I fell in love while in Maryland – Fuji X100S Review

Last weekend I was in Maryland for my friend Mike’s wedding. Mike was my best friend while growing up and my best man on my wedding day 11 years ago. He has been with an amazing girl, Jenny, for several years and they finally tied the knot on June 1st, which was the day of my wedding. Since I was away from the wife and kids and at the wedding as a groomsman/guest I rented the highly regarded 16 megapixel Fuji X100S from LenRentals.com to play with for the weekend. Here is a quick image I shot of the Fuji X100S with my Canon 5D3.

Fuji x100s

After reading the reviews of the X100S by David Hobby & Zack Arias I knew I had to get my hands on one to see if it lived up to the hype, and it did! I love the quality of the sensor in DSLRs and have always been disappointed in how fast the image falls apart with little point and shoot camera. The Fuji X100S is a point and shoot with a fixed 23mm 2.0 lens (35mm full frame equivalent) for photographers that want the quality of their DSLR but don’t want to lug around all their heavy gear.  The image surpasses many DSLRs and I would have no problem using the X100s on paid jobs based on my experience and quality in the images you see below. I just wish I had more time with the camera to really get more comfortable with it and play with the leaf shutter and my off camera flashes.

All the images below were shot with Fuji X100S. Please note that my biggest concern on the wedding day was being a good guest and not getting in the photographer’s way so many times I wasn’t in the ideal place to shoot some of these photos.

The day before the wedding we went to try on our suits that we were renting. While I was busy catching up with some of Mike’s family I did capture this image of Mike. 1/125 2.8 1250 ISO

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Mike give the groomsmen personalized cufflinks. The macro feature on the X100S came in handy! Here are my cufflinks which a are modeled after a camera dial. 1/60 4.0 1600 ISO

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Here is a 100% of the original file. Looks very clean for 1600 ISO.

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Here are my cufflinks with Mike’s and Tom’s. Mike’s of course has groom on them and Tom’s (another good friend from our younger years) has a logo from Pearl Jam Alive. 1/60 4.0 1600 ISO

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Since I was at the wedding as a guest I made sure to stay out of the way of the talented Benson Lau, who was the hired photographer. Here are a few from the first look. All at 1/160 2.8 200 ISO

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I am pretty jealous that Benson got to photograph this wedding because Jenny, the bride, prepared some amazing details herself. 1/500 5.6 400 ISO

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Here is a 100% of the original file. Look at that detail!!!

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Enjoying the macro feature with the X100S! 1/1000 2.8 400 ISO

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1/250 2.8 400 ISO

Fuji x100s

1/250 2.8 400 ISO

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1/250 2.0 200 ISO

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Jenny was gorgeous!! This was very quick snapshot I grabbed of Jenny before we did groups shots which were before the ceremony. 1/1000 2.8 200 ISO

Fuji x100s

Just before the ceremony I grabbed this photo of the pastor talking to Mike and his brother. 1/125 2.0 200 ISO

Fuji x100s

I grabbed the next 2 photos just before hiding my camera for the rest of the ceremony 1/500 5.6 200 ISO

Fuji x100s

I am curious to see the image Benson captured. 1/500 5.6 200 ISO

Fuji x100s

Overall I loved the camera and it gave me something play with and keep me busy since I am so accustomed to working at weddings. If you are interested in picking one up please take a look at the Amazon link below. I can’t wait to own this perfect little travel companion which can also be used as an extra camera on a wedding day.

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Rustin Michael CervenyJune 6, 2013 - 8:13 pm

I did test out the built-in ND filter with my RadioPoppers and off camera flash. The RadioPopper JrX transmitter has it’s antenna on the bottom so you can’t mount it directly on the X100S. I had to attach them together using Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord which made everything very cumbersome and bulky. I then shot a few shots of my son Gideon but he wasn’t cooperating much so the composition and expressions aren’t worth sharing. The best one was of him with his finger up his nose.

John EnriccoJune 6, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Great review and pictures!

I was wondering if you took advantage of the ND filter when you were outside?

Irvine Wedding Photography – Raffaele & Nicole 05/25/2013

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting Raffaele & Nicole’s wedding!  Raffaele & Nicole are so great together, acting like an old married couple at times!  In fact, they have been married for over 3 years now!  Saturday was the day they made their civil ceremony, from 3 years ago, official in the church and in front of family and friends!  I originally met Nicole and her family when shooting her sister’s wedding almost four years ago.  It was great to capture another important event for this fun and close knit family!

There are so many amazing images from Raffaele & Nicole’s wedding day that I couldn’t post them all here on my blog!  Keep reading for some of my favorites!

Here are some of the great vendors that made Raffaele & Nicole so great!!
Ceremony Venue – St Elizabeth Ann Seton
Reception Venue – Prego
Flowers – Amazing Blooms
DJ – Tony Tartaglia
Videographer – Mission Visual
Photographer – Rustin Michael
Photographer’s Assistant – the amazing Natalie Fong!!!

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I love these next few of Nicole getting ready with the help of her Mom.

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I love this photo of Nicole’s Dad getting ready.

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Once we arrived at the church Nicole helped Raffaele with his bowtie

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Nicole’s flower girls

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Nicole & Raffaele walked down the aisle together.

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This image looks even better as an album spread!

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I love this image Natalie Fong captured!

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Another gem by Natalie Fong!

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Nicole and her flower girls

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Instead of having a wedding party, Raffaele & Nicole had two witnesses.

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Raffaele & Nicole

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Some details from the reception!

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The grand entrance!

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Raffaele & Nicole preformed a waltz for their first dance.

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Here are some more of my favorites from the reception!

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Before I headed home I pulled Raffaele & Nicole aside for a couple last photos!

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Tania LoriniMay 31, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Beautiful pictures! Nicole and Raffaele you look amazing! Congratulations!

Deborah Smith-CesareMay 30, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Absolutely Beautiful!, Wish we could have been there. ;-(
Blessings to all of the families.

Yola Rocca TraynorMay 30, 2013 - 5:40 pm

So beautiful. I love all the pictures. God Bless you both! Love,
Aunt Yola

Theresa StamegnaMay 30, 2013 - 4:01 am

Rustin, another great job! It’s not easy dealing with this many Italians, but you managed to capture great photo’s. I am looking forward to viewing more!

Griffith Park Engagement Photography – Adam & Lauren

This past Saturday I met up with Adam & Lauren for their engagement session at Griffith Park and Observatory. It was a beautiful day in Los Angeles so we had to park nearly a mile downhill and hike up to the Observatory but we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset! I really enjoyed spending time with Adam & Lauren and getting to know them better during our session. I am very excited to capture their wedding day at Condor’s Nest Ranch this summer!

We started the session on one of the trails by the Observatory.

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I love these last two we captured during the sunset.

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