It's been almost a year since I've had the opportunity to get out and about with my X100s. I've shot a handful of photos and I took some when over the Christmas break when I was abroad but not enough. Not enough to feel 100% comfortable using it again. Last week I spent several days in Rome and really wanted to get some decent photos. Although I took a few I'm happy with, I feel most are too cliché and I missed some killer street shots.
If you want to get the most out of the camera then you need to use it on a regular basis, otherwise the little git will play hard to get: the menu isn't overly easy to navigate but more importantly getting the focussing to work in a way that suits your style takes some getting used to. Maybe it's just me, but either way, I need to keep using it more so that when I do get to use it for extended periods it feels natural. I'm no expert but you can't expect to bag those unique moments if you're faffing around with the camera settings 90% of the time.
When (if) work dies down I hope to use the camera more and build up my confidence again. Flight to Peru is booked for October so I better be feeling more optimistic by then otherwise the camera is going over the ledge at Machu Picchu!
Until then, here are some shots I took whilst wandering around the mimosa scented streets of beautiful Rome.
P.S. If anyone has any focussing tips for shooting people (street) then let me know. I usually focus manually (focus peaking turned on) and press the back AFL button to lock onto my subjects if I need to focus quickly (still not overly confident in relying on the slightly slow autofocus). Should I stick to zone focusing and practice this method relentlessly until I nail it?