Fuji X-T1 on the streets

Fuji X-T1 - Playing in the Park
Fuji X-T1 – Playing in the Park

I drank the Kool-Aid and bought a Fuji X-T1. Damn you RC Concepcion and Zack Arias.

Let’s step back, this wasn’t a momentary lapse of reason (or GAS, gear acquisition syndrome). I’ve been looking for a smaller system to replace my Canon 5D Mark III for some time. Every system I looked at – Olympus and Panasonic Micro 4/3, the Fuji X-Pro 1 – none of them I liked enough to buy. There was always something missing that I needed. People rave about the M4/3 sensor, for me it’s too small. Let’s not talk about Nikon’s 1 series…

Fuji X-T1

Fuji knows optics. Their lenses are amazing. They know color – the straight out of camera jpegs look amazing – with several film profiles to select from. With the new Fuji X-T1 body I’m a happy camper. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than the original Fuji X100? By a longshot. Fuji has learned its lessons and taken its lumps – and improved a great deal.

I picked up the 18-50mm f/2.8-4 kit lens and the 35mm f/1.4. The new 58mm F/1.4 looks incredibly tasty as well. What convinced me to go with the Fuji X-T1? In a word – the prints. I saw the poster prints RC Concepcion was doing at GPP – the detail and clarity from a crop sensor was amazing. That made me stop and rethink my bias towards full-frame sensors.

The reviews of the Fuji X-T1 have been quite good. Steve Huff, Zack Arias, a very long-winded Eric Kim, all had good things to say. I’m not going to rehash or add my thoughts – I’m not a camera reviewer. I will add a few initial thoughts:

  • I have used the iOS remote control app a lot. It’s very useful for keeping a low profile when street shooting. I will do a full review later, but two things 1. There is definite shutter lag. 2. Using Wifi on the Fuji X-T1 does chew through a lot of battery power.
  • The tilting LCD screen – excellent addition. Again, great for trying to be incognito when shooting on the street.
  • You can shoot jpeg without fear. I haven’t done this for years, shooting only RAW. JPEGs are amazing, kudos to the Fuji engineers.
  • Changing the focus point is not as easy as it should be. This could be me not knowing all the ins and outs of the camera settings yet.
  • Despite what some reviewers have said, I’m not happy with the low ISO long exposure noise. That said, I have yet to take something to print to properly assess it.

All in all, the Fuji X-T1 has made me a happy camper. It’s small, lightweight, perhaps for street sniping. The line-up of Fuji lenses and their lens roadmap looks amazing.





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