I used both a Fuji x100S (comes set with a 24mm (35mm equivalent), F1.4) and a Nikon D4 with a 50mm F1.4 lens during a Whistler Photo Safari with Joanne Murray. The first shot is indoors using natural light through the window and a reflector. I didn’t think it would be worth comparing the cameras indoors, even with a still shot, but I am very surprised that the X100S has the amount of detail and sharpness that it does. The rest are outdoors, and again I can’t tell which image is from which camera until I look at the file data.
X100S: f2.0, 1/60, 500 ISO
D4: f1.4, 1/50, 280 ISO
X100S: F2.0, 1/750 sec, 200 ISO
D4: F1.4, 1/640 sec, 100 ISO
X100S: F2, 1/450 sec, 200 ISO
D4: F1.4, 1/800 sec, 100 ISO
X100S: F5.6, 1/100 sec, 200 ISO
D4: F5.6, 1/100 sec, 100 ISO
X100S: F5.6, 1/340 sec, 800 ISO
D4: F1.4, 1/320 sec, 100 ISO
I don’t remember why I used the settings I did, but I think I was using auto aperture. I usually like to shoot at large apertures and I think it was recommended in the workshop to shoot portraits at the standard mid range aperture so I changed to that for some. I love how easy the X100S is to change the settings.
The biggest difference is that with the D4 I know what I’ve got for the shot but with the X100S I wasn’t sure. I also found the eye thing harder to see through although the line of site seems like a good idea. I ended up using the back view, although that was sometimes hard to see.
Here is Joanne Murray. She puts on these fun workshops a few times a year. This one focused on natural light portraiture.
This shot D4: F5.3, 1/60 sec, 12,800 ISO. I really didn’t expect the X100S to do so well in the lower light and I should have done a low light comparison to see how far it can go!
I never minded carrying around the D4 with the 50mm lens before I started using the X100s and now I sure miss the small light Fuji! For travel and street photography the X100S is perfect for me and I like the fixed wide angle. I also used the small wide angle extension and that gave me some more room for larger scale shots and it was easy to put on and take off. Not even taking into consideration the price difference, for standard daylight shooting and some basic low light shots the X100S stood up to the D4.