Fuji X Pro 1 Revisited

So I'm sitting here on a rainy morning looking over my Lightroom catalog and I click on my XPro1 files.  I often do this when organizing my everyday work.  I file the images in categories according to the camera or lens I shot with.  It makes it easier for me at least when I need to find images to use for the blog post I intend to write.  Thats exactly what happened here today.  I hit the XPro1 files and as usual I am extremely impressed with the outcome.  Now, Im not making any wild claims that my imagery is above and beyond.  I'm simply talking about the files.  

Fujifilm X Pro 1 / Fujinon35mm f/2 ISO 1600 1/30th handheld

Fujifilm X Pro 1 / Fujinon35mm f/2 ISO 1600 1/30th handheld

No, its not an Xpro 2, nor is it an XT2, XT20 or even an X100F.  It is an X Pro1 and it is different.  Very different, and quirky.  The XP1 has such an organic feel to its files due to the magic of the 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor.  This sensor is highly regarded and respected by those who know about it and shoot it.  The colors are amazing, skin tones have a beautiful feel to them.  Black & Whites ???? Forgettaboutit !!! As Donnie Brasco would say.  They are amazing especially at 1600 ISO.

Now there are some annoyances with the XP1 but that goes without saying.  You have to remember we are talking about a camera released in early 2012.  Thats 6 years ago and in the camera/tech world that might as well be the stone age.  Auto focus although not as slow as some would make it out to be can be cumbersome to move around due to the lack of a joystick.  You have to set it to the "D" Pad or hit the AF button on your opposite side.  AF Continuous is an absolute mystery to me on this camera as all you get is a cross hair type prompt so I'm left to guess where focus is in or out.  The buffer is less then stellar.  There is no control over shutter speeds using the command wheel.  I've found the best way to shoot this camera is in Aperture Priority setting an AUTO ISO and a desired shutter speed then rock the exposure comp dial.  This will allow you to latest move the shutter a few stops (2) up or down within range of your initial choice on the top dial by using the “D” pad.  Or you can set the shutter speed dial to A and set your AUTO ISO to your desired ceiling and base perimeters.  Off you go!!!!

BUT NONE OF THIS MATTERS BECAUSE THE FILES ARE AMAZING!!!!!!

Xpro 1 Fujinon 35mm f/2 ISO 2000 1/80th

Xpro 1 Fujinon 35mm f/2 ISO 2000 1/80th

Listen, It has to be an amazing camera.  We are still talking about it 6 years later.  Sure there is better tech right now, light years better but thats not the point.  Do you need all of it all the time?  This camera invokes a feeling of nostalgia and surprise.  You go out all day take your shoots.  Not overly overwhelmed ( if thats even an actual thing ) about menus and crazy technological options your camera has.  You set your perimeters and shoot.  Check the LCD screen if you like however its not mind blowing so your feedback is limited.  Might as well just focus on what you came out to do and that’s to create images. Forget about everything else of unimportance.  Did you see the shot? Did you get the shot?  Thats all that counts.  This camera will do that for you.

Now for the surprise factor.  Pop your SD Card out (you only have one single card slot) and load that sucker into your desired editing program.  Lean in and scan your files and shake your head at how much fun you can have with what you get.

Check out my original Blog post on the X Pro 1 HERE

 

Another thing I love to do with the X Pro 1 is shoot gear.  I love the crisp sharpness of this sensor combined with the Black & Whites.  I love film cameras and I think its great shooting some true classics with another camera that is destine to be labeled as one of the greats.

As always I hoped you enjoyed my little write up here.  I can't help but to be drawn in by this camera and I'm sure if you have had an experience with it you have been drawn in as well.  They can still be had for a good deal so why not grab yourself one.  Thanks again and be sure to check out my other postings, youtube page and Instagram account.  Links are at the bottom, you know what to do!

