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Well done Gianni, thank you so much for your applied review.
I understand that you're fully enthusiat of this camera, with the exception of some minor details.

I just would like to know your sincere opinion about the camera price: do you think it's reasonable ?

Thank you, Stefano, for your appreciation.
Considering its image and build quality, and the innovative hybrid viewfinder design, I don't think the X100 is utterly overpriced.
Yet I'm sure next Fuji X generation (if any) will be better and cheaper. But this is the way it works with digital products.

Gianni, Thank you for your review and the beautiful picture at the top. I had an X100 for 1 month and returned it in frustration, and yet I agree with everything you said! The X100 is ideal for static scenes like the ones you specialize in, but works poorly for most everything else.

A. Non,
I imagine how irritating trying to use a tool which doesn't match our needs could be. Despite its appearance, and Fuji's clever marketing strategy , the X100 is far from being fast and responsive, and I find it totally unfit for action shooting. It is not fit for macro photography either, like any rangefinder camera on the other hand.

A wonderful, insightful and informative review - many thanks. If I could rid myself of my zoom addiction then I would be badly tempted! As it is, well, perhaps I just have to wait for the first pancake 200mm lens to be released :-)

I'm sure Fuji engineers will get inspired by your suggestion. The trickiest thing will be parallax correction :-)

Interesting review. I look forward to more of your adventures with the X100. I have one and just love it, flaws and all. I smile when I read the criticisms of it's flaws. When I started photography 40 years ago (I am your age), the cameras we used would make this younger generation howl with frustration but it was what we had. My high school photography teacher started us the first day with Kodak Instamatics (b&w). I love the inherent limitations of the one body, one lens X100. Suits me just fine. I think as time passes we will see some amazing images from this camera in all venues of photography including action as creative people figure it out. Keep the adventure going.

Gene, 40 years ago did they make a camera whose controls locked up for 10 seconds after every picture you took?

you can see how I started photography here:
As for the inherent limitation of the X100, I share your opinion. Which does not mean that I despise my six-lens Leica kit. They are simply different rigs for different shooting situations.

A. Non,
no, they didn't. Nonetheless I don't miss anything and I would never go back to the film era. On the other hand faster and more responsive digital cameras can be bought even for less than the X100 nowadays.

A. Non,

No, the cameras didn't do that since they didn't personal computers then and that is all a digital camera is but there were a lot of other issues to deal with. The point is to enjoy making images and don't worry about the inherent flaws of the equipment. There is no perfect camera and there never will be. The joy is in the making of images not in the particular tool.

I think you misunderstand how the film simulation modes work. They don't really mimic the older film look as much as they just use fuji's film names as descriptors for contrast/vibrance presets. They don't have Hipstamatic like effects, it doesn't add vignettes, or colour shifts or anything like that. It just makes alterations to the jpeg, much the way you could do with a raw file.

Having said that, I do shoot in Raw, so it doesn't make a difference to me.

Thank you, Andrew, for your sharp remark.
I'm sure I misunderstood how the X100's film simulation modes work. Nonetheless they dramatically worsen image quality and, under a lexical point of view, I find that the use of misleading picturesque words in a technically well-defined context -as a menu system should be- is completely crazy.
Quoting the Hipstamatic app was only a figure of speech to make my point of view about film simulation as clear as possible. I'm sorry if this caused a misinterpretation among PhotoGraphia readers, who seem to be more than usual in these last days.

Having said that, one of the reasons of my allergy to raw is that I have an old version of Photoshop whose raw developer doesn't recognize the X100, I don't plan upgrading to CS5 and the raw file converter bundled with the camera stinks and does not work with Mac.

OFF TOPIC: camera makers and software developers should sit together on a meeting and decide how to create a universal (galactic, I mean) RAW standard. I use Linux and every time I try different RAWs I go crazy to find a program to process them. I'm lucky that Panasonic GF1 RAWs are easily seen by most of the softwares, but it's not the same for, say, the LX5.

IN TOPIC: Gianni, I've seen some very nice B&W out of the X100, but in your review you firmly say they're just out of standard, typically for uniform colour patterns. Do you think in-camera BW can't be never used, neither for, say, street, still life, or urban shots?


OFF TOPIC (but not that much): we will see peace in Middle East before that, I am afraid. This is why I'm so stubbornly interested in cameras that are inherently good jpg performers. I'm fed up of upgrading my expensive photo editor or trying to learn how to properly use new (and gimmicky and poorly developed, quite often) raw-treatment software only because I'm temporarly using a new camera. I already wasted too much of the average human life expectation looking at Windows machines taking ages to restart themselves or working for my computers instead of the opposite. At a certain age one pays more attention to this.

