It’s the retro rangefinder that everybody wants, but nobody seems to be able to find. The Fujifilm X100 is a metal clad, fixed lens, hybrid viewfinder camera that sports an APS-C sized sensor inside a smallish physique. Stay tuned as 2 Guys Photo got a hold of one and will have a report in the next few days. We’ll answer the question: do I want one?
The above photo was taken at ISO 400, 1/38 second (I know… that’s weird) and f2.0, Fujifilm X100.
I am very interested in your findings. I had a very long standing back order at Adorama for when they arrived but based on early owner’s reports and images, I cancelled it. The images appeared flat, the support for RAW processing wasn’t good, the menus were reported as unorganized, the rear buttons too small to reliably operate, and the battery life was very short. But my main issue was with the obvious susceptibility of the lens to flare from bright light sources just out of the frame and ghost images from bright point light sources in the frame.
It is possible that these early releases (but not beta versions) have been improved in later deliveries. There has been at least one firmware update to fix bugs and who knows what else? Again, I am very interested in how you like the X100. You may have a very different spin on the camera from the many other reviews that have come down the line.
I was hoping that this camera could be a substitute for my crop sensor DSLR for times when carrying the heavy artillery isn’t practical, but still provide images with little or no compromise in quality.
Your opinions please.
Prentis – I don’t want to tip my hand too much… and I’m still evaluating it… but you’ve hit a few nails on the head in your comments. If the sun ever shines up here in the Northeast, I’ll be able to more fully test the camera out. My lhasa apso, Shadow, has had enough.
The review will be up soon.
Many people rely on appearances, not noticing there is already a little gem on the market, the X-Z1. Regards, Tom
Tom – I had a chance to provide a few impressions of said little gem. In short, it wasn’t gemlike to me.
Here in Seattle it’s going to be 65 degrees today and sunny and may break 70 for the first time since November by the end of the week. WooHoo! Your dog Shadow would love it.
My shutter trigger finger is getting itchy again.