we took these pictures at around high noon) and all that extra diffusion cutting the flash power, I was still getting my exposures the way I wanted them.

Notice the aperture settings below. To give me even more control over the ambient while using as wide an aperture as possible, I activated the X100’s built-in 3-stop neutral density filter:

Fuji X100 – 23mm 1/1,000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

Of course, there’s no TTL communication between the SB unit and the camera, so everything here is manually set. I pegged the shutter speed at 1/1000 to give me a wide aperture, and simply adjusted my flash power/distance to taste (flash output was between 1/8 and 1/1 power for these images).

Fuji X100 – 23mm 1/1,000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

Fuji X100 – 23mm 1/1,000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

Never thought I could saturate a noon-day sky so much at such wide apertures while using a single hotshoe flash (through several layers of diffusion!) to light my subject. The results are pretty surreal. Suki, however, is obviously not amused.

Fuji X100 – 23mm 1/1,000 sec, f/4, ISO 200

Sorry Suki.

Fuji X100 – 1/1,000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

Wow, I thought I loved the X100 before I discovered it can sync at such a high shutter speed. Now I’m utterly head over heels for this camera. =)

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Written by Jonathan

June 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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  1. I’m amazed at how you bring out the X100’s full potential. Nicely done. I could definitely learn a lot from you 🙂


    June 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  2. wow…. so amazing you can get the blue sky when shooting wide open! I’m impressed. That’s a sick little camera!

    Jasmine Lee

    June 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  3. oooh that’s what makes this look so unreal — the bokeh + blue sky in daylight! normally you don’t see that. how awesome! i need to take some lessons from you about all this lighting business. 🙂


    June 11, 2011 at 10:10 pm

  4. this all sounds very cool, and i need a lesson from you about flash/lighting too!


    June 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

  5. Very surreal, almost looks artificial.


    June 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

  6. Leaf shutter has always been this way and has been an advantage for years making it is easy and nice. The D700 though does sync to 1/8000 in FP250 and FP350. FP350 does cut power though.

    Jim Dell

    June 12, 2011 at 3:01 am

  7. These portraits of the dog look absolutely beautiful. I love the sky in the background.. the color really shines through and it amazing. Very nice.

    Kay aka Babygirl

    June 12, 2011 at 11:36 am

  8. Absolutely gorgeous. Perfect like it was keyed-in.


    June 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

  9. Before I read this post, I thought these shots were from your D700. Brilliant job improvising with the flash and look forward to hearing more about the x100.


    June 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  10. i’ve been lurking on your blog after it came up in my reader’s explore. just thought i’d say hi and shamelessly admit that i squealed with delight and pretty much died at the three shiba stars post. love.


    June 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    • Thanks for stopping by Alice! I go crazy over that post too =P

      Appreciate the comments everyone!


      June 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  11. Wow, they look great. Just got my X100! Have a Canon 550 EX flash and would like to have a go too. What cable have you used to sync? Would it work for my flash? Love your photos and technique. Cheers.

    Michael Hinds

    June 14, 2011 at 4:44 am

    • Thank you! I’m not familiar with Canon flash guns, so I’m not sure if it would work, but I used a Nikon SC-29 sync cable to trigger the flash.


      June 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

      • Thanks for the info and the great blog of course. Cheers.

        Michael Hinds

        June 18, 2011 at 3:40 am

    • I tried using the Canon OC-E3 cord with a Canon 550 EX and it worked to 1/4000th.


      July 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      • Cool! Can I see the result?


        July 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      • That would work with the X100 or are they only for Nikon/Canon cameras?


        January 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  12. great shots, the x100 is an amazing camera, just after taking shots on the beach with the smaller sb800 and I can tell you its time Nikon Leica an Canon offered leaf shutter lenses…..


    June 16, 2011 at 4:03 am

  13. Is there a reason why you’re avoiding f/2.0?

    Ryuji - boston photog

    June 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    • I shoot at f/2 a lot with the X100, but in this case f/2 wasn’t giving me a dark enough background for my taste at max sync speed. I stopped down to f/2.8 and smaller to bring the ambient down further.


