Fuji x100T | 100 photographs: a camera review

Fuji x100T

I photograph all of the time, using processes from wet plate collodion to film to digital. I use everything from my iPhone to large format. Medium format. DSLR. Point+Shoot. You name it. Cameras are simply a tool for recording what we see, but somehow they seem to transcend that, and are often among people’s most prized possessions. Certainly, camera companies are thankful for that, because it keeps them in business, and able to do the research and development required for such advancements as we’ve seen in the last 15 years.

Most of our wedding and commercial work is photographed on Canon 5D Mark III’s. This is supplemented by shooting Kodak film on a Contax 645 camera, and I also play around with a ’59 Rolleiflex and a ’70s Hasselblad. While I’m very happy with the DSLR’s that we photograph with, I’m always keeping tabs on the newest, latest, and greatest to see where the industry is headed.

I was looking for something fun. Something spontaneous, inconspicuous, but still very effective. I wanted the ease of an iPhone, but the control of a “real” camera. Little did I know that my wishes coincided in one compact and svelte little number that looks like a classic rangefinder!002_x100_1097

When I heard about a Fuji x100 camera a few years ago, I was skeptical…of the smaller sensor size, the fixed lens’ capability… focusing, etc. That is, until I read a post by Ken Rockwell where he actually called it “the world’s best digital camera.” The thing is, it wasn’t like Elf walking into a greasy spoon that advertised the world’s best cup of coffee. This is Ken Rockwell, who is to cameras as Robert Parker is to the wine world. The x100 has another champion: Zack Arias. His review and no-bones-about-it attitude was the final straw. I had to get one.

I guess I’m not really an “early adopter” because the camera is on it’s 3rd generation, which is great for me, because they’ve worked out all of the issues! I’ve put thousands of frames through it since May. It’s an amazing tool in the hands of a professional, but it’s also simple enough to be very effective in the hands of my 6-year-old son Jack.

On a side note, I got a great deal on this x100T from B&H’s used department for about $1000. They’re currently going for around $1100 for the holidays. I’m not being paid by Fuji nor by B&H for this review.

Stay tuned for another post to show some of the phenomenal features of this camera!

001_x100_1094100 personal images shot on the Fuji x100T


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  • Sarah Becker LillardYES YES YES! Thank you for this! LOVE all these photos and can’t believe they were taken with such a tiny little camera!! What a machine!ReplyCancel

  • John BamberThanks for checking it out Sarah! Glad you’re liking yours as well!ReplyCancel

  • SnehaThank you for this post! I’m stopping by to let you know how incredibly useful this post was for me. I’ve been on the fence about the Fuji x100 series (I’m a professional photographer who wants something small & lightweight but with somewhat the creative freedom my DSLR affords – to carry with me on vacations & for personal photos). I think I’ve read 90% of the reviews out there but this was the most helpful because these are just the kind of photos I’m looking to make with my personal work & I think I’ve made up my mind now. LOVE these images, your family is beautiful! THANK YOU! ReplyCancel


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