I am one of those people who think a camera is an essential component of any travel inventory. Documenting a journey is important but a camera can often be a burden, the weight, the value and the fear of damage can mean it is left at home more often than not. The Fujifilm X100 camera changes the photographic landscape, now in it’s fourth generation the X100F brings some powerful features to an exceptionally portable image maker making it a contender for the Ultimate Travel Camera label.
Is the Fixed Lens a Problem?
The Fujifilm X100 series offers a 35mm field of view. 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 is actually remarkably liberating to just have one field of view, you can zoom with your feet and 35mm really is ideal on most occasions.
If you do feel that 35mm is too limiting Fujifilm have two additional screw on lenses that adjust the camera to 28mm for the wide angle adaptor or 50mm for the telephoto adaptor. These obviously change the weight and balance of the camera but are a very nice option to have if you need it.
Compact, fixed lens cameras are often considered to be limited when compared to their DSLR counterparts but the Fujifilm is no 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 to enhance the sky through to the Big Stopper for long exposure photography. Better still the Lee Filters Seven5 system is also light and portable so they are the perfect travel companion.
Capture Landscape Panoramic images
The X100 series has a terrific panorama feature that is remarkably easy to use. Hit the ‘drive’ but 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 together a series of JPG files into one high-resoltion image. The quality is amazing and the images look amazing printed and mounted on a wall.
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 or X100F camera with your device for image transfer or adding GPS information to the images on the camera. One thing to note is if you shoot RAW you need to convert the image to JPG but this is a very quick process. I a massive fan of geotagging my image so this feature is particularly useful.
The Ultimate Travel Camera : Traveling with the Fujifilm X100 Series
The X100T & X100F both offer the ability to charge via USB, it doesn’t sound like a big deal but it means you can charge your camera using the same charger you would use for your phone. If you are on a camping trip then the latest campfire technology may also enable you to keep your camera topped up with charge, see the Biolite burner.
Fujiflm make a little leather case for the X100, X100S X100T and X100F cameras, although the X100F is a slightly different case than previous models. Yes it makes the camera look retro and cool but it also means you can carry the X100 in your rucksack knowing it is protected by the case. 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 only real negative with the X100 series is that it isn’t currently 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.
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?