I've always used thumb grips with the X100F (T,S,0) since it improves the grip tremendously. When I use the hotshoe however, the grip must be removed and once again I return to a hard to grip camera. When I was in Japan, I bought a sheet of camera leather tape in a hobby store. I didn't think much of it then but it became useful very quickly as I started using it on many parts of the camera.
Since getting the X100F, I've been looking to refine how I use the camera and carry it's accessories. In a few days, hopefully I'll have up on the blog my impression of the X100F compared to the previous generations of X100.
Even though the X100F is built to be a single lens camera, the converter lenses helps a lot in bringing more versatility out of the already excellent lens. When traveling light, I carry only the X100 and both of the converter lenses (TCL-X100II & WCL-X100II). My camera bag all have been deeper than it is wider, and I felt like it's really a waste of space not to utilize the vertical space. So a while back I've started with experimenting with double sided caps for securing the lenses. The lens stack feels hefty, like a single lens, and can take up one precious space instead of two inside the camera bag.
I had a weekend long job in SF where I was traveling throughout the city and as well as along Highway 1 to capture photos. During the first night, I dropped my camera (d810), prism first, onto carpeted ground. It actually fell out of my bag.
It shot fine, but what I didn't know was that it killed something internally that I was unable to trigger anything flash related on the camera. That includes PC sync, hot shoe and built in flash. My extended trip plan was quickly cut short when I was called to fly back to LA for another shoot the next right after the end of the weekend job. Between flying red eye, prep, and shoot the next morning, I didn't figure out nor realize the fault with the camera body.
I've used the X100 series of fixed lens 35mm cameras from the original version. With it I've taken some of my most memorable photos. I always find the camera to be an interesting medium itself, as in different cameras allows me to approach different subjects differently. The DSLR forces me to be vanilla and professional, the Ricoh GR allows me to open up and be wild, while the Fuji X100T series of cameras requires me to really slow down.
I want to briefly talk about what and how I configure my go to gear in the next few articles. A year ago when I was in Tokyo, I carried my DSLR along with bunch of prime lenses for the completetionist in me. Though I ended up finishing a series done with only a point and shoot (!). At least 20 pounds of gear on me and I didn't even use a few pounds of it. At the end of the day, my knees hurt from walking everywhere. So in response to that I've decided to change and separate what I use for big jobs versus what I use as I wander about the world.