Third reflection on the Fujifilm X-T1

I've been a Fuji X-photographer (no, not an official one) and using the Fujifilm X-T1 for about 1½ month now and the more I use it, the more I like it. As I have pointed out before, there are still a few things that makes this camera (and all mirrorless/CSC) inferior to a DSLR, but still, the more I use it, the more I like it.

And I don't know if it's just that I've been slightly bitten by the whole Fuji hype, but it sure is a fun camera to use and it really makes photography fun. It doesn't always make it easy, since there are a few things that are not fantastic, but as a whole, it's pretty brilliant. And again, it's really fun to use it and that is something that seems to run through the whole "Fuji community".

So far, I've mainly done street photography with it and it works really well doing that. The autofocus does hunt quite a bit from time to time, and first I thought it was just with the "old" Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R, but it's not. It's better with the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R and my Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R I can't tell, since I have only used it a little bit, but in comparison it's pretty far from as good as my 5D MKIII is. But, I can learn to live with that, it just makes me miss a few shots now and then, and well, shit happens. Yesterday I did a portrait shoot (awesome fun) and I used about 50/50, Fujifilm/Canon. And I have to say that it worked really well. The autofocus hunts a bit, but it still usually locks reasonably fast and the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R is f**cking brilliant. Really sharp at f/1.2 and such a great lens in all. I mean, the three Fujinon lenses that I have are all outstanding when it comes to sharpness and feel. And it's such a joy to use an actual apperture ring. I still have to nag about the batteries, because they don't last that long. But that's probably a bit of my own fault too, since I've been checking the lcd a lot, mostly since I'm still new to the camera (and since I usually shoot wide open with such a short DOF).

I've written before about the looks of the X-T1 and while I still don't really care that much about the actual look of a camera. Yes, I have a beard, but no, I'm not a hipster and for me a camera is not a fashion accessorie. It's a tool for making photographs with. But now when I've gotten used to it I like the retro looks more and the dials all work really well. I've got the Fujifilm MHG-XT handgrip and it makes the camera much more comfortable and secure to hold, while still not making it that much bigger. I've also got a Crumpler Singapore Slick camera strap which is awesome compared to the one that comes with the camera. But that's usually how it is, the straps that comes with cameras are usually not very good and Fujifilm is not the only one (I've replaced the one on my Canon 5D MkIII too).

I am going to get the cable release for the X-T1 and I'm going to get a couple of new adapter rings for my Lee Filters 100mm filter holder and then I'm going to bring it with me to do some landscape/seascape stuff, since that's what I usually shoot (just haven't the last few months). I also need the filters for doing some Copenhagen cityscapes that I'm planning (and other stuff further on). Been doing that with my 5D MkIII before, but now just to be able to cut down on size and weight in the city is just really awesome. My friend Christoffer usually asks me when I'm gonna sell my Canon gear, but I'm not there yet, but who knows I might get there. And maybe it'll be a second X-T1 body or an X100T instead. I might also go with a Canon 5D MkIV (or whatever its replacement will be called), but of lately, Canon has let its users down quite with an inability to be able to bring us something actually worth our money and definitely not been listening to its users. Fujifilm is quite the opposite. They seem to listen to their users and keeps on bringing up new lenses in quite a fast pace. And not only new lenses, but great ones. And they keep on bringing out new firmware updates even to cameras that are discontinued which is really awesome. I myself am really looking forward to the firmware update for the X-T1 which is coming in December and will bring a few good things (mainly looking forward to faster shutterspeeds).

Well, this turned out to be a lot of text. And time will tell if I'll dump Canon and just go for Fujifilm or if I'll keep them both.