Fujifilm X100T the ultimate travel camera

Is the Fujifilm X100 the Ultimate Travel Camera?

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Travel photography can often be a challenge. You want to travel light but at the same time want to have your best camera on the journey. Weight, value and fear of damage can mean a camera is too much of a burden to bother packing. The Fujifilm X100 camera changes things.

Now in its fifth generation the X100V brings some powerful features to an exceptionally portable Camera making it a definite contender for the Ultimate Travel Camera title.

Is the Fixed Lens a Problem?

The Fujifilm X100 series offers a 35mm field of view at f/2. This medium-wide lens is perfect for documentary photography from landscapes through to group or wide portraits. Having a fixed lens may feel restrictive but it’s remarkably liberating to just have one field of view allowing you to focus on composition.

If you feel that 35mm is too limiting Fujifilm offer two additional screw-on lenses offering 28mm or 50mm fields of view. The additional lens adaptors obviously change the weight and balance of the camera but are a great option to have should you need it. The X00F and X100V cameras also offer a digital zoom feature while using JPG mode.

X100T Long Exposure

Using Filters

Compact, fixed lens cameras are often considered to be limited when compared to their DSLR counterparts.  The Fujifilm X100 series is not a simple point and shoot camera. Lee Filters have created a filter ring specifically for the X100 series that allows the Seven5 system to be used.

Filters open up a range of opportunities especially for landscape photographers. From ND grads for contract enhancement through to the Big Stopper for long exposure photography. Better still the Lee Filters Seven5 system is light and portable so are the perfect travel companion.

Landscape Photography X100T

Capture Landscape Panoramic images

The X100 series has a terrific panorama feature that is remarkably easy to use. Hit the ‘drive’ button and activate panorama mode.  Click the shutter button and sweep your camera in the appropriate direction. As you sweep, the camera is capturing and stitching a series of JPG files into one high-resolution image. The quality is amazing and the images look amazing printed and mounted on a wall.

X100 Panorama
X100T ultimate travel camera
Slieve Croob

Wifi & GPS

Despite the retro-look the Fujifilm X100 is jammed packed with the latest technologies. If you have a smartphone or tablet you can pair your X100T, X100F or X100V camera with your device. This offers both image transfer and the ability to add GPS data to the images. One thing to note is if you shoot RAW you need to convert the image to JPG for wifi transfer (this is a very quick process). I a massive fan of geotagging my image so this feature is particularly useful.

Donard Forest

The Ultimate Travel Camera : Traveling with the Fujifilm X100 Series

The X100T- X100V range offer the ability to charge via USB. This may not sound like a big deal but it means you can charge your camera using the same charger you would use for your phone or computer. If you are on a camping trip  you can even keep your camera topped up via the Biolite burner.

Fujifilm X100 in case

Fujiflm make a little leather case for the X100 series cameras. These are great for the X100S-F series although I am not overly keen on the leather case for the X100V.  The compact case means you can carry the X100 in your rucksack knowing it is well protected. When traveling with my other cameras I had to consider a separate bag as throwing an expensive body and lens into a bag unprotected would be unthinkable.

The Negatives

The only real negative with the X100-X100F series is that it isn’t weather sealed. That said this doesn’t cause a massive concern as I tend to avoid photography in heavy rain I am also exceptionally careful with my camera in the mountains in addition the Fujifilm case offers an amazing level of protection. The X100V brings weather protection through the (additional) filter kit.

Horses X100T

Conclusion

Light, portable, versatile and powerful the Fujifilm X100 series has evolved into a photographic powerhouse. The true beauty of this stunning little camera is its versatility, from documentary to high quality panoramic landscapes the X100 delivers amazing image quality.

The complimenting leather case, ability to charger over USB and transfer images via Wifi make it ideal for long haul travel;  the additional lens options offer additional versatility. The X100 series is my camera of choice for walks in the mountains, who is with me?

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David

David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

17 Comments

  1. My apologies but I find your article focusing on accessories and “features” rather than the basic qualities one would want to have in a travel camera.

    I too consider the X100’s superb travel cameras. Beyond the versitile focal length, built-in flash, excellent IQ, excellent high iso performance, a fixed lens which means no additional lenses need to be carted along, an ovf for those days when the sun overpowers the evf, small and light.

  2. I travelled with the original X100 and enjoyed it but then met a fellow traveller with a smaller Fuji and as a result I bought the X30… This has to be the best companion.