IN TOPIC: you can try yourself by shooting a blue summer sky and a street scene in both ways and judge according to your needs. I don't do street, so I can't be very helpful about this matter.

Stefano, Gianni is gonna cost me about a 1000 buck due to this review......:-). But that will be when peace reaches the middle east and the banks will behave in a anthropocentric manner. First things first and that is investing in my own little company. Having said that.....I use RAW not JPG of which I'm about as allergic as Gianni is to RAW. In RAW I make my own colors.....and GF1's Silkypic is a charme (although everybody hates it).

BTW Gianni, have you seen the workaround from Kenn regarding the UV filter.....great, now that is TRAS.....(the Real American Spirit) that these people need so bitterly.

Greetings, Ed

Wow! Gianni,

Many thanks for posting this long anticipated review. I enjoyed reading your thoughts, impressions and perspective. Thank you!

One question I still had after reading the review: With the Panasonic TZ and Canon G series cameras, as well as your brief foray with the Canon 5D Mark II and 50 - 200mm, many of your images were composed by using the cameras zoom lens. Of course, the X100 has a fixed 35mm lens. So, how did you find using a camera that does not feature a zoom option? Did that affect your shooting/composing style?

Many thanks,

When I posted in reply to an early post about how good the X100 is I was so pleased when you bought one.
I have shot concerts at 3200 throughout the summer and have A£+ exhibition prints to show for it.
What makes me angry about the knockers is that at a fith the price of an M9 but with a better spec. and better out of camera JPEGS across the board they knock relentlesy.
With the other 4/5th s of the price of an M9 you can buy an excellent DSLR kit., and Oh yes I own an M9 so know what I am saying.
I have had contact with Fuji's technical department and I am hopeful for more firmware updates which will solve some of the quirks such as autofocus speed.
I read one person's comments that he did not want to hand over is creativity to Fuji by using a fixed lens as he felst he could be more creative with a bag full of lenses - HMM.
Well done my friend and keep entertaining us with you images.
I have abandoned my bolg, wweb sites, Facebook et al in favour of writing with a pen on paper, back to my roots drawing and photography with the X100, but I am wedded to technology for processing my images and once a week bolg and email reading

Hi Gianni
I forgot, re your cycling, motorcycling I use ...
Takes the X100 inc the adapter ring and lens shade in its case snuggly with spare battery and card in rear pouch.
The cases are designed for side pockets to a camera bag but easily clip on a belt.
I also use a standard 49mm lens cap to keep the filter clean.



you are right about Ken Rockwell. I'm a makeshift fan myself, though.
And you are right about money to invest as well. I did the same with my company (along with my partners) years ago, and it turned out to be one of my best decisions ever, as most of our competitors made banks strangle them with the interest payable. Perhaps you will be ready for an upcoming X200?


yes, the lack of a zoom option does affect my shooting/composing style. Which is healthy for my photography, I think. I was already in a prime lens mood lately (this is one of the reasons why I traded my Canon 5D MkII for a Leica M9), so the X100 arrived at the right time.
On the other hand I still own an Olympus EP2, which greatly mates with Leica glass, but is also a good performer with the Panasonic Micro 4/3 14-45 and, most of all, with the 14-140. As you can see I'm well off as far as zoom lenses are concerned.

Thank you for your appreciation.


sometimes I like the idea of strolling around with a light and unobtrusive fixed lens camera, and sometimes I haul a bag with two Leica M bodies and five lenses, plus batteries and a small Manfrotto tripod. It depends on my mood and needs, and I don't feel like criticize neither way.
I'd rather praise your decision of an healthy return to pen and paper. A man needs to make a thorough cleaning, from time to time.
As for the carrying case I know that product (I own a bigger Billingham bag myself), but I'm planning to modify an old waist Lowepro bag I have in my closet in order to attach it directly to my bicycle handlebar.

I wish I wasn't quite so rigid when it comes to formats and focal lengths. Based upon your description, the Fuji sounds as if it would be the perfect carry camera for me, except that it has a 3:2 format and 35mm-equivalent lens. Although I can work around the former by cropping ~15% of the pixels in post, there's no way to crop a 35mm lens into a 28mm or shorter lens. Perhaps the "X200" will offer more flexibility in these respects?

I perfectly understand your concern about angle of field. Although not being a wider lens fan, I found myself missing a 24mm equivalent just today. But it occurred only once so far, to tell the truth.
Perhaps your more flexible camera will be called X100W, as in Fuji tradition.

Unbelivable photography by fujifilm.

I like the idea of strolling around with a light and unobtrusive fixed lens camera, and sometimes I haul a bag with two Leica M bodies and five lenses,

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