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Saturday, 05 April 2014


Mike, just want to tell you that I had exactly the same experience with the Zuiko 12-40 on the E-M1. No user guide for the lens, so I ended up googling. Yup, a push-pull focus ring. Well-kept secret. You're not alone :)

I fell in love with the camera and lenses, but in the end, sent them all back. Why? The image files.

The first two camera bodies I received were defective. The third was fine. When I went out over several days to make images, the image files were very disappointing.

Instead of trying to explain it all here, look at my blog entries for March 3-31 on The Wandering Lensman, (www.thewanderinglensman.com). My experience is fully explained along with example images and many comments.

Funny, I STILL want the camera! It is that satisfying to use. I suspect when Adobe gets their raw converter to work as it should with the X-Trans sensor, I will purchase this gear again.

The X-T1 is an excellent camera that will work for many. For some of us it is not a consideration at all - for one main flaw.
It is too damn small for our hands!

The X-Pro1 is just a bit larger, more the size of a Leica M4 and fits much better.

Am hoping Fuju gets around to the much improved auto-focus and such in an X-Pro1 sized body. That is when I'll buy the next Fuji.

I was wondering when that puppy was going to arrive!

If you want to shoot RAW, download Iridient Developer (you'll need it for the DP Merrill Sigma, anyway) or the latest rev of ACR, which will allow conversion in Photoshhop CS6. Iridient Developer does a better job than ACR, though.

And read those tips I sent you about how to adjust the EVF for shooting in bright sunlight/high contrast light (it's not obvious....).

Have fun! ;-)

PS Let us know what you think of that 23mm lens; it's well...something else.

Told you, Mike. When I held the X-T1 in my hands for the first time at B&H about a month ago, I decided that no other camera has ever been a better match for me ergonomically. I decided on that visit to B&H that I would own both the X-T1 and the Ricoh GR. Well, I have the GR and I'm working on the X-T1. I already own the X-E1. The only question now is whether the X-T1 can completely replace my Pentax K-5 for things like shooting sports (auto racing). If it can, then I can sell off some Pentax gear to speed up the purchase of the Fuji.

I love this. Unintentional, I'm sure, but it reads like a commentary on so many other camera reviews — of Fujifilm cameras especially. Regardless of whether it was meant to be, I choose to cherish it as an antidote to the seemingly trigger-happy fullsome praise of the erm... How shall I put this? ... I don't mean to be mean or cast aspertions... Gosh, it's a bit of a hole I'm digging here... It's just hard a hard trick to pull off when you're a brand ambassador *and* a reviewer... Look, forget I said anything and leave it that in Mike, for me at least, I have found a reviewer to trust without a voice at the back of my head going: "Yes, but..."

I tried the X-E1 last year and saw the writing on the wall. The trade on on my Canon gear gave me an X-E2, an X-T1, three lenses and sundry accessories. All I basicaly need. Only last week's purchase of a 10-24 had me actually paying anything.
Here's what I like. I'm planning a trip to Maine and Nove Scotia in a few months and my backpack with all of the above is under 5kg. I can make 17 inch wide prints at 6400 iso and the detail is fine. I can make 24 wide prints and the detail is fine. These Fujifilm lenses are quite something. And though I can't believe I'm saying it, the jpegs are very good indeed.
There are niggles but nothing I can't work around.
I looked at a D800, but my conclusion was that by the time I set up the camera on a tripod to take advantage of all those megapixels, I would probably have lost too many shots. My guess is that if you don't wait a good five seconds after mirror lock-up, most SLRs lose 20% or more of their resolution due to mirror slap. The 5DII was particularly appalling with a 400mm lens. I used to carry a big heavy beanbag to sit on top of the rig.
Try some street photography Mike. Just hold the camera at waist level and press the shutter as you walk by. Even when standing in one place and looking down at the flip-out screen you are almost invisible.

Mike, the X-T1 is a pretty good camera, The EFV is very good and usable for moving targets, I am an optical VF kinda guy and I like it.
I hope they sent you more than one battery. That in my mind is the weak point of the X series line, Battery life is short. (ok the flash system could use some work too).

The 23mm lens is a keeper

"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."

Don't be embarrassed. You're in good company. I also have had more than one very similar moment of slack-jawed bewilderment with that lens. (And I have a couple of medium-format lenses that feature the same nutty push/pull AF switch, too.) It's as if completely separate design teams produced each of Fuji's X lenses, isn't it? But that 23mm is sure a lovely lens.

It's taking me a rather long time to make the controls of my X-T1 second-nature-familiar. I'm sure that part of the delay is due to my sporadic use of the camera, roughly only 3-5 days at a time separated by using other cameras in other modes. But part is certainly due to some design hitches that seem to interfere with the camera's ergonomic fluidity. Small quibbles that I am sure you'll soon learn for yourself.

But the X-T1 is a superb camera that I think you'll love. (Sounds like you already do.)

This looks so tempting, it may tip me over the digital cliff. But I will wait ... there's a rumour out there about the X-PRO2.

I shot with the xp1 for almost two years and loved it. Now I have the xt1 which I initially purchased for a backup and for long tele shots with the EVF.
Right, now the xp1 has become my backup cam. The xt1 with the 23mm? It's magic. You're gonna love it!

One really silly question: There are manual, marked controls for aperture, shutter, ISO, and exposure compensation; what are the thumb and forefinger control wheels for?

Last year I rented the X-E1 for a few days and while the camera was impressive I could not warm up to the sensor. I still have the raw and jpg samples and revisit them occasionally using Lightroom, but still no go for me.

