Coming Home – The new Fujifilm X100f

Fuji X100f Review

On October 27th I received a message from my friends at Fujifilm Canada, asking me if I would like to be one of fifty Official Fuji X Photographers worldwide that would participate in project Aquarius… the successor to the Fuji X100T.

Hell.  Yes.

I have said many times before that the X100 series was a catalyst of change in my life, and I was excited (and humbled) to be included in the amazing group of artists who would be the first to work with the new X100F.  Even though I was fortunate to be involved with both the X-Pro2 and X-T2 launches, the successor to the X100T is the camera that I have been waiting for.

On November 16th we had a conference call to discuss the project and shortly thereafter a plain white box arrived on my doorstep via courier.  Seconds later I was holding one of the first X100F cameras ever to be released into the world.   It was time to get started.

Since that day I have spent a lot of time with the X100F:  shooting on the street, working on several documentary projects, and of course using it on my travels.  As of this writing, I have put over 3,000 frames through this camera, and I am excited to finally have the opportunity to share some thoughts on it outside of the Aquarius team.  It feels a little like Christmas, just a month late and with the one present I really wanted under the tree.

Make yourself comfortable, as this is going to be a long post.  Get a beverage.  And food.  Maybe take a nap first too.  We’re going to talk about expectations leading up to the launch of this camera, see which of those came to fruition (and which didn’t), take a look at the camera’s new features and ergonomics, look at a lot of sample photos, and discuss some final thoughts.  To give a more balanced description of the Fuji X100F, I’m also going to share links to reviews by some of the other Official Fuji X Photographers on the Aquarius team.  The truth is that over the last few months a lot of people have put in time with pre-production models of these cameras.  We’ve gone through several firmware updates as we provided feedback and it is so exciting to finally see the X100F officially launched.

Let’s get started…

X100f Review

Expectations and Realities 

A year ago I wrote a blog post entitled:

“What’s next for the Fuji X100t?”

That post has been viewed over 28,000 times.  Clearly people have been excited for this new camera.  In that post I hoped that the successor to the X100T would include:

  1. The new X-Trans CMOS III Sensor found in the X-Pro2 and X-T2
  2. The Focus Lever (the joystick) found on the X-Pro2 and X-T2
  3. Dual card slots
  4. Additional film simulations (specifically Acros)
  5. Weather resistance
  6. Improved autofocus
  7. Faster minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO
  8. Improved exposure bracketing options
  9. More options for saving custom settings
  10. Enhanced battery life

For the record, I was not expecting to see:

  1. An articulating LCD screen.  I know this is something that a lot of people would like to see in this camera, but it isn’t something I usually use.  On a less personal note though, I think Fuji has a clear pattern of design with their products.  There have been 8 cameras in the Fuji X series with a rangefinder styled design (X-E1, XE2, X-E2s, X-Pro1, X-Pro2, X100, X100S, X100T), and none of them have had articulating screens.  If this is something that you desire the X-T2 /  X-T20 line definitely has what you are looking for.
  2. In body image stabilization (IBIS).   I have never seen or heard anything from Fuji regarding this, but it occasionally comes up online.  The focal length of this camera’s lens, combined with its leaf shutter, make it incredibly easy to handhold the camera at slow shutter speeds already.

So, what was the reality?  How does my preproduction X100F compare to this list?  I’m happy to say that 8 of the 10 items on my wish list are present in the new Fuji X100F, but that is not all.  The new Fuji X100F also now has (in no particular order):

  1. An option to assign AF-L to the rear command wheel.  This button is perfectly positioned for this use (and for my hands), and it feels great on the X100F.  Fuji, PLEASE bring this to the X-Pro2!
  2. The addition of a front command dial, and the ability to configure the camera to control ISO from this dial instead of using the integrated ISO dial on the top of the camera.  More on this later.
  3. A digital tele-converter.  The new X100F has the same digital tele-conversion technology found in the X70, allowing for 35mm (the native FOV), but also upscaled 50mm and 70mm options.  This is a nice feature to have, but there is definitely slight image degradation when it is used.
  4. A new standard ISO ceiling of 12,800, up from 6,400 in the X100T.  There also appears to be visible improvements in the high ISO noise reduction algorithms.
  5. +/- 5 stops of Exposure Compensation like the X-Pro2 and X-T2, as compared to the 3 stop adjustments in the X100T.
  6. The addition of center weighted metering in the Photometry options.
  7. The option to save files as Lossless RAW.
  8. A new grain simulation option for those who like to set up their jpegs.
  9. An enhanced burst mode, with a max of 8 frames per second as compared to 6 frames per second in the X100T.
  10. A greatly expanded array of auto focus points, now up to 325.  AF speed is also more responsive, and there are now additional AF modes (Single, Zone, Wide).
  11. There is a new control ring.
  12. Pixel mapping.

