two of the same

Apparently, I have this thing where I like to take a photo of someone working on their computer by an open window.


Skylar -

Sadly, I was wearing pants in my photo.

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recent work:

Back in February, I had the opportunity to be whisked away from the balmy wintery weather of Southern California to a ten day shoot on the east coast. In those ten days, a carefully assembled film crew and myself ventured to the state of Virginia, to attend a rainy track day at Virginia International Raceway (VIR for short), then to the snow covered states of Vermont and New Hampshire for some light capturing fun in the extreme cold.

There in the snow of Vermont, the film crew, which included filmmakers, Will Roegge and DC Chavez, and I captured a Toyota Rav4 as it plowed through the white powder. We then moved to the Team O’Neil Rally School in New Hampshire for a bit of rally fun. The end result of those ten days was to create content for BFGoodrich Tire’s website,

Joe Z -

Impressive as always. I love the first shot of the Mustang on the left!

Sean Klingelhoefer -

Hell Ya Linh! Get that chedda bro.

jmc -

I like what you did there.

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fuji x100: refined, yet rugged

The Fuji X100 is a camera that looks like it only partakes in the poshest of posh events. It’s a fine wine, aged cheese, Brook Brothers wearing, Aston Martin driving sort of character. But when a camera becomes part of my day-to-day life, it instantly becomes a blue collar worker.

It’s good to know that even this nose-in-the-air sort of camera can be thrown into all sorts of weather conditions, trip, fall, pick itself up, brush off a bit of dirt (or snow in this case) and continue its light capturing.

 Photo by Larry Chen

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fuji x100 impressions

I’ll be frank, I’m not a fan of talking about camera gear. I like talking about photography. I shy away from talking about various camera bodies, lenses, flash units, filters, or whatever else can be talked about under that umbrella. I like discussing the process of photography to get to a desired result. A camera is a tool which helps with that end-result –the photograph. So it’s a rather giant leap out of my comfort zone to talk about a recently acquired camera.

But I believe that the camera is so good that it warrants a bit of a spotlight.

These days, everyone in the world now owns a digital SLR. It’s almost strange when you’re in a crowded place and you don’t see someone manning a DSLR. These giant black bricks can be seen in the local tourist attractions, churches, weddings, birthday parties, fishing trips, bar mitzvahs, shopping malls, hiking trails, and sometimes public restrooms. They’re, quite literally, everywhere.

Because everyone now owns a DSLR of some sort, everyone has become a gear head. It’s become commonplace to find a bunch of males huddled into a corner of a social gathering nerding over about this camera and that, about this lens and that and what camera settings they would use for specific situations. It has become completely boring to be a present day hobbyist photographer.

Seeing how my gigantor black brick of light captureness sees a lot of usage on a professional level, I started shopping around for a camera to replace it on a day-to-day basis. I was searching for a new daily driver. Something not as big, or as douche looking as a DSLR. I was looking for a camera which I can take with me everywhere and not feel completely embarrassed carrying it around without get random strangers coming up to me asking about what camera I had, or feeling their eyes dirtily elevator-ing my red-ringed black cylinders. I needed something that was much smaller, shot roughly the same quality as a small bodied DSLR and maybe even pocketable.

In my search, I came up with the usual suspects: the Canon S95, the Ricoh GR Digital III, the Panasonic LX-5, and the Sigma DP2. I even looked at the bigger interchangeable Micro 4/3s cameras, the Olympus E-PL2 and the Panasonic GF2. As I continued my research, I also found out that I wanted a camera to look good as it performs. What I didn’t want was a Douche McDouche looking camera like a Canon G12. So when Fuji Film announced their fixed-focal length, non-lens interchangeable, retro-throwback and rangefinder-esque camera, the X100. I knew that camera was exactly what I was looking for.

The X100 is a 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensored camera with a 23mm fixed focal length F/2 lens which is equivalent to a 35mm. But what makes it really special is the hybrid viewfinder. This clever viewfinder delivers both an optical viewfinder and an electronic viewfinder together. The result is something truly amazing.

But I’m not here to gloss over the technical aspects of the camera. All that information is a simple Google search away. What I will talk about is how the camera makes you feel.

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laco -

thanks for writing a non-technical review!
Reading one review – for example at dpreview, – and this one gives me a complete picture:)

Robert -

Great review, sir! I was actually interested in one after I watched the review that DigitalRev made. I’m glad you were honest in the pros and cons of the camera and I have to admit that I’m quite disappointed in the focusing issues that plague this camera. I think I might just save up a little more and get a Leica X1.

