Fuji X100: Film Simulation Modes Compared
Fuji X100 | 7 sec, f/8, ISO 200
Passing through Ferry Plaza on my way home from downtown SF tonight, I made a quick stop to capture some long-exposure images of the Ferry Building during dusk. This is actually the first time I’ve done a shot like this with the X100, and it didn’t disappoint. To get the shots I wanted, I mounted the X100 on a small gorilla pod I carry around in the car with me (you know, just in case).
Another thing I tried for the first time today was bracketing the X100’s film simulation modes (just an experiment, I don’t shoot this way typically) as a quick way to visually compare Provia, Astia, and Velvia, side-by-side. I most typically use Astia, and depending on the situation, Provia. Velvia? Almost never. It was interesting to see the same shot processed in three different ways by the camera however, and doing so throughout the day pretty much confirmed Astia as my film sim of choice:
Fuji X100 | 1/900 sec, f/8, ISO 200
Velvia just seems to crunch the blacks down too much. In most cases, it seems like Provia is just too open in the shadows. Astia looks like a great middle ground between the two.
Fuji X100 | 1/170 sec, f/11, ISO 200
Again, not enough oomph in Provia, and too much saturation and contrast in Velvia. Goldilocks would pick Astia.
Fuji X100 | 1/450 sec, f/11, ISO 200
Kind of a wash in this series, which goes to show that picking a film sim for the x100 really depends on the situation. I frequently get asked which film settings are best for the X100. I say, just experiment with your picture settings and see what you personally like best for a given environment.
Fuji X100 | 1/250 sec, f/16, ISO 800
I do like the rich blue sky I get with Velvia in this series, but again, I feel like I’m losing too much shadow detail. Provia looks a little bland, and again, Astia is looking just right.
Fuji X100 | 7.5 sec, f/8, ISO 200
Of course, if you shoot RAW with the camera none of this matters, as you can process the images yourself. I’ve been getting such nice JPEGs from the X100, however, that for most of my shooting I have yet to see the need to record a RAW file. It’s worth noting however that if you’re just not sure which simulation to pick, the X100 does feature in-camera RAW editing. I personally prefer actual shooting over post-processing images on a tiny LCD screen though, and again, I’m 95% in Astia anyway. But enough about workflow since it’s not really the point of this post.
Fuji X100 | 8 sec, f/8, ISO 200
Taking these night shots tonight made a me a little nostalgic for the times I used to do night photography a lot more often. I’m thinking of revisiting some of the areas in the city where I used to do a lot of night photography, but this time with the X100. Should be fun…if I can find the time =)