Although not a huge – or particularly exciting – update, Fujifilm’s X100T addresses some of the main criticisms levelled at previous models and should appeal to fans of the company’s rangefinder cameras. Buyers should have few complaints about image quality or overall performance and usability and, for these reasons, we have listed the camera as an Editor’s Choice. As a general-purpose camera, however, it has many limitations and its high price tag will mean most buyers will be purchasing it for a particular reason. We’re not sure the built-in Wi-Fi will provide a compelling incentive for potential buyers, although it will provide the only way to geotag shots using location data from a smart device. Overall, the X100T provides improvements to both still imaging and movie performance. Equally attractive for its inconspicuousness, its re-designed viewfinder and larger, higher-resolution monitor make it a little more attractive than its predecessor. But whether that justifies the price differential is debatable………
I have fond memories of shooting with a Sigma 10-20mm and 10mm fisheye a few years ago on DSLR’s. Super wide angle lenses are great fun and sometimes it’s the things they say you shouldn’t do with a wide angle that turn out to be the most interesting and fun. I got that familiar, but at the same time forgotten tingle of excitement when I attached the Fuji 10-24mm f4 lens to the X-T1, similar to how a piece of music takes you back to a memory tucked away in the back of your mind. A super wide angle lens is an epic way to see the world! In full frame speak, this would be a 15-36mm, so it can be a decent documentary lens, especially in tight spaces. It could be used for street photography too, but it’s a bit too big compared to the 23mm f1.4 or 18mm f2. But if landscape or architecture work is your thing, then this is the lens for you. I haven’t managed to get anywhere near the sea since having the 10-24mm, but I’m sure it would produce epic seascapes………
The Fujifilm X100 camera range is a force to be reckoned with. We personally believe (although we have no tangible proof to back up our claim) that Fujifilm’s recent success in the photographic market started with the introduction of the innovative X100. It was first released to the public early 2011 alongside the now aging XPRO1. Now three iterations down the track, all the kinks have been ironed out and the X100T is the reigning king. Last week Wednesday the camera was released in New Zealand and we were lucky to be one of the first to get our hands on one. Since its arrival, it has been glued to our hip. No matter where we went or what we were doing, it was hanging by our side. A popular saying amongst photographers, ‘the best camera is the one with you’, well our X100T went and will continue to go everywhere we do. Although this is the first time we have punished an X100 series camera, we do have extensive experience with the rest of the X series range to draw upon (XM1, XPRO1 and XT1, all mated with the Fujinon prime lens range)……..
The X100T is a stunning camera that is worthy successor to the superb X100 / X100S. The results it produces are top draw and I am very impressed with the performance over the past three days. The main drawback is the camera is so new there is no RAW converter for Adobe Lightroom available yet, but that will come very soon and the JPEG files are excellent. On the plus side the camera is compatible with the batteries and WCL and TCL conversion lenses that I have for the X100, so I wouldn’t need to replace any of the accessories that I already own. Would I buy a X100T? I rejected the X100S because the improvements were not big enough to justify the upgrade costs, but the X100T has taken the next step that will be hard to ignore. I will have to think long and hard about this because I still love using my original X100 but, for me, the X100T is the ultimate premium fixed lens camera on the market today! ……
So at the end of last month I was lucky enough to have Fujifilm send me a Fuji X-T1, an XF14mm 2.8 R and a XF35mm 1.4 R to take with me as I travelled the country on a crazy schedule for some editorial assignments, which saw me take in Scarborough, York, and then to the coast of North Wales, Snowdonia and then back to London – working for four clients, all in the space of 8 days. While I can’t release any of the images I shot for clients yet, I did have a little bit of free time to grab some shots to put up here. First off, Fujifilm and the people they have working for them are incredible. They went the extra mile to make sure I got the camera in time to fit in with my mental schedule, nothing was too much trouble – an altogether uncommon experience nowadays! …..
Six months ago I bought the ultra wide XF10-24mm f4 Fujinon (15-36mm equivalent), the sixth lens in my Fuji line up. I have always had an ultra wide angle lens in my photographic arsenal and while the Fujinon 14mm f2.8 (21mm) is an excellent wide angle lens, there were times when I missed the extra field of view offered by my old full frame 17-35mm f2.8 Nikon. So I decided to add the newly launched Fujinon wide angle zoom to my inventory in May of this year. The zoom range of 10mm to 24mm is very flexible making this lens a good all rounder…..
I am sorry, but gear does matter. Especially if you are a Pro. Nikon owners talk about the Holy Trinity. In my brief experience with a D800, I used all 3 lenses. They are, after all, the basis of the standard kit for a working photographer. Most of what we are asked to shoot will involve using one or more of them. The 14-24/2.8 was stellar, a genuine match for the camera’s humongous sensor. The 70-200/2.8 VRII was very good, apart from the fact that it vignetted badly at f10 at 200mm, and the 24-70/ 2.8 is best not discussed. The 5 different versions I tried were all mushy in the corners at any focal length and any aperture. Until now Fujifilm really haven’t had a Holy Trinity of their own. When they first introduced the X-Pro 1 it came with the classic 3 prime lenses; a 28, 50 and 90mm equivalent. It was a brave move and one which had a lot of people scratching their heads. WTF? However for a camera which was, in effect, going up against the Leica rangefinder gestalt, it was in my opinion, a logical move. Fujifilm have continued to round out the lens range with primes, and zooms have come later……..
At the time of writing the 50-140 is just around the corner, and the 90f2 will be here next year some time. The 55-200, still deserves respect. This lens is sharp, light, cheap, fits into the light-weight portable fuji mentality as best a zoom of this nature can. The image stabilization is incredible, tripod-like. I have to really think about what I use this lens for. Generally I use it for shots where people aren’t moving much. Maybe they are walking, but mostly they are stood still. With its great compression you can isolate a bride in a busy room. The 55-200 focus is plenty fast enough to focus on people walking, it wont catch kids running, but I dont think any Fuji lens will. What shocks me is the image stabilization. It is truly incredible. I have been used to the Nikon 70-200 2.8 vr ii. The image stabilization on the Nikon is mild at best. On the Fuji its like its saying “let me take care of that for you” and it just freezes completely. Quite incredible…….
I have a girlfriend for past couple years. Man,I got lucky and she’s quite amazing. I mean, of course sometimes she pisses me off. Sometimes I piss her off totally. Sometimes I’m acting like an asshole and have all these bizarre, ridiculously high requirements. But you know, we love each other, we know each other pretty good, sometimes we fight hard- just like every other solid happy relationship. Earlier this year she got herself a new haircut. Went from long hair to shorter, more attractive looking haircut. Amazing. Sort of like a dating a new chick if you know what I mean. Banging a totally new smarter chick but legally and with all the advantages of a previous long term relationship. Why am I telling you this and why is this relevant? Because it’s the same story with me and the new Fujifilm X100T. “That’s a silly comparison” …..
I was also keen to get my X100S re-skinned at the same time as a matching pair so cheekily asked if I could have my X100S done as well! I went back and forth over the colours, the orange really appealed to me right away but I wasn’t really sure if I was ready for an orange camera! I initially asked for both of them to be done in the red lizard, which I think works well with the black finish of both cameras, but the red wasn’t in stock and available when I went down to Fuji HQ to have them done. However, now I’ve had them both done I’m so glad it wasn’t! In the end as you can see, I opted for and orange X-Pro1 and a dark blue lizard X100S…….