Fujifilm X100T, a new friend
I'm a big fan of the Fujifilm X-Series range of digital cameras. In September 2010 Fuji decided to introduce a smaller, rangefinder looking camera based on an 12 MP APS-C sensor size. The X100 was born. This little gem looked like the Leica's of old, or even an older Yashica. It was smallish, mirrorless and it had retro appeal, up close not so much but still it was retro cool. It came packaged with a very good fixed 23mm f/2 lens with a leaf shutter and a hybrid viewfinder offering a switchable EVF and OVF function. Crazy. It's CMOS sensor was Fuji spec'ed but still used a traditional Bayer filter. It was a hit. People lined up to buy them and a cult like following was formed. I bought one right off, as soon as I could find one, Availability was scarce. Fuji never figured it would be as popular as it was. It was a quirky piece of gear to be sure. Its focus time could be measured with a sundial. The auto ISO function was weird in function and use. It took about 20 minutes it seemed to start and be ready to operate. It had issues. It shot at higher ISO values well though, had a ND filter built in, rendered beautiful Fuji colors like their films and also rendered killer B&W images. It didn't much matter how quirky it was.
The X-Pro1 followed, which was more retro goodness, even more quirky and it sported a new Fuji interchangeable XF lens mount. Hybrid viewfinder again, totally retro dials and buttons and a new tech X-Trans Sensor which was a normal sort of sensor but the filtering stack over the sensor did not have a AA filter. This new X-Trans filtered sensor didn't need it. Even though it was only a 16.4 MP rated sensor, performance was said to be on par with that of a 20-24 MP camera. The X-Trans sensor posed a few problems since RAW conversion required a different sort of software that no one really had yet. And the X-Pro1 quirkiness made the X100 quirkiness seem like normalcy. Other X-Series bodies followed including an updated X100S model. The X-T1 came into being which was Fuji's mirrorless ode to the DSLR since it sort of had that shape but it's functions and features included best to date LCD, tilting screen, 2nd gen X-Trans sensor, film types, electronic shutter, wifi, and a host of other things. Fuji film made a huge splash too by announcing firmware updates and support for ALL older cameras and bodies. The X100 went from quirky to ok, the X-Pro1 became even more of a joy to use and all was right with the world. Oh and Fuji intro'ed some of the best glass to grace the planet while all this was going on.
So this past summer, the X100T was introduced. The third child in the X100 family. I decided to make the jump and get one since I passed on the X100S finding my X100 to still be unique and loving the pictures it made. The firmware Fuji provided fixed the AF mostly, fixed the manual focusing issues, start up time, and added a few other cool things. I wasn't really looking for a X100T until I found a used one with 300 clicks on it, came with three 32 GB memory cards, four Fuji batteries, a Gariz soft release button, leather half case, a UV filter and filter ring adapter - all for $200 cheaper than just a X100T new. I bought it.
I like the RRS Grip Handle and use it on several X cameras. It has the Arca Swiss plate built in for use with my tripods. I like a lens hood too which protects against bumps. As you can see the X100T is pretty clean in back. The menu is very similar to all the other Fuji's so making changes is pretty simple. You can customize the function of most buttons on the camera too. This generation of X100 has built in wifi, exactly like my X-T1 uses, its got the newer X-Trans sensor, processor, and a much better hybrid OVF/EVF. Besides the built in ND filter, it also has the electronic shutter with speeds to 1/32000th sec, still has the same fixed, leaf shutter, 23mm f/2 lens and the new Classic Chrome film simulation. It has a knurled focus ring, kick butt fastest AF on any X100 camera yet, has all the split focusing, close up focusing, peak color focusing options, art filters, macro and a bunch of other features. I love this camera. But, it is not anywhere remotely like the older X100 I have which sort of surprised me. They are two very different cameras and the images tell me that. The X100T is no slouch. It takes good pictures so far but I do have very limited time with it. I've only had it in hand for six days. I've taken some black and white photos and a few color but nothing to get all excited about subject or composition wise.
The color sample provided is Fuji's version of Classic Chrome. The are all straight from the camera JPG's with little post processing done. The B&W is using Fuji's BW w/green filter film simulation. I'll post more but so far, I'm impressed with the camera. Its a great camera to grab for any trip from the house. Easy to always have with. I will probably keep the X100 since it is different, it's pictures are very different in many ways so its a different camera. I entertained getting rid of it once the new kid got here but now I think it will become my on bicycle camera, and my in my pack camera for hikes and so forth. If the X100T isn't there first.