New: Mastering the Fuji X100 book

In addition to the Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100, there is a new book for X100 fans called Mastering the Fuji X100 (now available for pre-order on Amazon for $19.37).

Press Release

Mastering the Fuji X100 — New from Rocky Nook

Santa Barbara, CA — February 21, 2012 — Mastering the Fuji X100 (Rocky Nook, $29.95 USD) provides the ambitious photographer with everything they need to know to operate this camera, which has become an instant classic. Readers will learn about the features and capabilities of the X100 and will discover numerous tips and tricks for how to maximize its potential. Learn how to influence dynamic range, how to optimize focus, which film simulation is best, and much more.

The Fuji X100 is a premium digital viewfinder camera that combines compact size with sophisticated technical features and uncompromising optical quality. This unique camera already enjoys cult status and is used by many photographers as their ideal travel and snapshot camera. Nonetheless, the X100 is much more than an automatic snapshot camera—it is a sophisticated photographic tool.

In a layout suitable to the camera’s attractive design, this manual presents convincing imagery that attests to the fun you will have as you begin to push the envelope of your Fuji X100.

About the Author

Michael Diechtierow is a photographer by passion and a biologist by training, having recently earned his PhD in this field. As a photographer, he is equally interested in traditional photography and cutting edge experimental techniques.

Working with the Fuji X100 got Michael so excited that he spontaneously decided to sit down and collect his insights and experience for this book. Michael is also a coauthor of The Wild Side of Photography, published by Rocky Nook.

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  • A little late if you ask me. LOL

    • Eric

      why? there are still lots of people who are just beginning to use their x100s.. is this really LOL material?

      People will still be buying this camera a couple years from now…whether it’s been replaced by a newer model or not….

      even if there are newer mirrorless cameras with better sensors… some may still prefer this camera over others that are out there for the OVF/EVF / manual controls…

      Even though I own multiple 35mm film cameras,digital slrs, and medium format film cameras…the x100 still has a time and a place for me….had it since the beginning and I am still learning the most effective ways to use it. I use it way more than my d700/d7000 combo.

      Do you own an x100?

      • I’m a major fan of Fuji but sadly, the X100’s hybrid OVF, although technically brilliant, has turned out to be a gimmick in practice.

        A lot of people who bought the X100 for the HVF are using the EVF more and more because the HVF doesn’t show the focus gradually coming in and going out which is necessary for timing, etc. and the HVF is not good enough for close-ups. Look around and you’ll find.

        The HVF not being good enough for close-ups is not exactly Fuji’s fault… it’s just the way non-TTL viewfinders are.

        But the way the HVF shows focus is not good because you need to trust the camera when it says the focus is under the box… you have no real time visual of the depth. All other advanced cameras show some depth-wise information. E.g. coincidence rangefinders, ground glass on field/view cameras, focusing screens on DSLRs, live view on mirrorless and P&S cameras. So the only ones that don’t are disposables and point and shoots with secondary optical finders.

        • Attic Dweller

          Another whiner.

          • I use cameras that a far more difficult to use than a X100 because they produce images that are worth the effort and experience 😉

        • Are you an owner and regular user of the X100, or are you opining based on something you’ve read on the internet? You seem to do a lot of that on photorumors.

          Speaking as a user, the X100 hybrid VF is useful. I use the optical VF because it has no delay and it allows me to shoot as if I was using a DSLR, but I can shoot with both eyes open and I can check the focus and focal range in-finder. Yes, there are times when I need to use EVF/display, specifically when shooting macro or when I am setting up a shallow DoF shot. If I shoot in OVF and need to check DoF appearance, it takes a fraction of a second to flick the lever. In essence, this is the whole point of a hybrid finder. It’s the best of both worlds. If you don’t get it, go buy yourself a Leica X1; you are not yet ready for an X100.

          • Troll of Bifröst

            ZDP-189: Check his flckr. He owns several cameras from the brands he come here to bash on regular basis. He owns Fuji X100, and even Pentax Q!

            Talk about an unsatisfied customer…..

          • @ZDP: Read this… it also has a link to an earlier short user review of mine:


            And what’s there to be ready for with a X100? lol… do you think it’s a difficult camera to use? If you do you have much to learn. I was only pointing out that the HVF is more gimmicky than it is practical. More details in my original short review that can be found through that link above.

            And yeah… you’ll find what I have used and haven’t used in my flickr profile. Guess what we really know is that you have yet to master web links 😉

            @Troll of Bifröst: That’s not what my gear list says lol You might want to go back to troll school or something and learn to read.

      • Chris Thomas

        Yeah. I had one used it for 6 months and sold it at the end of last year. It was a nice camera. I loved the images out of it. Not hating.

