This is a page about a camera that I used for about 18 months and took to Tamil Nadu over the winter 2011/12.
Read what I experienced with the X100, it was a lovely companion.
So much so that 6 years later in November 2016, I bought a second-hand X100s just for fun and am writing a page about it with images as I make them.
Look for it here –
For some months after purchasing the X100 in 2011, I relied on the Rawfile Converter powered by Silkypics supplied with the camera. (it takes a bit of getting used to after Adobe Raw, after a bit of use the program begins to make sense and has some quite useful tools.) Now however I import all X100 rawfiles into Lightroom 4.1 and choose edit in CS4 (control e) if I want to use Photoshop CS4.
See the following pages for some more Fuji X100 images rated at high ISOs.
I am very impressed by some of the files from the X100, sometimes deliberately taking identical views on the Canon 5d2 for comparison. I have to look at actual pixels to see the difference.
It does take a while to get to grips with the X100. It is a bit querky in parts and there are a few issues that should have been sorted out before the camera went on general sale. It is a small quibble, but the little plastic fillet that converts the charger to the X100 battery size from some previous battery from another model is very easily mislaid. Without it, the battery doesn’t sit snugly in the charger and cannot be charged! I have resorted to a tube of super-glue to fasten the fillet permanently. Warning – When the red battery warning shows on the screen/viewfinder, the camera shuts itself down almost immediately!
I had a total of 3 batteries.
Another gripe is that the exposure compensation dial has no locking mechanism and is very easily turned when the camera is taken out/placed in an equipment case, one has to keep checking the dial to ensure it is set to where it is supposed to be. After the firmware update there is now a visual indication of the exposure compensation on the screen at startup. Good!
I am a lens hood sort of person, so I purchased the hood in Exeter and found that it was very expensive and packaged with the adapter ring and not sold on its own. I already had the adapter ring, then I had two – rats!
Another useful built in gadget is the 4x neutral density filter. Nice for creamy water effects providing you have remembered the tripod.
I am impressed by the motion panorama feature on the camera, although if your panorama includes sky be prepared to do a bit of cheating in Photoshop to even it all up. With no sky included the results are usable without any jiggery pokery. Occasionally there are some anomalies that require retaking the shot! Half boats and half people maybe funny but in the long term make the shot unusable! Always take a few variations on the theme!
The camera has locked me out once (early on) for about 10 mins. with an on-screen warning notice to turn it off and turn it on again (like an old 486 computer!) Mysteriously after a while and many turnings on&off, it let me back in to take more shots, and didn’t let me down again!
After Fuji’s two major firmware updates – the X100 improved! The macro button when invoked does not keep turning itself off for a start! There are many improvements. Indeed the whole user interface has got a lot better.
Some X100 images from my 2011/2 trip –
I am pleased with the X100 – it is small and inconspicuous and the quality of files is very good especially at high ISOs – up to 3500 and the images are usable. Try doing that on a Leica M8 and see what you get! I have succumbed to the X100’s bigger sister- the XE1 – read my pages about it.
Some years later – I bought an XE2 and later still an XT10. I still have the 18-55 midrange zoom that I got with the XE1. I also have the 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 60mm prime lenses.
Here is my latest page about using the XT10 in Nantes, a lovely city to explore with a camera.
If you are interested in other mirrorless cameras, see my pages about the Panasonic GF1 and its lenses –