17
Feb
2014

X-T1 field test at thecamerastoreTV!

Does the X-T1 meet your needs?

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 X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /

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- The X-T1 Field Test is online at thecamerastoreTV here. For those who are right now at work and don’t have 13 minutes of time to look at it, here is quick summary:

a damn sexy looking camera [...] really esay to use in the field [...] gorgeous and huge EVF, the first EVF I really can work with [...] great refresh rate [...] 8fps shooting tracking with predictive AF really works [...] “Fuji really looks at what users wants in improvements, and then they just do it! I don’t know why other companies don’t do it!” [...] WiFi: works quick and nice. [...] What’s not so great? Video! [...] It is one of the best, if not the best, APS-C sensor on the market [...] the menu order could be better [...] Autofocus: “I was blown away about how the camera focuses, especially continuously, and it’s fast!”

- Hands on video of PhotoNewsReviews on youtube here.

- Interview with Kevin Mullins: first impressions of the XF10-24 and XF56 lenses and the X-T1 camera of Kevin Mullins at fujifilmblog here: ” [56mm] I’m really impressed with the handling of the lens, especially the speed of focus. The depth of field at f/1.2 is remarkable for an APS-C sized sensor CSC. I’m really looking forward to using it at a wedding where I’m sure it will become a permanent fixture in my camera bag”. [10-24mm] Not being a regular user of a zoom lens, I was really keen to get my hands on the 10-24 and the ability to shoot as a the wide end of the zoom really introduces a new dynamic into the way we can use the X series cameras. The lens handles really well at both ends of the zoom, is very fast and the weight of it doesn’t unbalance the camera. [X-T1] I’ve been waiting to get my hands on the X-T1 for a while and I’m certainly not disappointed. Although I’ve only used it for a few hours, the viewfinder is simply amazing and the manual controls are well positioned – the camera feels really good in my hands. Well thought out features like the tilting screen, the side loading card and the vertical battery grip really make this a camera that’s going to enhance my everyday shooting.”

- Ω image: “Many Japanese customers are picking up our X-T1 cameras. I have taken a few product-style images for review, which show the X-T1 with a Nik-FX Speedbooster and the ultra-sharp Nikkor 50/2 Ai. You may find them interesting or helpful for reference. Here they are.”

- Write up on the Fuji Camera Remote App with X-T1 at f-sunny here: “I can see this being useful in the studio, for tethered shooting with live image preview and also image retrieval over WiFi. I could see in really harsh conditions that remote tethering would due a huge bonus, keeping the shooter warm and dry. Also in the field for nature photography, where the camera is remote controlled from a hide in order to get the camera closer to the subject without direct human presence. Also in sports, where you could put the camera in ‘harms way’, perhaps trackside, or behind a soccer goal, and not only trigger it, but remote control it’s settings, and retrieve files for upload to the media – before the event has even ended.” More X-T1 shots, including a covert street test here.

[UDPDATE: X-T1 Full Size Sample Images at danbaileyphoto here]

X-T1

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 Vertical Battery Grip ($ 249,99): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / EU: wexDE / wexUK /
X-T1 Hand Grip ($129.95): USA: AmazonUS / Bhphoto / EU: wexUk / wexDE

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XF deals

XF 14mm: $200 off (price $700) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 18mm: $200 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 23mm: $150 off (price $750) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 27mm: $250 off (price $200) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 35mm: $150 off (price $450) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 60mm: $250 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 55-200: $200 off (price $500) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

  • Jo

    I just love camera store tv. Quick and useful guides for potential buyers and photography lovers.

    • Vlad

      +1 Great reviews from these guys. I also enjoyed his ‘comment’ on the Nikon Df, lol.

  • zither

    Nice review, finally click the pre-order button through your link, thanks!

    • admin (patrick)

      thanks a lot to you

      • Nick

        Did the same after viewing this video! Thanks for bringing all that you do!

  • http://deleted tim

    flash back to 2012, this review http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TOk_0kITBg, at 10:20 we see an X-Pro1 taking photos of moving cars :-)

    • Dorkington

      Difference is, those shots aren’t in focus as he pans…

      • flesix

        Well, for a change, now the entire frame is in focus. I don’t know what that can that tell us about tracking capability of the X-T1? While I’m still hoping that it delivers to my personal expectations, I’ll still have to be convinced.

