Fujifilm X100F Camera Explorations and Fun in Hanoi

Back to camera exploration today in the Old Quarter and the lake. My goal this time was to test out a few F stops for sweetness and use. I focused today on F5.6 and F4 later in the day. I think both of these do really well on the camera. It seems like others have reported the the real sweet spots of the camera are F2.8 to about F8. Today I played more with F5.6 doing street photography.  I also cropped images in the camera. I think I’m arriving at a cool departure point where the F5.6 aperture in Aperture Priority mode works very well.

Later in the day I decided to try F4 around the church. After looking at those images I have to say that the FujiFilm X100F seems to do best above F2.0 and below F16 much like what I’ve read. Tomorrow I’ll play at F4 and F8 around the southern part of the city where the city scape shots are better.

What does all this mean? Good question. In my never-ending exploration of the camera I’ve focused on a few things. I really like what is called the Provia or standard film simulation most times but moving over to the custom Acros Red is fun. The real thing it means is that the camera is fun and the learning is fun. I’ll share a few images now to show the street photography from today using F5.6 in aperture priority mode.

I cropped this image in the camera. I think there are nice details and sharpness of the image.

No cropping here. Really great sharpness I think at F5.6

Again shot the at F5.6 today.

Final image shot earlier today at F5.6

Now lets look at some images shot at F4 later in the day after some beers over by the church.

I like this one!

This was shot at F4 later in the day.

The cathedral in F4. I like this one.

Another one shot in F4. I wanted to look at the sharpness of the image a bit shooting at F4.

The last one of the day’s exploration. Also shot at F4

Some interesting findings at least for me.

The FujiFilm X100F shoots the best in the range of F2.8 to F8 and maybe some F11 at times. The most open and closed F stops are not so good. Perhaps this makes it easier to do Aperture Priority with Auto ISO enabled.

Secondly, I cannot see ever changing and shooting RAW files. I like the instant gratification and the film simulations with the SOOC JPEGs too much.

I’m interested in stretching things out a bit tomorrow and moving to using F8 around French Colonial architecture south in Hanoi. The areas are more open so it presents a different kind of fun and testing to do.

I don’t really know of any other way to learn more with the camera. I sure am glad though I got the Fuji camera. Between it and the walking and the ability to set off in any random direction in Hanoi and see things, its never boring :-).

Other News…

Of course there’s other news. My time here in Hanoi is shrinking away. I will go to Hue this weekend and through next week and then only have a week left here. On 14 June, I fly to Hong Kong for a few days and then its down to Ho Chi Minh City until September.

I have trips planned from Ho Chi Minh City and I have my lodging booked at a homestay place that will also give free dinners and is highly rated.

I think staying longer times is the key to being able to feel stable in a place. I get the knowledge of the city, find restaurants that I feel like a regular at, and also learn a bit about the people, culture, history. If you have a choice you should consider staying longer in places. Each of us though travels to our own drumbeat and we know how we feel the best. For me, the slower paced travel has been the best. I knew I would not stay long in Japan when I went due to the cost of living there. Vietnam is a different story though.

Give it some thought when you travel. If you find the desire to stay longer, I have found no shortage of places to stay here and in Ho Chi Minh City. Cambodia too! I have that next trip defined a bit from here!