HandeVision IBERIT Lens Line UP

I first learned about KIPON through their adapters.  At the time I was beginning to shoot a lot of mirrorless systems and particularly the FUJFILM GFX50 Medium Format system.  Quickly after buying the native 63mm Fuji Glass the other thing I was dying to try out was adapt lenses.  Luckly KIPON had that area well covered as they pretty much support every combination you can think of.  Their adapters are impeccably made and machined to the strictest tolerances.

After researching KIPON's Baveyes Focal Reducer for adapting my Pentax 67 Lenses to my GFX I was able to strike up a conversation with KIPON owner Xiaoming.  He was extremely helpful and kind and even took a look at my work.  After talking a bit more he asked me if I would like to take his IBERIT lens line up for a spin.  Knowing what kind of quality and attention to detail he puts into his adapters I knew I was in for a treat.  I had two months to shoot the FUJI X Mount IBERIT lenses from HandeVision.

HandeVision Lens Line UP

HandeVision Lens Line UP

Now I'm not going to tell you that I am a numbers or charts kind of guy. I've never taking a picture of a Resolution chart and WOWed my potential clients.  I create images to invoke a feeling within the viewers eye.  I don't care if I use a $5600 Nikon 200mm f/2 or a $45 Minolta 45mm f/2 I scored on eBay.  They are all tools and I use what I can to get the job done.  Now that you understand where I'm coming from I think you'll have a better idea of how I subjectively look at gear.

Now for the numbers crowed I took the liberty of copying some specs from the HandeVision Website which can be seen here. As you can see there, the whole story is explained on how these lenses came to be as well as the various systems they can be mounted to.

I returned home one day and the package from KIPON USA is sitting on the table.  I slice that sucker open and I see all the black boxes with the red KIPON lettering.  Delivered to me was the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm.  Every lens they have in this IBERIT line up has an aperture of f/2.4 to f/16.  They are MANUAL FOCUS lenses only.  They come in matte black and matte silver.

As you can see the sizing on all focal lengths are relatively similar with the exception of the 35mm.

As you can see the sizing on all focal lengths are relatively similar with the exception of the 35mm.

Upon first glance a few things really stood out.  First of all the lenses are of an all metal construction.  Focusing is nicely dampened with a solid stop at each extreme.  The lettering and focus scale is beautifully engraved with a nicely finished paint fill.  The design is very similar to that found on a Leica lens.  The aperture ring has a solid feel with a subtle audible click at each F-stop.  Thats right, solid aperture clicks.  Each lens has a solid metal lens cap which is screwed and unscrewed on.  While I do like this design and can see its limitations with the way some people like to shoot.  Each lens has a solid metal lens hood in a petal style.  Again beautifully machined with the lens MM designation on the ring.

Now to address the elephant in the room.....the widest aperture of f/2.4.  I would of loved to see at least an f/2 but at least its not a 2.8.  While f/2.4 is not extremely fast I feel with the direction that where on in regards of sensor technology f/2.4 can certainly be fast enough in allowing the camera to keep some lower ISO readings.  If you have to push it a bit most systems on todays market can handle up to ISO 6400 fairly nicely.  However again we are talking about prime lenses not zooms.  An f/2 would of been a nice compromise.

 A benefit to the f/2.4 though would be an easier time manual focusing such a shallow depth of field and it will also enable the lenses to be smaller over all.  Speaking of small, the 35mm seen above is the smallest out of the line up and it also happened to be my favorite during the time I spent with these lenses.  In my opinion it not only performed beautifully on the Fuji XPro 2 but looked stunning as well.  Dare I say ........Leica????  Any competent photographer will know how to work the lens and its aperture to get the most out of it. 

IBERIT Lens Line up

 

Now if your looking for a faster lens from HandeVision then its gonna cost ya a bit more.  The offer their IBELUX 40mm f/.85.  Now I haven't been able to shoot this lens just yet but I'm getting word I may have that opportunity sooner then later.  This would be a direct competitor to the Mitakon 35mm f.95 which has gained an almost cult following and for good reason.

