X-T1 body in stock at AmazonUS + X-T1 roundup: “who needs an OVF anymore?”

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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 /

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In Stock

The body is finally in stock at AmazonUS here (sold directly by AmazonUS). The kit is in stock at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama.

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X-T1 Roundup

– Rupert Marlow first impression of the X-T1 can be read here at rupertmarlow:

“This little camera really packs a punch. It’s well built, compact yet sturdy and some design elements have really improved it for a plethora of reasons.

BUT… Most of all, OVF, who needs an OVF? the viewfinder in the Fuji X-T1 is a thing of beauty. It is massive and as such, in manual focus, big enough for two screens!!”

I can honestly say, the only 2 things I find really frustrating though are the back directional buttons and how soft and recessed they are makes it hard to operate by feel and that there are no hard screen protectors available for it yet online. That is it. And the screen cover isn’t even fuji’s fault!

– What I Think of the Fujifilm X-T1 at bertstephani here: “I must admit it wasn’t love at first sight. […] But all that changed when I got to play with a near-production prototype for an hour. […] Until a couple of weeks ago, I considered the X-E2 to be the best Fujifilm camera. However I still used my X-Pro1 as my main camera, simply because it’s still a great camera, it sits better in my hands and (although I wish I wouldn’t have to take it into account) it gives a better impression towards professional clients. But after only an hour with the X-T1, I knew it would become my new main camera. It’s faster, weather sealed, has more features, and fits my hands perfectly.”

– Éric Bouvet is back from Kiev again and shares a series called “Heroes from Maidan” on his web site: http://ericbouvet.com/Heroes-from-Maidan. These incredible and strong images were taken with the X-T1 and X-PRO1.

image courtesy: Éric Bouvet

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– Nice review of the Fuji X-T1 in the free online magazine F11 magazine by Tony Bridge here.

– Henry: “Hi Patrick, I wanted to share a couple of images of the X-T1 and the SanDisk UHS-II memory card – both of which arrived this week. (I bought the UHS-II SD cards directly from SanDisk).  I have to say, kudos to the engineering gods at Mt. Fujifilm…they have once again surpassed my expectations.  The two worked so well together, I could hardly tell that there was a buffer…it felt like the whole card IS the buffer. ;) I also added an image of the X-T1 with a Nikon 50mm 1.4 (using Kipon adapter) and his cousin in the X-Brotherhood, the X-E1.  All images were taken with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm 1.4. Thanks again for all that you do.” Check it out at his website fortheloveofx here. To purchase the new SD-cards directly on SanDisks’ shop click here.

– Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions at admiringlight here: “There has been big talk about the EVF, and for good reason.  It’s a phenomenal viewfinder.  The view is simply gigantic, and it’s clear with good dynamic range and absolutely zero perceptible lag between the real world and the EVF display.  This is the best electronic viewfinder on the market.  After shooting a day with the X-T1, looking through my X-E2′s finder was almost painful.”

– Kevin Mullins had the opportunity to use the X-T1, 56mm and 10-24mm at the CP+ in Japan. Read his blog post here at kevinmullinsphotography: “Of course, not everything is perfect.  There are minor niggles with the X-T1 that I’d like to see resolved, the lens roadmap is not yet complete and we are still awaiting an X-Pro1 replacement.  There are people who have issues with AF speed and lack of dual card slots and there are people who find the AF speed perfectly fine, myself included and are happy without dual slots.  It’s horses for courses but the point is, Fuji really, and genuinely are listening and building a system for now, and for the future.”

– more X-T1 images at outbackphoto here and here. For the gallery “the X-T1 meets the 23mm” click here.

– Remote Photography with the X-T1 at flixelpix here.

– Italian review “full frame quality in APS-C format” at tomshw here (translation).

– First impressions of the Fuji VG-XT1 Grip at f-sunny here: “The final combination looks great, is very functional, and for me, really makes the camera.”

– X-T1 + Macro Switar 50mm F1.8 AR at the Japanese site dc.watch here (translation).

Cnet review here. They say it’s the best Fuji camera ever made, there is lot to like but also that “some of the controls are too hard to manipulate, its general performance doesn’t stand out, and the movie quality disappoints.”

– X-T1 first look at stevehuffphoto here.

– Japanese review at dc.watch here (translation).

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  • Brainkite

    Wow, Eric Bouvet Kiev’s pictures almost made me cry. They are so powerful.

