My Fujifilm X100F Settings

I’ve been asked a lot since the announcement for my favourite Fujifilm X100F Settings and so I thought I’d make a video overview of them.

In the video, I go through everything that I think is relevant within the Fujifilm X100F Settings menu system.

Remember, though, that these are just my settings.  You may well have very different opinions and configurations that work for you.

You can of course still read my Fuji X100F Review, and see some of my favourite personal snapshots with the X100F.

Feel free to leave any questions below, I’ll try and answer them all.

Oh, and if you fancy it, you can subscribe to my Youtube Chanel anytime 🙂

In this Fujifilm X100F Settings Video I talk about:

  • Film simulation choices
  • Creating a tone curve in the camera
  • AF modes
  • Focus Tracking
  • Back Button Focus
  • Function Button assignments

….and pretty much everything else that I need to configure my X100F right now.

There are some images shown in the video but you can check out the last few posts on this site from this site.  I still only have a prototype X100F.  In due course, I’ll get a retail one I’m sure – but it’s been great seeing all the people out there getting their hands on the new camera over the last few weeks.

I hope you are enjoying the camera as much as I enjoy using it.

Q&A:  I’m going to be doing a Q&A Video soon.  If you have any questions relating to Fuji cameras, wedding photography, business, Street Photography or …..well, anything really…..leave the questions below and I’ll collate the questions for the video.

Finally, if you are in Europe in May, and would like to attend my Workshop with Fujifilm Switzerland then check out the details here.  We still have a few spaces free.

  • Hi Kevin,

    like you, I tend to use my cameras in manual focus mode, using back-button focus for almost all of my pictures. Often I prefocus on where I think something interesting will happen and then wait for the right moment. As this may take a lot of time with many subjects, I switch the camera off in between and turn it back on when I feel the time for a picture will come, for instance when someone is about to walk into the frame. This has worked beautifully with previous X-series cameras, but it doesn’t with the X100F. The new camera always defaults to a distance setting of a little over 2m (7 ft.) when I turn it back on instead of remembering the distance it was set to before I turned it off. I sure hope this will be fixed in a future firmware update.

    Carsten

    • Hi Carsten – as mentioned in a previous comment I hadn’t even noticed that until it was pointed out to me just now. Yes, my prototype does the same. I’ve no idea why that is – though it doesn’t bother me.

  • carl gray

    Thank you Kevin ! very helpful in your explanation of the settings … sometimes my mind just freezes when i look at the rear screen,

  • David Whittly

    Hi Kevin.
    Many users are voicing annoyance that the camera resets the manual focus distance to 2m every time you turn it on or off.
    This is the first camera in the series that does this.
    Do you have any idea why?

    I personally think I will be able to live with this if my ‘F’ ever arrives, as it is often the distance I set on my X100S when shooting street.

    Thanks for making video. I will return to it when Fujifilm decide to ship to the north of Sweden. Demand seems very high.

    Regards
    David Whittley

    • Hi David,

      I hadn’t even noticed this until you mentioned it. But yes, my prototype camera does it. It doesn’t really bother me at all but does seem odd that its different to the X100T in that respect. No idea why.

      • Alex

        Found this in the x100F review by Karl Edwards, seems to explain it…

        “By now you’re all familiar with how I shoot. I use manual focus and set my focus point at the hyperfocal distance of the lens at a given aperture. This lets me shoot with confidence knowing everything from about 7 feet to infinity will be in focus. It’s a variation on the zone focus technique that Leica shooters have been using for over half a century.

        The front element of the 23mm f/2 lens moves forward and back when you focus. Previous models of the Fuji X100 would remember your focus position after a power down making it possible for the lens to collide with the lens cap when the camera is powered on. When this happened, the camera would throw an error and you’d have to remove the lens cap and restart the camera.

        To protect the AF motor, the Fuji X100F now resets the focus distance to 2 meters (or around 7 feet) whenever the camera powers down or enters sleep mode.

        The way I shoot meant that I had to keep an eye on the focus distance after the camera powers on or wakes up from sleep. It was a bit of a pain in the arse but I did it all through Havana and still came back with some decent shots so it’s not the end of the world.

