Memories

The mind aches, the heart cries,
Tears roll down her wrinkled face,
Tired and bereaved of care
She’s lost, alone in her remorseful space.

She withdraws further into her realm,
Corners, loneliness and shadows form her world,
Someone offers a handkerchief, a thoughtful hand,
She shuns it, her attitude weak and cold.

Suddenly a flash, he’s before her,
She clears her tears, throws out her arm
Grabbing blindly, she pleads for him to stay,
She screams, she meant him no harm.

The illusion wanes and disappears,
The ghostly curtains twist and sway,
Her tears flow quicker now,
Her thoughts slowly drift away.

Quietly she closes the door,
Lifts the poisoned vial and takes a sip,
Three years, she’d tried! Now the moment’s come,
She’s ready for her rendezvous trip.

Her eyes shut, her pain surrenders,
She breathes one last heavy sigh,
As she slips further into sleep,
Her memories with her they die.

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Light

A new day dawns,
The dew drops sparkle on the lawns,
Twenty four hours, our hopes rise,
Will our dreams materialize?

The Sun spreads its golden light,
The day develops, our priorities fight,
A full day, yet no time,
Work we must, to earn that daily dime.

A long day upon us stares,
The Earth warms up, tension flares,
We toil hard and fast,
There is no return the die is cast.

As the day draws to a close,
No regrets, no remorse?
The Sun pales in orange glory,
An End… to another day’s story.

The stars shimmer, the moon no less,
Romance enshrouds the darkness,
We ask ourselves, if we may,
Are we better off than yesterday?

 

Samsung S9+ – The Camera. Reimagined. 10 Use Cases to test the theory.

Every year, Samsung and Apple and now Google (Have you heard of the Pixel 2?) and probably every other company introduce their new phone with one common sales pitch.

“It’s the best camera ever. It’s the best camera we’ve ever put on a mobile phone. It’s the camera reimagined!”

And every year, the death of DSLRs and $1000+ point and shoots is announced as imminent. The $100 – $500 point and shoots are for sure not worth it, not sure why companies even make them anymore. So this year when Samsung touted their phone as “The Camera. Reimagined.” I was intrigued. It’s been a while since I pre-ordered a phone so I pushed the shutter button on this one.

The Unboxing

S9+ unboxing

Let me start by saying The Phone felt great in my hands. This is my first plus size model and I didn’t not immediately see any difference. I guess over the years phones have been getting bigger and the incremental growth each year, has lessened my surprise. There are enough reviews of the phone itself and I agree that there is no difference between any of the phones any more. Pick an Iphone or an Android phone based purely on your ecosystem and stop arguing on which is better. They are THE SAME.

So, let’s get to the camera.

I had two big questions.

  1. Will the S9+ be better than my current S7 and justify my upgrade?
  2. Will the S9+ be better than my Fuji X100f and make me regret my x100f?

I am not going to fall for the trap and bring my DSLR Canon 5d Mk IV into the conversation because to do so is unfair to all parties involved. Let’s set the record straight and say there is no comparison. No matter how good cars get, you will not take your next Honda Accord into the Monaco racetrack.

The Comparison

Test: The Start up. There is nothing more annoying that camera start up time. When I click on the camera icon, I want to snap a photo of what I see at that instant. I don’t go around opening my camera app and hoping a photo moment comes by. So when I see the moment, I want my camera to be ready as close to the event as possible.

Samsung S9+ startup and focus time video

Samsung S7 startup and focus time video

Use Case 1: Indoor portraits. Most of the photos people like me take are of family. Indoors. S9+ was definitely better than the S7 but didn’t compare to the X100f.

Q1 Yes. Q2 No.

Night Indoors Portrait

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Use Case 2: Indoor Colors. Capturing colors indoors is hard. Yes, you can go pro mode and adjust white balance but really, who does that? S9+ was definitely better than the S7 and came close to the X100f. The X100f had better colors and read the light better but I was impressed with the S9+

Q1 Yes. Q2 Hmm…

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Use Case 3: Food. Yes, no one wants to see what I am eating, but food is key when traveling and telling the story of that place. I can’t take out my DSLR at a restaurant but I can and do take photos of interesting and yummy food with my phone. Bhel puri – Yummy! The S9+ wasn’t that much better than the S7. This is because both of these have a specific Food Mode and I am sure there hasn’t been much change in the algorithm. The f 1.5 lens on the S9+ did help to let more light in and get more color balance but not by much.