  3. You comment that cameras are often left behind because of what they cost. This camera costs more than $1000 US. It is not an inexpensive camera.

  4. It definitely isn’t inexpensive but compared to the like a full frame DSLR (which was my alternative at the time) the X100 series is considerably lighter, less expensive and versatile. The point I was trying to make is that the X100 is a much more practical camera for everyday use if that makes sense.

  5. I have had x100t since March 15 got really used to the 35mm, really is liberating to use a fixed lens. Xmas 15 received tcl-x100 difference amazing having to get used to it all over again wouldn’t believe 15mm would make so much difference.

  6. Hello, many thanks for taking the trouble to write the article on the X100t , its very interesting and informative. Your photographs are superb by the way.

  7. Although I own X100s, totally agree – this is the best travel camera. Weather sealing should be obvious in this series (targeted at street shooters…) Aside from that, it performs well in studio too 😀

  8. This is what a camera should be. Portable, trivial to use and ACCURATE!
    What you see is what you get. No more front focusing (40D), no more overexposure (7D). And awesome dynamic range. And the best feature….Stealth mode.
    This camera gathers zero attention from “baddies”.
    I traveled thru rural Mexico and got zero looks. Everyone assumes it is an old camera. This and all other features make the X100T a no brainier for Travel photography.

  9. Juan Gomez, I was wondering what version of the camera do you have. Silver/black or all black? I ask you this because I’m planning to buy one to travel and I interested in a camera that doesn’t get much attention.

  10. Carlos, I have the silver color one. For whatever reason, this coupled with the leather case, it gives it a retro look that is recognized as an “old” camera.
    Not once did I feel stares from walkers by.
    But must importantly, it’s impressive white balance allows you to go EVERYWHERE and just take pictures. Churches? Check. Museums? Check. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY? Check!.

  11. Thanks for a great article and lovely photos. Thinking of an X100T. Who is it really for? A professional or a beginner? Or somewhere in between? Should I go for for Pro if I am looking at a erious project?
    Thanks
    Soli

  12. Hi Soli,
    I have had the X100, then S then T and soon the F.

    I my opinion, whilst with the limits inherent to the fixed lens, this is a very versatile camera that can produce professional class photos but that is great to learn about the basics of photography. It is indeed a very low profile powerhouse. A beauty and an immense joy to use. My only regret with the F is the lack of weather sealing.
    Cheers.

  13. I am currently pondering picking up an x100 series camera for an upcoming trip. I shop used, and could pick up x100t for 600-700 or x100f for 1200… to me, it doesn’t entirely seem worth doubling down quite yet for the f, but should i reconsider? I don’t think the sensor upgrade makes a huge difference, to me at least (its still xtrans..) and there are significant changes but maybe not 2x as expensive (used) changes. Any thoughts that would change my mind?

  14. I’m also considering this camera for travel, but also as a camera I can carry around day to day in a non photographic bag. I’m actually considering a secondhand X100s. From the sample raw files I downloaded I’m very impressed with the quality, and I shoot full frame Nikon. Thanks for the article.

  15. This was copied and pasted from the article: “As you sweep the camera is capturing and stitching together a series of JPG files into one high-resoltion image.”

    Can the write and/or editor use Spell Check?

  16. Thanks Billy, that is fixed now. I take some solace in the spelling error that appears in your own comment 🙂

  17. I’ve had the X100 since its introduction. Coming from the Leica M6 with 35mm lens in my film days, it was a natural choice. I wish that I waited because as brave as Fujifilm was for bringing it out, the camera wasn’t fully evolved yet. The slow autofocus and battery consuming functioning made it fall out of favor with me.

    I eventually gave Fujifilm another chance with the X-T2, and the amount of progress was stunning. I now have several bodies and 9 lenses. I started to think about a late generation X100f, which by all accounts rectified the flaws of the first model.

    But, I went another way.

    Having all the fuji lenses, including the petite “Fujicrons”, I went with the X-E3. Right now, brand new cameras are 500 Dollars. I get all of the X100f film simulations, lightning fast autofocus and pretty much the same size body… plus my choice of lenses.

    The lack of a hybrid finder isn’t an issue since I use the exposure compensation often, so to enjoy the WYSIWYG feature my cameras are used with EVF always.

    The tiny but excellent 16mm f/2.8 paired with the 35mm f/2 or the 23mm f/2 with the 50mm f/2 give greater versatility than the fixed lens.

    I feel like I made a good choice for me with the X-E3.

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