I recently returned from an amazing trip to northern India, which gave me the fantastic opportunity to use, for the first time, the Fuji X-T1’s mirrorless camera with a 56mm 1.2/1.4 lens and the super EBC 18mm f1.2 lens. This is the entry-level camera, kindly loaned to me by Fuji for this trip.
The advertising material for the camera tells us that the perfect alignment of the viewfinder, the optical axis of the lens, with its 2.36m dot resolution OLED display produces such a sharp detailed view of whatever you are shooting you feel immersed in the action, just like you would shooting with a traditional optical viewfinder. A trip to India with all its colours, ciaos, characterful faces and amazing scenery seemed an ideal place to test out these claims.
The first thing I noticed was how light the camera and lenses were, such a great asset when you are travelling. The lenses are so compact you can easily fit them in your pocket when you are shooting. I was also immediately impressed at the speed you can change the lenses with the addition of the Fuji X mount fitting.
Because of the compactness of the camera and lenses you can easily move amongst people without them noticing that you are taking pictures. I always find that the less conspicuous you are, the more likely you are to capture that fleeting moment in time, which always produces the best images.
I really wanted to test the camera and lenses out by shooting in difficult lighting conditions to see how it coped. I was amazed at the images it captured. For example this image was taken at 5.45 a.m., before sunrise, at the incredible busy Delhi train station, with the 56mm 200 iso at 1/15th at F4. I think you would agree it did the job superbly.
All these images were taken very quickly and needed very little or no digital manipulation. At long last we can have lenses that go down to such low f-numbers that don’t cost the earth.
India was also the ideal place to test the face recognition system. I was staggered by how quickly it worked. It allows you to capture the subject instantly with great clarity and before they realized they were being photographed. I also noticed because the camera is so compact it didn’t intimidate the subjects this allowed me to shoot quickly and produced relaxed, free flowing photography.
I also loved the viewfinders graphic interface that you can read at a glance and the choice of 4 display modes: full, half, dual and Portrait mode.
This camera is packed with impressive technological advances such as a 1/32,000 sec electronic shutter speed, a 16.3 megapixel APS-C X Trans CMOS II sensor and the world’s fastest EVF 2.36 dot resolution OLED display. But from my point of view the most important aspect of all these technological advances made by Fuji is the smile it put on my face when I reviewed the amazing images I had managed to capture with this fantastic camera. I would urge you to give it a try for yourself.
Thank you again Fuji for the loan of the X-TI, it was a real pleasure to use. I can’t wait to try the X –T2 PRO soon.