As you can see there is a lot going on under the hood of the new X100F.  What wasn’t included from my original list?  Two things:

Dual Card Slots:

This one is just kind of a “shrug” thing for me, as I knew space limitations would make it difficult.  I have never had an SD card fail, but I can say for important jobs I have come to enjoy the peace of mind that the dual card slots in the X-Pro2 and X-T2 offer.  When I asked about this I was told that the move to the WP-126 battery already took up a lot of additional space, and it would have been difficult to improve battery life AND add dual card slots.

Fair enough.

Weather Resistance:

I’ll be honest, I really wanted this.  Since the beginning the X100 series has been the perfect “always with me, documentary style” camera, and weather resistance would only add to that.  The truth is that I shoot a lot in inclement weather.  Hell, I live in the Pacific Northwest, rain is what we do.  I don’t baby my gear, have never had a problem, but the peace of mind that weather resistance brings is always a good thing.

I spoke to people who were at Photokina and discussed this with some of the Fujifilm staff, and apparently the lack of weather resistance came down to the lens design and the amount of bulk it would have added.

Again, fair enough.  I’m a photographer, not an engineer, so I’ll trust in their better judgment.

This is probably as good a spot as anywhere to say that there will never be a perfect camera.  Having said that, Fuji really ticked the boxes on this one (other than the weather resistance) and for me the X100F is pretty damn close.  Let’s jump in and take a closer look…


Inspired by the Fujifilm X-Pro2?

I know the logical thing to do in this section would be to compare the X100F with its predecessor, the X100T.  I think a much better comparison however, which you will see in the images below, is with the flagship X-Pro2 model.

I should start this section by saying that for me a camera is not just about the images it creates.  The ergonomics, the act of using it, how the camera feels in my hand… this all means a lot to me.  For a long time I was a professional musician, and I felt the same way when I played certain guitars.  Yes, I can play the same song on a Fender Stratocaster that I can play on a Gibson Les Paul but the feel is totally different.  Cameras, like guitars, are just tools of the trade but I know I am better at my craft when my tools inspire me.

When I first held the X-Pro2 it fit into my hands perfectly.  More importantly, the ergonomics of it instantly felt natural and logical to me (except the position of the AF-L button).  With each new model over the years, Fuji has refined the design of its cameras and one can only assume the goal has been to eventually standardize a consistent physical design that spans across each product line.  This really hit home for me when I first held the X100F, which definitely takes its design inspiration from the Fuji X-Pro2.

Here is the front of the camera:


We can see that there are minimal aesthetic changes from the X100T to the X100F, really just the removal of a model badge.  Functionally, however, we see the addition of a new function button in the viewfinder selector, and also a front command dial for the first time in the X100 series.

This front command dial brings with it a feature that many have asked for since the launch of the X-Pro2:  the ability to adjust ISO without fiddling with the top dial.  The front command dial can also control the Exposure Compensation to +/- 5 stops.  What is really cool is that if you have the camera configured to utilize the front command wheel it can actually adjust both ISO AND Exposure Compensation…. you simply click it to switch between the two.  This is an excellent addition to the X100F, and should make a lot of people happy that weren’t huge fans of the integrated ISO dial on the X-Pro2.

For comparison’s sake, here is the front of the X-Pro2, where you will see a lot of similarities:


Here is the top of the new X100F:


On the top we can see the X-Pro2 inspired integrated ISO dial, and also the Exposure Compensation dial with the increased ability to go to +/- 5 stops of EV.   Now, let’s compare this to the top of the X-Pro2:


That’s pretty damn close.

And, here is the back:


A lot of similarity to the X-Pro2 in regard to design and layout.  All buttons have been moved to the right side (which I love), and the focus lever (joystick) has been added.  This is very similar to the back of the Fuji X-Pro2:


This consistency between the Fuji X-Pro2 and the new Fuji X100F is a great design choice in my opinion.  For me, as someone who uses multiple cameras on assignment, it is now effortless to switch between my two main cameras.  I have been able to set up my X-Pro2s and my X100F virtually identically, and I don’t have to think about the act of using whichever camera is in my hand… my fingers just land where they need to be.