Photography from Handevision's Website.

Photography from Handevision's Website.

Now the reason you have most likely shown up at my blog post was not to hear me ramble on about lenses but to see examples.  So.....I won't keep you from them.  I'll go lens by lens and post examples.  All the images you see where made with either the Fuji XT2 or Fuji XPro2.


The IBERIT 24mm.  Very Sharp and with a really nice close focus ability which can be seen on some of the watch photographs.  One of my favorites.

 

The IBERIT 35mm.  Easily my favorite out of the group.  Small and compact and looks amazing on your XPro series bodies.

 

The IBERIT 50mm. This is where I would of liked to see an F/2.  We are starting to get into portrait territory and for portrait work I love an f/2 or shallower.  I'm looking for fall off from the eyes back towards the ears and I'm just not getting it here.  Also because I'm shooting a crop sensor I'm effectively a 75mm f/3.4.  I found the focal length odd for me.

 

The IBERIT 75mm.  I had fun with this lens and I found the bokeh pleasing.

 

The IBERIT 90mm.  A fun focal length on a crop sensor and isolates the subject rather well.  I found the bokeh to be a bit busy for my taste.  Another rather unfortunate trait of the 90mm which I did not see in the other lenses was the appearance of chromatic aberration.  Rather strong too.  Now I understand this can be corrected in post however it adds another step and if the CA is too strong, trying to fix it in post will leave you with a grey outline in place of the purple fringe..  Your trading one problem for another.

 

The dreaded CA as shown in these 2:1 crops of unedited images.  As you can see the purple fringe in the high contrast areas of the helmet, lettering and metal handle bars.  The bokeh in the back ground also seems to be exhibiting what looks to be lateral chromatic aberration.

Overall I was pleased with the line up from HandeVision especially at the wider end of the spectrum.  I thought they were pleasantly sharp throughout the range and offered some close focus ability.  I was pleased with the size and build quality especially the 35mm.  Again as I said before and even f/2 would of been nice especially at the telephoto lengths.  The f/2.4 is not so concerning with the wide angle lengths mostly because when shooting wider lenses  a narrower DOF is the norm.  Especially when your subject matter is landscapes or street photography.  The same goes for manual focus lenses.  Right off the bat that will turn some potential buyers away but for most that truly know what their looking for manual focus will not be an issue.  The telephoto range ( 50mm, 75mm, 90mm )  offer relatively decent subject isolation for having a maximum f/2.4 aperture however I was disappointed with the 90mm for the reasons discussed above.  

A quick search for the lenses at your major retailers like B&H Photo or Amazon will offer you all the focal lengths and appropriate mounts for your camera.

The Contax Yashica Zeiss 85mm 1.4 Planar

The title alone brings a feeling of excitement and excellence and it should.  The C/Y Zeiss 85mm Planar 1.4 is an exceptional lens which can elevate you to the level of a photography God......well maybe not that last part but at least you will feel that way.  This “vintage” lens is made for the Old Contax / Yashica 35mm film cameras and are easily considered some of the best glass a photographer can own and are highly regarded by those who have them.  The C/Y Zeiss lenses can still be had at a good price if you can find a deal but with the resurgence of film photography as well as the ability to adapt glass to todays mirrorless systems, prices have certainly risen.   

The Fuji GFX with Adapted 85mm 1.4 Zeiss Planar

The Fuji GFX with Adapted 85mm 1.4 Zeiss Planar

The construction of the lens is everything you have come to expect from the name Carl Zeiss.  My specific copy was made in West Germany however many Zeiss lenses have been made in Japan as well.  In my experience either type will suit you just fine and I haven’t noticed an edge either way.   

Smooth focusing with solid stops and just the right dampening.  Solid audiable aperture clicks. The famous T* Zeiss coatings that offer extraordinary contrast and pop to give you that a Zeiss 3D rendering they are known for. 

