As the release date for the Fujifilm X100F nears, I thought it would be nice to share a small, and rather random, selection of images I took at a recent wedding with the camera.

As I’ve moved through the beta process with this camera, I’ve come to realise that it will be the perfect companion for my X-Pro2s for my core wedding work.

I have used the camera sparingly as it is still, technically a pre-production unit.  For the last wedding, it just sat in my jacket pocket and I pulled it out when I really wanted to get in very close and have little to any impact on the scene.

I’m not the type of photographer who shoots 100 frames of the same thing.  I feel that as soon as I’m noticed, I’ve affected the moment and to that end, I prefer to be as discreet as possible ~ blend in, raise the camera very quickly, shoot and then leave the scene.

As I mentioned in my X100F Review, the camera is perfect for this as I can even shoot with just one hand.

In the past, I’ve shot about five or six full weddings on just X100S’s or X100T’s.  I know that the time will come this season when the perfect wedding will present itself to shoot entirely on my Fujifilm X100Fs….and I can’t wait for that really.

So a quick post, and a quick selection of images from last weekends wedding.

As ever, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

And for those of you who are receiving your new Fujifilm X100Fs over the next few days….enjoy!

By the way – I’m sharing lots of images also on my Instagram Account.

And also, by the way, if you happen to be in Switzerland in May, I’m doing a workshop with Fujifilm Switzerland.
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 2,500
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 2,000
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 1,000
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2.8, ISO 1,600
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2.8, ISO 2,000
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 2,500
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 5,000
fujifilm x100f weddingsFujifilm X100F: 1/125th at f/2, ISO 1,600

  • Paul Vincent

    Beautiful as always Kevin. Any reason for shooting colour on this one?

    • Thanks Paul. I often shoot in colour, especially when colour is the main feature of the image. I guess my average is around 70% monochrome and 30% colour for a wedding.

  • Shane

    Hello Kevin,
    As usual, just lovely shots that capture the moment. I note that most settings were at 1/125th @ F2 with various ISO settings. Did you have the ISO set to Auto?

    Thank you,

    Shane

    • Thanks, Shane. I shoot AISO almost all the time at weddings.

  • Nao

    Kevin, thanks for your brilliant photos! I am Nao from Japan. I’ve been using X100T for almost 2 years to take my family (mainly 4 year-old kid) photo. Let me ask one question. How’s AF of X100F in a low light condition? Is it faster enough? My X100T’s focus goes back and forth… and I sometimes feel it very stressful. (However, I still
    love my X100T!)

    • Hi Nao,

      Thanks for the message. I think the X100F is a lot better than the T – BUT, that said, I didn’t particularly have that many issues with the T. Do you use the AFL button on the back to lock the focus? I find that helps. Additionally, zone focusing with the OVF in really low light eliminates the need for AF all together.

    • Nao

      Thanks for the tips. I will try that! Nao

  • Mick Howe

    Hi Kevin, great images as always, I’ve noticed for a while now that you seem to treat colour images as you would if you were shooting in b/w, dose this make for easier conversion to b/w if you only shot colour.I know you shoot Raw/Jpeg, and if the Jpeg is good enough you use that instead of the raw, so really what I’m asking is if you shot in colour jpeg with in camera presets would that jpeg also convert to b/w or would you just use the raw file.

    Cheers Mick

    • Hi Mick,

      That’s a really good question. For the most part, I don’t believe JPEG colour images can be converted *well* to black and white after. Well, put it this way, I don’t think *I* can do it well. Others do. I personally would rather use JPEGs straight out of the camera which are monochromes, or RAWs and convert in post. Colour JPEGs for me, stay in colour.

      But you are right in that I apply the same stylistic edits to my colours as my black and whites. One of the things I brand myself to my clients with is the idea of creating “filmic” imagages, and to that end I like deep shadows, grain etc.

  • Fantastic colours. Nice to see some colour work.

    Would love to come on one of your courses but I just seem to miss your London and Europe dates through work.

    Hope to see you hold a course in Stockholm sometime. Happy to help with locations and promotion if you fancy it sometime. Just reach out to me!

  • Jim

    Great as always. What determines if you can shoot a whole with just an X100X camera?

    • Venues mostly. If it’s large, then I’ll need my 56mm. Also location. I often shoot my destination weddings just with X100s as the light is almost always excellent (even in the evening) and I can just go with hand luggage.

  • Hello Kevin, my question is this … what the X100F can do, that the X100T does not … I do not speak of more 8MB … I speak of the final result … quality of photography, and forget that the Fuji gave him the camera … the truth only the truth … cheers

    • Hi Fernando – have you read the review I did last month? If you had, then you will see that there is a lot that the X100F does that the X100T doesn’t.

      You’ll hopefully also have read about the 150+ hours I put into the camera as a tester. You perhaps will understand how fucked off I get when people assume that “Fuji gave me a camera”. I spent many many hours testing the camera, reporting back to Tokyo so people like YOU might get a better camera at the end of the procedure.

