After switching from my trusty Canon DLSRs to the mirrorless Fujifilm X series cameras I was pretty chuffed. I'd settled with the XT1 as my main body and kept a well used XE1 in my bag as a back up body. The lens section was superb and and I did not miss my beloved L glass at all. I had not even considered picking up Fuji's first (and probably most ground breaking) X series camera, the X100. Interchangeable lenses are a integral part of the way I work and I like to switch between different pieces of glass with the same body. I could not see how this little fixed lens camera might fit into my workflow. For a while i have had my eye on the Fujnon 23mm 1.4. I have heard and seen nothing but great reviews for this lens and was sure it would be my next addition to my lens line up. However there was one slight problem with that plan, the original Fuji X100 was falling in price along with the current X100s model (with their fixed 23mm f2 lens). I thought long and hard about what I was going to do, new 23mm 1.4, new X100s or used X100. The X100s was clearly the best camera on paper with its better resolution, auto focus, speed etc.. but the final firmware update to the X100 narrowed the gap between the two cameras considerably. I ended up with two web pages open on my iMac, the mouse hovered over the "add to basket" on the Wex Uk website for the 23mm 1.4. The other page was eBay, a X100 Limited edition in Black had just been listed in mint condition. I genuinely had no idea what to do, but the mouse went to the eBay page and clicked 'buy it now'.
Since the X100 arrived I have taken it pretty much every where I go. It's primarily my personal camera but it has a place at weddings too. It can now be seen hooked to my belt at every wedding I shoot. It has its its pro's and cons compared to its bigger, newer brother XT1.
It's small - Just about fits into a jacket pocket (without the hood)
Image quality - Stunning for a 'point and shoot' i would have no problem providing images to wedding clients
Quiet - In real word shooting the shutter is practically silent.
OVF - the optical viewfinder is simply great fun. I wouldn't trust it for crucial moments but it's amazing to use.
Sharp - The 23mm f2 fixed lens is very nice ( although a little soft at f2)
Auto focus - Focusing when using the EVF or the real LCD is quick and accurate. (with the latest firmware) but behind the XT1 as expected.
Jpegs - I'm not a jpeg shooter but the jpegs that come out of the X100 are very nice as well as being very versatile in post processing.
Buffer - Don't even bother using the optional 3fps of 5fps. The buffer fills up too quick and the camera locks when buffering until the short series writes to the card.
EVF - Lags compared to the later fuji models. the XT1 is a word apart. It is still very usable though.
Menu - The menu system is clunky and not the best to navigate especially compared the current fuji line up. Seasoned canon shooters will stare at in disbelief!
Battery life - A problem with all Fuji's so extra batteries a must
In summary then, is the Fuji X100 they best camera I've ever owned?.... No, that honour goes to the XT1. But if you asked which camera I'd take to a desert island with me, the X100 would win hands down. :)