 

When I set out for my copy I had two...well three applications in mind.  First and foremost I wanted to adapt this lens to my Fujifilm GFX50S digital Medium Format camera.  I have seen results and they were amazing.  Not wanting to spend close to $2,000 USD on a Zeiss 80mm F/2 Contax 120mm Film Medium format lens, I opted for the 35mm film version the 85mm Zeiss Planar 1.4.  As luck would have it the image circle covers the GFX sensor just fine with a very soft and minimal vignette which is easily gone when adjusting the vignette slider in post to about 65-70%.  This set up when adapted to the GFX gives me roughly a 67mm f/1.1 in 35mm equivalent focal length.  People are not used to seeing a 67mm focal length let alone the wide DOF of 1.1 and needless to say it makes your image stand apart.  A really three demensional look where your subject just pops from the image.  A lot of talk as of late is the great debate as to why one would adapt an old lens to a new resolution Beast like the GFX.  Why not use the native Fuji glass.....well, because its my camera and I'll do what I want to.  No, in all seriousness though adapting glass while fun also offers benefits like different looks and effects not seen before as well as a cheaper option to shoot various focal lengths.  Plus it just plain F.U.N.

Rigatoni the Doxie:  Fujifilm GFX50s 85mm Zeiss Planar

Rigatoni the Doxie:  Fujifilm GFX50s 85mm Zeiss Planar

 

The second application would be to use on my crop sensor Fuji bodies.   This gives me a 127mm f/2.1.   Another really nice focal length for portrait work.  Focus peaking on the XPro2/XT2 series cameras works wonders.  A little tip I found helpful is to set you cameras film simulation to black and white and the focus peaking is even easier to spot.  If your shooting RAW files it won’t matter at all once imported because everything goes back to the standard image info (no simulations).

 

The third reason these lenses and this 85mm lens in particular was beneficial to me is I use them on my Contax RTSii 35mm film camera.  Yep... you guessed it.  The focal length is......85mm f/1.4.  A true classic portrait lens.  Portrait photography is one of my favorite genres of photography.  It’s pretty evident if you took the time to browse my website or Instagram feed.

 

I'm not much of a technical charts/numbers guy when it comes to evaluating glass.  I never check the DXO rankings.  I skip over the highly technical reviews of lenses made by other bloggers.  While I appreciate the effort, skill and knowledge they put into those reviews they hardly tell me the most important aspects a lens has to offer.  For me that most important trait is CHARACTER.  Some lenses have it and some are just plain duds.  Some lenses are a necessity when doing pro work but are uninspiring.  The Zeiss Contax 85mm Planar is no dud.   It oozes character out of every element.  This lens is just ready to work and if deployed properly will make you look like a hero.  It’s huge front element combined with its fast 1.4 aperture sucks in every ounce of available light.  Sometimes this isn’t a great thing if you want to shoot wide open on a sunny day.  Thank god for ND Filters right?  Go grab yourself a 3 step or variable ND filter for those hard light days.

The massive chunk of perfect glass that graces the front of the 85mm Zeiss.  Beautifully T* coated like only Zeiss can do.

The massive chunk of perfect glass that graces the front of the 85mm Zeiss.  Beautifully T* coated like only Zeiss can do.

I truly enjoy this lens for weddings as I feel it gives my work a look that stands out for the everyday images potential clients see when researching their future photographer.  I was using the Pentax67 105mm 2.4 a lot for weddings and while it is a fantastic lens I found the look to be similar on the 85mm plus the set up is smaller.  This is definitely helpful when your shooting with two cameras and the other one is a huge Nikon D5.  I mostly break out this beastly combo during bride/groom prep as well as intimate couples portraits.  The images are just so rich with detail and the fall off is something surreal that a full frame 35mm cannot give you.  Here is a recent set I took using the GFX and 85mm Zeiss combo while shooting for another wedding photographer Devin Peppler Photography.  He called last minute asking me to help him out and I was happy to test this combo out professionally........it did not fail.