Sample Images

It is time to nerd out on sample images.  Before we do, please consider the following:

  1. My copy of the camera is a pre-production model.  As always with pre-production testing, some of the initial firmware was buggy.   I was happy, however,  to see frequent and rapid firmware updates as we worked with our samples.  This sometimes changed the shooting experience as testing progressed.
  2. We usually cannot edit RAW images from preproduction cameras as none of the software we traditionally use (i.e. Lightroom) has been updated to read images from the new camera yet.  Yes, I could have used the in camera RAW converter, but every photo you see here was shot in jpeg.  This experience really reminded me of just how good Fuji’s jpegs are straight out of camera.
  3. I told myself I didn’t want this review to get too long (though I think that ship may have sailed), so I kept the number of sample images here down to 20.  Below each image I have included the capture data.
  4. I purposely included a diverse mix of street photography, cityscapes, long exposures, interior architecture, and snowy landscapes.  This is an incredibly capable little camera, and I hope these images show what can be produced with very little post production.  These are all in camera jpegs, with very slightly Lightroom adjustments where required (i.e. sharpening, slight exposure adjustments, etc).

Here are the images:

dscf2321(Classic Chrome, f/5.6, 1/5000th, ISO 1250)


(Velvia, f/8, 6 seconds, ISO 200)

dscf2252(Acros, f/5.6, 1/640th, ISO 200)

dscf0125(Monochrome, f/4.5, 30 seconds, ISO 200, Wide Angle Adapter)

dscf0860(Classic Chrome, f/5.6, 1/1600th, ISO 200)

dscf0183(Monochrome, f/16, 27 seconds, ISO 200, Wide Angle Adapter)

dscf1542(Acros, f/2.8, 1/320th, ISO 1000)

dscf0052(Velvia, f/16, 6 seconds, ISO 200, Wide Angle Adapter)

dscf0702(Classic Chrome, f/11, 1/600th, ISO 200)

dscf0712(Acros, f/16, 1/1000th, ISO 400, AF-C)

dscf2532(Classic Chrome, f/5.6, 1/950th, ISO 200)

dscf0257(Classic Chrome, f/5.6, 1/90th, ISO 200)

dscf1010(Acros, f/5.6, 1/350th, ISO 200)

dscf0132(Classic Chrome, f/5.6, 1/640th, ISO 200)

dscf0602(Classic Chrome, f/8, 1/500th, ISO 800)

dscf1843(Classic Chrome, f/4, 1/500th, ISO 500)

dscf0825(Velvia, f/8, 1/280th, ISO 200)

dscf1947(Classic Chrome, f/5.6, 1/500th, ISO 800)

dscf0013(Provia, f/4, 1/60th, ISO 250, Wide Angle Adapter)

dscf0839(Acros, f/5.6, 1/250th, ISO 640)

In Summary

I entitled this review “Coming Home” because I had moved away from using the X100T for much of 2016, a move away from the camera line that changed everything for me.  The X-Pro2 had become my workhorse, and I also spent time with the X-T2.  These new cameras perform beautifully, but I will admit I often looked at my X100T and looked forward to the day that Fuji’s latest technology was in the X100 series.  Having used the X100F for a few months now I can say with absolute certainty that it will be my main camera again, and the others will come out for jobs that require different focal lengths.  It just feels right to be shooting with this camera.  It feels like coming home.

A question that always comes up with these reviews is:

“Should I upgrade from the previous generation?”

If you love working with the X100 series, and can afford it, I would say absolutely yes.  This is not a knock on the X100T at all, which was a beautiful camera, but is an indicator of just how far this series has come.  Where the X100S to X100T was a smaller evolution in the series, the X100T to the X100F is much, much larger.  As a reminder, the X100F brings you:

  1. The same 24.3mp X-Trans CMOS III Sensor found in the X-Pro2 and X-T2.
  2. Improved autofocus, both in speed and in the number of AF points (325).
  3. The Focus Lever (the “joystick”).
  4. The larger WP126 battery pack, which also aligns with other X series cameras you may have.
  5. The addition of the Acros film simulation.
  6. Faster minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO (max of 1/500th now).
  7. Improved exposure bracketing options (+/- 2 stops).
  8.  Improved Exposure Compensation (+/- 5 stops).
  9. The ability to assign AF-L to the rear command dial (perfectly placed, in my opinion).
  10. The addition of a front command dial, as well as an additional function button on the front of the camera.
  11. The ability to assign ISO and/or Exposure Compensation to the front command dial.
  12. A digital tele-converter.  Good in a pinch, but does degrade image quality a little.
  13. The addition of center weighted metering to the Photometry options.
  14. The option to save files as Lossless RAW.
  15. A new grain simulation for those who like to configure their jpegs.
  16. Pixel mapping.