Q1 No. Q2 n/a

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Use Case 4: Outdoors. Skies, Water, Reflections, Trees, Nature. What’s not to like. Basically everything you see outside, says “Take my photo!” Photo 1 shows the S9+ performing very well. Great colors, great contrast. Highlights are not blown and shadows are not dark. Sharpness is not unnatural. Photo 2 shows skies. Again doing a great job capturing the blue sky, maybe not as blue as the X100f but close. Photo 3 shows that there is some amount of curvature being added in the mobile cameras, and the clarity is less than the X100f, but s9+ again does a great job, and way better than the S7. Photo 4 shows why a camera like the X100f or a DSLR is needed. When you take photos outdoors, most often I want it to be good enough to print in large sizes. The photo show the zoomed in crop from photo 3 on the house number and you can see the difference.

Q1 Yes!. Q2 No!

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Use Case 5: Bokeh. How the phone manufactures managed to turn physics into a mainstream concept is beyond me. Somehow everyone knows this term, and everyone thinks backgrounds have to be blurred to make a good portrait. I’ll take the bait. The S9+ again does a great job. The face is perfectly lit, the background is blurred and all of this it does well, because of the 2nd telephoto camera in it. There is a live focus mode and along with some software wizardry it does a wonderful portrait. The S7 was dull. The X100f captured the background colors better without blowing it out. The setting sun’s light came across well. Also the face color was more natural.

Q1 Yes. Q2 No.

Blur Background

Use Case 6: Panorama. Another fun gimmick. The S9+ captured the light and colors so much better than the S7. The creek is my backyard looked beautiful and the blue house across it was blue. The sunlight was captured and the trees were sharp.

Q1 Yes.

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Use Case 7: Zoom. Gone are the days of software (Digital) zoom. Well my S7 still used it, but the S9+ has a dedicated 50mm camera, a second camera! Even the X100f had to use a digital zoom, although with a great sensor and lens. All three cameras did a great job here. The S9+ was sharp, the X100f had better colors and the S7 was close except for a more yellow tinge.

Q1 Yes. Q2 Not quite.

Outdoors 1x FlowersOutdoors 2x Flowers

Use Case 8: Selfies. And finally, the reason we all need cameras in our phones. To take Selfies! I am sure I took a lot of them with my dad’s Yashica, struggling to turn it around and hoping when the prints came from my camera shop, I captured most of my face. If only I had patented the word selfie! The S9+ has a 8 megapixel front camera compared to the S7’s 5 megapixel. Not convinced we need more pixels in the front camera, but I liked the colors in the S9+. Way more natural.

Q1 Yes.

Selfie 1Selfie 2Selfie 3

Use Case 9: Videos and Slow motion videos. Videos are a different beast. While it is getting easier to edit, store and share photos easily with friends, family and the public, videos are harder. It took my months to get the right software on my computer to even edit a video. So not great at it, or have a big interest, but with young kids and their grandparents in a different country, videos are a must. I am learning.

Q1: No.

Samsung S9+ Slow motion video

Samsung S7 Slow motion video

Use Case 10: Super Slow motion videos. A new class being introduced. Other camera phones have done it before but just like Apple can claim, that they while never first, they do it best, I think Samsung can claim that here too. 0.2 seconds seemed extremely small, but I am beginning to understand how much happens in that short time. Can’t wait to test this more. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Q1: Yes.

Samsung S9+ Super Slow Mo

Hidden Tips

  1. S9+ can take regular slow motion videos. In the Settings, go to Edit Camera Modes and in the Rear Camera, add the functionality. It will now show as a tab in your camera app.
  2. In Settings, in Picture Mode, there is now a toggle that lets you take and store both Jpeg and Raw in Pro mode. Enable it.

