September 15th, 2014 … Andre’ The Fuji X100s … Meets … Ding The Nikon Coolpix A


Look, don’t get me wrong, ok. I really do love the X100s and it provides a wonderful working experience.

What, but everyone knows that already. Ok, ok! Andre’ is upset because I called the camera X100s and not it’s proper name, Andre’. He also said, “Look shooter,  everyone calls you Don or shooter. No one calls you the human or photographer and you wouldn’t be without me anyway.” So now I get it. Andre’ the Fuji X100s is jealous

09-14-0053-EditSee, word on the camera shelf is that there’s a new kid on the block. Yes, it’s very true. The Nikon Coolpix A has taken up residence on the current camera shelf. The new camera has been named Ding, after Kneeland Ding McNulty.

Ding mentored me for a while and gave me valuable life lessons and how to have photography fall in love with me. He wasn’t concerned about my love affair with photography but wanted to make sure that photography and I had a life long symbiotic relationship. So I decided to name the Nikon after him. So of course Andre’ is upset and kinda jealous because he thinks he will get less street time than he used to get. Nothing could be further from the truth. See, both Andre’ and Ding will be out with me always starting Wednesday. Till then, Ding and I are reacquainting our selves as it’s been decades since we spent time together, at least on the physical plane.

09-14-0152-EditSee, for me it used to be a 35mm lens on my M Leicas. The when the digital imaging made cameras that worked like cameras, it seemed that 28mm was the preferred focal length. I still lean to the 35mm FOV but the 28mm FOV has a place embedded in my brain’s firmware. Well, now that my brain is back from vacation, I will have to update it’s firmware to the Nikon;s UI and FL and combine that with Andre’, the Fuji X 100s.


There are thing for me to write about and I am excited again to feel visual freedom once again. Ding is proving to be a worthy companion and I hope in due time that Andre’ and Ding will get along.

At any rate, I’ll be posting more for the next few weeks as the discovery and challenges arise working with these two cameras.

Shooter Out……………………………

26 thoughts on “September 15th, 2014 … Andre’ The Fuji X100s … Meets … Ding The Nikon Coolpix A”

    1. Daido is here and he’s not going anywhere’s too soon. He is talking about the new X30 be we haven’t made a decision yet.

      1. Don’t buy an X30 until you see the LX100 from Panasonic!

        * Same sized camera
        * Both have rangefinder, retro aesthetic and left side EVF
        * Wider lens (24-75mm field of view) on the LX100 (f/1.7 – 2.8)
        * 4/3 instead of 2/3 sensor on the LX100
        * Both may have leaf shutter for high speed flash (LX100 not confirmed)
        * MORE manual controls on the Panasonic than the Fuji!!!
        * 4K video on the Panasonic!
        * I prefer Fuji’s twist zoom to the Panasonic — that’s probably it’s only advantage
        * Similar price (Panny’s a little more $, but the Leica branded version is a lot more)

        The LX100 has an aperture ring with an “A” setting and a shutter speed dial with an “A” setting, just like the bigger Fuji cameras. There’s no PASM dial! It also has buttons for aspect ratio, autofocus mode and lots of function buttons. Pretty sweet!

        The only thing both cameras are missing is weather sealing. Now if they’d only figure out a way to make them work mechanically, without a battery, like the new Leica M-A! But that would be no small feat for a digital camera. 😉

        I miss the podcast!

      2. I’ll most likely be springing for the X30 come Black Friday or Christmas since the LX100 unfortunately does not have manual zoom. The sensor is a bit more outdated than I would like but a little grit never hurt anyone. I’ll be looking forward to your first impressions if you decide to get it.

        1. If I decide, when that baby comes out, I’ll find a way to get one but I’m hesitant to sell my X20 as it’s such a fine camera…..

    1. Jesper, thanks for stopping by. I make each individual image the way I feel it…..soooo…. from start to finish.
      What your seeing, is how I feel….. don

  1. Hi Don
    will you be reaaaaaally working with both André and Ding at the same time? they will be so jealous of eachother that their bickering in your pocket will prevent you from being in the zone…
    You will be at all times distracted and uncertain whom to give love to…
    I find it difficult not so much to juggle two focal lengths, though 28 and 35 are a bit too close, but rather two operating interfaces and viewfinder systems (screen vs optical) at the same time.

    1. G, for me, 28 & 35 are not close at all….and for bickering, we’ll, take the battery out one time and they both become gentleman … On the other hand, Penelope the Ricoh GRD4…she’s always a lady….a bitch but a lady…..

      1. Yes they’re different indeed, but the days I carry to bodies one has a 28 prime one a 50, which to me is the telephoto of street photography. 35 is really the most versatile at the end of the day, wide enough but still not forcing you to be that close all the time…
        I was going to say indeed; what, Nikon and not Ricoh? but let’s not get into gear wars here, what counts is the shooting and how the tool fits like a glove, so natural you don’t think about IT, you just think about the IMAGE…, right?

        1. Yes, different in perspective stance. I like the idea of 2 different UI because it’s lets, no … makes me think before I act. 50mm is long for me and always was. I love 50mm lenses but hate using them as it’s been a struggle with me for 45 years or so.
          I’m enjoying both cameras but if I had to choose between the X100s and the Coolpix A, well the choice is perfectly clear….
          it would be the Ricoh GRD4 with out a doubt…….

          1. Interesting counterintuitive challenge you’re throwing at me there, Don. Thinking before acting… Mmmmmmm, let me think about that! I thought we wanted our tools to be transparent, so that our brain is on auto mode in relation to the camera and can fully focus on the scene and getting the image. Having to stop for a moment before pushing the button can be an image killer at times…
            I handled a GR today, I totally see what you mean —- and earlier models were probably even more immediate thanks to greater DOF on smaller sensors…

          2. G…. counter-intuitive is the point at large. Going out and not being aware of and challenging pre-conceptions is a dangerous road to complacency.
            Going out and doing the same thing day after day, and expecting different results is insanity. So challenging that and thinking about what, where and how we are doing something, that will lead to breaking complacency and hopefully open a blocked door.

            I updated my Brain Firmware to the Super Multi Faceted Ever Expanding Dr Tim Leary and that my friend keeps my brain for ever going to AUTO MODE.
            The Horror!

      2. Shoot, Shooter, you really got MUGGED at gunpoint? Heard it from Olivier over at IE. Guns, you had enough of out there in Nam, what the hell. Well I’ll not get into the debate about gun control, you know how we Europeans feel about that, even a European like me who lived and loved the US for a long time. Let’s just say I’m relieved that you got away unscathed. Take care out there, G

        1. I also believe in stern gun control. I believe that everyone needs to have complete control of all their guns.
          No debate my friend, that’s how I feel.

          1. Yup, just know that when the shit hits the fan, many Americans will rise to the Occasion, including me….

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