The Fujifilm X-S10 and Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 lens are the perfect street photography camera/lens combo

This story is sponsored by Fujifilm.

Given we cannot travel anytime soon due to the Covid-19 pandemic, maybe it is time to start exploring our own backyard and see Singapore in a different light.

And to capture those decisive moments as you explore Singapore, there are no better tools to do that than the Fujifilm X-S10 with the new Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 lens.

The X-S10 features a classic design that reminiscent of cameras used by legendary photographers like Elliott Erwitt and Sebastião Salgado.

Merely holding the X-S10 makes you feel you are using a real camera, unlike some modern mirrorless cameras whose designs are so mundane that they are merely just image-capturing devices. 

A passerby walking past a mural in Tiong Bahru. Tip: Sometimes, you need to imagine a photo in your head and wait for the right moment to click the shutter release. Like this photo. Shot using Fujifilm X-S10 with XF18mm f/1.4 lens. Aperture: f/8, Shutter speed: 1/600sec, ISO: 160. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

In addition, the X-S10 is compact and lightweight at only 465g (body only). Combined the camera with the XF18mm f/1.4 prime lens, the entire package weighs only 835g!

Thus, the camera is easy to sling around without burdening your shoulders and tiring you. As such, you can concentrate on looking for great pictures to capture when you roam the streets.

Street photography is all about serendipity and capturing candid moments that otherwise disappear forever. And the X-S10 with the XF18mm f/1.4 lens will allow you to be ready for those unexpected pictorial gems.

A passerby marvelling at caged birds singing in Chinatown. Tip: Be alert and sometimes a candid moment like this will appear right in front of you. Shot using Fujifilm X-S10 with XF18mm f/1.4 lens. Aperture: f/4, Shutter speed: 1/420sec, ISO: 160. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The X-S10 uses densely-arranged phase-detection pixels and advanced algorithms – using its 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 image sensor and X Processor 4 image processing engine – to achieve best-in-class autofocusing (AF) speed of down to only 0.02 seconds.

Add to the fact that the XF18mm lens uses a linear AF motor that drives all focusing elements as one to deliver responsive near-silent AF down to as little as 0.04 seconds.

Furthermore, when attached to X-S10, the lens offers a 27mm wide-angle focal length (35mm equivalent) that is great to capture both landscapes and street scenes.

A community cat watching the world goes by at a HDB void deck. Tip: You do not need to go far to get great images. Sometimes, your HDB flat void deck can be full of life. Here, the bokeh effect is accentuated by the f/1.4 aperture. Shot using Fujifilm X-S10 with XF18mm f/1.4 lens. Aperture: f/1.4, Shutter speed: 1/75sec, ISO: 800. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

The lens’ massively large f/1.4 aperture also allows more light to enter the image sensor, thus resulting in better image quality. The large aperture is also great for low lighting situations, allowing you to use faster shutter speeds for a sharp image.

Not to mention, X-S10’s five-axis in-body image stabilisation  module ensures no camera shake and sharp images always.

People exercising at dusk on a park connector. Tip: Sunrise and sunset times are the golden timing, as it captures long shadows and offers great contrast. Close the aperture down to f/16 to create a starburst effect of the sun for drama. Shot using Fujifilm X-S10 with XF18mm f/1.4 lens. Aperture: f/16, Shutter speed: 1/20sec, ISO: 800. (Photo: Trevor Tan)

In short, the Fujifilm X-S10 and the Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 are a match in heaven for street photography. Now, it is time to get out of house and explore our own little island. You will undoubtedly find gems in this little red dot.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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