The Conclusion

I remember when I got my S7 and tested the camera, I was blown away. I thought for sure that it was the best camera ever on a phone and really did not think I would ever need a point and shoot again. Then the X100f caught my desire and I was addicted. Again it is unfair to compare with that too, but the S9+ tries. It destroyed the S7 in my tests, and though it doesn’t have the quality of the X100f it can, I think at times, if I forget to take my X100f with me, I won’t be so disappointed in myself.

  • Will the S9+ be better than my current S7 and justify my upgrade? 

Yes, Yes, and Yes! The camera on the S9+ is light years ahead of the S7. 2 years ago I didn’t think that was even possible but the camera has been reimagined after all. 

  • Will the S9+ be better than my Fuji X100f and make me regret my x100f?

No, Never! The camera is not quite reimagined because variable apertures have existed for years (dual in the case of the S9+). The 24 megapixel, APS-C sensor on the X100f in the form factor that makes it easy to stick it into a coat pocket makes the X100f one of the best cameras ever. It definitely is the best looking one. Good try S9+, good try. 

Coorg – flush with lush coffee

My wife’s dad’s ancestral home is Coorg. Thus she is one part Coorg. If you ever meet anyone from Coorg, notice how proud they are of that fact. There is always a rarefied air about them, explaining why their noses are pointed up when they say they are from Coorg. Coorg doesn’t even exist anymore. It is Kodagu district, just another district in the big state of Karnataka in South India. Right after independence, Coorg Province was declared a state, and in 1956 with the  State Reorganization Act, it was merged with Mysore state and in 1973, the state was finally renamed to Karnataka.

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Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

The allure of Coorg though is not just in its history; the geography lends itself to myth. Kodagu district is hilly and any elevation is welcome when temperatures can hit 30 C easily in the plains. The highest peaks are all over 5000 feet and when temperatures are cooler and you are standing on higher ground, it is easier to look down from the lofty heights of being from Coorg.

Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Madikeri, the Kodagu district capital is about 5 hours from Bangalore (very elastic, depending on where in Bangalore) and about 2.5 hours from Mysore. The roads are good, with national highway 275 leading you into the district. As you enter the higher ground, the lushness of the hills will pull you in. Coorg is famous for the coffee estates, with Chikkamagaluru being the second district in Karnataka. Together they grow and export some of the world’s best coffee robusta.

Coffee and Pepper Estates, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

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Coffee and Pepper Estates, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Coffee is, also, finicky. It requires lots of shade to grow, with very specific elevation, slope and soil requirements. To help provide all of this, eucalyptus trees, with pepper vines and cardamom and vanilla are grown along with the coffee. Together these cash rich forests of coffee and spices made the Coorg people very rich and therein lies another part of the snob sum. While driving around, be sure to stop for Kodagu oranges, especially sweet and plum sized.

Fresh Oranges, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Coorg is best experienced in slow motion. There are plenty of home stays, bed and breakfasts, resorts and spas that will ensure time slows down and with the extremely spotty cell coverage, you have all the time to kill. We stayed at Kavery Estate, a few kilometers south of Madikeri, along the river bank.

Kavery Estate, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Kavery Estate

Spend the mornings in the mist, walking through dense forests teeming with birds or strolling through estates of coffee and spices and let your senses refresh.

Ask your host or hotel to make you a traditional breakfast with Akki Roti and Garlic chutney to go with it and for your other meals, plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are unique to the area.

Akki Roti, Food, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Akki Roti

Coffee seeds drying, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Coffee with the beans being dried in the sun

If staying put, with a book in one hand and coffee in another is not your thing, Kodagu district is also sacred.

Tala Kaveri Temple, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Tala Kaveri, birthplace of the River Kaveri

The river Cauvery (Kaveri) surfaces here, with Tala Kaveri as the widely acknowledged place of first sighting. A temple on the hillside capitalizes on this belief and thousands throng here to bathe in the first drops of this mighty river. The river surfaces above ground a few kilometers downstream at Bhagamandala, where three tributaries come together, gathering all the ground water from the hills and flowing as Kaveri.

