Fujifilm X100F – the Ultimate Street Camera

Happy New Year everyone!

The holidays are finally behind me, and I can start digging out from all the decorating, gift giving, parties, and other activities associated with the beginning of winter cold weather. Part of what I was occupied with was beta testing the newest iteration of Fujifilm’s X100, the X100F — the little camera that could! This camera occupies an odd niche in that its a fixed lens mirrorless, that is much more than just a point-and-shoot, but not an interchangeable-lens “system,” with a cool, retro “old school” vibe reminiscent of the Leica rangefinders.

 

X100F is pretty much the same size as the original, with exactly the same 23mm ƒ2 lens. Most of the changes are under the hood, with the new X-trans 3, 24 megapixel sensor, with a 4000×6000 pixels capture size, and all the latest film simulations. The most noticeable physical changes can be seen on the back of the camera, seen below with the older X100S on top, X100F on the bottom

The X100F has a larger LCD screen, and organizes the button controls in a more elegant manner. The new “Joystick” just to the upper right corner of the screen is a most welcome addition, giving the photographer easy control over the position of the focus point with the thumb, without needing to take the eye from the viewfinder.

The Fujifilm X100F is really just enough camera—versatile, without additional complications, and ready to capture in an instant. Quite adaptable to almost any shooting style thanks to its hybrid viewfinder that offers both optical and EVF views, and ergonomic, unfussy manual controls. With practice the camera becomes effortless to adjust, and selection of preset shooting styles is quick using the handy “Q” menu (Q button on the back of the camera.) There is even a perfectly adequate built-in flash for those impromptu party pictures!

The beauty of having a compact quality image making machine, as apposed to a mobile phone with picture taking capabilities, is convenience that doesn’t sacrifice quality. Yes, one has to spend a little more to get that kind of quality, but for someone who is passionate about photography, yet doesn’t want to lug around a full system every time they go out, this is a fantastic choice. Sometimes its liberating to not have to think about what lens to use, and having only one focal length can simply composition decisions, and strengthen your technique!

I have included most of the test images from the camera in the gallery below—click on the thumbnails to see the larger images. I plan on keeping this little camera with me at all times as a sort of visual notebook to keep my Instagram feed fresh. Its just so fun to use!

 

 

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