Earlier today I decided to head out with the new X-T1 and walk around a little. I'd only used it about the house previously and although it seemed nice I knew it wasn't the best way to break it in.
So I headed to West Boylston to the Old Stone Church. I've gone there several times before so I know what to expect. I really couldn't have asked for a better day. It was warm, but not too hot out and there were only a few clouds here and there. So I walked around the Church and tried to get a few different angles.
Things I noticed:
- The viewfinder is huge and very easy to see even in bright sunlight!
- I used the tilting screen a couple times to shoot from the waist. For this location I didn't really use it much, but for some street photography I can already see how well that will work.
- The exposure compensation dial is really nice to use. I am always checking and adjusting it so its important that its easy to grip. Its designed much better than on the X-E2.
- The directional pad on the back, as many have already commented online, is very fiddly. I prefer the X-E2 design.
- I really like the grip on the camera. Although its almost the same size to the X-E2 it feels larger because of the grip. This in turn gives it a more premium feel if that makes sense.
- I like how the information rotates in the viewfinder when you rotate the camera to portrait view.
Overall I really like this camera and it truly feels like the X-E2's bigger brother.
These two photos are taken from the Rt 110 overpass of the Wachusett Reservoir.
You then walk up a little further and then turn to the left to find the path entrance to get to the Church. This sign is at the entrance.
As you walk down the path you see the Church ahead of you.
I headed over to the bushes to the left to get this angle.
As you walk closer to the Church you see this nice tree to your right.
This informative guide is located near the entrance to the Church.
Once inside you see that it is basically all walls and ceiling with the middle area covered with sand.
I just really like the textures and lines found in the Church.
Next I went back outside to go around the building.
Behind me is the Reservoir. In this photo I'm about a ft from the water.
Behind the Church this is what you see when you look across the way.
On the other side of the Church you see this large flag. If you look back to the first two photos you'll see this flag which nearly covers the whole side of the building.
I took more photos of course, but these give you a good idea of this landmark. So after some more photos I started making my way back up the path. To the right of the path you see another set of pretty trees.
I was/am very pleased with the handling of the X-T1. Pretty much everything feels right, in the right places and the viewfinder is just a treat. I'm thinking of heading out to a new spot this Thursday so check back to see where I end up.
I give the X-T1 a big thumbs up!!