Today I just wanted to touch on something about the Fuji X-T1 that I’ve had for the past 3 months.
Ok so to kick off…why did I get it?
Well there’s a few reasons for that and some of them might sound a little WHAT?!?!? to you but remember cameras are a personal thing and what may be suitable for one may not be suitable for another; again for a whole host of reasons.
In short I love my Canon 5D Mk III; the sharpness, speed of AF, colours…the whole nine yards,I love it. HOWEVER what I don’t love (and this goes for all DSLR’s) is the portability…especially when hooked up to the 70-200mm f/2.8 is II.
So I was looking for a camera that could potentially fit in with the kind of work I do AND be great for travel; a big ask I know but I had to find out.
Anyway the long and short of it and after speaking with lots of friends who own one I ended up buying the Fuji X-T1 along with the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm lenses and a couple of other odds n’ sods. I loved…and still do!
The picture quality is great, I love having controls for such things as exposure compensation, shutter speeds etc all as dials, the retro look and of course the size and weight. Also things I never even considered would be useful and have grown to love is the tilt screen and the EVF (electronic view finder); sure folks love it or hate it but I for one love the EVF and ability to see on display exactly what the exposure will be is a dream.
Travelling with the XT-1 on a recent UK holiday in Devon was wonderful and in fact kick started me into taking a few landscape shots; something I’ve just not been that interested in before but here’s the crazy thing…it’s the EVF / Display that motivated me to give it a try.
So is the X-T1 the replacement for ALL I do?
Now I’m going to be writing a more through blog about this at some point and will back it up with more images BUT the long and short of it is…NO and the reason is all in the detail; oh and the inability to tether to my MacBook Pro too but that’s another story.
Those of you who have followed my work for some time will know that I do a lot of compositing work in Photoshop where as much detail as possible in the file is very important to me and it’s for this reason I feel the X-T1 won’t be my total replacement.
In an earlier post I said that the details from the X-T1 was impressive however without back-tracking, after a few months of use I’m finding it’s where there is a lot of detail that the Fuji drops short (in my opinion)
Taken at f/8.0 , iso 200 the result appears almost painterly where the high detail areas seem to lack detail / sharpness
As it stands at the moment this is the main reason I can’t use the X-T1 for my compositing work and so will be sticking with the Canon 5D Mk III.
It doesn’t stop there though as I’m still on the hunt for my ultimate camera that has all that I like about the XT-1 (mirror-less, size, weight, tilt screen, EVF) plus what I love about the Canon 5D Mk III (details and sharpness) and there’s one in particular I’m looking at right now so I’ll keep you posted.
I totally LOVE the Fuji X-T1 and I know this will sound weird but I can think of no other way to explain it but … I feel it delivers 100% as a camera for Photography but not for Photoshop.
Anyway I’ll leave it there for now but will definitely keep you posted as to what (if any) does end up being my ULTIMATE camera. Maybe we’re not at a stage technology wise where this would be possible but hey..who knows 😉
Have a good one and I’ll catch you next time,