Shitty Little Camera: the Fuji X100F Review

February 6, 2018 • Reviews

Update October 9th, 2018

Well, 8 months have passed since I wrote this review, and it’s been quite a journey.
I would have never thought that writing SHITTY in the title could have helped me (I’m jocking, I knew it because I myself would open any review called like that), but to this date it has 21k+ views, quiet a few (and interesting) comments, + many many personal e-mails.
Thank you all.
Sometimes you’ll find some “update” parts in italic that I added later: a part from that, the review is as it was when I wrote it back in february.
I just changed some “product shots”, and added here & there news pics I’ve taken with the Fuji.
Now, on with the reading. Have a coffee, pour some beer: it’s long. Hope you’ll have as much fun reading it as I had in writing it.


Oh boy, where to begin.
Welcome to the most beautiful and useful camera in the world review. I call it shitty little camera because I’m in love with her it, and you know how being in love is. It’s just a shitty little camera.

[Just a few things out of the way before we start.
The camera in this review is mine, I use it everyday, I payed full price for it (+ two X100Ts, more later), I have no relationship of any kind with Fujifilm, nobody payed me to write this, and there are no affiliate links. I just write because I like writing, and I love this camera.

The X100F is the fourth and at the time of this writing latest iteration of the X100 line.
I know it’s old news, but I bought mine in August 2017 and I can only laugh at reviews by those who don’t own what they review, who review things after a couple of days of use (with gear rented or provided by the manufacturer), or even better who write reviews payed by Fujifilm. You’ll find plenty of shortcomings in those reviews, yep yep.

Anyway, 10 lines in and I’m already digressing.

What I wanted to say was just…

Welcome to my review of the X100F. It’s sexy, it’s sleek, and for the first time it works without major fuck-ups.
The S was a big upgrade from the original, but the T was just a series of small tweaks here and there, nothing major, and not worth the upgrade from the S: well, as a former user of the T, I can safely state that the F runs circles around the T. Worth the upgrade. Definetly worth it.

OMG it’s worth it

Just don’t handle it if you say you don’t wanna buy it, because It’s very likely you’ll fall in love with it and will want it. If you have a T and keep saying “Naah, not worth it”, well, alright, just don’t touch the F. Trust me, don’t do it.

Don’t touch it

It’s beautiful, it’s addictive, and it is definetly not a woman camera for beginners.

And it’s not even a luxury item, as some people state. It costs around 1400€ full price, you call that a luxury? A fucking Bmw is.


When the original X100 came out I was rocking a Canon 450d with a few cheap primes.
When the S came out, I was madly in love with my first full frame, the 5d II, and wouldn’t have betrayed it with a cheap-ass aps-c (disgusting OMG lacks the 3D look!!1! – that’s me talking a few years ago).
When the T came out, well, it was time for me to join the fun. I sold my 5d II, kept 3 lenses and the 6d that I had added to the 5d, and went in with a black T.

I loved it, but after about 15k shots I’ve had the  opportunity to realize a ménage à trois an old dream of mine, so I sold it to fund the purchase of a used Leica M9. To make a long story short: huge mistake. Massive mistake. Should have known better.
The intelligent man learns from his mistakes, the wise man from other’s mistakes. So bear with me.

The M9 is beautiful, but it’s nowhere as practical and refined as the T, and its sensor collected dust as a magnet.
When I went in a Leica store to have it repaired, they told me that the M9, quote, “it’s a camera for lovers of the Leica brand”, unquote, and that dust, well, it was not an issue for them, although the camera was (better, should have been) covered by warranty.

I sold it immediatly (at a loss), and went back to my trusty old woman bought back another T (in silver).

At least this painful and expensive experience made me appreciate even more the T (btw, check out my X100T review here. It’s in Italian but there are a lot of pictures, no need to understand Italian for them).

I procedeed to fuck her brains out take around 60k pictures with it, but last summer during a wedding a guest went full MotoGP podium on me splashing the T with champagne, and it died. Well, sort of.

It still somehow shoots, but the dials are all sticky, they don’t work properly, and the surgery repair would have been super expensive and not worth it.
Since the couple I was shooting agreed to pay me back its value as a used camera, I used that money and some more cash to buy an F on August 1st, 2017.

After 16k shots with it, I’m happier than I ever was.

Update October 9th, 2018

After 37k shots, eheh.


I wasn’t planning to betray again sell my T as I’m not rich and it still worked fine, but given the circumstancs… I can call myself lucky.


The F, as all the other X100s, is still a unique camera with no competitors from other brands.
The Sony RX1 and Leica Q might be similar, but are overpriced and lack many things that the X100 has.

A lot of things were perfect from the first X100, so why bother reinventing the wheel. No need to change what’s not broken, right?


The F is even more beautiful than the other X100s.

You can see immediatly that it’s an X100, everything is just more polished and cleaner. More on this later.

Update October 9th, 2018
It really is beautiful.


The soul is still the same. You do what you did with the original X100, it’s just faster and with less PITA quirks.


The F is small and light (470gr).
It won’t fit your jeans’ pocket, but your jacket one, yes.

But sometimes a beer it’s still the right thing to stick in your pocket, just in case

You can wear it all day (you should if you don’t), without being tired at night. Can’t do that with a reflex.


It’s the quietest camera out there. I can only laugh at those who say that Leicas are quiet… They might be less noisy than a reflex, sure, but they’re no competition for the X100.

Its leaf shutter is barely audible if you keep the camera close to your ear in a dead silent room, and in real world it’s completely silent.
The electronic shutter is 100% silent. You can add fake shutter noise from the menu if you wanna have an audio feedback… That says it all.

Update October 9th, 2018

If you use the electronic shutter, what is called “rolling shutter effect” can occur. I managed to obtain only once, on purpose to have something to show in this review, in a train. But maybe I don’t shoot the kind of subjets which provokes it often enough.


This allows you to shoot in situations where you normally couldn’t. Talking about museums, cerimonies (great for wedding photographers), theatres…

And you can shoot everywhere without being noticed.

I went 100% unnoticed in this one


Still the same 23mm f/2 (full frame 35mm equivalent).

The rendering is the same, the insane macro ability as well. Sharpness is just about righ, it flares beautifully at f/2 (if you don’t like it just use your hand as a hood, it is that small), and the bokeh is smooth.


Update: March 28, 2018

A couple of words more about the lens.
There’s a lot of talk lately about micro-contrast, Zeiss pop, or whatever you wanna call it. You can believe it or not, but it’s indeed true that some lenses have got something to them that’s not easy to define but that’s quite there… and to me, the X100 lens has it.

This is a simple bw conversion from raw, almost straight from the camera.


The only thing I still don’t like it’s the aperture wing: the lens being this small, it’s difficult to change aperture without touching the focusing ring as well. But I can cope with that.

The lens has minimal distortion, and zero distortion when you apply the LR correction profile.

Being a fixed lens camera, you never think about changing lens, or spending more money to buy a new one. You just go with it. (bonus: you won’t get your sensor dirty while changing lens)


Update: April 4th, 2019

Ah-Ehm. Oups.
It happened. My beloved had an issue.
In december, right in the middle of my Christmas holiday, I noticed an annoying spot in the sky of one picture. I thought: “Please, don’t let it be some dust on the sensor, please please”.
But of course it was. Dammit. I guess that’s an issue when you can’t remove your lens (and yes, I know that in this very review I wrote that the beauty of a fixed-lens camera is that “your can’t get dust on your sensor”).
It happened approsimately after 42000 shots, and I was lucky it was under warranty.
I had bought the camera in a French chain called Fnac, so they take care of the problem and if they can’t solve it they send the camera to a Fuji authorized lab.
Which it happened. The thing took what seemed to me like an infinite amount of time (january 3rd-february 2nd), time that seemed even longer because I had lent one of my two Canon 6d to a friend , and a week after giving the Fuji for repair I discovered that my other 6d had a shutter issue and it showed horrible light-leakings on top of the frames, which was extremely annoying as I had bought the camera in July 2017 and barely used it, good job it was still under warranty as well (bought in the same shop)… Anyway, I seem to be losing track of where I am.
When they gave the Fuji back to me, the “checkout” paper said that they:

  • cleaned the sensor
  • replaced the alimentation board
  • replaced the top cover and dials
  • installed the latest firmware

So now I have a bit of an hibrid camera, with a battered lower part and a shining top. It works as it should. They did a factory reset so I lost all my settings, and the shutter count was back to zero.


Unfortunately, even the original lens cap hasn’t changed. Very stilish, ok, but it falls all the time. No big issue: I don’t use it. Neither I use the insanely overpriced original lens hood (if you want one, buy an off-brand one).

I use an UV filter on it, and the camera is always ready to go. But pay attention: since the lens moves while focusing, if you screw the filter directly it’s gonna touch the glass.

What you wanna do is take an old 39mm filter, remove the glass, screw the frame on the lens, and then screw the real filter on the old filter frame. Doing this you allow the lens enough space to move without touching anything. Here’s a picture (looks even better than the hood IMO, and it’s smaller).


Update: March 28, 2018

Well, even using a top-quality-high-price UV filter as I was, last week I’ve a done a brief comparison with/without the filter, and withouth the filter the image looks slightly better, especially in BW. Maybe it’s just a mental thing, whatever.
Anyway, I took off the filter and bought an off-brand (JJC) hood+adapter for 16€. I bought a no brand black 49mm clip-on lens cap, which fits perfectly inside the hood when the camera it’s inside the bag. From now on, I’ll use the filter only in sandy/rainy conditions.
Here are a couple of pics of the new set-up.

Update: March 29th, 2019

I had forgot to add: the hood creates some shadows with the built-in flash. If you use the flash, you better take it off.



Leaf shutter means silent shutter and insanely high flash sync speed. Sync-at-any-speed-high.

Your small flash becomes a powerhouse, you can kill the sun in full daylight, or just use your flash at smaller power settings.
If you don’t know what this means, read this post by David Hobby aka The Strobist, and in general check out his website, starting from “Lighting 101”. I’ve just changed your life. You’re welcome.


Along with the X-Pro series, the X100 is the only camera to sport an EVF and an OVF at the same time.

I use the EVF 99% of the time: you can see the exposure real time, whatever film simulation you have, and the framing is 100% accurate.

The only situations where I use the OVF are:

  • when I wanna save battery
  • very busy situations with many people where I wanna see what happens outside the frame, rangefinder style

The framing is way more precise than with a Leica, because the frame lines move. Still, the EVF is on a whole another level.

You can use a little electronic window on the bottom right of the OVF to check focus and exposure, but I don’t like it. When I use the OVF, I go OVF only. And only when I can stay at least at f/8, manual focusing in hyperfocal and then forgetting about it.

I know I should because it works fine, but I can’t manage to trust the autofocus with the OVF. But it’s just me: many do it happily.

Anyway, plenty of choice. You get the best of both worlds.


Incredible. Well, I’m a long time Canon user and Canon sucks at white balance, I don’t need much in terms of wb to be impressed, but the auto-wb of the Fujis is hands-down amazing.

If you don’t wanna cool down or warm the scene on purpose, don’t bother fiddling with it: it’s gonna be right.

I use the manual wb only while shooting artificial light.


Fuji colors rendition is unique. Some don’t like it, most do. I’m one of those. It’s great for skin tones.

I mean, look at those skin tones. Just kidding


I never use it, but if I wanna hand the camera to my girlfriend or some of my friends I just turn all the dials to A, turn the flash on, set face recognition on, and it works flawlessly.

Try that with a Canon.


Fuji constantly improves their cameras with firmware updates. By improving I don’t mean just solving issues: I mean really improving them.

Only brand to do that. There are probably more changes in a Fuji update than in a Sony new camera (I’m only half-joking — try to count how many A7 they’ve dropped since the original).



It’s more rugged (not that the older ones looked cheap, but this is just… better), cleaner, and the shape is slightly different (especially the top).

No more T or S mark on the front of the camera (thanks), and the ergonomics is miles ahead.

The camera is still available in silver or black (my choice), it’s still all metal (feels great in hand, although a bit cold in winter), and still made in Japan.

Update: April 4th, 2019

If the standard X100F weren’t pretty enough (which it is), Fujifilm is now (sort of, since it’s been availble for many months) selling a brown version. It looks stunning if you ask me, and I would have bought it 100% had it been available in 2017.
This picture is from Ivan Joshua Loh (you can find other pictures on his aptly titled post “Gear porn at its best“).



Update: March 28, 2018

The front of the X100T, for comparison.


The back is what changed the most: all the buttons are on the right (don’t need two hands to push buttons anymore), and there’s the joystick!
Wonderful addition: just change the focus point with that (much faster than before), or use it to browse images, options, and menus. It’s great.
Little trick: if you wanna get back quickly to the center point,double click the joystick, done. With the T, I sometimes forgot where I was and had to double check in the EVF, now I just double click the joystick and now where I’m at.


Update: March 28, 2018

This is the backside of the X100T.


Another great addiction: the iso dial.

This, along with the focus point selection, was my biggest complaint about the T. When I turned on the camera, I often forgot which iso it was set at, now I can see it on the shutter speed dial. Perfect.

Just lift it and rotate it. Quick, easy, functional.
Another trick: set the iso to A, and with the front dial (yeah, haven’t mentioned it yet, another welcome addition) you can change the iso from L (100) to H (25600 or 51200), to the three auto options (customizable from the menu). I don’t use auto iso anyway, but it works well.

Practically every button is a custom fn button: add the custom Q menu, and you’ll seldom need to use the (still far from perfect) internal menu.

That feeling when you’re halfway through the X100F menu

There’s a new C setting on the exposure compensation dial: when in C, you can use the front dial to go from -5 to +5 exposure compensation. I rarely shoot in aperture/shutter speed priority, but if you do this is another welcome addition.

The body is slightly bigger than the T, and my T case doesn’t fit the F. I wasn’t using it anyway, so I sold it.

Update October 9th, 2018

I am the kind of person who likes to see his camera getting older, adding a scratch here and there, showing that’s been used (and abused, talking about mine).
Still, the X100F doesn’t give me too much satisfaction because all I have to show after 14 months are these little dents on the bottom, and some paintwork off in the corners.
And I’ve literally took it with me every single day except maybe no more than 10.

For her firs birthday I bought her a soft shutter release, and I have to say, I quite like it.

One year together <3



The F houses the same X-Trans III sensor of the X-Pro2 and X-T2.

Yes, it’s an aps-c sized sensor. Yes. So what. It’s fantastic, and for the type of camera the F is, I’d rather have the little added DOF that the aps-c size offers.

It has more resolution (24mpx vs the T’s 16), better iso performance (I’d say around 1 stop better, but the grain looks better at any setting), and you can choose between uncompressed or compressed raw files.

The compressed raw are called “lossless” compressed raws for a reason: if your raw converter  of choiche supports them, there’s no difference with the uncompressed ones.
The latters though, are twice as fat in terms of memory. Shoot compressed.

Do it

Many people shoot jpeg with Fuji, stating that they are good enough. Well… They sure look good, but hard disks and memory cards are so cheap nowadays, I don’t see the point in shooting jpeg only, unless you’re a sport photographer or pj who needs to send the picture immediatly. The raw has much more latitude for correcting mistakes, and you can always shoot raw+jpeg (fine or normal), and use the raw if the jpeg is not the way you want it.

And I hate the way the processors handles high-iso photos: even with the noise reduction set to the minimum, they do look mushy after iso 2500. I say mushy, I mean flat-out shit.
I’d rather have a noisier pic than a mushy one, any day.

iso 12800

Another hot topic: which raw converter to use?

Apparently Lightroom is not the ideal choice for X-Trans files.
My experience: it’s plenty good enough.

It’s true that:

  • LR it’s slower (in importing, creating previews, editing, exporting) with X-Trans files than with Canon (or other manufacturers) files
  • there are converters than zooming 200000x on the picture offer better detail

But it’s also true that:

  • X-Trans III files are better managed by LR than X-Trans II ones, and it gets better and better at every LR CC update (in any case you should use the smart preview trick explained here by Kevin Mullins)
  • the film simulations you have on the SOOC jpegs can be applied in LR, and on a blind test nobody could tell the difference
  • I print my picture up to 60*90cm and they look great
  • on my calibrated Eizo monitor the files look great
  • LR is so practical and I’m so used to it that unless I really see IQ issues (which I don’t) I’ll stick to it

But… That’s just me. I would only consider switching to Capture One, but since I’m happy with LR, I don’t see the point in changing.

Of course if you’re the type of person that would rather compare 187 different raw converters instead of actually taking pictures just for the sake of having the best brick walls photos on the internet, well… Go for it. To each his own, right?

No point in even trying to get a sharp pic if you’re gonna develop it with Lightroom

My two cent: try whatever you want, then use what’s good enough for you (and your wallet clients if you’re a pro).

Update October 9th, 2018

Another little add-up: I’m sure that with another converter the X-Trans’ files could be even sharper… But for the kind of shooting I do they’re often already sharper than I’d want.

Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept

Don’t shoot. I’m just the messenger. Henri Cartier-Bresson said that… Oh oh.


