Fujifilm X100V Mountain Photography really comes down to simplicity. I always struggle to know which camera to carry in the mountains. There is lots to consider image quality (focal length etc), size, bulk, weight and even protecting the camera from the elements and terrain.
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During the last two excursion (albeit to the same mountain route) I decided to pack just a single Fujifilm X100V camera in the little Fujifilm Leather case.
The Fujifilm X100V shines in mountainous landscapes, capturing breathtaking vistas with its 26.1MP APS-C sensor. Its compact design makes it perfect for treks, while the fast 23mm f/2 lens delivers sharp images. Weather-sealing (with the additional filter) ensures durability in challenging conditions. The hybrid viewfinder offers flexibility, and the film simulations add an artistic touch to your mountain adventures. A versatile choice for outdoor enthusiasts.
One of the big advantages of the Fujifilm X series is the fact that the majority of the controls are traditional buttons and dials. There is very little need to be in the menus when out capturing landscape images. The only time I entered the menu on this visit was to activate the panorama setting (see below).
Although the Fujifilm X100V is weather sealed (with the filter attached) I rarely capture images during adverse weather conditions. Rain or snow on the lens has ruined enough images to bothered even trying. The leather case also adds a bit of extra protection especially when scaling up the sides of a granite mountain face.
Fujifilm X100V Mountain Photography
Fujifilm X100V Film Simulation Bracketing
My set up for Fujifilm X100V Mountain Photography is relatively simply. The 23mm lens with a little lens hood. I under expose each image by half a step and using the brilliant film simulation bracketing as almost a point and shoot.
Film simulation bracketing on the X100 series allows you to select three film simulations per capture. The camera will then render three separate JPG files according to the film simulations selected. As you can see below I opted for ACROS-G, Classic Chrome and Velvia.
It was a sunny day so back in Adobe Lightroom the ACROS and Classic Chrome images were rejected in favour of the Velvia JPG files. If I was shooting for a particular project I would shoot RAW and do all of the editing / film simulation work in Lightroom. See the full Fujifilm X100 Series Gallery.
You can view additional Fujifilm X100V Slieve Doan images from my previous visit with the camera. Slieve Doan sits central in Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains offering 360 views of the main peaks from Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Donard, Slieve Loughshannagh and Slieve Binnian.
Slieve Doan and the Fujifilm X100 Gallery
Fujifilm X100 Panorama Photography
The Fujifilm X100V offers a great sweep panorama feature. Simply follow the direction of the arrow and the X100V will capture and automatically stitch the jpg images into a single jpg file, see below.
The corner colour rendering can be a little hit and miss at times (especially with bright a sky) so it’s better to target the camera at bright area of the scene for the initial meter reading.
The JPG files are great and I have one of Hare’s Gap printed and mounted on a wall at home.
There is a powerful simplicity with the X100 series camera. It’s small, light, portable yet versatile and capable of delivering stunning images with relative little effort.