Fuji X100 - some quick advice

April 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Fuji X100

Note this is an old post, but some advice is still valid. There's even better firmware available now for example…

Here are some random observations that I feel are important to know if you're about to buy a Fuji X100. Most are things I've read elsewhere.

1. Buy new. There's been some issues and I wouldn't want to buy a used one. I bought mine for £699 at John Lewis because for £47 they extend the warranty to 3 years.

2. Upgrade the firmware to 1.3 straight away for faster AF and other improvements. (newer firmware available now, much improved AF again and focus peaking etc)

3. Use a fast memory card. I use Sandisk 95mb/s cards as this speeds up operations a lot. Format the card every time you put it back in the camera.

4. The JJC lens hood is almost indistinguishable from the real thing and costs under £20 as opposed to £70 for the Fuji one. You can also use it to attach 49mm filters.

5. You'll need spare batteries, it eats them pretty fast depending on how you've set it up. I ordered a Fuji (£17, got lucky) and an Inov8 (£9).

6. When you fit the lens hood you can't use the lovely Fuji lens cap - you can use a 49mm pinch cap though, about £3 to buy.

7. My last tip is to set auto ISO but make sure the minimum shutter speed is OK for you. Personal preference of course though. Bizarrely the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 still don't have proper auto ISO like the X100 (no longer true).

8. One last thing, tape or glue in that little plastic widget on the charger otherwise you'll lose it!

Picture: DP Review.


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