Update on the Fujifilm X100V

3 months ago 11
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When I got the X100V back in the winter I made the shot above and after close inspection realized this new lens on the fifth generation X100 was the sharpest 23mm I’ve ever shot for a Fujifilm camera, and that is saying a lot!  The current 23mm f 2 and the 23mm f 1.4 are both outstanding lenses, but this one exceeds them both!  The color quality and contrast are a perfect combination!


An added feature is the ability to zoom with the software an make 35mm, 50mm and 70mm euiv. shots with very little loss in quality, certainly good enough for LCD Projectors and social media use!



The X100V also allows the use of accessory lenses and the wide angle conversion lens for the older X70 fits and works great on the X100V,  allowing going from a 35mm equivlent focal length to a 26mm wide angle, pretty handy with no loss in quality!



Lastly, the X100V focuses very close which I also love as I have a tendency to shoot close-ups when covering a subject!



So to say I’m loving this camera is an understatement!  The perfect, take anywhere, all the time camera!




the pilgrim

11 Responses

  1. Jerry Reece says:

    Bill, I too have anew X100V to keep my pair of XT4’s happy. I have been a lazy raw shooter since going digital. I’m not too hep on settings for jpeg.

    With my X100V I would like to shoot jpeg, but not sure whether I shoot use the film simulations as is, or whether there are some basic tweaks, and how much of each tweak I should set. I refer to things like tone, saturation, sharpening, clarity, etc. Would be interested in your take for suggested settings. When I have attended your workshops, I am always amazed at what you show with such little prep time available. Looking forward to your thoughts and am sure many others would appreciate the guidance also.

    Jerry R

  2. Bill Fortney says:

    I set mine for film simulation: Provia, Astia and Acrostic with a red filter.
    You can use the display button ,middle top of back of the X100V to set either film simulation or
    Single frame, in single frame with optical converter turned ON. You can use the focusing wring to zoom in to 50mm and 70mm. I leaveclarity, sharpness and saturation at. O or normal!
    That’s about it!

  3. Bill, I am a long-time pro Nikon DSLR shooter that heralds from NANPA’s very early organizational days. I recently sold my Nikon gear except for three favorite (very) wide & fast lenses and my favorite DSLR. Why? At age 75 I needed to downsize and stop carrying all that insane weight!

    So I got the fixed lens Fuji X100V and I must admit I am having a devil of a time adapting to it. There are too many settings in a tiny font, too many tiny buttons, and not enough YouTube videos by seasoned shooters with an ounce of sense. Arrrggghhh! I am just not into 20-yr olds advising me on how to maximize the potential of this camera.

    My intention upfront was to emerse myself in street photography, which I have wanted to do for some time.

    -Perhaps you can reassure me that I really can have some fun with the X100V…(I’m listening)…
    -Can you share some wisdom about to how you transitioned the X100V into a professional tool of consequence?
    -Can you tell me how you personally managed to adjust to this brave new world of miniature gear??

    If anyone can teach me how do this you can, Bill.
    Or am I just a lost cause??

    Dr. Ellen

    • admin says:

      Dr. Ellen,
      I will attempt to come to your rescue!!!!!

      Getting used to the miniature gear is easy, just keep playing with it and shooting and soon you will never want to go back. It is a tansisiton but it will cme to you I promise, you’re a good shooter, and I’m 74 so the age deal is not anything impossibe to get over.

      First, I set the camera up to make it as simple as possible. Set the shutter speed knob to the RED A that sets the camera in Aperture priority. Now you can simply turn the aperture ring to the aperture that best fits your need for deith of field. I use the expsoure compensatiion dial while lookin through the viewfinder or at the LCD panel to get the expsoure I want, when it looks like what you want, the image will turn out looking just the same! i set up fim simuation braceting whih allows you to get three sepeerate files every time you push the shutter relaase. I have mine set for Provia, Astia and Acros Monochrome with a red filter. If you need help setting this up, just call me and I will walk you through the procedure to et it up, turst me its worth it! (606)-528-6119

      Shoot me an email at billfortneyphoto@gmail.com and I will send you a copy of my eBook on Fujifilm X series cameras, some of the info will help you, though it is not specific to the X100V.

      When you have 20 or 30 minutes call me and I will walk you through the most important basic setting. you will not only get used to this camera, but love it!

  4. Jerry Reece says:


    May I asked for a few more suggestions. You take, if I remembe, your jpgs into Lightroom for some editing. I am interested in some of the jpg settings other than what you mentioned above for the in camera settings.

    Do you leave, dynamic range, color chrome, color chrome blue, grain effect, noise reduction, color, highlight tone, shadow tone all at 0 or normal? Or do you have some favorite starter adjustments for these items.

    If you must exposure bracket I assume that you just choose the film simulation that you judge most appropriate for that setting. Or I guess you could just do three sets of exposure bracketing the more I think about it.

    Being lazy, hoping for your thoughts to get me a head start and a little short cut on my journey into jpg.

    Hope you have a great trip to the Dakotas this month. With my health, I am still sheltering in place for a while longer. Do wish that I was going.

    • admin says:

      i leave all those set to 0

      I braket film simulations, usually Provia, Astia (sometimes Velvia) and Acros with a red filter.

      We will miss you!!!!

      • Jerry Reece says:

        Thanks, my friend.

        Noting that there were a lot of film simulations recipes thought that I should double check. Looks like most of those recipes are designed to emulate old film types more that just enhance the image. What initially prompted a lot of my questions was the fact that when I bring RAW images into Photoshop, I notice that I rather frequently need to lighten shadows and reduce highlights a bit. Do find that also with your jpgs? Maybe the light is just harsh here in Texas!

        I remembered from the workshops that you bracketed three simulations. Somehow I had in my mind that it was Provia, Velvia and Arcos+R. Thanks, for clearing up my mind on the triad. In the film days I also thought, for landscape, that Velvia was too highly saturated. I did like Astia for people out doors.

        When the rainy weather improves, I shall go out in the countryside and take a run at jpg SOOC starting with your guidance.


        • admin says:

          Your memorey is good and those are the ones I use on my X-H1s, but in the X100V I prefer Astia to Velvia in most situations. Astia is lower contrast and it looks beautiful coming out of the X100V.

  5. Jerry Reece says:

    Thanks, for the update.


  6. admin says:

    No problem!

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