At long last... I now have a Fujifilm X100T!
A few months before it was announced, I promised to myself that I won't give up my X100S since, for sure the upgrades will just be incremental. And I was right! Even some die-hard Fuji fans aren't recommending X100S users to upgrade to the X100T. Here are the similarities:
- Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 fixed lens
- 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
- EXR Processor II
- Start-up time of 0.5 second
- Shutter lag of 0.1 second
- 10cm close focus
But why did I upgrade? Basically, it's the refinement of its predecessor. After using the Sony A6000, I found that Wi-Fi is a necessity for me. I initially thought that it's not that important until I start using it. I post photos on Instagram and VSCO Grid, and I want to post them in an instant instead of a longer workflow of transferring the image to my Mac when I reach home, then send it to my phone through iMessage or email so I could edit it on VSCO Cam. Apart from Wi-Fi, here are some of the minor improvements that made the X100T better:
- Advanced hybrid viewfinder with electronic rangefinder
- 92% optical viewfinder coverage
- Real-time optical viewfinder parallax correction
- ±3EV exposure compensation
- 1/32000 maximum electronic shutter speed
- 1040K-dot 3-inch LCD
- Focus peaking with colors other than white
- Cross-hatched grip dials
- A more precise focus-mode selector
- A more improved button layout
- An addition of the Classic Chrome film simulation
- Added aperture stops
I admit that I don't shoot a lot and my photos aren't as pleasing as the others'. But this is where I'm happy. I probably have the Gear Acquisition Syndrome and sponsored-professional photographers might be shaking their heads as they always say "Buy Books, Not Gears". Yeah they can say that since they don't spend money for gears, again they're sponsored.
My iPhone 6 may be enough for sharing photos on Instagram and Facebook. But most of the time, I shoot in low light, indoors and the iPhone camera isn't capable yet to produce good-quality photos due to noise/digital grain/artifacts. Plus the feel of holding a real camera is really different. But I will still use the iPhone.
I have gone black this time after buying silver X100S and X-E2. The silver is sexier, more elegant and more photogenic; the black may probably look dull but it looks more serious than hipsterish. I need that change. I feel like I did not upgrade if I see the same colors, it's just me. I will proudly show off the "T" branding, heck I paid for this camera with my own money! Haha! And yeah I no longer have my X100S and XE-2 cameras.
Postscript: The image above was recently posted on my Instagram account. I learned about the lens hood from Ivan Joshua Loh. For those interested in the lens hood, you can inquire at email@example.com. Shinji Sano, the managing director at U.N. Company Ltd. was very responsive. He assisted me in ordering since I couldn't navigate their website due to the Japanese texts. The lens hood only took a couple of days to be shipped from Japan.