I thought this was kind of amusing. My two favorite cameras from my youth, and the cameras I used for the longest stretches of time, were the Contax 139Q I went through art school with in the '80s and the Olympus OM-4T I used through most of the '90s. So take a look at the relative dimensions and weights of those compared to the X-T1:
135 x 85.5 x 50, 500g/17.6 oz (Contax 139Q)
136 x 84 x 50, 510g/18 oz. (Olympus OM-4T)
129 x 89.8 x 46.7, 440g/15.4 oz. (Fuji X-T1)
Pretty close. At least I'm consistent! Oh, and here's the Zeiss Ikon rangefinder I liked so much when I reviewed it (but never owned):
138 x 78 x 32mm, 500g/17.6 oz.
I guess the Fuji X-T1 is just the size and heft I personally happen to like, is all. It "feels right," and no wonder. Here's a picture of the model of camera and lens I carried 24/7/365 in art school. I wish I had one now to photograph next to the X-T1 and 23mm lens. I'll bet they're very close.
So maybe, for some of us, what we choose for personal photography (none of this applies to pros, who just buy what they need to do the jobs they have to do) is what we're used to.
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Robert: "Makes sense. I started with and continue to use mid-sized DSLRs, so even with my small hands (uh, more compensation) I hold my D300+70–200mm ƒ/2.8 (It's almost 8!) loose in one hand with strap hanging until it's time to shoot. It snaps right up comfortably into my palm and the other hand goes right to the sweet spot on the lens. I don't feel it's big or that I'm going to drop it even when I'm moving around. I hold everything else, even small cameras, like I'm going to drop a baby, and I can never find the buttons."
Mike replies: I half wonder if that's not why the big pro cameras are always the same size year after year. It's just what pros expect, are used to, and are comfortable with.
Tom: "I can spend anything up to 18 hours lifting a D4 plus 70–200mm up and down from my eye. It's heavy, but manageably so. Importantly, they have nailed the size and proportions of the camera for me. It's never uncomfortable in the hand; the base of the battery compartment rests comfortably against my left wrist in use, and the whole thing will hang securely from the fingers of my right hand when not in a shooting position. The only time I notice the weight is when it's over my shoulder or in a case. For me, if Nikon could reduce the weight of the body I would still want the same overall silhouette, but being realistic the weight is not in the body, it's the lens. If you've ever seen a lens with the elements removed it weighs almost nothing. Glass is heavy. The smallest body I'm personally comfortable with is Leica rangefinder and even then it's because it's matched by the proportion of the lenses. Cameras like the little Fuji just don't sit right in my hands and I have to shuffle hands to press the buttons."
D. Hufford: "Not so sure it works that way for me. I started on an Olympus rangefinder in about the 10th grade. Then I got an OM-1 and used that for over 25 years until I started digital seriously with a D70. I still have the OM-1 and it is the most ill-fitting and hard-to-carry camera I own. I usually carry my cameras in my right hand (unless fitted with a lens longer than 150mm) and everything from the Fuji x100, to the Oly E-P3, to the Panasonic GX7, to the Nikon D300 feel much more comfortable to carry that way. The OM-1 actually feels heavier than any of those since it is just metal with no attempt to make it fit the hand. (I believe it is actually is heavier than any except for the D300.) I wouldn't likely choose an awkward to carry/hold camera like that nowadays, all else being equal."
David Cope: "For 35mm today I have a couple of OM-1n bodies with 28mm ƒ/2.8 and 50mm ƒ/1.8 Zuiko lenses. Can tote that outfit around 24/7 with no physical fatigue. Such a sweet spot for me."