Yesterday, Fujifilm officially announced the Fujifilm X100F. It features several upgrades from its predecessor, X100T. But for a photography hobbyist like me, these upgrades are not significant.
What made me say that?
I am not a professional photographer. I do not want to spend my money for another gear which I know will have no return of investment. If you sell your photos, then maybe you could invest on this newer offering of Fujifilm.
Secondly, I do not print my photos. Having a 24.3 megapixel sensor of the X100F is not a reason to leave my 16 megapixel X100T. Most people view my shots on a smartphone; and on Instagram, people generally just scroll through the images then move on to the next.
Third, I like the new button layout at the back, but as a photographer, I should spend time in composing your images and not fiddling with the buttons. These buttons are present in my X100T so again, no reason to upgrade. How about the new ISO dial? Yes it's a welcome change but I already set the left directional button for ISO so it's easier for me to change it than to move my fingers on top, lift then rotate the dial. And the joystick? The four directional buttons can do the change of focus.
Fourth, it has the same 23mm f/2 lens. Do I still have to explain further?
Fifth, it is still not weather-sealed. How about ACROS? I actually don't like the (not-so) new Fujifilm film simulation. Yes it gives a different soul in black and white, but I can always, and I always edit my photos, most of the time I add filters through my smartphone apps. I blogged about it here.
Digital teleconverter? I am very much capable of cropping photos in post. In fact, I don't care about the angle of view equivalent. It's all about composition.
Lastly, the battery. Though the newer X100F now use the NP-126, I think the ones who will benefit from this are those who already have the Fuji X-T2 and X-Pro2. In fact as a casual shooter, I have never exhausted a fully charged NP-95, so I'm ok.
"Buy books, not gears." -Eric Kim
I like how Fujifilm do their marketing. It's very effective. I was excited to watch the videos of X-Photographers using the latest cameras. Fujifilm X100F is indeed the best camera in the X100 series. But I'm not one of those who can easily buy expensive gears, so I'm sticking with the X100T. If you have the money, then go ahead.
Don't get me wrong, Fujifilm Philippines. If you'll give me one, I'd gladly accept it. ;)