I recently switched my X-E1 to X-T1, and I'm loving every minute of it. Fuji has refined the qualities of an X-body, and although I like the form factor of previous X-cameras more, the technical qualities and handling made me fall in love with this camera after the first days of stumbling around. There have been tons of reviews flying around the Internet, so I won't bother writing another and saying the same things over and over. Here are my likes and dislikes, which should sum it up.
- EVF is great. Big, bright and vivid. It's lightyears away from X-E1, although I had no problems with it just a month back.
- Manual focusing is easier than ever. Peaking in different colors (red works great), dual image, split image rangefinder style focusing and of course the size of the EVF helps too.
- Body feels more solid than X100 and X-E1. I bought the smaller grip accessory (not the one with batteries) with Arca Swiss mount plate, and with that attached the camera feels just right. Not Leica-brass serious, but very comforting and solid.
- EV correction dial with a range from -3 to +3 makes a difference to the previous -2 to +2 adjustment. And a separate ISO dial is nice to have, although the locking system is a bit frustrating. I also like the programmable function keys. So far I've assigned Face Detection function to the front grip key, and I might make some more customization later.
- Tilting screen is something I didn't know I'd need. But I've put it to use several times, and it doesn't really bother me, so I guess it's a nice addition.
- AF is faster. A lot faster.
- Last and most important, I enjoy using it. It makes me want to grab the camera more often, and this is the one aspect that matters to me. There's nothing that really bothers me so far, so I've been very happy with my choice.
I also bought my second XF lens, the XF 18-55/2.8-4 kit lens. It has allowed me to broaden my efforts, and using a zoom lens is quite liberating after almost 10 years of no zooming. I'm not sure if it's a keeper, although the optical and mechanical quality is very good considering the price of this lens. The reason for purchase was the willingness to try and explore wide-angle photography after so many years of 50mm lenses (full frame equivalent). I might change it for a 14mm prime, but we'll see. I'm not in a hurry to make decisions, and it's kind of fun to have one lens attached with so many different possibilities. The 56mm portrait lens is also tempting...
I also have been using the new tripod (Benro C0190T), and it is for sure a quality product. Weight is zero to none, but it's still sturdy and professional. The small ballhead included has an Arca Swiss mount, which plays along well with the accessory grip mentioned earlier. Legs don't go to extreme angles due to the flat design of the tripod, but it hasn't been a problem for me so far. I appreciate light weight and small size more.
To be honest, I've found it difficult to find topics for this blog lately. There has been a break to my photographic efforts during this chaotic winter, and I've just recently started to take some time to find my inspiration and motivation again. When thinking about what to write, I found myself starting 3 different review articles. That's three gear related articles, that bring nothing new to what the Internet already has to offer. I decided to bring them out loud anyway, but in a shortened form you have just read.
I started this blog to grow as a photographer, and lately it hasn't driven it's purpose. I have had very little to say, and much more eagerness to get out and take photos when I can. I'm sorry for my lack of dedication, but I've started to think about alternative means to bring my thoughts out. I've been using Flickr, 500px and Facebook to share my photos to different audiences, and I'm thinking about something new also. I'm very fond of the idea about photoessays with more photo content and less blabber. I also might have to start a blog on my upcoming trip, and in that case I might not have the interest to keep up with two separate blogs. Nothing is decided yet, but I'm not sure if this is the right way to continue :)
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