I failed my year long experiment. But I’m okay with it.

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Last summer, I committed to one year with the Fujifilm X100F. Life complications had me feeling an intense desire to simplify everything so I could stay afloat. And that purpose was served, mostly. I didn’t really have any expectations but I was definitely searching for some inspiration.

It’s been 10 months and I’m ready to call it quits on the X100F. Don’t get me wrong: I think the X100F is an excellent camera and I’m not sure I have ever enjoyed shooting with another camera so much, but it has some quirks that I just can’t get past.

So, let’s recap some of the things about the X100F that I just couldn’t get on board with.

First off, there are a couple of features lacking on the X100F that I just don’t think I can do without. The biggest one for me is the articulating screen. It really offered the ability to frame shots from odd positions, which fits well with my mentality of, “get high, get low, step right, step left, move forward, move back.” This is how I approach my photography so that I can get different angles and viewpoints of the same scene. And as a glasses wearer, I rely heavily on the LCD to frame my shots without having to smudge my glasses.

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Getting this shot of my kid in the car behind me was tricky without an articulating screen.

Now let’s talk image sharpness. With the exception of specific shots for work, I’m a wide open kind of shooter. So the fact that the fixed 23mm f/2 lens is soft wide open really bothered me. I have previously owned the 23mm f/1.4 and it was tack sharp wide open. In this regard especially, the X100F felt like a big step down. What’s the point of having a f/2 aperture if you can’t use it? I know some people say they don’t notice a difference, but I sure did.

I loved the portability of the X100F but ultimately for me, the smaller size didn’t outweigh the things I didn’t like. So, for now, I’m calling it quits on the X100 series but I have high hopes that a future iteration will address some of these issues and change my mind.