I tried out the Canon S100 both indoors and out. It’s not bad. The sensor is small and noise appears quite quickly as you raise the ISO, as well as colour fringing. It is, however, very small and fits anywhere. Here are a few photos I took on the streets and in a restaurant.
So, the quality of these photos isn’t that bad, and certainly good enough for snapshots of dinners and friends. Still, while looking at these in Lightroom I wished that I had taken them on film. I looked once more at point and shoots on several web sites but anything decent is expensive and I don’t want to throw away money on something that probably can’t be repaired.
While thinking about how to make film snapshots again I got out my Zeiss Ikon and looked it over. Hotshoe on top . . . . Flash, flash, I don’t have a flash . . . . yes, I do have a flash. For the X-Pro 1. It fits, it makes a bright light. It only works in manual mode on the Zeiss but I can learn it, yes? It’s just a bit of simple math and I’ll get faster as I practise. Of course, the Zeiss doesn’t easily fit into a pocket but it’s not that large. Taking photos won’t be as quick because it’s manual focus and manual flash but I very rarely take photos of anything moving quickly anyway. At the moment I only have a 50mm lens for the camera but I can save my pennies for a 28mm lens. This isn’t really the perfect solution to having a pocket film camera but it’s a solution that doesn’t cost me anything at the moment. When I visit Seoul later perhaps I’ll find something more convenient that has repair potential and isn’t too expensive. In the meantime . . . .