[keithwee] Preview of the Fujifilm X100F : the Fourth evolution of a classic


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Today on the 19th of Jan 2017, Fujifilm corporation is proud to announce the fourth iteration of its classic X100 series, the X100F during its Tokyo event.

And I believe for most here – THE question will be: For the X100T which is already the winner of the TIPA Best Premium Camera Award (2016), what else can Fujifilm improve on this ‘special little camera’. (quote: Pocket-Lint).

the X100F

 

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A testament to how much the X100 series forms the backbone of the X-series is the interesting fact that the Fujifilm X100 is the only Fujifilm X series covering all the 3 generations of X-Trans sensors, from 12.3 MP X-Trans I in the X100 (2010) to 16.3 MP X-Trans II in the X100S and X100T (2013, 2014) to now the 24.3 MP X-Trans III in the X100F (2017)





Followers will know that other than a generational improvement in sensor, there have been numerous under the hood improvements over the last 7 years , and I mean overhaul-level type of improvements such as the addition of a Q button, a total menu redesign (twice now), a redesign of the placement of physical buttons plus numerous firmware updates years have all served to entrench and redefine the X100 series over and over again, pushing the envelope each and every time, allowing the maturation of a very-liked camera to now an immensely capable camera with its own cult following much like the GR.

 

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What makes the X100F worthy of being the final evolution of the X100 series? (I’m listing KEY ones here only for sanity sake)

In a nutshell, what we love about the X100 series is either retained or improved upon.

The form mostly retains, however now with an improved grip contour for better handling. An initial hold of the camera shares the solid heft in the small camera body which gives assurance to users of the robustness of the body.

A hope I’ve heard from Fujifilm users is the need for conformity to physical design handling (dials/buttons) and the menu system across models. Fujifilm has listened with the X100F’s dials and menu system fully now redesigned to align with the X-Pro2’s handling dials and buttons.

Remember, the X-Pro2 and X100F are Fujifilm’s answer to the street photographer, hence there is significance in doing so.



 

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Under the hood, we have,

1. The newest 24.3 MP X-Trans III sensor, X-Processor found on the X-T2 and X-Pro2, with no low-pass filter boasting the best performance in the X-series so far. Basic response specifications have been enhanced to the extreme in the X100F. A startup time of approx. 0.5 seconds, shooting interval of 0.2 seconds , shutter release time lag of 0.01 seconds and fastest AF of 0.08 seconds, ensure the camera operates exactly as the photographer intends.

2. A redesigned menu system to align the X100 series to the X-T2, X-Pro2 series for congruency in handling.

3. An even further improved hybrid viewfinder unique to the X-Pro and X100 series.

The X100F uses the Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, which combines the features of an optical viewfinder (OVF) and electronic viewfinder (EVF. My fav is theElectronic Rangefinder (ERF) mode where the small EVF window can display 100% field of view as well as in 2.5x and 6x magnifications. You can also check exposure and white balance in the EVF window, making it the ultimate viewfinder that provides all the benefits of the EVF while shooting photos through the OVF, which offers zero time lag and.

4. Above Astia, Standard, Velvia, Pro-Neg, Classic Chrome and Velvia – the X100F does comes with Fujifilm’s newest film simulation, Acros and the option to add in grains to further enhance the image.

5. And most notably, the number of focusing points has been dramatically expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points). Approx. 40% of the imaging area (center area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.

The X100F now offers AF-S for stationary subjects and AF-C for moving subjects. For both of these options, you can choose either “Single Point” or “Zone” mode for the type of focus area, as well as the “Wide / Tracking” mode, in which the camera automatically selects multiple areas for focusing. In the Single Point and Zone modes, use the Focus Lever beside the LCD monitor to instantaneously change the location and size of focus areas.




6. The X100F sports a specially designed FUJINON 23mm (approximately 35mm, equiv. 35mm format) F2 lens that has an optimal optical design made up of 8 glass elements in 6 groups, which includes one high-performance double-sided aspheric lens and a convex lens made of high refractive glass.

 

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And yes, the X100F will now run the same battery, the NWP-126s as its larger siblings. Other than increased life, this works towards even lesser hassle since now we have the interchangeable lens line and the fixed lens line using the same battery.

Notably, The X100F is also released with updated conversion lenses, the WCL-X100 II and the TCL-X100 II, designed to maximise that the X-Trans III sensor can achieve. Both conversion lenses provide a 28mm and 50mm view respectively.





 

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I had the X100F sample unit for around 4 weeks, and during this period – loved the superb balance between the image quality and of course, the compactness of the camera.

This time round to share some samples , I've divided them into 7 themes, across around 28 photos across different genres and situations.

Disclaimer:

1. the X100F I was loaned was a pre-production model running pre-production firmware. I’ve helped to write previews for the X-A2, X-T10, X-Pro2, X-T2 and seriously this time, the X100F sample set is a most pre-production model as far as it goes.
(it was so pre-production actually it was running on firmware designed for the X-T2 and I either shot with the hybrid OVF or the LCD)

2. All images shared are SOOC JPEG, I do have my own personal image adjustments applied for some images. There was no support for the RAW files during the test period.

3. The camera was returned to Fujifilm Asia Pacific at the end of the loan period and I was not paid at all in any form for the preview. 

4. I shot almost 100% using Fujifilm’s film simulations on the X-Trans III sensor, mostly in Standard, ProNegH, and Acros.
 

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to me, the most beautiful thing about the X100F is its silent leaf shutter.

Taipei​







 

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the magic and the versatility of a 35mm world







 

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nature itself











If you have tested the difference between Fujifilm’s propriety X-Trans II and X-Trans III before, you will obviously understand the significant jump in camera performance too with now even more vibrant film-like colors, higher resolution and speedier performance.  [/center]
 

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Singapore:Home





this is what Fujifilm means when they say no AA filter

 

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and here's a thank you for taking the time to read this preview. :)


 

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