The Fujifilm X100F

 

I bought my Fujifilm X100F on impulse. A planned impulse. I owned the X100 and the X100S. I had not gone for the T. I really wanted the F but was struggling to justify the outlay. So I sold the original X100 for a decent amount and promised myself I would sell the S too if I bought the F. Reviews convinced me that the upgrade was worth it. As luck would have it a trip to LCE Winchester to help a friend buy some gear meant a chance to check out their stock. One F left. All black. Just what I wanted. Deal done. I still have the S.

After a few months what do I think of the X100F? Well from a design point of view it’s a continuation of the superb Fuji design. I struggle with the position of the Q button, which I keep pressing accidentally. So now I keep it locked (press Menu OK for 3 seconds). I wish I didn’t have to but its no great problem. I would like an articulated rear screen just like on the X-T2 but I understand why it’s not going to happen.

I splashed out on a rather ritzy lens hood and used it once. I took it off and never put it back on. The camera is so unobtrusive and the hood spoils that.

One big plus from the upgrade is that the F uses the same batteries as the X-T2. So I always have a bunch of spares in my Domke F6 bag and don’t have to remember to switch them over when I change cameras. I do feel the camera gets a little hot at times but it is tolerable.

As you might guess from the screen comment I also have an X-T2 (and kept my X-T1). So why the X100F? Like many others I use the F for street photography. To be honest I don’t really know how to define street photography. Maybe reportage or documentary photography. Let’s be honest and call it ‘my wandering around aimlessly looking for something that interests me camera’.

The F is set up to shoot RAW + Jpegs. I would like dual slots but hey, cards are cheap now. I ‘bought’ a bunch of 64gb SanDisk SD cards with expiring air miles. That was cheap. My jpegs are usually set to the Acros R filter. My early exploration of photography was a roll of film in my dad’s Leica M3, which I still have, 31 years after he passed on. Those early fumblings under the sheets were me trying to get the film in to the developing tank. It was always black and white. Dad shot colour transparencies but negative film was B&W. So I feel nostalgia for those days. He introduced me to Cartier-Bresson and Leica Fotografie magazine. From then on I explored on my own. I have lived in Asia for most of the last 20 years and enjoy the work of Hedda Morrison and Fan Ho in particular.

I have watched a number of videos and read several articles on how others set up their Acros R. I experimented and settled on:

DR100

NR-2

H-2

S+2

Sharp+2

Metering is set to spot and I use the C setting for exposure compensation so I can adjust it using the front wheel. It just feels natural I have the screen mode set to eye sensor.

Mostly I will shoot in AF-S but sometimes I will switch to manual and use focus-peaking, just to remind me of the rangefinder that now sits in the dry cabinet most of the time. This is a very versatile camera.

Occasionally I will use the RAW file and convert but often they just get deleted.

I have no regrets at all buying the F. It looks good and it renders images beautifully if you nail the exposure. But even the jpegs can take a fair amount of tweaking. If I do process the RAW files I put them through Iridient X- Transformer. For me this is almost the perfect street camera.

Invariably my bag now contains:

Spare battery
Spare SD card
Water to stop be dehydrating in the HK heat
My X-T2 (rarely taken out)
Lens blower and brush
Lens wipes
Sunhat

That’s it. Processing is fast. I use very few presets. The Fuji options are all I need. Acros, Velvia or Classic Chrome. Tweaks tend to be shadows and highlights and sometimes a graduated ND filter courtesy of Lightroom. Fuji has brought simplicity and fun back to my photography.

 

Look Left

 

 

 

Stairway to Public Housing

 

Love is........

 

 

 

 

 

Mind the Puddle

 

 

 

 

Breakfast at Tiffany's

 

 

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15 thoughts on “The Fujifilm X100F

    • Thanks Bruce. I blog rarely nowadays. Our experiment with life in Britain has not been a happy one and we are returning to HK soon. Perhaps I will do more then and get back into the wildlife photography I more or less gave up when I was waiting for my heart op. I’ve swapped the big lenses for small and it’s a lot easier!

  1. The man and the dog is, for me an award winning photo. And I like the young woman with her hand on part of her mouth as she looks intently at her phone.

    I could tell months back that you are not happy with GB. I don’t think that I would be either with so much to be uneasy about. I thought HK was like a disaster but GB is not safe. So all in all I suppose there are so many advantages to living in HK. The children are there, many bird species to photograph and so many photo ops for street photography. In my mind, your home in GB is like an Eden- it really is such a gorgeous garden but one can’t have it all and you and Shirley owe it to yourselves to be happy and comfortable.

    The Fuji F series is a serious camera at around $6,550 plus or minus depending on where you live. I think you’ll do the camera proud and will quickly justify the price. So now I expect to see lots of street scenes and of course birds.

    • Yvonne, The F is just over US$1,000. There is a $6k+ Fuji but it is a medium format model and out of my range. Your comments are very kind and yes I am sure we will be happier back here. It won’t be perfect but there are always compromises. I will certainly miss my moths. Maybe I will write more often when we are settled again. Its been a difficult time.

      • Sorry Andrew, I assumed that you had bought the 6K camera since you wrote something about justification of the money. That’s a significant difference in the cost.

        As you say, there are compromises to be made when you return to HK but there will all be compromises in just about everything that you do. I hope that you will write more and I think that you will because you will be happier. I have missed your blogs very much.

  2. Great to see you enjoying the camera. Im still getting used to mine (LCE did well out of the two of us that day) with Christopher as my Tutor.

  3. I don’t understand the text, but the pictures are stunning. Love the horizontal/vertical composition of the Bank of China. Image 2 is astonishing, strangely beautiful and like nothing I have seen before. Image 3 is a ‘can’t help smiling’ image and the painterly quality and story suggested in the last image are delightful.

    • The second image is extraordinary isn’t it. I found the place by accident. I have since discovered it’s quite well known and is a tourist attraction for photographers. I suspect the residents find it bizarre and annoying. It is HK life to many and the contrast with the modern blocks is stark. It is a strong reminder that HK is one of if not he most unequal society in the world.

  4. I recently bought a XT20. Following my earlier comment about having less possessions, I probably should sell my X100 as I don’t see myself using it much. But I’m so attached to it. Decisions, decisions, decisions…

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