Chak -

Perfect! How are ya man. Nice to see a review that doesn’t yammer on about what each button is made off and how it can see into the fourth dimension or something ( though that would be pretty damn cool).
Anyway, It was the same problem when I used the X100. It felt good, awesome, amazing, almost like the feeling I got when I used either an M6 or a Mamiya 7, the problem was I like to shoot fast, and I really really wished it focused well on manual, cos I knew it was gonna be borderline murder on autofocus, but it wasn’t the case.

Oh well, I guess like you said, this is early days. I love my Nikon D200. It feels good, It’s my good luck charm, part of my arm and all that jazz, but goddamn is it a hassle to use sometimes. I just want to take a picture, thats all, so having a billion options isn’t something I really bother with these days. I miss the simplicity of the film days, and that’s what you seem to give the impression off. It’s a completely different experience.

You’ve changed my mind a bit on my early experiences with this camera. Hit us up with more images you take with it. Thanks for the write up.

Ricky Cervantes -

Excellent review Linhbergh, and much appreciated as well as I had been meaning to ask you about this camera. i’m currently in the market for a point and shoot myself and this was one of my potential picks. After reading your review though, i think i may end up with the Panasonic Lumix LX5, despite how gorgeous the Fuji is aesthetically. Thanks again buddy!

Wladimir -

Nice review man, it was really fun to read!.

After taking a look at the samples and the ergonomics, it seems like a really nice daily camera to carry, i’ve lost a lot of nice shots cause i don’t like to carry my d90 all day, its tiring!.

X100 Enthusiasts -

Great honest review, I couldn’t agree more. The X100 comes with its quirks, but it changes everything. Stunning photos of the X100, it looks right at home!

Foo -

Nice “review”. I like how it’s _not_ technical.

Can you say how long that strap is? Looks like a really comfy length.

Dat Nguyen -

I finally got to play with this today. I wanted to stab the manual focusing in its eye and butt at the same time. The aperture ring felt off too — I feel like if the focusing ring was useable, the bumps on the aperture ring would just get in the way. But I think you have it right, it’s the best looking camera to have hanging from your butt pocket.

George Lee -

Great review. The sample photos were absolutely stunning bro, good job. the skin tones of the x100 are to die for! i cannot wait to try this thing out!

Chan -

Wow! Thanks for the sharing! Your photos are really inspiring. Can I ask u where did you buy the strap from? It is very nice!

Mike Hall -

I too am curious about your Gordy strap. What length is yours? Thanks…

Nancy -

This review is chock full of esoteric hipster douchery.

Mark Anthony Manalo -

Hi There,

I really love your review on the x100. Great job! I know everyone is bugging you about the leather strap you have on your camera, well i am pleased to say i am one of them too LOL ;-) It will be much appriciated if you can tell me (us) where you grab those straps of yours?

Thanks a lot!


Mark Anthony from Vienna, Austria

Paul Intile -

So, then. What is the perfect camera?

Ian Docherty -

A digital Konica Hexar! :-)

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fuji x100 sample images

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to have been able to get my hands on the illusive rangefinder-esque and retro throwback designed Fuji X100. Since then, I’ve fell in love with the camera completely. I’ve never owned a camera which I get as much enjoyment from shooting as I do with the X100. Every photographer that has been lucky enough to get their hands on this camera has been singing similar praises. But I’ll get into why I like the X100 so much in the next post.

Until then, here is a collection of images I’ve shot with the camera in the past few months.

Trond -

Some great pictures there from your X100. Are these taken in RAW or JPG and did you do much PP with them? I love my X100 as well and my heavy DSLR gear has collected dust the past months since I got it :-)

*misslieze -

Holy crap… am I in love with your camera! I have an Fuji from 1985 that looks just like it, and the photos you have shot with the x1000 looks amazing! I’m totally jealous :P You’re so cool. tee hee :)

Locksley Ng -

Linhbergh, your pictures are awesome as always. Wether you’re in the race track or not, I respect. How did you Post Process your photos till it achieved to that color? It’s so nice. I’ve always wanted to know how’d you get blue skies as well.

Dr . Angshuman Bhattacharyya -

Excellent review. I’m going for this camera and I can live with slow focusing speed in exchange of excellent photos . Had Nikkor Matt , Oly Om1, those were days . Would look forward to a complete manual D SLR though or a rangefinder from Nikon maybe .

sunayana das -

Awesome snaps…It’s gr8…interested to buy it..but due to my educational expense can’t anymore ask 4 it to dad & mom……but not to worry once i wil be an ias i wil definately go for this camera

Jenkins -

Very nice X100 shots – I’m looking forward to the fuji X-pro 1 coming out soon – do you think you will be getting one?

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