Please keep in mind all these images in this set are slightly edited Jpegs as the RAWs were handed over to the photographer I was shooting for at the time.

While shooting these images of the groom during prep I also used my Nikon D5 with the amazing 58mm 1.4 lens.  I really love this lens.  It definitely gives off a bit of that medium format feel when shot close up and in a portrait setting.  I love shooting the men in this pose.  Sitting in a chair near a window with arms and elbows resting on the thighs.  Have them lean forward a bit and it will really square off the jaw bone adding to that masculine look.

For more info on my approach to wedding photography please visit my recently featured interview in FUJI X Passion Magazine.  You can head to their website HERE or check out my blog post indexed below as well as other interesting things you may like.

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Nikon D5 & 58mm 1.5 Nikkor

Fuji Acros Simulation ( a little brighter then the GFX image)

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Fujifilm GFX & 85mm Planar

Fuji Acros simulation 

When we start getting some distance is where we see the gorgeous medium format fall off become apparent.  Especially with the 85mm Zeiss.  Not only are we at a shallower DOF but the Zeiss lenses are known for their contrasty pop.

                                                                 GFX/Zeiss 85mm on Left ---------Nikon/ Nikkor 58mm on Right

                                                                               Shhhh!!!!  I'm aware the colors are not an exact match.

Ok, I've babbled on long enough.  Below are an assortment of personal images I took with the 85mm Zeiss 1.4.  

Well, to close this one out please send in your comments and questions and I'll do my best to help you out and answer what I know.  Please share the blog and help others out.  Check out my Instagram Feed and while your there give it a follow.  Also come check out my youtube channel and subscribe.  I'm posting more videos soon but right now there is an accompanying video on this exact topic so you may find that helpful as well.

A Cheap way to improve your photography.

I have been wanting to post about this for some time now and I'm finally getting around to it.  The house is quite and a good time to put some thoughts on the website.  From time to time I'll get asked whats the best camera I can get for this or that?  Or, Im just starting off what should I buy?  How can I achieve better photos?

These are all hard questions and there is not a definitive answer for any of them.  What I can say for certain is one of the cheapest and best ways to improve your photography is........... (Get close and Ill tell you a secret) Buy a 50mm Prime lens.

A 50mm Prime can tell your story!!!  Canada / 58mm Nikkor Prime

Lets look into the benefits of a Prime lens and for the interest of this post, the 50mm prime specifically. 

1. 50mm Primes are among the cheapest prime lenses to purchase.  Even some of the top of the line designs are cheaper compared to other focal lengths.  This is where the term "Nifty Fifty" came from.

2. Primes allow you to achieve a narrow DOF ( Depth of Field ) which will enhance subject isolation and bring the viewers eye towards whats important in your photograph. 

3. Wider F-stops like f/1.4 through f/2 allow for two advantages in addition to subject isolation.  You will achieve faster shutter speeds to ensure crisp sharp images in failing light as well as lower ISO numbers which offer better noise control.

4. They are usually lighter and smaller which offer obvious benefits.

5. A 50mm focal length or focal lengths within that range offer a great combination of compression for portraits yet wide enough to go walking about and tell your story.  If you look at the image above of my daughter holding onto the telescope viewer at Niagara Falls you can see the surrounding elements that are important in telling this story.  You can see the binoculars, you can see the mist from the falls.  The buildings and people around her.  You can even see her clothing which tell you it was a nice sunny day.  Had this shot been taken with an 85mm or even a higher telephoto focal length these important factors would of been left out of the image.  It would be a tight portrait of a child and thats all.

6.  BOKEH !!!!  We all love it even if some of us have no idea what it is.  We know it when we see it.  Bokeh can be explained in THIS article.  

This is bokeh.  Nikon 58mm.