Tala Kaveri Temple, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Tala Kaveri, bathing at River Kaveri’s origin

To the east of Madikeri is the Bylakuppe, home to the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (or Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling), the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a junior high school named Yeshe Wodsal Sherab Raldri Ling, a religious college (or shedra for both monks and nuns) and hospital. Together these sites make Coorg a hot spot for tourism.

Golden Temple, Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, Kodagu District,

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Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, Kodagu District, Karnataka, Ind

For kids, the Dubare Elephant sanctuary is worth the trip though with mixed reviews of the treatment of elephants there. It is government owned and a way for the elephants that were once used for logging to keep up with a routine.

Spices, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Pepper

Spices, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

Spices from Coorg

On your way out of Coorg, find a store with the big advertising boards and buy some chocolate to compliment the coffee beans and spices. A bottle of fresh forest honey will make the trip sweet to remember.

Fresh Honey, Kodagu District, Karnataka, India

 

A weekend trip to Milwaukee; with kids

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Milwaukee, a city that you often don’t think of when you think of kids. After all, Milwaukee is famous for its breweries and Harley Davidson, neither particularly attractive for young kids. I could make a case for the bikes if your children are older. Milwaukee is 2 hours from Chicago, an easy Amtrak ride away or a quick road trip on I-94.

We always start our day at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The building itself is the biggest attraction, an iconic, masterpiece by Santiago Calatrava, a famed Spanish architect who also recently designed the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York City. The building has wings, with a wingspan of a Boeing 747 and it flaps. At noon, everyday, the wings fold in and then reopen magically, drawing oohs and aahs from kids and adults alike.

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Inside, kids can also create their own art project on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 4 pm. On bright, summer days, there are many fountains that add water play opportunities for toddlers on the museum grounds.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Right next to the art museum, is Discovery World, where science and water come together to enchant and activate all those curious minds. Pet stingrays, or just walk out to the pier and see the sea gulls. There is a restaurant attached, so hungry kids can fill up there too. Right across the street in the parking deck, there is the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum designed specifically for kids 10 and younger. Role playing opportunities are plenty and this is the perfect place to spend if the weather becomes chilly or if you are visiting Milwaukee in the winters.

Discovery World, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For kids who love nature, the Domes is a great spot. Visit a desert, the tropics, see plants, insects, waterfalls, without ever leaving Milwaukee at the unique Mitchell Park Conservatory. The Domes are also home to the Winter Farmer’s Market and a popular holiday train display during the winter.

Lizard, Milwaukee Conservatory, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Conservatory, Wisconsin

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In the summer, a short walk up from the Art Museum campus is Veterans Park, Bradford Beach, Lake Park and North Point Lighthouse. Bring bikes along and the Oak Leaf Trail is great for exploring the downtown Milwaukee area.

Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Milwaukee County Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country, with thousands of animals and birds and an adventure zone within where kids can zip line. Lots of interactive shows keeps the learning going and the toy train is a must for weary legs. The zoo is open 365 days a year so that’s always a bonus.

As your kids get older, ball games at Miller Park, the many festivals that Milwaukee hosts all become interesting. Food options are plenty, our favorites are Bowls, Cafe Lula and Purple Door for the ice cream.

Icecream, Purple Door, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, can either be a day trip, a weekend trip or a stop on the Circle Tour around Lake Michigan. If you want to cut across the lake and reach Michigan faster, Milwaukee is a port for the Lake Express Ferry Crossing, that uses a fast ferry to cross Lake Michigan in 2.5 hours, leaving you at Muskegon in Michigan. The Upper Peninsula, Mackinac Island are all less that 5 hours from there.

12th Wedding Anniversary poems

My poem to Shwetha – A Promise

A promise to support you; Through days dark and days bright and blue
A promise to grow together in strength; Through times fast and times forever in length
A promise to preserve our wealth; Through good education and good health
A promise to share our joys and sorrows; Through yesterdays, today, and tomorrows
A promise to care for our children; Through fun and sun, and runs of penicillin
A promise to be together forever; Through hot and cold and in between weather
A promise to remain lifelong friends; Through man-made mends and godsends.
Seven promises uttered twelve years ago, words I never will forgo
Seven steps sealing them then, but today sealed with a photo and a pen.


