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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Fujifilm X100F Review

Announced in mid-January, the all-new Fujifilm X100F is expected to go on sale in the coming days. This compact expert is nevertheless eagerly awaited by the fans of the street photo from which the previous three generations (X100, X100S and X100T) had already achieved a great success. Let us recall the specificities of this device really in part. First of all, this vintage look has contributed greatly to its success and suggests that the X100F still works with film film. Yet it is a digital camera with the new 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor (16.3 megapixels for the previous version, the X100T) in the APS-C format. This sensor already present on the recent XPro2 is renowned for its exceptional image quality
Fujifilm X100F


Proof again that the X100 series does not look only in the retro, its cameras are equipped since 2011 of the famous optical or electronic hybrid viewfinder. By pulling to the right the small lever at the front, on the right of the lens, the sight switches from the optical mode to the digital mode. In the first case, the photographer sees the scene as it really is, as in the viewfinder of so-called reflex cameras. The electronic mode, used on most hybrid devices, offers a view that is less clear, but shows what the final image will look like in terms of color, depth of field, contrast, exposure etc. Question of Taste, but also of situation. The optical viewfinder allows for example to see more details, especially in the shadows. On the other hand, The viewfinder being placed in the left corner of the camera, what it sees in optical mode is logically offset from what the lens sees. This shift called parallax is particularly important when the object being photographed is near. But in the optical viewfinder, it can be corrected. Indeed at the time of the focus, a new frame shifted to the right, and thus towards the axis of the objective, indicates the actual contours of the photo. It is necessary to shift his device to keep the right framing. Indeed at the time of the focus, a new frame shifted to the right, and thus towards the axis of the objective, indicates the actual contours of the photo. It is necessary to shift his device to keep the right framing. Indeed at the time of the focus, a new frame shifted to the right, and thus towards the axis of the objective, indicates the actual contours of the photo. It is necessary to shift his device to keep the right framing.
Fujifilm X100F

A little innovation on the X100F: in manual focusing, simply push the selector lever of the viewfinder to the left to bring up a small digital frame in a corner of the optical viewfinder in which the center of the image appears enlarged. This complex device, superimposing a digital image in the optical viewfinder, allows precise manual focusing.

In use, the X100F was really thought for the street photographer. In addition to its ultra-quiet shutter, its compact dimensions (it easily fits into a jacket pocket) and its fixed lens of 23mm (equivalent 35mm) emblematic of the reportage and "street photography", it benefits from directly accessible settings: The opening (f) is regulated on the optics, as in the time of the film. As for speed, sensitivity (ISO) and exposure, they are adjusted via one of the two notched wheels on the top of the case. It is therefore not necessary to dive into the menus or to control the parameters in the viewfinder.


Another highlight of this newcomer is his rapidity. The shutter can reach the spectacular speed of 1/32000 seconds. A very short exposure time for shooting in full light and full aperture (f / 2). Finally, according to Fujifilm's stated measurements, the X100F is also very responsive: it lights up in about 0.5 seconds, the interval between two takes is only 0.2 seconds, trigger response 0.01 second And finally a focusing in 0.08 seconds under good light conditions.

Fujifilm is a historical manufacturer of film films for photography and an eternal competitor of Kodak. Fujifilm integrates in its cameras settings that simulate the rendering of its old films: Provia, Velvia, Astia, etc. In the X100F, the Acros A black and white film renowned for the richness of its details. It is with the film Classic Chrome that offers a color rendering very reportage, one of our preferred settings.

With its vintage look, minimal footprint, fixed non-interchangeable lens, old-fashioned settings and superlative images, the X100F is an atypical and addictive device. Pretty expensive





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