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Date: 29/02/2016 | By: Heather

Film Simulation Gallery with the Fuji X70 – Sample Images from Aberystwyth and Barmouth

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Film Simulation Gallery with the Fuji X70 – Sample Images from Aberystwyth and Barmouth

I never would have predicted this, but it turns out that the 28mm focal length and I get along like a house on fire.

Since purchasing our Fujifilm X70 from the good people at London Camera Exchange in Chester last week, I’ve had the chance to use the camera for a mix of landscape and street photography around Mid-Wales, and for neither genre have I found myself missing something slightly wider or longer. This contrasts my experience with the X100 series, whose 35mm equivalent lens I always found somewhat limiting (but Mathieu thoroughly enjoyed).

Admittedly, this might be the honeymoon stage but so far, my impressions are mainly positive. In fact, it may be the Fujifilm camera I’ve had the most fun using apart from the Fujifilm X-T1!

Before progressing to the full review, I’d first like to share a sample image gallery for you to browse through. Each image is accompanied by a short anecdote from the day.

For the purpose of the gallery, I used the X70’s Film Simulation Bracketing mode, which lets you take three different film simulations of the same shot. As such, all the images here are unedited OOC JPGs with the exception of a minor crop performed on the first set of shots.

1. Lambing in Wales

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X70, 1/210, f/5.6, ISO 800 – Monochrome

No sooner does the New Year begin than do you start seeing signs of new life in the farmers’ fields in Wales. Little lambs become a common sight, alternating with equal fervour between chasing one another through the fields and hunting down their mothers’ milk. There isn’t anything that raises the spirit quite as much as watching these babies … or photographing them!

Main image taken with Monochrome FSM

2. Sheep Attack

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X70, 1/170, f/5.6, ISO 200 – Velvia

And while we’re on the topic of sheep, here is a story we hope not to repeat! While exploring the hilltops behind Barmouth, we wandered into a field much like any other, except that the sheep didn’t flee when they saw us coming. Unusual, we thought, as sheep aren’t the bravest of animals. Then the bleating began. First one, then another. Before we knew it, visions of white were cascading over the hills toward us from every direction. By the time we had turned on our heels and reached the gate through which we had come, nearly twenty of them were hot on our heels. Did we escape certain death by the skin of our teeth? Or had they simply mistaken us for farmers bearing food? I guess we’ll never know!

Main image taken with Velvia FSM

3. Tea Stop

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x70, 1/20, f/2.8, ISO 200 – Classic Chrome

My accent may not give me away as being British but my tea drinking habits certainly do. Whenever Mathieu and I go out on a photography trip for the blog, a tea and coffee stop is sure to be a part of it!

Main image taken with Classic Chrome FSM

4. Tea Stop II

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X70, 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 400 – Classic Chrome

One of our favourite places to stop for tea is Murray’s Cafe Bar in Barmouth. Since there is no 3G in the area, we often end our walks at the cafe to take advantage of the free WiFi and enjoy some of the best cakes in the area.

Main image taken with Classic Chrome FSM

5. Slice of Light

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X70, 1/950, f/2.8, ISO 200 – Provia

Following a cloudy hour of photographing the red kites at the Bwlch Nant yr Arian reserve, we were greeted with five fleeting minutes of sunshine. Here you can see the first rays of sunlight flowing down the tallest hill, moving like molten chocolate on birthday cake. My only regret is that, in my excitement, I forgot to switch to a slower aperture – this is what happens when you live in a country where sunshine is the exception, not the rule!

Main image taken with Provia FSM

6. Castle Ruins

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X70, 1/210, f/8, ISO 200 – Provia

If you walk up to the top of Pen Dinas hill where the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle lie, you get an impressive view of the Aberystwyth seafront, pier, old college and far off in the distance, Constitution Hill. Few cities are quite as beautiful as Aberystwyth when the sun shines, or quite as bleak when it rains!

Main image taken with Provia FSM

7. Low Tide

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X70, 1/75, f/8, ISO 200 – Provia

On one side of the Dyfi Estuary lies Aberdyfi, and on the other, the Ynyslas National Nature Reserve. So low is the water at low tide that you could almost walk from Aberdyfi to the opposing coastline were it not for the quicksands and marshes. The area is home to an internationally important peat bog and a vast ecosystem of wading birds, insects and rare plants.

Main image taken with Provia FSM

8. The Harbour

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X70, 1/400, f/8, ISO 200 – Monochrome

The Aberystwyth Marina is home not only to many boats but also to a variety of birds, from seagulls and swans to Canada geese and mallards. We even spotted a few turnstones and a skittish pied wagtail but they were too camera-shy to be photographed.

