Stunning rangefinder camera looks as gorgeous as the images it captures


You'll never get sick of traveling with the Fujifilm X100T.
You'll never get sick of traveling with the Fujifilm X100T.
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Best List: Fujifilm X100T camera

My professional DSLRs are starting to look good in retirement. Just ask my neck, back and right shoulder, which are still angry after years of toting the heavy cameras and lenses around.

In their place to sate my photographic wanderings is the Fujifilm X100T, a diminutive, mirrorless, rangefinder-style camera that records gorgeous files. Its exterior is also easy on the eyes — it tends to stop passersby, who ask questions like, “Is that a Leica?”

Sure enough, my all-black X100T is stylish like a leather-bound Moleskine notebook. But it earns street-shooter bonafides with fast focusing of its fixed 23 mm lens (35mm equivalent) and a 16-megapixel sensor that captures images rich in detail, contrast and saturated colors.

Shooting in near-dark conditions is not a problem and doesn’t yield the customary grain or noise older digital cameras pick up when they are set at ISO ratings past 1000.

A number of settings let you capture pictures in the styles of classic Fuji films. To some, these settings may seem nothing more than filters, but it is nice to see some of the familiar characteristics of the old Fuji chrome.

A longtime Canon shooter, I at first had to resist throwing the X100T off a bridge. Setting the camera to my tastes was like learning a new language. But after the first day of playing, the pictures made my jaw drop (when I exposed them correctly, that is). I can happily report that photographer and camera are growing to understand one another thanks to patience (and plenty of time spent watching YouTube videos posted by X100T users).

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