Goodbye Fujifilm x100f, hello Ricoh Gr II

This will seem absolutely bonkers to those who read my “Love at first click” article, but it’s true: I sold my x100f and bought a used Ricoh Gr II. I know, I’m still a bit shocked myself! 😲

Truth is, ever since I got the X-Pro3 back in December 2019 the x100f was mostly left on the shelf as the X-Pro became my daily driver. The lack of Classic Negative and a tilt screen were the main reasons for that, but also because in the summer and without a jacket, the x100f wasn’t really small enough to fit in my shorts’ pockets.

I have this unspoken rule that if I have an expensive piece of gear that gets little to no use for a 6 month period, it’s time to let it go. But I knew I would miss having a smaller carry around camera, so after looking into the available options I decided to get a used Ricoh Gr II that costed me a little more than half of what I sold the x100f for.

I knew the camera was small, but I was still surprised when I received it – it’s actually smaller than my phone! I’m loving the fact that it fits into any pocket and I can use it with just one hand, which is also a big plus for my dog walks. The 28mm (FF equivalent) focal length will take some getting used to but that in itself is a fun challenge, I like forcing myself to see things from a different perspective every now and then.

I’ll probably share some more insights once I’ve used it for a few weeks, stay tuned.

New film simulation recipe for the X-pro3 / x100V

As most of you already know, I’ve been using the X-Pro3 for a few weeks now and since day one I set it to Classic Negative and haven’t changed it yet (though I did process some images in Black & White afterwards).

I’ve been getting some questions on Instagram regarding the settings I’ve been using, so I figured it was about time I’d update my “Favorite Fujifilm film simulation settings” article to reflect this.

I’ve left the previous versions of the recipe untouched because I know very few people have Classic Negative right now, although I have a feeling it should be coming soon to other X-Trans IV models like the X-T3 and X-T30.

Let me know what you think and feel free to ask any questions you may have!

So, this happened…

…I am now the proud owner of a X-pro3, the camera that nearly broke the Internet! 😁

Those who follow me on social media may recall that I was fairly critical of some of the design choices made (though nowhere near the level of insanity that rocked the once peaceful Fuji community). I couldn’t wrap my head around that flip screen, and the removal of the D-pad also seemed like a step backwards in terms of customization. So what gives? Why did I end up selling my x-pro1, x-t20 and a guitar to buy this (very) expensive quirky camera just a couple of months later?

Well, the fact is the more I read about it and analyzed my own way of shooting, the more I felt it could be a great match for my needs. If you read my x100f tribute, you know that on that camera I prefer to keep the back screen off most of the times; when I do use it, I’ve always wished it would tilt so I could shoot from the hip in a more controlled manner (instead of hoping for the best). At the same time, for the past year or so I’ve been using mostly one single color recipe and one black white recipe in order to gain some consistency in my images, but also to spend less time messing with camera settings and focus more on what’s actually happening around me.

So, once the dust settled and the initial shock wore off, I realized the x-pro3’s more controversial design changes – hidden screen and no d-pad – were actually what I’ve been asking all along for the x100f! I’ve only been using it for a couple of days but I can already tell the ergonomics are brilliant, once you’ve customized the buttons to your needs. There’s also a ton of new software features that are godsent to jpg shooters like me – for example, you can now save a white balance shift on each custom setting! This is a total game changer for fans of in-camera film simulation settings.

That being said, one thing the x-pro3 is not is an “all-purpose” camera. The x-pro line has always been target at a very specific audience, if anything the new hardware changes only made that audience narrower. There are much better options in Fuji’s lineup for people looking for an all-around camera, or for those who prefer to shoot with the lcd screen and change settings often. But if you’re into street or documentary photography and have that “set it and forget it” mentality, I’d argue this is the best camera out there right now (at least without going into Leica territory).

Below are some of the first snaps I took with the x-pro3, all straight out of camera jpgs with the new Classic Negative film simulation. I’m still messing around with this new simulation but I’ll probably have to update my favorite film simulation settings soon! 😉

Updated my favorite Fujifilm film simulation settings (again)

It’s that time of year again! It’s been almost 10 months since I’ve updated my favorite film simulation settings page, but in the last few months I’ve been using slightly different settings so I figured a new update is in order. I did some very minor tweaks to my color settings, but also added a specific recipe for X-trans I sensors and some comments on my post-processing workflow (yes, I still do P.P. even though I shoot mostly in jpg)! You can read all about it here.