This post is a review of the Fuji X100T, a camera which I bought on a whim and that has quickly become my go to camera for weddings, I'll go into this a bit below and offer up why I like this over the XE-2 +23mm combo, and why I think this really is the perfect wedding photographer's camera.
So, why did I decide the day before a wedding to go out and get this instead of my usual setup of three X-E2's + 14, 23 & 56mm lenses? Well the weddings I've shot this year have been great, and the gear has been fantastic, but for me I wanted something smaller, something lighter and something that I could hold with one hand whilst holding a cup of coffee or a beer in the other. These are the important things we're talking about here.
So the first wedding with the X100T rocked, about 90% of my images were with this, the rest being the 56mm and this was mainly in the church, safe to say if I had to I'd shoot a wedding with just this camera I would be more than happy, the 56 is good for reach where I can't get close however.
It's very fast to focus, the EVF/OVF combo is excellent, it's silent and with the black version you can really have it close to people and they just don't know/care all that much.
X100T vs. Original X100
The X100 is where I came from, my first X camera [although without the X-Trans sensor] Is it worth upgrading?
The T is faster, more responsive, better designed and better made. The buttons are much better and no weird wheel, the focus mode selector is now a firm button and in the right order, the screen is better, the EVF is better, you get wifi, you get more function buttons and you get plus-minus 3 stops of exposure compensation. Overall you get a far superior camera.
X100T vs X-E2+23mm
Now this is the real question, why would I go from the X-E2 setup to this? Simple the X100T is lighter and smaller. As a documentary photographer I don't want to be noticed, the X100T allows me to get in close and quiet and make the images I want to make. I'll still be keeping the 23/1.4 as it's an amazing lens and will be useful for low light stuff.
The converters still work as they should on the X100T, nicely you can set a function button to be a one touch change from wide, normal and tele modes, which is nice. The main problem with mine is that I have the silver versions, but this is nothing other than cosmetic, and when on the black X100T the silver doesn't seem all that bright. For me this means I can shoot a little wider if I need to which is good for the dancing shots of a wedding, or a little more tele but to be honest I'll mainly use the 56mm for this.
X100T for Street Photography
My go-to camera for street photography is the X100, now it will be the X100T, does everything I love about the X100 but better, plus I can use wifi to shoot through my phone whilst the camera is around my neck, super sneaky like. Plus being in black makes it a bit more subtle.
So that's it really, it's a great camera and fits my needs perfectly. I hope you enjoyed the review and the images.