Fujifilm X100F Street Photography

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This is the third article in my ongoing series on the new Fujifilm X100F.  If you haven’t read the previous articles yet I have a full review of the camera HERE, and a detailed article on how I set it up for shooting on the street HERE.  In this post I’m going to share a series of street images captured with my pre-production X100F, but first I’d like to quickly answer a question somebody asked me on email me a few days ago:

“What is it about street photography that you love so much?”

It is definitely true that out of all the genres of photography that I do, street photography is my favourite.  For me, it is the perfect harmony of experiencing life: meeting new people, seeing new places and most importantly, creating art purely for the sake of it.  It isn’t client driven, it isn’t for sale, it is just for me.  I love that.  There is also the truth that shooting on the streets makes me a better photographer in all of the other genres that I shoot.  I see light better.  I react quicker.  It is a fact that I am a better wedding photographer, for example, because of the amount of time I spend on the streets.

Beyond that is the fact that street photography matters.  Many of the historic photographs we treasure, like the Victory Kiss photograph from New York City at the end of World War 2, are street photographs when you think about it.  So are many of the beautiful photographs we look at to remind of us of what life was like in the fifties, sixties, seventies, etc.    We aren’t just making images, we are documenting life.  Who knows what these photos will mean in twenty or thirty years.  When was the last time you saw a payphone?

I think the best thing about street photography is that there is always time to shoot it.  Always.  Photography doesn’t need to be a big “thing” all the time; it can be done in little snippets here and there throughout the day.  Did you arrive 15 minutes early for an appointment?  Then walk around the block and shoot 15 minutes of street photography.  Are you waiting for a loved one in the car while they are out shopping?  Then shoot the light spilling into the parkade and play with the light and the shadows that it creates.  You become a better photographer by taking photos… it is a muscle that needs to be flexed and with street photography that can be done every day.

And, finally, there is the beautiful simplicity of the gear requirements for street photography:  One camera… one lens… done. The rest comes down to your own artistic vision.

So let’s take a look at some street images taken with the X100F over the last few months, my favourite “one camera, one lens”.  Many of these photographs were taken not when I was out for a purposeful day of shooting, but instead when I had a little bit of time between other appointments and I had the camera with me (there is always time to shoot, right?).   As my copy of the camera is a pre-production model these are all shot in jpeg, and some had minor adjustments in Lightroom afterwards (slight exposure or contrast adjustments, etc).  All colour images were shot in the Classic Chrome film simulation and all black and white images where shot using the Acros simulation.  I hope you like them.

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We are getting very close to the official release of the Fujifilm X100F and I know many of you have pre-ordered it.  I can’t wait to see the work that you all produce when you have this new camera in your hands and I truly hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Now, as my good friend Valerie Jardin says, it is time to grab your camera and hit the streets!

Cheers,

Ian

p.s.  If you are interested in learning more about shooting street photography I have a few spaces left in my Vancouver and Toronto Street Photography Workshops this summer:

Setting up the Fujifilm X100F for Street Photography

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I’ve had a lot of requests over the last few weeks to describe the camera settings I use when I am out shooting on the street, so I thought I would take a few minutes to walk through how I set up the new Fuji X100F.  When you work with pre-production cameras there are usually several firmware updates leading up to the camera’s official launch, and since November I have updated the Fuji X100F firmware 4 or 5 times.  This has given me the opportunity to really think about what works the best for me when I am out shooting street photography with this camera.

(Note:  This is a gear post, through and through.  In part two of this series, however, we will look at some new Fuji X100F street photography I’ve shot recently in Seattle and Vancouver using the set up described in this post).

As we get started I think it is important to discuss my approach to shooting on the streets, which differs from other work that I do.   When I am shooting cityscapes and landscapes, I always shoot in manual mode, as I do when I am shooting portraiture.  In these settings I am not in a rush.  My sunrise / sunset / blue hour shots are taken locked down on a tripod, and I usually use off camera lighting when shooting portraits (which means my camera settings rarely change once they are dialled in).

The street is different though:  for me it is about the experience of immersing myself in an environment, constantly observing and then reacting quickly when a moment happens.  Barring a quick adjustment here and there, I don’t want to think about my camera at all when I am shooting on the street… I want to be focused on capturing the moment and trust my camera to do its thing.

