So, after owning the Fuji X-T1 now for over a year i feel like i have a pretty good idea of what i like and what i do not like with this camera.
Like with most of my other gear i really like this product or i would not own or use it.
Still i can be objective enough to point out what i really like and what i do not like or what could have been done better in my opinion.
I bought this as a capable travel camera or a decent backup to my D700. What i did not realize when i first bought it was how much i would use it or how much it would become a really competent backup for my D700 on many occasions.
One of the other main reasons for buying it was also the weight which after using the D700 on my travels had become a real issue for me lately. I hated dragging around my D700 with lenses all over the place. It did produce great pictures but sometimes i just could not justify bringing it after all the pain i had to go through dragging it along.
Taking the X-T1 with a few lenses was such a difference and something that really made me happy when i traveled together with it the first time. Secondly the images that comes out of the X-T1 are great. So not only did it spare my body but also produced some great looking pictures and left me completely satisfied with taking that instead of my D700.
After my first vacation with it i started using it more and more back home as well, taking it to trips and using it as a backup for my D700 for real.
I also found that i wanted to pick it up more and more which for me is a very important thing. After all if you do not get inspired by your camera you do not get motivated to take pictures either.
I love the retro feel of it, and the layout of the wheels and buttons feel great using in my opinion. I was a bit worried about the size of it first as the D700 feels great in the hand when shooting. But the X-T1 have avery solid feel to it although smaller and with the lenses which are all amazing it feels really well balanced.
The build quality of it is as good as it gets as well. Weather sealed and just a really solid feel to it.
I mentioned the image quality and lenses. And all i can say it neither disappoints . The image quality is really nice, and rarely do i feel like i have to use my D700 with lenses to be satisfied any longer. The build quality and the images that the Fuji lenses produce are amazing. The lenses i own or have owned are the 18-55 and 10-24 zooms, the 23, 35, 56 primes. And they are ALL great lenses but with the 23 and the 56 being my favorites of the bunch.
So what is the downside with this camera then? Well, many have complained about the AF and the conversion of images using Raw converters etc.
I can begin with the AF and adress that. Sure, the AF is not as snappy and accurate as my D700. When i want to shoot something fast or use it for sports etc i do not use this camera.
Still its perfectly capable of shooting ordinary day to day events without any sort of problem in my opinion. Also now after Fujis new Firmware update ( writing this the 23/5-15) they have adressed some of the issues with the AF and some of the problems might have been solved. Even so its pretty good as it is.
Also about the Raw conversion using Lightroom for example as i do. I do not have any issues. I used to have some with my older Fuji X20. There i did see those problems especially in nature shots or images where i had grass or trees etc. However on the X-T1 i don’t.
The rangefinder is also great in my opinion. And i have no issues with it.
Something else to consider when buying this camera though is the lack of flash. It does not have an inbuilt flash, nor does the Fuji system ( as of now) offer any really good TTL flashes that compares to my CLS system i use for my Nikon. I did get a few Cactus triggers etc but i found it pretty clunky to use them together with my Nikon flashes and if you do you can only go manual and no TTL. I own the Fuji e-42 which has TTL and it is ok as a travel flash to get some fill flash on occasions, or save you in a tight spot. But if i want to do anything studio i am not using my X-T1 for that. So that is also something to consider.
For me using the Nikon DF now also as a backup to my D700, the X-t1 fills a really good spot as a capable fun travel companion and also as a good day to day camera that never disappoints .
I would recommend it to anyone that needs a great small camera that will give you amazing pictures and that you can take with you without breaking your back.
If you have the money to spend for it and the lenses( which are expensive! ) go get it.