Eric Kim took time out of his busy Gulph Photo Plus schedule to post a review of the Fuji X100T for street photography. Even though he’s committed to shooting film he likes latest Fuji cam and compares it favorably to X100S and even the XT-1. Is it the right choice for street photographers shooting digital? Hit the jump to find out!
Fuji X100T For Street Photography
The latest generation Fuji X100T was released in September of this year and was an instant hit with street photographers. The new camera uses the same sensor as the X100S but offers many improvements over its predecessor.
Eric Kim runs a popular street photography blog and was given a Fuji X100T for review. After using the camera for a week he thinks it offers the most “bang for the buck” for street photography of any camera currently on the market and breaks down the new features that are relevant to street shooters:
Eric noticed a substantial improvement in autofocus and ranks it as slightly better than the XT-1. He thinks this is due to the fact that the autofocus can be tuned to the specific lens on the X100T.
Eric praises the stiffness of the dials on the X100T and sees them as a huge improvement over the X100s. Gone are the slippery dials that can accidentally be nudged while walking and the camera just “feels” better.
In terms of finish there’s been a few improvements including an improved focussing dial which is metal and has a different texture than the X100s. The camera is available in black and silver at launch but Erik preferred the silver finish which is slightly different than last year. The new silver is a slightly darker shade that reminded him of a titanium finish.
Eric applauds the many improvements that Fuji has made to the interface on the X100T. The button layout is a vast improvement over previous X100 cameras and the simplified menu structure makes using the camera easy and effective.
He isn’t big on the new Electronic Rangefinder mode but thinks the actual EVF is improved over the X100s. The new EVF reminds him of the XT-1 with an excellent refresh rate and large image.
Overall Eric found the X100T a joy to use and its small size and light weight were well suited for long days on the street. Image quality was sound as it uses the same X-Trans sensor as its predecessor. The evolutionary improvements that Fuji has made with the X100T make it a solid choice and it’s one of the best street photography cameras on the market.
Eric does caution X100S owners that the X100T might not be enough of an upgrade over the X100S to warrant the extra purchase. But for anyone else – go right ahead and grab one!
Eric’s review style is conversational and practical. He doesn’t spend a lot of time with stats or technical jargon but instead concentrates on how the X100T handles in the real world. It’s easy to see when he’s truly excited about something and similarly he doesn’t hold back on aspects of the camera he doesn’t like.
Definitely worth the read if you’re considering purchasing the small but excellent Fuji X100T!
What’s your take on the Fuji X100T for street photography? Is Fuji still on top of their game or has Sony stole the show with the A7 II? Post your ideas on the comments below and keep the conversation going!