On the Steps to Hobbiton

The image above was one of the first I took with the new Fuji X100s. I was reluctant at the beginning regarding whether how well it would perform in terms of HDR, but after the first set of brackets all doubts were gone. The image above was composed using 7 brackets separated by 1ev each, manually focused on the steps next to the light pole using Fuji’s incredible implementation of a digital rangefinder — the focus point was tack sharp even when looked at 300% magnification on a big monitor. Noise and resolution are on par with any modern dSLR. To that, the new X-Trans CMOS II sensor contributes certainly the most, by trading off the traditional optical low-pass filter for sharper images. In short, for anyone for a small / lightweight camera that does not compromise on image quality, the Fuji X100s should be on the short list.
Regarding the image itself, it was taken in a mountain in Germany, at night right after dusk. The brackets were processed in photomatix and finished with photoshop.