The FujiFilm X-T1 – I’m LOVING it!!!

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 5, 2014

Category: Review

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Today I just wanted to mention about a new addition to the family … a FujiFilm X-T1 🙂

After seeing and hearing so much positive about this camera (plus a little bit of persuasion from friends) I decided to take the plunge and go for it so ended up buying the camera along with the battery grip, cable release and two lenses: 18-55mm and the 55-200mm.

I’ve only had it a few days so far and so haven’t as yet been able to compare it with everything I use my Canon 5D MKIII for however just by playing at the moment I’m VERY impressed…

As you’d expect the overall portability of this camera is fantastic; and that’s with carrying the battery grip with 2nd battery, lenses, cable release all in a ThinkTank Retrospective 5 shoulder bag ; in fact the sum total of all the kit I have for it at the moment feels lighter than my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens 🙂

Picture quality is very impressive especially when viewing the RAW files on a big screen; the level of detail is quite something…

One thing I need to do later is to photograph a field I’ve found locally that will be ideal to use in a new picture I’m working on in my Animals project. I’m very interested to see how distant objects appear compared to my Canon when shooting at around f/8 – f/11 as this is the aperture range I tend to use when taking pictures of the animals and the background elements. I’ve taken pictures with it that have objects in the distance but what I want to do next is to shoot exactly the same picture with my Canon and compare them side by side.

On that note if any of you folks reading have the Fuji AND take landscape pictures I’d love to hear your thoughts / feedback.

I’m really liking having all the main controls as dials on top of the camera and the menu system is easy to access and navigate around i.e. menu options appear to be where I’d expect them to be, everything makes sense and as for the ability to WiFi images direct to my iPhone…I’m loving it!

I’m not a landscape photographer but even so, using the built in pano stitching is fun to use, crazy fast and seems to work really well…

This is the first time I’ve used a Fuji of any kind and I’m really impressed with the build quality of the camera; it has a robust / built to last feel as do the accessories and lenses.

But anyway like I said I’ve only had the camera for a few days so haven’t put in enough mileage yet to try everything out especially as one area I want to see it perform is with lighting and also in the studio. I know one thing I won’t be able to do which is a pity is tether directly to my MacBook PRO but I guess one workaround could be using an Eye-Fi Card. I’ve never used one before so have no idea about their reliability, see of use, transfer speed etc so if any of you folks have any experience I’d love to hear.

Will the FujiFilm X-T1 replace my Canon 5D?
Well my intention when getting the Fuji was to have a camera that’s always going to be with me because guaranteed…when I don’t have my camera I ALWAYS see something or a scene that would be great to use in a picture. I also wanted a camera that’s great for travel and for days out and yeah 100% the X-T1 ticks that box and more.

But as for replacing my Canon 5D all I can say at this stage is that I can see it happening for some but not all HOWEVER having seen what his camera can do so far and how it does it I wouldn’t be surprised if the X-PRO 2 (whenever that appears) could give me a definitive answer; at the moment though I’m having A LOT of fun using this camera and taking it everywhere with me.

I’ll be sure to post more thoughts / findings over the coming weeks but for now here’s a couple of reviews; one from DigitalREV TV:

And the other being a blog post by my friend Frank Doorhof who has been using a FujiFilm X-T1 for a while now:

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Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time. Oh and if you have any thoughts / feelings / experiences with the Fuji it would be great to hear them.

Enjoy,
Glyn

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7 Comments

  1. DaveT

    Hi Glyn,

    You asked about peoples Fuji experience, well I’m afraid my experiences of using Fuji, short as they were, were not as favourable as most people I read about. I fully accept that this is due to my own preferences and in no way reflects on Fuji products in terms of quality and build.

    I had an XPro 1 for a couple of months. I initially thought that it would be the ideal camera for me (smaller, compact and a quality build), especially on trips abroad when a smaller system would be useful. But I discovered some limitations to my style of shooting that were going to limit me.

    Like you, I have a 5D MKIII, and use a number of lenses from the Canon range.

    One big limitation came in reading that the Fuji does not have a very high shutter speed limit. So when using a fast prime in bright sunshine and wanting to use something like f1.4 or F2 you would have to use a ND filter to be able to use these apertures because the shutter speed didn’t go as high as some SLR models. As I like doing people portraits when travelling, this was likely to be a limitation. The initial appeal of the wide aperture on the Fuji lenses began to wane.