        • jimmy

          The cat herding shots will come soon (I hope!)

    • http://aeguitar.org Phil

      “Autofocus is really quite impressive” lol. They’re a camera store, they have incentives to push products, Chris is a great salesman.

  • Geoff

    “What’s not so great? Video! [...] It is one of the best, if not the best, APS-C sensor on the market”
    => Did I miss something? Any Fuji-X has always been said to be terrible for video (both for image quality, autofocus and ease to manually focus due to lack of focus peaking)…has anything changed with the X-T1?

    • Geoff

      Oh…”What’s NOT so great? Video!”…I did not notice the “NOT” lol…but why did he add an exclamation mark “!”? Sounds like it’s an exciting news…
      OK, disregard ;)

      • MJr

        It’s exciting because it’s the only thing not so great. Like saying tomorrow i’m going on vacation, but … i’ll have to get up at 3 in the morning to catch the flight !! ;)

      • admin (patrick)

        sry man, wrote it at 6:30 in the morning before taking the bus that brings me at work at 7:09… so sorry for the typos and exclamation marks ;-)

  • Dorkington

    I really am hoping to hold out for the X-T2 as I just bought an X-E2 over the holidays. But this video might change my mind :P

  • http://deleted scott

    Yea I have the XE2 and can hold off getting the XT1 and the price may go down! They have a track record of moving them out of the store’s. Im saving for a 16-55 f 2.8 as I want it more then a XT1?

    • http://photobyandrei.wordpress.com Andy

      The 16-55 f 2.8, 50-140 f2.8 and the future super-tele zoom will be weather sealed and will be big. They will ballance better on a X-T1 (Slr style) than on a X-E2 (Rangefinder style).

      My take is that the rangefinder cameras go better with the 18-55 and the 55-200 (and off course with the 10-24) and you can add primes to those zooms.

      Next month I will get the X-E2 with those zooms and the next year I will start buying primes (the 56 is first on the list).

      • scott

        I shot big glass before I had 4 L lenses, They maybe big but they are not that big. With one had under the lens and one shooting the camera I don’t see a Balance problem?

        I won’t need the 50-140 I have a 55-200 and thats not all that much smaller. the 120-400 now that be a hand full but still at f 5.6 it won’t be all that bad. Nikon has a zoom thats is 80-400 f 5.6 and its not that bad size wise. The F 5.6 will make it 72-77mm filter size or so?

  • jw48335

    This is exactly what I needed to see. The focus tracking is what I’ve been waiting for. The surprise of those guys at the AF performance was enough to convince me. I just put in my pre-order for the X-T1 kit, as well as ordered the 55-200mm & 23mm. I’m gonna cover the wide angle with the 10mm Samyang, as I don’t use that enough to justify the 10-24mm.

  • GW690

    As a long time Fuji user/fan and considering how well thought out their range is. I must admit to some puzzlement over the poor sales even in their native Japan.They seem to tcik nearly all the right boxes with video the only real weakness.

  • http://WeddingEtCetera.Com Pier-Yves Menkhoff

    Bonjour,
    I’ve always been tempted by the Fuji brand. However, by the attitude of Fuji Fuji, I am no longer on buying a Fuji. When I write or phone to Fuji France, it is impossible to get an answer.
    Too bad…

    Pier-Yves Menkhoff

  • Fly Moon

    Admin, Why don’t you have any affiliation with the Camera Store? I just pre-ordered mine from them. I could’ve used your links!Thanks

    • admin

      do they have an affiliation program?

      • jw48335

        I don’t know, but they’re giving a free battery grip with the body-only purchase!

        “Pre-Order Only – Expected Shipping: Mid March 2014 – Receive a Free Battery Grip with Pre-Order! Value ($249) – See more at: http://www.thecamerastore.com/6501-Fujifilm-X-T1-Body-Only.aspx#sthash.auN5s5o0.dpuf

        • Mguel

          It’s the same promo that is available on all other Canada stores.

          • MrALLCAPS

            Man! I hope that Free Grip is for all early purchases. I have mine pre ordered at Adorama and I’m hoping i get the same deal.

