So Far So Good (Fuji X-T1)
What you may not know from an earlier blog post about shooting film I have also been busy selling some of my high end digital cameras to better reflect how I like to shoot. However, as I still shoot digital my plan was always to use a smaller digital camera for “walkabout shooting.” Having read all the reviews and comments I could find I finally broke down and got the Fuji X-T1 with an 18-135 mm weather sealed zoom lens which I have now been shooting with for a few days and which I will give my first impressions about in this review.
First the bad: The battery life sucks as everything is power driven from the Electronic View Finder (EVF) to the display screen to the optical image stabilization and so on. I knew it was going to be bad from the reviews so I bought a spare battery right away.
The size of this camera is very nice but I have big hands and it is almost too small to carry around in your hand all the time which I like to do when I am shooting. So now I am going to kill two birds with one stone and get the battery grip which will also allow me to put the second battery into the camera and double the battery life.
And now for the good: I love how this camera has all the right buttons and dials in the right places minimizing the need for interrupting ones shooting and fumble through menus. I have my aperture in the lens with a great feel using detents for the stops, my ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation dials on top which is what I need 95% of the time – bravo Fuji.
The lenses are designed to work with this camera and I see no distortion and they are also incredible sharp. Focus is reasonable fast and I can focus anywhere right to the edges of the image which is much better than most DSLR’s and something that even my Nikon D4 could not do.
The film simulations on this camera are much better than previous Fujis and the skin tones of people are rendered better than any other camera I’ve seen.
Lake Louise shot using the Fuji Velvia film simulation settings.
Banff National Park shot with Fuji Velvia setting and high dynamic range.
Model shoot using Provia Neg. In this shot I was using the square crop which is great for portraits.
These images are all JPG’s straight out of the camera so that will give you an idea of how well the jpg engine works in this camera.
The Optical Image Stabilization works so well I can shoot handheld at ¼ of a second and still get really sharp images. I could never do that consistently with either the Nikon D800 or the D4. This image is handheld at a 1/6th of a second and straight out of the camera. This is the first time I’ve been able to get flowing water to look like this without a tripod.
I have only had this camera for about a week and I have only been shooting it with a slow lens so it is much too early for a final verdict. But I really like what I have seen so far and I look forward to trying out some of the much faster primes or even the 10-24mm zoom which would be great for landscape. I will keep you posted.
Keywords: Battery Life, Film Simulation, Fuji X-T1 Review, Mirrorless Camera, Sharp, Slow shutter speed
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