      I would never simply say “good things because I got given a camera”. I put a lot of time and effort into this site, because I believe in passing on experience and knowledge. I don’t do it for the benefit of Fujifilm and whilst I work closely with them (for your benefit), the most important people to me and my business are my clients.

      So next time you ask for the “truth” – take time to look a little deeper……if you did, you read the negative things I had to say about the camera as well as the possitive.

      Oh, and if you want, I can dig out the reciepts for the two X-Pro2’s I bought last year, and the X100T I bought, and the X-E2 I bought, and the XT1s I bought….and all the lenses too, such as the 35mm F2 which I reviewed recently (and bought).

      Many Thanks

      Kevin

  • Andrey

    Hi Kevin!
    Thanks for your exelent photos!
    Which simulators films you used and what the camera settings?
    Thank you,
    Andrey

    • Hi Andrey – these are Classic Chrome via the LR Film Profiles. I’ll do a proper settings video soon.

  • Neale

    Without wishing to fuel fires, I’d like to add something in here as someone who has watched Kevin develop, test and frankly grow with these cameras. I’ve had the good fortune to film him too using and testing two camera models. I know most folk don’t realise Kevin that you were a very early adopter of the Fuji system, not because you were chasing ambassadorial privileges, kit or foreign travel, but because you truly TRULY saw and most importantly felt how this ‘box’ could change the way you photographed. You’ve always maintained an integrity during the process and as you say, invested plenty of your own money in the systems. See, the problem is, that there are photographers who chase the A tag because they wish to kit collect or their ego is fed by these titles. But then there are photographers who have earned their colours and the due respect of manufacturers because they have adopted and believed in something in an altruistic sense. Your selfless and true love of these cameras is often confused by folk, for the work/actions of someone who is only interested in profile – and that’s a shame. Keep writing about Fuji, keep educating and keep embracing those that have respect for your work Kevin. Oh and by the way, the colour work looks strong here; rich and bold. Love it.

  • Monti

    Great work as always. Love the color set and was wondering if you can share how you get such deep colors. I know you mentioned your little post processing secret with split toning BW jpegs. Do you do any consistent post processing for color photos? Sounds crazy but your colors look warm and cool at the same time, love it!

    • Hi Monti,

      These are Classic Chrome with a little warmth and contrast adjustment. Because my X100F is a pre-production, they are actually processed from RAW via LightRoom using the CC profile there.

  • Matt

    Hi.

    I can understand that the official “X-Photographer” credentials raise a little suspicion regading the honesty of the statements. But in all the reviews I read or saw from X-Photographers (not only Kevin, but also Zack Arias, Palle Schultz, Jonas Rask and many others), I never had the impression that Fuji “edited” their statements in any way or that flaws are negated. Quite the opposite, some reviews were more critical than postings from non-X-Photographers.

    I think that a good way, since no product is perfect and suitable for everybodys needs. Stating that any camera is “perfect” would be highly incredible.

    That’s a good opportunity to thank you, Kevin, and the other X-Photographers for their efforts and opinions.

    Best regards
    Matt

    • Thanks for the reply (and support Matt). It’s worth mentioning, though, that being an X-Photographer is not a route to “free stuff” – and it’s only the community, and often jealous elements of it, that believe that.

      Fujifilm are (rightly) proud of their X-Photographer scheme, and one thing they are constantly reminding us is that we are simply “noted-users” of the camera. We are not obliged in any way and I think integrity is of paramount importance to all X-Photographers worth their salt.

      Being an X-Photographer demands work and commitment and anybody to aspires to be one, should be aware of that.

  • Hi Kevin,
    I seem to have the impression that I have to bump up my shutter speed a bit on the X-pro2 and XT-2 to avoid motion blur. I usually shoot around 1/250th and go down to 1/125th when I have to which is about a stop more than I had to when i used my dslrs. Have you noticed this too, and does the leaf shutter on the x100(f) make a difference in this?
    Cheers!
    Simon

    • Simon – this may simply be down the fact the camera is smaller and lighter and you are more used the other shutter buttons. I have my min SS set to 1/125. You might find a shutter release button helps as you can simply roll your finger over the top which will introduce less camera shake.

  • Nice wedding – Pictures (as alweays)! These lovely Colors : )
    Did many weddings with x100T, now x100F. For me there are not many advantages to the predecessor. Maybe the next weddings will give me confirmation for the purchase of the new camera.
    Thanks for your work.
    Andy

  • Hey mate, do you reckon this wold be good for a 3rd body / back up camera? Going to sell my canon gear and get a second xpro2. Just wanted to have a back up option and something like the XT2 would be a bit extravagant for that 🙂

    also this would be good for my 5 yr old to train on 🙂

    keep up the great work.

    • I think it would be a fine camera for that… or possibly an xt20 as you can use the other lenses then too.

      • oh yeah good shout I’ll take a look at that…

  • Nice images Kevin. I love the one with the guy juggling about 6 mobile phones! As always, your insight into all things Fuji is invaluable to those of us using their cameras professionally. One question though; you said you converted the raw files in LR to the Adobe Classic Chrome simulation; I didn’t think LR could handle the X100F files yet?

