I have mentioned several times in my posts about being able to "see" in the focal lengths I am restricting myself to. I find there is no way better to teach myself this than to just keep on shooting. In addition to just keeping on shooting, I study other people's images both on flickr and individual websites and look at some of the great early photojournalists like Cartier-Breeson, Capa, and the like.
Earlier this week, I got a chance to challenge myself with this effort by doing a little pro-bono work for a local non-profit that is putting on a theater production to raise money for their mission. I took both the X100S and the X-E1 w/35mm. I shot almost the same number of images with each camera which surprised me a little bit. I thought I would favor the longer focal length (yeah, I know, it ain't much difference between the two) but that was really not the case.
I have actually enjoyed shooting with the single focal length of the X100S and the image quality, IMO, is excellent. I am not a pixel peeper so my judgment is probably suspect. I shot both cameras at ISO3200 with various apertures. I usually shoot in aperture preferred mode and that is what I did here. I did use my lightmeter to check the lighting when I arrived but, even in the wings. I saw that I could handhold without a problem.
The two images here were taken less than a minute apart and from about the same distance. I was probably a little closer with the X-E1 but not much. As I said the IQ of the X100S is excellent and the X-E1 is on par with it for my work and enjoyment.
But I really don't know which composition I like better. I like the tighter shot from the X-E1 in some ways better than the X100S's shot. However, the extra elements in the X100S composition add to the story-telling ability of the wider image. I probably will crop the wider image to bring the actress position slightly right for a rule of thirds composition but not enough to lose the set/curtain ropes on the right.
In the end, this was a good exercise and I really do like both images. Next week, I have a couple of lens adapters arriving and will be trying out my one remaining Nikkor lens - a 1,8/85mm AF-D for a little longer focal length.
Here is the X-E1 shot:
and the X-100S shot:
And, as always, make a comment!! Let me know what you think! Until next time, keep on shooting.....