        Honestly, most people are going to use this camera in autofocus mode so this will never be an issue. But I wanted to mention it because it’s different from previous X100 cameras.”

        • Yep – it definitely happens. Not sure of the reasons but I’ve yet to have it affect me in any great way.

  • Onno Zuidema

    Very instructive vid, thanks a lot! I’ll be sure to try your settings to the extent I haven’t done so yet. For my X70 I adopted already earlier your “tone curve” settings, especially for b&w, and they work a treat. Last weekend I got my X100F (yes!) and the first results are spectacular (from a technical standpoint, that is, not necessarily from a photographers POV…). This may well be the first camera that delivers pictures that to my eye do not need any post-processing and are *perfect* straight out of the box. And that includes my previous Nikon DSLR’s which I all ditched in favour of Fuji compacts. And that new Acros setting is a blast. Nothing beats these Fuji film sims. Your photographs are a source of inspiration, Kevin, many thanks!

  • Kevin, thanks very much for all of the sharing that you do! This was a great video for us new X100F nerds!

    Best, Scott

  • unconditional generosity, there is definitely a “Fuji Culture”. thank you 🙂

  • Excellent video and information as always Kevin. One question, can you comment on the impact of DR settings on raw files in Lightroom as I know this confuses a lot of people?

    • Thanks Steve. My understanding is that DR only affects RAW files on the processors that read it. For example, LR and C1 do read the DR setting but I believe Iridient doesn’t.

  • Maria Sacadura

    Hello!
    Great video. What about a video of Fuji XT20? 🙂

  • Peter

    Hi Kevin! After watching your video, I have two questions about your focus/recompose/BBF technique.
    In AF-C mode, doesn’t the camera focus again when you recompose, so your original subject is out of focus by the time you fully depress the shutter?
    And since you are using spot metering most of the time and your AF-L Button is set to focus only (not AF+AE), how does this work with recomposing? Do you lock the exposure as well before recomposing so it doesn’t expose for the wrong part of the frame?
    Thanks and best regards,
    Peter (sorry for my bad english, i hope you understand what i mean)

    • Hi Peter,

      In AF-C you can’t focus and recompose – you need to have the focus areas over the subject you are trying to track.

      Yup, I lock the exposure either using the AEL button or more often by half depressing the shutter button to hold the exposure as I recompose.

      Thanks

      Kevin

  • Absolutely brilliant post Kevin. Thanks for sharing! I am going to try your setting for a bit and see how that works out for me. Love the teleconverter setting right at the end this is gold along with the AE-LOCK.
    On another note, still waiting on LR to release update for x100F raw files.

    • Thanks Amit & Yes, hopefully LR will be updated soon. I can only think it will be a large update (lots of new cameras/lenses for them to profile).

  • Paul

    Very concise & first class explanation of your settings. Just need to save up for the X100F now!

  • John Russell

    I do so appreciate your friendly, to-the-point explanation of this camera. Wish I could buy you lunch. 🙂 I’m hoping another publisher steps in to support a book from you!

  • jan klein

    hi kevin, thank you a lot for your video “settings on x100f. a big compliment. your video was clear, easy to understand, just a straight teaching without irrelevant talking and endless repeats.
    looking forward to more of your vidios.
    greeting from berlin jan

  • Valentin Minguez

    HI Kevin, kind man sharing his knowledge! Have two questions on this new settings:
    1) why don’t you use +4 or +3 in sharpness ?
    2) why did you changed H.L. from -1 to -2? just personal preference?
    3) you don’t use straps on the cameras even on weddings?
    BTW, great idea to assign the digital conversion to the ring!!

    As usual: Thanks a lot!

    happy snap,
    Valentin

    • Hi, Valentin – it’s entirely personal preference indeed. I typically prefer not to use straps, but at weddings, I usually have one body on a strap, another on a Spider Holster and the X100 or X70 in my jacket pocket.