With this in mind, here are some basic needs that guide how I set up my Fuji X100F for street photography:

  1. On the street, I shoot in Aperture Priority Mode and use Auto ISO (I trust the camera to determine proper exposure).  I tend to keep my aperture between f/5.6 to f/11, depending on how much light is available in the environment I am shooting in.
  2. If I do need to make adjustments to compensate for the light, there is a 99% chance that the adjustment will be made with the Exposure Compensation dial.  It is very quick and easy for me to observe a scene, decide what I want to do with the light and adjust the compensation with my right thumb as I am bringing the camera up to my eye.  Once you understand how your camera sees a scene, this is very simple to do.
  3. I use Auto-Focus about 80% of the time.   The remaining 20% of the time I will drop into manual focus to either pre-focus on a spot that a subject will be walking through, or, pre-focus to a given distance if I am working in tight in crowds.
  4. I shoot in RAW plus Fine jpeg.  I also love to visualize my images before and while I am taking them, so I switch back and forth a lot between Acros and Classic Chrome while I am shooting.
  5. I back button focus a lot.
  6. I usually shoot in single shot mode, but I’m not afraid to use burst mode and select the best frame if the situation calls for it.
  7. I want to keep the camera set up to be able to quickly access the Digital Tele-Converter.  I will not use this feature if I can shoot without it (as I do notice a very small amount of image degradation), but it is a nice option to have in a pinch.  In order to do this I need to be able to quickly switch my drive mode to single and also to switch to shooting Fine jpeg only (because the Digital Tele-Converter won’t work in RAW or burst mode).
  8. I occasionally use the two conversion lenses (WCL and TCL – the original versions), so I need to be able to tell the camera that they are on (or off) without diving into the menus.
  9. I usually wifi photos to my phone at some point through the day, either to mail to someone or to review and edit while I’m sitting down for lunch.

So, those are my basic needs when I am out shooting on the street.  Here is how I set up the X100F to be able to easily and quickly accomplish those tasks:

On the front

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There are two main things here:

  1. There is now a function button embedded in the OVF/EVF Lever, which I have set to Wifi.  This is my least used function when shooting on the street, but it keeps it easily accessible at the same time.
  2. There is now the new front Command Dial.  This can be set up to control the ISO, the Exposure Compensation, or both.  On the street, however, I use Auto-ISO and prefer controlling the Exposure Compensation with the physical dial, so I actually don’t use the front Command Dial for anything.

On the top

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This, right here, is why I love these cameras so much.  You have the entire exposure triangle, plus Exposure Compensation, completely at your fingertips with tactile knobs.  After all these years I honestly don’t know if I could go back to using a camera that doesn’t operate this way.

Let’s take a look at the top:

  1. As previously mentioned I set the Aperture to f/5.6 to f/11, depending on the amount of light I have.
  2. I have my Shutter Speed dial set to A.
  3. I have my ISO dial set to A also.  This configuration lets me choose my Aperture, then the camera maintains the exposure by adjusting the shutter speed and the ISO as needed.
  4. I ride the Exposure Compensation dial a lot when shooting, often to underexpose a scene when the light is harsh or when I want to create more shadow in an image.  This means I always need to check in between scenes to ensure I reset it to zero… something I have forgotten to do many times.  🙂
  5. I have the conversion lens selection assigned to this function button, so I can quickly tell the camera when the WCL or TCL lenses are being used.  This won’t be an issue for those of you who use the new versions of these lenses as they now auto-detect on the X100F, but with the older ones this is still a necessity.
  6. Finally, there is the Control Ring, which I have assigned to control the Digital Tele-Converter when I am in auto-focus mode.  When I want to use this feature, I drop into jpeg only and single shot mode (if needed… this is usually my default), then I can turn the Control Ring to select between 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm fields of view.  This is probably my least used function (tied with Wifi), but it is nice to have it quickly accessible.

On the back

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There’s also a fair bit going on here:

  1. I have AF-L assigned to the Read Command Dial, so I can use it to back button focus.  For my hands this is a better position than using the actual AEL/AFL button.
  2. The X100F has the drive mode locked to the up button;  I use this to choose between single shot and burst mode depending on my needs (usually single shot).
  3. I have this function button set to cycle through the various film simulations.  I tend to “see” images in black and white or colour, so I will often quickly jump back and forth between Acros and Classic Chrome when I am out shooting.
  4. This function button is set to allow me to quickly choose RAW plus jpeg, or just Fine jpeg.  I normally wouldn’t assign this feature to a function button, but you have to be in jpeg only mode to use the Digital Teleconverter.
  5. I have this button set to cycle between the three Auto ISO modes, which I do often during the day.  More on this below.

