Its now two weeks ago, that i got my X100F and if i would summarize my impression in one sentence it would just be:"An absolutely amazing cam" !
Theoretically you can stop reading here, the cons i will mention do not change my opinion at all, still there are some.
Before i continue, here two other great reviews (Jonas Rask and Peter Poete) which helped me with my decision to get the "F" !
I started to read and get interested in the X100 Series some weeks/months before the X100S was introduced.
Even when the X100S was available i still was unsure if a cam without interchangeable lens and even without zoom would be the right gear for me. When i finally decided to get the X100S, shortly before ordering i started to doubt. Some users wrote that they sold it, to get first version, the X100, again. I still ordered and shortly after my X100S arrived, i felt in love with it, never regretting the investment of 1400 euro. It became my day to day gear i never wanted to miss again. Fujifilm introduced the X100T, but i was not really considering to buy it. Why should i have done ? The X100S worked like a charm and i didn't see any big advantage. This changed immediately when i first read on fujirumers that Fuji is presenting the X100F, i just call it "the F" ! I couldn't await to read the first reviews and to drop an order. Two weeks ago it was finally on stock in Vienna and i could hold it the first time in my hands.
I couldn't await the unboxing, so i did this immediately in my car. I prepared a fully charged battery from my X-Pro2 and after first time using the ON/OFF Switch i was already impressed by speed. The startup time was amazing fast. Don't forget, i was used a X100S and comparing this two cams the speed from "the F" is out of this world.
You notice already, there want be much criticism, therefore lets shorten this blogpost before you get bored and stop reading ;-)
I will start with the cons:
- weather sealing
One of the reasons i didn't buy the X100T. Its again not available and i really don't understand why. I cannot image that it would make "the F" bulkier, at least not much. Anyway, i noticed already with the X100S, that if i take care and its not heavy raining, there is no issue getting some rain drops on it. I will simply handle it the same way, hoping everything stays fine and Fujifilm one day comes up with a weather sealed X100....
- "Q" Button
I know that by pressing long the OK Button it can be locked, but thats not an acceptable solution for me. As soon as there is a thumb rest available i have to get one, i do not see any better or other solution :-(
- RAW and digital teleconverter
Lets have a look on some the things i like most or see massively improved (the lot of technical improvements have already been mentioned tons of times, so i will skip them):
- Digital teleconverter
Last but nor least a tip for all who didn't get it till now:
- "automatic" usage of TCL-X100 and WCL-X100
I got both converters from my friend Oli. He was so friendly and made the work for me. Works perfectly !