Fuji X100F In Havana – The Perfect Street Photography Camera?

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Street photographers have been anticipating a new X100 for months and the Fuji X100F is finally here! I took this excellent little camera to Havana for a week of street photography and I was impressed every step of the way. It’s small, responsive and the image quality is out of this world. Hit the jump for my full Fuji X100F street photography review!

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review

I’ve wanted to shoot in Cuba for as long as I can remember. So when I got the chance to try out the new Fuji X100F the first thing I did was book a ticket to Havana and hit the ground running. I wanted to see if Fuji’s latest X100 camera was up to the task of shooting street in one of the most interesting cities in the world!

I don’t want to spoil the review but… Holy crap! I am so impressed by this little guy!

As always, my reviews aren’t filled with specs or technical details. There are plenty of websites that can provide that information for you. My review is a real world analysis of how this camera performs as a street photography tool. So let’s have at it!

Don’t Worry, The Fuji X100F Is Still An X100

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review - Havana Cuba

Fuji has made plenty of updates to the X100F and I’ll get into that in a bit. But before I can talk about what’s new I think it’s important to talk about what’s the same.

At its core, the X100F is still an X100. It’s still got the amazing small form factor and light weight that we’ve all come to expect from the X100 series of cameras. The button layout is updated but instantly familiar to anyone who’s every used a Fuji camera. And it still uses the incredible hybrid viewfinder that defined the Fuji brand and inspired street photographers every step of the way.

Fuji isn’t messing with the winning formula on this one. It’s an X100 through and through!

This Little Camera Has Some Mojo!

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review In Havana 3D Pop

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The Fuji X100F also uses the same 23mm f/2 lens that the X100 has used since its inception in 2011. Now a lot of people were worried that this aging lens architecture wouldn’t be able to resolve the new 24MP X-Trans III sensor. And I can tell you without a doubt there is NO PROBLEM there.

In fact, this lens in works so well with this particular sensor that I swear there’s some kind of witchcraft at play. Not since the original X100 and its CCD sensor have I been this excited over image quality from an X100 camera. Don’t get me wrong, the X100T had great image quality but it didn’t have the pop that I’m seeing from the X100F. Colors are vibrant but realistic and elements in the frame seem to almost hover with a 3 dimensional quality that makes them leap off the screen.

Everywhere I pointed the camera I was impressed and inspired to keep shooting. I actually wanted to see how the camera would capture different scenes and lighting conditions in Havana. I’m reminded of Garry Winnogrand saying, “I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.” Only in this case I really wanted to see what it would look like like when photographed by the X100F!

I don’t want to overstate this but this little camera has some serious mojo when it comes to image quality. It reminds me of the M9 in a lot of ways. Not that the images from the X100F look like images from the M9. But like the M9, the Fuji X100F has that kind of “something extra” that you just don’t see every day.

It Keeps Getting Better

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review - New Features

Camera manufacturers are known for making incremental updates to their gear and you’ll rarely see a revolutionary step forward for any given camera model. But the Fuji X100F contains enough little improvements and enhancements to be considered a major upgrade.

Here’s some of what’s new with the X100F:

  • 24 MP X-Trans III sensor and X-Processor Pro.
  • Improved EVF/OVF.
  • Improved auto-focus.
  • Combined ISO / shutter speed dial (which I hate).
  • Exposure compensation dial with plus/minus 3 stops.
  • Simplified button layout with everything on the right hand side.
  • Focus point selector joystick.
  • Front control dial that can be set to change ISO.
  • Viewfinder selector switch button like the X-Pro2.
  • Uses same NP-W126S batteries as X-Pro2 and X-T2.
  • Auto ISO minimum shutter speed up to 1/500 second.
  • Acros film simulation.
  • No ugly letter on the front of the camera.

That’s a lot to digest but suffice it to say that Fuji has brought the X100F into the same league as the X-Pro2 and X-T2. Let’s go over some of the updates.

X-Trans III Sensor

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review - X-Trans III

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The heart of the Fuji X100F is the 24 megapixel X-Trans III sensor. This is the same sensor as the the X-Pro2 and X-T2 and it represents a major step forward for image quality in the X100 series of cameras.

Let me say right off the bat that I’m a huge fan of this sensor! It’s got amazing color rendition and contrast and excellent dynamic range (especially in the shadows). The X-Trans III represents the state of the art for APS-C size sensors and can hold its own against cameras costing thousands of dollars more.

