There will be no film images this week. Two rolls of Lomography Color Negative (Medium Format) are done. But the new local “lab” I’ll be testing, is out of chemicals. It’s a small operation for development and scanning film, that’s getting ready to start its service in 2016. On the plus side: after developing, the images will be scanned with a Nikon Coolscan film scanner!
So instead I’ll be sharing my thoughts and images made with the Fujifilm X-T1, which I was able to test during the 500px Fujifilm Photo Walk for ~3 hours. Not enough time for a “review”, so here are just a couple of thoughts.
Originally I was looking for a small, lightweight digital camera, that I could carry around all the time. I looked at the Fujifilm X100S/T, but the fixed lens is a 35mm equivalent and with the tele conversion lens on top the camera is big again.
Size / Weight
The size and the weight of the camera were a little bit higher, than I was expecting, but still completely okay. The kit lens made it quite a bit bulkier. If I should ever use a X-type Fujifilm camera in the future, it will be with a prime lens anyway.
Handling / Electronic Viewfinder
You often hear other photographer say “The camera is just a tool.” and that’s the main thing I had to think about, while using the X-T1. No idea if that’s a good or bad thing. It only takes pictures, it’s not a magic box. You still have to do, what you always do. What you have to do with any camera.
The electronic viewfinder was confusing. I could see pixels, the colors were wrong (blue tint to everything), it was dark, it was strange. Maybe there are better settings. I’m used to big optical viewfinders and this was my first time using an electronic one. I didn’t like it that much. Maybe it was just the difference I didn’t like, not the viewfinder itself. Lets see how they improve in the future.
Lens / Focal Lengths
The kit zoom lens was okay, but I really missed having a prime lens. Looking at the used focal lengths afterwards was quite surprising. Most of them hovered around 35mm. Multiply that with 1.5 (the APS-C to full frame crop factor) and you end up at around 50mm – the focal length I usually shoot with. Seems as can take the 50mm out of my hands, but not out of my brain.
I would have loved to try the camera with the new Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 attached. Well, maybe another time…
I found out during the test, that I actually prefer a wheel dial to an aparture control ring on the lens. Old habits, I guess.
Image Quality / Colors
The only digital files I can compare them with are those of my Nikon D7100. Image quality is good. Colors are better, than the “unprocessed” Nikon files. But since I use film emulation for almost all my digital files anyway, in the end it doesn’t matter.
It’s a good looking black box that takes pictures, like any other camera. There’s almost religious hype around the camera, that I couldn’t understand while testing the camera for 3 hours. Maybe it takes more time. Maybe it takes being a photographer, that I’m not.
I’ll keep an eye on future camera developments from Fujifilm. Until then I’ll stick with what I already have and focus on improving myself, instead of changing gear.
500px Fujifilm Photo Walk Leipzig, Germany | September 2015
Gear: Fujifilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4 (kit lens)
Post processing: Lightroom + VSCO Film #00