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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?