The Fuji XT-1 shooting in Tasmania

A few weeks ago I took delivery of the new Fuji XT-1. For me the camera takes what was fantastic about the XPRO-1 and makes it a lot better. Whilst traveling through Tasmania I got to test a lot of the cameras functionality. Let me tell you folks just about everything that sucked on the Xpro 1 is now fixed on this new camera.

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Firstly the performance of the auto focus in low light is nothing short of fantastic. I never missed a shot. It is a giant leap forward over the XPRO 1. Its accurate its fast and its reliable.

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The above picture was taken in the mole creek caves about an hour out of Sheffield Tasmania. I shot it at 25600 ISO and not only does the shot look incredibly clean I was also able to autofocus with no issues what so ever.

The other huge feature of this camera is the amazing viewfinder. For all those who are wavering because it is an EVF worry not. It is so big and so bright after a while you forget its an EVF and just enjoy shooting with it. It is outstanding..

Mount roland sheffield tasmania

Mount roland sheffield tasmania

 

Low light high ISO, fast accurate auto focus are just a few reason why I love this camera. Another is the way it renders details and colour. The colour is rich , detailed but very accurate . Look at the subtle tonal changes in the picture above. I think its more akin to a warm film look.

Lastly I wanted to touch on the cameras handling. I have the optional battery vertical grip. The put it simply the camera has a lovely balance to it in the hand. The only time I felt it was a bit top heavy was with the 55-200 lens attached. But when I had the 14mm 2.8 attached it was lovely in the hand. The feel of the body is of a premium nature and mostly the camera is an utter joy to shoot with.

I also have to mention I shot mostly with the 14mm 2.8 lens . What a great lens it is to.  It is fast and very sharp . Its very light and is so flexible in the way you can use it.

Cradle mountain Tasmania

Cradle mountain Tasmania

The Fuji X Pro 1

I have now had my new camera for a few weeks and have been doing some shooting.
The X pro 1 is a very quirky camera but hey for me that is one of its selling points.
What has blown me away is the level of detail captured by its APSC sensor

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The picture above has no post processing no sharpening nothing. The lens is sharp even wide open. A lot has been written about the poor performance of the auto focus. In my experience after the cameras firmware was updated recently the autofocus works well.

I came from a 5D mark 2 and in my opinion the autofocus is on a similar par with the 5D which served me well for many years.
My other observation is the colour. The colours are just wonderful some of the most accurate colour rendition I have seen on a digital camera. They remind me very much of old Fuji transparency film.
The camera is about to get a whole lot more exciting. Coming soon are 7 lenses a couple of zooms and fast primes. For my work I am thinking about the 10-22mm for my landscape work or even possibly the 14mm . If these lenses perform anything like the 3 that are already out this system can only get stronger.

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Now for my disappointments . The battery life is awful. To preserve battery life I turn the screen off completely and carry a spare battery. The strap that came with the camera is awl full to for a camera that costs over $2000 in Australia I expected better. The lens caps for the lens shades fall off and are plastic and cheap again I have replaced them.
I got this camera to lighten my load from my 5D big tick there
Low light performance big tick again
Lens and image quality even bigger tick
I am a very happy shooter so far over time I will add further impressions