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Read our full Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review - due to a number of forum questions, we've decided to add a number of sample photos taken at the range of aperture settings, from f/2.0 to f/16, outdoors, taking landscape shots. If you have any further questions you'd like to ask please ask in the X100 forum.
The X100 features a mechanical aperture ring surrounding the lens, which makes it very easy to change the aperture quickly. However, the mechanical ring does not have a direct mechanical link to the aperture blades, and the aperture blades are under electronic control of the camera, this means that there can be a delay in response to the changes you have made. I found that I would very quickly take one shot after another, and while the camera was writing to the memory card (shooting RAW+JPEG), it would let me take another shot, but would not recognise the aperture change until it had finished writing some of the previous photos to memory. This meant I was often unsure whether the camera had recognised my changes. This is a shame, especially as using the camera feels like you are mechanically changing the settings. This was using firmware 1.00, and it's possible that this may have been fixed or improved in the updated firmware.
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|453 - f/2.0, 1/550, ISO200||454 - f/2.8, 1/280, ISO200|
|456 f/4.0, 1/150, ISO200||457 - f/8, 1/38, ISO200|
|458 f/11, 1/17, ISO200|
Trees above - showing f/2.0 - f/11 - excluding f/5.6 - this is where I changed the aperture ring to f/5.6 took the photo, but the camera was still electronically set to f/4.0 instead of the correct setting of f/5.6. 456 is the sharpest at f/4.0.
|436, f/2.0, 1/600, ISO200, NDF on||435, f/2.8, 1/280, ISO200, NDF on|
|434, f/4.0, 1/1000, ISO200, NDF off||433, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO200, NDF off|
|432, f/8, 1/250, ISO200, NDF off||431, f/11, 1/125, ISO200, NDF off|
|430, f/16, 1/60, ISO200, NDF off|
ND filter switched on for the first two photos shown above. Of these there is little noticable difference in the photos, apart from 430 f/16 looking the softest of them, and 431 the shapest (just!) at f/11.
|508, f/2.0, 1/200, ISO200, NDF on||510 f/2.8, 1/750, ISO200, NDF off|
|514 f/8, 1/85, ISO200, NDF off|
Again, this was a series of shots taken, changing the aperture ring between each shot, however the camera only changed the aperture setting on three of the seven photos. f/8 shows the deepest depth of field (as you would expect), and f/2.0 is the softest of this set (although only slightly). The ND filter was switch on for the first shot.
|470, f/4.0, 1/250, ISO200||474, f/5.6, 1/210, ISO400|
|473, f/8.0, 1/110, ISO400||472, f/11, 1/56, ISO400|
|471, f/16, 1/28, ISO400|
Trees. f/8.0 is the sharpest with the image sharp throughout the frame, right into the corners of the image, and f/16 is the softest.
|479, f/2.0, 1/240, ISO200, NDF on||480, f/2.8, 1/850, ISO200, NDF off|
|481, f/4.0, 1/420, ISO200, NDF off||482, f/5.6, 1/210, ISO200, NDF off|
|483, f/8.0, 1/105, ISO200, NDF off||484, f/11, 1/52, ISO200, NDF off|
|485, f/16, 1/25, ISO200, NDF off|
In the centre of the image, thankfully, the brown Alpaca stayed still throughout, and f/5.6 looks to be the "sweet spot" for this camera, with the shapest results in this test. 485 f/16 looks to be the softest. Overall we can see the sharpest results are when the aperture is set to between f/4.0 and f/11.
For more sample photos and to see our full verdict, read our full Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review - or feel free to ask a question in the X100 forum.