Using Fujifilm X100 cameras in street photography – tape galore

You can solve everything with black tape. If not – you just don’t have enough tape.

Let go with a second post about Fuji, this time specifically about preparing it for street shooting. It will cover my style of shooting, so some things might not work for you, for this reason I must say, how I do things first. I shoot fully manual except Auto ISO, which I set on 1600 or 3200. For the most par it’s the zone focusing and tend to keep the camera in my palm inside my jacket’s pocket [that will be obvious below].

Lets start with the bottom. Piece of tape covers the speaker. It does prevent moisture and dust from entering a camera, especially that, if you put it down, you’ll probably do it bottom facing down. No need to worry about dusty table or spilled /beer/ milk. And since I have muted all the sounds and don’t do any video recording, speakers are useless.

This piece of tape covers the magnetic cover for USB and HDMI connectors. Since I don’t use any of them [card readers are more convenient for me] and I don’t want accidentaly open the cover in the wrong moment [it can happen] it’s all sealed now. Also dust&moisture thingie, although I believe, that place is pretty resistant against it, but you never know.

The big one.

The top piece covers the indicator lamp. I guess this is self explanatory – we don’t want some colorful dot beeping in our peripheral sight. Also during the dark times it seriously can blind people. Well, not blind, but attract for sure.

The second one over the command dial can be questionable for some, no doubt. I like to know my shutter speed at all times and since I carry my cam as I do, this wheel is a nightmare. In Page 39 of the manual you can find out [I didn’t at first, doh], that with this wheel you adjust the speed +/- 2/3 of the stop. Too many times, while I thought I shot at 1/250s, I actually shot at 1/160. At certain circumstances it can make a big difference, so I chose to stick with only the speeds I can set on mechanical wheel on top and dich this extra option. Command control stick is free of tape, as I rarely hit it by mistake but who knows.

Of course, you cannot use the wheel in Playback mode – you can only click, but I’ve found, that the wheel is pretty bad there as well, so I, personally, don’t miss this option.

OK. It’s an image of my old HTC phone. And it has a lot of small tape pieces over it’s back. Why would I need that? Why would I need tape pieces with me all the time?

AS I said before – my choice is zone focusing. On f8 I usually prefocus on 2m/2,5m/3m, depending on the mood and things. Since I tend to hold my cam in my pocket, there’s a good chance the zoom ring will turn. If something comes up and your pre-focus have gone from 3 meters to 5+ meters, it can cost you [especially if you’re shooting from the hip]. Thus I use small piece of tape on the focus ring. As you can see, I make a little non sticky flag from it as well, so I cam tear it off in a second and focus to a different distance.

If your little tape get’s lost or doesn’t stick anymore – just take another one from your phone. Of course, that tech won’t work, if you want show off your new iPhone.

Well, here you go. It may fit you, it may not. Thanks for visiting.

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