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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally satisfied with my Fulifilm X-S1, May 18, 2012
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This review is from: Fujifilm X-S1 12MP EXR CMOS Digital Camera with Fujinon F2.8 to F5.6 Telephoto Lens and Ultra-Smooth 26x Manual Zoom (24-624mm) (Electronics)
After reading some of the negative reviews, I hesitated to order this camera, but decided to give it a try. It arrived a week ago and I began extensive testing for sharpness, image quality and the "orb" problem others mentioned. Two cameras, a Panasonic DMC FZ 150 and the Fujifilm X-S! were set up on tripods side by side and aimed at a tiled roof house about 750 feet away. The lenses were both set a maximum telephoto. The resulting photos, shot in raw, and not processed or sharpened, were viewed on my monitor and on 8.5 x 11 prints. Both photos were acceptably sharp and difficult to distinguish. But, the quality of the picture taken by the Fuji was far superior to that taken by the Panasonic. Colors were richer, and showed a greater range of tonal separation. Detail was rich.

Many more pictures were taken of distant objects with detail. All were sharp and of excellent quality. A bit of sharpening in Photoshop really perked the images up. None of them needed any further adjustment.

To test the orb issue, I photographed some stainless steel railings in bright sunlight and found no issue at all. I then shot a streetlight, head on after dark. The first picture did show the light as a white, detail less circle. A second shot, spot metered on the light and given 2 stops of increased exposure gave a well exposed and detailed image that showed detail in the lens of the light.

In brief, the build quality appears excellent and the digital viewfinder is as good as it gets; almost, but not quite, rivaling an optical finder. The lcd screen is very usable in bright sunlight.

The camera is expensive, but for someone seeking high quality and downsizing from a DSLR with multiple lenses it is worth a look.
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Initial post: Feb 20, 2013 1:01:36 AM PST
Bill Boone says:
With the lens set to the widest setting (ie; 24mm) what f/stops are availibe? In other words: can you stay at 24mm, and have f/28, f/3.5, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 etc. etc...? And my second question is: can you set the shutter to the "Bulb" mode for a really long exp. of say 30min.? Thank you in advance, Boone.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 1:02:53 AM PST
Bill Boone says:
With the lens set to the widest setting (ie; 24mm) what f/stops are availibe? In other words: can you stay at 24mm, and have f/28, f/3.5, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 etc. etc...? And my second question is: can you set the shutter to the "Bulb" mode for a really long exp. of say 30min.? Thank you in advance, Boone.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2013 6:54:06 PM PDT
Tony Korody says:
To answer the first part of your question, yes at 24mm your aperture is f2.8 and all of the other stops are available to you. This is always the case: the minimum aperture stays the same (f11 or 16 or whatever) it is the maximum aperture that changes. Sorry but I don't know the answer to the second question. I returned my X-S1 because of the low serial number issues and am waiting to buy another one

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 7:05:58 PM PST
now what says:
Yours is one of the rare reviews that has specific tests (the tile roof at full zoom; the streetlight) to really push the camera. Thanks!
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