Yesterday Fujifilm announced their successor for the x100t, the x100f. As a huge fan of the X100t and long time owner, I was keeping an eye out for the successor and whether it would convince me to upgrade. The short answer is that although it looks good, I’m not upgrading and I suspect you won’t either.
The x100f looks great
Let’s start with what’s good about the new X100f. It certainly has had some nice improvements that are worth praising as they have dealt with some of the issues of the X100 series.
- shifting the controls across to the right hand side
- a new 24megapixel sensor (the same as the x-Pro2 and X-T2)
- new film simulations like Acros
- a larger battery (although all your old batteries no longer fit)
- the dedicated ISO dial in the shutter control
Those are some nice features, the new layout in particular is a great advance over the old one and will help avoid some accidental button pressing and make the finger positioning more natural…but.
the X100t is still great
The X100t hasn’t got any worse (well mine is a little battered now but its minor wear and tear) and it still has the same great spec as before. My photos haven’t got any worse since yesterday. The only difference is there is something newer and shiny out there. This is one of those logical fallacies whereby our frame of reference changes so it makes things seem more different than they really are.
It doesn’t seem to address my main issues
I wrote some of my main wishes in a camera upgrade for the X100t and my gripes with the x100t, it was interesting to see what Fuji addressed and the issues that I didn’t really appreciate but am glad they did tackle (like the controls). However, my main issues (like weather proofing) still haven’t been addressed. Sure, I no longer feel like I need nor want a full frame version but there are other issues I wish they had addressed.
More megapixels, More problems
More megapixels means larger files and can make each megapixel lower quality (I’m not saying the second issue is the case here. The pixels usually improve fast enough that the quality issues caused by placing them next to each other aren’t an issue.) With the way I store image, I don’t necessarily want a larger file taking up more space, especially as I don’t usually crop my images.
A new camera won’t make me a better photographer
There are some exceptions to this statement where a different camera can open up some new possibilities that you couldn’t get with the same camera you normally shoot, but the idea that a new camera will make us magically better is a lie marketing companies tell us to sell stuff we don’t need. The X100F mostly focuses on experience improvements (battery life, controls etc) with one or two image quality improvement (the higher megapixel count and new film simulations). The higher megapixel count I’ve already mentioned the downsides (especially as I don’t specialise in high detailed images) and the new film simulation can be recreated after the fact with a film filter app like VSCO.
I’d rather spend the money on something else
One of the cognitive biases we often do is compare doing something with not. When in reality we can usually do other things instead. For example, instead of thinking
Do I buy this new camera or not
It’s better to ask
Do I buy this camera for $1000 or get the old version for half that price and buy a couple of photobooks and a flight somewhere.
A whole new camera for cheap
If you have an X100t and want to get a new experience for cheaper, here are a few ideas.
- Try out the TCL-X100 tele converter (and shoot at 50mm equivalent)
- Try out the WCL-x100 wide converter (and shoot at 28mm equivalent)
- Get a new strap
- Get a leather case for the camera
- Get a grip for the x100t
- Use a different film simulation than your normal one
- Upgrade your SD card
- Change what function your buttons serve
If my fuji x100t dies then I’d almost certainly get the X100F, likewise, if someone asked what camera they should get for street photography, I’d have the X100F as one of my top picks.