Last week I was asked a crucial question that a photographer can be asked.
Vojta, what do you reckon is the best camera?
TThe guy who asked me this question did not even wait for my answer. Everyone who has ever taken their favourite snapshot would agree with his answer in a flash. "There is no doubt it's the camera I have with me right now", he said.
At this point the imaginary dispute starts as well as comes to an end because he was actually completely right and I fully agree with him. Regardless this "awakening" I have a camera in my bag which I consider to be the best, one I have ever had - it is the new X100F!.
Fortunately, I agree that it is not essential what you shoot with when you know what and why you shoot. Sometimes, however, there are special bonds that do not need any special explanations - as in this case. This means those extensive possibilities that a camera can offer you without resembling a short-sighted attachment or stiff materialism. I reckon most of the current owners of the X100 series are just nodding.
I'll definitely describe below all the technical parameters that have already leaked out at the social networks. Although I can't even surprise you with those details, I have to mention them. If you are not really interested, just skip straight to the end!
I must admit that X100F tested by me is a pre-production sample therefore take into account that it is not in black and white yet. It is not the final version even though it is getting very close to it. Despite that, it seems to me fair enough to write this sort of philosophical confession. I am not a kind of techno freak but hopefully just a photographer. So please do not perceive this as sort of latent arrogance. The camera can never be my spokesman - my spokesman are my pictures. For me it's not a big deal how I feel like photographing with a camera I take care just about just how many megapixels it has or what's digital noise.
What's new on the X100F?
– the sensor (24MP X-Trans CMOS III) and the processor (X-Processor Pro) which is (hopefully) the same as in case of XPRO2 and XT2,
– – the battery charger NP-W126(S),
– the integrated ISO controller and controller of the speed of the shutter (as for XPRO2)
– – as in case of XPRO2 all control buttons moved from the back side of the camera to the right side (you can control the camera comfortably only with your right hand thumb),
– there is a joystick for focus point selection as in case of XPRO2 and XT2,
– the circular functional button is in the front as in case of XPRO2 and XT2,
– there is circular aperture ring surrounding the zoom lens as in case of X70,
– OVF/EVF switch lever has integrated button as in case of XPRO2.
What fortunately remains the same?
– a fixed display
– excellent zoom lens 23mm f/2
Why do I regard X100F as the best camera?
1/ It took me two years but after all I managed to gain enough photographing experience for the focal length 35mm (as an equivalent). If I was the castaway Robinson, this focal length would be Friday who ignites fire for my (photographic)survival. 23mm f/2 fixed focal length lens are extraordinarily fast, accurate as well as sharp.
2/ It is a sort of rangefinder. Therefore I can photograph with my right eye, watch with my left eye and the result is that I can see more details and perceive the photographed scene more easily.
3/ It serves as an imaginary photo diary because it is still with me. It has in addition such an outcome that is a perfect image. This is a Fuji's standard, though.
4/ When the situation requires it, the camera can provide performance as a sports camera. Continuous shooting and AF continuous servo has simply the same speed and accuracy as in case of XPRO2.
5/ Je sexy (jo i tohle slovo mohou používat chlapy). Za mě zatím nejlepší design, co kdy u bezzrcadlovek Fuji uvedlo. Hned potom je samozřejmě XPRO2.
6/ For sure, it is not intended for everyone.
7/ And last but not the least - it is super fast, accurate and takes precise images!
What's the conclusion?
Last year I took three good pictures. One won the Czech Press Photo award - in the reportage category. That was best one I've ever taken. The second one was a lot about feelings. It brought me the fleeting feeling of happiness after shooting...and what about the third one?
The third one is the most important one for me! I took it during shooting of the above-mentioned promotional video. It portrays the most important thing - a human story. Along with other two pictures it comprises a series of images depicting a 90-year-old runner - Jiří Soukup. He said in one of his numerous interviews that life is like water that slips through our fingers... therefore we need to clasp the hands and live our life to the full. I reckon his life motto is depicted in the image where he is running and is just a reflection in the water.
Surely, this camera is "just" another fabulous camera made by Fuji. Pro It is for me embodiment of everything I expect from the camera, though. And most importantly, it helps me narrate human stories... so without exaggeration it is the perfect camera.