And like I said before, there’s something special happening with the combination of the X-Trans III sensor and the X100F’s 23mm f/2 lens. Colors pop and images have an almost 3 dimensional quality that’s difficult to describe. Suffice it to say the X100F has amazing image quality across the board.

Upgraded Hybrid Viewfinder

Fuji’s introduced the Hybrid Viewfinder with the original X100 back in 2011 and it has been the hallmark of the series ever since. The viewfinder can switch between optical and electronic modes to suit just about any style of photography. While this system has its benefits the quality has been somewhat average all along.

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review - Hybrid ViewfinderWell, they’ve upgraded the OVF and EVF on the X100F and it really makes a difference! The EVF is bright and contrasty and I found that I could confidently shoot with the EVF in bright sunlight without an issue. Lowlight shooting has been vastly improved and the EVF no longer has super slow frame rates or huge amounts of noise when shooting in less than ideal situations. It’s a solid step forward.

Fuji says the EVF is now “on par” with the X-Pro2. Now, they’re not saying it’s the same EVF as the X-Pro2 but it’s quality is similar. The X-Pro2 EVF has 80 frames per second refresh rate and the X100F is 56 (up from the X100T which was 50 fps). This is more likely due to the way the new sensor reads out than any specific frame rate improvement but it’s worth mentioning.

Finally the shot to shot time has been improved. A lot. EVF blackout is definitely on par with the X-Pro2 and just a bit behind the X-T2. This means you can grab multiple shots with quick moving subjects and always feel like you’re part of the action. Definitely a huge improvement over the X100T which was nearly a full second blackout between shots. Well done, Fuji!

The OVF has also gotten a boost and is now quite usable! Anyone who’s shot with an X100 knows that the OVF was kind of terrible. It was sort of sharp in the center but then quickly degraded to toy camera quality at the edges. You could get by using it but it was definitely not great.

Well, they’ve fixed that with the X100F and the OVF is actually quite remarkable. Bright and clear and much sharper than previous versions. I’d have no problem using this OVF full time. Well, to be honest I’ve been shooting with an EVF for the past year and I have to admit I prefer it to the OVF a this point. But it’s good to know that it’s there if I need it!

Autofocus Performance

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The autofocus on the X100F is definitely better than the X100T.

I did a lot of shooting wide open at night with the X100F and never had a problem getting focus even on the darkest streets of Old Havana. Focus lock felt like it was happening in about 1/2 second in most situations which is great. According to Fuji, they’ve added more AF points and tweaked the autofocus algorithm to give the best possible performance and I can definitely see the difference.

Honestly, if I hadn’t been spoiled by the speed of the X-Pro2 and X-T2 then I’d be singing the praises of the X100F autofocus. It’s perfectly capable but I’m definitely spoiled by the speedy focus of Fujifilm’s flagship cameras.

This being said, there’s nothing to actually complain about with the X100F autofocus. It’s noticeably better than the X100T and will perform well in most situations.

It Feels Like A Baby X-Pro2

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A few more features have been added or modified and in a lot of ways, the Fuji X100F is starting to resemble a baby X-Pro2.

All buttons on the back of the camera are now on the right hand side of the LCD and easily reachable with one hand. They’ve even added the little focus point selector joystick seen on the X-Pro2 and X-T2. Great if you like that sort of thing but I’m a focus and recompose kind of guy so it’s just an odditiy to me.

They’ve even added a button on the EVF/OVF selector switch. This is a nice touch that came in real handy for me while shooting in Havana with a thumb grip origianlly designed for the X100T. The AEL/AFL button is in a new position that was partially covered by the thumb grip. But you can set the new button on the EVF/OVF to AF lock which solved this problem nicely. My middle finger naturally falls on this button making its operation a snap.

Lensmate is already working on a folding thumbrest for the X100F but the AF lock button will still be tricky to reach even with a folding grip installed. Good thing there’s a workaround!

Combined ISO / Shutter Speed Dial

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review ISO Shutter Speed Dial

Speaking of the X-Pro2… The dreaded combined ISO / shutter speed dial has reared its ugly head again on the Fuji X100F. Look, I’m not a fan of this but I think we have to face the fact that this is now part of the Fuji interface and it’s not going anywhere.

Some people love it and some people hate it. I’m not going to join that debate here (even if I hate it). But I will say on the X100F the shutter speed dial is a little too small to allow this to be operated easily. I found it even more frustrating to use than the dial on the X-Pro2.

Front Command Dial To The Rescue

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review  Command DialThe Fuji X100F now sports a command dial on the front of the camera. This matches just about every other Fuji camera and is a welcome addition – especially considering the extra small ISO/shutter speed dial combo. Fuji now lets you use this front command dial to control ISO!

