406 days ago my friends at Fujifilm asked me if I would like to be one of 50 Official Fuji X Photographers to beta test the new (at the time) Fuji X100F.
390 days ago the camera arrived.
12,942 frames later, I am still shooting 90% of my personal work with the X100F. I simply love this camera.
Over the past few years I have worked with pre-production models of many Fuji products but, as a long time X100 series user, this was the camera that I was really looking forward to. I, like many others, have tried to put into words what it is about this camera that inspires me so much; but to be honest, I still can’t. The X100 series, and especially the X100F, really is the embodiment of the phrase “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. I am very fortunate to also own an X-T2 and an X-Pro2, both incredibly capable cameras, but it is the X100F that I always reach for first unless I have a specific need for one of the other cameras.
Two years ago I wrote an article entitled, “What’s next for the Fuji X100T?”, in which I shared my wish list for the successor to that camera. Earlier this year Fuji not only delivered, but surpassed everything that I had hoped for (other than weather sealing). As I sit here, contemplating what I would love to see in the successor to the Fuji X100F, the truth is that the list is pretty small as the “F” ticks all of the boxes for me (key words: “for me”). Yes, I would like to see weather sealing come to the next generation of this camera, but I can also say that I have shot in rain with the X100F many times and have not had any problems. I would like the ability to select the number of film simulations I can bracket (I usually only want two), and I would like to be able to save a RAW file alongside an Advanced Filter image. Sure, we could always use faster autofocus, but there is nothing in this camera that is a barrier to creating the work I see in my head. On the contrary, there is something elusive about it that inspires me to go out and make new work. As many others have said before me: this is definitely my desert island camera.
As I reflect back on this past year in my photographic life, I’d like to share two dozen images taken with the Fuji X100F (some that were posted in previous articles and some that haven’t been posted before). The versatility of this camera never ceases to amaze me and I can’t wait to see what Fuji does next.
Do you shoot with an X100 series camera? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments below!