    • ReneBee

      @Brainkite:
      Thanks for pointing Eric Bouvet’s work out.Breathtaking photos!

    • Greg

      Yes, great work. Brave guy.

  • Moses Israel

    put an FF sensor and I take at least two to start with

  • flesix

    Well, for me personally I cannot understand the hype about the EVF of the T1. And this is not, because I don’t like EVFs in general, I immediately liked the one of the X-E1 when I got it in November 2012. And sure, the size is great and what I particularly like is the layout with the slim shooting information display line above and below the image frame. Wish they made that available in the X-Ex too.

    But what I don’t like at all is the reduces pixel density. Skaling up the 2.3 Mdot display of the X-Ex doesn’t give more information, it’s only increasing the perceived size of the pixels. To an extent that I’m looking at a pixel grid now, like moving to close to an HDTV screen.

    I know from a post of mine in another forum that there are not many who can understand my problem with this, but to me it’s a deal-breaker.

    • Wally

      Having the body in hand and being able to work with the XT1 versus what I read on this site tells me a lot about the credibility of the comments I read prior to getting mine. I never put any faith in them and as it turns out, that was a good idea. The camera is good, no question but the EVF is at best a 7 out of 10. I just don’t get the hype. The AF is a kick butt and comes close to matching my DSLR’s but the XT1’s size is an issue for me. I’ve almost dropped the little sucker 3-4 times now. I wish it were as solid feeling as my X-Pro1. I hope the grip helps when it arrives. I don’t know yet if I keep it or not so I hope the hype continues so I don’t lose much $$ on it if it goes. I’m more excited about the 56mm if it ever ships.

      • stis

        I don’t believe any reviews from anyone or any site if there is a click-through link to gain commissions to the reviewer’s site.

        In fact, I assume the exact opposite of any puffy hype and to date my assumptions have never been wrong about any camera I’ve purchased.

      • Edubyatx

        Is that 7 out of 10 where a 10 is the best EVF on the market, or where a 10 is the best EVF you can imagine?

        As for the size, I’ve noticed many folks are saying it’s smaller than they expected. That’s a problem if you’re expecting something a bit more DSLRish. As for me, I’m thrilled that it’s so small. I want to thin my collection and have a camera that can do it all.

    • Greg

      I have not had this issue. I was definitely worried about it though when I heard it was the same EVF but with a new optical element to increase magnification. I cannot see any individual pixels however on my X-T1.
      For a point of reference a 1080p TV has a resolution of approx 28 dots per centimeter. This little EVF is 1043 dots per centimeter.
      You can’t see the pixel grid of a TV unless you are within 2ft or so of it.

      • flesix

        Greg, this is not a matter of pixels per length unit, but pixels per percentage of your field of vision. If you move so close to the TV screen that it fills the same portion of your field of vision then you might be able to see the pixel grid.
        To me this is the same effect if I look at the rear LCD plain (cannot see any pixels) and with a magnifying lass. Suddenly I can see the pixels.
        And given that I can already see the pixels on an X-Ex (if just so), it’s only logical that I can see them much more clearly in the X-T1

        • Greg

          I understand, I alluded to that by mentioning the the distance to the TV before seeing individual pixels. Too early in the morning to do the math to figure out comparative dpi/display size to distance ratios for the TV vs EVF.
          You must have better vision than I. The X-T1’s EVF is clear and sharp to me. Very happy with it–though now I am curious to look at it again with a more critical eye.
          I have worked full time as a graphic designer for 5 years–I look at images for print and digital media all day–I have not noticed any pixelation in the EVF during normal usage. I don’t mention that to suggest I am more qualified in some way; just to illustrate I am not a casual user.
          I do think the EVF was over-hyped prior to release. It’s great but not magical. Although, I can say for sure I have no interest in using the previous Fuji EVF’s now.

    • tim

      I wondered the same thing. There is not that much more resolution than the 1.44MP in the X-Pro1, around 30%, and I would guess that with the increased magnification the pixel size is actually unchanged to the eye. With the XPro1 I find the digital noise in the EVF, particularly when zoomed, makes manual focusing difficult … or at least not so much fun. Is that still the case with the T1?

      • flesix

        It’s not a matter of noise actually, or at least not what I’m bothered by. But mentioning the X-Pro1 EVF is a good comparizon. You get the same effect, only in a smaller “package”.
        Zooming in is not an option for me, you look at a magnified grid without getting additional sharpness-information, nothing more that I would not be able to see in the un-zoomed view.