On the one hand, good for Fuji! They listen to their customers and provide an alternate way to use their cameras based on customer feedback. But on the other hand this is sort of an admission on their part that people just don’t like that command dial. So pick a side, Fuji!

The only issue I had with using the command dial to set ISO was that it is very easy to bump that dial taking the camera in and out of your bag. I ended up using this functionality when I knew I’d be monkeying with ISO frequently. Walking down a street and shooting into store fronts for example. One ISO setting for the stree and another for shoooting interiors.

Why not just use auto ISO? That’s a good question and I’ve tried it but I honestly don’t like my camera making any of these decisions for me. I’ve been shooting a long time and I know how to manually set exposure. I’d rather just do it myself. Of course, there’s tons of people using auto ISO with great success so I could be in the minority here!

Auto ISO Minimum Shutter Speed Now 1/500 Second

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review Minimum Shutter Speed

One of the things that always puzzled me about the X100T was the fact that the auto ISO minimum shutter speed was limited to 1/125 second. This is the slowest shutter speed the camera will use before boosting the ISO value and for street shooting that number is way too slow.

1/500 second is more realistic for stopping the action on the street and this addition makes auto ISO infinitely more usable on the Fuji X100F than on the T.

Bigger Battery But Same Number Of Shots

Fuji X100F Street Photography Review Bigger Battery

The Fuji X100F now uses the same NP-126S batteries found in the X-Pro2 and X-T2. Ironically I got about the same number of shots using these higher capacity batteries as I did using the slimmer batteries on the X100T. I think it’s more an issue of the new sensor and processor consuming more power than actually providing more shots so it’s all good.

On the downside though, existing X100T users will need to buy all new batteries if they’re planning to upgrade to the Fuji X100F. And while this sucks, time marches on. The improvements in usablity and picture quality on the X100F are worth the cost of a couple extra batteries.

Manual Focus

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By now you’re all familiar with how I shoot. I use manual focus and set my focus point at the hyperfocal distance of the lens at a given aperture. This lets me shoot with confidence knowing everything from about 7 feet to infinity will be in focus. It’s a variation on the zone focus technique that Leica shooters have been using for over half a century.

The front element of the 23mm f/2 lens moves forward and back when you focus. Previous models of the Fuji X100 would remember your focus position after a power down making it possible for the lens to collide with the lens cap when the camera is powered on. When this happened, the camera would throw an error and you’d have to remove the lens cap and restart the camera.

To protect the AF motor, the Fuji X100F now resets the focus distance to 2 meters (or around 7 feet) whenever the camera powers down or enters sleep mode.

The way I shoot meant that I had to keep an eye on the focus distance after the camera powers on or wakes up from sleep. It was a bit of a pain in the arse but I did it all through Havana and still came back with some decent shots so it’s not the end of the world.

Honestly, most people are going to use this camera in autofocus mode so this will never be an issue. But I wanted to mention it because it’s different from previous X100 cameras.

UPDATE MAY 25, 2017 – Firmware 1.01 has been released and Fuji has eliminated the manual focus reset issue.

Sample Images

This is a good time to talk about the quality of Fuji’s out of camera jpgs.

All of the sample shots in this review were shot as jpgs using the Provia (Standard) film simulation. I’m normally a raw guy but at the time of the review the camera’s raw files weren’t supported by Lightroom so it was jpg or nothing. I have to say I was surprised by how good Fuji jpgs look!

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Fuji X100F Street Photography Review - Discreet

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I’ve never been able to get my raw files to look the same as out of camera jpgs from my Fuji cameras and I’m starting to think this built in look is one of the camera’s strongest features. I honestly don’t see any reason to switch back to raw other than the comfort of being able to fiddle with white balance and exposure a bit more.

My post production workflow involves brightness and contrast adjustments to taste and I drop the red and orange saturation a touch (i think all digital cameras over-saturate the reds). That’s it.

Everything else is Fuji jpg magic.

A Discreet And Understated Shooter

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I was in Havana with my friends Harsh and Serge who were shooting with a Leica Q and an X-Pro2. On a couple of occasions I saw them run into confrontation while I was able to keep shooting without much notice. It’s not that the X100F is invisible – I was using the silver version which is about as bright as it gets!