Update April 15th, 2019

Here is where I eat my words.
I’ve been growing more and more frustrated with Lightroom lately.
It’s slower than the paycheck when your rent is late, there’s an update every couple of days but in the last year or so it’s just getting slower and clunkier, and I’m tired of having to go through shortcuts (e.g. the smart preview trick) for it to perform (sort of) decently.
So, after many years of “I’ll check it out tomorrow”, I gave Capture One a thorough try, considering that in autumn 2018 they announcend a new version in which they collaborated with Fuji.
And… I’m impressed.
So much that after one day I knew I was done with Lightroom.
Many reasons, the main ones are the followings:

  1. It’s fast. Yes. Out of the box, no magic dust needed.
    Importing, viewing, editing, exporting. F-A-S-T. (even on my 5 years old pc)
  2. It’s 99.99% customizable. OMG. (which by the way makes it even faster)
    You can arrange your workspace to your liking, and choose your keyboard shortcuts for everything.
    Well, almost: the only problem that I can think of is that there is no shortcut for BW conversions.
    On top of that, it looks way more sleeker and professional than Lightroom.
  3. IQ is better, shadow and highlight recovery and color editing are galaxies ahead of Lightroom.
    My Canon 6d’s files look better, but my Fuji’s X-Trans raws are just… wow. Almost like buying a new camera.
    The folks at Phase One recently partnered with Fuji (you can even buy a Fuji-only version of C1, I bought the full version as I use Canon as well), and it shows.
    No artifacts even in the most stupid shootings conditions, japanese-knife sharpness, spectacular tonality. The files just look… thicker, if you follow me.
    Oh, and good riddance to the crucifyiing LR/X-Trans slowness.
    Superb output, no doubt.
    On top of that, every slider is much more gradual and subtle, (a +3/100 change looks like a +3, unlike LR where between +10 and +15 there’s hardly any difference, but between +15 and +20 there might (might) be a life and death change, or no change at all).
    Unfortunately, they don’t offer film simulation for Fuji X-Trans I & II cameras (e.g. the X100T, the F is fine). Funny thing, you can apply the new “Eterna” simulation to X100F raws, even if the camera doesn’t have it.
  4. While Adobe forces on you the subscribtion plan (which leaves you with nothing the moment you quit them), you can buy a C1 full license and not be a slave of them.
    You know what? I made the math of how much money I gave to Adobe in years of 12,19€/month, and it’s a lot. We should part ways with me having at least the possibility to open old catalogs, but I leave empty handed.
    I have licenses for old versions of LR and PS, and that’s all. There has to be a reason if their products are the World Most Cracked right? Right.
    I paid 350€ for my C1 Pro12 license. Their subscription is more expensive than Adobe’s (which makes sense since their product is superior), but the point is, I want a license.
    If I don’t buy cameras that are not included in C1 12, I’ll be good with that. If I wanna update to a new version when it comes out, I don’t have to pay the full 350€ again, only (if they keep update prices similar to their past ones) around 150€. Which if you do the math, it’s less that what you’d pay in constantly keeping the subscription mode.
    Anyway, I’m not sure whether prices change according to your location, so you might wanna check them out yourself.
    Last thing, since this is not a C1 review and I’m digressing as always, you can download a (full) 30 days free trial, so give it a try.
    Just don’t try to make it look and function as if it were Lightroom, which kinds of defeats the point to me. It is better dammit. Trust it.

Oh, another PS.
Just out of curiosity and given its low price (29,99$), I tried Iridient Transformer.
it doesn’t replace Lightroom, it converts your Raf files into Dng ones, and it does a better job at demosaicing them.
Basically, you add one step at the beginning of your workflow.

  • Dngs are heavier (roughly 55-70mb) (and you’ll probably keep the Rafs as well)
  • it complicates your worflow
  • I can see some slight advantages in some pictures (especially with trees and foliage), but negligible 99% of the time. I haven’t printed any picture from a DNG, but I guess the difference would be even less noticeable. And…
  • … Iridient’s DNG files are noisier (yes, I checked my settings) ( I even bought this Thomas Fitzgerald ebook, which for 4€ I recommend if you’re interested in Iridient)
  • it’s very slow. LR edits Dngs a bit faster than it does with Rafs, but the little time you save in editing you lose it in creating the dngs

So to me, it’s a no-go. You take the World Slowest Software, Lightroom, and you drag it down even more, complicating your workflow with dubious results.
It might make sense if you have a particular image where you see weird stuff happening and you wanna try to correct it. But, but…
Do yourself a favor and try Capture One. Or stick with Lightroom.

Another, maybe last, PS.
I wanted to cancel my Adobe CC subscrition, and when I clicked on “cancel”, the following screenshot appeared.

It’s in Italian, but it goes pretty much like this:
“Please don’t leave, here for you 2 months for free if you stick with us please please please”.
Translation: you gave us so much money we don’t really care about losing two months. Or better: we’re asking you more money than we should, that’s why we can give you free months as soon as we see you might wanna leave.
Since my annual subscription ends in october and when you leave you have to pay half of what’s left to pay before the automatic renewal, I took the offer, gained two months, and paid less to leave (I’ve just canceled the subscription, and in two months I’ll be done)
Here’s my advice; if you:
a) Wanna stick to Adobe but sure wouldn’t mind two free months
b) Wanna change to something else and pay a bit less to switch
Just click on “Cancel subscription”, and see if they propose the same thing they proposed me. I don’t garantee it, but it might work. Anyway, that’s all folks.


I shoot raw+jpeg (normal): I develop the raws of the pics I like, and delete the ones of the pictures I don’t like at all or are misfocused, and so on. I’ll keep the jpegs of the latters just as an archive, but don’t wanna fill my hard drives with shit raws I’ll never use.
Another advantage of shooting raw+jpeg is that if you like to shoot square formaat, you can see the square image in the EVF (or screen), and the raw file, althoug full size, will be pre-cropped while imported in LR. Composing is much easier. I don’t shoot square though, it’s just FYI.


Update: March 28, 2018

I’ve been forced to shoot square BW in an assignment shot for the swiss director Hanspeter Ammann, and I like it. I’ll definetly use it in the future. Some more shots in square format here.


Update: February 18th, 2019

Here’s the book that came out from the collaboration between me and Hanspeter.



Update January 9th, 2020

Regarding aspect ratios, I’ve just launched a petition to Fujifilm, you can sign it here.


The F has a new bw simulation, Acros. It’s nice, but my favourite choice for bw is: import the raw file, set the Classic Chrome simulation, then convert to bw.
Talking about bw… Am I the only one to think that Fuji black and white rendering is just gorgeous? No I know I’m not.

One last thing: there’s plenty of talk on the internet about the difference in actual exposure between Fuji files and other manufacturers’ ones.
I was curious, so I’ve done this little test in my flat. Click on the picture to download the raw file.

Pic 1: X100F, 1/13. f/4, iso 6400
(no correction profile added)

Pic 2: Canon 6d + Sigma Art 24-105, 1/13, f/4, iso 6400
(the framing is different, but I haven’t moved the tripod, and the Sigma, has you can see from the exif, is at 35mm. Not sure why)

Draw your own conclusion about this test, but I just wanna say that the noise to me looks better on the F, and the awb, well… enough said.


Update October 9th, 2018

Another thing: the Sigma lens might have a different T/stop number than the X100F one: I have no way to verify this as I don’t have any other 35mm fov equivalent lens.



Way faster than before.
To me the best improvement is the joystick, but the autofocus itself it’s enourmosly better than the T.

Way better

Now even the continuous autofocus is reliable (couldn’t say that for the T). I don’t usually shoot subjects that need tracking, but in case I know I can count on the F. It’s not as good or customizable as it’s on the X-T2, but it’s not a sport/wildlife camera.

Many people don’t know it, but the af speed changes a lot with the dimensions of the af point. To set it, press the joystick and then rotate the back dial. The bigger the point, the faster the af. Use smaller points only if you need to precisely focus on small objects.

On the X100F there are even too many (325) focus points available: I use the 91 points option, as 325 are far too many too browse in practical use. They might be useful for still life photography (or any kind of veeeery slow shooting), but to me 91 points is the sweet spot.


Update October 9th, 2018

Here is a very nice learn-how-to-focus-with-a-Fuji post.
If you come from a reflex, focusing with a Fuji is quite different from what you used to.
Don’t try to adapt the Fuji to your reflex-based focusing style: it will be frustrating, the same way you don’t ask a spoon to cut a steak.
Better reset your focus mechanism and re-learn from zero, concentrating on the Fuji’s strong points.


With the Canon, I prefere back-button focusing. To use it with Fuji, you need to set the focus on M (=manual) on the left-side switch, then either you manual focus either you back-button autofocus with the “AEL-AFL” button under your left thumb (much better positioned than on the T btw!).
My F stays in M 99% of the time (bonus: in M mode, you don’t need to turn on the macro mode, it will work by default).


Update: March 28, 2018

This is another aspect in which it’s miles ahead of any reflex: being able to change in a fraction of a second from back-button focusing to shutter-button focusing it’s something I’d really like to have on my 6d… But I don’t.

When you shoot in M mode you have a distance scale with the dof indicator in the viewfinder or in the LCD: it’s not super precise, but it gives a rough idea of where your focus will be, and it’s particularly helpful when shooting stopped down. When I shoot on the street I generally back-button focus on my feet, set the aperture to f/8, iso and shutter speed to whatever needed, and then I know I’m good to go and I just need a quarter of a full rotation to go slightly closer or farther.


Update: April 5th, 2019

In the last months I’ve been using the autofocus on shutter button a little more, especially at wide-ish apertures.
About back-button focusing: my X100F is now even top and front button focusing, as I set the front and top fn buttons to activate focus as well. I use all three depending on the situation. You can really taylor the camera on yourself.

Actual manual focusing, due to the focus-by wire mechanism, is still quirky at best. Don’t really use it a part from low light wide open shooting sometimes.

A spectacular try at manual focusing


The F new processor is much faster than the F in everything, from turning the camera on, to menu browsing, to setting changing.

It’s just more responsive.

Even the buffer is better. I always turn the auto-play option off, so I can keep shooting even while the camera is recording images.


I can’t understand why they don’t copy the Canon ones, the Fuji menus are still all but perfect (everbody hates multiple sub-menus, and this camera is full of them).

At least now there’s a “MY MENU” setting (about fucking time), where you can set your most-used settings. When you enter the menu, the my menu page is the first to show up.

I use it for my off-camera flash settings (more on that later).

What’s still slow and annoying is the format card option. You can’t add it to my menu (please fix this with a firmware update), and to acces it you have to:

  1. click menu
  2. go to the set-up chapter
  3. click on user setting
  4. click format
  5. click yes

Too long.

Waiting for the X100F to format the damn card


Update April 16, 2018

As M said in the comments (thank you!), there is a way to quick-format the damn camera.
Press and hold the “delete” button for a couple of seconds, and then press the back dial: the format menu will appear, just select yes >> ok. Thank you M!



Haven’t mentioned this in the body chapter, but the F sports the same battery as the X-Pro2 and X-T2.

This is great news. First thing: if you own other flagship Fujis, you can share the same batteries and chargers.


Update October 9th, 2018

Valid for the new Fuji X-T3 as well.


Second: the T battery was small and lasted next to nothing. The F battery is bigger and more powerful.
Even setting the camera to “High performance” (which you should) it lasts longer than the T.


I used to carry 5 batteries with me (the original + 4 off-brand spares), now I just go with three, and rarely need to change the first one.
With the T very seldom I made it to the end of the day with my first battery.
I still own 5 for weddings, but usually I go out with just three.
As always with Fuji, original accessories (including batteries) are outrageously expensive.
I bought 4 Patona batteries and one charger for less than the price of one original Fuji battery. They’re slightly less powerful, but I can buy four. That will do, thanks.

The T battery indicator was useless: it had 4 segments, but when it was at 3/4 it could fall to 0 any minute. Now it has 5 segments and it’s much more reliable.
When you shoot from the screen, if you press DISP BACK you can even see the percentage of battery left (welcome to the 21st century Fuji).

Ah, the charger. Looks better, but it’s still inadequate.
When it’s charging the light is green (doesn’t make sense to me), when the battery is full, the led turns off. One day the cable wasn’t connected very well (my fault), I just plugged it in and forgot about it, in the morning I saw that the light was off and thought the battery was full, but of course it was still empty.

Why can’t they make them like Canon, with red blinking light while charging (1 blink = 1/4 battery charged, and so on), and green fixed led when charged? Beats me. Fix this please. It is an issue.


Another little quirk of the new batteries: in the old ones I used to put little tape marks to number them (1, 2, 3, 4): I had taped the new ones on the side, and they wouldn’t come of the battery housing anymore! The housing is tighter than before, so if you wanna tape the batteries do it on the bottom. Not a big deal, but worth mentioning.


Not much, but the F is not perfect.
Of course complaining on the internet as I’m about to do is much easier than designing and manufacturing a camera: for a behind the scenes look at what goes on at Fuji while deciding what features to include in a new camera, read this post by David Hobby. It’s about the X-Pro2, but the same goes for the F or any other camera.

Discussing all the X100F shortcomings


Major complaint of many. Not an issue for me, I always buy good quality cards and change them every couple of years just in case, they’re cheap enough today.

For years photographers have coped with one roll of film or one sd, now apparently you can’t venture out of the door without a double sd…

I think it’s fine as long you don’t do stupid things like:

  • using cheap off-brand cards on a 1400€ camera
  • formatting the card from your computer and not from the camera
  • using a card formatted on another camera
  • using a card on different cameras withouth formatting it
  • erasing pictures in camera
  • and so on.

If you wanna learn the memory card bon-ton, read this post by the former Lexar marketing director.


Update: March 28, 2018

This are the cards that I use on the F, and that I used on the T.



I think it’s a body design issue. Everybody wants it, but if Fuji hasn’t implemented it yet there has to be a reason.
I use the F under light rain all the time anyway, but I wouldn’t pour champagne of it, as my story with the T shows. Lesson learned, until the next drunk wedding guest.


This is the feature I really  miss. Again, probably a body design issue, but after trying a friend’s X-T2 I want that damn tiltable screen. I want it, period.


Especially the joystick. It moves really easily, so the focus point it’s gonna change just by bumping on your jacket.


Update October 9th, 2018

This is probably the most annoying thing about the Fuji in real use (along wwith then next point): I now have developed a sort of tic, everytime I rise the camera to my eye I automatically double-press the joystick, so it will center back the focus point.



I keep the camera on Viewfinder Only setting 99% of the time, but I’d like to see the menu on the screen when pressing the menu button. Easily adjustable via firmware, but maybe I’m the only one with this issue.


Update: March 28, 2018

I don’t like the eye-sensor mode, where you the viewfinder turns on when you approach your eye to the sensor near it. It’s faster than on the T, but not fast enough for me when shooting in fast-paced enviroments. I don’t like neither the viewfinder/lcd alternaate mode, for the same reason.

I’d like to being able to disable the two sensor modes and change from “lcd only” to “viewfinder only” in one click with the “view mode” button, but it’s not possible yet. Firmware? Am I the only one with this problem?
At the time of this writing, the only way is press the “view mode” button three times in a row, but not too fast if not the camera will skip a beat. Quite annoying! (Yes I know, I’m nit-picking)



It’s in the “up” selector, and can’t be moved somewhere else or disabled. A couple of times it changed to video while bumping on my t-shirt, and it took a couple of seconds for me to realize what happened. Annoying. I’d rather have it hidden in the menu or in some fn button.


It doesn’t look very nice, and the quality is low. The inside after a while starts losing bits and becomes scratchy.


Update October 9th, 2018

I now have a unique strap made by a friend, which is better than the original.



Not sure if I’m too stupid to find this setting, but I couldn’t in the T neither. While in playback mode, I can’t manage to have the number of picture I’ve taken (e.g. 1/64). Woud be practical.


I live in Paris. Winters are pretty cold here, but if I wanna use the F (as I do) I know I can’t wear gloves withouth pushing 54 buttons at the same time.


In the rare occasions the F won’t lock focus, it will hunt back and forth for a couple of seconds and the only way to stop it quickly is to turn the camera off and back on. It’s frustrating when you see the scene developing in front of your eyes and can’t do anything but wait while the camera goes bzz-bzz back and forth. At least in M/back-focusing mode, it should be possible to manual-override the af, but it isn’t.


Not precise. I set it with my two 6ds, and already after a couple of weeks it’s off by a few minutes, while the Canons are still on point. It was an issue with the T, it’s still an issue with the F.

A good trick if you’re shooting multiple cameras jobs: don’t bother changing the in-camera clock.
Install on your smartphone a “global phone” app, shoot a picture of it with every camera you’re gonna use, and then change the acquisition time in LR referring to that picture. Done.


Many say that Fuji is the new Leica. I don’t agree. Fuji is a better Leica.

Happy, before I knew better

Let’s see… what are the major points that made Leicas the camera of choice for documentary and reportage photographers back in the days?

  • the quietness of the shutter release. Fujis are more silent in general, and the X100 series is dead quiet. Check
  • the rangefinder mechanism that allows slower hand-held shutter speed. Nothing moves in a mirrorless camera, so you can hand hold a Fuji better than a Leica. Check
  • the inobtrusive look and small size. Fujis are smaller and look as inobtrusive as any Leica, and they’re much lighter as well. Check
  • the reliability. Film Leicas are built like tanks, but digital ones not quite so. Every single person I know who owns or owned a digital Leica, including me, has had issues with it at least once. The Leica customer service, on top of that, is arrogant and inefficient.

