Two particularly nice things that are price-reduced right now:
I'm a semi-retired lens nut, and 35mm[e] is my "home" focal length, the lens type I've used more of than any other—and this one of my all-time favorite 35mm lenses. I've never owned it, and I've never used this ZE version—I rented the Nikon ZF-mount version for a month some years back. If you don't mind manual focus (some people prefer it, with shorter prime lenses) and you have (or want) a FF Canon, this could be a lifetime lens. Currently on sale for $318 off, the best price you're likely to see outside of used.
Check out a few of the reviews at the link and I think you'll see what I'm talking about:
"Once you get past the manual focusing, this is the best 35mm I've ever had, and I've had a lot of them." "Absolutely stunning lens. I have nothing but great things to say about it." "I love this lens. Beautiful bokeh and solidly made." "The color saturation and perceived separation between objects at varying distances is outstanding."
And so on.
This is the camera (and lens) I own and use, so naturally I would like it. I endured about four months with a serious case of GAS for the X-T2...two before the X-T2 came out, and two after. But an unusual and even somewhat surreal thing happened...it went away. Really...the GAS went away. I just kept using the X-T1, and I realized it's just fast enough and good enough for pretty much anything I ever use it for. I decided that if I do buy a new camera, it will only be to get in-body image stabilization (IBIS), which I could really use only because, at 60 (wow! Can't get used to that) I'm not very steady-handed any more.
I've come to really like this camera, though, and it's currently on sale (closeout?) for $799, which is a whopping $500 off the regular price, and an even more whop-hopping $800 less than the cost of an X-T2. Yes, you can buy two X-T1's and have money left over versus buying a new X-T2. Which you might still want to do, but I'm just saying.
A reader very kindly donated a hand grip to me when he deaccessioned his own X-T1 (thanks again), and I was chagrined that I had used the camera without it for more than two years. It transforms the feel and comfort of the camera. There's one downside, which is that it makes the viewing screen a little more fiddley to flip up. But overall I like the grip very much. At least try it, like I didn't do.
I have no doubt the X-T2 is better than the X-T1. But I find the X-T1 to be still excellent—the EVF is great, the dial-style controls suit my preferences, and the results are just fine by me. I particularly find that I use autobracketing and CH (continuous-high) quite often. Other reviewers haven't unanimously agreed, but I find the camera easy and natural to use, and I almost never encounter a situation where it can't do something I wish it could do.
I don't think I normally recommend aging cameras highly, but I think I can make an exception here. If your finances are such that you think twice over letting go your grasp of a C-note, the savings are worth it. A stellar bargain right now.
Well worth considering.
I know that people all over the Internet are always hectoring you with ads and ad links, but these particular items are really worth pointing out.
P.S. Oh, one more thing: if you do get an X-T1, be sure you use UHS-II cards with it (such as this Lexar for example). Not only is dumping the card a lot faster, but camera performance in several parameters is improved...try shooting a bracket with a UHS-I card and waiting for it to clear, then doing the same thing with a UHS-II card. Much snappier.
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Dennis Mook: "Junior, I mean Mike...(after all you are only 60 and I'm 65!),
"You know how much I like my X-T2 and how much better I think it is than the X-T1; however, it is better in only certain ways and if those certain ways, such as faster follow focus, extremely high frame rate, etc., are not meaningful to you, then it really isn't better—for you. So, I'm in general agreement with your post. The feel, haptics and image quality are very similar. The difference in the number of pixels really doesn't emerge until really big enlargements are made, in my opinion. For normal photography it is a moot point.
"As it stands currently, there is only one thing that would make me leave Fuji and that is in-body image stabilization (IBIS). The time will come when I will need it to achieve photographic satisfaction and subsequent personal photographic success. In fact, I was spoiled in the past and I've already missed it enough from years of using my E-M1, that I indulged myself and bought an E-M1 Mark II. Just last evening I was photographing storm clouds clearing after dusk at one full second @ ƒ/5.6 using ISO 200 with the equivalent of a short telephoto lens, handheld! The series of all 10 images were detailed, colorful and quite sharp. No camera movement, even from this old man. Amazing!"
Mike replies: Now cut that out Pops, I mean Dennis! I'll have to stick my fingers in my ears.