So, as mentioned in yesterday’s post I’m currently spending time in Japan. The primary reason for me flying here, was to give some presentations on behalf of Fujifilm at their stand at CP+. Additionally, we spent time in meetings passing on your feedback and giving reviews and ideas for (potentially) the future. Anyone who has read this part of my blog knows that I genuinely believe that Fuji are a company with the photographers at forefront of their thinking. The continuous firmware updates and, quite frankly, astonishing feature additions of the X-Series of cameras tell us this. They do listen to us, as photographers too and I’m hopeful the meetings that I, Jim Marks, Bert Stephani and Gianluca Colla had with the team will be productive and help deliver even greater cameras in the future.
Talking of great cameras. Here comes the highly anticipated and much desired Fujifilm X-T1. I’ve really only had it for a few days, and it’s great so far. I’ve also been able to use pre-production models of the Fujifilm XF56 F1.2 and the Fujifilm XF10-24 F4 lenses. I really don’t have the time or the hardware whilst here in Tokyo to give an accurate overview of the show, or the camera and lenses so I will just give you some images to look at that I’ve snapped whilst here.
Any that are taken on the 23mm or 35mm lenses will link to full size versions that are direct JPGs from the camera.
Immediately, I’ve been taken with the handling of the camera. The new dials and being able to control almost everything withough moving my eye from the Viewfinder is amazing. The high level ISO handling is amazing (remember, all the full size images are in camera JPGS. Take a look at the 12,800 ISO image!!!). And that multi-mode viewfinder is gorgeous, responsive and ultimately very usable.
The two new lenses have performed amazingly too and I will most definitely be purchasing retail versions as soon as my pre-productions go back to Fuji. I also got a chance to play with the grip for the X-T1 and that is well thought out too. With the SD card now on the side (hooray) we can use two batteries with the grip which should resolve many people’s issues with battery life.
OK – I have to head off. Watch this section of my blog over the coming weeks when I return to the UK. At the moment, all I can say is that my initial feelings are; this camera is a winner. It’s an evolution of the previous X-Series and whist the sensor is very similar to the X-E2 the ergonomics, viewfinder and handling of the camera is second to none in the range.
We need to wait a little while for the weather sealed lenses but the body being full Magnesium Alloy feels very sturdy and well built. I managed to use AF-C very successfully though of course it’s not a camera for professional sports shooters, it’s definitely a big step forward in continuous shooting. I also managed to run through several burst shots without any buffering issues….a big improvement. The Fuji engineers have also built a very functional Focus Release / Focus Priority option too which worked as well as I could tell in burst mode too. And bright red and blue focus peaking! That looks great and is a big help for manual focus addicts like me.
The shot of the X100S and the 50mm adapter was shot using the remote control app on my iPhone. I think this will come in very handy at weddings for some even more candid candids!
This Fuji X-T1 is without doubt going to be a prime body for me when I shoot weddings. Coupled with the 56mm F1.2 lens I am indeed, a very happy jetlagged bunny.
More in due course.
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