Thoughts about the successor to Fujifilm's X-T1


Since I see that this post is one of my most viewed (thanks guys for stopping by), I’ll update it a little bit.

So, what do I think about Fujifilm X-T1 and what do I hope they “correct” for its successor? 

Well, in general I think the X-T1 is an awesome and very capable little camera. There are a few things that Fujifilm needs to fix for this to be a serious camera for professionals and hardcore enthusiasts (like myself I guess). Here are some things that I can think of right now.

BTW, I will from now on just for simplicity, call the successor X-T2 (it might be called something completely different, but it seems logic).

  • Autofocus. Fujifilm is a great company in the way that they follow the Kaizen philosophy of continuos improvement and are releasing firmware upgrades every now and then. Autofocus is a major thing that has seen improvement with these firmware upgrades, though they still have quite a bit left until they are on par with let’s say something like a Canon 5D MkIII (just a comparison since I own that camera also) which has really good autofocus. I have read that there is some improvement on the newly released X-Pro2, so hopefully they improve that even a bit further before the release of an X-T2.
  • ISO. ISO needs to be improved. For a successor to the X-T1 to be a really good choice for landscape photographers, at least ISO should start at 100 if not on 50, definitely NOT on 200. For long exposures with for example Lee Filter’s Big Stopper or similar ND1000 filters, starting at ISO200 is a real drag. I use ISO 100 or 50 with my Canon 5D MkIII and ISO200 is simply not an option. High ISO needs to be improved as well. I’ve tried ISO6400 once on the X-T1 and never again, since the results were totally useless. And I’m obviously talking about shooting in RAF, shooting in JPG is never an option and I’ve never even tried it with the X-T1. Since no camera in the history of cameras have ever exposed 100% correctly, the need for lifting shadows or reducing highlights and the control that RAW (in this case mentioned RAF) gives is crucial to get the most out of your photos. That’s why shooting in JPG is never an option. For me that is, and it should be for you too.
  • Double SD cards. Though I think it probably will come to the successor since it’s been implemented on the X-Pro2, a feature like this might really attract “pro” users. 
  • Exposure bracketing. X-T1 has a really good dynamic range (that I hope will be improved further with a new sensor as swell) and I don’t really feel the need to shoot HDR to tackle tricky lighting situations since the RAF files can be pushed really good in both directions in Lightroom, but still for people who like to shoot HDR, 3 shots with 0, +1 and -1 exposure steps is not good enough. Sure, it can be done manually, but it must be very easy to fix this thing so at least 5 shots and (at least) +2 and -2 steps can be done automatically. And also, the speed while doing this needs to be higher both to reduce of movement in the scene and also while doing this hand held (you obviously should always use a tripod for best quality, but sometimes it’s not an option).
  • Flash sync. 1/180s is not good enough. At least 1/250s for it be considered a choice for many pros. This needs to be improved as well, but since I’ve read that the X-Pro2 feature this, I guess it probably will be the same on the X-T2. 
  • Since I’ve also read that the X-Pro2 now have a small “joystick” for changing focus points, I hope this will come to the X-T2. I’ve used this for 12 years on my Canon cameras and it’s awesome and would speed up the change of focus point significantly.
  • Video. Please just drop the whole thing. If you want to do video, get a Panasonic or something. 

These are some things that I think of just now and that needs to be “fixed” for a successor and I might come up with more stuff. I’d like to use my X-T1 for more than I do, and to let go of my Canon 5D MkIII, but not yet. I believe that mirrorless cameras are the future, but in some ways they are not “there” yet, maybe the X-T2 would close the gap further more between the DSLR’s advantages and the mirrorless’ shortcomings.

Also, this post might be updated again…