That is a whole lot of goodness right there, with weather resistance being the only thing missing that I would have loved to have seen in this camera.   I understand the reasons behind its absence, but it definitely would have been a nice “peace of mind” feature.   The bottom line though is this:  The Fuji X100F is an outstanding camera; as a matter of fact, my favourite Fuji X camera to date!


A year ago, when I summarized my 5 part review series on the Fuji X-Pro2, I said that the X-Pro2 represented the maturation of the X series.  The X100F only confirms this:  it feels solid, fits well in the hand, is incredibly responsive, and is a pleasure to use.  In my opinion, the Fuji X series now has 3 flagship cameras:

  1. The Fujifilm X-Pro2
  2. The Fujifilm X-T2
  3. The Fujifilm X100F

Don’t just take my word for it though.  The Fuji community is a wonderful group of people and I would definitely take the time to read reviews from some of the other Official Fuji X Photographers that have been working with the X100F since November.


Patrick Laroque:

Jonas Rask:

Kevin Mullins:

Please consider this review as part one in a new series on the Fuji X100F, as I have several more blog posts coming soon that will focus on this new camera.  Between those posts I will also be sharing X100F content on my Instagram account, so be sure to follow me there too:

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the X100F in the comments below, and if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  I will do my best to answer them.

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,


96 thoughts on “Coming Home – The new Fujifilm X100f

  1. gregcromie says:

    Great review and thank you. Thank you for ruining my bank account….ha. This has given me the information I need to make some decisions on what I get versus the cost. Cheers. G

  2. Marco W. says:

    Hey Ian, great review, great photos.
    Can you please tell me something about the quality of the EVF. Is it more like the X-Pro 2 or more like the old X100T, which I found not so great in comparison to the one of the X-Pro 2. Thanx a lot

  3. Maayan says:

    Ian, Thank you for the great review. As a Fujifilm fan myself (still using the T) I’m trying to introduce a website that covers all about the new Fujifilm X100F at . I’ve just linked to your review here (from under the In-depth Reviews section). If that’s OK with you, I’d love to include some of your great sample photos too (credited of course). Can I?

    • Ian says:

      Hello Maayan!

      How are you?

      Thank you so much for your comments, and I wish you all the best with your new project.



  4. kyle says:

    Hey Ian,

    Thanks for the awesome review, and I’m glad you had the opportunity to be a part of the release! I have a couple questions that I’d be interested in your responses to:

    1. You mentioned the autofocus is much improved. On a continuum of 1 being the X100S and 10 being the X-T2, where would you place the X100T and the X100F? Just trying to get a feel of how significant those improvements have been and how the X100F compares to the top-of-the-line X-T2.
    2. Maybe I’m not thinking about this the right way, but one concern I have is that we now have 50% more megapixels but the lens hasn’t been updated (I believe it’s the same as the X100’s lens?). Is the lens able to resolve images at that higher resolution with sharpness, etc.? I’m thinking along the lines of the DxOMark’s Perceptual Megapixels measure (which they unfortunately can’t do for X-Trans sensors):

    Any thoughts you have would be very much appreciated! Thanks again for the review, and happy shooting!
    – kyle

    • Ian says:

      Hey Kyle!

      1) I would put the AF somewhere between 8-10 on your scale. Honestly, in day to day use, I see little difference now between the AF on the X-Pro2 and the X100F.

      2) I don’t zoom into images at 300%, nor do I look at lens charts. I will say, however, that I think the camera resolves well. The images are sharp, and I haven’t seen anything that is a cause for concern. The true test for me is to print, hang it on a wall, and look at it. That’s it. 🙂

      Many thanks for popping by!



  5. Barron says:

    So nice to see Fujifilm improving on the X100 series, yet keeping the same body size and aesthetic.

    Wondering if the F can be charged via USB cable still? For me, that’s a major advantage… I’d rather have to carry an extra battery or two and keep the USB charging, than have a stronger battery but only charge via a wall charger.

  6. RogerB says:

    I’ve been waiting to see what you had to say about this camera. The qualitative narrative and variety of image examples is welcome.

    I still have a X100 and recently a X-Pro2. The latter is a wonderful workhorse for my kind of photography but still a “large” camera for when photography isn’t my main purpose or for a lot of my dedicated group travel. I dug out the x100 last week and it was an intellectual reckoning. For the longest time, the x100 was my first choice for most things (and especially for travel) other than studio. I have strong memories of the utility, versatility and output from that camera. However, the size difference in my hands was more than unexpected. The operation differences between the old layout of the x100 and the new XP2 is notable and tactically confusing, but with the similarities now of the X100F and XP2 control layout, that should not be a concern.

