It's about time I share my impressions about the Fuji X100F after using it for 8 months now. Main reason why I purchased it is its size and portability, universality and just overall beautiful look. This is how it performed so far.
X100F is almost a pocket camera and you can easily put it in your jacket and go out without the need for bag or backpack. It weighs at around 470g with battery and memory card which makes it a blast to carry it around the whole day if you are travelling, exploring or having enjoyable family time.
The build quality seems to be really good, and there's no cheap plastic parts to worry about. Even though it's not weather sealed, I've spent a fair amount of time shooting in the rain often getting the camera wet and never had a problem. (I'm not recommending testing its limits though :) )
The lens is a fixed 23mm f/2 which is a 35mm equivalent for a full frame. This means the only way you can zoom in/out is with your feet. I was used to this focal length before I bought the camera and feel it is the sweet spot working for all sorts of different scenarios. With it being relatively wide, it enforces you to follow the Robert Capa quote and get close to your subjects, which makes the process of photographing more intimate.
You can also buy a digital teleconverter which effectively changes the focal length from 35mm to 50mm. Personally, I like the minimalistic approach of the camera and haven't had the need to extend it so far. Btw, if you are wondering about the square lens hood, I ordered it from here, it's plastic compared to the one you can buy from Fuji, but I like the look of it and it helps block the light and prevent glare.
Design and functionality
This is where everyone falls in love with X100F. Fuji guys have put a lot of effort to combine the classic design of old film cameras with the modern technology of 2018. Result is the camera that is incredibly fun to use but which also produces amazing results. It comes in two color varieties - a discrete black and retro silver. Aperture, ISO and shutter speed dials can all be accessed manually without going into menu, each giving a pleasing, clicking sound when adjusting. Aperture ring is right on the lens itself making it effortless to switch from one value to another. There's also enough function buttons to set up the camera according to your personal preference. Menu is straightforward and well organized, divided into pages so different settings are easy to find.
Built-in ND filter is an incredible feature and it helped me a lot of times to get the desired effect even when conditions are harsh. If you are not familiar, ND or neutral density filter can be attached in front of the lens to block certain amount of light so you can for example shoot wide open even during daylight or smooth out the water/clouds by shooting long exposures during golden/blue hour.
This particular built-in ND filter reduces the amount of light that enters the camera by 3 stops. This gives you a lot of creative options to play with.
Another awesome feature is a leaf shutter which, whisper-quiet, goes hand in hand with the natural feel of the camera. By turning it to silent you can blend in any environment whether it be street or a friend gathering and document the important spontaneous moments.
Camera has both optical and electronic viewfinder and you can even try with the hybrid - combination of the two.
There are film simulations you can shoot in that try to mimic the look of renowned Fuji's photographic films. This means you will get the cool look on your photos instantly (only on JPEGs) without having to deal with huge raw files. Classic chrome, provia, acros, sepia, velvia are some of the included simulations. Personally, I like to create certain look on my photos so rarely use these straight-out-of-camera JPEGs. But it can be really easy and fun to use.
Drawbacks / Features I wish it had
Lack of a flip-out screen makes it challenging to shoot from extreme angles like close to the ground or high above the head. This is the most important thing I'm missing from the camera. It's also impossible to vlog without a second screen mounted on a hot shoe. With no 4K (max resolution at 1920x1080, 60fps) and no image stabilization, this camera is not made to be a primary video camera, so if that's your thing - I would choose something else.
In conclusion, this camera seems perfect for a family, street or travel photography enthusiasts. Image quality is excellent in RAW and JPEG, camera is extremely fun to use and if you don't care about high quality video or flip-out screen, then you will probably enjoy this one.
Below are some example photos taken with X100F
Yes, this one did go through some post-processing...
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