Rethinking Photography with Fujifilm's X100 Series

For about four years now I've been happily acquiring Fujifilm bodies, lenses, and accessories. I have a pattern: I obsess and buy a new or used Fujifilm body, lens, or accessory from Amazon,  B&H, or Craigslist. I then get a new obsession and sell a Fujifilm body, lens, or accessories on Craigslist to offset my next purchase from Amazon, B&H, or Craigslist. When the X100 series entered my obsessive thoughts, I bought a used X100S from Amazon to test. I liked the X100S so much that I began obsessing over the X100F because it mirrored the familiar control layout of my XPro2. I found instead a lightly used X100T plus accessories from Amazon at a price I could not ignore, bought it, and sold my X100S on Craigslist (for less than I paid for it).


Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T

The X100T has been a revelation and has me rethinking my photography. This camera has become my daily driver and my powerful XPro2, with its collection of lenses, has become the niche camera which I now used primarily when I need the capabilities of the 55-200mm telephoto. Other than for telephoto use, the X100T with its 23mm lens is admirably serving as the photographic catch all and middle ground where I feel it is not worth the effort of bringing along the XPro2 with my 14mm, 35mm, 60mm, or 18-55mm lenses.


Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T


Don't get me wrong, the XPro2 is a fantastic camera. The 14mm renders dramatic wide angle landscapes and interior spaces. The 35mm f1.4 has is a low light wonder with magical bokeh. The 60mm does double duty as an exceptional portrait lens and macro lens. The 18-55 is perhaps my most versatile lens with its sharp optics, wide to moderate telephoto focal range, and image stabilization.


Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T


However, with the 23mm lens on a X100 series body, I don't feel I am missing out on landscape, architecture, people, or macro photography. I enjoy having a small, high quality camera close at hand, something I can keep in my work bag, slip into a coat pocket, or carry lightly over a shoulder. I enjoy the simple discipline of shooting with a prime lens and not having to overthink which lens to bring or use and not having to stop and swap lenses.

Because I am using one camera which is fixed at a single focal length, I have become more deliberate and more considerate of my subject and potential framing and my positioning. With this discipline I feel using the X100T is making me a better photographer.

X100 series, ultimate travel cam?


This week I really got to test the X100T, and the X100 series in general, as a do-everything-ultimate-travel-camera. I left the New England cold, the XPro2, assorted lenses, and tripod at home and spent a week in Florida with a minimal X100T travel kit.


Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T Travel Kit

My Florida travel kit consisted of the X100T, a mini-tripod, polarizing filter, two ND filters, and infrared filter, spare batteries, a charger, and USB cable with OTG adapter. I brought a new flash unit to test, but ended up not using it. It all fit easily in a my beat up Domke waxwear satchel with room to spare.

So how did this setup perform? Did it meet all my photographic needs?

Landscape - extensive focus and exposure controls with built-in ND filter.


Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T, Sunset

Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T, Sunset

Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T, Sunset

Architecture - sharp with minimal distortion


Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

People - discrete with silent shutter.


Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Detail - excellent macro and close focusing capabilities



Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image


Black and White / Infrared - deep and contrasty with no infrared hot spots! 



Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image

Fujifilm X100T, Florida Image


What do I really need?


Not only am I very satisfied with the image quality and versatility of the X100T at home and while traveling, I also admire its size, design, and aesthetic. This is undeniably a beautiful camera and a real pleasure to have in hand and use.

Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T
One camera, one lens. Simple and effective.

While I am not selling my XPro2 and lenses (yet?) the X100 series of cameras has me rethinking my photography and questioning how much gear do I really need? With the exception of telephoto, the X100 series camera does so much. It is either that good, or my needs are that simple.


Fujifilm X100 Series, X100T

X100T and Base Accessories:



4 comments:

  1. Great photos mate. I'm still in love with my T. Great little camera.

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  2. Great photos, you've got a great eye. I also happened to go the X100S/X100T/(X100F) route and gave up my X-T1/X-T2 because it's such a perfect experience. Would have love to have access to your pics EXIF info: you seem to aim at much wider depth of field.

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  3. Very nice photos. Regarding the X100 range, if you like the 23mm, you could still use your XPro camera with the 23/f2 and just add a telephoto lens if you want.

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  4. The Architecture photography and landscape is fantastic.
    Thank you for all the examples. There are times where I can not see using my X100f when shooting my dog or for a studio setting. I like having the flip out screen and my 90mm (favorite lens) or even my China Speedmaster F.95

    Your post however; is inspiring. Really great work.
    I've been carrying my X100f daily and it is the all time grab and go camera.
    I wear mine like a tourist and shoot on my way home.

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