First impressions of Fujifilm X100F


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First impressions of Fujifilm X100F

I was recently (back in October ) at the Palm Springs Portfolio Review during Photo Expo Plus NYC, where I booked a number of reviews.  The feedback was great in general,  and all the constructive criticism was very important and helpful.  I have already started to re-edit my hardcopy portfolio created Koylab and have been making some changes to my custom website.

 

 

I was very fortunate because I won the Fujifilm sponsored camera contest.  All registrant’s names were entered in a drawing (announced on October 28)  I was super excited I won a FUJIFILM X100F Camera, they also gave away an  X-A3 Camera and Lens Kit and an  INSTAX SQUARE SQ10. So let me say thank you to Fujifilm USA  and the organizers of Palm Springs Portfolio Review.

 

You got mail, it’s your new Fujifilm X100F

I had been in the tri-state area for almost a month working in the city and staying with family in Ct when the UPS man dropped my new Fujifilm X100F at the door the day before I came back to Europe for the New Year.

 

I quickly unboxed the Fujifilm X100F and jumped in the car with my sister to go run some last minute errands. The image above of Snappy Bites was the last image I took in Native color because from this point on I will only use my Fujifilm X100F to shoot in BW.

So after a couple weeks of shooting with the gorgeous Fujifilm X100F, I have to say that this camera is really a beauty reminiscent of an era when cameras lasted from generation to generation.  Here are my first images and impressions on the FujiFilm X100F.

The Fujifilm X100F sexy and powerful

Shooting and framing from inside the car, a tribute to Lee Friedlander work "America by Car".
Shooting and framing from inside the car, a tribute to Lee Friedlander work “America by Car”.

For starters, it’s an exquisite camera to look at. I really enjoy the retro feel and look, partnered with the proper accessories and you feel like Henrie Cartier Bresson on a shoot for Time Magazin,

The Fujifilm X100F is the fourth iteration of Fujifilm’s well-respected Fujifilm X100 series. It still uses the same 35mm equivalent 23mm F2 lens, still has the ‘classic’ design cues.  I was so happy to get the Silver/Chrome version. This finishing just enhances the retro feel. But in the Fujifilm X100F, almost everything has changed under the surface.

The Fujifilm X100F can focus from as close as 10 cm. So you can get pretty close to things and people.

 

The Fujifilm X100F is a powerhouse with the 24MP X-Trans sensor, the same incorporated in Fujifilm X-T2.  I have been very impressed with this sensor in my  X-T2. So this allows me to add the Fujifilm X100F to my kitt with the smaller form factor and same quality output.

I was sitting in the car with my friend and suddenly this man passes right in front of us. The graphic lines of the fence, his expression, the framing through the car window, all made for a nice frame.
I was sitting in the car with my friend and suddenly this man passes right in front of us. The graphic lines of the fence, his expression, the framing through the car window, all made for a nice spontaneous shot.

 

The Fujifilm X100 series, perhaps more than any other camera, has seen the results of the philosophy of continuous improvement. Whether it’s in the firmware updates that turned the original, fascinating but deeply flawed Fujifilm X100 into a likable, usable camera, or the iterative approach that has seen across-the-board improvements with each successive model.

Just a few moments later, I was still able to take another shot of this couple.
Just a few moments later, I was still able to take another shot of this couple.

As we’ve seen with the company’s latest generation of cameras, like the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-T20, the Fujifilm X100F takes advantage of the firm’s 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor. It brings a welcome boost in resolution from the 16MP sensor in the X100S and X100T, along with an equally welcome improvement to the camera’s sensitivity range.

 

Candid portrait of my friend and artist Mica Paprika.
Candid portrait of my friend and artist Mica Paprika.
Snap of Lisbon daily life.
Snap of Lisbon daily life.
The Fujifilm X100F is so tiny and unintrusive that it just gives you a kind of voyeuristic feeling to photograph anytime and anywhere.
The Fujifilm X100F is so tiny and unintrusive that it just gives you a kind of voyeuristic feeling to photograph anytime and anywhere.

Key features

  • APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor, 24.3MP
  • 3.0-inch screen, 1,040,000 dots
  • Hybrid Optical/Electronic viewfinder
  • 35mm equivalent F2 lens
  • Joystick for setting AF point
  • ISO control via dial (lift and turn the shutter speed dial)
  • Twin push-in control dials, front and rear
  • Focus ring customizable when not in MF mode
  • Revised menus
  • Finer-grained image parameters
  • Higher voltage NP-W126S battery with percentage usage indication
  • Digital Teleconverter Mode (offers 50mm and 70mm equivalent crops, resized to 24MP)

 

Window shot of a restaurant. The Fujifilm X100F is so discreet that this guy didn't even spot that I was taking him a picture.
Window shot of a restaurant. The Fujifilm X100F is so discreet that this guy didn’t even spot that I was taking him a picture.
Even at ISO 1250, the Fujifilm X100F gives very sharp and low noise pictures.
Even at ISO 1250, the Fujifilm X100F gives very sharp and low noise pictures.
With its fast focusing system and handy aperture and speed dials, I can use my Fujifilm X100F to capture even the shortest and most spontaneous actions.
Because of its size and retro look, the camera doesn't feel menacing and obstrusive while I'm photographing on street.
Because of its size and retro look, the camera doesn’t feel menacing and obtrusive while I’m photographing on street.

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