Fujifilm X100F

Sibling Rivalry

The X100F inherits the divisive ISO dial setup of its larger sibling, a control that I continue to find perfectly useable.

23mm Options

X100F on the left, and X-Pro 2 + 23mm ƒ/2 on the right.
The X100F shot wide open at ƒ/2 (left) and stopped down to ƒ/4 (right). It has a very similar rendering to its XF brother on my X-Pro 2.
The XF 23mm ƒ/2 wide open at ƒ/2 (left) and stopped down to ƒ/4 (right). The ƒ/2 is softer than the ƒ/1.4, but it’s more contrasty than its larger sibling, which makes up for it to a certain extent.
The XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 wide open at ƒ/1.4 (left) and stopped down to ƒ/2 (right). You can see that, while the 1.4 is softer wide open, by the time you stop down to ƒ/2 to match the widest aperture of the ƒ/2 lens, it already exceeds it in sharpness. By ƒ/4 it’s clearly sharper, especially at the edges of the frame.
The interchangeable lens options: the 23mm ƒ/2 (left), and 23mm ƒ/1.4 (right) mounted on X-Pro 2 bodies (the right X-Pro 2 has a ThumbsUp grip attached).
Here’s a fairly ugly shot that’s untouched—straight from the camera—to showcase the soft, glowy look you’ll get when shooting up close with the X100F.
All it takes is a bit more distance between you and your subject to allow detail to come flooding back in.
The manual focus ring has a nice grippy texture to it, but it’s still too narrow for me to consider it comfortable in use.
This shot, which is worth seeing in print to appreciate its resolution, is so incredibly detailed that I was amazed to have shot it handheld with fading light in the woods. Make no mistake: as long as you’re in its sweet spot, the X100F can dish out more sharpness than you’ll know what to do with.

Size

The X100F is portable and easy to carry with you everywhere, but…so is the X-Pro 2.
Several video shoots have provided an opportunity to use the X100F for behind-the-scenes shots, but again—the X-Pro 2 was there too and was no more conspicuous or unwieldy.
The push-on lens cap is great, but as with my previous X100 cameras, I took it off and stuck a filter on instead so I could be ready to shoot at the flick of a switch.
The X-Trans III sensor continues to impress, with gorgeous colours and a pleasing noise profile even as the light fades.

Finding its Niche

The ND filter allows you to keep a happy amount of bokeh in the shot with minimal hassle, even in the daytime.
It may not be my favourite focal length for portraiture, but I’ve still gotten great results with it.

Friend Zone

Conclusion

The X100F remains a unique, powerful, and focused photographic tool. One that I think every photographer should experience, even if it doesn’t end up being a keeper.

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