X100F mini usage thoughts (ala not a review)

Very rough, initial thoughts

So I have had this camera for a few days now, and my initial thoughts are, it is through and through a Fujifilm camera. With the attention to design and (to this point), best in camera menu system, snappy usage etc.

Though I do wish camera companies would take a steer from maybe phone manufacturers and maybe make something more seamless. I don’t know the solution, but taking a picture on a smartphone is a smooth experience, take picture, edit if you want to, and share to Instagram or wherever.

A so-called ‘real camera’ take pictures, maybe overnight transfer them over to phone/iPad via dongles, edit if you want to, and share to Instagram or wherever. The extra steps are annoying to say the least. Camera manufacturers need to make better apps that make the sharing of the pictures from the cameras to the devices people actually care about, smartphones, laptops, iPads etc easier. The Fuji app on iOS is so-so, it crashes more often than not when trying to transfer the images over. I have heard good things about the Leica app, yea keep dreaming man!

So back from the tangent. The X100F, what a beautiful camera. That design, the dials, the small size. I know a lot of people complain about the lack of weather sealing, but for what this camera is designed for, street/travel, the use case is small and lightweight. If Fuji was to add weather sealing, it would add bulk to the camera, which would defeat the purpose. Look at the difference between the X-T1/2/3 and X-T10/20/30. One the 1/2/3 have weather sealing and the 10/20/30 do not, and there is a big weight and size difference.

The X100F shares basically the same sensor as the X-T2 or X-T20, so the results are pretty much the same. It is the restriction of fixed focal length and 23mm (35mm in full frame equivalent), that I think makes this camera really shine. Yes you can just attach the 23mm f2 on the X-T2 or X-T20 and basically get the same if not a little better results, with having the option of switching lenses at some point, but the overall package will be a little bigger. Why not have the option of a smaller camera?

As for people who say this lens is bad, meh. I am no professional, photography is just a fun hobby, and I find no problems with the results. Some examples below. To those who complain about softness of the lens and all that jibber jabber, go take more photographs, and complain less. There is more to photography than a sharp lens. I’d rather take a good blurry picture than a mediocre sharp one any day of the week.

Most important thoughts

I think in the end the most important thing is, how does the camera make you feel? Does it make you want to take it out and go shooting? If the answer is yes that it does the job. I felt that way when I first picked up the Fujifilm X-T2. It just screamed take me out and shoot with me! And I did, a lot and not very well, but slowly I think, I learnt a little something. And I think since the X100 line was the original project of Fuji that launched the X lineup and later GFX lineup, it is basically screaming the same thing. No need to think. Pick up the camera, it has one focal length, tough luck, shoot with it. 35mm was the preferred focal length of a lot of great photographers, so there is no excuses. You want tighter shots, move in closer :)

Naufal Mir @abijango