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Just Bought A Used Fuji X100...

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by tyrphoto, Oct 4, 2014.

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    I have a X100T on pre-order but came across a very lightly used X100 in mint condition with only 661 actuations on it at a great price (equivalent to $350USD).

    Since I was planning to buy the wide and tele converter lenses with the X100T, having a second body ends up being a nice option to have. Having bought it literally less than an hour ago, I haven't had a chance to upgrade to the latest firmware which should speed up AF considerably. As it is now, it's a bit pokey, especially compared to my EM1.

    Anyways, gonna snap a few today and get a feel for the camera.
  2. zeropoint

    zeropoint Mu-43 Rookie

    Jun 24, 2013
    Nagano, Japan
    Let us know what you think. I see them here in Japan for not much more than you paid - less in fact than a Oly 17mm 1.8. I've been tempted… I'd also like to hear your thoughts on how the older model holds up to the x100t when you get it.
  3. Markb

    Markb Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 9, 2011
    Kent, UK
    I'm on my second X100 (should we say "X100 classic" now?). I sold the first due to frustrations with the focus system. Not so much the speed but inconsistency. When I tried one with firmware v2 it was like a different camera. It actually hit focus on what I aimed it at! There were other improvements too. Well done, Fuji :thumbup:

    I'm sure the newer models are quicker and have more features but there's plenty of life in the original version. I like the look of the X100 files a little more than my X-E1. FWIW from the serial no. mine is just over two years old! Ancient :biggrin:
  4. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Just got home and updated to firmware v2.1 and I have to say, the camera feels pretty responsive now compared to before where it was on v1.3. AF is pretty zippy now although not quite as lightning quick as my EM1, but completely usable. Before updating the firmware, the camera felt a bit sluggish in AF performance. Not horrible but a bit laggy for sure. Much improved now.

    I was a little worried about the SAB (sticky aperture blade) which affects a number of these cameras with serial numbers starting with 12, 13 and 14. Mine starts with 13 which dates it from 3rd quarter of 2011 although mine is free of the problem.

    Didn't get to take many photos today and nothing worth posting as I was more interested in getting to know the cameras interface, which so far I'm liking quite a lot. The feel of the shutter release is very different from any of my other cameras. The half press is a bit further in and I'll probably end up getting a soft release button for this camera as well as the X100T when that arrives.

    Having and using an aperture dial is quite refreshing. The OVF is quite nice with the digital overlay of info as well as focus confirmation and automatic parallax compensating frame lines. The EVF is nowhere near the quality of my EM1's EVF, but completely usable and I see myself using both of these depending on the situation.

    So far so good. For now, first impressions are, it's the best $350 I've spent in awhile. More to come later.
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  5. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    661 shutter actuation? you got that for a steal.
  6. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Nice! Like you, I have been looking at the X100 for a while. I have been using a E-M10 w/ the O17 instead but X100 has a certain appeal of it's own. I will be interested to hearing your thoughts on the X100T when you have had a chance to use it. Congratulations on your X100 score!
  7. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Wow, I haven't seen the X100 for much under $500 anywhere in the US, I'm jealous!
  8. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    B&H is selling them at $650 for 8+ condition and I've seen them mostly in the $500~650 range on eBay.

    The one I bought was listed as excellent condition at $400 but the seller knocked it down to $350 and it turned out to be in mint shape with very little actuations.

    There was a generic UV filter on it along with the Fuji leather case, the two piece kit that completely wraps the camera. Both of these seemed to have protected the camera physically from any sort of wear or damage. However, both of these will get tossed as I'm not a fan of wraparound cases and a B+W MRC UV Clear will replace the generic.

    Anyways, I lucked out with this one and was at the right place at the right time.

  9. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    Just a quick snap of the camera with a newly purchased Artisan & Artist Silk Cord strap. Still need to get a lens hood for it but the local Fuji dealer is out of stock.

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  10. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I wouldn't dismiss the knock off hoods made by JJC and others. The look just as good and work just as well for a lot less money.
  11. Pili

    Pili Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Boulder, CO
    I bought the JJC hood for mine but never use it, makes it that much harder to tuck into a bag and the flare isn't too bad imo. The filter adapter is useful though, I keep a B&W uv (or CP) on the the front all the time. Can't beat it for 12 bucks or whatever it was.
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