      June 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

  14. These are really impressive shots, and I’m pleasantly surprised by the IQ of the camera compared to what I’ve seen on other review sites. You may have just helped Fuji with another sale.. good job!!

    Zarek Rahman

    June 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

  15. […] wrote a post a while back that covered the X100′s ability to sync with my SB-900 flashgun at crazy high shutter speeds. That high speed sync helps the camera’s tiny, relatively low-powered built-in flash as well, […]

  16. Just curious which flash bracket are you using? is it travel friendly?
    same question with your soft box!

    Love your shots!


    July 12, 2011 at 6:57 am

    • Thanks! Used a 24″ Lastolite EZY Box for this series of images. The set comes with a bracket and extendable handle to attach your flash to. It collapses down very small so yes, definitely a nice portable solution.


      July 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

  17. Great shots! Even more amazing than the performance of the X100 is your ability to get Suki to sit still! My Shiba Inu would be half-way to the horizon if I took her out for a photo session…


    July 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm

  18. Hi! can you share what brand of sync cable are you using?

    Michael Sy

    August 10, 2011 at 3:27 am

    • I already did in a comment above, but again it’s a Nikon SC-29


      August 10, 2011 at 7:22 am

  19. Nice post. I’ve got the same 24″ Lastolite Ezybox hotshoe so will most definitely have to give this a try with my X100. Guess I’ll need to get myself synch cable tomorrow. It’ll give me something to play with until my D700 gets back from Nikon, as well as a lighter package to run round with when I wnt to leave the big old’ DSLR at home.


    December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

  20. Hi Jonathan, I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and have read almost every post! It’s informative and your shots are beautiful. Not to mention, I love San Francisco (one of my favorite cities), dogs and photography so your blog is a real treat! I’ve never been a fan of flash photography, mostly because I really do not understand how to do it properly so I haven’t experimented with it more than using the pop up/intelligent flash on my cameras, but your posts on the subject, and your tips and tricks are really interesting and the results are perfect. I just wanted to ask if this set up that you have up there (with the SB900 and SC-29 cable) works on P&S particularly the Fuji X10 (cause that’s my newest baby and I love it!) I’d be really interested to try out all your flash tips on it.


    December 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    • Hi Bianca! Thanks for stopping by and checking my blog out. The X10 has a hotshoe like the X100 does, so I imagine it should work with the sync cable and SB unit just fine, but I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it myself.


      December 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  21. I love these shots – especially the 1st as Suki is beautifully ‘connected’ to the overall picture. Certainly a technique I will try with my X100.


    January 18, 2012 at 10:02 am

  22. Jonathan,

    I keep referring to this blog post as I consider buying a Fuji x100. I am really into using large diffused flash outdoors. Currently using the Nikon HSS system with 4 SB800’s in a nice, but pricy Foursquare softbox.The harsh California is brutal when you can’t choose they time of day to shoot your subjects.

    I also have a handful of fabulous Leica M mount lenses from my newspaper days that I’m wondering if they will work on an x100. Do you or any of your blog followers have experience with the old (circa 1970..I bought them used) Leica lenses such as my 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4 or Summicrons? I know they lens coatings weren’t that great back then, a potential issue in backlit situations, but the sharpness and lack of distortion was amazing.



    PS: beautiful dog!


    February 24, 2012 at 10:17 am

    • Don,

      Thanks for the comment! The X100 is not an interchangeable lens camera. The 23mm lens it has is built right into it. However, if you don’t mind the cost, the upcoming Fuji XPRO-1 will take a Leica M mount adapter. That may be the camera you’re after.


      February 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

  23. These are really impressive. Thank you.


    March 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  24. you should read your manual of the d700 again, because all nikons sync to 1/8000 of a second (at least the higher end models do) –


    March 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

    • And you should read the first paragraph of my post again 😉
      At shutter speeds above 1/250th on my D700, I can only sync with my speedlights if I use Auto-FP high speed sync, which switches the lights to a lower-energy mode of dissipation. The effective range of the flash is therefore dramatically reduced. So while my Nikon can sync at higher shutter speeds, the true maximum sync speed of the camera is still 1/250th. The Fuji, on the other hand, will sync at much higher speeds without a penalty in effective flash power.


