Testing out Fuji X100T on the streets of Kolkata
8 Oct ’16
I recently acquired the critically acclaimed Fuji X100T. I had been looking for a smaller and lighter camera for quite some time now. It’s a serious pain carrying a full fledged DSLR system everywhere, especially during casual occasions. So since the Fuji X100T has been famously called the photographer’s play camera, it had been on my radar a long time. Unfortunately Fuji hardly conducts any sales operations in India except it’s Instax line of cameras. So I had to order it from abroad via a friend of mine. In the last 3 months I had the opportunity to put the camera through it’s spaces. This is not going to be a full-on technical review, just a short text on how I feel about using the camera.
First I will list all the cons. The camera looks beautiful but the on/off switch couldn’t have been designed worse. Its absolutely tiny and is extremely difficult to access with my fat stubby fingers. It takes some getting used to. There is also a slight lag between the flicking of the switch and the screen coming alive, which coming from a DLSR is a slight bit irritating. The supplied neck strap is also pretty ugly, so I made my own vintage leather neck strap. The body looks really nice but it is very susceptible to scratches, which is a bummer for me. The battery is ok for a day of casual shooting though could be much better. That’s why I have 3 batteries.
Now the good things, it’s very light and small. Not pocketable but fits inside even a tiny messenger bag. And all of this while maintaining the quality of a crop-sensor DSLR, which is fantastic! Plus the assuming size of the camera lends itself very easily to silently shooting people without looking threatening with a huge DSLR. You get way more natural photos of people who are not used to being photographed with this camera. Overall I am a happy man with this thing. It serves me extremely well for the purpose that I bought it for – occasions where I wouldn’t want to carry my professional level DSLR gear but would hate to depend on my phone’s camera.