          • Newbie Fuji

            Is this only for Canadian Buyers?

      • Fly Moon

        I am not sure. I am not sure but it seems that they have a Marketing and Promotion program. You can contact them at:

        http://www.thecamerastore.com/ContactUs.aspx

  • derek

    Chris is a Nikon fanboy,and honestly I wonder how much Fuji pays to Nick for this video.
    the XT1 is not as good as he is trying hard to make it out to be.
    it has horrible menu and it is slow , the build quality is nothing special , they sound fanboy fanboy really boring.

    • jw48335

      As the camera isn’t available yet “derek” how the h*ll do you know the menu is slow or the build quality (which is newly weather sealed) is “nothing special”? Every major review I’ve seen agrees with Chris and crew on this one. I’ll happily trust them more than you.

    • admin (patrick)

      did you already try it?

      • derek

        Yes, I did try and its horrible! Soon fuji will come with Full Frame and you cant use existing lenses!!!! what a crap

        • admin (patrick)

          lucky you! I still have to find it in a store to try it out.

          • derek

            Unlucky you! It was co-incidence when I was in Japan one my friend got it for testing purpose and he told me to come and try new camera. I did try! Otherwise its amazing but lacks many things.

          • admin (patrick)

            I’m simply “the rest of the world” and still wait to see one.

          • derek

            it’s been out here already since 13th of this month,and I had it for a couple of days and returned it.

        • claudio

          Have a friend who also tried it in a store in japan. She said there was some shutter lag compared to the x-e2. Could be possible the store camera had a pre-production firmware or that there are some bugs with the current firmware. Yes it would be great for it to have absolutely no issues from the start but most products have some issues. At least I know I can trust Fuji to fix any firmware problems.

          • http://www.youtube.com/thecamerastoreTV Jordan Drake

            Having shot with the X-T1 extensively, I can tell you that there is no noticeable shutter lag, certainly not a step backwards from the X-E2.

        • Hmmm

          “Yes, I did try and its horrible! ”

          I don’t believe you at all. You’re just trolling.

      • derek

        yeah and I much prefer my A7R and XE2.
        I am not anti-Fuji or anything but I like rangefinder look of the XE2 and it is not any worse than the over priced X-T1 in resolution , color rendition and over all image quality.
        only one area the XT2 probably beats the XE2 was tracking AF.
        so unless money is not an issue , just get the already discounted X-E2, it is a better deal.

    • http://ohm-image.net ohm image

      The X-T1 certainly isn’t perfect, but it is a very nice camera. Of the current crop of mirrorless, it is the most usable camera, at least for incessant manual focusers. Both the Q and the regular menu systems are clean by comparison to other makers.

      I can see how you may not like it, but it is an excellent camera.

      Build is very good. There are certain aspects where Olympus’ OMD series is better, but by and large, X-T1 sets a new standard in the mirrorless world. It isn’t as well made as a D800 is, but then again, the standard of well-made mirrorless cameras has yet to really be set.

  • 4054
  • 4054

    X-T1 Review with Camera Remote App
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL1F5eFoNpY

  • http://deleted Fujimoto

    The main thing this camera lacks is a competent photographer. Fuji does NOT provide that for you. Maybe they should include that little detail in the fine print. Photography skills and awesome photographs not included.

  • ci-lee

    great review, another hit IMO for Fujifilm…but alas, i decided to order (thru your links Patrick) the X-E2 and 23/1.4 thru Adorama to complement my XP1, 35/1.4 and X20. The X-T1 is dead sexy and was considering it for my second body but I decided to save the cash for now (especially since the X-E2 was $100 off w/free extra battery and other goodies) and wait for the XP2/XT2 which i hope will add 1/8000 shutter (or global?!?!) and dual card slots. Anyway, Patrick, thanks for all the great info as always and once the 56/1.2 is out and gets a discount, I’ll purchase thru your site as well, cheers!

    P.S. in another post, you mentioned the interview over @ preview and how the X-E2 was getting some of the EVF and interval functions in the next firmware…any idea if the new EVF UI w/auto-orientation will be included with that? I’m guessing the side-by-side window won’t happen due to the smaller magnification but the landscape/portrait switching is really cool, would love to see that on my new X-E2!

