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FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 14 may 2017

So you made the move from DSLR to Fuji and your life is so much better now ! I get it, you divided the weight of all your bulk by half and you have sexier cameras and lenses in hand that make you look trendier and sexier.

Besides they work exactly like your DSLRs used to… wait they work even better.

Ok let’s rewind that last bit and tell the truth for once.

I have been shooting Nikon cameras for the last 7 years I think, from D90 to D4s.
I currently own a D800 and a D4s.
A few months ago, back from a trip in Asia I decided to sell some of my camera bodies and lenses to invest in a Fuji system.
After lots of reading, I gave it a go.
I decided against buying the over priced XT2 and got a very good deal on a XT1 instead.
After all, I still have a D4s for any action so I didn’t feel I needed the extra AF abilities (neither the extra pixels).

Now, having shot the XT1 quite a bit over the last few months and in different occasions let me tell you how I really feel when it comes to comparing it to a pro DSLR (like a D800 or a D4s).

The first word that comes to mind is :

SLOW

It is slow at waking up and slow in between 2 shots and so even when you shoot at 1/4000 sec, you get the impression (and the click sound) you would get on your DSLR when you work at 1/10 sec.
So what ? So it slows you down and as a tool for wedding photography for instance that really annoys me and I tend to reach for my Nikon bodies.
I have yet to try an XT2 but so far my level of confidence shooting a wedding with only with XT1 bodies would be pretty low.
Again, I come from DSLR world and got used to excellent camera bodies.
But honestly, my D90 was faster than this XT1 and so will any DSLR anyways.

WEIRD HOLDING

For little hands it may be the perfect tool and I have little hands.
Strong but nonetheless little.
To give you an example, my 14yo son has hands twice as big as mine and my hands are about the size of my 12yo daughter… My son is a giant but she’s not.
Ok family anatomy set aside, this camera anatomy feels very weird and I often have to take my eyes off the viewfinder to check what’s going on and where I put my fingers.
Besides, moving the focus point is a simply a joke and very very very unpractical.
Again, for fast paced professional use such as a wedding, think again.
I know this was corrected on the XT2 but still it does not feel like any pro DSLR.

So on the positive side, yes it’s lighter, easier to carry etc… but it’s nowhere near any pro DSLR level when it comes to shooting.
This is my honest opinion.
I don’t regret my investment, maybe in the future, the XT2 will prove me wrong and surely will a fuji mirrorless camera at some point and I will make the leap and change what’s left of my bulky DSLR equipment (and god knows I’d love to do that !) but for now my Fuji system is more like some kind of training equipment and also forces me to slow down on my photography (whatever that means but I read that very often on many knowledgeable articles so I guess this is important).
Illustration with a few photographs of my friend Sofia whom I shot at ISO800 with Fuji XT1 and Fujinon 90mm F2.

#fuji #mirrorless #notthereyet

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

FUJI XT1 IN THE REAL WORLD

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