Well ok, not quite but getting there. I bought my very first Fujifilm… thinking about it, it is even more than ten years with Fujifilm. My very first digital camera was a Fujifilm Finepix 2600. Now that is going back some years. After that I had some other gear, but that´s a different story.
When Fujifilm announced the Finepix X 100 back in 2010, I was still using an Olympus E-PL2 with some mFT lenses. Not the worst gear I must admit but at that time the first and original X100 got me. Yes it only had one lens but that design of the camera just got me. I had to have one. In 2011, I was still using the E-PL2, I found an offer on a German photography forum for a “used” Fujifilm X100. The guy had taken no more than 300 pictures with the camera and was asking for a price I just could not resist. I sold of all of my mFT gear and bought that X100. A few days later my wife and I headed off to a short trip to the Lake Constance. The X100 was with me and I felt so happy with it in my hands.
Just a few weeks after that it was time for a longer vacation. Off to Stockholm for a city trip. Again, I took the Fujifilm Finepix X100 with me and nothing else. Well, that´s all I had anyway. Wow, what an experience that was. 23mm focal length, f2 lens and the image quality and rendering of the lens. I was gobsmacked. That was my start of a wonderful journey with Fujifilm´s wonderful cameras. Since then a lot has happened. Fujifilm as evolved and is one of the most respected brands in the camera market. They are doing their own thing, as one would say. Not following Sony´s race with the pixel count and what not all.
They are building cameras for photographers with an image quality, which is more than sufficient for most of us users. The Jpeg files are unheard of. Class leading in the camera industry. The rendering of the Fuji lenses is superb with just the right amount of character to the images. They might not be the technically best lenses, but they have this unique character to the rendering that I just love. And yes, even the 23mmf2 lens mounted on all four iterations of the Fujifilm X100 is more than sufficient to produce images with that unique Fujifilm look. I love it. People on forums complain that the lens is too soft at f2. It is, but only at close distance focusing. Don´t see it as a fault; use it as a creative tool.
Word is though, that the new lens on the Fujifilm X100V is miles ahead. I´ll see as soon as I have my own copy of the X100V.
Anyway. After the original X100, Fujifilm announced the X-Pro1 with three prime lenses. Guess what, I took the shot and bought an X-Pro1 with the astonishing XF35mm 1.4 lens which by the way, I still own today. That is one of the best lenses Fujifilm has. Ok, ok. It might not be the fastest focusing lens, but again… it has character. 2012 was there and my wife and I travelled to New York City for the first time. All I had with me was the X-Pro1 with the XF35mm f/1.4 lens mounted on it. Gosh what a buzz that was as I started a thread on traveling to New York with only one camera and especially only one prime lens equalling a 50mm focal length. Yes, it is on the long side but still I managed to get some wonderful images of NYC.
Fast forward to the year 2014, Marrakech. Stockografie was there and what did he take with him? The Fujifilm X100T. Let me go back just a few months. After owning the Fujifilm X100S for a few months, not being happy with that Fujifilm camera at all. My copy had terrible problems locking focus properly. I had missed shots due to the AF. It showed a green box confirming AF was locked, but the image was blurred. I had the camera at the Fujifilm service with no real improvement. I sold it letting the new owner now the problems I had with it and didn´t even want to buy the X100T. I was done with the X100 line I said to myself. Until, well yes… until I went into my local camera store with a friend and just out of curiosity grabbed the Fujifilm X100T. In my opinion, that was a very refined camera. Fujifilm had improved so many things over the original X100 and the X100S. GAS got me and I walked out with a brand sparkling new Fujifilm X100T.
On a week long lasting trip to Marrakech and Essaouira that was all I had with me. Once again, it felt so liberating not to bother about the lens to mount on the body. And yes at that time, I already had the Fujifilm X-T1 with some of Fujifilm´s magnificent lenses. Traveling with just an X100 camera is such a unique experience that I travel this way more and more.
Just let us take a little de-tour around the Fujifilm cameras I have owned and which I have liked best so far.
As you already know, it all started with the Fujifilm Finepix X100. The following is in chronological order
1. Fujifilm X100
2. Fujifilm X-Pro1
3. Fujifilm X-E1
4. Fujifilm X-T1
5. Fujifilm X100S (at the same time as the X-T1)
6. Fujifilm X100T
7. Fujifilm X-Pro2
8. Fujifilm X100F (which I sold for an X-T2, what a stupid mistake. Do read my X100F long term review to find out more about that story)
9. Fujifilm X-T2
10. Fujifilm X100F
11. Fujifilm X-H1 and the X100F at the same time
12. Soon to arrive Fujifilm X100V
Damn, it seems I am a gear head.
It seems I drifted off a little. Ok now, as you can see I have been using Fujifilm’s wonderful gear since the beginning of the X-System. I have used several lenses on several different camera bodies and I will do so in future as well. Right now, I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of the Fujifilm X100V. Until then, and until my X100F is sold to another fond user, I will be using that and the X-H1 with the lenses I own.
It is actually only a matter of one or two weeks before my X100V is in the shop waiting for me to pick it up. That is the interesting thing. I can see a pattern for myself. As long as I have been using Fujifilm´s X cameras there is one consistency in the line-up. It is the Fujifilm X100 series with the best being the X100F up until now.
This is the tough part coming up. I went through all of my images from 2011 up until this date and for every year; I picked no more than three images, which I think represent the best of the year. Boy that is really a tough one. Lean back, grab your drink and enjoy the images from near enough ten years with Fujifilm´s X-Series cameras.
Thanks once again for your time and make sure to come back