      March 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

      • I just assumed the d700 can sync like a d1x up to 500 and from there it will sync with an electronical shutter to 8000. (or even 16000) I also think that the early nikon amateur cameras also had this feature but I’m not sure about this.
        I also know that the fuji syncs up to 1000 because of the electronic shutter since almoust any digicam syncs up to 1/500.


        March 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  25. Great article and good comments! I am not sure if I understood this correctly: If I would connect my 430EXII with an off camera cord to my X100, the speedlite works in manual mode? But then it should also work if I mount the speedlite directly on the X100 hotshoe, or am I wrong? Something has to trigger the canon flash…Thanks for any answer!


    March 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    • I haven’t tried it with Canon flashes, but I found that if I connect my SB-900 to the X100 directly, it does indeed fire just as it does when I connect it via the sync cable.


      March 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

      • Alright. I just remembered that I mounted my speedlite already once directly on the X100 , and the flash fired, but the flash light was way to intense. Probably the flash wasn’t set to manual mode or it was set to full power, I can’t remember. Anyway, I will try again and write some feedback here! Thanks so far.


        March 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

      • So I tried it and it just works fine! 430EXII mounted on the X100, no problem! Just set the X100 to external flash….


        March 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  26. Love your post. Thank you.
    I own a x100 and in need of a flash gun. Can you recommend one please? You sound like the guy in the know.


    March 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    • You can certainly get Fuji’s own or try to use one from another camera you use. If you’re not sure yet just get a cheap one you can experiment with for a while =)


      April 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  27. Hi Jonathan,
    Its nice to come across your blog about Finepix X100 using Nikon Flash + Off-camera Flash cord !!
    I just got my hand on the X100 and I would like to explore more on Off-cam flash on it.
    ummmm ….I’m not quite familiar with manual flash unit settings; could you give me some advice about settings? e.g. Manual mode, Adjust Flash Output to 1/8 … more on this info?
    More important … how to determine the Flash output power? based on … distance? iso?
    My family have Nikon SB-800 & Off-camera flash cord ( non Infra red one) that I can use it for experiment !!
    Ultimately … I hope I can get familiar within with hi-speed sync mode !

    Peter K.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

    • Hi Peter,

      If you want to get super predictable results, you could use an external light meter to get your flash settings right when using a setup like I describe above. This works for very controlled settings. In my case, chasing my dog around a park? I just guess what the power needs to be. I usually get pretty close =)


      April 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      • Thx Jonathan,
        May I ask you a bit more?
        I tried using Finepix X100 with Nikon sc-17 (cord) and try Nikon SB 26 & SB 800.
        Unfortunately … this combinations seems not working.
        Later I tested using Nikon D2H with sc-17 and both flash(s) and confirmed both are working.
        ( I believed direct mount the flash to X100 should not work either )

        I am just wondering … is there any settings required in X100 in order to use non-Fuji flash( I believe not )?
        Checked that my X100 is still under firmware 1.01 ; does it required higher version to make this work??
        Or … is it my X100 faulty?
        Any clue to share?

        Peter K.

        April 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

  28. Hi Jonathan,
    At last, I found an old PANASONIC FLASH ( with Manual & Auto only ) … I tested again with SC-17 and no working. But I mount it to X100 directly ; seem working. So it seems this SC-17 compatibility issue.
    Again, Nikon D2h + SC-17 + SB-800 or SB-26 = WORKING. And it is just not working with X100.
    Sorry my mistake again.

    Peter K.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:47 am

  29. In fact, you can push it to 1/4000; it wont work at f/stops wider than f/8, but it can be done. My “go-to” ambient killing set up with the X100 is to use a long off-camera cable, with the camera set to 1/4000, f/8, ISO200. This is 2 stops below “sunny 16”, and a single speedlight in a umbrella at ~4-6 feet can give me f/8. If I shoot a bit later in the day, I can get 1/2000, f/5.6 or even f/4, which is a breeze for small flash.

    Since I love the 35mm (equiv.) focal length anyway, this is becoming my camera-of-choice for off-camera lighting. The only wrinkle here is that my Pocketwizards will only give me 1/1000; if I want the extra 2 stops of ambient killing shutter speed, I have to go wired.


