A camera reviewFujifilm x100T

Shot with the Fujifilm xt-1 and 56mm 1.2

The x100T. Ah. The x100T. There honestly isn’t too much to say about this beautiful piece of machinery. When you pick up the camera, it feels like an old friend. It feels familiar, easy to use, it doesn’t get in the way. It just let’s you get along with it, and do what you love doing most, shooting.

There have been plenty of blog posts and reviews online with tons of technical specs and pixel peeping. I’m not one of those photographers that zoom into a photo to pixel peep, and I won’t bore you with technical specs. You can go search for tech specs with ease. Instead, I’m going to write a real world post about my experience with the x100T.

A bit of history

I first got introduced to the world of Fuji, with their x100s. Yes I saw the original x100, but read a lot of little issues it had, so I gave that a skip. In came the x100s, with a ton of improvements (Fujifilm listens to the community and improves their products from feedback from photographers). I loved that camera, the image quality was amazing and I fell in love with the way it looked and felt. There were a few things that I didn’t like, but I’ll discuss that a bit later.

A x100t came on sale second hand and I jumped at the chance to own one. I quickly sold my x100s and bought the T.

Everything. And I say. Everything was improved. All the little things I hated about the S was improved. Here’s a quick list of the new improvements over the S:

  • Autofocus and lowlight was better (the S is pretty much the same now with the latest firmware)
  • The build quality just feels more premium
  • The scrolley-wheel thingy had been replaced a d-pad, which works brilliantly
  • You can now fully customize all the function buttons
  • The optical viewfinder is now much easier to use in manual focus with a small EVF at the bottom right of the viewfinder
  • The EVF is much improved and has 0 lag now and is crystal clear (much better than the x100S)
  • The rear LCD is bigger and has a much better resolution!
  • Classic Chrome. Oh Classic Chrome. How I love you. The colours are muted and beautiful.

And let’s not forget about these awesome features, carried over from the x100s:

  • Macro mode (this is actually a super useful feature, only useable from f4 up but it works well!)
  • Hybrid Viewfinder (I love using the OVF for street)

Since buying the x100T, it has become my favourite camera of all time. I use it for everything. Weddings, travel, personal shots at home.

So how does the x100T cope at weddings you ask?

Brilliantly. The x100T has a leaf shutter, so it is dead silent (also good for you strobists who want to do high speed flash sync). I’ve often been asked if I even took a photograph. The 23mm lens (35mm equivalent in terms of full frame) is versatile and probably my favourite focal length. It’s great for photo documentary style of shooting and I can literally shoot a whole wedding with just this one camera if I had to.

The build quality is awesome. It’s not exactly tank like rugged like the Fujifilm xt-1, but it’s solid.

Image Quality

The image quality amazes me every time. I’ve stacked this little camera up against my now sold Canon 5D mk2 and they are on par, the x100T images probably look slightly sharper with no anti alias filter. Of course there is less bokeh from the same focal length, but I like having more context in my shots lately.

Things I don’t like

The only thing I don’t like, is the battery life. With all mirrorless cameras that I’ve used so far, they all suffer in terms of battery life. Hopefully one day, a clever engineer will be able to fix this problem. But for now, I’m happy to carry small spare batteries in my pocket.

Here are a few photographs from various weddings I’ve shot with the Fujifilm x100T.