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Nighttime panoramas with the Fujifilm x10 camera

Several posts on have emphasized a problem with the Fujifilm x10 camera and a phenomenon of  “white orbs.” Those reviews make the white orb problem sound so bad that they make the camera almost unusable. The white orbs are supposedly visible in low-light photographs that include bright points of light (such as streetlights in night scenes) — the white points of light overexpose and bleed over surrounding pixels. Sounds pretty bad, but I have been playing with my x10 in all kinds of lighting conditions and I have not found this problem to be much of a nuisance.

Yesterday at dusk I was walking across the UT Austin campus and I decided to shoot a few sweep panorama photos with the Fuji x10. These were shot handheld at high ISO, but the results were nevertheless impressive from such a small camera. You tell me: are the “white orbs” here any worse than you would expect to see in any photo shot under these conditions with a compact camera?

The UT Austin campus at dusk


Fujifilm’s leather case for the x10 camera

My wife gave me this handsome case for my new Fujifilm x10 camera. The case is fitted to hold the camera with the lens retracted and lens cap on. It’s nicely constructed and compliments the retro styling of the camera. My grandfather had a variety of Leica, Exacta and Contax 35mm cameras from the 1940s and 50s with similar cases.

The top half of the case can be unsnapped and folded back, allowing the photographer to use the camera without completely removing anything. Unless you completely remove the top half, though, you’ll have quite a lot of material hanging behind or below the camera, which could get in your way and inhibit handling. You can completely remove the top of the case and shoot with the camera still nestled in the bottom half (but this creates a problem: where to put the top half while you use the camera).

Unlike some similar cases for other cameras, this case does not feature a threaded screw to attach the bottom half of the case to the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera. This makes the camera slightly less secure. (It could fall out if you had it in the bottom of the case only and if you were moving around very actively–running, jumping, etc.) On the other hand, it is nice to be able to simply lift the camera out of the case without having to unscrew anything from the tripod socket. I like to shoot with no strap attached to the camera, because a strap around the neck inhibits movement and a hanging strap can catch on things or get into the frame and spoil a shot. With this case, I can use the strap on the case to carry the camera, then lift the camera out of the case (with no strap) when I want to shoot. The only problem is that the strap attaches to the case through two leather loops that close with simple snap fasteners–these can easily come undone and your camera will drop free of the strap. Yikes. A strap attached to the lugs on the camera itself is much more secure.

Bottom line: this case, like the Fuji x10, is attractive, but not meant for serious professional use.

The handsome fitted leather case for the Fujifilm x10 camera.

The Fujifilm x10 easily lifts out of its case, with no threaded bolt attached to the tripod socket.

With the top half folded back, you can use the camera, albeit somewhat awkwardly.

Here you can see the precarious snaps that attach the strap to the case. Note also that the case slightly obstructs access to some buttons.

July 2018
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