    • Robert

      I agree that the slim shooting information display lines above and below the image frame are very good. The reason for not doing the same in the X-Ex is likely that they would become very small given that the EVF is not as enlarged in the X-Ex series.

      To use the full 3*2 image frame in the X-T1 I think that Fuji has sliced the line below the image frame in the X-Ex in two parts and put one above the image frame (or, described in another way, moved the image frame down to the center of the display in the X-T1 as opposed to at the top of the display in the X-Ex). Since the enlargement is larger, the font in the shooting information display lines can be significantly smaller in the X-T1 than in the X-E1, and still be readable.

      I also understand what you mean by a perceived lower resolution. Personally I much prefer the greater enlargement of the EVF anyway. To me comparing the X-T1 to the X-E1 is like comparing the D800 to the D5100, i.e. a big difference, which makes it much easier for me to see what is in the viewfinder and compose. This is actually one of the main reasons for why I think that an update from the X-E1 to the X-T1 makes sense.

      • flesix

        I agree that the shooting information display lines would need to appear smaller on an X-Ex, but since they are currently using a huge font size (as I see it), I’d be happy to have it half that size, if I could get rid of some of the overlays in the image frame.

        • Robert

          I agree. The worst thing in the overlay is the exp comp scale in my opinion. That should have been moved to a shooting information display line outside the image frame also for the X-Ex long time ago.

      • Robert

        I should add that I see no problems with the enlargement of the pixels. To me the X-T1 EVF is bright and clear, and I know that I have excellent vision. It is not as clear and crisp as the viewfinder in the D800 IMHO, though very good for an EVF. However I need more time with the X-T1 shooting in different conditions for a more thorough conclusion.

  • Luffy

    is the EVF much better and bigger then the one in the Sony A7(r)? Maybe someone who have tried both can give me some insight :)

    • TAZ98

      Does the A7 have the same EVF as the AF(R)?
      Does the A7 have the same EVF as the AF(R)?
      If so, I can saw that yes, the EVF is bigger on the TF.

  • Chase

    I don’t know if some of you have handled the X-E1 or X-Pro1 but those pale in comparison when we talk about the X-T1’s EVF. It was a BIG hype, but I do think it pulled it off. It’s really that good. Size, color, and refresh rate! Those pixel/noise complaints are just those who haven’t handled other brands. The X-T1 tops them all and no, it doesn’t look like an OVF, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all.

    • Greg

      It is great. I think the issue is so many reviewers made it seem like more than it is. Almost as if it would forever change your perception of what a viewfinder should be. For anyone coming from a previous X camera though it will certainly be very impressive. Coming from a pro DSLR it won’t be quite as impressive but it will definitely make the transition much more seamless. With EVF’s like this mirrorless camera viewfinders will no longer seem like a such a downgrade for professionals.
      Love the redesign of the GUI as well–much more efficient and in-line with what I’d expect from a pro level camera.

      • tim

        For these first hand comments it would seem that the EVF is the best for an X camera so far (no surprise) and not offering exactly the OVF experience (but something good none the less). What it means against the competition is probably not that significant as they probably all use the same EVF display elements more or less anyway.

        Then the T1 is probably not the form-factor for me, but if Fuji would update the X-Pro (which I doubt will happen) then it would probably be a nice upgrade to the overall experience of that camera. Fair enough.

    • I agree. The difference between the EVF in the Pro1 and E1 (I have all three) is significant. I think some people have expected it to look like a OVF and are somewhat disappointed that it doesn’t.

  • robertoalagna

    Since i work all day long in front of my computer screen, i NEED AN OVF. I do not want to have my eye glued to a digital screen for my hobby time…

    No matter how good is this EVF.

    Please Fuji, don’t pays attention to this weird idea…

    • Greg

      Would love to see the OVF improved. I can only wonder what it would take to make it work better with the full range of zooms and visual focus confirmation. My guess is it would be a rather large camera.
      At this point I am more interested in the development of the EVF. I hate looking at screens as well–it’s what I do all day at work. But how often are you actually looking at the EVF when taking photos? You find the shot with your eyes, raise camera to eye, take the shot–that’s it.

    • In that case, buy the X-Pro1 or wait for X-Pro2.

