Fujifilm X100V - The Best Camera I didn’t keep

It’s a long story, but I was fortunate enough to get a new Fujifilm X100V recently.

I’ve said before that the X100F was my favorite camera that I’ve owned. I traded it to be able to get an X-T3, which has been an excellent all-round camera. But the X100F was more fun, smaller, solid, beautiful.

I do have the little Ricoh GR3 which is fun, and sometimes perfect. Perfect when you need something very small, when you don’t mind using the screen, when you just want to leave a camera lying around at home grab, or to slip into a pocket. When you want 28mm. But more of the time I prefer 35mm and I prefer a viewfinder.

So the X100F was ideal and the X100V is better. Better lens, weather-sealed, USB-C connection. All good stuff.

But it somehow didn’t feel right for me at the moment. I don’t know why. Maybe it feels unnecessary to spend extra when the X100F is still so good. Maybe the tilting screen was a factor (I do use them occasionally, but generally I’d rather have the more simple and solid design of a fixed screen). Maybe it just wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would to have the latest and greatest, having already owned something very similar. Maybe the sequel often doesn’t quite live up to the original, even if it’s technically better.

It’s a great camera, but it’s gone back to B&H.

I still wonder occasionally if it was a mistake to return it. But I do have something else in mind, if funds allow. I’m looking at used digital Leicas. It might work out, it might not. If it doesn’t, I’m sure I’ll be back to the X100 series soon enough.


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