The Street Photographer’s Camera

The Fuji X100F is the perfect camera for street photography. Or, that’s what I’ve been told anyway.

I just purchased this beauty this week and have yet to really shoot extensively with it. 

The X100F was announced at the beginning of this year, hitting stores in April. It’s been getting rave reviews and has been extremely popular — when I bought mine, it was the last silver one in stock (there’s also a black version which I don’t looks as nice).

When I got into photography, this brand never really entered my head. I always considered Nikon, Canon and Minolta to be the ones to go to – mostly because I knew that’s what my dad used.

The main reason why I chose the X100F is because of its portability and its silent shutter. I found using my Nikon DSLR for candid shots to be a bit tricky because even though it has a quiet shutter setting, you can still clearly hear it activate. Not a great thing when you’re trying to blend in on the street taking pictures of people up close.

A few things I’ve already found that I like:

  • You can use the viewfinder and turn off the LCD display – another plus for not looking like you just took a picture.
  • A fixed 35mm-equivalent lens. I had already been using my 35mm crop frame lens on my Nikon. The Fuji also has a very fast lens which is useful for low-light conditions and the fixed focal length forces you to get close to your subjects. I think “zooming with your feet” is a good practice to get into because it requires you to think carefully about your framing. Last week, I tried to take a shot of the Gooderham Building, but without my wide-angle lens, I couldn’t fit the entire building in from where I stood. Prime lenses tend to be sharper too. Besides, zooming in on someone with a telescopic lens is a dead giveaway you’re taking their picture.
  • It’s so much smaller than my Nikon. Actually, let me be more specific. It’s FLATTER than my Nikon. That’s mostly a plus as I can now carry this easily every day with me. The slight downside is that I have to get used to handling controls on a smaller device.
  • The retro styling. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for pretty things. And this camera is beautiful. The silver aluminum finish takes its cue from film cameras and holding it, you know you have a quality product made in Japan.

There are still lots of features I haven’t had the chance to explore yet, but this could be a really great camera for every day shooting and for street photography.



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