      I love my Pro1 but much prefer the large EVF of the X-T1 and will look forward to further updated versions…. with EVF. We don’t all have to like the same thing and Fuji don’t have to provide cameras that all have the same features.

  • MrGecko

    Éric Bouvet got some serious balls to do that kind of work. Amazing

  • Vlad

    From what I see, many had too high expectations. Also, some still argue about how OVFs are better, but most comparisons seem to be with FF cameras.

  • Bonner

    With slightly more noise in low light than the X-E1 and X-Pro1, I can see still see 3x more clearly on the X-T1. Some people are looking way too much into this.

  • Kelly Garren

    I understand technically what all the fuss is about the EVF and pixel density etc. etc. I had the same questions before I actually handled one. Is it AS good as an OVF? Well…that depends on what OVF we are talking about. I for one like using the EVF. I like the preview of the image before hand, and this is plain and simple a great clear and vivid and big EVF. It’s great. I love it.

    • Greg

      Agreed, I love it as well. The possibilities of EVF’s are endless whereas optical is fairly limited as of now. Love being able to see a histogram in real-time along with a fairly accurate preview of the image that will be recorded. The last remaining technical hurdle for EVF’s is low-light performance. Once that has been solved I can’t think of any reason to use an optical finder.
      One of the most disorienting aspects of using a DSLR for me is you have to keep in mind that camera sees everything differently than what you see in the OVF. Shots that look great to your naked eye may not look half as good recorded by a digital sensor. Of course, you get used to it. But there are far less surprises when you are seeing an accurate preview as you shoot.

      • Kelly Garren

        Exactly, I love that I don’t have any surprises with the last image. It’s also what I learned on with the x-pro1. I mean, to each their own and all, but I for one really enjoy shooting with it and after a year and a half using an EVF I think I might find it frustrating to go to an exclusive OVF.

  • Kelly Garren

    I’ve also been able to get sharper images at lower shutter speeds hand held without OIS on the X-T1 because of the placement of the EVF allows me to hold the camera steadier I think.

  • anon

    fuji, give us 90 2.0 please :)

    • Robert

      A 55-135/4 OIS as well please. I would take that over the 2.8 variant (which is not of interest for me), because the 4 would be smaller and lighter. And while at the optical wishlist it looks in the lens roadmap as if there is a 16 mm coming (it is positioned between the 14 and 18 mm in the roadmap). If so please make it 16/1.4. I really like 24/1.4 on FF so it would be great to be able to get the same FOV on APS-C in a fast prime.

  • MikeD

    I was really hoping to that the X-T1 would resolve the two issues that I have with the X-E1 which prevent it becoming my main system: low light AF and focus tracking/frame rate.

    For location model work without modelling lights the X-E1 AF isn’t reliable enough so I still use a 5D for this. I’m talking about a set where the ambient levels are kept low to prevent incidental fill.

    For sports work I use a 1D. From what I have read on various forums the X-T1 low light singe shot AF still isn’t brilliant. Improved but not at pro level of reliability.

    Focus tracking and frame rate seem to now be pretty robust. But there’s an issue which again stops it being suitable for commercial sports work. The nine continuous focus points are grouped in the centre of the frame. So all the sports subjects have to be centre frame. No rule of thirds tracking of a runner’s face, for example. And that doesn’t sell nearly as well.

    So no point in giving up the reliable 1D which can track a subject in just about any part of the frame.

    I love the X-E1 image quality, jpgs, colours, white balance, size and lightness. I’d have bought two X-T1s without hesitation so I don’t have to change lenses in a shoot. Changing bodies is quicker. As far as I can see the X-T1 is, well, close but no cigar.

    The herd won’t like this.

    • Charles

      You want the AF system of the 6000€ Canon 1D and 3000€ 5D in a 1200€ mirrorless body?

      Are you silly or just a troll?

      • MikeD

        Never assume, Charles, it makes you look stupid. The AF of the eight year old 5D and the nine year old 1DMkiiN would be fine. Is Fuji serious about joining the the pro game, or just playing at it? “The fastest AF in the world.”

  • Wally

    About the X-T1 light leak issue, I just talked to FujifilmUSA, a repair tech and he said they cannot do anything to fix the camera yet. Its a known problem, they have replicated the issue but have not heard from Tokyo about what to do or how Fujifilm will address it. He basically said watch the forums because they spread the new faster than anyone. Where did Rico get his info about a service bulletin? This tech knew nothing about one being out and has no idea about a fix.

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