Yesterday I got in my Fujifilm X-T1. If you recall from a previous post I had tried it out, but ended up returning it as my budget would not allow it. I had and still have my X-E2 which I am really enjoying. Given the newest firmware update the X-E2 is coming closer and closer to the X-T1 in performance. So why did I pick up the X-T1?
Since having the X-T1 my business has improved and I can now afford the X-T1. With more work comes more use and that is where I found the X-T1 would be a great investment. It offers a few key benefits to the X-E2.
- Weather sealed body: I don't often find myself in inclement weather, but with weddings you never know what you'll be faced with so its good to be well prepared and not have to worry too much about your gear.
- Large EVF. I had seen it before and it was very nice to use, but wasn't sure at the time if it was worth it. Having shot events recently without this sized screen I can see just how beneficial this is.
- Tilting LCD screen. When I was trying it out last time this was not something I really cared about at all. Since then I've been doing photo walks everywhere and there have been times I wish I could put the camera over my head or to "shoot from the hip". I know that I'll be using this LCD more often.
- It uses the same batteries. I already knew this, but whenever you upgrade a camera its always good to check. Luckily I already have some spares.
- More controls on the camera exterior. It looks like Fuji has listened to its customers and placed more options and settings on the camera body itself to minimize the need to dive into the menus. Not that I went in there often, but over time I'm sure this will become extremely convenient.
I'm really excited to use this camera and make full use of it. Not worrying about whether I can or can't afford it is awesome, but purchasing a top of the line product is even more rewarding. With some use I'll decide if I'll get a second one as I use my cameras in tandem for weddings and events.
Please enjoy a few photos of the new X-T1!
This camera is the big brother to the X-E2. It has a larger grip and the traditional viewfinder hump as well. It looks a tad large until you see the large viewfinder housed within. I prefer the rangefinder styling of the X-E2, but to be honest these are both very different cameras.
One of the major additions to the X-T1 to the X-E2 is the dedicated ISO dial on the top left. On the X-E2 you could access it via a menu using one of the function buttons. Although I tend to stay on the auto ISO settings I can see that studio work and other situations how convenient it is to have the dial right on top.
This is a view from behind the camera. You can see the ISO dial and the different shooting modes underneath as well. One less thing to go menu diving for. Nice!
As you move to the right you have the large viewfinder and the tillable LCD screen below.
To the right you'll see the other dials. These are in similar positions to where they are in the X-E2. You have the large shutter dial, the on off switch and the exposure compensation dial. I really like that dial on the X-T1 as its raised and very easy to grip. For my style of shooting I am constantly adjusting that dial so making it easier to grip is phenomenal. You can also see one of the function buttons there that you can customize. And you have the video record button as well, which I believe you can customize as well.
This is a different angle so you can the backside of the camera.
I'm really excited to use this camera more. I put a few lenses on it already and that viewfinder is just awesome. Also, I felt like some of the lenses focused faster as well.
I'm sure to post more about the X-T1 as I get bonded to it.
If you are looking for the full package in a mirrorless body this one is high on the list. It has been winning awards and causing many photographers to dump their gear and start looking at Fuji.
Good job Fuji!