Tell me more

Other points.
Leicas are insanely overpriced. Even if you wanna talk about “historical heritage” and similar bullshit, they will still be overpriced. How many people can afford a normal Leica kit (with a backup body)? Mmh. Leicas, unlike Fujis or other cameras, are luxury objects.

Lenses are great, no doubts, but so are Fuji lenses.

With a Fuji you leave for a trip knowing that the camera will work, with a Leica you leave wondering whether you’ll have to realign the rangefinder mechanism (a friend of mine went to China with his M240 and misfocused all of his shot under f/4 due to a rangefinder mislagninment), and hoping that the heavily flawed electronic won’t bug or let you down.

And in general walking with a Leica means walking with 6000+€ hanging from your neck. I didn’t feel completely at ease walking in dodgy areas with the M9.

They’re more boutique objects than real world cameras. Step into a random Leica store to see what I mean: their main business is selling expensive cameras to old people who won’t use them.

The so-called rangefinder experience is indeed very nice, but there’s no point in denying that a Fuji works better than a Leica in pretty much every aspect.

The M9 is still a broken dream for me, but going back in time I would never buy it again. No close-focusing. No live view. No precise framing. Buggy electronics. Ridiculous “high-iso” (ah-ehm) performance. Laughable dynamic range. And I won’t even mention again the dust on the sensor problem.

The main point is: everything you do with a Leica you can do with a Fuji, most of what you can do with a Fuji you can’t with a Leica. Period.

Last thing. Leicas are beautiful to see, but holding them you get the feeling that they are delicate objects. You get that feeling because, well, they are. To each is own… But Fuji is a better Leica.

When they tell you that Leicas are the best reportage cameras

I would buy a Leica just as an investment, if I had enough cash to spare: every couple of years or so they come out with special limited editions like the Lenny Kravitz Leica. I would buy one of those, not touch it, put it in a closet and forget about it for 20 years, and then sell for twice the amount of  money I’ve spent on it. Unfortunately at the moment I can’t afford to do this.
Now back to the F.


Random bits, as many settings are already described above.

I use the F almost always at iso 1600, as I find this its sweet spot. The grain is almost non-existent, and since in Paris the light changes a lot I’d rather play with the shutter speed than with the iso. Sometimes I’ll use “stupid” settings like f/8, iso 1600, 1/2000, but who cares. Iso 1600 is beautiful in black and white as well.

Somehow I rarely shoot vertical with this camera, don’t know why.

I always keep the shutter on the “m+e” (mechanical+electronic) setting. By default it will use the mechanical, but when needed (e.g. full sunlight wide open) it will switch to electronic, allowing crazy fast shutter speed. Flash doesn’t work with the electronic shutter.

I set the auto power off to 5 minutes. To turn it back on, press the shutter release. You’ll know it’s on because it will slightly vibrate.

I actually keep the Q menu half-empty, as I don’t need as many items and thus I’m faster to browse among the ones I use. Here’s my setting.

As stated above, I normally use back-button focusing in M mode, but when using normal autofocus mode (S), I’ll keep face detection off and use single-point focusing and recompose. I seldom use Zone or Wide/Tracking modes, but if I want to I can quickly access them from the Q menu.

Ah. You see that “ND OFF” setting? This camera, as the T had, has an in-built ND filter (a real one, not some electronic gimmick). Very useful for flash and landscape photography.

My go-to film simulation for colors is Classic Chrome.


Ok, this is where the My Menu option really comes handy.
First thing, this is how I’ve set it.

As off-camera flashes, I use two Canon 430 EX II, triggered by Yongnuo RF603CII triggers (it’s the Canon model).

The hot-shoe is somehow tighter than the Canon one, so there’s no need to tighten the trigger in it, it won’t move anyway.

In order to actually fire the flashes, you have to:

  1. turn off the Built-In flash (from My menu)
  2. set the “Flash Function Setting” to M (quickest way for me: Q menu, that setting is already the first item, I  just need to turn the rear wheel on the right once and I’m done)

If you don’t do this the flash won’t fire.

In My Menu I’ve put the Shutter Type setting: in case it slipped on Electronic Shutter, I can quickly set it back to M or M+E, if not the flash won’t work.

I’ve added the Wb setting as well in order to have more control on color temperature in case I’m using gels or mixed light sources.

I set the EXP Preview off when using off-camera flash because I often want to keep the background underexposed, and with the exposure preview on I wouldn’t see anything in the Evf. This setting was hidden in the menu with the T, now it’s much more practical to reach.

Just a couple of words on the Built-In flash. It’s small, but with the hi-speed sync of the F it can be very powerful. Used in TTL it’s super intelligent and rarely miss the exposure. The news with the F is that you can also set it manually. If I go flash, I usually go off-camera flash though. But it’s nice knowing that when I need a small and reliable flash I can just turn it on and know it will work.


To me, the fixed lens notwithstanding, the X100F is the most versatile camera available now.

Let’s talk about it

It can do so many things, and do them well. Of course a great camera in the wrong hands becomes useless, of course the most important piece of gear is that mushy thing between your ears, but…

It’s a joy to use.

The thing it does best: recording memories. This is my go-to camera for persons and situations that mean the most to me. You won’t see those pictures in this review, but they’re the ones that I go back to more often.


Update October 9th, 2018

Indeed. This is the hardcore personal camera. I mean it. My hard-drives are PACKED with personal pictures taken with my trusty shitty X100F… boy, oh boy, do I love it.
It’s a camera for love, friends, a camera for tears, heart-aches, regrets, smiles.
If it sounds like bullshit and you don’t believe me, well, so what?
I know it.


In general it’s a great documentary cameras: small, light, quiet, great in low light. It can go wherever you go, and record what you see without IQ compromises. Yes, phones are getting better every day, but no phone is gonna be as pleasurable to use as this camera is.

You can use it for work, if you’re fine with the 35mm field of view.

It’s the desert island cameras for the majority of street photographers out there.

It’s the camera that will make it through controls in events where “No professional cameras” are allowed. Oups. Of course if your pride is hurt by not being recognized as a PRO you can always walk around with a D5 and 24-70 + 70-200 kit. You’ll be walking outside the gig, but hey, everybody will know. You’re a PRO. Oh oh.

Usual reaction I get from people when they notice I’m not shooting with a SUPER PRO D5 + 70-200

It’s the ideal camera for holidays and trips. Ok, maybe not the best choice for a safari, but I can’t think of bringing anything else when I travel. All the travel pictures you see on my blog have been shot only with an X100 (T, and then F).


The X100F, as the T, has an internal shutter count. It’s not super precise, but it gives a rough idea of how many shots you’ve taken with the camera.

I normally keep the camera in a Billingham Hadley Digital, along with my everyday items (wallet, keys, metro card, power bank, usb cable, Patona battery charger, two spare Patona batteries, lens cloth, e-reader, phone, backup SD). I bought it black (50% discounted), and it goes really well with my black F.
When I need to bring more stuff, I use a Billingham f/stop 2.8, where I can put, along with everything I put in the Hadley Digital, even a Canon 6d with a 85mm f/1.2 or 200mm f/2.8 lens. They’re stylish, robust, durable and waterproof. There are only two kind of persons in the world: those who like Billingham bags and those who never tried them.

The X100F can shoot videos, but it’s not the best camera for that purpose. Go Canon or Sony if you do videos (I don’t).

Talking about Sony… Just a couple of lines. [personal opinion alert]
They can have the most incredible dynamic range, they can be full frame, you can adapt pretty much every lens on them… But…
My god, aren’t they ugly. To see, to handle, to use. I just can’t cope with them. No doubt you can produce wonderful work with them, but, call me hipster if you want (although I can’t even grow a proper beard and I don’t have a fixed bike), I wouldn’t touch them with a cattle prod.
The interface is orrible, the dials and buttons are all in the wrong place, and they look more like computer than cameras to me.
A wee story: I was shooting a wedding, and one of the guests was a girl from New Zealand. She had bought a Sony A7R (I think the original one, not sure as they come out with 4/5 new models every year) because someone told her that it was the camera to have and she wanted a serious camera.
Of course, being a beginner, she couldn’t understand anything about that laptop camera, and she asked me to help her.
I explained her how her Sony worked, and she was already beginning to have an headache.
She then pointed at the X100T hanging from my neck, and asked me if she could try it. Of course, go ahead sweetheart. Well, I’ll never forget her words after 10 seconds with the Fuji: “Wow, this feels like a real camera.”
Because it fucking is a real camera. It’s not a computer!
End of story.

A Camera

The F has no IBIS.
I don’t give a shit I’m happy with that, and I hope it will stay the same even in future iterations. I can hand-hold it to really slow shutter speed, it has great low-light performance, and an f/2 lens. IBIS is not the best thing for your sensor, I’d rather be without it.

The F, as the T, has wi-fi. You can shoot from your phone, or transfer images to it. I’ve never used it nor felt the need to, so can’t talk about it.

It has no gps. I don’t care.


You can mount the same additional lenses (WCL and TCL, 28mm and 50mm equivalents) that you used on the T, or use the new versions. They’re optically the same, the only difference is that the camera automatically recognize the new ones and you don’t have to set the converter option in the menu. I wouldn’t bother buying the new ones if I already owned the old versions.
I’m not a big fan of the 50mm fov so I’m not interested in the TCL, but for about a year I owned the WCL and used it on the T. I’ve sold it as I found myself preferring the 35mm fov, and not liking the extra bulk on the camera.
If you’re a 28mm fan though, I highly recommend the WCL: IQ is the same, aperture is the same, af speed is the same. It blocks the bottom-right of the OVF and distorces a bit more (easily solved in LR).


Update: March 28, 2018

For those who have never seen it, here’s how the WCL looks like on my old X100T. Here are my pics shot with it.


Generally speaking, I love what Fuji is doing.
Call me a fan boy, but I really do. I’d like to jump completely in the Fuji world, and the only reason I haven’t yet goes by the name of his majesty the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II. That lens… OMG, that lens. It’s hands-down my favourite lens, I love everything about it. Yes, the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 is very nice, but… They’re not the same. Not even close, if you ask me. The Canon is in a league of its own.
I’m a sucker for nice gear, and my favourite toys are, guess what, the X100F and the Canon 85mm. I would love to use the 85mm on an X-T2 (it’s a so much better camera than my 6d!) withouth cropping it, and if anyone does it via these new Speedbooster adapters, please, hit me in the comment section or via e-mail. Please do.


Update October 9th, 2018

Well, fuck Canon. I was really hoping they would knock it out of the park with their long(LONG)-awaited full frame mirrorless scam camera…
I was really hoping they would give me a damn reason not to ditch them completely and keep using their marvelous 85mm and 200mm (talking about their EF 200mm f/2.8 L II, probably one of the most under-rated lenses ever — it’s a jewel) on a Canon body with no crop and an EVF… but the Canon R sucks big time. God it sucks. And it’s expensive.

And Fuji at the very same time came out with a one-two combination that set my camera future in one day: the new Fuji X-T3 and GFX50R.

They both kick some serious ass.
Listen to me, and tell me what you think.
My kit right now stars:

  • 2x Canon 6d (one very battered and worth probably no more than 400€, the other 1 year old and barely used)
  • Sigma Art 24-105 f/4 (I don’t love it, but it’s a workhorse and it has already paid back its value many times. I never use it for personal stuff, but everytime I have a job somehow it always comes handy. I think it’s the single piece of gear that made me the most money, so I won’t sell it. Nothing fancy about it, but it does what it should. Still, I don’t like it and I often wake up thinkin’ “Ok today I’m gonna sell that Sigma piece of junk” (build quality is awful btw, mine takes in more dust than a hoover): then I check my recent invoices, notice that all of them have been made with it, and that every one of them is bigger than what I would get in selling it. So it’ll stay in my kit)
  • Canon 85mm f/1,2… this lens is the Real Deal. A Dream.
  • Canon 200mm f/2,8. Class. Don’t use it much, being it not the most versatile focal, but when I need it it Delivers. (review here)
  • 2x canon 430 EX II flashes
  • Fuji X100F

You see where I’m headed? No? Ok, this is the plan.
I won’t sell a damn thing. I always regretted selling anything, including my Canon 450d: what I now learned is that I want to keep all of my cameras and lenses. Used digital cameras are worth next to nothing anyway, and my Canon kit is nice & useful for work.

So my plan is: put aside some money and then start to build a Fuji kit. First step: Fuji X-T3 with 18-55, 23mm f/2, and Voigtlander 40mm f/1,2.
Second step: Fuji GFX50R.

Why the X-T3? Because it’s as good as they come. I’m struggling to find some shortcoming to the camera… I’m even afraid that when I’ll have it it will make my X100F collect some dust.

The 18-55 would do what the 24-105 does for me on the Canon right now. The 23 f/2 would be my everyday lens, to mimic my X100F adding a better EVF and (can’t wait) tiltable LCD. The last point is the main thing for me and for the way I’m shooting, especially lately.
The Voigtlander 40 1,2 is a gem. I had the 35 1,2 on the Leica M9 and it was jaw-dropping, the 40 is even better. On the X-T3 it would become an equivalent 60mm, which is a very different focal lenght from 50mm. I prefer it.

Ok, and the GFX? It would be my full-frame camera. I would stick the Canon 85 and 200 in it, and use the GFX in crop (ahah) mode. Don’t care if the AF is not fast, I use them mainly in manual focus on my Canon anyway. So… Fuck you Canon. Fuji, you got me.


Update October, 6th 2020
I bought the X-T3 last December, with a different lens selection from what I thought 2 years ago, and you can read my review of it called “The Wisdom”




Update July 14th, 2019

Not yet. If you read this much, first of all congratulations. Second, I’m gonna advertise something very special and dear to me.

I’m very proud and happy to announce that this shitty little camera shot 61 out of 136 images of my new photobook (the remaining 69 are divided between my Canon 6d (5) and my old Fuji X100T (65)).
It’s called WOW Vol.1 – Paris Chambre de Bonne, and it’s the tale of the three years I spent in Paris.
You can read the story behind it and buy it at this page. It’s as drunken as a book can be. Ok, end of the advertsing section.



Not much to add after 7000 words.


Update October 9th, 2018

More like 8990. Shit


The X100F, for what it aims to be, is as close to perfection as they come.

It reached a maturity that the previous X100s lacked, and has no major shortcomings.
Everything can be improved, but this camera goes completely out of the way and gives one of the most beautiful shooting experiences available today.
While using the T, I often thought: “Oh, if only Fuji fixed this, or that…”

Well, they fixed this and even that.
Not sure whether they can significantly improve this camera without a major design change. Bravo Fuji.

Final thought about the price. It’s not cheap, but it’s not even expensive. You get a flagship (and unique) camera (+lens) for less than 1500€. Completely worth the money. There are worse camera sold at much higher price.

You can see other pictures taken with my F, including the ones taken after this review, at this Flickr link.

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181 commenti a “Shitty Little Camera: the Fuji X100F Review”

  1. M April 16, 2018

    To quick format an SD card, just press and hold the garbage can button for a second, and then press the back jog dial. Choose ‘yes’ and voíla!

    1. matteopezzi April 16, 2018

      Thank you!
      I’ll add it to the post.

  2. João Ricardo April 16, 2018

    Congrats for the very good article. I have an X100S and I love it. I just find a little error, in the second line under “THE VIEWFINDER”. You wrote “whatever lens simulation you have” and I think you wanna mean “whatever film simulation you have”. Thanks for your views and nice photos!

    1. matteopezzi April 17, 2018

      Yep it was a typo!
      Thank you for the comment & the correction 🙂

  3. Felipe April 17, 2018

    You got me with the shot of Jeff Waters. I’ve been on the Testament tour aswell ;-). Nice pics.

    1. matteopezzi April 17, 2018

      Thank you!
      Fabio Alessandrini, the actual Annihilator drummer, is one of my best friends, we grew up in the same small village in Italy. On my blog there are other pics of him when he played in smaller bands, it was really cool watching him play at the Bataclan with the Annihilator!

      1. Felipe April 19, 2018

        What a circumstance ^^. Unfortunately I quit as a concert photographer before switching to Fuji, but you can see some of my work on

        1. matteopezzi April 20, 2018

          Wow you shot A LOT of concerts! 🙂

  4. Cinq1 April 17, 2018

    Hello Matteo.

    Nice review. I live in Paris to. Sadly, I sold my X100F few month ago to get some cash. For sure, I will buy it again in few weeks.
    Take care and keep shooting

    1. matteopezzi April 18, 2018

      Thank you! Let me know if you wanna have a beer sometime

  5. Francis April 17, 2018

    This review rocks! Thank you sir.

    1. matteopezzi April 18, 2018

      Thank you Francis! Appreciate it

  6. Martin K. April 17, 2018

    Really enjoyed your review. Great style of writing, very blunt and funny.

    1. matteopezzi April 18, 2018

      That was my aim! Thank you Martin!

  7. Mehran Khalili April 18, 2018

    Thanks for the write-up and the pics Matteo, some of which are real stand-outs (the silhouette on the windows!)