  • Nao

    Hi, Kevin. Thanks for sharing your X100F setting. It gives me a lot of useful ideas!!

    Let me ask one question.
    What kind of situation do you prefer to use X-Pro2+XF23mmF2.0, rather than X100F?

    • The X100 is a much more portable camera and I take it almost everywhere with me (or the X70). The X-Pro2 is my professional system that comes with me on jobs. I rarely use it for Street or personal work.

  • Hi Kevin! About Acros film-simulation … probably I missed your words but which of the Acros settings you use or prefer: standard, Y, R or G? – Thank you!

    • I’m generally using the R filter Helmut but it’s a personal preference of course.

  • EDUARD GRECU

    Hi Kevin,
    Thank you for sharing the settings and your thoughts! Am I being dense or you cannot assign the AFL to the rear command dial on x-pro2? Otherwise, I hope you and your family are very well! All the best!

    • Thanks Eddie – and yes, you are correct that you can NOT do this on the X-Pro2. I for one would like to see this changed via a firmware update if possible.

  • have you considered self publishing an F edition to your book for amazon kindle? and if people absolutely need a paper version charge accordingly from a small press publisher. s’pose there are ownership/copright issues with original books that might prevent such a self-republishing. just a though fwiw.

    • It’s something I’m looking at. Thanks Daniel.

  • John Patterson

    Hi Kevin,

    A very clearly written post, as usual. I have one question: do the lens converters (WCL and TCL) work on the X100F or are there new converters available for this camera?

    I hope you are well, I was on your course in Birmingham in January.

    • Hi John – the old converters work fine. The new ones simply avoid the need to tell the camera in the menus that the adaptors are attached.

  • EDUARD GRECU

    Hey, Kev, it’s your fault, I’ve got one of these horrible cameras on order! Thanks again for the explicit post!

  • Jon

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for sharing your settings. I am still a bit confused how to use the back button focus on the X100F though. I put the camera on MF and use the AEL/AFL button for back button focus.
    The annoying thing is that I will always get the MF assist red lights instantly whereas doing the same thing in AFS mode red lights only appear when I use the focus ring.
    It works in AFS mode because AE/AF-lock mode is set on switch, so pushing the shutter button won’t activate the autofocus but then I have to switch off and on again to focus again.

    • The Focus Peak Highlighting (I think that’s what you are referring to), will only work when in MF mode….

  • Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for publishing your settings for the X100F. This is a good starting point.

    My X100 is arriving today, and I can’t wait to play with it and take it to our unexpected trip to Rome next week.

    Hope you are well.

    Warm regards,
    Celso

  • Andrew Mckay

    Thanks Kevin, I really enjoyed the video

    I am still confused on the highlight and shadow tone settings. From other resources I have come across it looks like the settings to emulate the s curve would be both +2 for highlights and shadows

    thanks again cheers Andrew

    • Hi Andrew – it’s totally up to you of course how you want the images to look. Lot’s of combinations for you to get the one you like.

  • Lars

    Hi Kevin!

    Thank you for a very good tour through your preferred settings!
    As a total newbie to x100, that is x100f, I will use many of your settings (but not all) in the beginning and then just take it from there. I previously own a x30, so I’m not completely new to Fujifilm.

    Q: How much of your x100s book is relevant as a source to utilize x100f?
    I guess it also contains stuff that is general photographing with a “35mm lens”.

    Best regards,
    Lars

    • Hi Lars – all of the general principles are relevant. In terms of technicalities, there is quite a difference between the 100S and the 100F but I feel the book would cover you for 70% or so….

  • Hey Kevin, just curious as to what color profile (and settings) you are using for the image at 7:35? The colors are amazing! Hoping to pick up an X100F soon, thanks!

    • Hi Kevin – that image is Velvia – straight out of camera JPEG.

