Over the years i’ve tried several types of cameras; each with it’s pros and cons. It’s funny how sometimes your own preference can change over the years. When I started this website, I was shooting a Fujifilm X-T10 (interchangeable lens system camera) just after switching from a fixed lens compact model, the Fujifilm X70. These cameras were superb for the purposes which they were designed for. The image quality was always on par, and they were extremely durable; the only damage one of them endured was caused by the foolishness of yours truly.
Last year I started to notice that the almost perfect camera model for me, would be a combination of X-T10 and X70 combined. Enter the Fujifilm X100F. What I wanted was a compact system camera with a good viewfinder, APS-C sensor quality and still being able to try out different focal lengths. Now that it’s been almost a year using the X100F, I thought I’d write up a review for this small monster. Let’s start with the pros and cons.
+ Compact formfactor for this sensor size camera
+ Swiss army knife when it comes to features
+ Extremely customizable
+ Hybrid viewfinder
+ JPEG quality
– Digital teleconverter only works in JPEG mode
– Soft focus effect when taking closeup shots
– Ergonomics (strap recommended)
The X100F is built like a tank. The weight of this device is just right I think. Without the extra accesories, the weight is evenly balanced so it’s not going to bother you during shooting. After a year of use, there are virtually no scratchmarks or other blemishes. I will advise you to use a strap for this camera, as the grip is not as efficient as a DSLR grip.
This camera is jampacked with features like: a builtin ND filter, leafshutter for great flash results, digital teleconverter for zooming to 50mm or 70mm, joystick for quickly switching focus points. The only negative I can think of in this regard, that someone might drown in the featureset of this camera. The way I work around this, is moving all the necessary adjustments to post processing, instead of fiddling at the moment of shooting. Basically I make sure the camera is prepared for the type of shooting i’ll do upfront. And if I’m shooting RAW, I can make the necessary adjustments later when I’m behind the computer.
The 35mm is great for shooting holidays, streetphotography and everyday shots. What it’s lacking is good closeup performance. You shouldn’t buy this camera for macro like shots or stuff that requires shooting wide open most of the time. The optics of the Fujifilm x70 is better at that.
This camera is great if you’re in the niche market (like me) shopping for cameras which pack the best performance in the smallest package possible. When it comes to choosing the right camera in this category, you should consider what the main type of your photography will be, and if you can live with having a fixed lens camera (however, there are converter lens accesories available in 28mm and 50mm). An alternative for this camera is the Ricoh GR III, or if you fancy optical zooming capabilities, the Panasonic LX100II or maybe the Sony RX100 lineup.