Fujifilm X100F Street Photography

Fujifilm X100F Street Photography

The Fujifilm X100F is an almost perfect camera for street photography.  This is my second of Fujifilm's X100 series of aps-c mirrorless rangefinder style cameras and is one of my favourite of all digital cameras I have ever used.   I have owned and used many dslrs since the days when the  Nikon F80-based Fuji Finepix S1 Pro changed the world of professional social photography back in 2001.

For me, the purchase of a new digital camera is primarily a commercial decision, based on my needs to earn my living and I view them as the tools of my trade.  Very seldom do I invest any kind of emotional attachment to a digital camera, unlike the Fuji, Hasselblad, Leica and Nikon medium format and 35mm film cameras I still use for my personal projects.  In my professional life, a digital camera has to be a reliable and functional necessity and I usually give little thought to the camera as an object of wanting over needing on my part.

Tate Modern Gallery, London
Herzog & de Meuron Staircase at the Tate Modern Gallery, London

Discreet & Silent

The Fujifilm X100F is a discreet and virtually silent camera, perfectly suited to many photographic journeys from landscape and travel to documentary photography.  As time has gone on, I also find I am using the X100F more often as a tertiary wedding photography camera.  The output is the equal of the brace of Fujifilm X-T2 cameras that I use with fast prime lenses.  I had the opportunity to try out the X100F just prior to it's launch and I wrote about my experiences from the very brief 3-4 hours
I had with the Fujifilm X100F here.

Adelphi Terrace
Adelphi Terrace

Film cameras can be a good way to learn and improve as a photographer, for many reasons.  Anyone who has ever used a slow manual camera will recognise the importance of honing a sense of anticipation.  Being restricted to one opportunity to nail the shot is a great inducement to pay attention to your surroundings and plan ahead.

With the X100F, planning ahead does have benefits.  It is not a speed machine by any means, but if you can't nail the shot at 5fps maybe it's time to do something else!  When you can see a developing scenario in your minds eye, the X100F will get you there.  It just needs a little familiarity-based pre-planning.

We did it with non motor driven film cameras and we can certainly do it with a Fujifilm X100F and the camera's continuous shooting is a strong asset in making that decisive moment count.

Charing Cross
Charing Cross, London


The Fujifilm X100F has become my primary digital street photography camera.  However, I do use a number of film cameras for street photography.  As a firm advocate of variety, I also enjoy using my Nikon FE, Agfa Isolette iii, Yashica T5 and Leica MP cameras for street photography.

Images are always better than words, a new website devoted entirely to my street photography is being constructed and this will be launched soon.  In the meantime, take a look at my street photography only Instagram feed: @transientland

Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge