Fuji X-T1 – An exciting new beginning

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Equipment | 2 comments

Fuji X-T1 – An exciting new beginning

April 2015 a friend of mine was thinking about selling his Fuji X-Pro1, I was interested because I was after something small and light to carry with me to work and other places.  I wanted something for those times when I saw something interesting that the camera phone (handy as it is) would not do justice.  Unfortunately my friend decided to not to sell but he did allow me to have a play with the camera, this short 2 hour experience had me hooked, the Fuji camera was just so intuitive and easy to use.

Graham by Tony White X-Pro1 ISO 1000 35mm 1/60sec @ F/2.8

Graham by Tony White X-Pro1 ISO 1000 35mm 1/60sec @ F/2.8

After some research my choice came down to the Fuji X-T1 and the Fuji X-T10 camera models. After much deliberation I decided to go into CameraPro in the city and have some hands on time with the Fuji X-T1.  The Fuji X-T10 was due to be released in another week or so but I was keen to check out the Fuji X-T1.  There was something about the size and feel of this camera in the hand that I found exciting.  The fact that there are dials for controlling Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO made it so easy to use.  I was sold, even though the Fuji X-T10 would be cheaper the X-T1 has features that make it a better choice for me.

Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 35mm F/1.4 Lens

Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon 35mm F/1.4 Lens

The main reason I chose the Fuji X-T1 over the X-T10 was that is has Weather Sealing, meaning it will stand up to more adverse weather conditions.  It has an ISO dial which means I do not have to look it up via the menu.  And of course the fact that it was available then and there was another reason that made this camera the winner.  I only purchased a single lens at the time, the Fujinon Lens XF35mmF1.4 R (equivalent to a 50mm in old 35mm terms).  The weight of the camera and lens combined is 627grams, my Canon 7D body alone weighs 820grams, so carrying this barely noticeable.  Since then I have carried the camera with me most places, lunches, dinners concerts and family events.

Stibbs #2 by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 200, 35mm F/2.8 @ 1/950sec

Stibbs #2 by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 200, 35mm F/2.8 @ 1/950sec

The above image was captured just before a concert at the Brisbane Power House.

Private Dining by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 320, 35mm F/3.2 @ 1/60sec

Private Dining by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 320, 35mm F/3.2 @ 1/60sec

The above image was captured whilst having lunch at SONO Japanese Restaurant.

Lunch by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 3200, 35mm F/2.8 @ 1/60sec

Lunch by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 3200, 35mm F/2.8 @ 1/60sec

Another image from Lunch at SONO Japanese Restaurant.

The Joinery by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 200, 35mm F/11 @ 1/150sec

The Joinery by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 200, 35mm F/11 @ 1/150sec

An image captured on the way to work in West End.

Storm Brewing by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 200, 35mm F/11 @ 1/250sec

Storm Brewing by Tony White Fuji X-T1 ISO 200, 35mm F/11 @ 1/250sec

This image is from a recent trip to 1770, we took a day trip out to Lady Musgrave Island for the day.

So what else do I love about the Fuji X-T1?  Whilst there are other small camera systems out there, the Fuji cameras have an amazing noise handling at high ISO’s. The sensors use a different technology to any other camera on the market and the noise at 6400 ISO is minimal and easily removable in post processing.  As with most mirrorless cameras the Fuji X-T1 uses an electronic view finder, so effectively you are looking at a LCD screen.  The view finder on the Fuji X-T1 is extremely responsive, Fuji claim it is the World’s fastest with a lag time of just 0.005 seconds.  On some cameras I have used the viewfinder lag is quite noticeable but the Fuji X-T1 is definitely not noticeable.  Fuji are great at adding features to the cameras through firmware updates.  Since I purchased the X-T1 there have been at least 3 firmware updates adding new features and improving the performance of the camera in various ways.  There is another update rumored to be released in a few days time.  I really like the fact that Fuji are not just fixing bugs in the camera but actually improving it.  This is one of the reasons that I have decided to sell or my Canon equipment and use Fuji.  To be Continued….

 

Tony White is an Australian based photographer with 15 years experience. A regular contributor to international competitions, Tony has been awarded honours from the Australian Photographic Society as well as International bodies.  Tony enjoys the technical as well as creative side of photography and has a great passion to share his knowledge and experience.  Tony helped to launch OzLight Photo Adventures (www.ozlightphoto.com) providing courses and practical workshops in all aspects of photography.

2 Comments

  1. Have you used it for nature photography? How fast is single shot auutofocus? How good is continuous autofocus? Do you miss custom shooting modes?

    • Hi Rodney,

      I have not had a chance as yet to use it for Nature photography yet (assuming we are talking wildlife etc more than landscape). Having had only the 1 lens did restrict me by having to zoom with my feet to get closer to subjects.
      I have seen work by a number of photographers who do shoot wildlife and sports photography, and the photos they captured have impressed me enough to know that I should have no problems in the action and nature photography I do.
      Here are some sample works from photographers of a few different genres using the Fuji X-T1 shortly after the 4.00 firmware was released last year – http://www.fujifilm-xt1v4.com/
      Note I am planning to explore using the Fuji system for various types of photographer over the coming months, so please stay tuned for more blog posts on the Fuji X-T1 and its successor the Fuji X-T2.

      Cheers
      Tony

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