Shwetha’s poem to me

It’s Year Twelve,
In the married life of a boy and a belle
From starry eyed 25 year olds,
To the maturity of 30 something year olds.
On the journey so far as I reflect
Our life could not be more perfect!
Year one,
Was about Gurgaon travels and fun.
Year two and three,
Was Penn State revelry and jubilee.
Year four and five,
With a new home and careers we thrived.
Year six,
Marked the arrival of princess Anika our little chick.
Year seven,eight and nine,
We saw our little star shine.
Year ten and eleven,
With Ariyana’s birth we were in seventh heaven.
It’s not all fun and games,
In times of distress you were by your dame.
In the last few months being unwell,
With the Vasculitis swell
All I remember is your love,
Support and devotion.
As we continue on this beautiful walk,
I know you will always be my rock!!

12 anniversary

Fujifilm X100F – A new romance

Sometimes a shiny new toy is exactly what one needs. 15 years ago, I bought my first digital camera, a Fujifilm Finepix 2650 2.0 megapixel point and shoot. There was something about it, the shine, the ease of use, the quality of the photo and the instant gratification of seeing the images. I was hooked.

Did you know that Fujifilm developed the world’s first digital camera? In 1988 at the Photokina trade fair in Germany, Fujifilm announced the FUJIX DS-1P, the world’s first camera to save data to a semiconductor memory card. Taken for granted today, this method of storage was revolutionary for its time and was a Fujifilm original. With its then-impressive 2 megabytes of SRAM, the semiconductor memory card could hold 5 to 10 photographs’ worth of data.

Source: FujiX DS-1P

In 2004, I bought the first Canon Digital Rebel SLR and now my go to favorite is the Canon 7D. My system has expanded to numerous lenses – wide angle, zoom, prime, attachments – flashes,filters, tripods and camera studio shooting equipment and my love for photography has grown to become a part of me. 20+ countries experienced, 30+ states explored, thousands of memories captured and suddenly early this year, I felt like I had the photographic equivalent of a writers block. I needed to simplify. The promise of a powerful smartphone camera had worn off. The adage that the best camera is the one in your hand, while true, was not inspirational. Then I saw it. I know I’ve seen the previous three versions before but this time, I SAW IT. I FELT IT. My heart raced as I started to read the reviews. I spent a night, a maniac, with the internet my slave, or maybe the other way around, reading and logically justifying my next move, though my heart had already decided for me.

I searched on Amazon and it said the camera will be in stock in a month. My Amazon Prime had failed me. B&H Photo, Adorama all said the same. Then without much hope I decided to check my local Best Buy. Jackpot! They didn’t have it in store but could get it to me in 2 days. Bought!

The doorbell rang and the package was waiting for me at the doorstep. I brought it up and as I was opening it, felt this sudden pang of guilt. Had I been too impulsive, had I just been wasteful, is this my mid-life crisis? I opened the multiple boxes and then I SAW IT. The most beautiful camera I had seen since my dad’s Yashica.

It was my very own FujiFilm X-100F. It was love at first sight. 

Unboxing…

 

First Views…

Fujifilm X100f

Fujifilm X100f

Fujifilm X100f

Fujifilm X100f

Fujifilm X100f

I’ve been using it for more than a week now, and there hasn’t been a time when someone hasn’t asked me about it, commented on how beautiful the camera looks or even where they can buy one. I added to its beauty with a retro leather cover and a hand strap. I want to hold it, I want to use it and I am finding excuses to take the camera out for a spin. I covered my daughter’s Kindergarten graduation with just this camera, instead of my usual gear of Canon 7d with a few lenses and it didn’t disappoint.

x100f

Physical attraction is one thing, very important, but there is truly only one thing that I, as a photographer, care about. The quality of the image to my eye. Over the last few days I’ve tested this camera in different shooting conditions and phew, and ooh and wow and woah!

