Can the proverbial fly-in-the-ointment lose a sale? By now many of us are familiar with the virtues of the Fujifilm X-T1, which was released back in January of 2014. It is an APS-C size sensor endowed with Fuji’s proprietary X-Trans CMOS II matrix. After hearing so much about it, I decided to try it for myself. I compared the Fuji X-T1 to other cameras I happened to have on-hand, such as the Sony (Alpha) NEX-7, the Olympus OM-D E-M1, and the Olympus OM-D E-M10, and will occasionally make reference to them. In my experience the Fuji X-T1 with the zoom XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 handled really well, primarily because the aperture ring is on virtually every Fuji lens and the shutter speed dial is on the top deck, which means that hunting through menus is minimized and adjusting exposure is easy…….
Source: Why I loved the Fuji X-T1
The Fuji X-Series has been fantastic over the last two years and yet I’ve developed a curiosity about the ‚other side‘ having reached a tipping point; do I commit to my current Fuji system or back out and go full frame? I have my conclusion at the end. Let’s rewind. I shared this video on my first blog post on my first ever website over a year ago. 2 minutes that is worth any creative’s time. Ira Glass‘ words on ‚the gap‘: the difference between a creative’s taste – the standard they aspire to – and their own work. At the time of discovering these words I thought I understood what they were getting at. Now, two years in as a self-taught photographer, wow am I now really feeling what they were getting at…….
Es war wieder so weit! Ich wurde neulich gebeten, die schon seit längerem existierende Infrarot Version der Fujifilm X-T1 zu testen. Um ehrlich zu sein war mir gar nicht bewusst, dass diese auf dem deutschen/europäischen Markt überhaupt erhältlich ist. Deshalb war meine Überraschung erst einmal groß und mein Spieltrieb natürlich sofort geweckt Es ist etwas schade, dass diese Kamera im Fujifilm Sortiment tatsächlich untergegangen zu sein scheint. In den USA und in Japan kann man diese wohl als Privatperson gar nicht erwerben. Ich vermute vor allem bei den USA, dass es hier militärische Gründe hat. Nun gut, in Deutschland jedenfalls kann man diese frei erwerben. Aber mal der Reihe nach: Was ist so besonderes an der X-T1 IR? Die kurze Antwort ist: Ihr fehlt der Infrarot-Sperrfilter………
I was heading to Cuba to collaborate on a historical photography project. I wanted a greater connection to subjects than I’d been having with my face obscured behind my big beloved Canon dSLR. I needed a camera that could also frame subjects if held high, held low or when shooting from the hip. I wanted a lighter and smaller system for greater agility and spontaneity. Image quality had to be excellent, with great low-light performance and intuitive tactile controls. After testing three hot mirrorless cameras; The Fujifilm X-T1, the Sony A7 and the Olympus OM-D E-M10, I chose Fuji‘s X-T1…..
I personally own the Fujifilm X-T10, but I became curious recently: is the new X-Pro2 worth the upgrade, or is the X-T1 enough of an upgrade from the X-T10? I already did some tests shots on the X-Pro2 for a recent post, and it performed extremely well. But I was still curious on how the two higher-tier cameras compare. So, I borrowed the X-T1 from a friend and did some comparison tests with the X-Pro2, which was lent to me by Fujifilm. I wanted to make the tests as fair as possible so I shot almost all of them inside my studio, as the lighting and conditions don’t change. All shots were taken using same lens, the Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4…..
Back in early January I wrote about my Fuji’s. Now that some time has passed and I’ve crossed over into „Fujiland“ throwing all inhibitions to the wind- I’ve got to say- this system is really amazing. As I have mentioned many times over the years- I follow Zach regularly- and one thing in his last blog really stuck out. He mentioned how he had shot a print catalog for a clothing company and 90% of it was shot with the 56mm and the X-T1. That got my attention. I mean- yes, you can take a photo with any camera and have it printed- but knowing that he had used this on a bigger job, and knowing what the ultimate goal of those photos really was- it was really intriguing that he chose that system. While I have played and played and played- I had never taken any Fuji out on an ‚official‘ shoot. There is always that stigma. If I show up with this camera, the client I’m working with isn’t going to take me seriously. If I show up with this, their confidence is going to disappear. If I show up with this… (and on and on). Two weeks ago, I took the X-T1 (and my Canon just in case) on an engagement shoot. Not only did the clients NOT care what camera I was using, but I never pulled my Canon out once. I switched from the 35mm to the 56- and it was fantastic. Changing the aperture and seeing how it will affect the image in real time through the EVF is simply amazing. I can’t do this in-studio however- because it won’t account for the fact that you are using OCF……..
I am happily married to my Nikon gear. But there’s always room for lovers. Right? So before I tried out the Sony stuff, I’ve also found myself buying a X-Pro1 from Fuji. For about 4 months I used the Fuji for everyday snaps and of course occasional usage in portrait sessions; however, I have to say my experiences were… Let’s just say I was puzzled, and I’ll elaborate on that later. I ended up selling the X-Pro1 in mid-2015. When I eventually sold the A7 II, I decided to give Fujifilm another chance. This time with their flagship X-T1. Two months into my purchase, all I have to say is: WOW……..
A first look at the Fuji X-T1 as a adventure and landscape photographers primary camera. I started the year by switching away from my faithful Nikon D7100 for something much smaller and lighter. There was nothing wrong with the Nikon, but it was big and heavy compared to other cameras of comparable performance. With this in mind I made the decision to switch to a mirrorless system, the Fuji X-T1 in particular. I chose this model for a few reasons. Firstly it fits the small and light criteria, it’s fully weather sealed, and it has an amazing lens system available with professional quality glass. It took less than a week from looking at one through the window of London Camera Exchange to returning, cash in hand, to purchase one…….
1 year on with the Fuji XT-1 and a myriad of other FujiFilm gear. Honestly, I pondered this post today, started collating some of my favourite photos, and then realised that today is my 1 year anniversary with the FujiFilm XT-1. Spooky?! Nah. Just math. Well, I must say, it has been a fantastic 12 months using Fuji’s X-series 100%. I have traveled a fair bit of the world with my kit and put it through a heck of a lot of varied circumstances. On the streets, through weddings, in the sweat of live music, the pace of MMA, and through various nations, it’s been a fantastic journey developing as a photographer, and as a person, refining my creative path through the medium. Not only that, but my hipster factor has grown exponentially with the XT-1’s retro dials, coupled with my hair…….
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