I think it boils down to the fact that the Leica Q and X-Pro2 look like big professional cameras. And the Fuji X100F just sort of looks like a snapshot camera that your mom might be using. For the most part, people didn’t see me shooting them as a problem and I was free to go about my business. It was a real confidence booster to walk into a situation with the sense that nobody was going to notice me and I got a lot of shots I may have otherwise missed.

All in all, the week in Havana with the Fuji X100F was a positive experience. This little camera proved itself to be a competent and capable little shooter that I was happy to have around my neck no matter where I went.

Fuji X100F Pros:

  • Small and light weight, perfect for long days of shooting.
  • Amazing image quality.
  • Much better EVF / OVF.
  • Speedy and responsive.
  • Feels like an old friend.

Fuji X100F Cons:

  • No weather sealing.
  • ISO / shutter speed dial is a pain in the butt (but whatever).
  • Autofocus is improved but not as fast as X-Pro2 / X-T2.
  • Manual focus distance resets to 2 meters after power down.

You can buy the Fuji X100F online at your favorite online retailer:

Fuji X100F (Black) at B&H.
Fuji X100F (Silver) at B&H.

Fuji X100F (Black) on Amazon.
Fuji X100F (Silver) on Amazon.

Fuji X100F (Black) at Adorama.
Fuji X100F (Silver) at Adorama.

If you prefer to shop local you can check Fuji’s website for a brick and mortar retailer near you:

Fujifilm – Where To Buy Digital Cameras.

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What’s your take on our Fuji X100F review? Is this the perfect street photography camera you’ve been waiting for? Or do you still prefer Fuji’s flagship X-Pro2 and X-T2? Post your ideas in the comments below and keep the conversation going!

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  • Hanspeter Pfister

    Great review, thank you, and gorgeous photos. What brand and model are the accessories you use (thumb rest, strap, filter)? Isn’t the thumb rest getting in the way of the back selector wheel?

    • grownupboy

      It’s s a Lensmate X100T thumb grip. Lensmate is working on a version for the X100F but it’s a few weeks out still. Strap is by gordys (and is excellent!) and the filter is a plain glass filter by Sigma.

      The thumbgrip doesn’t block the back command dial but did partially obscure the AEL/AFL button. But like I said in the review I just remapped that button to the new button on the front EVF/OVF selector switch.

      Won’t be long till the dedicated version is available though!
      K.

    • It’s s a Lensmate X100T thumb grip. Lensmate is working on a version for the X100F but it’s a few weeks out still. Strap is by gordys (and is excellent!) and the filter is a plain glass filter by Sigma.

      The thumbgrip doesn’t block the back command dial but did partially obscure the AEL/AFL button. But like I said in the review I just remapped that button to the new button on the front EVF/OVF selector switch.

      Won’t be long till the dedicated version is available though!

      K.

  • Marko Burns

    Hmm that manual focus reset thing sounds a bit worrying – hope to test one myself soon. I had hoped the lens position would remember its distance when turned on/off so a tab could be used fully.
    The Q button position looks pretty dumb. Can see myself hitting that all the time.

    • grownupboy

      The manual focus works fine, but if you’re like me and you keep the camera in hyperfocal all the time then you’re going to have to keep an eye on the focus distance as you shoot. I’m really hoping that Fuji puts this back the way it is in all previous models in firmware…

      The Q button is definitely in a strange place – but I really never ran into any problems with hitting it. Using a thumb grip probably helped in that respect!

      K.

    • Manual focus works fine, but if you’re like me and you keep the camera in hyperfocal all the time then you’re going to have to keep an eye on the focus distance as you shoot. Or you could just shoot at f/16 which has a hypefocal distance of 2 meters!

      I’m really hoping that Fuji puts this back the way it is in all previous models in firmware…

      The Q button is definitely in a strange place – but I really never ran into any problems with hitting it. Using a thumb grip probably helped in that respect!

      K.

      • Marko Burns

        I suppose if you know when you turn it on it will be 2m – at least that is an advantage when anticipating a shot and whether to pull to 1m or out to 5m or whatever, which I find the tab handy for.
        I think F13 is hyperfocal for 2m. F16 is 1.7 – but near enough when you’re that high anyway.
        I can see myself using a bit of that Sugru mouldable rubber stuff around the Q to stop knocking it. They should have switched the AEL/AFL and Q positions around. I use that a lot as well for focus. Buttons along the left made more sense to me that across the top. And the main circular drive buttons etc., should be a lot higher.

        • Hmm… What hyperfocal distance calculator were you using for that? Those things are always tricky to nail down! LOL!

          I say, just give us a proper manual focus lens and be done with it! :D

          K.

