… the release of the X-T1 Fuji addressed two key elements in photography. First and foremost, an extra-large EVF allows you to concentrate on composition, light and subject in a way that is not possible with the optical viewfinder (which we also like to use). You can actually see the image before you take it! Of course, the EVF is not a new idea but it is beyond my comprehension that as of today, neither Nikon nor Canon has implemented this important technology in their leading cameras. Second, access to all-important dials such as shutter speed or exposure compensation is at your fingertips. No, it is not hidden in the menus but in front of you! You can change them without dragging your eyes away from the scene. In sum, a camera doesn’t have to have every possible feature — quite the opposite. Give me the best viewfinder on the market and the manual controls at my fingertips and let me do what I love to do – see and paint with light. All the rest is just distraction……
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I have not had too much time to post about the X-T1 and even less time to play with the new 56mm, but last night I was out and took the 56mm with me and used it on my trusty X-Pro1. As always, walking anywhere in Jo’burg can feel a little dodgy at times, but Melville has quite a vibe and a very busy nightlife on Thursdays. Which made for a nice opportunity to steal some shots…..
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Somewhere along the line, I decided that the ideal everyday Fuji kit for me was either the X-E1 or X-E2, the Fujinon 18mm f/2 XF R, the Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 XF R, and the Fujinon XF 18–55 f/2.8–4 R LM OIS. I was prompted to blog about this lens after I did Google search after Google search looking for opinions and examples of real-world examples of the lens’s bokeh at 55mm. Obviously, the 60mm macro is going to have ‘better’ bokeh with it’s faster aperture and slight focal length edge, but I wanted to quantify things a little more. If I were going to travel somewhere, I would take one of the two lenses and leave the other at home, so for me it mattered–was the 18–55 good enough at 55mm to function as a portrait lens as well as being a versatile, compact, do-everything lens?….
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Beautiful as Trinidad is, it would be missing the point simply to visit and the see the ‘sights’, nothing in particular has been packaged as an attraction, not in the typical tourist sense of the word anyway. The true magic of the place is the atmosphere, the people, the laid-back lifestyle and the fantastically intriguing sample of humanity on offer…..
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Fujifilm X-T1 Verdict
The Fujifilm X-T1 is a good looking camera, if you like classic SLR styling, however with an abundance of external controls, it is a stylish mix of new and old styling. The compact size, available thanks to the mirrorless sensor and lens mount design, makes it an appealing camera, and with the ever growing choice of high quality lenses, the Fujifilm X series seems to have a winning formula on their hands. More so now that this camera introduces a weather sealed body, and an impressively large electronic viewfinder. We look forward to testing the camera fully as soon as it is available.
Fujifilm X-T1 Pros
- Weather sealed body
- Large electronic viewfinder
- Good handling
- Excellent external controls
- 8fps continuous shooting with AF
Fujifilm X-T1 Cons
- Only one weather sealed lens so far
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The Fujifilm X-E2 is very well equipped for the enthusiast photographer at whom it is targeted and, in many ways, it’s the camera we wish the X-E1 had been. Fujifilm has addressed the concerns many had with the earlier model, like the ageing 2.8in. 460,000-dot screen and the autofocus accuracy in low light. Although the newly developed AF algorithm has improved things, it hasn’t dramatically changed the lock-on speed, which remains slower than its Olympus and Panasonic CSC rivals. Once familiar with the ins and outs of the X-E2′s operation, the solid build quality, superb handling and excellent button placement add up to offer one of the best user experiences there is. Most importantly, there’s no compromise in image quality, with the standard of results and detail rendered making it an excellent substitute for a more unwieldy APS-C-format DSLR. The X-E2 is, to put it simply, a stunning camera that’s up there as one of the most attractive on the market and is an absolute pleasure to use…..
Admittedly, most cameras seem to have an X in their name these days ;-) . I further admit that I can’t see the point in owning multiple Fuji X cameras. I can see myself wanting two FF cameras to shoot events, but otherwise I’m glad I sold my X-Pro1. Cameras like that ought to be used, not sit on the shelf. Equally though, I’ve been through a period of not enjoying shooting so much with my Fuji X cameras. It’s fair to say I recognise the issue that Steve Huff described in his review of the X-E2 around image flatness, though I do not attribute it to the x-trans sensor like him, but rather to the metering/exposure defaults in the cameras. They suit some conditions but not others (notably really contrasty light) when the meter seems to go crazy (but you can still get decent exposures manually). That said, in favourable conditions the results from the x-trans sensor are stunning. I bought a X-E2 back in October last year and I was initially very impressed with the camera and its results. It was a big improvement in focus speed over the X-E1 in good light. The wifi (which I’ve rapidly come to the conclusion is an essential for new cameras) is excellent and easy to use, particularly when out and about. It had improved high ISO image quality over the X-E1 and X-Pro1. But it wasn’t so great in the mirk of dark winter (primarily because of the auto iso implementation – it was fine in manual), nor the extreme contrast when the sun emerged. In fairness, my poor photography abilities must take some of the credit, but there’s no doubt that I had some issues with image quality…….
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I won’t even try for sharpness or clarity. I won’t attempt a demonstration of anything. All I want is to paint this moment, these movements, in sequence. 133 seconds worth of brushstrokes in the soft, muted normalcy of her room.
Shot with the X-E2 and Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2R
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This camera is capable of incredible images, but like all good tools you need to master it, it won’t help you take better pictures but due to it’s size, form and specs it may just make you. You can’t fire away with this and capture something, its not great for fast moving action, you must stop, take your time and compose yourself before you take a shot, this camera will slow you down and make you work for an image. To anyone on the fence about this camera then go ahead and rent one for a weekend and see what you think, it you will either fall in love or become frustrated and whip out your phone to take shots, either way this is the beginning of a new era in camera design, form and function……
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