I'm a bit late to the game, but I've finally had the time to sit down and let you all know what I thought about Fuji's x100T. Just want to make this clear early on, this is not a review! Simply just an overall opinion on the camera, and details on how it may, or may not compliment my work flow.
For those of you who don't know I switched to Fuji a few months ago, one of the main factors when making the switch was to ensure that I would be able to replicate my previous setup, using the 35mm and 85mm focal lengths. When it came time to pick between the 23mm f/1.4 Fuji offered, and x100T I had a hard time deciding, you can read that article here.
Initially I was very pleased with the decision, now that I've had the Fuji x100T for a little while let's get into into my initial thoughts of this beauty.
- 16.3MP APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- EXR Processor II
- Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF) equipped with an Electronic Rangefinder
- Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.08 seconds
- Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds
- Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
- Shooting interval of 0.5 seconds
- FUJINON 23mm (35mm in 35mm format Equivalent) F2 lens in 8 glass elements in 6 groups
- ND filter equivalent to 3 stops of aperture
- High speed continuous shooting of 6fps (25 frames continuously in JPEG at full resolution)
- Completely electronic shutter up to 1/32000 seconds
- High-definition 1.04M-dot 3” LCD
- NEW ‘Classic Chrome’ and other film simulation modes
- Macro mode to 3.9” (10cm)
- Focus Peaking function and Digital Split Image display
- Full HD video 1080p at 60fps; bit rate of 36Mbps for clear capture of delicate movements; frame rates of 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps, supporting worldwide motion picture formats
- Manual focus available during video recording
- FUJIFILM Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets via WiFi Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE Smartphone Printer
- Output for Stereo Microphone
- Interval timer shooting (1 second to 24 hours up to 999 frames)
Fuji's X100T... Thats it!
It's no denying the beauty of this camera, when I spotted my eyes on the first x100 I was in love. The vintage inspired camera really appeals to the masses, when you see it you think high quality, rather you're a photographer or not. It reminds you of the old film days, something that Fuji knows very well, and it's overall appearance gives you a sense of calmness, the minimalistic approach, the simplicity overwhelms you... In a good way. Fuji really took their time with this product, and for whatever reason, this camera makes me take my time as well, resulting in a much better image.
I have noticed that early own the camera has a few minor dings and dents on the body, my LCD has a nice little scratch on the right side, and I've also noticed some paint chippings on the body's exterior. Perhaps this was a cause of mishandling the unit, but I've never had any issues with previous bodies I've had in the past. For $1299 I just would like to make sure my investment is protected. I recommend that everyone buys the needed accessories to make sure their unit stays out of harms way.
One of my biggest fears was using this camera with portrait work. If I was investing this amount of money into a body I needed it to be more than hobbyist tool for my personal/street usage. I wanted to be reassured that this would be able to add to my portrait kit, and early on I wasn't to confident that it would. I feared that my my clients would look at it as a point and shoot, doubt where there money was going, and lose confidence in me, but I haven't had any complaints thus far... I assume no one cares, in fact it has garnered more positive attention than concern, they ask about the camera often, it's engagement I normally wouldn't have with them, I believe it causes my clients to feel a little less intimidated when shooting.
When I first received this camera I had completely different expectations, in the past I actually owned a Fuji x100 almost 2 years ago. I recall trading my T4i (I believe) for it at one point, when I got it in the mail I didn't know if the viewfinder was out of whack or if I just didn't have enough experience to use a non-Canon device... Needless to say I didn't keep it for long. Apparently my memory no longer serves me well, I remember the x100 being much more compact! Don't get me wrong though, these bodies are suitable for say a coat pocket, but I had the impression that I would be able to take this thing anywhere with me, carry it in my front or rear denim pocket... that is not the case.
The camera itself is beautiful though, I love how small and compact it is, really works well for street photography. I feel like it was made for a street photographer, but it's not PERFECT. I find myself hitting the drive wheel way too often, a thumb rest is definitely going to be needed to help prevent this... Perhaps this is because I'm use to shooting with a larger camera (thumb rest is not needed on X-T1), but either way this has to happen ASAP! Another gripe has been the exposure wheel, every now and then I'd look at it and see it on -1 or +1, that really affects the overall image outcome, but again the thumb rest should help in that area.
Despite shooting with an X-T1 the X100T had a very different feel for me. It wasn't something that I was able to just adjust to. The button placement although similar will take some time to get acquainted with. I became familiar with the X-T1 setup, so the lack of ISO dial is extremely odd to me. I'm still coming from Canon so all the Fuji toggles and menu buttons sometimes leave me confused as well.
I added a JJC adapter and hood, this could also be the reason why the camera may seem a little less pocket portable. I love the hood, it keeps the camera protected (even though I use a B+W Haze Filter) and really adds some added style points to it. In terms of the JJC unit it replicates Fuji's hood really well, it looks like it came with the camera and I'd recommend it over the Fuji any day, save that $50 use it towards something else. Other than that I love the feel in my hand, I've equipped mine with a JJC soft release button and wrist strap for when I take the streets, currently I'm using the Peak Design Cuff. I really love it's release system, when I do portrait photography it's super easy to switch to the Leash Camera Strap, Peak Design knew what they were doing when they designed this system.
The X100T is physically one of the best cameras I've held, I love it's small form factor, and it's outer exterior, but does it get the job done? In the streets I find the camera to be more than useable.Everyone brags about the camera's hybrid viewfinder, but I find myself using the EVF more than often. I sense minimal lag or interruption while gathering my shot. At times I shoot using the continuous mode, and I definitely see an improvement in the viewfinder from the X-T1. The focusing speed seems to be solid, an improvement, but nothing to write home about. My favorite feature is the face detection, nothing new to X-T1 owners, but it helps me tremendously when shooting portraiture styled work.
The files from this camera are pretty awesome. I really like the Classic Chrome Simulation, if I were to shoot street photography in color then I would definately edit with that film type. In terms of optics, well I'm no master at reviewing that, the X100T uses the same 23mm lens as the previous models, so I'm assuming it's still high quality based on previous reviews I've read. I have yet to use it for JPEG, so no witness to Fuji's magical X Trans CMOS II sensor, but I will do this at some point and share those images with you all. I normally shoot early mornings, and mid day to capture the business side of my town, I had planned to shoot at f/7.1 but I get really dark images with this camera, despite boosting the ISO. On my first attempt I had to stop down to f/2.8 and shoot at 2500 ISO, shouldn't be the case for 8AM shots, but user error perhaps. I can tell you that I have yet to really find my stride with this camera, but I know once I become acquainted with it that I will be able to create some magic, as I've seen this from others. At times I've thought about letting it go, and grabbing the Fuji X30 or even the XF 23mm and picking up an X-Pro 1 to compensate for the small form factor, but I'm going to give it a little more time before I make those decisions. For me the camera is the best compact camera I've used, but at the $1299 price factor I expect it to be.
So that's it, first and foremost I just want to say that I think this is a wonderfully made camera, it's not perfect, but what device is in a photographer's mind. This camera really resembles the previous 2 releases in terms of its structure, it's well built, and beautiful! Compared to my larger Fuji body the x100T is so much more versatile and compact, I can take it anywhere and I no longer have an excuse not to shoot. It increases my workflow during portrait sessions, but at times it holds me back when I can't get the proper exposure or settings right out of the gate. When I can get it to work it just has a magical touch to it, overall I think I made the right decision going with this over the XF 23mm, but maybe the X-Pro 1 and 27mm would better suit my needs. It's too early to make that decision though. I agree with many that it's a photographers camera, but it just may not serve the dual purpose that I need it to at the moment.
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