    X100 cameras have been my primary photography tools since I got the first edition back in 2011 (I now have the F), and you articulate some of the reasons for that well in your essay.

    Sometimes I think there are too many functions and buttons on the camera, and wish that Fuji would make a poor man’s Leica M-D out of it instead. But then I go through all the photos I have taken and the versatility really comes into its own.

    (Last point: thanks to their manual controls and different viewfinder options, X100 cameras are great learning tools too!)

    Keep up the good work. Cheers.

    1. matteopezzi April 18, 2018

      Thank you Mehran!
      Yep I agree with you, there are too many functions. But the F it’s almost fully customizable so you can make it a bit simpler… If it were up to me I’d remove the video function, all the toy-camera simulations, the low-performance options, and so on… But I’m sure there’s someone out there who’d rather keep them and have all my favorite settings removed 🙂

  8. Scott April 18, 2018

    Killer post. I loved it.

    1. matteopezzi April 18, 2018

      Thank you Scott! Glad to hear it

    2. Craig January 29, 2019

      Nice work nice job !

  9. Jim Diaz April 19, 2018

    Straight forward, no BS. I am looking for a camera to add to my Canon 5D mark ii and Panasonic FZ 1000. This hits all the buttons.

    1. matteopezzi April 19, 2018

      Yep I think it’s a perfect addition to your kit.
      My first X100, the T, was the companion of my first 6d

  10. Adam April 19, 2018

    Wow what a review. This is the best X100F review I’ve read, it’s funny, it’s relevant, it’s relatable. It’s your review that finally tipped me over the edge and means I’ll be selling my Fuji X-E2 with 35mm f1.4 for the simplicity and single vision of the X100F!

    1. matteopezzi April 19, 2018

      Thank you Adam! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  11. Leonidas April 21, 2018

    One of the best articles I have read online, I really enjoyed the style, the thoughts, the words, the photos.
    Happy I found another blog to follow. 🙂

    1. matteopezzi April 21, 2018

      Thank you for the compliments 🙂 If you want you can subscribe to my newsletter from the link in the site’s menu! Have a good day

  12. Pat April 22, 2018

    I was interested in a cheap backup for my M240. So I found this article, which is interesting and funny, but since you apparently hate Leica or are at least biased towards this brand, I don’t know if I should take your user experience of the X100F too seriously. I like the design of the X100F very much but I somehow know that I will regret buying it, since I bought a X-Pro1 a couple of years ago and it felt so uncomfortable shooting with that I sold it after a few weeks. But now I will give it another try with the X100F, an even smaller camera. I know this little shitty camera, as you call it, will definitely suck compared to my M240, but sometimes I just do stupid things, like buying camera’s of which I know that they are a mere compromise. I can’t afford another Leica, that’s why. And there you have your point: Leica is expensive. For good reasons, though. And you have another point: the Leica sensor has to be cleaned regularly. But for all the rest of your comments: you really can’t compare apples to oranges. Or an APS-C sensor to a full frame sensor. Or a full frame sensor to a medium format sensor. Fuji has apparently a shitty big camera with the GFX, which is obviously and for good reasons more expensive than a Leica. High ISO might be your standard, but it shouldn’t be a standard at all. Have I ever felt the need to shoot 1600 ISO on the streets? I don’t think so. Unfortunately you had bad experiences with Leica, but you really don’t say why exactly. Perhaps because Leica doesn’t have autofocus? Probably you want to say that Leica is a much more limited camera in terms of functions and usability, which is true, and which, for me, is a good thing. Only street photography it has to do. It’s not because you say that Leica is “a luxury product” or you can’t afford it (of course you can, certainly if I can, it’s just about priority) that you should bash it without real arguments. Perhaps you drive a Mercedes? I don’t think that’s a bad car, although a Dacia also takes you wherever you want to go. And personally I had a great Leica customer service experience: they just gave me a new M240 after it fell hard on the cobblestones when I was riding my bike. So you can’t really say they have a bad customer service.

    1. matteopezzi April 23, 2018

      Hi Pat
      thank you for the comment, which might help to clarify a couple of things.
      First of all I don’t hate anything.
      I might reserve hate for some human beings, maybe, but I can’t be bothered to hate a camera manufacturer, believe me, life is too short…
      Second, the tone of the review is, intentionally, light-hearted.
      Third, the aim is (for me) to have fun in writing (check); (for the readers) to get some hopefully useful informations from someone who has some mileage with the camera (check?). In the 7812 words of my review (many of which I could have done without, I know I know…) there are at least a couple of things that you don’t find in the others online, and not all of them are positive.
      Whether you like the review or not, there’s one thing you cannot say: that I’m biased towards Leica.
      I put my money where my mouth is: no affiliate link, no contacts with Fuji, camera paid full price.
      Same goes for Leica: I had bought the M9, with my money, and I have friends with M240s, all of them with bad experiences. (the only ones who don’t complain own M6s, eheh).
      I stated my bad experiences as follows (copied and pasted from the review):

      The M9 is beautiful, but it’s nowhere as practical and refined as the T, and its sensor collected dust as a magnet.
      When I went in a Leica store to have it repaired, they told me that the M9, quote, “it’s a camera for lovers of the Leica brand”, unquote, and that dust, well, it was not an issue for them, although the camera was (better, should have been) covered by warranty.

      It was not a matter of having the sensor cleaned more often: immediatly after the cleaning, the sensor would be full of dust. Not usable, unless I shot at f/2.8 or wider.
      Many with M9s had the same problem (and even a friend with a M240: he sent it to Germany for repair, it came back with the same problem, and after some hustling and a few months of wait managed to get it replaced).
      I remember Steve Huff, the Guy Who Talks With The Deads (yep yep), stating in some comment that he didn’t know about the problem because he “only shoots wide-open”. Ok…
      About the rest of the comment.
      If you already know that you’ll regret buying it, then by all means skip it and save for another Leica no?
      But don’t say you won’t buy the X100F because you didn’t like the X-Pro1: hope there’s no need to waste words explaining why.
      Saying that the X100F “wiil definetly suck” compared to the M240 IMO is a bit extreme as a statement, but everyone is entitled to have his opinion and especially to do whatever the hell he wants with his money.
      I still don’t understand the “good reasons” for which Leica is that expensive though, and randomly raises the prices without improving the products (should be the contrary according to logic: time passes, the product becomes obsolete, prices goes down — but not in Wetzlar. Sounds like a good place to do business…)
      To me a camera for which I can’t afford a backup is a luxury product, but you’re right, it’s my opinion (which is ok, since this is my review, written by me, on my own website).
      I compare the Fuji X100F to Leicas because they are in, roughly, the same
      category: and I stated the reasons that for me and a lot of people make Fujis better reportage cameras than Leicas, eg weight, quietness, reliability, price.
      The aps-c X100F sensor is in many ways better than the M240 full-frame sensor.
      Good for you if you never felt the need to shoot 1600iso on the streets… I shoot at evening/night all the time and if I wanna stay at least at 1/60 sometimes I have to push to f/2 at iso 6400, but maybe where I live dark is darker than at yours. This is pushing the envelope, but a couple of days ago I did a picnic with my friends on the Seine, and I took some pics at iso 25600, f/2, 1/30.
      Last time I checked (30 seconds ago), the Fuji GFX is cheaper than both the Leica M240 and M10 on B&H Photo ($6499 vs $6595 vs $6895).
      There’s much more difference in destination of use between a GFX and a Leica M than between a Leica M and a Fuji X100.
      I don’t own a car, only use public transports, but I think that your comparison is wrong: I’d correct it this way.
      Dacia = Fuji x-a3 or similar, canon rebels, and so on
      Mercedes = Fuji X100F (stylish, RELIABLE, works smoothly)
      Leica is more some kind of luxury fancy car that you wouldn’t use daily or for long trips. I’m not an expert in the field though, so please insert the car brand.
      Anyway: if Leica makes you happy, everybody’s happy. I have nothing to gain in you choosing one or the other.
      I don’t know where you live: if you happen to be/travel to Paris, let’s have a beer, and if you’re still not sure, you can try my X100F.
      Cheers 🙂

      1. Cristiano Alves July 9, 2018

        Hi! Great review and great Reply message. You’re a gentleman.
        I was already convinced do buy an F but you just made me sure about my decision. I’ll subscribe your newsletter for sure. Do you think a new version will come soon? The fifth? I’ll buy the F as an everyday camera since I own an D750… Keep writing and thanks again.

        1. matteopezzi July 9, 2018

          Thank you Cristiano 🙂 Glad you liked it!
          Honestly I have no idea about a new version, the F came out around beginning of 2017 if I’m not mistaken, so maybe next year a new one might be announced (the T was annoounced end of 2014), but I really don’t know.
          I wouldn’t wait for the new one if you wanna shoot today, considering that as far as I know (not much admittedly) there are not even rumors about the new one.
          Thank you again 🙂

  13. Rowan April 22, 2018

    Loved the article. Really enjoyable read. Thanks.
    I’m looking to get an X100F soon, as I got an X100 classic years ago, then added an X-T1 in 2014 with some nice glass including the 56mm f1.2 – but some of the magic was lost. I recently got the WCL and TCL and have been using the X100 again, it can still take great shots. So I’m going to ditch the X-T1 and go X100F 🙂

    1. matteopezzi April 23, 2018

      Thanks Rowan 🙂 Have fun!

  14. Sidney Stapleton May 1, 2018

    There must be a psychological term for folks who stay up past their bedtime, obsessively reading camera reviews, following feckless days spent taking photos with gradually improving results but also gradually rising standards. Lugging a big Canon did not equate to better photos, so I purchased an x100 when they first came on the market, and spent a few desperate weeks trying to decipher the system. The experience proved, and cemented, my amateur status and dented my pride as well. Soon, mercifully, it fatally broke within warranty so I could return it without remorse; and I got every penny back. Your delightful, informative, and often hilarious review has convinced me to take those bucks and use them on the F. Now I can aspire to interesting and demanding subjects beyond grandchildren and roses, of which one cannot amass enough images.

    Nothing personal or analytical here, but if you are a native Italian living in Paris, and writing with such an inventive and informative style in idiomatic English, you may deserve a degree in linguistics as well as photography/art. I even learned to correct my misremembered Tortilla Flats to the singular.

    Photographs speak a universal language, and yours are certainly fluent. Studying your composition is a lesson in itself. I had never even heard the term of street photography until I blundered into Vivian Maier’s work several years ago. Now I seem to have made another fortunate blunder.


    1. matteopezzi May 1, 2018

      Sidney thank you very much for your kind words!
      The original X100 and the F are miles apart, I doubt you’ll be disappointed but try it in a shop just in case before you buy it
      No degrees deserved I’m afraid…
      My French is ok enough to live and work here, but far from perfect (when I moved here, a couple of years ago, I worked at McDonald’s to pay the rent and mainly to learn the language: it worked, but let’s just say my French is not exactly academical).
      My English is better because I love reading and most of my favourite writers are anglo-saxons (Hunter S. Thompson over all), plus, my girlfriend is half-French/half-Scottish and for some reasons we mainly speak English, so that helps as well…
      But compliments are always nice to receive, so thank you very much again!
      If you want you can subscribe to my newsletter, there’s the link at the bottom of the review or in the website’s menu!
      Have a great day 🙂

  15. Mike Seither May 3, 2018

    Definitely going to get an F model, used, when it hits my price zone. I have the original model with 2.0 firmware and a slightly broken S model with no screen I shoot using the viewfinder only. You make me desire the F model and like I said, one day. Your review was filled with great shots, great humor (rare for a really good photographer who posts shots on the internet) and I enjoyed it all. Thanks. Keep it up. We traveled to your city recently and I was driven crazy by what to bring to shoot knowing it was going to rain a good bit (forecasted so anyway). We carried on via Atlanta, Chicago and Dublin and I traveled super light. One camera that made the cut was a Canon G9X. It fits in your pants pocket, easily. It takes amazingly good photos. Just amazing. It’s smaller than a Sony X100 and that’s saying something. I got a used one under 300US. But yeah, Fujifilm rocks and so do you. Like I said, keep it up.

    Some of the pics I took of Paris are on my website. I probably cook them too much but I can’t help myself. Ciao

    1. matteopezzi May 4, 2018

      Thank you very much Mike!
      No wonder about the rain… Always wet around here. Unless the rain is really heavy though I just pretend it doesn’t rain and keep shooting 🙂 Maybe with an umbrella and zone-focusing.
      Tried to go on your website but it’s offline!
      Have a good day 🙂

  16. Rand May 4, 2018

    Thanks for the fun review! I bought the x100F 3 months ago, and use it to shoot street. As a Canon 5D shooter, this little guy takes some getting used to. But it’s growing on me for many of the reasons you mentioned: build quality, AF speed, high ISO quality, stunning images. Learning a second camera “system” — the different ergonomics, menus, button assignments, etc. takes a little time. So I’m still getting my “reps” in. Question for you: one of the interesting features this camera has is the ability to switch to a 50mm and 70mm equivalent focal length with the a twist of the lens ring. We give up some resolution when doing so, but I’m curious what your take this is from a functionality standpoint. I haven’t used it much because, like you I shoot in Raw+JPG and it only works in JPG-only mode. Thanks!

    1. matteopezzi May 4, 2018

      Hi Rand, thank you 🙂
      I come from Canon as well (actually, still am a Canon shooter on the side), agree with you: it takes some time, but once you get used to it you’ll realise that a part from the menu and a couple other things Fuji is very much ahead!
      Never try the 50/70 function as I never shoot jpeg-only, and I like the 35mm fov sorry!

  17. t May 11, 2018

    Hi Matteo,
    Many thanks , switched up to the F from the T after reading your article and haven’t had a minutes regret.
    Thanks also for the suggestions as to how to get the best from the X100f, they’ve worked for me.

    Grazie molto,

    1. matteopezzi May 15, 2018

      Prego 🙂
      Sorry I’m a bit late in replying but I’m in Italy without my computer!
      Have fun with the F 🙂

  18. Rodolfo May 14, 2018

    Hello Matteo,

    that was a very funny & informative article!

    I ordered the camera to have it always with me. Its the perfect blend of retro with hightech..

    Saludos de Stuttgart

    1. matteopezzi May 15, 2018

      Thank you Rodolfo, indeed it is 🙂

  19. Peter Gabriel May 15, 2018

    Wow. Great review. Lovely read. Fun! After owning the x100s, which I loved, unforunately sold to get the x100t, which I never really came to terms with (expecting to much maybe), I have now ordered the x100f which will complement my x-pro2, which I in all my naivity hope I can ditch at some point, so I only have the x100f to focus (no pun intended) on.

    Peter Gabriel

    Instagram @navlefnuller

    1. matteopezzi May 15, 2018

      Thank you Peter Gabriel! Yeah the T is not much better than the S,the F though is quite better!
      I often dream as well to just keep the X100F and fuck the rest… But I can’t manage to do it, especially for work reasons.

  20. Andrew May 17, 2018

    Great review

    I do have to disagree about Leica though. I own the X100F and the Leica M10. Yes, Leicas are stupid expensive and yes the X100F is very well built, but hold the X100F next to the M10 and there simply is no comparison.

    M10 sensor doesn’t get any more or less dust on it than any other mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and a focal plane shutter. The difference is that the Leica doesn’t vibrate the sensor to shake the dust off, which is why most Leica shooters carry a rocket blower with them.

    Leica lenses are amazing. Fuji lenses are very good, but they do not match Leica’s.

    A true rangefinder is a pure delight to use, and there is no substitute. Fuji’s hybrid viewfinder is amazing, but it is not a rangefinder.

    That said, I use my X100F about as often as I use my M10, and while the Leica files are a slight bit better (I credit the glass as much as or more than the sensor), both of them are entirely adequate for everything and anything I might want to shoot.

    1. matteopezzi May 23, 2018

      Hi Andrew, sorry about the super late reply but I was in Italy and didn’t have my computer with me!
      Thank you for the compliment.
      Maybe I wasn’t very clear, but my Leica M9 pictures looked like dalmatians, even right after the sensor cleaning. I had only one lens and never took it off, so the dust was coming from somewhere else. All the people I know who use Leica have this problem. I carried a rocket blower too, but it didn’t serve any purpose, as the sensor would get dirty again in a couple of shots. Really, really frustrating.
      Funny thing is, one of my best friends has just bought an M10 so I played with it a bit last week. It’s really nice, but not 5500€ nicer.
      And it feels like something wrong it’s gonna happen the first time it falls, while my X100 (both the T and the F) fell a few times and kept on working fine, without worrying about rangefinder misalignements or stuff like that.
      Truth be told though, my T died with some champagne on it, but I would say that sugar+alchool+water is a mix that won’t do any good on any camera.
      Call me a fan-boy, but I actually prefere the X100 ergonomics (joystick and iso dial in particular).
      The lenses are amazing though. The rangefinder is really fun, but it makes the framing too imprecise for my taste.
      Have a good day!