    If I’m not careful, I’m going to have to declare as a hoarder of 23mm lenses.

    Your examples are quite striking, I’m anxious to see how further use reveals how the 23mm performs on the new sensor.

    Thanks again,

  7. Patrick Cheong says:

    Thank you for this interesting review. This has to be the review with the best photography. Should Fujifilm decides to use this as an ad for the X100F, they will be selling a shit load!
    Just got to say that you’ve got plenty of stunning images here, more like breathtaking if I must say so. Wow.

  8. Christopher Ross says:

    I have to make a decision whether to buy the X100F or an X-Pro 2 body, where the cost is very similar. I own an XT2 and an X70 and a few Fujinon lenses, including 23mm F2 , so could shoot at 35mm equivalent on the X-Pro 2. The ergonomics are important to me. I don’t have huge hands but live in a very sunny climate and have found composing on the X70 tricky with the LCD and using the optical viewfinder not so helpful as the framing lines (28/21 mm) are not so accurate and the viewfinder has fallen off the hot shoe a few times . I don’t really use full flash so the X100F lead shutter advantage is not so important. Its size bowever is an advantage over the X-Pro2. I mostly shoot street, some portraiture and landscape and use other systems for long lens work, such as wildlife photography. I use a Ricoh GRII for street but would like something with a viewfinder. Sorry to ramble. Any thoughts?

    • Ian says:

      Good morning Christopher!

      Hmmm… interesting question.

      If you already own the X-T2 and some lenses, and aren’t happy with your X70, I have two trains of thought:

      1) If you shoot gigs where redundancy is important, I would go with another X-T2 or X-Pro2 which gives you two bodies you can use your lenses on. This is mission critical if you shoot professionally.

      2) If not, I would consider selling your X70 and upgrading it to an X100F. This, along with your X-T2, will give you two cameras that share the same sensor and have similar handling (i.e. the focus level). You would have your X100F for when you want to go light, and your X-T2 for when you needed a bigger kit.



  9. Dan says:

    Great review Ian. I feel that having the X100T is a nice option to offset my X-T2 and all the bulk of primes and zooms. Sometimes it’s just nice to leave the house with an X100x in hand, rather than the “workhorse” and a complement of lenses!

  10. Carlos C says:

    Great review and similar feelings about X100T / XPro2, I used to love X100T more until the day I bought a XPro2+35f2+16f1.4 (what a camera!). However as a daily basis camera the XPro2 is still a bit large vs X100 series but since this X100F is something like a mini Xpro2 I think I’ll get one as my main camera and sell X100T.

    A suggestion on XPro2: I found AF-L position on XPro2 a little bit awkward too at least compared to X100T, but fortunately it is possible to swap between AFL – AEL buttons their functions on settings menu so that quirk can be minimized.


    • Ian says:

      Thanks Carlos. I’ve tried switching my AF-L / AE-L buttons already, but the position is still not ideal for my hands. The rear command dial, however, is perfect!

      • monsieurlumiere says:

        Thank you for your great review Ian, it helped me to get even more confused :-).
        I owned all the X100 models and in some kind I was able to see the evolution of this little creature. It’s also the camera that started my passion for photography again. When a year ago the X-Pro2 was anounced I sold my beloved X100T in spring and traded for the bigger “brother” and of course beeing able to change lenses. Mainly because of the lenses becaus I love wide angle photography. I now own several prime lenses and I’m very happy with them.
        However, I always had this feeling of guilt since I sold the X100T. Don’t get me wrong, the X-Pro2 is a superb camera and I love it and I wouldn’t give it away.
        It’s just that the X100 series have this “mojo”, this urge to go out and shoot. It’s the design, the spirit, the portability, the beauty of the concept.
        Now that the “F” comes out I have this feeling again that I need to have one again (for the peace of my soul maybe).
        So my question is if there is any reason/justification to own a X100F besides an X-Pro2 and can they co-exist? To make it more complicated, I own the 23mm f2.
        Spec-wise they’re very much compareable, exept of course the changeable lenses and the size. So that’s more a reason not to buy one.
        I’m curious what your thoughts are concerning this dilemma.

        With regards from Switzerland,

      • Ian says:

        Excellent comment. If you already own the X-Pro2 with the 23mm f/2, and you don’t use the leaf shutter for flash purposes, then…not really. But, they are different cameras, and I feel differently when I shoot them. If you can afford it, and value them both, then go for it! It would be a luxury purchase, but life is short.



