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Well it’s here !  The X100F is finally announced and that means I can talk about it at last. One of the downsides to camera testing is shooting lots of images over a few months with a pre production X100F but not being able to share the image with the world. It’s like being tied up and gagged but not quite as dramatic.

The X100 was the Fujifilm X Series camera that started me off on this amazing Fujifilm journey and the X100T has been in my pocket ever since it came out. Now we have the X100F and this camera has earned itself a place in my pocket too,  I might need to get bigger pockets. Fujifilm launched the first X100 in 2011 with the APSC sensor and Hybrid Viewfinder that could be switched between optical and electronic. In February 2013 the second-generation model the X100S was released with the newly-developed Sensor and image processing engine. Then in September 2014 the Fujifilm X100T was launched with the world’s first electronic rangefinder function.

The fourth-generation X100F features the latest image sensor and high-speed image processing engine to deliver the highest level of image quality. The X100F features the 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter. This sensor and processor are designed to deliver outstanding colour reproduction and graduation of tones, high ISO sensitivity and low noise.

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I am not going to tire you with the technical side of the new X100F, I am just going to share a few images I have made with this stunning little camera over the last few months and share one of the new features I like and have been asking for for a while. For a more technical review you can check out my good friend Kevin Mullins Review.

The images should speak for themselves and over the last three months this camera has been through some serious weather extremes and not missed a beat however, it is not weather sealed. This little camera was in Glencoe with me on the last Fujiholics trip and was in my hands at -16.  I got the X100F back in November just as the winter light was at its gloomiest so most of these images are shot at quite high ISO and I love the way this camera has performed for me. Here is a short video. The joystick is a welcome extra and so easy to flick the focus point to where you want it without looking. I find setting to the 91 focus points makes this process so much quicker as it adds less and you move across the screen so much faster. I just count to 3, to move the focus point to the left or right and press the joystick in to re centre and that way I can compose really quickly.

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X100F 1/35 SEC at f/2.2 ISO6400

This camera is not much bigger than the X100T but it feels better in the hand and some of the buttons and dials are a much better design for my fat sausage fingers! The addition of the NPW126 battery gives you the extra power you need and gives the finger grip a more positive feel on the outside of the body.

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X100F 1/250 sec at f/2.8 ISO12800
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X100F 1/500 sec at f/2.8 ISO 200
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1/300 sec at f/2.8 ISO 200

All the images in this post were shot on Jpeg standard setting and processed in Lightroom, the black and white images in Silver Efex Pro2 and the Colour images in Viveza 2. There was no RAW file converter available for Lightroom at the time so instead of using the well known workaround I just decided to have a go with the Jpegs and have been really impressed. I thought I would have a play around due to the fact I do like a change and because I will be shooting my year of colour this year, so need to explore all the processing options.

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1/250 sec at f/2.8 ISO 800

One of the new sections in the menu is in Spanner Menu under Save Date Set-up. You not only have the option to Edit File Name like before but you now have Copyright Info. I used to shoot lots of stock and always found this option on my previous cameras very helpful as it saved me lots of time in key wording. The copyright section is great even though I shoot less stock these days I still have clients request copyright info to be added and file info to be changed to my name or initials. Even if you dont need this commercially it’s a great way to personalise and copyright your work.

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X100F 1/250 SEC F/2.8 ISO 500

2017 is going to be my year of colour and the X100F has inspired me to get my head down and start exploring colour like never before. Fujifilm have a beautiful RAF file and with this 24.3 MP sensor is in the X100F I can use the Xpro2 and the X-T2 with the X100F and keep some consistency in my year of colour. I have not really had any decent light when I have been out testing the X100F so can’t wait for the Spring to see how amazing this little camera will be. I love the simplicity of a fixed lens camera and all the X100 series cameras give you that amazing feeling of freedom.

Now to pack my bags for another trip to Glencoe where I hope to take a few more shots this time without the worry of getting caught with the secret X100F  in my hands.

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X100F 1/250 sec at f/4.5 ISO 320
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X100F 1/250 sec at f/2.8 ISO 4000
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X100F 1/150 sec at f/2.8 ISO 6400

Desert Island Fuji

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I often get asked what would my desert Island camera be! This used to be a hard question in the days of the DSLRs but not anymore it’s very simple it’s the Fujifilm X100. It does not really matter what version of  X100 you have, they are all great. The X100 was a stunning camera and I am sure will go on to be a classic, the X100s was a big improvement and the X100T might not be a massive jump from the S but it’s worth every penny, after all the other two are so last year !