    2. pask December 24, 2018

      Hi Andrew,
      like you, I’m using M10 (+X100F as backup). But since my recent 4th trip to Iran, the backup camera has became the 1st 😀
      – 1 M10 shutter sound is annoying (when shooting very close to people on the street), fuji makes me even more discret
      – 2 M10 battery life is so so, 3 battery per day is the minimum
      – 3 M10 is very heavy (I feel like carrying my 5D)
      – 4 Autofocus; I’m very used to hyperfocal and love using the scale distance on my 35 cron but, sometime, mostly at night, when I want to operate @2 – 2.8, autofocus is way faster. Fuji offer a distance scale in the finder, very useful once you get used to it.
      – 5 price 10000€ makes me feel nervous sometimes when I’m in places/countries where a Leica cost about 2 or 3 years of works for locals…

      I love the M10, my 35 cron IV is a cream lens the feel of the camera is unique. But I must confess that I feel nowadays more confortable with the fuji… I may sell the M10, and keep my lens in case Leica is getting back with a more silent and lighter camera…

      Great review and pictures Matteo, keep it up 🙂

      my instagram :

      1. Matteo Pezzi January 1, 2019

        Thanks Pask!
        Happy new year and sorry for the late comment approval but I was traveling!

  21. anis paul May 18, 2018

    Salaam(greetings) –

    i dreamed for x100 but couldn’t afford then bought used x100s for $500, inspired by zack arias and david hobby, and kevin mullins went far and even gifted me his amazing book ‘from snap shot to great shot” , i loved this camera beautiful aesthetics, technical brilliant and top most it has a soul that no other camera would dare to claim, essentially grown and learned lot and took many great shots along with really bad ones occasionally, but couldn’t not really understood or satisfied with x100s – then sold it without loss and purchased brandnew x100t in throwaway price of $700 – later sold it for financial reasons with regretful loss – again have been dreaming for x100f but still couldn’t afford to take it, some days ago surprisingly bought x100t only for $330 – now started again taking pictures with mix results – now again im financially down someone offered me $550 for this camera. its insane love hate relationship with this piece of art and technology – what should i do now? let it go with some profit and buy x100f sometimes later and miss it, or keep it and loving it halfheartedly……..looking for golden advice from x-purists here!. (forgot to tell you that im from a place where fujifilm x is still niche product, people have strange feelings and grey thoughts about it ).

    thanks MATTEO PEZZI as you shocked and shaked me for good reasons with this truthful review.
    keep shooting in nostalgia – blessings from Lahore -pakistan

    1. matteopezzi May 23, 2018

      Ehy Anis Paul! Thank you for all the compliments and sorry about getting back to you so late! I was in Italy without my computer.
      Quite a story!
      I’m not an excellent financial consultant, but if you are financially down I wouldn’t put out more cash for the F.
      Just enjoy the T which is as good as it was when it came out, and when you are more comfortable with your money situation start thinking about the F.
      Btw, you got the T at a fantastic price!
      The F won’t change your life for the better if to buy it you have to increase your $$ worries.
      I wouldn’t have bought it myself if my T weren’t “killed”.
      Sorry again for the late reply, and enjoy the T!

  22. Marc Baptista May 19, 2018

    Thanks for that exhaustive & punchy review, loved it. I currently use an x-pro2, and my newly ordered F -all black also- will be delivered in the next few days. After reading your article I’m (even more) excited… I suspect my pro2 will not see as much use after this.

    1. matteopezzi May 23, 2018

      Thank you Marc! Have fun! You have a nice kit 🙂

  23. anis paul May 23, 2018

    thanks matteo for your kind and good advice as you have really put yourself into my shoes, sadly you replied late and i sold out my x100t yesterday for $530 – im already started to missing it, but that’s okay its life and, show must go on!

    regards with out regrets


    1. matteopezzi May 24, 2018

      Hope you can buy an F in the future! If you needed the money it was a good move anyway to buy for 350 and sell for 530!
      Good luck 🙂

  24. Thomas Zimmermann May 30, 2018

    Thank you Matteo for this review.

    This is the last review I will read on it and I will now buy the camera. My original X100 was good when my girl was born 6 years ago, but now she and her little sister never sit still for more than 2 seconds, about as long as it takes to focus.
    The X100F should be just right. I love your statement that it should be a camera for people and cherished memories, that’s exactly what I want.
    And I agree, there is something intangible about the image. Whenever I look at a picture I have taken, I will know instantly whether it was the Fuji or not.
    So thanks again, Matteo, I enjoyed reading and will check out your blog and photos.

    Kind Regards
    Tom Zimmermann

    1. matteopezzi May 30, 2018

      Thank you for your kind words Thomas!
      Maybe just try it in advance in a shop, it’s galaxies ahead of the original x100 but might be not your piece of cake! (although I doubt it 🙂 )
      If you want you can subscribe to my newsletter, there’s the link at the bottom of the review or in the website’s menu!
      Have a good day! 🙂

  25. Frank June 8, 2018

    Hey, thanks for a lovely review. I’ve been shooting with Canons for 20 years, but have kind of lapsed and have been looking for something smaller, yet capable. Going climbing (again) in Nepal at the end of the year and previous trips there have always produced great photos, but lugging around a big DSLR at altitude isn’t too fun since you feel every gram twice. I _just_ put an order out for x100f, based on this article. It looks small enough that it stays put inside a down suit and given that we’re going to be sub-8000m, it looks like something I can just use with nimble liner gloves.

    1. matteopezzi June 9, 2018

      Thank you Frank! It’s definetely super small, but since your use of it it’s gonna be quite extreme the only thing I wouldn’t be 100% sure of is whether you need a better weather sealing or not… A part from that, have fun 🙂 Glad you liked it

      1. Frank June 13, 2018

        Cheers Matteo – I already noticed couple of ingenious DYI weather proofing things which involve a ziplock bag, so that should be good enough 🙂

        1. matteopezzi June 14, 2018

          Good luck then 🙂

  26. Paul M June 14, 2018

    Excellent and very enjoyable review.

    I’m about to pull the trigger on the X100F and this may have tipped me over the edge. Thank you!

    I currently have the X100S, which I’ve had for a good few years now. Like you, I also shoot Canon and still have an old 5DII that I’ve had for nearly eight years. I had wanted to upgrade it with a second hand 5DIII but think I will upgrade the X100 instead. I don’t find as much use anymore for the bulkier 5D, and don’t get out enough for landscape photography. These days I much prefer the lighter more portable setup, as well as the inconspicuousness that the X100 brings.

    1. matteopezzi June 14, 2018

      Hi Paul glad you liked it!
      Had a 5d mk ii once as well, I think there’s more difference between the x100s and the f than between the 5d mk ii and iii!
      So maybe you can keep the mk ii and buy the F?
      I saw from your website that photography is not your main job, the F makes more sense to me for you!
      Have fun 🙂

  27. Stephen Barling June 16, 2018

    Great review. Fun read. I totally agree with your enthusiasm for this little wonder camera. Mine goes with me everywhere. When possible I use it for the odd journalism job. I had the S and shot beautiful pics with the thing for years even though auto focus was worthless, leaving me working in manual focus at all times. Still, an incredible camera with beautiful color rendering. The F improves on all this dramatically. I actually love face recognition. It’s not for all the time, but it works great when I need it.

    I have a couple quibbles with the design – I’ve set all controls to work from the front and rear dials, so now I can control everything like a DSLR without ever pulling the camera from my face. I prefer this so much I’d like the same camera without the silly dials. Oh sorry, you’re using those! Okay, we can keep them. (By the way, what’s exposure compensation for? People who want to be half manual? They trust the camera, but only so much? I don’t get it. Certainly don’t need a giant knob for that. It always gets knocked and changes setting. Useless to me.)

    My dream firmware upgrade would be an easier way to go to AUTO ISO. I always shoot manual, but if I want to go auto, that’s the setting I want and there’s no way to set it to a fn button. You have to dig through the bloody menus. Lameness.

    I totally agree about menus on the rear screen. It’s a no-brainer. Let me shoot with EVF, press MENU and have it come up on the rear screen. Perfect! FUJI, are you listening?

    A couple months ago, the battery indicator started showing 1%. I thought my charger/battery had failed. Nope. The camera now always shows low battery. Shoots for days at 1%. Great. Not sure how I’m going to resolve that. For now, I’m just ignoring it.

    Anyway, thanks for this. Keep on shooting!


    1. matteopezzi June 17, 2018

      Hey Stephen glad you liked the review!
      I somehow don’t trust face rec but maybe I should try it!
      I like the metal dials, and when I shoot aperture priority it’s useful coupled with the evf for me. Agree though that it should be a bit stiffer.
      About auto iso, if you keep the iso dial on “A” you can change them with the front dial, and auto iso is bottom right, maybe it’s not super fast but you can turn the dial to the right for half a second and it should make it!
      I doubt they’ll ever change the Evf/menu thing, apparently a part from you and me no one else iis bothered by it 🙂
      The battery thing is a bit weird, maybe you should have it checked!
      Thank you again for the comment!

  28. Egil June 20, 2018

    I`m a little late to the party, but wow, this was a fun read. I actually have a x100f arriving in the mail in a few days, and your article mentioned a few of the features I`ve been somewhat concerned about.

    The lens is relatively old, but so what? My most used lens the last months has been a MF vintage nikkor. I actually do wish it had WR, which I think we will first see in combination with a new lens. I`m very excited about testing the AF speed. Hope it`s relatively snappy. Thanks again!

    – Egil

    1. matteopezzi June 21, 2018

      Thank you Egil, glad you liked it and was useful for you!
      I’m not an engineer so I can’t really sa what’s next…
      Talking about the lens, I’m perfectly fine with them keeping the same lens forever 🙂

  29. Gideon June 23, 2018

    Hey Matteo!

    Firstly…… such a good review! thank you!!
    I’m also from New Zealand and I also own a sony camera (a6000) I’ve read so many reviews (that are half as good as yours) on this camera, I’ve also gone into a camera store and had a feel of this camera itself and I’m sold. Even though this camera packs a punch in terms of cameras specs, I’ve gone from caring about megapixels etc to having something that is just exciting to shoot with. I’m currently selling my sony alpha6000 so I can get my hands on one of these bad boys! Thanks again, subscribed and looking forward to your future work! peaceee

    1. matteopezzi June 25, 2018

      Hey Gideon thank you for the nice comment & for subscribing!
      Sorry for getting back late to you but for some reasons your comment ended up in the spam comment folder, the filter is not perfect!
      I know that feeling of being sold eheh 🙂
      Hope you’ll have fun with it and have a great week!

  30. Vikas July 20, 2018

    A great, honest review, loved reading it! You get to read very few reviews these days that are straight from the heart.
    I’m a Fuji fan myself (moved from Canon), shoot with an X100S and an X-Pro 1. Am still undecided whether to upgrade to the X100F or wait for the next iteration. There’s nothing really wrong with the X100S, the only reasons to upgrade would be better focusing speed, Classic Chrome and the WiFi (not sure if there is any perceptible improvement in the IQ). What do you think?

    Thanks again for the review. Subscribing right away!

    1. matteopezzi July 22, 2018

      Hi Vikas, glad you liked it!
      I think it all comes down to money, if you can afford it without second thoughts I’d totally go for it.
      IQ is better, the x-trans III sensor is better.
      The camera is way better in pretty much… everything.
      Really, don’t try it if you’re not sure you can buy it!
      Thank you for the comment & for subscribing!
      Have a good day!

  31. Paul July 20, 2018

    Hi Matteo.

    I have just read your brilliant, funny, factual review of the Fuji X100F. I cannot agree more. I upgraded to the X100F from the T when it was released last year.
    I loved the X100T, it is brilliant, but the F is a another big step up in all departments(apart from the menu system). I use the ‘My Menu’ option too, it’s a big time saver.
    I shoot mainly in manual, I feel my photography has improved so much since moving to Fuji from Canon. Fuji cameras have re-ignited my interest in this hobby that Canon 2 bodies couldn’t do.
    I started with Olympus OM manual film cameras and loved the simplicity and build quality. I then bought a Canon 20D and then a 5DII and my enthusiasm slowly ebbed away, as I struggled with a new system.
    When I bought my X100T I was instantly struck how much this little camera reminded me of the Olympus film bodies I used to use, I was hooked. I followed up with the purchase of an XPro1, and an XPro2 when that was released. These cameras deliver in every way for me, even the XPro1, quirky as it is, is used regularly and enjoyed.
    I have never owned or used a Leica so I can not comment on the quality and of the images and operation of the camera. Photo’s taken by Leica cameras I have seen on the internet look incredible, maybe the sublime lenses they produce have a massive influence on this? All I know is, I will never own one. Just like I will never own a Rolex or a Ferrari.
    If Fuji keep on developing their cameras the way they are doing. I will be a very happy man for many years to come. Fuji camera’s are awesome and can thoroughly recommend an X100F to somebody’s looking for a smaller camera to compliment a larger DSLR kit. The review you have just read above is bang on accurate. It is so refreshing to read a genuine review, free of BS.

    Thank you Matteo.

    1. matteopezzi July 22, 2018

      Hi Paul, thank you so much for your kind words!
      I can feel you about the enthusiasm Fuijs give.
      I’m curious about the future Canon full-frame mirrorless (not sure I should give them a chance after all the crap of the last years, but I love my 85L), if it’s another disappointment I think I’ll buy only Fuji from now on.
      I dream about the GFX as well. I made the mistake of quickly trying it… Stupid me, should have known better. Anyway, my wallet is in charge of that kind of decision and as I’m staring at it right now he’s laughing at me.
      I think you see incredible photos by Leicas mainly because some incredible photographers use them; there’s a lot of really stinky shit made by Leica users on the web, even on the most famous review websites.
      Their lenses are jewels though, completely agree.
      (but some Voigtlander lenses are mind-blowing as well. I had the 35 1.2 and it’s… wow. Just wow. The new 40 1.2 seems to be even better. The 58 nokton nikon mount is amazing. If you have the chance, try them on your x-pro2).
      Thank you again for the comment and have a great week!

  32. Flavio Amorim July 21, 2018

    Great article mate. Really enjoyed it. Quick question. If you put that vented hood on it then its no longer pocketable. If thats the case wouldn’t a x-pro2/x-t2 be a better choice?


    1. matteopezzi July 21, 2018

      Thank you Flavio 🙂
      I never wear the camera in my pocket anyway, but in case I wanted the hood can be taken down in like half a second.
      X-pro/T2 are different cameras: no leaf shutter (huge difference!), bigger, noisier, not fixed lens…
      When I’ll have some cash to spare I’d like to buy an Xt2 (or 3, let’s see) just to be able to shoot with the tiltable lcd, which to me is the only thing the X100 really misses!
      Have a great weekend

  33. Ricardo Lavrador July 24, 2018

    Hi Matteo
    Don’t know if you still responding to this tread, but I have a doubt about this camera.
    I currently have the x100s and the xpro2, and the thing I dislike the most on the x100s is the evf, that use most of the time. The evf on the xpro2 shows always the correct exposure and the final photo will turn out. But on the x100s always seems the final picture is overexposed (specifically on sunny conditions). So my question is if on the x100f it works perfect as on the xpro2 or as the same behavior as the x100s?
    Thanks in advance

    1. matteopezzi July 24, 2018

      Hi Ricardo, sure, comments are open 🙂
      I don’t have an x100s or an x-pro2 at hand, so not sure I can fully answer.
      My X100F vf works swell, as it did the one on the X100T (but the F one is better).
      Before changing the camera maybe try to fiddle a bit with the luminosity settings: not sure about the S, but in the T and F they’re sort of hidden and not very intuitive: you might wanna try to change them.
      Hope it helped

  34. Anthony September 3, 2018

    Hi there. This is a great blog/article. I’m a beginner and I intend to purchase this camera as my first one. I have a question regarding zone focusing/back button focusing I hope you can clarify. Let’s say I use f/11 – can I set the distance scale to say 2 meters or is the distance predetermined? Many thanks.

    1. matteopezzi September 4, 2018

      Thank you. Yep, just set the camera in manual focus and set the focus on 2m (the distance scale is in the evf or lcd, not on the lens barrel), and you’re done!

      1. Anthony September 5, 2018

        Thanks for the prompt response, I appreciate that. What happens if I don’t set a distance? Will zone focus not work then? Also, is it possible to turn off AF on the shutter in AF-S mode or can you only turn it off in M mode? Thank you again.

        1. matteopezzi September 12, 2018

          Sorry about the late reply but I’ve been busy last week and haven’t checked the comments!
          Not sure if I understand your first question: what do you mean by not setting a distance? Your focus will always be at some distance, and the depth of field that allows zone focusing dependes on that distance + your aperture.
          Haven’t been able to turn AF on the shutter off in AF-S mode, I use M mode.
          No problem!

  35. camelia September 30, 2018

    Amen. One of the most beautiful and informative posts I’ve read in a long time. Even for people who are not into photography, it’s just so nicely written, that you are absorbed into reading it. Thank you.