The good news is pretty much every major camera manufacturer offers more then one 50mm prime.  In fact most offer their high end Prime 50mm right along with a budget conscious 50mm and the results are usually close to the same.  In most cases 50mm primes will offer an F/1.4 as well as an F/1.8 or F/2.  Some of these prime lenses are legendary to say the least.  Im not going to list them all but a few like the Leica 50mm Summicon, Minolta 58mm 1.2, Canon 50mm 1.2, Nikon's 58mm 1.4 and a few Russian Vintage lenses like the Halios offer distinctive looks that are bound to make your photography stand out.

A 50mm prime lens will teach you to frame your photographs with your feet not a zoom lens.  You will probably start to even learn where you need to plant yourself for the right distance before you even take the picture.  Prime lenses can teach you how to look for potential imagery.

My advice to you if your a beginning photographer and looking into making your first camera purchase.  Buy a 50mm prime right away and start benefiting from these wonderful lenses.  If your shooting an APS-C body be mindful that the crop factor must be taken into account so a 35mm lens on a crop body will give you your 50mm focal length.

If you happen to shoot mirrorless, well then.....as they say the worlds your oyster!!!  You can pretty much adapt any 50mm lens to your camera so things just got a lot cheaper for you.  Or expensive depending on if you want the really high end stuff. 

Its works both ways.  The Mamiya 110mm f/2.8 Medium Format 6X7 equals a 55mm f/1.4 focal length on a standard 35mm frame.

Its works both ways.  The Mamiya 110mm f/2.8 Medium Format 6X7 equals a 55mm f/1.4 focal length on a standard 35mm frame.

Worried about your wide angle shots.....don't be.  Just learn how to stitch in post.

Below I'm going to bombard you with a ton of imagery all taken using 50mm equivalent lenses.  I was using everything from Fujifilm Crop sensor bodies all the way to Medium Format cameras.  Some shots are even on film.  Thanks for checking out the post and as always come visit my youtube channel as well as my instagram page for more blogs and images.  As always I welcome questions and comments so please feel free to reach out.  Im always happy to help.

Handevision Iberit Lens FIRST LOOK

I wanted to post a short video here about my initial impressions on the HandeVision Iberit Lens line up.....WOW!!!  Impressive to say the least.  As always check out and like my instagram page (link at the bottom) and follow me to see more examples.  Subscribe to my youtube channel as well because I will be kicking out more content in the future.  Thanks all and enjoy.

Published........

I'm very happy to have my review and work published at Fuji X Passion magazine.  Maurício & Hugo reached out to me the other day and asked to post my review of the FujiFilm X100F.  Yes was the obvious answer.  I'm looking forward to the interview we have scheduled for May as well.

The Review can be read here on my blog as well as at Fuji X Passion.  Check it out as well as all the other amazing photographers and information on this great website.

https://www.fujixpassion.com/2018/03/20/fujifilm-x100f-review/

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Fujifilm X100F

I’ve only had this camera for a short amount of time and I debated whether or not to post a blog entry about it.  Did I shoot enough with it?  Did I put it through its paces?  Did I feel informed enough?  Did I return it like I did my X100T in less then two weeks?

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The Fujifilm X100F or Fourth (IV) is Fuji’s 4th edition of this popular system.  Having owned the X100T I knew what to expect.  Or did I?

I had purchased the X100T and owned it for about 2 weeks and to be honest it never really impressed me much.  I don’t know what about it really didn’t do it for me.  I quickly sold it.

 

After that I gave up on the X100 series and gravitated all my cash and efforts towards the Fujifilm GFX Medium Format Monster.

See more on that rig here https://www.josephdagostinophotography.com/blog/

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My passion for shooting everyday overpowered my will to stream line my gear and I soon found myself purchasing and XT2 then an XPro1.  This led the way to an XPro2 which in turn brought me full circle back to.....you guessed it the X100F.  I was a bit hesitant at first.  Loving my XPro series cameras I was skeptical about having a fixed lens limiting my options.   I only own 3 zoom lenses and they are all from Nikon so I’m primarily a prime shooter.  The more I shot everyday with the XPro cameras the more I noticed the Fujinon 23mm 1.4 mounted to the front of my cameras.  The 35mm effective view due to the APS-C sensor has been the perfect focal length for my taste.