    April 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

  30. Hi, Jonathan
    I love your photos. Just one quick question. Is 1/1000 the maximum x-speed achievable with internal flash? Can you go even higher?


    May 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    • Thanks for the comment! I’ve actually had the built-in flash sync to 1/2000, so you you can indeed go higher.


      May 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

  31. i could totally see myself shooting on the street with flash like that. But then how am I gonna sip coffee without a free hand. That’s something to think about ;P

    Nice dog!!

    Alan P.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  32. Interesting comments,,,,

    free yourself from the cord,,, i tried this with my elinchrom Skyport transmitter and receiver with a canon 580 ex flash and it works a treat,,,,,

    Mark Betts

    May 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    • Hi Mark,

      Good Idea ! Can I ask which Skyport you are using ?


      December 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

  33. Hi, ever since i got my X100, i’ve been reading your blog non-stop and I really look up to your work with this fantastic camera. I myself love this camera to death! anyway, I recently got my YN560EXII and wanted to give off-camera flash with a sync cable a try( just like what you did) i worked great at high sync speed like 1/1000th, which is fantastic but… In aperture priority mode, every time i use flash it will select a shutter speed of 1/30th at what ever aperture/ISO settings if i want to shoot movements in the background at night. even if i don’t use flash, aperture priority does not go below 1/30th. Is this the lowest it can go in aperture priority or is there a way to make it select a slower shutter speed in aperture priority mode without changing it manually? or do you just change manually to a slower shutter speed if you use flash to freeze the subject but still get blurry background?

    sorrie for the long question 🙂


    October 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    • Hi there! It sounds like you might have Auto ISO activated with a minimum shutter threshold of 1/30 set at your camera. Have you tried turning that feature off? That should free your camera up to select shutter speeds lower than 1/30th in aperture priority mode.


      October 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      • That did the trick! I can go below 1/30th now. thank you very much. Do continue to post more X100 stuff as well, its inspiring to all of us reading and looking at your pictures:)


        October 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

  34. I’ve been shooting for about 68 years, and for about 50 of those with Leica Ms and later adding Rs into the mix. Age and illness forced me to sell my latest kit and I decided to go digital with a Pentax K5 and a few of their Pancakes. Well, coming straight from nearly seven decades of film, the K5’s 400 page instruction book scared the poop out of me! I didn’t want to use this capable camera as a “point-and-shoot,” but I also didn’t want to be in a box before I learned to use it. So, I gave it to my son.
    Long story short, I wanted simplicity, but couldn’t afford any of the German Leica stuff, nor even Sony’s new tiny full-framer. Last week my son let it slip (he’s 53 and should know better) that for my 75th birthday the family’s giving me an X100LE Black Kit.
    So for the past few days I’ve been reading everything I could find on the net concerning the X100. Let me tell you that of all the literally thousands of pages I have read, your posts have been the most helpful, nicely written, and informative –and, of course, I love your pictures and your dog. That’s all I really wanted to say. The only thing is, I’m so excited about my X100, I hope I don’t give myself a coronary before my birthday rolls around!

    Robert Wiemer

    October 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

    • Hi Robert,

      I really appreciate your comment, and I’m glad an X100 made its way into your hands. Even though many fantastic cameras have been released since I purchased the mine, it’s still easily my favorite digital camera ever. I hope you enjoy many more years with yours! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog =)


      October 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  35. Hey Jonathan! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog posts and all of your photos. I’ve been looking for a serious P&S that would complement my D700 for travel and casual shooting. Because of the price, quirks, and fixed lens, the X100 hadn’t even been on my radar. Now that prices have come down and reading all of the exhaustive reviews from pro’s and advanced amateurs, I’ve pulled the trigger on one. Despite all of its quirks (most of which have been fixed in firmware it seems), this is a power house in a compact package. I can’t wait to get it into my hands!


    November 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

  36. Wow. These are awesome.
    I was looking into the new X100s that’s about to drop and wondered if my SB-800s would work. Can we trigger wireless from the built in or does it need the cable?


    March 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    • Hmmm, you should be able to do it by putting the SB-800 in SU-4 mode, though I haven’t tried it myself.