    1. matteopezzi October 3, 2018

      Thank you Camelia 🙂

  36. Matt October 3, 2018

    Hi there Matteo,

    As an old school made-in-japan SLR guy (OM1-N, F1 etc) and an electronics/mainframe engineer, I find the digital camera scene today underwhelming, in a sense, lacking the “gear” quality. But the upsides of digital makes going back to film a no go. And with manufacturing, parts and branding “smoke and mirrors” its hard to know what mongrel you’re actually buying. And reviews out there….as you stated…… So trusting your up front statement, I was wanting to land on the F but struggled to justify the cost, I have finished, and thoroughly enjoyed your review, a great read, and immediately ordered an X100F. I think it will bring me back the joy I loved in photography, in creating the shots, in publishing them and in using the F. cheers, Matt

    1. matteopezzi October 4, 2018

      Hi Matt, thank you very much! Glad you liked it and hope you’ll enjoy the F!
      Let me know.
      About the reviews… dear god. The Fuji X-T3 just came out and I’m sort of looking into it, as I’m completely ditching Canon and their overpriced crappy eos R (I’ll just keep what I have as I love too much my 85 and 200L) and I really want that tiltable LCD + the ability to mount the Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 that I’ll buy, but 99% of the X-T3 reviews out there are so blatantly paid by Fuji or made by people who got their hands on the camera for no more than 24h that I think I’ll wait some more before buying it. It looks amazing for the moment though. Good job right now I better save to change flat so I better not buy it immediatly
      As a side note, a few months ago I started working with mainframe for a firm that assists the Credit Agricole, life is funny sometimes as I had zero background for that. Putting the hours in though. Have fun!

      1. Matt October 4, 2018

        Cheers Matteo,

        Your title of the review was very “demanding” and I couldnt but help open and read on. I think that remaining independent, being able to say what you think, being able to be “policitically incorrect” as required, being credible and independent are all so important and great for your own on-line branding and image. So keep on with it. And it is do much more an a great statement for Fuj as with the creative ways you have demonstrated the camera. People out there want the real thing and in the internet, its harder to know if something is the real deal or just more viral plageurism ! Your review, its a bit like networking. It does take time, effort and a little cost, but the returns come later, we just cant always correlate them directly. All the best with the shift, I’ll let you know how the X100F goes. cheers, Matt

        1. matteopezzi October 9, 2018

          Thank you very much for your words Matt! That’s the aim.
          You can subscribe to my newsletter if you want (y).
          Have a great week!

  37. Fabio October 28, 2018

    Hi Matteo !
    Believe it or not, I’ve been adding to my “to read” list, many reviews that I read from time to time just to “refresh” my love for this little shitty thing (X100F). I can’t measure or describe with words how I agree with you in every point ! It may sound ridiculous but I’ve actually created a “self” cult for the X100 Serie as people would do towards Leica ! I could afford an M10 with Summilux Lenses if I wanted but I’m not a pro by any means so I don’t think it would justify having a M camera resting on a shelf as some sort of trophy or for my own appreciation since I would suck trying to adapt myself to it. The answer for me would be the Leica Q and I’ve been damn close to get one but then I think: I particularly shoot JPEG so Fuji is the best I can get… I love the EVF/OVF, Built in flash, Leaf Shutter and Built in ND. The “Q” doesn’t have any of these items except for the EVF alone and obviously, some other advantages over the X100F but once again: at the cost of 3.5 times a X100F model ? Hummm 😐
    Not to mention, I already own a Leica X1 which I bought in 2011 and it still take wonderful pictures but it’s a dinosaur compared to my F, in basically every aspect.

    When you mentioned and compared Sony Cameras, when it comes to shooting spirit and experience, I Iaughed out loud ! You couldn’t have been more precise. Among all the reviews regarding the X100F, when people list their personal CONS saying something like “Come on Fuji, where is the flipping/tilting screen, I simply CRINGE !!! IMO, it would be a sacrilege doing this to this very appealing camera ! People tend to mix things. I believe that’s the reason Fuji makes many different models with the same camera guts so people can choose what suits best like X100F, XT-20, X-Pro 2, XT-2, XE-2/3, etc.

    I’m not trying to be overly simplistic. I cannot even go this far as I’m 39 and not and old school photography man. I’m a Pilot so Photography for me is really an appreciation as I love instruments and machines but I would barely call myself an amateur. Enough to say that cameras IMO are not only an instrument to achieve your final goal as to take pictures. Although it might be foe many people, for me It’s just like you answered someone here making an allusion to cars… If I only wanted to take pictures for the images alone, nothing would beat my iPhone for the practicality/quality curve.

    People can call me crazy or stupid…. I really don’t care… Opinions are like butt, everyone has one.
    I’m getting a second X100F (Black) as I already have the Silver F version (Bought it in Norway in Jan/18. I’m from Brazil and my wife is from Norway by the way hehe).
    The purpose of getting a second model in Black other than the different looks and for my own pleasure of admiring this nothing rare and mass production Camera lol, is to keep a WCL permanently attached to its body. Naturally, I wouldn’t die because of a backup 28mm equiv. but I absolutely need an excuse to “take the black” LOL

    As long as Fuji keeps the X100 Series DNA with the unique, rather simplistic look and feel, not transforming their cameras into a gadget full of bells and whistles style camera, I’ll be without a doubt a very happy owner of their incoming models !

    Thanks for your very nice review !!

    1. matteopezzi October 29, 2018

      Hi Fabio thank you very much for your comment! Really appreciate when people take the time!
      Glad you liked the review!
      Only on one thing we disagree… I really wish it had a tiltable lcd!
      I’m gonna get an x-t3 just for that actually!
      And you’re so right about the machines issues… The more I think about it the more I think it gets down to “boys & their toys”, as I noticed that it’s mainly a male things… anyway, who cares? Not me, not me. I love my cameras & lenses, and it’s all in good spirit. There are much worse addictions!
      I always thought I would buy a second F as a backup (silver in my case) as soon as my financial situation gets better (which it’s doing thanks god, no actually thanks me), so I can completely relate. But in the end I think I’ll get either the x-t3 either the next x100 iteration…
      At the moment my shitty F is still serving me perfectly well!
      The 28, I had it on the X100T and it works really well, if you’re into the 28 fov you won’t be disappointed. Anyway, you NEED the black one eheh go buy it now. I know I would if I could.
      Thank you again for the nice comment!

  38. Michael Greer November 1, 2018

    Here in New Zealand (and from time time, in other sundry corners of the world), and beginning with a pre-war Agfa Prontor II (folding bellows and all) I’ve been seriously around photography for the past 60 years. My wife will tell you that if it wasn’t for my twitchy shutter finger, today we’d be millionaires rather than poverty ridden pensioners.
    For many of the later years it was a Leica kit (IIIc, M3, MP, and M9P) with all manner and kind of expensive Leica glass.
    But come retirement, all of that is one hell of an unhealthy investment. So in fear and trembling I cashed up and I dared to purchase the original X100 when it was first released. Despite all its foibles (you’ve got to admit, the X100 was a bit of a donkey), I fell in love with that camera. And I’ve been a passionate Fuji evangelist ever since.
    That led on to an X-Pro1 and more latterly an X-Pro2. But once again, acquiring a truck load of glass.
    More recently, I began to hanker after a less cluttered, simple life. It’s then I stumbled upon your X100F review (or maybe I should say “romance”). Damn. Damn. Damn. What a great read!
    So it’s all gone (the X-Pro2 and glass, I mean). In its place, here on the table, alongside the Pinot and Port Salut is a new, singing and pole dancing X100F (“Yes dear, no dear, please put the knife down, this will be my last camera purchase. I swear to God.“).
    Full circle you might say. But I’m looking forward to this new ménage à trois. Now where are my pills?

    1. matteopezzi November 5, 2018

      Hello Michael, sorry about getting back to you so late but I’m running behind things these days!
      Thank you for your comment, one of the funniest!
      I’m happy I got out of the Leica loop before I was 25 but I’m afraid I’m not definetly smart as I’m planning of a) not selling anything of my Canon kit & b) acquiring an X-T3+lenses + why not a GFX when I have the money (not happening anytime soon though eheh!). Indeed, why not?
      ……….vjdfhuvhdgvibjdb uihculidhvsvhuvfvfdsdvklsfvojfjkjfaòkòlok< [that was my girlfriend banging my head against the keyboard] Well, what were we saying? I guess X100F-only is the way to go in the end! Enjoy it and enjoy retirement! New Zealand looks like a hell of a fine place if you don't have to work anymore! -Matteo

  39. Isaac Nercessian November 11, 2018

    Thanks for the review,I just bought one today silver and brown,I am a film shooter with Leica,Zeiss Ikon,and Contax g2,very impressed with the camera,your review was positive on my decision,thanks
    Isaac Nercessian (Mowgli)

    1. matteopezzi November 11, 2018

      Thank you Isaac, glad you like it!
      The brown one is beautiful, too bad it wasn’t available when I bought it if not I would have chosen it!
      Have fun 🙂

  40. John Breslin November 14, 2018

    really enjoyed. going to look at a fuji x 100 f . Hope I can trade a canon 5 G x that I hate.
    Have 5 D4 but want a bring everywhere Camera everyday.

    1. matteopezzi November 16, 2018

      Thank you John 🙂 I shoot Canon + Fuji as well and although it’s a very different Fuji experience, I prefere Fuji by a long shot! But give it a try before buying it, might not be your cup of tea as it’s really different

  41. Jerry Dean November 19, 2018

    A very nice review with one exception. I cannot understand why you find it necessary to use the F word when reviewing a camera. I am sure it is my age [75], but it really is not necessary and you will not offend anyone by not using profanity. I own a X100s and am considering upgrading to the F, your review may just push me a little harder in that direction.

    1. Matteo Pezzi November 20, 2018

      Thank you Jerry glad you liked it 🙂 The S>>F switch to me, if money is no object, seems like a sound idea, there’s a lot of difference between the two, while still keeping the same soul.
      About the language… Well, this is how I would talk about this camera with a friend, this is not an institutional website nor one where the main purpose is making money with ads/affiliate links, so I write how I feel like to. Not many do on the web, where everything is money/SEO/ad centered.

  42. Phil December 17, 2018

    Love the review – I just bought the camera and i don’t have any experience but I love it already and some of the comments and advice have really helped me to understand how to use it better. You are right it is a beautiful thing and takes fantastic pictures without being overly complicated. Manual and auto modes work really well and this is a great camera to learn with. I’ve suddenly become the guy with the camera and already have great shots of friends and situations. I do have a problem because the viewfinder shutter has dislocated and I don’t know what to do – I stick my finger over the outside to block the OVF image – have you had any problems with that?

    1. Matteo Pezzi December 18, 2018

      Hi Phil thanks for the comment! Glad you’re having fun with it!
      Haven’t understood your viewfinder problem though, can you explain it a little more please?

  43. Chris December 18, 2018

    Very nice review and photos. I like how you respond personally to every comment. I just sold my trusty d700 and a whole bunch of lenses. (every range available.)
    Just lost inspiration. Mainly due to lack of personal time due to kids I think. No more weekends filled with photography.

    So I thought I’d get a smaller camera with less gear and hope that might spark the old inspiration again.

    The x100 might just force me to rethink and perhaps evolve as a photographer.

    Your review sent me over the edge. Will purchase one tomorrow. 🙂

    1. Matteo Pezzi December 19, 2018

      Thanks Chris 🙂 Hope you’ll have fun with it! It’s quite different from your Nikon kit though so might take a while to get used to it!

      1. Sidney Stapketon December 20, 2018

        I just bought the telephoto equipment and my focus is suffering for anything at portrait range. I can’t determine if it is a depth of field problem, or just me.

        Love the camera still.

        1. Matteo Pezzi January 1, 2019

          Hey Sidney sorry for the late reply but I was traveling. Never tried the telephoto converter, sorry!
          Happy new year

  44. Jay January 4, 2019

    Happy New Year!

    It’s my second time I’ve ready your ‘shitty’ review. And enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

    I’ve been through a couple of Fuji cameras (X100F, X-T10), but the X100F is one and only camera for now. It’s even more fun now that I’ve converted it to Full Spectrum, so I shoot with a range of infrared filters. Makes shooting in B+W a lot more fun and interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Matteo Pezzi January 7, 2019

      Thanks Jay! Happy new year to you as well, glad you liked this shitty review!
      Wow you did it yourself ?? I’d like to have more details! Where can I see some shots?

  45. Richard Mayrand January 6, 2019

    Totally enjoyed your review and writing style. Had a X100 some years back, now with xt-and I can’t wait to find a good deal on an x-100f used! Love your composition on your shots by the way. Great job, thanks!

    1. Matteo Pezzi January 7, 2019

      Thanks Richard, happy you liked it and thanks for the compliments 🙂 If you had an old x100 you’ll be impressed with the F.
      Happy new year!

  46. Ros January 15, 2019

    Ciao Matteo! What an awesome review – informative and extremely entertaining! I’ve just bought myself the Fuji X100F for an upcoming year of travel through Italy and France. My only previous camera to date has been a Sony point & shoot (Hx90V) which – for my first camera – I absolutely loved and it made me realise how much I love to take photos, but for this trip I wanted something better so decided on the X100F! I know I’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of me to get the most out of the camera, but I plan on enjoying the process and maybe starting off with the camera in auto mode until I figure it all out! Thanks for making me feel like I’ve made a good choice – your photos are beautiful!

    1. Matteo Pezzi January 20, 2019

      Thank you Ros! Have a good trip and let me know if you plan to visit Strasbourg, just moved there we can have a beer.
      Have a good day 🙂

      1. Matteo Pezzi January 25, 2019

        Thank you very much Tyler! Replying a bit late as I just moved and didn’t have internet at home. Don’t worry as long as you don’t have to make a living out of it, as steep as the learning curve is, it’s A LOT of fun! So go at it!
        And thank you again!

        1. Matteo Pezzi January 29, 2019


  47. Tyler January 21, 2019

    Absolutely loved this review, and it’s basically completely sold me on the X100F. I’m probably going to sell my Canon T3i that’s been collecting dust to fund the purchase of a used X100F. I was a little hesitant to sell the Canon, but my brother-in-law just happened to give me a Nikon D3200, so I will still have the option of a DSLR if I need one. I’m nervous about making the plunge into the fixed-lens world, but the X100F looks amazing. Thanks for the review!

  48. Spiros Delivorrias February 25, 2019

    Matteo hi…! First thing I did coming across your shitty review was… to read your damn comments underneath your pictures…! I must tell you… I did enjoy them a lot…!!! I didn’t bother with your actual shitty review… which I read it anyway a couple of days later only because I was curious to see how authentic and honest you might be in this shitty world we all live in…!!! You see I am an old fashioned pro trying hard to make a living still shooting film from 35 all the way up to 4×5 and even larger using nikons leicas hasselblads sinars linhoffs and the rest… having witnessed right from the start the digital evolution… and having got really sick of it…!!! and please don’t get me wrong either…! I know how the bloody system works…!!! It’s not really about what we need to make our lives better… It’s only about how we can make someone very rich…! and do that very fast…!!! Anyway… I wrote too much…! and now it’s getting late and I am about to listen to some piano trios by Mozart before I go to bed…! But… I would really like to have a beer with you someday…!

    1. Matteo Pezzi February 27, 2019

      Hey Spiros, I have to say, you’re comment has to be one of the Very Best, so I salute you.
      And why don’t you come to Strasbourg, where I moved a couple of months ago, to hang out? Only thing I don’t agree is the “a” in “a beer”, unless you meant “a few beers”.
      So do come by, please.
      Born with digital I’m a bit less old-fashioned than you, but I still have classic tastes. I’ve just bought an old Nikkor Ais 105mm f/1.8, and I find myself liking new lenses less and less.
      I’ll wait for you, Germany is very close by and beer is indeed good&cheap.
      Glad you enjoyed the shitty review! Gonna update it as soon as I manage, it’s not the top priority right now. But I’ll get there.
      You can subscribe to my newsletter if you want, although I don’t write very often!

  49. Spiros Delivorrias February 28, 2019

    Matteo… Hi again…! Thanks for the nice words and for the warm invitation…!!! You are also more than welcome in my humble facilities too here in Athens…! If you come down here… drop me a line…! I used to travel a lot as a student some thirty years ago and I did make some memorable friendships back then… You can imagine I presume… Shitty ones…! Like your shitty review I enjoyed so much…! Joking… You know…! Joking a lot to be honest to make my life more bearable… I did enjoy your review a great deal though…!!! In spite the fact that I am sick of all this digital nightmare that is taking the pleasure and creativity away from us… making us battery and app depended post processing idiots…!!! Still remember the way Nikon and Kodak promoted their first digital camera some nearly thirty years ago… Outer shell and lenses by Nikon guts by Kodak… With a primitive sensor of about 1MP…! They were saying that day was coming close soon for us old timers to start packing our heavy slow processing stuff to give room and let this already new and better medium to breathe…!!! Thanks also for the “a” in “a beer” thing…! I really don’t know how i did such a bloody mistake… We can certainly have a dozen of cold beers and a proper Greek dinner meal talking about old stamina photography and how our lives get really washed out fucked up and wasted in this expanding cannibalizing shitty world we all live in… I can also share with you some of my shitty thoughts of how we may actually reverse the whole process and regain command before it is too late for all of us…! Anyway… Again I said too much… But…! Before I put an end to this miserable email and put some shitty flute sonatas by Bach to listen before I go to bed… I must tell you this…! Nikkor lenses like the one you picked are real boollet proof high performance gems to have and use destined like few others to serve many generations of pioneering photographers who appreciate fully the time spent to think visualize and execute a photograph having the knowledge and a clear goal in their minds for all humanity and how we can all live and share a better life… By the way… You do remind me of a friend I made in Milano one winter night my car broke down there and I needed all the help I could possibly get to repair it and drive fast to London for my final exams… I spent a memorable weekend at his home with his family waiting for my car to be fixed by a mechanic friend of his doing all sort of shitty things with them…! And least but not last… Your review is uncommonly weird… genuine authentic…! and a real pleasure and fun to read…!!! Like the unsurpassed unmistaken mechanical craftsmanship and optical quality of Leica and Zeiss lenses of the glorious past and their unique ability to make iconic images in the hands of great photographers…!!! Till the next time… As Bruce Lee used to say… Be water my friend…!

