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Fujifilm XT1 review

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Mirrorless Fujifilm XT-1 Camera in review!

Almost leading upto a year using this wonderful extension of my imagination! And could not be happier!!!
mirrorlessI wont be spurting out specs of this dynamite package…Explaining why I have chosen to put my future in the hands of the mirrorless FUJIFILM’s X-T1 went far beyond that.
The quality and functionality was what sold me, coming from a full frame DSLR kit, it made my life lighter as well easier to maintain.

mirrorlessThe biggest positive for me was the EVF – being used to shooting through the lens via a pentaprism and mirror on the old DSLR’s had a few downfalls – especially shooting directly into the sun!

As with this image – you see exactly what you are capturing… through the viewfinder – meaning, your contrast, white balance and exposure! – YES
EVEN EXPOSURE – thus meaning changing the shutter, ISO or Aperture gets changed live in the viewfinder! doesnt that seem to cancel out quite a few test shots??? knowing exactly what you will be getting, before you press the shutter? LOVE IT!

mirrorlessThis image is to portray the depth of field and clarity in tones achieved by this amazing camera and lens combo, – it was completely natural light shot at F1.2 ISO400 and 1/800 shutter with 56mm F1.2 lens.
Things I would like to mention is the ability to change WB (white balance) on the fly, without needing to take your eyes off the viewfinder, and then seeing the changes live, along with the colour shift,all without missing a beat!.
Due to shooting RAW/JPEG simultaneously, I often shoot Black and white straight off the bat. Afterwhich i can easily revert to colour in post processing. I can thus change my toning or filter options and worry far more about toning that previously – also seeing that image with those tonings makes the world of difference!
I often find myself falling in love again – merely listing what made this camera so compatible to my style of shooting!
So I will talk you through taking the following image, just to compare how we used to capture images – in the X-T1less era!

mirrorless

We decided to use this area as the light was flooding through the windows on a late afternoon – had an image in mind with shallow depth of field, and soft light filling the one edge. lifting the camera I find the exposure being a bit dark (as seen through the EVF) changing my shutter to accomodate, i see the image perfectly exposed, by pressing the Q-button, I can also change my shadow tones and highlights seperately (not only contrast, which would destroy the image) The image looked slightly warm in to me, so changed the WB to a cooler kelvin – pressed the FOCUS ASSIST button that zoomed in automatically to the area of focus, so i could see the focus on the eyes. then I pressed the shutter – got a 0.5 second preview inside the EVF of the image, and was completely happy!
So in nutshell, took one image, which I knew the image was exactly as I wanted it! ONE SHUTTER RELEASE.
Let us all no longer suffer from X-T1lessness!! This will be an ongoing review!!!
This is after the FIRMWARE UPGRADE to 3.0:
High shutter speed of 1/32000 – useful if you want to use the lens wide open at F1.2 in the bright outdoor sun.
Shutter Sound – which can be completely muted for areas like a wedding ceremony that you want it silent.
Classic Chrome – To add to the plethora of color renditions currently on the camera, allows a subdued feel.
Natural live view – allowing you to view the untouched and unfiltered image live through the viewfinder
AF/MF function – at a touch of the focusing ring you can adjust the focus as it automatically will switch to MF
Q menu changes – allowing you to add extra function to the quick view menu!
60p, 50p, 25p , 30p and 24p – all available to give you all you want out of the video functionality
Manual video control – lets you choose your ISO before shooting, and change shutter and aperture during filming

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