      March 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

  37. I’m using Fuji X-E1 n already bought Nikon SC-29 but still it didn’t work with my SB900 @ 1/500s . . . please let me know why this’s happening? I’ve already use M mode in mySB also in myX-E1. Thanks


    March 20, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    • It’s the X100’s leaf shutter that enables you to sync with a flash at higher shutter speeds. The X-E1 is equipped instead with a focal plane shutter, so the high speed sync capabilities of the X100 are not in the XE-1’s bag of tricks unfortunately.


      March 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  38. How do you disable the on camera flash to use only the off camera strobe?

    Michael Jarvela

    April 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    • Hi Michael – setting the flash mode to “external” should allow you to only fire a ocf flash.You will need a radio trigger or cable for this . Setting he flash to “commander” mode can be used to fire a ocf flash optically using the on-camera flash (this second method I personally have not tried) .

      Saif Pathan

      April 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  39. Hi Jonathan – are you shooting JPG’s or RAW I’m noticing when viewing the .RAF files in LR4.4 Develop module, the colors look flat and the characteristic Fuji  “pop” is missing. On the other hand no such problem when viewing JPG’s in LR.

    Saif Pathan

    April 24, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    • @Michael what Saif said =)

      @Saif I really like Fuji’s in-camera processing, so I tend to shoot JPEG for most of my casual photography with the X100. If you shoot RAW and upload to LR, things will definitely look different because LR will ignore Fuji’s processing and interpret the unprocessed RAW data using its own parameters. A JPEG file out of the camera is already processed using Fuji’s parameters, which is why you’re not seeing the same thing happen when you view JPEGs in LR.


      April 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

  40. […] in the bag was Fuji’s new X100s. With its built-in neutral density filter and ability to sync with flash at ridiculously high shutter speeds, the camera works wonders with small flash in a bright environment. And those files…goodness. […]

  41. HI Johathan,
    This was an awesome post. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your lighting and your adorable subject. 🙂
    I was wondering if you know of any wireless triggers that will work with the X100 instead of using the cable. I have the Phottix Stratos II for Nikon but they don’t seem to fit into the hot shoe. I actually have the X100s (just got it yesterday and your review of the X100 pushed me to make the final decision and buy it) and I assume the X100 and X100s have the same type of hot shoe. I read in the comments that one of the readers mounted his Nikon flash directly on the X100 but my Nikon flash can’t fit. The hot shoe mount on the X100s seems to tight. 😦


    July 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

    • Hi Vanja,

      Thanks for the comment! I recently did some work with the X100s and an SB-910. Take a look at the last two photos in this post: I triggered the remote SB unit wirelessly using pocket wizard plus IIIs (one hot shoe’d to the X100s, the other hooked up to the SB-910s PC sync port), and it worked really well. Are you sure you can’t get your Nikon flash to fit on the X100s? The camera has a standard hot shoe, so it should work just fine.


      July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

      • I guess I did that wrong. Should have replied to this comment. 😉 You can delete the other one.

        Thanks so much for your quick reply! Wow! Those are gorgeous. All your work is!
        Ok, I tried again and it worked. Yay! I was able to get the SB-900 on the camera and fire it in manual mode as expected. It was a little tight at first but I guess it’s because the camera is brand new. My Phottix Stratos still won’t fit though. It’s strange because they fit into my Nikon D3 and D90 just fine. The part that goes into the hot shoe seems to be just a tiny bit thicker than the ones on the actual flash and I’m scared to shove it in there. I’ll try to do some more reading and see what I can find. I saw that a few others used similar triggers and it worked and I was really hoping these would work for me since I have several of them already.


        July 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

      • Ok, it finally worked. I just pushed it in there. I knew that it just must have been really tight. And they work. I can’t wait to play. Thanks again for responding so quickly.


        July 10, 2013 at 10:11 am

      • Great blog, just picked up a X100 this week. I also use Stratos II radio triggers for wedding work. Not had a chance to try these yet with my x100 but I suspect I can’t do high speed sync with them. According to specs they only go upto 250th sec. I’d need to buy the Odin and associated receiver to do it properly I think. Jonathan I don’t know if you have shot wireless hss with the X100?