  • Chaz

    First Mahalo Patrick and others that contribute to Fuji Rumors. I stop by hear a few times a day.

    I got my X-T1 yesterday and she is a beauty. Unfortunately I have been very busy and I’ve only been able to take some basic snapshots. I’m looking forward to the weekend so I can go out and shoot all day.

    I love all the dials on top, feels good in the hand, and lighter than I thought it would be. My X Pro 1 feels like a tank compared to it. Anyone who has an X won’t have much trouble navigating around the camera or going through the menu which is basically the exact same as my other X cameras except for a few new added features controls. I think Fuji has one of the better menu systems out there.

    I must say that I personally like my X Pro 1 and X100s (which is my all time favorite camera after the X100) Rangefinder style/feel and viewfinder to the left, but those who’ve never used a Rangefinder style of camera before and/or like using a DSLR will feel very comfortable right away.

    Being able to control the camera without having to go into the menu is what I love about this camera. The dials feel and work really well, but the the AF-L, AE-L, Q button, Trash, etc are all smaller, rounder, and more recessed than the ones on my X Pro 1 and X100s so I don’t like them as much.

    The EVF is Great! I would like to have an OVF, but I do use the EVF more often so it’s not a big deal for me. The dual screen when shooting manual is a really nice feature and having red and blue now for focus peaking is very helpful. The flip screen is ok and like most every other camera that has one.

    One of the best new features for me is the Wifi and remote shooting with my phone/iPad. I tried it out for a few minutes and it worked right way with no problems. You have lots of control and the photos download quickly to your phone. This will come in handy for group shots that you want to be in, lovely selfies, shooting long exposures, placing your camera at an event to get another angle while you shoot with another camera, and so on.

    There is no RAW converter in LR, yet. I hope it comes soon because I prefer to only shoot RAW. I haven’t had any time to do any real world testing, but the camera feels good, is very responsive, and the snaps look great.

    The X-T1 will be a great camera for anyone looking for an interchangeable lens camera with a dslr look and feel in a much smaller size. I think it will be especially nice for studio or wedding photographers because of the form factor and the vertical battery grip which works very nicely and needs/uses the same kind of battery as the camera

    If you just got the X-E2 and they upgrade the wifi/remote to match the functions of the X-T1. I don’t think you will be missing out on too much and can put money toward the new lenses. If you are an X Pro 1 user you might want to hold out for what might be around the corner. If you are looking for an awesome deal the X-E1 with the 18-55mm is a steal right now in many places.

  • Mauri

    More than a year ago thecamerastoretv posted the X-E1 vs Nex-6 shootout and for a couple of years I was seeing how the Nex line was improving but I dropped sony like a cold potato and bought the X-E1 after seeing the video. Now, I’m convinced once again that my next camera will be the X-T1. I don’t think I will ever have enough fuji cameras and lens as they stay small and light.

  • shatteredsky

    Why oh why have they decided to release the X-T1 without the matching 16-55/2.8. I know, I know, I have already moaned about this, but still. I don’t like the hassle to get rid of the 18-55 lens just after a few months.

    Regards

  • Cees

    A new one from Ralfs….

    Fujifilm X-T1 – Review + Tips & Tricks (English Version)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK6WbibaXiE

  • Cees

    Luminous Landscape review….

    Fuji’s X-T1 – The “X” System Comes of Age

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/fujis__x_t1___the_x_system_comes_of_age.shtml

  • Al Downie

    I wish I could love this camera, but I have a feeling that the sheer HUGENESS of the marketing hype is going to leave a lot of people a bit deflated.

    Regarding AF tracking, if you watch the supposedly impressive sequence of the car passing, you’ll see that everything from the buildings in the background to the wing mirror of the car they’re standing next to is in sharp focus – he obviously used a wide angle lens stopped down a long way – not exactly a great test of AF tracking! Makes me question their impartiality, along with all other pre-release reviews.

  • Hate XT-1 PRICE

    I really hate from my bottom of my heart is Fuji X-T1 price. Its too costly, I understand it has good viewfinder but cannot sell more than Canon / Nikon APSC DSLR cameras. Fuji you need to bring down the prices! Wake up.