    1. Matteo Pezzi March 4, 2019

      Spiros, I take your offer seriously as I’ve never been to Greece so that’s definetly an option!
      I don’t think it will be possible this year unfortunately, but Greece it’s in my want-to-go list.
      This review didn’t bring me any money but it gave me much more in comments like yours/emails/people I met in real life, and I’m grateful for that!
      I’m curious about your thoughts on how we can reverse all this, so either you spill the beans now or in person… up to you!
      I’ve been fondling the Nikkor since it made its way into my house… and I’m still waiting for the adapter ring so I can finally try it!
      I’m Honored to be associated with such a Shitty friend as the one you made in Milano. Not even worth mentioning the fact that “Shitty” ranks pretty high in my compliments scale!
      And I’m Honored you liked the review as well! I’m writing a new one about the not-so-common Canon EF200 f/2.8, and it will indeed contain some rantings and musings about random (and not so random) topics, so keep an eye for it.
      Hope to hear from you again! And see you – sooner or later!
      Your shitty reviewer

  50. Paul Sanders March 8, 2019

    Great article. Grazie mille!

    A question: I have an x100 s which I use often and am quite fond of. What I don’t like about the camera is the ergonomics. It sounds as if the x100f is significantly improved, especially adding the joy stick.
    Can you kindly comment?


    1. Matteo Pezzi March 10, 2019

      Hi Paul, glad you liked it 🙂
      I had the X100T, which ergonomically speaking is pretty much identical to the S, and the F is huge improvement! The joystick, the buttons all on the right side, the iso dial, and the fron dial (which can be used as an iso dial) are all massive improvement!
      Due to the new buttons it’s faster to use, and if you couple it with much faster electronics you get a camera wich is considerably better, while staying true to her spirit.
      But I’d still suggest you to go in a shop and handle it a bit. I bet you’ll like it, but one never knows.
      Have a good sunday

      1. Paul Sanders March 10, 2019

        Hi Matteo,
        Thanks very much for your response. I strongly suspect that the joystick is a significant ergonomic improvement over the little wheel thing that’s on the X100s. I’ll know immediately when I handle the F version. I wanted your feedback prior to making what’s a bit of a journey for me to the nearest Fuji dealer.

        Another note. I’ve used Leica M film cameras for my personal, and a small amount of commercial work for many years. I’ve considered getting a digital M but really cannot see the point.


        1. Matteo Pezzi March 10, 2019

          Ok! I think, even if you do not live close to a Fuji dealer, it’s still a good idea to try it out.
          There’s not really something you can do with the F that you can’t with the S, it’s just that everything you do, you can do it much faster.
          Maybe you can rent it for one day and have it delivered at yours? Don’t know what’s the cheapest option between that and going the to the store.
          Agree about Leicas… Film ones are amazing and they’ll probably outlive you & me… Same goes for the beautiful lenses… Digital bodies?
          Have a good week

          1. Paul Sanders March 10, 2019

            RE: Leica M and other digital bodies- I mostly agree about “MEH”. They can be problematic (like many Porsches) and overrated in general. The M8’s were seriously flawed as well as many of the M9’s. I think the biggest plus is the “feel” of a Leica in the hands. But, for me, at this point, it’s not worth the price of entry. I kept my M6 and sold the M7 and M4. I have an older 35mm Summilux and a fourth generation 50 1.0 Noc. I use the NOC and the ‘lux on a Sony A7 body which works quite well, and is a much more economical way to digital capture using Leica glass.

            I’ll probably sell the S on eBay and buy the F. A leap of faith, if you will. 🙂 What could go wrong?
            Be well,

            1. Matteo Pezzi March 11, 2019

              The Monochrom though, I would like that. But it’s too expensive.
              Nice lenses you got!
              About the F… not much can go wrong 🙂 I’m positive you’ll like it!

              1. Paul Sanders March 11, 2019

                I should have said “mostly MEH with regard to Leica M and other Leica digital cameras”

                My x100s has been trouble-free.

                The NOC is fun to use on the Sony A7. As much as I like film at this point it’s a matter of economics to shoot mostly digital. I spent decades as a fashion and advertising photographer shooting nothing but film, from 8×10 down to occasional 35mm.

                Be well,

                1. Matteo Pezzi March 12, 2019

                  My F’s sensor got a little piece of dust on it last december (I have yet to update the review), but they cleaned it under warranty, extended the warranty itself + gave me a new top cover and alimentation board, so in the end it was almost a good thing it happened! After 43k shots my X100F is almost new XD
                  I love EVFs with manual focus glass, can’t wait to get my hands on an X-T3!
                  Thanks again for the nice comment!

                  1. Paul Sanders March 22, 2019

                    Ciao Matteo,
                    I just started using a gently-used X100F and am delighted. As fond as I am of my X100s, I feel that the refinements of the latest iteration of the camera are quite worthwhile. Now my favorite camera is close to being perfect and I foresee many years of happy shooting with this little gem.

                    Grazie Mille, once again, for your article, which was instrumental in leading me to this new-to-me Fujifilm camera. It’s a shame that Leica cannot produce a camera which offers so much for so relatively little. Even allowing for the premium cost of owning a Leica. As a lifetime user of Leica M film cameras, I feel a bit sad. Fujifilm “gets it” and that’s a great thing for all of us photographers.

                    1. Matteo Pezzi March 22, 2019

                      Paul, I’m glad to hear that, no need to thank me! 🙂
                      Lately I’ve been enjoying a lot the possibility of using the front wheel to change iso when the iso dial is in A mode, really quick!
                      Yeah, I think Fuji is the new Leica, meaning they make great cameras, great lenses, small, silent, very “tactile”, and pretty as well.
                      In the last couple of months I used my Canon 6d a lot (because of a couple of vintage lenses I recently bought), and everytime I pass from the Canon to the X100F I feel like I’m going 100 years ahead, it’s crazy good.
                      Have a good week and enjoy the F!

  51. David Bradley March 28, 2019

    Really enjoyed your article. I already have a X100F and keep wondering if I should sell it to get a new lens for my Sony A7R2 but your words have convinced me I should keep it.

    1. Matteo Pezzi March 28, 2019

      Thanks David! 🙂 As you can imagine, I 100% agree with you about your choice!
      Have a good weekend

  52. Michael March 30, 2019

    What a funny article – it had me smiling and laughing through out ( including some of the commentary ) . I have the F ( I’ve owned all the x100’s and upgraded as they are released ) . As a professional who only earns a living from photography – I’ve owned all the camera brands at some point or another – from analogue thru to digital , from 110 to 4×5 and early digital to aps-c to MF Phase One. And now I’m slowly in the process of consolidating into one brand ( in my opinion – digital has come of age and there is no more big improvements coming ( bar global shutters ) that is going to change the face of digital. So for me I’m satisfied that one brand can be sufficient – and that brand for me is Fuji. I own the F as I said , 2 XT3’s , GFX50R , Nikon , Phase One and will be selling all non Fuji gear when the GFX100 is released. I have found the Fuji lenses to be in a world of their own – Fuji’s philosophy and commitment to firmware updates is second to none. I think Fuji has come of age and in my opinions offers to most complete system across formats . I’ll be in Paris from May on wards – let’s get a coffee ☕️
    Oh , I’m not a Fuji ambassador or endorsed or payed by them – just a photographer who has been blessed by their gear

    1. Matteo Pezzi April 1, 2019

      Michael, thank you for your kind words!
      I agree with you about Fuji, and I personally think that the aps+medium format strategy is way better than the full frame only of their rivals. But that’s just me.
      Nice kit you’ve got! I hope to add the xt3 to mine by the end of the year! And gfx50r is having me drooling! If you have good lenses from your other formats I would keep them though, to me the best thing about medium format is having a sort of adapt-all full frame 30mp camera (in its 30mp full frame “crop”).
      Unfortunately I moved to Strasbourg last december! Do you plan on staying just in Paris or travelling a bit? I still go to Paris from time to time but my schedule is a bit tight as I now have a full-time job in the IT department of a bank.
      Let me know and let’s try to catch up!

  53. Josh April 1, 2019

    Legendary article Matteo! Really enjoyed your photos and your quirky commentary. As a fellow 6d shooter, I mostly use my sigma 35mm and it’s been a real treat shooting it. The only thing is, the combo is massive! I brought it to Japan back in 2017 and it was a pain in the butt to lug around my neck. As someone who primarily shoots on the 35mm, I’ve been dreaming about the x100f for many years. I’ll be heading to Asia this summer and was ready to hop on the fuji bandwagon with x100f but given that it’s been over 2 years since the F’s release, would you recommend waiting for the next iteration or pulling the trigger?

    1. Matteo Pezzi April 3, 2019

      Hey Josh, thank you for your comment!
      I have no love for Sigma Art lenses, even if in terms of sheer sharpness they might be the best, there’s much more than that to a good lens.
      So I second your choice of getting an X100F.
      I have no contacts of any kind with Fujifilm so I don’t know when the next iteration will come out (some say they’ll present it by the end of the year, but I don’t trust rumors that much)…. But to me, if you wanna have it for your trip to Asia (been there just once, enjoyed having the X100F with me infinitely), then just get the F.
      It’s a dream of camera (and you can get it in brown as well now!).
      I’m sure the next one will be even better, but hey, if you think about it maybe you can wait another couple of years and maybe there’ll be another even better one…
      You get the vibe.
      New toy sindrome is a bitch, and I’m a victim as well.
      But unless there’s an offical date by Fuifilm (and that date should be before your trip), I’d just go with the F.
      I bet that in hindsight you’ll be happier with the X100F+Asian trip than with the X100new at home a few months later.
      My two cents… Hope I made sense as I’m very sleepy and prone to rambling.
      Yes, I’d go with the F, practice a couple of months, and enjoy Asia with a camera I already know how to use.

  54. Rudy April 9, 2019

    Thank you, Matteo, for your generous review and inspiring eagerness.
    I’m not shure whether te internet was built for this kind of extreme sense of sharing, but I am shure indeed that it makes it worthwhile.
    My X100f just arrived, thanks to you so to speak.
    Rudy, Antwerpen

    1. Matteo Pezzi April 11, 2019

      Thank you such much Rudy for you kind words! Hope you enjoy the F 🙂

  55. Stum Paki April 20, 2019

    Thanks for the article. You talked me into ordering the GR III over the X100F

    1. Matteo Pezzi April 23, 2019

      To each his own!

  56. Brian Grogan April 28, 2019

    Thank you so much !
    Wonderfully entertaining and informative Article…
    I have an XT-1 and 35mm F2 and 50mm F2 lenses, and an X100T.
    I find that I always return to the X100T
    I am seriously thinking of selling the XT-1 and lenses and buying the X100F.
    Who knows?
    I really like the X100T!!
    Also, like so many of your photos.
    I live on a small Island in British Columbia,Canada,so many of my photos are of nature and family and friends.
    I have been photographing for 45 years…
    Thank you, again.

    1. Matteo Pezzi May 1, 2019

      Brian, thank you very much for the comment!
      I’ve been off my site for a few days!
      If I were you I’d just sell the T and save some money to buy the F without selling the Xt1, if you do nature photography especially!
      I loved the T when I had it, I think you’ll love the F if you buy it!

  57. Daniel Högberg May 8, 2019

    I so much agree with the statement where you write about changing from lcd only to viewfinder only in one click with the “view mode” button.. I find it so disturbing to have to press it like 4 or 5 times to get to my desired mode!

    I love the way process your images by the way.. I´ve been trying to get that “raw street look” from my raw files for years but never succeeded.. How do you do it??

    1. Matteo Pezzi May 10, 2019

      Hi Daniel, yess the more I use it the more I find it a pain in the ass! I’m glad I’m not alone.
      I hope they’ll somehow fix this or at least add the option of skip the evf/lcd options, should be fixable with a firmware update but I have the impression that this is not an issue for the majority of people.
      No other review mentioned it, mostly because the so-called reviewers rented it or had it for free from Fujifilm for a few days, so who cares about actual long-term usage as long as we can “earn” some money from affiliate links right?
      I don’t have a fixed recipe for processing. I can tell you I don’t use presets as I find them a bit too lazy a way to edit for my tastes… Probably I’m not good with them, but at least for street work I don’t see how people can work out presets that work in every light condition.
      Usually I start from the Classic Chrom film simulation, then tweak it. I often like with CC the desaturate + warm a bit the wb combo, but again, it’s not always a given. For night scenes I often prefere starting from the Astia film simulation, and often desaturate just the yellow if there are heavy artificial lights.
      For black and white just the usual stuff, nothing fancy really! Maybe it adds that I seldom shoot at less than 1600 iso. On Lightroom I never used the clarity slider except in ultra-rare occassions, as I find it murders my files.
      I started using Capture One in march and I really love it, but all the images in this review as it is today are edited with LR. I’ll probaly add some with C1 in the future!
      Hope it was useful, ciao

  58. Philip Zwick May 9, 2019

    Quite a review. I bought the camera in December and have rarely touched my Canon 80D since.

    One question: How does one gets dust on the sensor of this fixed lens camera?

    1. Matteo Pezzi May 10, 2019

      Hi Philip, thank you 🙂
      That’s exactly the question I asked myself as well.
      Something wrong somewhere probably, anyway they fixed the issue under warranty. I was very annoyed at the thing!

  59. Philip Zwick May 9, 2019

    In terms of usage, how do you compare the x100F to the Fuji X30 I have been using the past four years? Larger sensor and much better high ISO performance but also larger camera without the 28-112mm f/2-2.8 zoom range. I have thousands of excellent travel and family images taken with this camera all over the world.

    Worth the upgrade, and if so, why?

    1. Matteo Pezzi May 10, 2019

      I have never used the X30 so can’t really answer on that! If you need/like a zoom, you already have the answer.
      If I were in your shoes I’d probably rent one for a few days and see how it works out for you.. or you could buy a cheap used X100s/t

  60. Kostya Fedot May 26, 2019

    Great review which gives no doubts. X100F is great all in one, one for all camera. No reason to buy Leica for it.

    Sorry, I didn’t read all of the comments…. If M240 is RF misaligned , it will focus accurate with live view and on the street some of us are using scale distance focusing via lens distance and dof scales.
    And if M9 keeps on showing dust even after cleaning , it might be sensor corrosion, not the dust…

    1. Matteo Pezzi May 27, 2019

      Hi Kostya, thank you for the compliment 🙂
      Yes, many use scale focusing with wide angle lenses, and you can use live view on the M240, but then where does the “rangefinder experience” go? I don’t know, I wouldn’t be very happy shelling 7k for a camera and not be able to use it properly.
      My M9 had already had its sensor replaced for corrosion, and when I bought it had around 4k shots on it. I hope to god it’s not enough for it to be changed again!

    2. Paul Sanders May 27, 2019

      I learned a lot about photography as a young man using Leica film cameras. We all know it’s a revered marque. I am sad that Leica has gone astray, not only in quality control but with their marketing. It’s now a completely niche product which caters to wealthy people who are gear collectors rather than actual photographers. I was a professional photographer for over 40 years and used M film cameras when appropriate. I thought I wanted, “needed” a digital M, but after all the troubles with the M8 and even M9, and test-driving and comparing to the Fuji cameras, I regret I cannot justify investing further in the Leica system. I have sold my Noctilux and will keep only my M6 and older iteration of the 35mm Summilux.

      The Fuji X100F is a complete joy- a brilliant tool, and affordable.

      1. Matteo Pezzi May 28, 2019

        100% agree! Their lenses are beautiful though!

  61. James Evans May 28, 2019

    You make me smile while reading your work. For that, thank you. If you don’t mind a couple of questions…
    1. Looking to buy the X100F in brown, then thought that part of the issue with street photography is to go stealthily. Hard to do with a good looking camera. Is black better for this reason? Thoughts? (I’m new to Street).
    2. The strap you show looks nice. Will you share your source?

    1. Matteo Pezzi May 28, 2019

      Hi James, thank you 🙂
      1) I don’t think it’s such a big issue, 99% of the non-photographer out there think that the X100 is some old vintage camera so I wouldn’t consider it a problem. I would choose color based on aesthetics preferences. I have a black X100F, but the X100T I had before was silver and I haven’t noticed any difference in shooting in the street. Brown is still a sober color, it’s not some flashy pink. Were I to buy it today, I would pick the brown!
      2) He’s a dear friend of mine but he doesn’t sell them (as far as I know he doesn’t make them anymore, he made just a dozen for himself and a few friend). He has a 9-5 job + a photography business on the side, and unfortunately his days are made of 24 hours as ours so not much spare time!

