The Fuji X100T - Part 1

Now that all the introductions are done i can start moving forward with the blog.

However, i have to take the time to talk about the Fuji X100T.

Finally, i bought mine mid-August this year. Ever since the first model came out i desired one. It looks vintage, it is small, inconspicuous, silent and a lot of fun to shoot with. It is an expensive camera, and i was lucky to get it in second hand. Still 800€.

Since then i try to take the camera wherever i go.

 Paço de Arcos Beach, Portugal

Paço de Arcos Beach, Portugal


Since i got the camera, i started photographing again every day. Something i missed while owning the big heavy Canon 5D Mark III. Some days i wanted to get to the streets but looking at the big heavy camera my willingness quickly disappeared. There were times i would take the 50mm to the streets. Somehow it was enjoyable until someone looked at me in a funny way and i wasn't even taking photos of them and i would get tired of holding. Those were my main problems with the 5D.

The 5D is the best camera i ever own. It was not the right tool for me for street photography.

That all changed with the Fuji X100T. Now i only have to worry about not being lazy about going out. Believe when i say, there been very few days i didn't hit the streets with the Fuji.

 Portrait of a nice lady in Lisbon, Portugal

Portrait of a nice lady in Lisbon, Portugal


At the beginning, it was a bit hard because i wasn't used to the focal length, 35mm equivalent. More often then not i was stressed because i wasn't able to take the photos i wanted until i remembered: "I bought the camera to have fun and to enjoy going to old and new places.". When i started focusing more on what is around me and not so much about how and what i should photograph, my walks started to be more pleasurable and with a lot less pressure. I don't want to be a Henry Cartier Brensson  or a Bruce Gilden. I want to have fun.

 Tram 28, Lisboa, Portugal

Tram 28, Lisboa, Portugal


A funny thing was that since i got the camera, i had one photo being selected for an exhibition and another one being featured on an Instagram's Fuji feed. A few years after i started taking photography more serious, i had a few photos being published in magazines and one even won a contest. Having that feeling again of my work being appreciated by someone else is amazing. The only problem is that i am very pragmatic about it. If someone likes it, good. If not, i will keep shooting.

Let me clear, i am not taking better photos because i have the camera. I am taking better photos because i am photographing more and enjoying the act of taking photos. That was my main goal. Fell in love with photography again. I dare to say that it "saved" me from a small depression.

From the day i got it until the day it breaks or i get a new model, it will be my everyday/travel camera. The canon has its place as well. Another story for another day.

 Always looking for a human element on my photos. Paço de Arcos, Portugal

Always looking for a human element on my photos. Paço de Arcos, Portugal


At first, i was photographing in RAW and JPEG and use the wireless connection to upload right away the photos. This was also one reason i wanted this camera. With time i started to shoot only in RAW and post-processing the photos at home. It started to look a lot more like i was imagining. I have to say i am not a big fan of the Classic Chrome preset on the camera although i must say, the JPEG, straight out of the camera look very very good. At the time i was using Snapseed to edit on phone and upload them online.

If i had to point something bad about the Fuji X100T is that the battery life is not great. If i have it always on, it goes fast. If that is not bad enough, even if i have it on 2min Auto Switch Off, and it shuts down during that time, i have to turn it off and on again. For me, this is something Fuji should consider redesign because i lose good moments doing this. Last but not least, going into low light situations, the auto focus struggles a lot.

For now, i leave you with some of the photos i been taking since August. All with the Fuji X100T.