One thing I miss very much from Leicas and other rangefinders lenses is the presence of the focusing tab. With a focusing tab, you can learn the focusing distance / position of a lens and get a feel for the distance and also making precise fine-tune possible with the slight move of a finger. There has been a few excellent commercial products made available, one of them being TAAB, and other various 3D printed solutions available, though in my opinion they all take away from the compactness of the X100 cameras. With the extra Sugru I had left over from dustproofing the viewfinder, I opted to make a focusing tab on the ring of the X100F.
Do you want your viewfinder looking like the picture above? This is what happens to my viewfinder on the X100T after nearly 2 years of normal usage. I don't think any of us wants to, except over time this WILL happen as somehow dust always finds is way into the X100 viewfinder. The X100F is not sealed, and there is no way to open the camera up yourself to clean out the viewfinder. Having owned all previous X100 versions, I have experienced this phenomenon happening to every single X100 I've had. Thankfully, there is an easy way to slow down the accumulation of dust over time (besides not using it).
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 used the X100 converter lenses extensively, and have always wished for a way to have the X100 detect the attached converter lens and change the profile automatically. Up until the X100T, I've assigned a button to change the profile, but during the heat of the moment I have forgotten to change the profile back more than once, shooting WCL using TCL profiles and vice versa.... With the recent release of Fuji X100F however, it's now possible for the the camera to detect the installed lens. The camera uses magnet installed in the converter lens, using different polarity, to make contact with the camera and automatically switch out lens profile according to what is attached. The bad news is that only the version II of the TCL and WCL has this feature built in, while remaining optically identical. The good news, however, is that we can add a simple magnet to the TCL and WCL to make them X100F compatible (detection). This is very good for previous X100 users who has already purchased the lens. You can even buy used lenses at a much discounted rate and apply this hack, and it'll be exactly the same as the version IIs, not having to spend 350 dollars for the inclusion of an extra magnet.
This happened a little while ago:
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.
Read this for how I set up my beloved X100T.
I've found a great grip for the X100T. As an alternative to leather half cases and other grips, it retains a small profile. It is unobtrusive, grippy and best of all it is made from a natural material.
Click here for an update of what's currently in my bag.
If the Fujifilm X100T was the argyle wearing soft spoken scholar, then the Ricoh GR would be his young mingling party going brother. And rightfully so. With the focusing of the Fujifilm X100T not being built for run and gun and the size of it being too big for the pocket, it is the go to camera for when I want excellent image quality without any of the bulk of a big camera.
I use the Ricoh GR II the exact same way as I use the GR I, the upgrades to the GR II doesn't make the GR I obsolete at all.
The first words comes to mind when I describe the Ricoh GR II to anyone is that the camera is "in-your-face". I often turn on the on camera flash and photograph my subjects from a few feet away. The small size and the ordinary look of the camera also helps to disarm my subjects as I approach them and shoot them at a close distance.