I recently bought the Fujifilm Klasse W, I was in the market for a wide-angle point-and-shoot, I wanted something with a good lens, but that would also be pocketable and easy to operate. As a Leica MP shooter, I can be somewhat of a control freak, wanting to set all parameters precisely. The Klasse W is the antithesis of that, I shoot it in Full Auto mode most of the time (only turning off the flash).
The 28mm lens is plenty sharp, with some distortion that is to be expected from a lens/camera this size, but nothing that cant be easily corrected in Lightroom if it bothers you. Colors and contrast are equally impressive. My only complaint would be that the shutter speed is almost impossible to see in sunlight when using glasses.
I love the way the camera operates, by half-pressing the shutter, the camera locks focus and exposure, pressing further will fire the shutter immediately. Since I tend to pre-focus and pre-compose most of my shots this “feature” is very useful! Having said that, I can see how it would drive you crazy if you’re used to a more traditional PNS experience.
The exposure compensation dial on the front is also really useful and in a very ergonomic place (good job Fujifilm). There is a date stamp if you’re into that kind of thing (I like it for friends/family snapshots), and a lot of other features I haven’t tried out yet, like a long exposure mode.
I have only put a few rolls of film through the Klasse W but I really like it so far! I post my photography weekly over at www.analogphotographyblog.com hope to see some of you there!
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