    Also, I often use fill flash when shooting people especially when travelling and in harsh lighting. And, on occasions, I also like using off camera flash, again people shots mostly, but also some interior shots. Perhaps I didn’t look hard enough, but I didn’t find something that would give me the same power and flexibility that the 580 EX and STE2 trigger could give me.

    On looking hard at the types of images I shoot, I realised that I shoot quite a wide range of subjects, and that I also do a fair bit of macro and wildlife too. The AF system on the FUJi is not yet able to track fast enough, and the focusing system is not as sophisticated as the 5D MKIII. Also whilst Fuji make a macro lens I believe it doesn’t offer 1:1 magnification.

    So, on balance I came to realise that in going down the Fuji route, it was going to limit me a bit, and I would potentially be carrying around two systems. In the end I sold the Fuji gear and invested in a big prime lens.

    BTW, I did look briefly at the XT-1 but decided that, whilst it had some improvements over the XPro1 it wasn’t going to sway me enough to stay with Fuji.

    I’m sure that the Fuji system meets a lot of peoples needs, it was just unfortunate it didn’t meet mine. Like I said at the start it’s just my personal experience and shooting style that made me realise it wasn’t the system for me after all.

    Dave

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    • Glyn

      Cheers for the feedback Dave.
      It’s early days for me with the X-T1 but so far I’m really happy but as for what I end up using it in pale of the Canon 5D only time will tell. I think like I mentioned if the X-Pro 2 is as rumour would have us believe then that could make a HUGE difference.

      Catch you soon,
      Glyn

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  2. Dan

    OK, I couldn’t stump up the cash for a Fuji but funnily enough just last week I took the plunge and bought a tiny micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GM1) from DigitalRev. It’s filled the gap perfectly for all those times that I didn’t want to be lugging around my DSLR (which is a lot).

    Picture quality is great with my 20mm f/1.7 and for me and the work I do (amateur) it is perfect. In fact because of it’s size and portability it’s meant I’ve ended up getting shots I’d never have got with my DSLR. Oh, and linking my iPad/iPhone to the camera via Wifi is a dream, again yet another way I can take photos that I can’t on my ageing DSLR.

    For all DSLR shooters out there, I can’t recommend going down this route enough. This little camera is glued to my side now so that I never miss a shot again!

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  3. Steve

    Hi Glyn,
    Using an X-T1 with “kit lens 18-55” the sharpness and colour was noticeably better than anything I taken before (including the Nikon D800 with f2.8 lenses). My next purchase would be the 55-200. so would be interested how you get on with it.

    Cheers,
    Steve

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    • Glyn

      I’ll keep you posted Steve but having used for it a few shoots now I can tell you…it’s blooming marvellous 🙂

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  4. David Hodgins

    If you’re looking for landscape shooters with X-T1 experience, Bill Fortney has had a good look at one.
    http://billfortney.com/?p=10435

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  5. fuji newbie

    after reading all the positive reviews on the X-T1, i went ahead and purchased the camera along with several lenses. i was very disappointed.

    two main issues…

    1) Adobe hasn’t done a very good job at the Photoshop/Lightroom RAW conversion for this camera. results are very soft with loss of local contrast and micro-details. smears it in some cases so the image looks unnatural and painterly. this is more of an issue with Adobe more than with Fuji. Irridient RAW developer does a great job according to many blogs. but it only works on a Mac. so if you’re on a PC and your normal workflow is with Photoshop/Lightroom, then you’re in a bind until Adobe comes up with a decent version of ACR. so this is fixable with time. some say Photo Ninja and Capture One does an okay job. having said that, i must admit that the JPEGs look great on screen.

    2) no onto maybe the bigger problem – the color. JPEGs look great on screen. but something bizarre is happening with the color space when printing. i get muted colors.

    my typical workflow is to convert RAW to 16-bit Adobe RGB working space. i do my editing and then save as 16-bit Adobe RGB TIFF file. printing is done on an Epson 9900 using ImagePrint’s RIP and ICC color profile for Exhibition Fiber. comes out looking like i had not used any printer profile at all. i’ve never had this problem with my Canon or Sony cameras. but for some reason, it just can’t seem to print the rich vibrant colors of other cameras. what gives???????? anyone know? please post any suggestions you have. again, i’ve never had this problem before. my prints have always matched what i see on screen.

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