Main image taken with Monochrome FSM

9. The Frenchman’s Grave

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X70, 1/105, f/5.6, ISO 200 – Classic Chrome

In the 1870s, a Frenchman by the name of Auguste Guyard used to tend to the terraced gardens on the steep slopes of Dinas Olau above Barmouth, planting herbs, flowers, vegetables and medicinal plants for the poor. He came to Wales after fleeing the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war and upon his death, requested to be buried on the slopes he had once tended with such care. His grave is hard to miss.

Main image taken with Classic Chrome FSM

10. The Streets of Aberystwyth

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X70, 1/750, f/5.6, ISO 200 – Monochrome

Aberystwyth may not be as exciting or vibrant as say, London or Birmingham, but it is a fun city in which to do street photography thanks to the colourful buildings, higgledy-piggledy streets and buzzing student population.

Main image taken with Monochrome FSM

Our full review of the Fujifilm X70 is now online but if you have any burning questions, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below!

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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

  • Heather Broster

    Hi Bob, I posted a dedicated article since you are others were asking:

  • francois kaplan

    Great, thanks Heather!

  • Heather Broster

    You aren’t the first to ask this, Francois, so I will investigate tomorrow and post a write-up as soon as possible!

  • francois kaplan

    Hi Heather, can you comment on the digital teleconvertion option with 35mm and mostly 50mm simulations? Is it just a crop of the 28mm photo or does Fuji adds some algorithm? I read that the output photos are still at 16Megapixel via some sort of not disclosed “Fuji magic”.
    I have the Ricoh GR and found that the 50mm option has no real value as it is just a crop – I wonder if Fuji offers a different solution here. Thanks in advance

  • Heather Broster

    Hi Bob, many thanks. I’ll make sure to include some teleconverter samples in the review!

  • Bob Froehler

    Hi Heather, I have the X-T10 and love the film simulation bracketing, shooting raw I also use in camera raw conversion with film simulations, I’m now curious about the digital tele conversion in the X70, Fuji says it diminishes IQ somewhat, what’s “somewhat”? When you do the full review would be interesting if you could include a portrait shot at 50mm to compare with crop to same. Many thanks, enjoyed your preview

  • Q

    what’s wrong with the frenchmans grave picture? The detail in the trees.

  • Heather Broster

    You’re very welcome. :)

  • Heather Broster

    They are JPGs straight out of the camera (no post-processing). We personally don’t find the files difficult to process but some do complain about the way Lightroom renders foliage. In all honesty, I tend to use the JPGs from Fuji cameras because they’re so good. I only use the RAW files when I know I’ll have to pull out the latent information from the shadows/highlights.

  • Heather Broster

    Not a problem. It was more of an excuse to tell the sheep story! 😉

  • mootrail

    “House on fire” sounds like a bad thing; I guess it’s a colloquialism I’m unfamiliar with. Nice pics, although I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the sheep photos… otherwise, fantastic! Love the look of Provia and the FSB is awesome.

  • Seby

    Very nicepics Heather. Did you usually use lightroom to PP your pics? Is it true that Fuji filea are difficult to post process with lightroom?

  • JamesD

    Thanks so much for your insight.

  • Heather Broster

    I think it greatly depends on the subject, the colours in my scene and the strength of the light. If I’m shooting a landscape, I tend to stick with the more vivid modes (Velvia and Provia) to bring out the greens and blues. (Keep in mind that Velvia can oversaturate on a very sunny day.) I prefer Classic Chrome for documentary-style photos or images dominated shades of red, brown and yellow. Of course, this isn’t a steadfast rule.

    I have to say that I love the Film Simulation Bracketing mode because it lets you take one shot with three different modes. You can then go back after you’ve taken the shot and choose the FSM you think suits the image best. The only downside is that you cannot shoot in RAW in this mode.

    As for Prague and Budapest, I’d be tempted to use a mix of Provia and Classic Chrome. But that’s just me! :)

  • Jim Landers

    Heather, this may be too broad a question for this format, but here goes. Being new to Fuji, I am also new to film simulation. Provia is certainly closer to what i’m used to with Sony but as much as I like your classic chrome images I get this horrible urge to grab the saturation slider and head to the right. So, if i may ask, what is it in any particular image that says, classic chrome to you? Is it the age of the subject, the light on the subject or just, the subject of the subject? i’m taking a trip this summer to Europe for the first time, and somehow, I’m not sure that Prague or Budapest will be best captured in contrasty saturated colors. Your thoughts?

  • Heather Broster

    It sure feels like a city compared to most of the villages around here. I mean, it’s getting a M&S! 😉

  • Lyn Rees

    Aberystwyth… City! Lol!

    We should have tea sometime… though, I don’t get up Gog often.

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