One thing I liked about old-fashioned mechanical cameras, and one thing I like about the Fujifilm X-T1, is that I can tell at a glance how the camera is set. And by "at a glance" I mean visually, from hard, secure, physical settings. Hey, I'm a photographer; I'm a visual person. I like seeing. I like being able to check settings by looking at them. (That's probably the real reason "knobs and dials" are popular with some people.) Here's a brief list of the things you can tell about how the camera is set just by looking at it:
- Power off or on
- Focal length of the lens
- Manual focus or autofocus
- Exposure mode (check whether aperture ring or shutter speed dial is on "A", or both are, or neither are)
- Aperture ring setting
- Shutter speed dial setting
- Exposure compensation*
- Metering mode (on a ring under the shutter speed dial)
- Drive mode (ring under the ISO dial)
That might not be all you need to know, but it's a lot. It's nice to be able to confirm all that at a glance whenever you bring the camera to hand.
*I've heard murmurs to the effect that the Exposure Compensation dial isn't always operative on the X-Pro1, depending on the mode you're in. Gotta figure out if that's the case on the X-T1. A dial that's disabled part of the time would be a very bad thing—requiring a rap on the knuckles for Fuji and several hours in the corner facing the wall, thinking about the bad thing it did. Control dials must always, without fail, control. I wonder if this camera came with one of those "Instruction Manual" thingys? Where's that box.
P.S. See that white background in the picture up top? That's snow. Arrrgh.
Original contents copyright 2014 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.
(To see all the comments, click on the "Comments" link below.)
Featured Comments from:
Aaron: "Re your footnote, the X-E1 is that way—if you've chosen your aperture and shutter speed manually, but have Auto-ISO, the exposure control dial has no effect."
Mike replies: Oooh, bad Fuji. Very bad.