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:
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.