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X100 Mersey Ferry

One of the main reasons for my desert island camera choice is the fixed lens, no dust or sand on the sensor is a big plus for me for a take anywhere camera. This camera fits in my pocket and can go anywhere I want all over the world and takes up no room. If you don’t add any of the great lenses and bolt on accessories this little camera even fits in your trouser pocket. I am not going to go in to the technical side of the X100T  you can find this information all over the internet. I am not going to tell you about all the great accessories or the two stunning add on lenses because I don’t use them, for one reason and one reason alone they make it bigger for my street work. However the Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 and the WCL-X100 Wide Angle Conversion Lens are on my must have list for my Travel Photography.

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Fuji X100 Isle of Islay

I am just going to share with you a few of my images I have shot with the X100 versions over the last couple of years. Besides I have to be 100% honest with you and say the last ever camera review I read was on the very first X100 and it sold it down the river! Yes I was late to the X100 because the reviews were not great. Some people still pick this camera up and don’t understand it. But to really appreciate this little camera you need to be stuck on a desert island with it. You will be calling it Wilson by the end of your stay ( for those that watched Cast Away )

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X100 Ferry Isle of Mull

I made a big mistake a couple of years back and sold my X100 ! I don’t even know why I did it but I missed it so much. Sounds crazy, when I first got my X100 it drove me nuts at times with its quirks and every time I looked at the image on the back of the screen I was convinced I had not nailed the focus, but I had. Once I had the images open in Lightroom I was happy and excited and wanted to get back out and shoot. It has its quirks but they are very easy to live with but the benefits outweigh any quirks tenfold. This little camera is a carry anywhere camera that packs a massive punch with its stunning sensor.

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I have a few friends now that own the X100 the X100s and the X100T to be honest I know a large amount of people that are buying the X100 and they are shooting Fashion,Landscape,Street,Long Exposre and so much more.

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X100 Isle of Islay

For me the X100T is the go anywhere shoot anything camera and even better the X100T is so good looking you never put it away. Mine sits on my desk waiting to go out and shoot. I have a black one and this is my preferred colour for street photography, it suites my candid style.

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Lets face it, with the X100T, you can have your cake and eat it…

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Fuji X100

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I have been using the Fuji X100 now for over a month and have to say I am shocked!

When the camera fist came out I had a Fuji X10 it was a great little camera but would not produce images for stock or for printing so it had to go. I was reading up on the X100 at the time and there was mixed reviews so I just did not bother. I decided to get a Nikon D7000 and a couple of lenses as my carry around kit.  But this started to get on my nerves, I wanted to enjoy my days out without having to carry so much but still wanted the option to shoot some stock, as well as the fact I just have to carry a camera everywhere I go !

When the X100s came out every one was raving about how good the X100 was and how great the X100s is so I decided to buy an X100 and see what all the fuss was about!

Well I am blown away by this little camera, not only does it look great but it’s all you need when you are out and about in town or out on your bike, anywhere to be honest, it’s a stunning bit of kit !  So much so that I sold all my DX Nikon bodies and lenses! Yes believe it or not I sold the lot! I still have all my Pro glass and my D3s bodies as I need these for Wildlife and any work that needs fast reaction time. To be honest the X100’s images are nearly as good as the D3s images, the X100 is very slow to focus and due to the fixed lens has no flexibility!  So now what do I do!

I am gutted I brought the X100 and not the X100s but I can live with that, what I can’t live with is the weight of the D3s and all the Pro glass now I have found the X100 !!

I am so shocked at the quality of the X100 images I want to sell all my Nikon gear and move over to Fuji, but I can’t!

Well not just yet but I feel I will be able to soon!  I am very tempted by the Xpro1 but I know the Xpro2 will be out very soon, the only downside is the range of glass for my needs is not quite there yet and I don’t think the Xpro2 will focus as fast as I would like and the frames per second wont quite cut it and some of the quirks will still annoy me! or will they ! I guess I will have to wait and see..

I very much expect I will buy an Xpro2 with some of the lovely Fuji glass and keep my X100 and my D3s but I have a feeling by the time the Xpro7 comes out I will be shooing Fuji all the time !!

Thank you Fuji for taking my photography to the next level by taking me back and making me think !

The image at the top was taken on the X100 using its built in ND filter, I have just ordered a screw on 3 stop filter to help slow things down a little more as this camera is just fantastic for long exposures ! I have just had this image printed and the detail in the mountains in the background is stunning.

I have not raved about a camera for years and I am raving about a camera that is now a year old but I love it, yes its quirky and has some little annoying futures that they have corrected in the X100s but even the X100s has a few quirks, it’s not a DSLR but who the hell wants to walk around with a great big heavy DSLR any more when you can pop an X series in your pocket or even in a canvas  bag and walk around all day without feeling all that weight on your shoulder !!

I will sit here and tap my fingers and wait for the Xpro2 ….. Thank you Fuji…