Fuji X100T – My First Impressions

 

The camera I have been waiting for has finally arrived in my hands. The Fuji X100T was announced back in September as the successor to the much acclaimed X100S model. It was not a huge update to the camera. But, as for myself, I felt it worth waiting a couple months for the release to get some of the added new features. Released just last week, I finally got to play with this just a little today.

Back in September, I rented the X100S for a trip to Chicago and fell in love with the camera. I knew right away that this was the kind of camera that I have been looking quite a while for. Being able to carry only a small fixed lens camera while walking the streets of Chicago was quite freeing and I even left most of my DSLR gear at home while on the trip.

This is just a quick post to go over some of my initial impressions from holding and using the camera briefly just today.

 

I opted for the all black version. The X100T still uses the same 23mm f/2.0 lens and the same 16.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor. Some obvious physical improvements include a larger LCD, which is also brighter and has more resolution than the previous X100S. The exposure compensation dial adjusts for +/- 3 full stops rather than the previous 2 stops. Also the menu buttons on the back, which was one of my main complaints in usability on the “S” has been reconfigured and redesigned. Good riddance to the spinny dial on the back that seemed to unintentionally change all kinds of setting at the wrong times. I notice some of the buttons on the back of the camera are noticeably smaller and that may cause some frustration for some.

The Focus mode switch on the side was another complaint and it seems much better quality this time around, switching easily from Manual to Continuous to Single. The aperture dial also allows adjustments in 1/3-stop increments. Its size and feel in the hand remains what I remember with the “S”, which is a good thing. I’m already digging just having this around. It will never be a chore to have this with me at all times.

 

As seen in the photo at the top, I have already attached an aftermarket lens hood to protect the lens from bumps and allow me to travel with the lens cap off. I’ll begin working on a more in-depth review as I have time to dig into this equipment a lot more. I really can’t wait to begin using this on a daily basis and stretch it to its limits. The more its able to do for me and my photography the better. I know it has its limitations, but getting the most out of the camera within those limitations will be my goal and my learning experience.

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  3. I have been waiting for an affordable prime lens rangefinder style camera that gives decent results.
    So far the X100T looks like a good contender I did contemplate the SonyRX1
    But having to buy a view finder on top of what is a very pricy camera even if it is full frame just ends up as silly money .
    My question is I know you can wait for ever for the next model but in your opinion is it worth the wait for the next model which rumour has it will contain a larger sensor ?

    • I would take into consideration what is the most important to you and your style of photography. If the X100 series ended up with a 20+ MP sensor in their next version, I would not feel disappointed about purchasing the X100T. The MP are not a concern for me in this camera. But I do also own a Canon 5D Mark II if I ever needed higher resolution. Of course, we always speculate what features will come with a new camera. I was ready to purchase this style of camera after renting the X100S. The “T” was still a few months away. I waited because I knew some of the added features – WiFi, being one – would be worth the wait.I have been very pleased.

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