    And to those asserting Kevin says nice things to get a free camera; I know how hard Kevin works to support all of us using Fuji cameras (amateur and professional users). Fuji asking their X Photographers for input on their prototype cameras is no different to a software company asking for beta testers for their software. Can you imagine the criticism they would get if they didn’t do so?

    • Thanks for the support Steve.

      re the RAW. I used an Exif changer to change the images to -Pro2 which can then be read by LR.

  • Love your work and everything about it. You capture the moment incredibly well…and unnoticed.
    I’m curious, how do you capture the moment so well, so fast? Meaning, what settings and focus (single, zone) do you rely on to capture the moment in a flash. Things happen so quickly as I raise the camera to my eye, I often miss the moment. Do you use back button focus and recompose or move the focus point each time?

    Now im getting good at anticipating the moment but its those innocent quick moments that I want to record. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    I continue to follow your work and one day hope to participate in one of your workshops.

    Thanks
    A Canadian Photoista

    • Hi Candra,

      I’m probably no different to most other wedding photographers in this respect. I do spend a lot of time without the camera to my eye. I monitor people and situations and use my ears a lot. Understanding the cameras inside out makes me shoot quicker (BBF being imperative), but the ability to raise to the eye and shoot is just the technical element of photography. The challenge (in my opinion) is the ability to see the moment and be able to shoot it with integrity quickly and quietly.

  • Thanks so much for that informative reply. It’s exactly the response I needed and wanted to hear. I love capturing special moments and strive to do it well.

  • Kevin…as always your photos are an inspiration as well as your comments and personal thoughts regarding photography. Even though I am not a XPRO2 user but an XT2 I grab the opportunity to comment :why there isn’t a Fn function for the metering modes (spot, center weight, multi,…)? Or if they are…I have not been able to identify it. For me, this option via Fn is very important and useful which can provide us with more photographic assets. This comment comes out from “using” the camera as you might gather…watching the scene and thinking about change. Your opinion will be very welcome and helpful. Last but not least….pity the Street workshop in Laussane is full!
    Enrique

    • Hi Enrique – thanks for your kind words. On the X-Pro2 and the X100F you can assign metering to a fn button. The XT2 of course has a physical collar for metering and any of the buttons that are physical, can’t be assigned to a fn button. I have to admint, I prefer the metering collar on the XT2 and would kind of like similar on the X-Pro range…..but for now, the fn button it is.

  • Gene

    Kevin,
    I have really come to appreciate all that you have brought to the Fuji-X community. There have been a lot of valuable lessons from all the Fuji X photogs and especially this blog and your open sharing of your techniques. Your time and insights are greatly appreciated. Keep this coming. If I lived on the other side of the pond I would love to attend one of your workshops but if you ever get to the Seattle, WA area….I’ll be there!

    • Gene

      BTW…received my X100F yesterday. Works great as a backup to my XPRO2.

    • Thank you Gene – that’s really kind and I appreciate you taking time out to comment.

  • Christopher

    Kevin, since you are using both the Xpro2’s and an x100 Series camera most of the time I was wondering about how often you are using the OVF’s percentage wise. Are you using the EVF mostly? Thanks I always look forward to your posts.

    • I use the OVF less often these days as the EVF is so reliable, even in low light. The OVF is used when I want to shoot much quicker and normally when I’m zone focusing as I don’t need to worry about the EVF etc. I still think the camera reacts marginally quicker using the OVF. Also, in really low light I’ll use the OVF – such as dancing etc.

  • I love your dark contrasty style of shooting. I tend to expose on the bright side, but love the way you expose!

    I just switched from Canon 5D mkIII to Fuji X-T2’s for my weddings and am struggling a bit with the presets/look of my files, so would love to see more about how you process. 🙂

  • Rob

    Hey Kevin,

    I like the fact you are brave enough to shoot weddings how you want. Keep up the good work.

    Best wishes
    Rob

  • Miguel

    Hi Kevin,
    Beautiful work as usual, can you give some piece of advice ?
    I went into a church here in Lisbon and I could not get the x100f to replicate the colours like you did in those windows.
    What am I doing wrong ?
    Thank you.

    • Light plays a big part Miguel. The settings I use may not always be perfect for every situation.

      Thanks

      Kevin

  • Kevin,

    I love your work, especially the emotion you capture and how you use light and shadow to focus my eye where you want it to go. I’m curious if you do anything in LR or other programs for noise reduction. Your photos at ISO of 1000 and 2500 in this set seem relatively noise-free compared to mine.

    • Thanks. Nothing other than either in camera NR for jpegs or standard LR noise reduction. I don’t use topaz or anything like that.

  • Timmy Wheeler

    I was thinking of getting the 23mm f2, but I think I like Kevin’s idea of using an X100 as my 23mm lens. I’ve just bought an X-T1 and seeing Kevin’s videos has given me the idea to sell the X-T10 body and buy a used X100s or X100t instead. A used 23mm would cost North of £300 in anycase.
    My question to Kevin: is there a killer reason to go for the T over the S if you are on a budget?
    Regards, Timmee W

    • Not really. The T & S are fairly similar. AF is better and you get Acros etc.