I have had the X-T1 for a while now since my first impressions went up about it, it is time to sit down and write-up a proper full review of how I’ve used it over the past few months. Over that time I’ve played with it, I’ve travelled with it and I’ve used it for professional work and shot everything that I’d normally shoot with it from casual family time to professional interior room shoots with full lighting. That all gives me a fairly broad view to judge the X-T1 on its performance as an all-rounder. This is my Fujifilm X-T1 review from the real-world as I’ve used it. Let me be honest here up front. I didn’t want to like the X-T1 right from the start. I love the Fujifilm cameras because of the look of them as much as anything else, the design of the X-Pro1 is just perfect for me, a perfect size to get hold of and use. A classic camera, minimal, but with great technology on the inside. It’s not the quickest camera around, but I don’t want or need it to be. The whole design makes you want to slow down and think about what you’re doing before pressing the shutter button. That in turn helps improve your skills as it makes you think first, that’s what made me fall in love with the Fujifilm X-Series in the first place……..
Fujifilm’s X-Series of cameras have set new standards for mirrorless camera systems. Combining a retro look and feel with cutting edge technology in an attempt to marry the old and new schools, Fuji’s latest entry, the Fujifilm X-T1 adds weather sealing, an industry leading EVF, truly outstanding lenses and pro level accessories packed in a small retro SLR package. Has the mirrorless camera finally gone pro? To be honest, the idea for the retro styled mirrorless camera really goes to Olympus with the OM-D series. I have owned and tested both the OM-D EM-5 and EM-1 and both are very well built, but Fuji came along and ate their lunch with the X-series of cameras starting with the X100, the X-Pro1, X-E1 & 2, and now the X-T1. My review will not cover the technical features of the camera. There are plenty of those already out on the web. My review will be on real-world usage of the camera both in studio, out in the field and while traveling……..
Photography is obviously important to us here at Adventure Seekers. Our content heavily relies on the talent and creativity of our contributors who all share a varied background in writing and photography and not only are our contributors based in different parts of the world, they all have different needs and their previous experience dictates what kind of cameras they currently use. Because of the nature of our goals here, travel photography is a common theme and the issues of lugging around heavy DSLR cameras and their accompanying lenses is quite cumbersome and quite honestly, a bit embarrassing. You never want to be “that guy” on your adventures and I always argue against lugging all that camera gear along with you for fear that it removes one from the experience – Girlfriends and wives only have so much patience and the fact of the matter is, I’d rather share an adventure with people I care about and live in the moment, rather than review it later and prefer to take a quick snap of the moment and tuck the camera away again, continuing on……
When I tested this camera on a specific area, live music photography, it didn’t disappointed me, and as a general purpose camera it’s perfect. Again, it’s not a camera for every type of photography, it’s a camera made for street photographers and it works well in other fields, but if you are a sport photographer for example, just look somewhere else. The look and feel is great, the dials on the top plate are handy as hell and the image quality – apart a few glitches – is amazing. DSLRs are still the king of the castle, but mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-T1 are getting very close, and if Fuji will ever make a camera with this body and a full frame sensor, they’ll definitely get the crown. But for the moment, if you are looking for a lightweight alternative to a DSLR, this camera is a killer one, and definitely worth any cent you spend on it……
The X-T1 is yet another winner camera from Fuji. Armed with the same sensor technology as previous generation X-series cameras, it adds quite a bit more to the table, with its fully weather-sealed construction, fast continuous autofocus (which actually works for capturing moving subjects), a large and beautiful electronic viewfinder, a long list of customization and ergonomic improvements, as well as brand new features never before seen on other Fuji X cameras. Thanks to the amazing lens line-up featuring such superb performers as the XF 23mm f/1.4, XF 35mm f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2, the Fuji X system has matured into one of the most attractive mirrorless systems on the market today, with the X-T1 leading the camera line-up in performance, image quality and features. It is pretty clear that Fuji has been listening to its customers and taking care of all the bugs and problems one by one. In just two years, Fuji transformed its product line from quirky to fantastic, with a total of five different camera lines, from entry level to professional……
As I write this, there are a few cameras dotting the landscape of my desk, sitting idly, waiting to be used and tested. I know their makers, their stats, and each is a fine piece of engineering in its own right. I can see the numbers written on them denoting their names, but frankly, they could be a host of other cameras in their indifference. I won’t name them, but for the most part, they’ve got about as much character as the wine I’m drinking. Actually, scratch that, the wine is developed enough to star in its own novella. Their lacking, however, has reason; like Pacific Rim cars are tools created to prop up economies of developing countries, as a rival for the moped and mule, these were produced to be tools. They are very utilitarian, function over form, and there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s another camera which I’ve just recently parted with, that’s very, very different though……
These days I use my Fuji X-series cameras almost exclusively and it was with this in mind that I took the decision to sell my Nikon 16-35mm f4 VR lens and replace it with Fuji’s new XF10-24mm lens. Both lenses are f4 and both include image stabilisation plus the angle of view on the smaller sensor is roughly the same. My first impression on opening the box was that the Fuji is quite large as an XF series lens but is still only around half the size of the Nikon lens it replaced. The lens feels well built and this is reflected in the weight but it feels ok attached to my x-pro1 and I think this is a lens that I will be using a lot. My other favourite lens is the 55-200mm and I can see myself using these two lenses for most of my general day-to-day shooting. These shots here are some of my first pictures with this lens. I’ll post a few more when I’ve given it a bit more of a work out………
First things first; this is not a technical user review. Anyone can look up facts about the nuts and bolts of this (or any) camera, therefore I’m not going to waste time with that. I’m concerned with the user experience, which happens to be unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. I’ve wanted to review the Leica M Monochrom since the second I found out it even existed. Being a B&W fanatic, the thought of using a camera that doesn’t record a shred of color info made me drool. Additionally (being a wedding photographer) the thought of an entirely b&w wedding made my little photo heart flutter with joy! I’ve thought about an entirely b&w wedding for a long time, but knew that it wasn’t a practical reality for my clients, so I asked around with some fellow photographers to see if I could come along as a “bonus feature” to someone else’s wedding. It’d be great because I’d get to play and their client would get some bonus footage. Thankfully, I was able to tag along on an adorable courthouse wedding with a sweet & chill backyard reception. I thought it fitting that this unassuming looking Leica was being used for such a low key & relaxed event…….
Most mirrorless cameras are happy being smaller, beginner-friendly, somewhat less-capable alternatives to DSLRs. But the Fujifilm X-T1 has a different goal in mind: It’s built to replace a DSLR camera entirely. Indeed, it’s hard to think of a camera that’s come closer. While there is perhaps no perfect size for any type of camera, the X-T1 feels just about right for what it can do. It’s big enough for a sizeable hand grip with textured rubber and all the knobs necessary for manual adjustments, but small enough to be more portable than a DSLR. Keep in mind that the X-T1 is closer in size to a DSLR, though. Forget about putting it in your pocket. Along with satisfying proportions, the X-T1 is built to withstand the elements with a weather-sealed body that operates down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It’ll keep out dust and sand, and shoot in the rain. Like many recent Fujifilm cameras, the X-T1 will appeal to photographers who like taking control. Almost everything is up front and easy to access. There are dials up top for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure compensation. Levers under those dials and on the front of the camera let you toggle shooting, metering, and focus modes. There are buttons all over the camera to lock focus and exposure, enable focus-assist features, and adjust the camera’s display settings. Six—six!—buttons are customizable, and the excellent Function Setting menu ensures you don’t get lost: It provides a map of each button’s setting and lets you change each function on the fly…….