          • Marko Burns

            Yea – I mean they really can’t go on and on about it being a digital rangefinder street camera at this stage (they have some pretty idiotic youtube promos running at the mo) and not make manual focusing easier. It shouldn’t be a big deal. Especially after 4 iterations of a camera with users who have learnt a lot over that period and know that no matter how fast autofocus gets it cannot really compete with manual and a bit of DOF knowledge. Plus the mentality of street is distance and layers based a lot of the time anyway, which autofocus just does not suit in complex scenarios or even relate to conceptually.

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  • Alex Bright

    Love your reviews! I have been looking for a “street” camera to add to my setup. I currently have a Sony A7RII (which I mainly use for landscapes) but even though this is a relatively compact camera it still gives off a “Pro” look on the street.

    I am eager to get into more street photography however I am torn between getting the new X100F or the X-Pro 2 Graphite version- which I have simply fallen in love with after watching your video.

    I was interested to read that your friend had the X-Pro 2 in Havana and yet you managed to come across more stealthy using the X100F, so given the above what would you recommend I buy??

    • grownupboy

      Ahh, the question of the ages! :)

      Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either the X-Pro2 or the X100F. For me though, I’m a manual focus / hyperfocal shooter. The focus distance resets to 2m on the X100F when it powers down or enters sleep mode. All through Havana this meant I had to keep fiddling with the lens which drove me a little crazy.

      This being said the camera was a pure joy to use and I really LOVED the results I got. So depends on how you shoot I guess…

      I’ve been shooting with the X-Pro2 and it’s a great camera but a bit bigger than the X100F for sure. Not a huge standout but like I said – I found I got away with a lot more with the X100F than my friends did with the XPro2. That could just be the different styles of both photographers… Hard to say for sure.

      I’m actually waiting on an X-T2 as well. Should be here this week. A bit of a different animal than the X-Pro2 or X100F but I honestly am finding that I’m shooting with EVF more and more. The OVF is lovely to have but I’m just not using it as much as I used to…

      Hope that rambling helped a bit!
      K.

    • Ahh, the question of the ages! :)

      Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either the X-Pro2 or the X100F. For me though, I’m a manual focus / hyperfocal shooter. The focus distance resets to 2m on the X100F when it powers down or enters sleep mode. All through Havana this meant I had to keep fiddling with the lens which drove me a little crazy.

      This being said the camera was a pure joy to use and I really LOVED the results I got. So depends on how you shoot I guess…

      I’ve been shooting with the X-Pro2 and it’s a great camera but a bit bigger than the X100F for sure. Not a huge standout but like I said – I found I got away with a lot more with the X100F than my friends did with the XPro2. That could just be the different styles of both photographers… Hard to say for sure.

      I’m actually waiting on an X-T2 as well. Should be here this week. A bit of a different animal than the X-Pro2 or X100F but I honestly am finding that I’m shooting with EVF more and more. The OVF is lovely to have but I’m just not using it as much as I used to…

      Hope that rambling helped a bit!

      K.

      • Alex Bright

        Thanks Karl – I’m also planing a trip to Havana as well next month so your review was very topical. :)

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  • 0x

    I’m waiting to the day when they add a tiltable screen to the x100.

    • I really don’t think you’re ever going to see that on an X100 body. This is a eye level shooter’s dream camera on the street and its design is almost iconic at this point. Pretty sure Fuji isn’t going to mess with that winning formula…

    • deb_ch

      The day I see a tiltable screen on an X100 I’ll go back an buy a Canon DSLR -lol-

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  • Alain Monnens

    Hi Karl, how would you compare the 23mmF2 lens from the X100F to the XF 23mmF2 on an X-Pro for example? Greetings Alain

    • Hard to judge. Both lenses produce excellent quality with their own unique looks. In the end the 23mm f/2 probably has a slight edge up for me… But I still really like the quality of the X100F lens when paired with the X-Trans3 sensor.

      If you go with the 23mm f/2 on an X-Pro2 or X-T2 you have a lot more versatility as a system. But as a street shooter? The X100 form factor is amazing. Comes down to your personal preference…

  • Shri Prasham

    Hi Karl, hypothetically speaking, If you had enough money for a solid Leica M6 body but not enough for a lens. Would you screw the M6 and go for this? I know they are worlds apart but I’m currently facing this predicament.

    PS. I love your work

    • Really depends on how comfortable you are developing your own film. The M6 is a solid camera but I’m perfectly happy with the results I’m getting from digital so there’s not much interest there for me.