How I use Auto ISO

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My goal on the street is to have the camera maintain a shutter speed fast enough to freeze movement within a given scene, by letting Auto-ISO raise the ISO as much as needed to obtain a proper exposure.

This is situational, however.  A stationary subject may only require a shutter speed of 1/60th, whereas a fast moving subject might need 1/500th.

The way I achieve this is by assigning the ability to switch between the 3 saved ISO settings to a function button.  My 3 Auto-ISO settings are saved as follows:

  1. Minimum Shutter Speed of 1/60th, Maximum ISO of 3200.
  2. Minimum Shutter Speed of 1/125th, Maximum ISO of 3200.
  3. Minimum Shutter Speed of anywhere between 1/250th and 1/500th, Maximum ISO of 3200.

If I am shooting a static scene I may choose the first setting.  This maintains a minimum shutter speed of 1/60th, which helps keep the ISO down while still exposing the scene properly.

If I need faster shutter speeds to capture movement I select the 2nd or 3rd option based on how fast the subject is moving.  Depending on the amount of light the camera will select a higher ISO setting, but I will get an in focus image.

This is a quick and easy way of contextualizing Auto ISO to the scene I am in.

Performance and Battery Power

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I’d rather let my camera perform to it’s highest level than worry about battery life, so I always keep my camera in High Performance mode.  I also almost always use the EVF or LCD when I am shooting.  These two things are guaranteed battery drains.

The thing is though, batteries are cheap.  And, on the X100F, I routinely average 500+ frames per battery.   With one or two extra batteries in the bag, or in a pocket, I am good to go.

POST PRODUCTION

Every scene is different:  in one I may want a lot of contrast, in another not so much, so I tend to keep my in camera settings flat (i.e. shadows 0, highlights 0, sharpening 0, etc) and use Lightroom to apply any simple changes I want.  My post production is minimal on street images though;  for example, here is a frame out of the camera, a jpeg shot in Classic Chrome:

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And, here it is after less than 1 minute of processing which amounted to lifting the shadows, boosting the highlights a little, and some minor sharpening.

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When you have the right light you really don’t need to do a lot of post.

Summary

There are so many ways to customize a camera like the Fuji X100F.  This is just my way, configured to quickly access the things I need when I am shooting on the street.  With the camera set up like this I don’t go into the menus at all.  I don’t even use the Q menu, as everything I need is assigned to a button or dial, ready to go.  It seems like a lot when it is all written out, but in the field it comes down to the occasional adjustment to Aperture, Exposure Compensation, or the Auto-ISO setting as needed for exposure control, occasionally switching back and forth between Classic Chrome and Acros depending on how I see a scene, and much more rarely using another feature like wifi or the Digital Tele-Converter.   This configuration works well for me and lets me keep my focus on everything happening around me on the street.

Next week, in part two of this series, we’ll look at a selection of street images captured recently with the Fuji X100F, using the above configuration.

Until then!

Ian

p.s.  Every time I post a photo, like the one at the top of this article, I get asked where I got the camera strap from.  It is a strap from my friends at Hyperion Camera Straps, you can find them on Facebook.  In a world of expensive camera accessories, they make a nice product at very cost effective pricing.  I am not paid or endorsed by them, but I think it’s nice to give a shout out to people who are supporting the photography community with good products and reasonable prices.

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…

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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:

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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:

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Here is the top of the new X100F:

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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:

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That’s pretty damn close.

And, here is the back:

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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:

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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:

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

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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)

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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!

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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.

Specifically:

Patrick Laroque:  www.laroquephoto.com//blog/2017/1/10/x100f-dawning-of-the-age

Jonas Rask:  http://jonasraskphotography.com/2017/01/14/the-fujifilm-x100f-review-fantastic-fourth

Kevin Mullins:  http://f16.click/gear/fujifilm-x100f-review.html

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:

https://www.instagram.com/ianmacdonaldphotography/

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,

Ian