Last time I wrote about the new X100F, I still have an original X100, the camera that started me on my Fuji X series journey, it's been everywhere, up mountains, into caves, overseas, Scottish Islands, and I've shot just about every genre apart from sport, even wildlife - though the 23mm lens it required a lot of patience and sitting (and a heavy crop) still to bag some puffins!!
Announced in 2010 and available from March 2011, the X100 is a 'quality' compact with fixed 23mm (35mm FF equivalent) F2.0 lens, its combination of optical and EVF viewfinders made it a unique proposition, although the EVF is not WYSWIG like the latest X series cameras. With a leaf shutter, its virtually silent in operation, making it very discreet.
It was a revelation for my photography, a camera will 'proper' controls that produced great images, there is something 'special' about the images from the original 12MP Bayer Sensor, all later variants had versions of the Fuji X-Trans sensor. THe fixed lens really made me think about the shot I was about to take, the only zoom control I had was my feet!
Using it today the camera feels very slow, Auto Focus is slow, acquiring the image after pressing the shutter is slow, and writing to the card is slow. But its just a lovely thing to use, a bit like a good classic car, its not fast, it's a bit clunky, but you'll love the ride.
Today the camera is a bit of a secondhand bargain, with excellent examples changing hands at around £300, if you're in the market get one with a serial number that starts 21 or higher to avoid the sticky blade issue that affected some earlier models.
I wont part with mine, it may be slow, but its still a joy to use, and every now and again it gets a trip out (just like a classic car!)