        Chris Boar

        February 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      • I’ve shot hss with Pocket Wizard Plus IIIs recently. Works pretty well!


        March 7, 2014 at 7:23 am

  42. Thanks so much for your quick reply! Wow! Those are gorgeous. All your work is!
    Ok, I tried again and it worked. Yay! I was able to get the SB-900 on the camera and fire it in manual mode as expected. It was a little tight at first but I guess it’s because the camera is brand new. My Phottix Stratos still won’t fit though. It’s strange because they fit into my Nikon D3 and D90 just fine. The part that goes into the hot shoe seems to be just a tiny bit thicker than the ones on the actual flash and I’m scared to shove it in there. I’ll try to do some more reading and see what I can find. I saw that a few others used similar triggers and it worked and I was really hoping these would work for me since I have several of them already.


    July 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

  43. Hi Jonathan,

    These outdoor portraits of Suki are awesome! I have my fuji x100s and planning to use my olympus fl600r using wireless trigger for outdoor portraits. I don’t have a 24″ softbox, but I’m thinking of getting a Lumiquest LQ 119 (9×10 inces) or LQ 124 (10×14 inces). I prefer a smaller softbox because I will bring it during my travels. Do you think these smaller softbox will help soften the light compared to using bare flash at all? And given that I want to do is similar to the composition you’ve done above (subject plus background or scene), and softbox will be position as close to the subject as possible. Thanks 🙂


    December 28, 2013 at 4:17 am

    • Hi there! Yes, you’ll get a softer quality of light with a 9×10 or 10×14 light mod, but just be sure you get that light source close to your subject for maximum effectiveness, as you already stated.


      December 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  44. Hi Jonathan,
    Thank you for sharing these amazing shots! I just recently purchased a X100 and could not be happier. I was looking to do exactly this with a SB-700 I have. Any suggestions on a cord to use or does it not really matter? I want to start off simple for now so not looking into any triggers, etc yet. So just a plain old corded setup for now. Thanks!


    May 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    • Thanks! I’d go with a Nikon SC-29 cable.


      June 2, 2014 at 6:35 am

      • Hi Jonathan,
        I really love your pictures! Especially Suki! Thank you for sharing your x100 tips. Will the Nikon SC-29 cable work with the SB-600? I tried mounting the SB 600, it worked, but i have to set in in manual mode with flash power around 1/16. Is there a better way to adjust the SB600 on the x100? Thanks again!


        July 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

  45. Hi Jonathan,

    Earlier this year I read already your wonderful blog about Fuji x100s in combination with an SB910. I also normally work with a D700 and sometimes in combination with one or more 910’s (OCF).
    I bought my X100s also thanks to your post and that of Zack Arias, also a very Fuji X camera enthusiast!

    I also bought a SC-29 to work OCF with my x100s and a 910.
    Too bad that there is still no TTL solution for this setup,…;-(,..???
    I want to take the x100s and a 910 (with trifold umbrella) on my upcoming holiday to Crete.
    I still consider to take the D700, (for TTL sakes) but as you know its still pretty heavy in combi with the 24-70,..even with the MD10 off the cam.,..;-(, its still better to leave this rig at home and work with the X100s.

    Butt,..on the streets, markets and harbours i like to work fast when i spot a nice ‘scene’,….
    Because the people i want to picture, (fishermen, market people etc) won’t wait whit their work
    until I finally found a good manual setting on the SB 910,……
    (And It’s definitely been a weird face that Dutch tourist with his stupid umbrella in the summer! ..;-)

    In TTL i don’t have that problem,…Point, focus and shoot!
    Soo,…Having said this,…..
    Is their a kind of ‘formul’ that i can use, whiteout doing several manual settings, (1/1/, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 etc)
    Before i have a ‘good exposed’ picture?

    PS,…I also work with the X100s and my PW Flex TT5 (Nikon) triggers!
    A little tape on one of the Flexes and this system works also!,…only on ‘Manual’ of course!

    Tnx Jonathan!,…& keep up the good work!,.;-)

    WKR, Tom


    August 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

  46. Very nice article….last two nights..I tried my X100s with an SB600 and YN622N..and it works very well

    Tirta Dewata

    November 23, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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