  • Doug

    now x100 owners will be happy that they launched a book on how to MASTER that crappy camera

  • Kevin

    too excited about xpro 1 to read up on x100! 🙂

    • Harold Ellis

      spoiler, last chapter cut out:


      “…so if you read until here, you probably see that there are much better cameras doing better job for less moneys, but don’t be sad. Buying such books support bad economy as it removes moneys from average people to those who know how to obtain ISBN code. And you can always eBay it together with the camera in few weeks, even write there how awesome this book is and how did it helped you master this point and shoot!”

      #aps #notrangefinder #qcissues #menotgusta

  • fred

    Excerpt from the book:

    “To adjust manual focus, turn the focus ring on the lens barrel. If at first the camera doesn’t focus, pause a moment and turn the focus ring again. If the response to turning the ring is unsatisfactory, try turning the ring faster, then slowly again. Some people find that turning the ring back and forth in both directions while cursing loudly causes the firmware to allocate more CPU resources to paying attention to the fact that you’re turning the damned focus ring.”

    • jodjac

      Fred, you are a gem. That was funny.

      • Thanks fred. I got a chuckle from that. I used to suspect the camera was voice activated. The MF was only activated upon uttering the words “MOTHER F___ER!”.

        A strange thing happened recently. The MF started working properly. When I move the ring slowly it responds quickly and accurately, with no slippage, so when I focus at 3m, go to 2m and return the ring to the start position, it’s precisely back on 3m. When I spin the ring, there’s only about 10% slippage in the round trip. It seems to manually focus faster than before too. AF-C and even AF-S are fast (enough) and precise too.

        It was improved after the first firmware update, but I can only presume it was the recent update that improved the focus system, despite the firmware release having made no mention of changes to the focus system. Thank you Admin, I only heard of the updates on .

        If people are still having trouble with the focus system, update your firmware and try again then report back to us.

        • bob2

          Thanks for the heads-up ZDP! I wasn’t going to update the firmware immediately as I’m pretty happy with the camera, but I’ll get on it ASAP.

          BTW, very funny!

        • TaoTeJared

          The most recent firmware update had nothing to do with focus – just a few really rare glitches.

          The way the focus system is set is that if you have to move focus a great deal, a hard turn will set it to move fast, and the second turn will move it towards the focus very quickly.

          Why on earth anyone things it should be something different are nit-picky – never us manual focus anyway, morons. It’s a AF camera – it was built that way and operates that way. If someone wants a MF camera, they should go buy one and stop stomping their feet because someone didn’t bow down to their desires.

          genotypewriter obviously doesn’t use a X100 – or did for more than a few minutes. It is really sad that people like that think playing with one in a shop makes them an expert. Anyone who owns one knows how much of a fool he makes himself look.

          I just passed over 50,000 images on my X100. If you learn to use it, it is a great camera.

          • fred

            “If someone wants a MF camera, they should go buy one”

            If a camera has a manual focus ring, I expect it to behave like one when I turn it. Hopefully if I keep reading the Tao Te Jared, one day I will be enlightened and realize the truth. Either that, or I will become a total douchebag.

          • I’m at 32k on my X100, had it nearly a full year as of next month, and love it. But, it’s not a camera for timid, meek, inexperienced, or for a one button-push-to-shoot type of camera. I use my X100 over my D3s now just to save my back from Vikden. But, books like this do not provide anything, one can not learn on X100 forums.

    • Chapter 1 starts off saying:

      “Congratulations on your Fujifilm X100 purchase. Although it will not let you capture any better images than a mirrorless camera with a shoe mounted optical viewfinder and audible autofocus confirmation, it is the most value-added camera to mask your lack of taste as its off-the-shelf vintage-look will impress random people who are not familiar with real cameras.”

      • bob2

        As others above have noted, are you a X100 user? Do you actually have one, or are you just parroting away? Another whiner without a clue.

        • Not everyone can use the X100.

          Whenever someone coos “Ooh what a lovely camera. I should buy one then I could take great photos like you.” I pass them the X100 and ask them to take a photo of me. You should see the photos they make. Sometimes, neither I, nor the background are in focus. They then go “That’s a s__t camera!”

          My wife, who always used to demand “my best camera” to borrow no longer wants the X100. She always takes the X10, which is much more forgiving.

          The truth is a certain level of proficiency is needed to use the X100 properly and not everyone has reached that level. I’m not necessarily saying that Geno is a muppet, but maybe he’s got a lemon or hasn’t updated his firmware. I suggest he trades it in for a X10 or maybe a GRDIV.

