Why I add Fujifilm x100v while I have lots of Leica cameras.

Drawn to Fujifilm x100 series.

Before Leica, I have a pretty long history with Fujifilm cameras. My first Fujifilm camera was X-E1. It was pretty cheap but the JPG quality right off of the camera wasn’t cheap at all. Then I added X100S. At the time everything was good except softness at the wide-open aperture F/2. About six months or so, I traded it with the X-T1. 

When the x100v was released, I immediately thought of the image softness at F/2 aperture. But I was surprised to know that x100v produces pretty sharp images from at F/2. It appears that this camera has a brand new lens even compared with its previous version like x100f. 

Fujifilm x100v
Fujifilm x100v

The new lens quality definitely got my attention. On top of this, I was attracted to Classic Negative and Eterna film simulations. In fact, I was often drawn to Fujifilm even though I’ve switched from fuji to Leica completely years ago.

Fujifilm offers various film simulations. I tried to imitate Fujifilm’s film simulations through post-processing tools such as the Lightroom. I also tried various presets that simulate Fujifilm film simulation colors. But it simply didn’t work for me. 

Most importantly, I just wanted it. Period. (what more excuses do I need?)

Here I am adding Fujifilm X100V into my camera gears. Well, it’s been a month or so. I love it. For my professional work, I use Leica M/CL. For my personal work, I also use Leica but oftentimes, now I mix it with x100v.

Fujifilm X100v
I carry x100v wherever I go.

One of benefits of x100v is its portability. Leica M system is pretty heavy. Naturally, I always put it in my camera bag for better protection. But x100v is lightweight and small. I can carry it anywhere without a camera bag protection. With this reason, I enjoy shooting x100v when I am driving (whenever I stop, I shoot something from the driver’s seat.)

x100v, film simulation
From my driver’s seat.

X100V Film Simulations

x100v has lots of recent film simulations. Unfortunately, with old Fuji cameras such as X-Pro2 can’t have the access to a few new film simulations. Classic Negative, and Eterna film simulations are only available with the latest Fuji models.

Classic Negative Film Simulation

x100v, Classic Negative
Classic Negative
x100v, classic negative
x100v, classic negative

Classic Negative film simulation offers a unique color tone. Also it adds contrast in the image. I believe it works well with nature color. But I don’t like it so much with the skin tone.

Eterna Film Simulation

x100v, eterna
x100v, eterna film simulation

Contrary to a classic negative film simulation, eternal film simulation has rich tonality. Therefore, it works well with a skin tone. Again, this is a personal opinion. You might find it differently.

Eterna, x100v
x100v, eterna film simulation

I’d like to recommend x100v to these people

  • someone who don’t wish to spend much time on the image post processing.
  • someone who’s looking for a fixed focal length with a lightweight portable device.
  • someone who has a Leica M or other heavy gear for a professional work but looking for a lightweight yet high quality camera.

Maybe in my next posting regarding x100v, I will introduce its video feature. Although x100v is not meant for the video, it produces a stunning video without having to do a color grading at all!


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