  11. JAY says:

    Ian, that was a great read with a nice selection of images!

    I first used an X100 back in 2012, when I borrowed a friends for a day….and fell in love with the little gem! (I remind my friend on occasion that my Fuji addiction is all his fault!)

    At the time I was looking at replacing my Canon 30D & was considering going Full Frame, but after using the X100 I was convinced that I didn’t need a bigger sensor & I was never inspired when I held the Canon 6D or Nikon D600 in my hands.

    To cut a long story short, the X-E1 was rumoured to be announced so I sat back & waited patiently for its arrival….I bought an X-E1 & subsequently a number of lenses over time, along with an X-T1 and recently the X-T2….and the X70….did I mention my addiction?

    I’ve waited for the X100 series to mature and now it has….time to sell the X-E1 and X-T1 to fund the X100F 😉

    Would you be able to post some images using the Digital Converter at 50mm & 75mm?


    • Ian says:

      Good morning Nicolas!

      They are jpegs out of camera so the film simulation is already baked in, and then I just did the usual minor Lightroom adjustments (i.e. slight rotations or cropping, slight exposure or contrast adjustments, sharpening, etc). Most of these adjustments could have been made in camera, but I prefer working in batches in LR to speed things up.



  12. Christian Dumont says:

    Hello Ian,
    Thank you very much for this excellent review which will help, I think, a lot of people to make a choice.
    As you also own the XT2, I would like to know if you have found, with the X100F, a difference in term of images quality at high isos (3200/6400). I do a lot of street pictures at night and I hesitate to take an XT2 with a 23 mm f / 2 or this new X100F. Your opinion interests me a lot.
    Thank you very much.

    • Ian says:

      Good morning Christian,

      How are you?

      The X100F and the X-T2 share the same sensor and processor, so there should be very little difference, if any.



  13. Carlos C says:

    I’ve noticed in your article “whats next for the fuji x100t” a picture showing up a X100T with a lensmatch thumb rest X100S version on it, I also use it on mine and doesn’t bother too much. I wonder if it is still usable on this new X100F. Thanks

    • Ian says:

      Hey Carlos,

      I will be buying a new one for my X100F. The old one I am using obscures the rear command dial a little bit too much for my liking.



  14. Tom Vineyard says:

    Hi Ian, how are you? I’ve been following your site for a while now, loving it (not only the pretty pictures; you also seem to be a gifted writer *and* you have a properly designed website. Good lord, the things other photographers are doing… Hard to read some of these early reviews. Anyway, kudos to you.) Now that the ingratiation is taken care of, I do have a question, too: would you be so kind and share what kind of strap you are using in the second picture? Real beauty there. Thanks!!

  15. Rob Timko says:

    I’d like to see the shutter delay in complete manual mode. So…set it to ISO 1600, f11, 1/1000 and manual focus at 5ft. Optical Viewfinder (you’ll have to likely set ‘preview exposure in manual mode to ON).

  16. Mabel Wilde says:

    Hi Ian,

    My former XP2 tended to run hot and really went through batteries. I’m curious about the battery life in the X100F and if there are any power issues similar to that of the XP2? Also, have you noticed and/or have you tested OVF vs. EVF battery life w/ and w/o high performance mode activated and if so, would you please comment?

    Thanks so much,


    • Ian says:

      Good evening Mabel!

      My X-Pro2s average about 500 frames on one battery, and I am experiencing at least that on the X100F. All of my testing is real world usage so no, I haven’t done any testing that breaks down battery life based on different settings. I can say that I usually use EVF, and I also use high performance mode, so my battery life is under fairly demanding settings.

      • Mabel Wilde says:

        Thank you:) I’m a teacher and take what sometimes feels like a gazillion photos on a daily basis. My EVF usually gets a serious workout between flipping through images and just using it as a tool in order to help teach some of photography’s fundamentals to my little ones.

  17. swwylie says:

    Very nice review. The X100F certainly has a great feature set, but it seems to have lost the leaf shutter. Being able to sync a flash at higher shutter speeds has been a great benefit, and unique to the X series. Can you confirm or clarify if the X100F has in fact lost the leaf shutter?

    • Ian says:

      Good evening!

      It absolutely still has the leaf shutter. Fuji didn’t change anything about the lens with this update, so the leaf shutter is status quo.



  18. Michael says:

    Great review, thank you so much. I think this is that camera I have been waiting for for a long time. Can you tell me where I can get the strap shown on image two please.