      • Shri Prasham

        I’ve never developed my own film. I mean I’ve sent it to the shop to get it developed and then scanned it myself. I guess just reading about the Magnum guys and their Leica fascination made me want one. Though recently I read that Koudelka carries the x100. Don’t know if he actually uses it. Also street photography is not my main art, I’m a commercial shooter selling my soul to fashion. I just recently feel a little burnt out and thought I balance the commercial with some street stuff for myself.

        Your Havana shots are really selling the x100f for me though.

        • Thanks Shri – that was a great trip and the X100 did well by me!

          The thing to remember about the magnum guys and their Leicas… They were shooting film Leicas back in the day because there was no digital and when it came to film cameras Leica really set the bar. Over time the photogs came to rely on these tools and their styles of shooting developed in concert with their gear.

          A lot of Magnum guys are shooting digital now but are not limited to Leica gear (but some of the big guns like Alex Webb are definitely still with the big L).

          At the end of the day I’d have to agree with Eric Kim… spend your money on experience and become inspired. Get a camera that fits your style and keep on shooting!

          K.

          • Shri Prasham

            Thanks Karl. I think that reply pretty much summed it up for me. Fuji it is! now I just got to wait till it’s in stock, it’s sold out everywhere.

          • My pleasure!

            If you’re picking one up – use one of the links on this page and I’ll get a small commission. Helps keep the site running!

            K.

  • justme

    Hi,
    I am thinking of adding a new camera to my XPro1. So here are 2 questions:

    1. How is the AF of the X100F compared to the AF of the X-Pro1 (not version 2). Daylight and in low light?
    2. How is the reliabilty of the frames within the OVF of the X100F vs. XPro1 and XPro2?

    • Never shot with the X-Pro1 but the AF on the X100F is pretty darn good. Not as fast as an X-T2 but definitely faster than X100T.

      In terms of reliability of the OVF – not sure if you’re asking about accuracy or something else. But any OVF is only reasonably accurate at one specific distance but the X100F does change the size of the visible frame when you focus closer which makes it more accurate than most in theory. But I haven’t hooked this up to any type of measurement device so I can’t say anything for sure.

      Shouldn’t have any problems though…

      • justme

        Would you then prefer the X100F over the XPro2 with 23/2.0?

        I guess the EVF of the X100F is inferior because of slower refreshrate (56fps?) and less resolution. Or is it hard to see the difference between the two in practice?

        Is the OVF the same between the two? If not, what is the difference?

        Thanks

        • I don’t work for Fuji so I can’t comment on the specifics of the differences between the two OVFs. Frankly I shoot everything with EVF these days and I found the EVF on the X100F to be excellent. Zero complaint while shooting in Cuba.

          To be honest, the X-Pro2 / 23mm f2 is over double the price of the X100F. That speaks to quality of contruction among many other things. But if you need an interchangable lens go for it.

          • justme

            You hit a valid point. If there would be no restriction budget, I would buy all 3 (X100F, Xpro2 and also XT2). All 3 have pros and cons.

            I try to get a feeling what is more important for me and whether the differences in the specs are actually visible in real life shooting.

            The XT2 has the biggest and fastest (100fps) EVF. It is the most advanced in all specs. But I love the rangefindwr look, the viewfinder on the left so that less of my face is blocked and bwtter interaction with the people is possible.

            So this would lead to the XPro2. 85fps. Still significantly faster for blackouts and less fatuige for my eyes than my XPro1.

            But very expensive and bigger/ heavier than the X100F. Here we have only 56 fps and the lens ia “weaker” than the 23/2.0 WR.

            But the X100 series is sooooooo sexy…

            I used to have the original X100 but sold it because of AF. My Ricoh GR is faster… But this is another story.

            So if you could only keep one camera. Which one would you choose?

          • I’m shooting with an X-T2 these days.

          • danielpicasso

            Ah- Karl you just hit on my dilemma, I am am original x100 user, time to upgrade- I shoot street/close quarters-restaurant- document life- I am stuck between xt2 w/27mm for the above or upgrade to x100f -BTW I am in a wheelchair not that it matters other than I don’t pack lens etc, grab camera and hit the street- BTW loved the XT2 and x100f review u did, your a down to earth photorapher- interesting that you are using xt2- what u think of xt2 & 27mm for every day set-up? Thanks in advance.

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  • Daniel

    I love the iso dial on the x-pro2, takes some re-learning but when you get good at it, it’s great. The only one I prefer more is the iso lever on the Ricoh GR but it’s definitely better than a dial. Great site by the way.