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Fujifilm X100 Series for Travel: A week in Japan for the Fall

The X100 series is an interesting camera. With a fixed lens that befuddles new enthusiast photographers, it’s one of those cameras alongside the Leica Q that seems to be designed just for capturing memories.

I once took the X100T to Japan in 2015, shot exclusively with it, and came away impressed with the results. Now I find myself deeply considering the X100F as an “on-groom” camera for my wedding. 🤔 (8 June 2018 Update: I actually bought an X100F shortly after writing this. Review to come...)

I’ll let the pictures do the talking below but first here are some tips:

  1. Macro mode - The built in lens has this wonderful feature, but don’t forget to stop down to F4 and above to get sharper results. Focusing is extremely soft at F2.8.
  2. Don’t forget about the built-in 3-stop ND filter for F2 shots in broad daylight.
  3. I’ve assigned dedicated shortcuts to the macro mode and the ND filter because they are so useful. The macro mode kicks in automatically on the X100F.
  4. Consider the official lens hood and adapter ring, it allows you to sling the camera without the cap on with some protection. This makes it easier to bring the camera up for quick shots.

Himeji Castle - One of Japan's iconic castles

A Couple Poses for their Wedding Photo

MLX-01 Maglev Train Prototype

 Snowfall at the Hot Springs

Snowfall at the Hot Springs

 Gassho-zukuri Houses

Gassho-zukuri Houses

Cuddling Deer in Miyajima

Turning of Leaves

 Macro mode comes in really handy, but remember to stop down to F4 at least

Macro mode comes in really handy, but remember to stop down to F4 at least

 Retro street at the Ramen Museum

Retro street at the Ramen Museum

 Looking up at the Tokyo Skytree - This was from a separate trip earlier that year when I bought the X100F

Looking up at the Tokyo Skytree - This was from a separate trip earlier that year when I bought the X100F

Japanese Maple in the Fall

Curious Fox Approaches in the Snow

Vulpine under the Snow

 Vulpine Mating Ritual

Vulpine Mating Ritual

In conclusion, I can sum up the shooting experience with any X100 camera for travel as both challenging and liberating. Arriving at the Fox Village without a telephoto lens got me unnerved, but I got away with some pretty decent "wildlife" photos. Sometimes, challenging and liberating are all you need for a camera that's meant to make memories.

Have you had any experiences travelling exclusively with an X100 camera? Let me know in the comments below!