  62. gireesh July 5, 2019

    hello Matteo !

    fascinating and impressive review ! may I ask what camera strap you paired with your x100f ? it looks like its made out of leather and I would wish to buy it for my new x100f. Thank you.

    1. Matteo Pezzi July 8, 2019

      Hi thank you! Yes, it’s a leather strap but it’s a one-off made by a friend of mine, not for sale sorry.

  63. Noam October 2, 2019

    What a nice read! Not to mention the pictures, which are brilliant…

    I had an X100s with which I had a love/hate relationship. It was really beautiful, but all the knobs would get shifted just taking it out and putting it back in the bag, the autofocus was painfully slow, and the fixed focal length was … love/hate. But I liked the Fuji size, aesthetic, colors and IQ, so I got an XE-2 (slow focus, again?) and then the XE-3.

    I do like the XE-3, it is always with me. But I also have a Canon 6D. The Canon is big and heavy, BUT when I put it to my eye it sort of disappears. Really fast focus, really bright finder, good (and heavy) lenses), really nice ergonomics, and VERY good low light behavior. I do concert photography – the Canon is a wonderful tool for that (even if my hands ache by the end of an evening). I tried the Fuji, and I felt handicapped. I was quite sorry, I wanted to love if for everything, but instead I love it for the reasons you mentioned, as an everyday memory creator, even if it’s the XE-3 and not the X100F. So what? I’ve settled on one woman, who says I have to settle on one camera? (The woman would love it if I did, but she’s not insisting 🙂

    I hope you go on making many happy memories!

    1. Matteo Pezzi October 2, 2019

      Thank you very much for your kind words Noam!
      I think you’re doing the right thing in keeping with your 6d if it gives you what you need 🙂 I still use mine often as it’s the only way I have to use my beloved lenses, and even if the eos R is a better camera it’s overpriced and crippled, so I won’t buy it (never say never though, if the price drops a lot I might consider it just for the viewfinder, but I doubt it).
      The x-t3(0) though, is very different (=FASTER) than the older Fujis, so if you’re happy with the 6d I suggest you not to try it. I’m stupid enough that I did it, and now I want it, period.
      Meanwhile, the X100F keeps shooting, silent, discreet, always with me. I forgot to mention in the review that it’s a camera women (wives, girlfriends) love it. So that’s another bonus if you have to convince them 😀

  64. Noam October 6, 2019

    Thanks for the advice! I’ll try to stay away from the xt-30 for as long as possible :-).

    Speaking of lenses for the 6D – you’re right, that’s a big reason. Maybe a bit like your old 200L, I have some golden oldies that serve me very well: the 80-200 f2.8 (also known as the “magic drain pipe”), an old 17-40 f4.0, and a first generation 24-70 f2.8. The magic drainpipe in particular is big, heavy, and MAGICAL :-).

    My wife says hi and that she loves fast cars and cheap cameras :-).

    1. Matteo Pezzi October 7, 2019

      Ahah 🙂 Yeah the 80-200 is great and it’s got a certain charisma as well 🙂 Say hi to your wife!

  65. Alpe October 24, 2019

    “I think it’s the single piece of gear that made me the most money, so I won’t sell it. Nothing fancy about it, but it does what it should. Still, I don’t like it and I often wake up thinkin’ “Ok today I’m gonna sell that Sigma piece of junk”

    LOL I laughed so hard I started crying. Maybe because I can relate. Great writing and great pictures! Keep it up!

    1. Matteo Pezzi October 25, 2019

      Yeah welcome to Sigma land ahah 🙂
      A couple of weeks ago I went to a local store to see how much they were willing to give me for it and when they said 250 I walked out… I had made more than that just from my last gig… I’ll probably never sell it, but the temptation it’s always there!
      Thanks have a great day 🙂

  66. Thomas Weholt November 8, 2019

    Love your article! Bought the X100s, then upgraded to X100f and love both. I’m writing about my Fuji experiences as well over at my blog Keep up the good work. This is very inspirational!! 🙂

    1. Matteo Pezzi November 8, 2019

      Thank you Thomas 🙂

  67. Steve November 8, 2019

    Matteo . Heartily agree with you. This is a phenomenal camera. Sold my first one but won’t make the same mistake with the second. It’s a camera to keep forever. Unless the V has a focus distance scale on the lens. Then all bets are off. Fantastic for making documentAry every day life shots. So light and portable. Easy. Lovely.

    As for sony. Well I love that thing too, with a loxia 35 zone focusing. It just works like a machine. The closest thing I’ve found to my old 5Dmkiii. And it runs all the lenses needed.

    But this F. What a cam.

    Thanks for a great read.

    1. Matteo Pezzi November 8, 2019

      Oh yeah for the purpose it’s unbeatable!
      Thanks for reading the article I’m still amazed people go through the whole length of it!

  68. Sanchez December 2, 2019

    Just got an X100F a few weeks ago after selling all my Lumix + Canon gear since I was not using those for the intended “video-cinema” purpose they were intended to and looking to go with a smaller profile for family + travel photo and occasional video.
    So far, loving it. Really loving Fuji color, controls, everything. Everything but the video…
    And then I got tempted by the XT30…
    Now I’m actually debating whether to sell the lovely X100F and get an XT30 + 27mm 2.8 and a couple of more lenses or keep the X100F and focus on what I can get from it, then waiting with no hurry for the X100V 4K…

    1. Matteo Pezzi December 4, 2019

      Hi Sanchez, I don’t care about videos so can’t really give you any advice.
      I personally just got myself an xt3 and that camera is really amazing, plus there’s a 200€ cashback here in France now, I don’t know elsewhere!

  69. Noam Amir December 5, 2019

    Ouch…. somebody has sold his soul to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) here :-). How many lenses do you have by now, and how do you carry them around? I made myself a rule when I bought the XE-3 as a second camera: use only the 18-55. Extra lenses – only for the Canon 6D. I managed to stick to this rule, but I did buy a Ricoh GRD IV recently, which extremely cool. Really. and fits in any pocket. Really.

    1. Matteo Pezzi December 9, 2019

      Hi Noam!
      I sold my soul years ago when I bought the Canon 85 1.2, now there’s nothing left!
      Jokes apart, I had announced it in the review… this has been coming since the X-T3 has been announced.
      But I changed my plans a bit, I bought an X-T3 body (no zoom kit) and a 23mm f/1.4 (instead of f/2, we only live once). Plus, a couple of adapters for a Voigtlander 50mm f/1.8 QBM mount I found super cheap on ebay some time ago, and for my Nikon 105mm f/1.8. Plus there’s the Canon stuff… Anyway
      If it’s not for work I seldom go out with more than 1 camera and 1 lens with me!
      But I’ll state it again: don’t ever try the X-T3 if you’re not planning on buying it! Don’t!
      I like the Ricoh but I don’t think I could live without a vf, plus I heard it’s a dust hoover and I had already enought troubles with sensor and dust in my life!
      Changing topic, did you receive the book? I haven’t heard from you since Hope it wasn’t that bad that you decided not to mention it!
      And sorry for the late reply but I recently enrolled at a univerisity and given that I have a full time job as well time is extremely limited!
      ciao 🙂

  70. Noam Amir December 10, 2019

    Oh well, who needs a soul anyway?

    First things first: I certainly got your book! I was sure that I wrote you, but I had a look at my “sent” folder and it seems I forgot to. Sorry! I like it actually. It’s in my office and I leaf through it when I have time to relax a bit.

    So maybe it’s lucky I haven’t tried the X-T3. I’m wondering how much different it can be from the X-E3, but I won’t have a look after your warning. The X-E3 is great and takes wonderful pictures, but it’s a bit fiddly and all kinds of buttons get pressed and set by mistake, something that never happens with the 6D. I just spent a week with it abroad, then 2 days photographing a music festival with the 6D. Weight aside, there’s no competition. In low light situations with subjects moving all the time, I much prefer the 6D. Not to mention the lenses… 🙂


    1. Matteo Pezzi December 13, 2019

      Great I’m glad you liked it and received it 🙂
      If you have big hands probably you won’t like the Xt3 buttons neither, but in general I find the xt3 more responsive than the 6d. Even with a lens (the 23 1.4) that it’s not supposedly fast focusing, I am impressed (and you can focus all over the frame no problem). With other focal lengths though, I only have mf lenses 😀 It’s faster than the XE3, but the main difference is the viewfinder, it’s big and clear, a real pleasure to use. I’m done with optical viewfinders 🙂
      In any case, I think whatever camera you buy in 2019 is more than capable enough, so better to just go out and shoot!
      Cheers 🙂 -Matteo

  71. Peter December 15, 2019

    I am so glad I found this article! Everything you mentioned reminded me how great a camera it is! I shot film for 20 years and this camera is the closest shooting experience to that I’ve had.

    I purchased my100f in August 2017 as a splurge for a six week vacation/wedding/family trip to Europe and have never stopped using it since. It, my glasses, phone and wallet are always with me when I leave the house. In short, it is my baby.

    After the hybrid viewfinder, I find it hard to go back to the SLR finder of my X-H1 (I needed the IBIS after a strike and use it for tele work: birding and sports. It also lets me go ultra wide if I have/want to). So the new X-Pro 3 comes along, with a hybrid view. finder, retro back (film nerves awakening!), updated sensor, etc… and I’m having a serious case of GAS. I actually thought I might sell my baby to fund a purchase that would let me shoot ultra wide as well.

    Yet I read your article and realize I can’t sell my baby! This has been the most perfect digital camera I’ve owned (and I’ve owned too many)! It cannot be beat! I’ve learned so much using it! Better to spend my money on experiences using using my baby!

    So the X-Pro3 will have to wait (and if I get it compete with the 100f for my attention).

    Thank you for reminding me what is important! Eat, shoot, breathe.

    1. Matteo Pezzi December 29, 2019

      Hi Peter!
      Sorry about my late reply but e-mails aside I’ve almost completely ignored the internet for a couple of weeks (… spoiler: it felt good eheh).
      I feel a little guilty reading it because… I’ve recently got myself an X-T3 (+23mm f/1.4 and a couple of adapters for lenses I already had), and my shitty X100F has been collecting dust lately… but I know it’s still there, and I’ll never sell it (wouldn’t have bought the T3 if I had to sell the X100!).
      Funny you don’t like the X-H1 vf, because the finder has been one of the main reasons I chose to go with the X-T3!
      The X-Pro3 left me a bit “meh”, I’d like to try it in hand, for the moment I’ve only read reviews paid by Fujifilm so I might as well have read nothing… Given the price difference and the specs difference, I find it hard to choose it over the X-T3. For example, they even worsened the OVF (compared to the Pro2), and the EVF is still inferior to the X-H1/T3 ones…
      We’ll see, I’d like to play with it one day just to see whether I’ll find that “Pure Photography” experience all the Fujifilm-sponsored reviews talk about, or if my heart has officially became a rock, impervious to the Pureness of Photography allowed by that camera.
      Jokes aside, thanks for the nice words, and I’ll let you know as soon as I ship the book!
      Oh, and a happy new year 🙂
      PS: never sell the X100!
      PPS: NEVER!

  72. Martin April 7, 2020

    What a great read this was. Made my mind up that this or the v will be my next camera. Good stuff!

    1. Matteo Pezzi April 7, 2020

      Thanks Martin!
      Unless you’re on a budget I’d go for the V, the tilt-screen alone makes it worth it to me, along with the new evf.

  73. Steve H June 5, 2020

    Great review, love your tone and humour. It’s also a very honest and detailed review and clearly not the usual sponsored crap, which are clearly paid reviews.
    I shoot mainly weddings on XT3 and XH1 (love this camera….gutted they’ve dropped it). I own an X100F but it sits gathering dust most of the time. However, you’ve reignited my love for it and I’ll be pulling it out of the kit bag and grabbing some documentary shots at my next wedding (once lockdown has ended). The only negative I have about the X100F is the lens can be a bit ‘soft’ when shooting wide open, close to the camera. But it’s not often I shoot like that so it’s no biggie. Also the lens cap is totally useless. I got a lens hood and cap off Amazon at a quarter of the price and it’s just as good as the original. C’mon Fuji, £69 for a tiny lens hood!! I’m a total convert to Fuji, used to shoot Canon, but now find that the Fuji kit suits my style of shooting and the I love the lack of weight. Carrying two heavy SLR bodies with 2.8 lenses kills your back and shoulders after a 12 hour wedding. The fact that I can do updates with Fuji whenever there’s a new version is wicked. I don’t need to keep buying the latest kit just to get a small update.
    Keep up the good work

    1. Matteo Pezzi June 9, 2020

      Hi Steve, thanks for the comment!
      Somehow it had slipped in the spam folder, that’s why I’m getting back to you a bit late.
      That was the aim of the review! I’m getting a bit sick of all the masked ads they call “reviews”… all copy and paste, only positive, and invariably the new thing is better than the old one (oh and by the way click on the affiliate link below!!!!!). Bleah.
      In december I got an X-T3 as well, and I love it. I’m working on a HUGE review of it, although a bit slowly because I’m working full time + studying for university so time’s a scarce commodity for me right now… but it will come, maybe by end of July/mid august (if you want you can subscribe to my newsletter to know when).
      I have to admit since I own the X-T3 the X100F is getting way less use, but I think it’s a mix of novelty effect plus the fact that I can adapt various lenses I like on it. But when I use it I’m rediscovering the ovf, and finding ways to fit it into my workflow (which as you read in the review I hadn’t really managed to). To me its lens is good enough even at f/2, but I understand those for whom it’s not. I’m curious to try the X100V, I would buy it mainly for the evf and tilt-lcd but I have other things to buy before that, and my shitty F is doing just fine so let’s wait.
      Agree on the lens cap: cute as hell, but it just doesn’t work. About Fuji’s accessories’ prices… It’s a shame, and with every camera that comes out they include less and less in the box, while the accessories themselves cost more and more. I was tempted to get the X-H1 instead of the X-T3, I went with the T3 mainly because it was smaller (price was around the same considering the cashback): what lenses do you use on them? The H2 is supposedly coming out next year though.
      It’s been a while since my last wedding, but I remember well that feeling when it’s saturday night and you get home at past midnight, start back-uping cards and charging batteries while trying to shrug off the tiredness of 12+hours hauling around two dslr + heavy lenses all day long while sweating in the sun, looking forward to 3/4 hours of sleep before sunday’s wedding… Good memories, eheh. I would have sold everything from Canon, but the 85 1.2 is my favourite lens ever and I’ll always need a body for it. I love the 200 2.8 as well.
      Have a nice day and thanks for the comment!

  74. Jack Karakelian August 4, 2020

    This has to be one of the best reviews in the history of reviews – of anything! Bravo, molto bene!

    1. Matteo Pezzi August 5, 2020

      Thank you Jack! Working on the X-T3, hoping it’ll be ready by the time the X-T5 comes out 😛 subscribe to my newsletter if you want, ciao

  75. Tim Schultz January 5, 2021

    Excellent review and entertaining as well! The xPro2, with a bag full of Fuji glass is my go-to but I wanted to add a second, smaller camera. I owned an x100s and traded it for the 14mm 2.8 lens. The x100s was slow and not worth keeping, especially during a pandemic where I found myself photographing my 4 year old daughter more. The x100s just doesn’t keep up. I want an x100v but I cannot justify the cost right now so I found a used x100f for $600! Can’t wait to use it (and keep the 35mm f2 on my xPro2)! Thanks for the wonderful article and images!

    1. Matteo Pezzi January 7, 2021

      Hi Tim, thanks to you 🙂 Yeah the S is kinda slow! Congratulations on the steal! 600€ great price
      happy new year

  76. Aidan Tottori January 14, 2021

    Great review! I’ve had luck shooting with a Fuji X-T3 (silver of course) and the Viltrox EF-FX2, and I wanted to try some Canon Ef lenses. It has mixed reviews, but it’s autofocus is pretty good in normal lighting down to about -1.

    1. Matteo Pezzi January 15, 2021

      Hi Aidan thanks!
      I’ve read good things about it but non of my EF lenses would be very attractive for me on aps-c… and there’s a personal (bordering stupid I say) issue with that adapter: the little box under it it’s really ugly 😀

    2. Matteo Pezzi January 15, 2021

      ah I thought this was the standard adapter! But no this should be the speed booster right? From what I saw online I’m not sure I’d buy it :/

  77. anna erlingsdottir September 23, 2021

    Thanks for a great review..I’ve had the X100s for a few years now but haven´t used it at all so I am getting to know it now. I want to use the viewfinder but I´m not finding the correct way to use it so I guess I´ll have to to just use the display screen. I´ve fiddled with it for a while but still no go.. But the shots are great while using the display screen..very sharp.
    I´m going to take it with me to Spain this week and we´ll see how it goes. I´m not much of a documentary/street photographer so it will be fun to test it that way.
    Best regards from Sweden

    1. Matteo Pezzi September 24, 2021

      Hello Anna, thanks for your nice words 🙂
      If it’s not broken you should just try to fiddle a bit with the VIEW MODE button on the bottom left of the camera, it should switch between lcd only, vf only, vf/lcd… etc
      Have fun in Spain! And I’m sure you’ll have plenty of opportunity for nice photos in Sweden too 🙂

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