Thanks to your friends at B&H Photo, a camera somewhat incongruously labeled "FUJIFILM" has landed at crowded TOP World Headquarters. Yes, the Fuji X-T1 is here. Along with it came the Fujinon Super EBC XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 R aspherical lens, which turns out to be neither as big nor as heavy as I had feared from anecdotal reports.
And I promptly became confused, because I somehow got it into manual focus mode and, for a longish time, could not figure out how to get it back to AF.
They make "instruction books" for cameras, did you know that? I must have known that at one point. Well, I went scurrying for that.
Turns out there's one of those tricky focus rings on the lens that snaps in and out, and when the lens is in MF position that's all the camera will do, MF.
But that was a minor detour and I don't even know why I'm bothering to tell you about it.
Except possibly that I feel the need to temper my hugely favorable first impression. You like dials and knobs? Manual controls? You are going to love this. You think you want a Nikon Df? Hold off until you try one of these. This is the old-fashioned knobs-'n'-dials cam. What an absolute ergonomic masterp...no, no, Mike, no, stop gushing. Not time yet. You just got the thing. You are going to damage your reputation for uprightness and objectivity. Or rather, for not overly skewed and quirky yet transparent subjectivity.
I need to restrain my enthusiasm. Yes I do. And shut up. Right.
These Fujifilm gizmos have been very popular 'mongst our people (you know, incorrigible and inveterate Photo-Dawgs of all stripes, sexes, and types), but I've not had one myself before now. No gushing, but you have not heard the last of this, on that you can rely. I have the camera for thirty days. Thanks, B&H.
Although I will say that the engraving on the fauxprism should read "FUJIFILM [sic]."
Shutting up now.
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John Gibson: "Nikon D700—> Fuji X-E1—> Fuji X-T1.
"The D700 was a joy. It was the ultimate (for my needs)—enough dots to make good prints, great performance in natural/low light, all those beautiful Nikon lenses. A fav combination: D700 + AF-S 17–35mm ƒ/2.8, but who can convince one to leave all of the other beauties at home....
"Then at 55, lugging the Nikon kit around all day (whining alert) became challenging. Along comes the Fuji X-Pro1 shortly followed by X-E1. Wow. Beautiful images at a quarter of the weight. Done. Now, X-T1 addresses focus speed and viewfinder lag. Done + done. Not looking back...and my back is happier."
Benjamin Marks: "Definitely an appealing collection of bells and whistles. Any sense of whether there is a compelling argument for an XPro-1 owner to upgrade based on image quality? [This is the first Fuji I've used —Ed.] I went to dpreview and tried their A-B comparison tool at 100 and 1600 ISO, but the images of all the Fujifilm X-trans models looked identical to me on my cheap laptop screen. On a more philosophical note, are we now seeing the advantages between models being expressed in haptics/intellegence-of-interface rather than in model-to-model IQ gains? Sure seems like it."
Adam Lanigan: "You lucky Photo-Dawg, you. I'm just wrapping up my first month with the X-T1 and am in love. It is a joy to use and the results so far have been nothing short of stellar. I have nary but a handful of niggles with it, all of which can be either overlooked or hopefully corrected via Fujifilm's dogged attention to firmware updates. I also have hardly a regret to speak of in selling off my DSLR gear, which seems quite leaden and archaic to me now."
Scott Mackie: "If you're going to go old-school with the Fuji X-T1, you have to go all the way:
"Yes, that's a screw-mount Leitz Summaron on an M adapter and the Fuji M-mount. Works just fine. The X-T1 is a real joy with the M-mount adapter. The EVF compensates in brightness when stopped down so it's still usable for focus. In fact, the EVF on the X-T1 is a revelation to me. I've hated most of them I've used but this is the first EVF I've used that actually gets close to the promise. Works well with glasses on too, which you've got to love at my age. The different manual focus tools are pretty helpful. I've found it easier to focus the X-T1 in low light over my M9. If it wasn't for the smaller sensor, I'd probably shoot the X-T1 over the M9 most days. The X-T1 is quickly becoming the camera I grab to head out the door."