Hi, this is my Fujifilm X100F review. I thought this would be a good time to share some thoughts about this little camera after spending some serious time with it.
As before i will not go into great technical detail about the camera, i merely like to share some of my enthusiasm but at the same time also be honest about what i consider its shortcomings and what not.
First of all i never had the chance to try the earlier cameras in this series out as i always felt the 23mm lens was too limited for me at that time.
At this stage though , using other cameras like Nikon D4, D700, Df and also the Fuji X-T2, i felt that adding a smaller camera to actually simplify things and get back to basics with something that would be able to travel with me a little easier than those other camera bodies.
Also i was at a stage where i wanted something to inspire me and i did not have to drag all those extra lenses with me, something to spark my creativity again, and i feel that the X100F really managed to do just that.
It is a fun camera to use, and that was the most important thing for me after spending a lot of time reading through reviews and pondering over if i should take the plunge and buy it. It is not a cheap camera at all, so i had to take that into consideration as well. A part of me had a hard time justifying buying such a small camera for that amount, having all those other bodies and lenses as well.
One other big reason was the ability to get very good Jpegs straight from the camera, something adding to the quick and fun way of using such a camera. Just the thought of going into town one day, bring the X100F take some street shots and upload them to social media and not having to edit them at all was a huge plus for me.
I shoot a lot of street photography, and have used my Nikon Df or my X-T1 or X-T2 for that task earlier. But the X100F is much more unobtrusive and stealthy than those other cameras even if those are great cameras for their own use and area as well. But the X100F is so silent, that shutter is SO quiet. Also the size of the camera itself as i mentioned is so small and the retro look somehow makes people more at ease when you are around them and shoot. Something so important when you are shooting street.
So lets begin with what i like the most about the camera.
First the size and look, it really speaks to me in a good way, i always liked that retro look and the X100F just looks so simple and clean.
I went with a silver one as i already have the X-T2 and the Nikon Df in black. Looks amazing.
The Film Simulations are very nice. I had read a lot about them before buying it, and that part did not disappoint at all. I use the Acros Filmsim the most, but also the Velvia and Classic Chrome from time to time.
Making some small adjustments like adding some plus in shadows or some minus in Highlights to protect those and you get exactly what you like straight from the camera after using it for a while. I am still playing around with different settings to get it to my taste but i am very happy with what i get right now.
The lens itself is both the Pro and the Con of the X100F for me. I like that it is one fixed lens, it makes it easier and makes you just go out and shoot and use it, sometimes all that gear and lenses makes you hesitate, and that is what i wanted to avoid with this camera.
I read beforehand about the 23mm lens being ”soft” and not that sharp in some reviews. For me it is perfect for what i use it for. Shooting street , both environmental portraits and regular street shots of people. But i also find it very nice for candid portraits and such. I like the tones and colors as well when i shoot people with it. Its not the sharpest lens i have wide open sure, but its very good for what i intended it for.
The built in ND filter is very very nice. It has saved me many times on those sunny days when its just too light to shoot like i want.
The layout of buttons and ergonomics are fine in my opinion. They are similar to my Fuji X-T2 which is a bonus, and uses the same batteries which is awesome. Sometimes using both cameras when i travel they compliment each other very well. So if you already use another Fuji camera that is a plus. It also uses the same Joystick, and that is a great thing to, makes it so much easier moving around the focus point if you need to. I usually just use the focus/recompose method with the X100F though for faster shooting. I programmed the Af to the back of the commando wheel. So i use that to focus, then recompose and take the picture. That works alright , but the buttons are a little small and maybe a better dedicated button like a AF-ON button you get on some Nikons would be handy instead. But the way it is setup now is fine.
What i do not like or would have wanted:
I would have loved weather sealing! Taking it with me everywhere the weather sealing would have been a very nice thing. Being hesitant to bring it out in wet weather or environments kind of limit you, especially if you live in Sweden, not a very dry environment most of the time.
Sure, faster AF if i shoot pictures of my kids would sometimes be nice, but mostly as i said its sufficient for the street photography i do.
The size, while a Pro comparing it to the bigger bodies i own, is still a little on the big side if you want it to fit in your pocket. Its small enough to throw it into your Man-purse( yes i am guilty of using one from time to time! ) though which i do most of the time.
The Silver coating is really nice, but i got it scratched very fast having some keys in the camera bag i had that day, i was actually on my way getting the dedicated Fuji leather case that very day, a case that afterwards have saved me from more blemishes on the camera. Not sure the black version would have made any difference, but make sure to protect it with a case or be very careful putting it near anything in your bag that could potentially scratch it.
In the best of worlds i would have liked a inbuilt lens cap as well, but i have owned several other models ( like the Panasonic Lx3 and lx5) that used the added lens cap instead. Just would make for an even easier and faster shooting experience.
Overall i really like this camera, it gave me a lot of inspiration and when i doubt of what camera to bring the X100F makes the pick more times than any other camera now. Its simple to use, and the quality is great. I think for such a small camera it feels like a big camera if you know what i mean, it gave me the same confidence as when i at one point bought the LX3 all those years ago. That the images coming out of it felt usable, and gave you some creative choices, something other smaller point and shoot cameras do not in my opinion.
/Over and out..