  19. Mahesh Gogtay says:

    Hi Ian, visitor to your site for the first time and I liked your review. I briefly used X100f during a Fuji Touch and Try even in London last week. Absolutely loved using it. The camera feels very good compared to the lovely X100 I used to have. It is pleasure to hold, the focus is fast too. One thing I see in most reviews and this one too is that all pictures are very dark. I like the style with deep colors and shadows but shadows are maybe too much for my taste. Could you share settings though? I did set classic chrome and set colour saturation at the highest, but could not get the colours you have here. Did you process any further in LR too? Thanks

    • Ian says:


      I tend to leave my settings flat in camera, and give the photo a very small amount of love in Lightroom. I usually like contrast in my images, and will often adjust the tone curve to ensure there is a small amount of rich black in the image, and a small amount of pure white. I very rarely boost saturation on any of my images.



  20. Francesco Rodda says:

    Congratulations for your review, which reveals all the love for this camera system and above all congratulations for your masterpieces!
    I do not know how I got to inform me of this machine …
    A few years ago I sold all the Canon kit to go to Olympus, because I was tired to take me behind all the heavy equipment.
    But unfortunately I’m missing something and do not understand what it is … the machine and lenses are excellent and are fond of the brand, having started with OM ..! =)
    But I am not satisfied … something does not convince me. He was not born the love! Besides, although it is smaller, the omd em5 you can not define pocket and so instead of staying at home is in the bag, but it’s not like having to hand …

    I’m getting a desire to change once again. And to limit all at this little gem, no more paranoia from goal etc ..
    They are just excuses?

    I apologize for the English, I hope you understand.

    Thank you and congratulations again!


      • Francesco says:

        ahahahah! Sorry! It ‘was just an outlet! I do not think it depends on the camera. but since I started using this system I do not like the results, and I’m losing enthusiasm.

  21. laurakschott says:

    Thank you for this in depth review! It inspired me to pull the trigger and sell one of my camera lenses to purchase this for my upcoming travels to Australia and New Zealand next month. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around hauling my massive dslr with me. I’m so excited to try it out!

    • Ian says:

      Traveling with a heavy gear pack is just about the worst thing I could imagine. It is so much fun to travel light, carefree, and just focus on the experience instead. You will have a blast, and bring home better photos because of it.

      Have a great time in New Zealand… be sure to send me a link to the photos when you get back!



  22. inthejim says:

    Great review Ian!

    I’m in the process of selling my Panasonic G7 and have been eyeing up the X-T2 as a top shelf system to invest into long term (as Panasonic simply seems more video oriented!)

    But I stumbled into your review somehow and I’m curious if the x100f would be a camera someone could make their solo workhorse? I’m in the process of building a portfolio so I can in turn build an income thru photography and I can’t help but find myself romanced by the form factor and power of this, but the lack of interchangable lenses has me second guessing a purchase… Thoughts?

    • Ian says:

      Good morning!

      If you are looking to generate revenue from your equipment I personally think an interchangeable lens body is a must. Two, really, as you have to have a backup.

      At a minimum, if you really wanted to go with the Fuji X100F, I would also add an X-Pro2 or X-T2 with the 56mm f/1.2 lens. This would give you the 23mm lens on the X100F for environmental shots and the 56mm f/1.2 for your portraiture. Both cameras share the same sensor and processor, so image quality is the same between the two. If you are thinking architecture I would also add in either the 14mm or the 16mm lens for a wide angle.

      This kit, with two bodies and 3 different focal lengths, could cover about 95% of the work that I currently do.



  23. Sylvain says:

    This is so great to read a review with remarkable, testy, photographs. It is becoming rare this days. Your photograph weight thousand of words.

  24. JohnAmes says:

    Ian you run a great blog! If I can bother you with this question I’d like to ask if you know of any thumb rests that fit the 100F. I have big hands and would really appreciate stretching my right thumb out further for a better grip……Thanks John

    • Ian says:

      Hey John,

      Sorry for the delay, I missed this comment. I am still using the Lensmate X100S thumb grip on my X100F. It does obscures the upper buttons and rear command dial somewhat but it is working fine until I get a new one.

  25. Josh Mondschein says:

    Hey Ian – great review. I am having a really tough time deciding between the X-T20 & X100F and I was wondering if I could get your thoughts. I am an amateur photographer and I’d like to pick up a camera that can take excellent travel photos – (landscapes, street photography, etc). Price is moot since the X100F costs $ 1300 and the X-T20 costs $1200 with the 18-55 kit lens.