          The GRDIV boasts great images and is super fast to focus. I reach for my GRD III or GRD IV whenever I want to photograph challenging moving subjects, such as a recent event when children were riding bicycles towards the camera.

          • DaStar

            Exactly. The X100 is a unforgiving pain in the ass if you don’t pay enough attention. But once you get used to it and learn how and where it has focused, if it has got the exposure etc. then the images just slap you in the face with their sharpness and colors.

            I have a 5d MKII with L glass which now collects dusts and will soon be on sale as the x100 is unbeatable in regards to IQ. The OOC jpegs are so sexy. Ahhh i love the x100.

          • What’s most hilarious is you think that the X100 is a camera that’s difficult to use… lol

            I guess the dynamic scene + shallow DOF on large format stuff that I’ve been shooting lately has made me lose vital skills like charging batteries and inserting memory cards that one needs to practice so much before using a X100 😀

            All just goes to show that your experience with cameras and knowledge is limited to toys.

        • @bob2 did you even read his post? he’s talking about the book not the camera.

          BTW if that really is the opening line for chapter one, lol what a joke of a book.

  • Back to the book…

    Has anyone read it or the other book “Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm FinePix X100” by Alexander S. White?

    From what I can see on Amazon Look Inside they both look like glorified manuals. There is a chance that Diechtierow goes into more detail about focus, but I can’t tell.

    What these books should cover is what kind of photography the camera is best at and what kind will prove frustrating or challenging. They should do into detail about the DR setting, the minimum shutter speed under auto ISO, etc. It should explain how to get the most out of the finder, the trick of flicking into EVF to check DoF and focus, emphasise the advantage of prefocussing in manual focus. It should remind users of the minimum focus distance under non-macro and suggest optimum default ISO setting for auto ISO, offer suggestions for customising the function buttons, suggest the best AF mode for different kinds of shot. It should warn of the pitfalls of the EV compensation dial getting nudged, or the Drive button being hit by accident. That drive button hides some super modes that few people discuss on-line.

    Essentially, the book should be more of a guide to getting the most out of the camera and not an expansion on the manual.

  • If anyone wants to discuss this, or feels the need for some free on-line coaching on the X100, X10 (or GRD) feel free to message me at twitter.

  • expoguy

    I sold my x100, auto focus is rubbish in low light, I can’t use manual focus because it’s so unresponsive and slow. X100 is a fake rangefinder, anyone wanting to use the camera manually will be disappointed, the automatic mode is no better as well. Bottom line this is a retro looking camera with great output (when it decides to work).

    • Who told you that it’s a rangefinder or that it’s meant to be like a rangefinder?

    • Eric

      From my understanding fuji does not ever specify that its a range finder. That is the medias fault…..

      I dont think its trying to fake anybody out… Its just taking cues from some retro styling.

      I use a fuji gw690ii very often and love its rangefinder focus capabilities in low light….this does not mean though that i look at my x100 as a poser of sorts. Its a completely different kind of camera.

      And just because something doesnt do well with manual focus does not mean its not a good manual camera. U could lots of people how to turn a lens to focus it…. But not how to properly understand the delicate balance of choosing the right aperture/ shutter speed.

      There is a time and place for manual focus. Manual focus is easy to pick up but hard to master.

      It takes more to understand apeture/shutter speed/ dof/ effect of focal length on all these than to say…. Alright… Turn the ring till its in focus or…. See that dot in the center… When the two images overlap to become one the area inside the box is in focus….

      • Manual focus with the X100 isn’t rocket science. If someone doesn’t want to turn the ring twenty times, just point camera at something at distance and press AE-L/AF-L button then fine tune.Anyone who buys ¥110000 camera and sells it two weeks later cause MF is too hard for them, should just stick to their Canon Kiss/Reel and Nikon D3000’s. People expect every picture they take today to be hectically perfect; I surprised people don’t complain that new cameras do not give blowjobs during exposure.

        • expo guy

          Its true its not classified as a rangefinder, but it’s styling may fool some. And its not that manual focus is impossible with it, its just that it is slow and require you to work around things. In certain situation it does not allow for these work arounds, where precise quick capture is required (either auto or manual), this camera cannot achieve so in either mode. So it is my mistake to think that this is a professional camera, it is a stylish leisure camera toy for the knowledgeable users. It is my mistake to think that this is a responsive camera that can work under pressure.

        • expoguy

          Btw ae/af-l is rubbish in low light, I can focus quicker if not for the slow aperture ring…

  • Jack

    Taking pictures of moving subjects with the X100
    1. Set focus mode to AF-C
    2. Restrain subject from moving
    3. Compose, focus and shoot.

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