I’m not going all technical here, but I’d like to share a couple of words about my X-T1.
A couple of months ago I decided to stop working with my Nikon D7000 and go for an entire new set. After a long thought I went for the Fujifilm X-T1. I bought an 18mm as all round lens; an 18-135mm for A2A and if I need zoom and a 55-200mm to be able to shoot something in the air.
When people see my new gear, some of them think I bought a toy. There aren’t that many buttons compared to my D7000 so some of them think it’s a point and shoot camera.
What the X-T1 really is, is a mirrorless camera and a damn good one! It gives me as much freedom as my D7000 and even more than that.
It’s pretty small compared to my D7000 and it weighs less. This is one of the main reasons I switched. I was just tired of having all the heavy gear with me all day. It also looks very good with a vintage touch. But more importantly, it feels good when you’re holding it.
As I said, it has less buttons on it, but switching your settings is easier. You have your ISO and shutterspeed on top and your aperture on your lens. Just turn the dials and it’s set. The screen is a tilt screen. So you can shoot on live view all you want, you’ll always see what you’re photographing. This has come in handy on many occasions during photo flights.
The image quality is really good. Certainly in low light it performs really well compared to my D7000. I always had to hold back, but now I can just shoot in any circumstance. The quality doesn’t show on the camera screen unfortunately. And it’s not possible to zoom in a lot on the photo when shooting RAW. On my D7000 I could zoom in until things got pixelated so I was always sure my photo was really sharp. Now I can see it’s sharp, but you can’t zoom in enough to be 100% sure. Certainly when shooting prop planes on low shutterspeeds this can be tricky. An advantage though is the possibility to see your picture trough your viewfinder. Which looks better than on the screen.
This brings me to another advantage. What you see through your viewfinder is what you’ll get. You actually see the picture before it’s made. With my D7000 it didn’t matter what my settings were. The view through my viewfinder was always the same. So what I saw and what my picture looked like, were sometimes completely different. Now I can see in an instance what I have to change.
Going back to the screen there’s one little disadvantage. There’s no protection and when shooting in the Skyvan, with all the straps, things get scratched. I tried an iPhone screenprotector but it came off after two days and I didn’t even use it.
Another disadvantage is the battery life. With my D7000 I could easily shoot an entire weekend without having to even charge a battery. The X-T1 is a battery killer. Every couple of hours it needs a new one. A batterygrip is the only solution when doing long photo flights.
The speed is really good. It focusses faster and it shoots more fps which is good when shooting the fast action. More importantly it keeps focussing so they’re all sharp.
The files are pretty big so it’s a good idea to have a fast memory card. I tried with an old one and it took ages to get the files written over. With the faster card it went smooth though.
Last, but not least, editing the files is a real pleasure. The colors are really beautiful and the white balance seems to be much better. My D7000 always had a yellow touch.