I decided to buy a Fuji X100F after having a successful experience with the Fuji X70. For my last 2-months trip I wanted to take a small pocketable camera next to my Nikon D7100 DSLR. After some research I bought the X70. Despite having some mitigated reviews on the internet I felt it could be a camera that would fit with my style of shooting. And I was right as it seems that 60% of the 10.000 photos I took (that’s about 160 photos a day on average) were taken with the compact Fuji X70. The Fuji X70 is small and sturdy compact camera, easy to operate thanks to a brilliant touch screen and it produces great images to my taste. The Fuji X70 is the camera that introduced me to the Fuji philosophy.
When Fujifilm announced the X100F earlier this year I took a closer look into the X100 series (S/T/F) and after reading many great reviews and comments I placed my order. The waiting was long but finally here it is. As I’m writing these words, I haven’t had the chance to test it a lot but what I already can say is that it feels very sturdy and beautifully crafted with every control in the right spot. I got myself the black edition as I like it more over the metal edition. The design of the Fuji X100 gets better with every iteration of the camera. One of the core philosophies at Fujifilm is Kaizen. It’s a principle of non stop improvement to a product. As the X100 evolves you can clearly see that happening (regular software updates, effective design enhancements, taking into account users’ suggestions, etc.)
The best things so far are the image quality in raw and jpeg (fuji colors), the direct hands-on controls (Aperture/Speed/ISO/Exposure compensation), the OVF/EVF viewfinder which is really awesome, and the overall responsiveness of the camera (apparently, older iterations (S/T) had some issues with that)
It has been extensively talked about all over the net so I won’t elaborate to much but two additions that would have been nice for me are weather sealing and dual card slots. Weather sealing because when I travel it comes in handy (sudden rain showers/high humidity) and dual card slots because I’m pretty much paranoid of losing my photos (I thoroughly backup all of my photos).
The first feeling I get from the 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens on the Fuji X100F is that it can cover a wider range of situations compared to the 18mm (28mm equivalent) from the Fuji X70. For me the X70 is sometimes maybe just a tad too wide. It’s great for street and urban landscapes, but sometimes a little too wide when photographing people.
I’m not sure yet how the Fuji X100F will integrate in my current setup (Nikon D7100/X70/X100F) but I will definitely test and use it for street, urban landscape and reportage photography.