  • Kevin,
    Thanks for all your great insights, and your work is stunning. I’ve shot Fuji for several years now and really love the tight-knit community and openness about sharing ideas and techniques.
    A few quick questions if I may:
    1) You use the WCL on your X100 and the 23mm 1.4 on your X-Pro. Just out of curiosity, why not just X100F with native lens and an 18 f2 on your X-Pro instead for an even smaller combo? Is it just for the sake of f1.4 and sharper lens?
    2) When a bride says she wants posed group family shots or gives you a “must have” shot list, how do you handle that conversation? Is it just “thanks but no thanks”, or do you accommodate in some way?
    3) What flash gear are you using for weddings?
    Thanks again for all your dedication to the Fuji community!
    – Mark A.

    • Hi, Mark. I use the X100F with or without the WCL. Often it just sits in my jacket pocket and I’ll use it for very close up work at drinks receptions etc. My website and branding attract the types of clients that don’t typically want staged images. I use a small LED light for focus assist when the light is very low but I don’t use Flashes or stands etc.

      Thanks

      Kevin

  • Binter Onetoush

    Thanks for the great write up. As a new owner of the X100f (upgraded from X100S), I am using your settings to start.

    One think I was trying to find out about, if any one has experience with it is Auto ISO.

    I setup my AUTO 1, 2, 3 for specific uses. I would like to just quickly select AUTO 1, or AUTO 2, or AUTO 3 from a dial, rather than having to go back into the menu system. However, the ISO dial at the top only seems to have “A”, and then uses whatever was selected in the menu’s. Any way to do this faster?

    • I don’t think you can do that specifically Binter. Sorry.

      • Binter Onetoush

        I did find out that if I set the front command dial to ISO/EV, I am able to select Auto 1, Auto 2, Auto 3 just by spining the comand dial.

        This behavior is perfect for me, as I can set ISO explicitly as well as choose one of the Auto ISO modes.

        Loving this camera!

  • Hello kevin, very good video, I would like to ask you what type of SD memory you use, I mean the speed of it, or which you recommend as minimum for this camera, thank you very much, greetings !!

    • Hi Sergio – I use Sandisk Extreme 95MBS as a minimum. When I’m buying new cards now, though, I will get UHS-II cards.

  • David Cooper

    Hi Kevin

    My X100F arrived on Thursday and I took it out yesterday to compare with my Leica X Vario.

    Setting the highlights to -2 completely washes out faces in classic chrome setting. I needed to increase to +2 to even come close to the Leica.

    The Fuji also tends to under-expose by 2/3 of a stop.

    Kind regards

    David

    • Hi David – I guess this depends a lot on what you are shooting, the light and the metering amongst other things.

  • David

    Kevin,

    Thank you so much for this post. I’m new to the fuji system and completely enamored by your work and style. I love how you shared your settings for Acros. I’ve been able to use this as a starting point and tweak the settings to match my style a little bit more.

    I have two questions that I hope you could shed some light on.

    1. Do you have a recommendation for base setup using Classic Chrome? I notice you had an article here http://f16.click/social-documentary-photography/fuji-x70-first-look.html where you reviewed the x70 and some of your color settings. Is this also what you use on the x100f?

    2. I’ve been experimenting by shooting at f8, while utilizing the hyperfocal distance in tandem, while using back button focusing if I need to switch things up quickly on the fly. That being said, I’m having serious issues trying to use spot metering… especially while shooting from the hip. How on earth can you use spot metering with the shutter release without looking through the view finder or back of the camera? Is this one of those hope for the best moments? Or are you simultaneously using back button focus and spot metering all from the hip?

    Thank you again for the insightful writing. I am constantly coming back to your blog for inspiration and I’m thrilled to be a new member of the Fujifilm community.

  • Garrett Hayes

    Hi Kevin,

    Delighted with my new 100F upgraded from a 100S. Love your settings but I notice that although I have set ISO Auto 1 setting of 200-6400 and shutter speed minimum of 1/125, I notice that the ISO does NOT auto adjust nor does the shutter speed!! I like to shoot in aperature priority : is this the issue?

  • Garrett Hayes

    Hi Kevin,
    I think that I have resolved my own question above. To use Auto ISO, I guess I should have set the ISO to AUTO on the control dial!!! As John Cleese said in an episode of Monty Python, “Special Subject: The bleeding obvious!”