Well, there’s so many great things about the Fuji X30, it’s hard to no where to start. I will say this, if you get this camera and you really should… be smarter than me and READ THE MANUAL. Than being said, the Fuji X30 is a very intuitive camera indeed. For me, an old street shooter, it offers too much. I mean almost every button on the thing can be configured to the way you want.
You younger shooters will have a ball with that but see, if I change the Macro button to something else, I’ll forget what it is.
There is a feel to this camera that is very intoxicating. Fuji knows how to design a camera and they know that the FEEL is what really sells the shooter. So, as I’m working the street, the X30 kinda just fits in my hand very nice and a tight fit at that. I mentioned the grip and the feel just gets better and better. I wish my X100s had this grip. I have never felt any better, sorry Richard. I am using a neck strap but rarely have the X30 around my neck. I wrap the strap around my wrist and secure the camera that way. I will no doubt just use a wrist strap in the future. For now, I need to experiment with the tilting screen and the neck strap is better for that. Speaking of which… the screen is a sheer delight as it is but in bright light, I turned it +2 and that was fin and still had more I could take it to. Unreal.
There are a lot of settings on the camera and a few ways to get to them. I’ll explore that later. I think the most important for me and every shooter ever born or ever will be is the ring thing.
In M Mode with AFS, I have the ring set to Aperture. This give me a very quick way to change settings. It is being said the the ring should have indents to it instead of a long sweep. Well, at first I was in disagreement to this and now after using the camera, I would like to have indents on the ring. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination but with indents, the aperture could be set easier.
So I’m feeling my shootin ‘ oats and I’m out on the street and I decide to go t M Focus. Yeah man, I mean the X30 has an amazing range for DOF.
These settings are for 28mm FOV.
f/stop Focus Distance
2.o 10.1′ 2.8 7.1′ 4.0 5.0′ 5.6 3.5′ 8.0 2.5′ 11.0 1.8′
So to use this scale, simply set your f/stop, then see the corresponding focus distance on the chart and focus the camera at that distance.
Example: f/4.0 you get from 2.5’ to infinity in focus. The scale is the Hyper Focal Distance for this camera at 28mm. You focus on the distance provided and the DOF is from 1/2 that distance to infinity. So, the Fuji X30 has a sense of humor. Just when I get to thinking I got it down and decided to switch to Manual Focus… well it does that real easy but… now this is a big butt….. When I am in Manual Exposure and use AFS Mode, the RING works for Aperture and everything is fine. If I switch to MF the ring now goes to Focus Distance and I had to figure out how to get the aperture to change. The control dial on back is used in conjunction with the button on front of the camera to select either Aperture or Shutter speed.