    I’ve read tons of reviews on both cameras and it looks like the X100F has the benefit of being more portable (fits in a jacket pocket), whereas the X-T20 has the benefit of being an interchangeable lens camera that accepts Fuji’s whole family of lenses. I guess the question is whether the fixed X100F lens will get the job done for the majority of travel photos or will I miss the versatility of the X-T20? Also the XT20 has 4k video & a touch screen. Uggh. Tough call. 🙂

    • Ian says:

      Hey Josh!

      The two cameras share the same sensor and processor, so it really does come down to ergonomics and focal length.

      My best advice would be to take whatever camera you have now, set the lens on it to 23mm (35mm equivalent), and walk around for a while. See how that focal length works for you and if you find yourself liberated by it, or restricted by it.



  26. Jeremy Williams says:

    Hi Ian. Thanks for the review and photos. The article stirs more a question of personal style then it does camera choice. What type of photographer am I? Then the camera choice becomes easy : )

  27. Jeremy Williams says:

    Hi Ian. I just got off the phone with Fuji support (Steve, awesome guy) and have some more questions related to usage of the X100F.

    Converter Quality – Using the digital teleconverter it bumps to 50 and 75mm I believe, and you mentioned a slight loss in quality. Fuji rep said the file size is slightly smaller as well. If I wanted to do a professional portrait, is the quality of the 75mm good enough for an 8×11 print or a presentable online image?

    Converter Shaping – not sure what to call it : ) If the digital converter is just a crop that is resampled, what happens to the shaping of the subject, like someones face? For instance, if I take a shot at 35mm at a proper portrait distance the shape of the face will look differently then when using a 56 or 90mm lens at a proper portrait distance, right?

    Firmware Update – With the digital teleconverter only shooting jpeg, I asked the Fuji rep if someday that could be available in RAW and he said possibly through a firmware update. He said making a suggestion to the Tokyo HQ is the best way to go. In your experience is it possible to change this through firmware or would have to be hardware?

    Wide Angles (ILC camera) – From above you mentioned, “If you are thinking architecture I would also add in either the 14mm or the 16mm lens for a wide angle.” With a crop sensor (fuji) would this convert to 21 or 24mm and that should be good enough for some architecture?

    Thanks and thanks again for your help.

    • Ian says:

      Hey Jeremy,

      I rarely use the digital converter so I am afraid I am not the guy to answer those questions. If I am shooting portraits I tend to go with an ICL body with the 56mm, 90mm or 50-140mm on it.

      You are correct that the 14mm and 16mm are the equivalent of a 21mm and 24mm, respectively, on a full frame sensor. I have some shots taken at 10mm using the 10mm – 24mm lens, but I am usually quite happy around 14mm.



  28. Jeremy Williams says:

    Hi Ian. Thanks and no problem. I’ll keep digging about the digital converter.

    I remember David duChemin saying he usually uses the 10-24mm at 14mm or higher so I’ve been doing the same.

    Thanks : )

  29. Lyn says:

    Thank you for the great review. I’ve been on the fence as what to get to complement my xt2 and primes. Still stuck on the fence between xpro2 to have ability to use primes with xt2 or the x100f as a grab and go with the xt2 and ability to change lenses when needed. I’m edging towards x100f. As someone who uses Xpro2 what would be your thoughts.
    Many thanks,

    • Ian says:

      That’s really a personal decision, based on your anticipated needs for using different focal lengths. Speaking for myself, I do 90% of my work with the X100F and only bring out my ICL cameras for paid gigs or because I need a specific focal length. If you are going to be in situations where you need multiple focal lengths without time to change lenses, or if you are shooting professional and need back up, I would go with the X-Pro2. If it is simply a “go anywhere” camera you can’t, for my needs, go wrong with the X100F.

  30. Michael Kennedy says:


    I’m two month’s into my X100F, and I’m still trying to fine-tune a few issues.

    As a street photographer, I come from the Ricoh GR II world and operate in Program Mode completely … snap focus, at 1.5 cm and multi-exposure.

    Your settings for the X100F make sense to me: Aperture priority and both auto shutter and auto ISO.

    Two quick questions:
    – Should I focus for single or zone?
    – Should I use multi … center-weighted or spot metering?


    • Ian says:

      Hello Michael!

      I usually stay with a single focus point.

      In regard to your metering mode, they each have their purposes. Spot metering is great when you need to expose for a sliver of light, the others are for my generalized lighting situations.



    • Ian says:

      It absolutely still is my favourite camera, yes. I bring out the X-T2/3 or X/Pro2 when I need to (weddings, some landscapes that need specific focal lengths, etc) but I still shoot at least 90% of my work with the X100F.



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