FujiLove: The Fujifilm X100F Revisited: Why I Hate to Love It, by Take Kayo – with COMMENTARY

https://fujilove.com/the-fujifilm-x100f-revisited-why-i-hate-to-love-it/

“… This camera has stuck to its roots and continues the tradition.  If you already own a Fujifilm camera and you love everything about it (image quality, colours, styling, etc.), then consider the X100F as your everything camera. You can pretty much use it as your primary digital camera within the limits of its design and feature set, including shooting decent 1080p 60fps video. I used it as a professional tool, as a video camera, and as an everyday shooter….”

Commentary

Take Kayo is correct in his assessment of the Fujifilm X100F hybrid optical viewfinder rangefinder camera though I cannot agree with the love-hate underdog thing he has going.

The X100 changed everything for the better for me when I was relying on but uncomfortable with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR that my beloved late Uncle Brian bought for me for stills and video just before he died.

Like all Fujifilm cameras, the X100 needs a hand grip for best grip due to its small size and slippery synthetic surface, especially when used with the wide-angle and telephoto lens convertors.

Deep gratitude sprinkled with worthy sentiment keeps the 5D in my storage closet along with my yet-to-be-repaired Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM kit lens notorious for its prone-to-failure internal circuitry but wouldn’t it have been wonderful if Fujifilm had been making its mirrorless cameras at the time?

I was raised on non-SLR analog cameras, especially rangefinder cameras of all sizes and descriptions, and the X100 was such a pleasant surprise when one suddenly appeared in one of our many now deceased local camera stores.

The long wait for my very own X100 proved more than well worth it and I still have mine after relying on it for all sorts of professional and personal stills photography projects for some years.

The Fujifilm X100F is in dire need of a Fujifilm hand grip based on the MHG-X100 Hand Grip made for the X100, X100S and X100T cameras. Quite why Fujifilm has not already done so is beyond comprehension.
The Fujifilm X100F is in dire need of a Fujifilm hand grip based on the MHG-X100 Hand Grip made for the X100, X100S and X100T cameras. Quite why Fujifilm has not already done so is beyond comprehension.

The X100F is a worthy successor with sensor and processor matching or approaching those of its top-end Fujifilm siblings the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-E3.

Fujifilm luckily makes a hand grip for the X-E3.

Until the X-E3, the X100F held mid-position on my stills photography wishlist, kept there only by its ageing optics and Fujifilm’s failure to update its excellent, now discontinued, Hand Grip MHG-X100 for the X100F.

All Fujifilm cameras need hand grips fitted especially when using the larger, longer, heavier Fujinon lenses and battery grips are even better options.

Really Right Stuff has released its base plates, l-plates and grips for the X100F but they lack two of Fujifilm’s own hand grips’ prime virtues, a small textured synthetic grip and easy attachment of Peak Design’s Clutch and Cuff camera straps via the simple, elegant solution of a rectangular notch in exactly the right place.

Until the appearance of the X-E3, I was seriously considering bumping the X100F plus WCL and TCL lens convertors to the top of my stills hardware wishlist as the camera kit to go with me everywhere via Cosyspeed Streetomatic+ or Think Tank Photo Spectral 8.

I have yet to see and try the X-E3 as our local camera stores keep vanishing and few remaining stores keep good inventories, it appears, so I am in some degree of uncertainty as to whether it is the right solution for my needs.

Despite its lack of the X100 series’ wonderful hybrid optical viewfinder, the X-E3’s small size and Fujifilm-made hand grip appeals to me as does the long-rumoured, much-demanded Fujinon XF18mm f/2.0 R WR “Fujicron” lens that still has yet to turn up on the Fujifilm lens roadmap.

Sigh.

I seriously hope that the 18mm “Fujicron” lens is not a myth.

If the X100F had a Fujifilm hand grip, I would have bought it and near-permanently attached the WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens as my 18mm (28mm in 35mm sensor format terms) solution for event photography where the 23mm (35mm in 35mm sensor format terms) is too long and 16mm (24mm in 35mm sensor format terms) distorts perspective and especially human-shaped subjects near the edges and corners of the frame.

Will Fujifilm see sense by revamping the optical design of the X100F’s successor?

Will Fujifilm come up with a hand grip for the next camera in the X100 series?

Questions like that are on par with asking Fujifilm when it is going to add exposure zebras for stills and video to all its cameras’ firmware.

Camera and lens makers can be as resistant to good sense as anyone, but one should not stop pointing out the senselessness of being deaf and blind to necessary firmware and hardware functionality.

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