Now, first off, there have been reviews of this floating around by Fuji professionals who have had the camera for a period of time before the official release. But, being one of a mildly disturbed group of childishly obsessive adults, I was lucky to be in the first wave of purchases.
I actually picked up the XT1 from Service Photo in Baltimore on the way to NYC for a presentation. So, I took it out of the box and started shooting immediately.
So, on a more visceral level, let’s have look at what the camera feels like and how it operates in the field, as well as specific features that I like and what may need improvement.
Ok, to get started…..I LOVE this thing!
When you first pick up the camera, it has a solid feel and sits well in hands. People with larger hands may want to add the vertical grip for about $250 to have more to grab on to. Also, there is no L-bracket made for the XT 1 as of yet, and the earliest ETA for Really Right Stuff is a few weeks.
Well, I understand, but that’s just not going to work.
I found that the XE 1 L-bracket can work and is almost a fit. Because it works but is NOT a perfect fit, snug the bracket but don’t ratchet it down as it may mark the bottom corner.
For my taste, there needs to be a beefier grip. Hopefully, RRS will make a similar bracket as it has for the X Pro 1.
Grip aside, the view through the eye piece is vast. It feels like a full frame view, even though it is APS-C.
The shutter has a great, solid feel.
Camera controls are all on the body, not unlike the dials and controls on a Nikon DSLR, easily accessible and well laid-out. Fuji does a great job of packing a lot of control buttons and dials on the camera without feeling cramped.
With the added Vertical grip, an additional battery fits in the grip, doubling battery time, but you will have to remove the grip to add two fresh batteries. A non issue.
This is the first camera where I’ve used AutoISO and Auto White Balance, and I gotta tell ya….no complaints, yet.
Because I was hand holding the camera, I routinely shot at ISO800 and higher.
We shot at night in Lincoln Center @ ISO6400.
The autofocus is a quantum leap from the Xpro 1 and the XE-2, which is to be expected as the technology advances.
The camera WIFI creates a private connection with my iPhone, allowing me to import pics to the phone, where I could email, FB, Twit, etc. The app is also a remote control. I can also Geotag and browse images on the camera.
The focus assist button is almost where the right thumb naturally falls and is in bold, white letters. When in Single Servo (S) mode, the image magnifies on the back of the camera. When in Manual (M) mode, a really nice feature is MF assist > split. This shows two windows in the eye piece: full image and a smaller magnified window with split screen focusing.
A 16bit file size weighs in at about 91MB, just like the XPro 1 and XE2.
1. up to 10 multiple exposures rather than just 2, and
2. TWO stop auto brackets
But, in general, everything feels streamline and faster. Nice.
Fuji also includes a small but mighty EF-F8 flash!
Here’s a few images from NYC, all hand held or braced against something:
The weight slog is over for me and it frees me up, inspiring me to shoot more….a lot more!
More to come!!
See ya online!