Two years ago I started this blog. The main reason was one very special camera: The Fuji X100. The first “X-camera” Fuji released in 2011.
This little camera changed everything. At least for me. Despite all its quirks and its rather slow operation this is maybe one of the most enjoyable cameras to use. It’s even better than the Fuji X system cameras because of its totally silent central shutter and the hybrid viewfinder that only truly makes sense on a single focal length camera.
Talking about the lens first: a 2.0/23mm on an APS-C sensor means classical 35mm field of view. A focal length that is surprisingly versatile. When I was shooting film with Nikon SLRs my favorite take everywhere camera was the fantastic Contax T2. A super-small camera with an integrated, retractible Zeiss 2.8/38mm T* lens. I was always amazed how easy it was to compose a good shot with this focal length. Fuji’s lens is a littler shorter which makes it even more versatile than the Contax and it’s one stop faster and it can shoot at ISO 3.200. Something I never did with the Contax T2.
The X100 is extremely well made. In some areas it’s better than the X Pro-1. One of its best parts is the aperture dial that only works in full steps and has a fantastic feel to it. Much better than the aperture rings on my XF lenses.
Did I mention the central shutter already? I know I did but it is a fantastic feature. I understand that Fuji did not implement it in their interchangeable lens cameras because every lens would need a shutter and this simply would make them much more expensive but it would make a wonderful system. To me it has still the best auto white balance of all Fuji cameras. It is almost unbelievable. It practicably always gets it right even in mixed light.
Today I don’t shoot it very often because I love the 14mm lens on my Fuji X Pro-1 and when I travel light I don’t want to bring a second camera. But every time I pick it up I immediately feel why this little camera changed everything. It is truly special. It’s hard to describe. You must hold and shoot one to understand. What a camera!
There is only one thing I ask Fuji to change for future versions: Make it all black! Enough words! Here are the pictures. UPDATE: Fuji really seems to listen. The Fuji X100T also comes in black!