First few photos…

First photos with X100f Summer 2017

Just a quick selfie

Wedding finery, Palatine, Spring 2017

The colors from the Indian clothes popped!

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On Std. Film, no adjustments

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Natural Portrait – Window Light

Heron takeoff

X100f – High Speed Capture

X100f vs. Samsung S7

Now let’s compare the X100-F to my Samsung S7 and see how they performed in similar conditions. Is there a big enough difference for me to take the X100f along with my phone? All photos resized to 1600 pixels on the long end.

Photo 1: X100F Photo 2: Samsung S7

Daylight – The X100f gave me brighter colors, sharper focus and better light metering right out of auto control.

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X100f

Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7

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X100f

Fujifilm X100f test - compare S7 (11 of 10)

Samsung S7

Fujifilm X100f test - compare (10)

X100f Crop

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Samsung S7 Crop

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Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7

Fujifilm X100f Compare

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Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7

Fujifilm X100f Compare

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Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7 – Lightroom camera

Indoor – Incandescent Lighting

The X100f again gave me better overall exposure.

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X100f

Fujifilm X100f test - compare S7 (14 of 10)-2

Samsung S7

Indoor Portraits

Overall, the X100f again felt more natural, with less noise.

Fujifilm X100f Compare

X100f

Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7 – Lightroom camera

Fujifilm X100f Compare

X100f – Acros film

Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7 – Lightroom camera – High Contrast B&W

Flash

The X100f didn’t add an artificial white to the photo.

Fujifilm X100f Compare

X100f – with flash

Fujifilm X100f S7 Compare

Samsung S7 – with flash

X100f vs. Canon 7d

Now let’s compare how the X100f does against the Canon 7d. The 7d is my go to camera, and I would carry it with me even when I went for walks in the Forest Preserve. Now do I still need to? All photos resized to 1600 pixels on the longest side. No post processing. Tried to match the ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and Exposure Compensation as closely as possible.

Fujifilm X100f Compare

Trail – X100f – better contrast, richer greens

Fujifilm X100f Compare - 7D

Trail – Canon 7d

Fujifilm X100f Compare

Woods – X100f – Better contrast, Good saturation

Fujifilm X100f Compare - 7D

Woods – Canon 7d

Fujifilm X100f Compare

Bark of a Tree – X100f

Fujifilm X100f Compare - 7D

Bark of a Tree – Canon 7d

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Flowers – X100f

Fujifilm X100f Compare - 7D

Flowers – Canon 7d

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Leaves – X100f

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Leaves – Canon 7d

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Tree – X100f – I thought the Canon did better with this shot

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Tree – Canon 7d

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Plant – X100f

Fujifilm X100f Compare - 7D

Plant – Canon 7d

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Fallen Tree – X100f

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Fallen Tree – Canon 7d

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Portrait – X100f

Fujifilm X100f Compare - 7D

Portrait – Canon 7d

Conclusions

  1. The camera is one of the most beautiful cameras I’ve ever seen or used. And there does seem to be a consensus. Almost everyone I meet wants to know more.
  2. The straight-out-of-camera picture quality is extremely good. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to ever do any post processing.
  3. The 35mm equivalent sensor+lens is perfect. After 2 weeks haven’t missed my zoom lens.
  4. Is it worth carrying the X100f along with the phone. Absolutely! The Samsung S7, as good as it is, does not compare. For the Apple fans, I tested it against the Iphone 6s and again there is no comparison. For the record, The Samsung S7 is way better than the Iphone camera, so that test is unnecessary.
  5. It is not as easy to carry as I expected, slip into the pocket, but I’ll dangle it on my wrist for the extra quality.
  6. Is it better than the Canon 7D and can I leave the 7D at home? For most of the city, local, travel photos, Yes. For a trip to the national parks and fast sports shooting, or really fast moving children, maybe not.

Whether it your camera on the phone, the X100f, or your DSLR with interchangeable lenses, they all have their purpose. Know your specific use and pick your tool, but in most cases, picking the X100f is going to be the perfect choice.