I swore this year was going to be a no gear year for me, but I have decided to streamline some of my cameras, lenses, and bags. A recent trip to Chicago got me thinking “how can I travel more efficiently”. I was in Chicago attending the Out of Chicago Photography Conference and the Fuji reps were there loaning out gear, and like a sucker I took a few items out for a spin. I had a sense this would be a bad idea because I would only try items that I knew I wanted to purchase. Those items were the X100F and the XF50-140mm f2.8 lens, a great lens for portraiture.
My all time favorite, desert island, must-have-with-me-all-the-time camera has been the X100T. I love that camera and it has sentimental value for me and I still get excited every time I pick it up. When I got the X-Pro2 I was taking that camera out on the streets with the 23mm f/2 lens more and more, cheating on my X100T. We had a rainy winter here in the Bay Area and the X-Pro2 camera is weather sealed and the X100 series isn’t. I picked up the new X100F to replace my X100T and it is a great combo of the X100T and the X-Pro2, I’ll just take the X-Pro out when we have wet weather. The other things I love about the X-Pro2 that I didn’t have on my X100T are the joystick, the Acros film simulation, the new 24MP X-Trans III sensor, and the larger battery. I have programmed my “D” pad on my X100T to be able to move my focus points, eliminating four programable buttons I could use to quickly access my favorite features. I wish the new X100F had 2 card slots and the weather sealing, then it would be the perfect camera (and while you’re at it, throw in a tilt screen). The X100F physical improvements over the X100T are the ISO dial (I like having a physical dial, but this one is lacking), front commend wheel, joystick, new sensor, and larger battery. Internal improvements are overall faster speed that bring it in line with the X-Pro2 and X-T2, built-in internal digital tele-converter for 50mm and 70mm (I haven’t tried this yet but I have heard mixed reviews), Acros film simulation, and a number of other upgraded improvements.
One of the great fortunes I had when attending a panel discussion on street photography in Chicago, hosted by Valerie Jardin, was winning a raffle for a new Domke Fuji-X edition camera bag. It’s a very nice bag that Fuji supplied for the raffle and I’ll be replacing an old bag and start using this bag.
Recently I have been having back/neck problems and I have been carrying around my X100T more because it is a lot lighter than the X-Pro2, so I am very much looking forward to shooting with the X100F. I’ll be writing a post on my experience with the new Fuji X100F soon. After my trip to Chicago, I realize I need to streamline my gear and travel lighter, so I’ve been busy on craigslist buying and selling gear. You can see my current gear list here.
- Fujifilm X100F
- Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR zoom lens
- Domke F-803 Fujifilm X Series Edition camera bag
- Crumpler Haven (I bought a second one of these for travel)
- 3 Yongnuo YN560 IV speedlights with Yongnuo YN560-TX Transmitter
- Fujifilm X100T (goodbye my old friend)
- Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2 prime lens
- 2 Nikon SB700 Speedlights (the last of my Nikon gear)
- Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and Mini TT1 set for Nikon
- Domke F-8 Canvas Camera Bag
- Leather Berlin II Ona Camera Bag
In an upcoming post I’ll write about the experience I had with my recent travels and what gear worked and what gear didn’t work for me. I like to streamline my gear as my needs change and as the manufactures update their product lines. I’m really happy with my Fuji X100F and Fuji X-Pro2 bodies and the current 24MP X-Trans III sensor along with the quality Fuji lenses.