It is time for the camera that really gave me back my passion for photography. Honestly, I always wanted the Fujifilm X100F, which was the latest model at the time from Fujifilm. But money being a concern and still unsure if such a camera would be enjoyable, I bought the predecessor. But I quickly saw that the new model would have been better for me. The *F model was much faster, it had better autofocus for taking images of my now very mobile daughter, a separate ISO dial, another front dial, better battery life and a beautiful black and white mode called Acros.
When people say they carry their camera everywhere, they usually mean they often have it with them. I almost literally carried it everywhere. Trip to the store, hairdresser's appointment, quick walks, daily commute, museum visits and more. I bought a small shoulder bag that would fit the camera and a small water bottle (and even an issue of The Economist) so I was set and ready to go.
Many people would say that being restricted to one focal length (and 35 mm at that) would be very limiting. I found it to be very freeing. I had to really think about composition, what would fit into the frame, which angle would work and how close I could get. And I had to move pretty close for many shots. The X100F was also very inconspicuous with a tiny lens, and the images were so silky smooth.
Many people criticized the lens for being soft close up when shot wide open but I came to appreciate this characteristic when taking portraits. It was a wonderful camera and I miss it.
After two years I sold the X100F, I reached the end of what I could do with it creatively as my only camera. I often wished for more range than 35 mm, I was not much into wide angle. Also, I never really used the most prominent feature of the camera. The optical viewfinder.
Initially I was very intrigued by the optical viewfinder but I rarely used it. As I shot JPEG and used "film recipes" I needed to see the exact framing and exposure before pressing the shutter. As a rangefinder, the optical viewfinder would always show a little less than the full frame and would suffer from parallax errors. I tried to shoot raw and use the film recipes in Fuji's own software which actually "develops" the RAW files with the connected camera, but as a Linux user that did not work.
The ISO dial was a nice touch but I used AUTO ISO 95% of the time and the dial was very fiddly. I bought the tele-converter which was way too front heavy so I never used it. And in the end, the electronic viewfinder was a tad too cramped when wearing glasses. With time the fixed screen became annoying whenever I wanted to shoot my daughter on her level who was like 75 cm at the time. Paired with my new interest in vintages lenses, the decision became clear. My beloved X100F would have to find a new home.
I thought about keeping it as a small walk around camera, but honestly the X100F is too big for this. I almost always carried a small bag or threw it into my backpack anyway. So I would / could carry a larger and more flexible camera anyway.
I used the Fujifilm X100F from 2019 to 2020 and took (kept) 804 photos. I like many of them.