For those who don't like the X100's...

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bastibe Contributing Member • Posts: 721
For those who don't like the X100's...

...but do like compact cameras and the 35 mm (equivalent) viewpoint:

Then you are probably like me. Because I just didn't get along with the X100T. The OVF's parallax made me miss shots, the body is surprisingly chunky, but the lens too tiny to grab, and that close-up haze was a let-down. I wanted to like the camera, I really did, but it didn't work out between us.

So instead, I went two other ways, and if you're like me, maybe you'll enjoy them as much as I do:

The Ricoh GR III is not a 35 mm equivalent, but it has a crop mode that produces 16 MP 35 mm images that rival anything my X100T could produce. Not in depth of field, of course (cropped, it's equivalent to a 23 f/3.5 APS-C). But the camera is absolutely tiny, fits in pants pockets, has (weak) stabilization, is super fast to turn on and shoot, and can be used one-handed. To be fair, it completely lacks a viewfinder, autofocus is not great, and battery life mediocre. Still, I prefer my GR III over the X100T in every way. Highly recommended!

The Sony RX1 is a 35 mm f/2 full-frame fixed-lens compact camera from 2012. These days, used prices are roughly similar to X100T's or X100F's. Again, no viewfinder and a small battery. But the lens this time is a completely different beast. Physically, because it sticks out, and offers tactile control wheels for aperture and focus that I vastly prefer over the X100's tiny ring things. But optically as well, with a one-stop brighter (equivalent) aperture, and a more classy rendering, to my taste. It is a ten-year-old camera, however. There's no touch screen, autofocus is not particularly fast, and low light performance is no longer ahead of APS-C despite the larger sensor. Still, I find the camera a joy to use, and there is something about the camera and its pictures that inspires me in the way the X100T didn't.

But please don't take this as a diss on the X100 series of cameras. They are wonderful devices that can produce great pictures. They just were not for me.

 bastibe's gear list:bastibe's gear list
Ricoh GR III Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Sony RX1 Panasonic LX100 II +5 more
Fujifilm FinePix X100 Fujifilm X10 Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm X100T Leica X1 Ricoh GR III Sony RX1
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