When you get the chance to spend a couple of hours or so in the company of Fuji X Photographer Kevin Mullins, learning a few of his tips and tricks for street photography for free you jump at the chance it's fair to say.
Being one of the first official Fuji X photographers, Kevin Mullins is a fine exponent of the Fuji camera systems for both wedding and street photography work and over the past weekend thanks to Jessops, has been running free street photography workshops in Birmingham where he talks about his work, his experiences and shares some of his tips and tricks for better street photography.
With Liz, the representative from Fuji also on hand to answer questions on the Fuji kit, there was lots of lovely Fuji kit available to look at, touch and play with - including the new X-T10 body, 16mm and 90mm lens, all of which look rather good in the flesh.
With some of Kevin's advice imparted we had a chance to get outside and put some of it into practice for around an hour, either using our own kit or borrowed from the Fuji table. With all that lovely kit available, I really fancied trying out the X100T. It was interesting to compare quickly against the X100s I had, and with so many street photographers favouring the X100 series it was a bust really.
First impressions are that the T is a nice update to the S. The rear buttons are more ergonomic. The D pad, which is the same as found on other X series cameras is a big improvement over the S and the hybrid viewfinder as ever appealing. Overall though the form of the camera remains true to the X100 series which is classic.
Shooting only in black and white jpg film simulation, the photometry was set to spot metering and not much else changed on the camera. Wandering around looking for opportunities or waiting for them to come to me, what I found was the T's focusing was snap sharp and not once did it miss focus on the subject.
Having shot for around 45 minutes or so, we then adjourned back to the classroom where Kevin debunked a few interesting facts on processing before we wrapped up. I certainly came away thinking wow, I want one of these, but in the cold light of day it's more a wish than a need. I have the 23mm f/1.4, a lens capable of producing outstanding results at the same focal length, but I get the fun factor you can achieve with the X100T.
All in all though, a really fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to learn from one of the finest X photographers around at present and play with some really nice Fuji equipment.
Here's a few images from the X100T, transferred via wi-if to my phone.