OK Mike,

I want you to know that I have been blissfully happy with my Olympus E-M1 and have been ignoring the existence of this Fuji since it was introduced. Your fling with this camera is going to make it much harder to ignore that Fuji! (This from a happy user of several Fuji large format lenses!)

If Olympus can resurrect the 'PEN' name for a series of digital cameras then why can't Fujifilm call this a "FUJICA"?

(I still have a ST605n)

Dude, you must be a glutton for punishment! First a Sigma Merrill camera with nearly-impossible to process raw files, and then a very newly released Fuji with somewhat less-impossible to process raw files?

Now, just imagine a FF body with an X-PRO form factor that would accept M glass with a well-integrated adapter...

I have the XE1 with the kit 18-55 and the new 27mm 2.8 pancake. Since you recently mentioned the need (or desire)for B&W cameras and what cameras shoot good B&W I'll be interested in your opinion concerning the Fuji's B&W mode. Unlike other B&W modes I've used on other cameras I am quite impressed with it. Sure is liberating to see the scene in B&W before pulling the trigger and not having to do much post process diddling.

Not only does the camera come with an instruction book, my Fuji lenses came with a 'Owner's Manual'. I have the 14mm which shares a manual with the 23mm, and I've just checked that it covers the focusing ring.

Note that other lenses work differently: the 27mm and the 18-55mm focus from a ring which only works when the body is in MF, and you can AF at a press of button, then adjust manually.

Well, Mike, wait until you start playing with thos X-Trans sensor files... the addiction will grow. Fuiji is giving something to everyone in terms of form/function factor (I'd have waited for the X-Pro2, as I'm not ready to give up on optical viewfinders just yet), but the real underlying platform is the sensor, and you will tell us why you love it sooner than you know!

Maybe I missed the article about it, but I've long been wondering why you haven't been shooting the X100, Mike. It has a great 35mm equiv. lens, the hybrid viewfinder, a built-in ND filter, a silent leaf shutter, and lots of dials. It seems like it would be right up your alley.

[It is indeed right up my alley--I had a chance to try a borrowed one briefly, thanks to Jeffrey G. It's really just a case of "so many cameras, so little time." --Mike]

I don't think it's possible to say much that's negative about the X-T1. I've had mine for three weeks and it is about as perfect as a camera can be. Yes, the dials are wonderful. I often catch myself being a little confused when I reach for a dial when using my X Pro 1 and find it's not there! And wit ha vertical battery grip on the bottom, the X-T1 feels even more right in my hands.

Yep, I was convinced I had broken the 23mm somehow! My other lens focused correctly. At least you figured it out! I took mine back to the camera store where the owner was ready to swap it out when he "got" it! I think you will like it. A Lot! And you can set it to shoot in a square format! The auto focus and spot meter could have a smaller area for me and the 60mm hunts too much but other than that its great!

There are two schools of thought on camera operation, and I'm worried that the "individual knobs" brigade may cause manufacturers to lose sight of the counter-benefits of the "buttons and menus" approach.

I like to work out the ideal settings for my common scenarios (e.g. for landscape, action and HDR) and program them into the cameras custom functions, so I know I can quickly get to a preferred starting point for a particular situation. Having lots of physical knobs independent of the electronic controls prevents that working. It's why the Panasonic GX7 is a much better camera for me than the GH2 and its successors, for example.

You might be interested in a short blog I wrote on the topic at http://www.andrewj.com/blog/2013/buttons-or-switches-buttons-are-better/

Vive la difference!

The Fuji with PDAF sensor (XT-1/XE2/X100s) appears to be identical to the XPro-1/XE1 sensor.

They're almost certainly the Sony 16Mpx APS-C sensor with a custom XTrans color filter array (and custom PDAF pixels in the newer cameras). Unlike like the Xtrans true beleivers there isn't any magic in the sensor beyond the standard Sony magic but there is quite a lot of marketing.

The XT-1 is one camera I though Mike would like as soon as he got his hands on it. I have a friend (another D700 then onto Fuji user) who has one and it does feel nice in the hand. I didn't suggest it, of course, because I know Mike doesn't really need another camera.

Time for Fuji to change their logo back to just Fuji. They added the film some twenty five years ago.

I have no delusions nor reason to put on a pretence of objectivity. I got an XT1 and it is exactly what I wanted it to be. I have several things I don't like about it, but it is an excellent camera with excellent lenses. I had an OMD EM5 and I hated the way I could not bend it to my will. This is what I wanted the EM5 to be.

The XT-1 is the the best Fujifilm APS-C camera for focusing with the lens collar. The dual-screen focus mode (I prefer red focus peaking for the smaller-screen display) is very well suited for manual focusing. The 23/1.4 Fujinon fly-by-wire focus collar is shockingly pleasant to use. The 56/1.2 is even better and the 10-23/4 zoom lens focus collar will surprise many. I use the focus collar for focusing more than the AF when I use the XT-1. The AF is fast and accurate, but it's more fun to use the focus collars.

I an curious how to hear what you think about the Fujinon optics. One reason I decided to abandon Nikon for Fujifilm is the XF prime lens performance. During the past 36 months I acquired three Fujinon bodies, six prime lenses and one zoom lens. I have sold almost my Nikon gear and will have none at all about two months from now.

"which turns out to be neither as big nor as heavy as I had feared from anecdotal reports".

You are in good company: there is still people that says that the E-M1 "is no more a MICRO 4/3 because is big as a dslr".
BTW they never had one in their hands, of course, but internet opinions are great because they are independent of real facts...

Wait till you try it the X-T1 with the 56mm f1.2 as well. Bliss. The 23mm and the 56mm are my main daily lenses now.

I found the handling much better with the MHG-XT grip too.

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