A perfect story telling lens.  Wide enough for landscapes and perfect for tighter areas as well.

 

So......my argument for having a 23mm fixed lens was all but diminishing.  Then I remembered the softness of the 23mm at f/2 in the X100T when using close focus.   Well that’s all my fault.   I’ve learned from my mistakes and f/4 for close ups reveals tack sharp images on the X100F.   The other wonderful specification the X100F has adopted was the newer 24mpix X-Trans CMOS III sensors found in the XPro2 and XT2.  If you haven’t had the change to shoot with this sensor you owe it to yourself to take one for a spin.  Gorgeous colors and amazing dynamic range.  Beautiful high ISO.

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F/2

This sensor impressed me every time I start messing around with my RAW files.  If you don’t like RAW files not to worry because Fuji has some of the best JPEG color profiles in the business.  Plus just like the XPro2 the X100F has the RAW converter and WiFi implementation so you can send your baked files straight to your phone for posting on social media.  This way you can become a famous photographer and have Fujifilm invite you to become their newest celebrated X Ambassador.....well it’s probably a lot harder then that.  I’ve been trying for sometime now.....haha.

 

If you haven’t guessed by now then I’ll fill you in. NO I WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT BE SELLING OR RETURNING THE X100F......I LOVE IT.

 

Man what a beautiful and refined camera Fuji has delivered to us.  I don’t care who is offended by this next statement but I need to go out and say it.  The X100F is as gorgeous as the Leica M series....GASP.  How dare you sir!!!!

The X100F looking well suited in the company of nice things.

The X100F looking well suited in the company of nice things.

I opted for the silver version myself and couldn’t be happier.  The black rubberized leatherette sings in your hand and the newest X100 has a real solid heft to it.  There is nothing that says plastic fantastic here.  It’s made in Japan, cause it even says so on the back.  The camera body is cold to the touch letting you know it’s made from  Magnesium.  The graceful lines and knurled shutter speed, EV comp and focus ring are such a sweet sight and add to the richness of this new 100.  Speaking of knurled knobs the shutter speed knob now encompasses the ISO as well just like the larger XPro2 and gives a real throw back to the days of film.  You either love it or hate it but you still have the option of using a command dial to ride your ISO should you choose to.

ISO 8000

If you haven't guessed by now the Black & White files coming from the X100F are simply amazing.

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This X100F was a camera that I wanted for a specific reason.  To allow me to have a camera on me at all times and it has filled that role wonderfully and then some.  For me to capture everyday moments there isn’t a better tool for me to use.  Fast, accurate, small but solid.  The X100F is a pure winner.  Plus it looks like a million bucks but unassuming at the same time.  This camera has so many features but at the same time can be so grounded and simple.  It’s really up to you and how you wish to create imagery. 

I’m not going to bore you with specs.  They can be seen right here.  

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x100f/ 

 

The specification that isn’t listed on any site but I’m sure that every X100F user by now already knows is the feeling that this camera will give you when you have it in your hand.  It is begging for your creative input.  It’s offering you photographic brilliance at the most basic level.  It is just so damn intuitive and fun to use with its quite Leaf shutter f/2 lens.  The addition of an internal 3-Stop ND filter and electric shutters speeds up to 1/32000th.  All in the size of something a little shorter then an Apple iPhone 6plus.  This is a street photography dream but more then that this Fujifilm X100F is a camera to capture life.  Add your favorite accessories like a thumb grip, B&W F-Pro UV Filter to protect that lens, the JJC Lens hood and a nice simplistic strap from Hyperion and your off.

Fog over the road way. Fuji X100f @ f/8

Fog over the road way. Fuji X100f @ f/8

Well suited for product shots at f/4

The 23mm lens works for selfies too!!!

The in camera panorama works great.

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