Compact System Camera!
Last Updated 24th June 2016
are about to announce the new Fujifilm X-T2 compact system camera BUT the
existing Fujifilm X-T1 model is likely to remain for some considerable time.
Now 2 years old, the X-T1 is still ranked as the compact system camera for the
'Purist' who enjoys using manual controls and producing excellent jpeg files,
straight from the camera. Short of going back to film, the X-T1 remains one of the best
digital offerings available today.
A Camera for the Vocational Photographer
Fujifilm X-T1 compact system camera is a
vocational photographer's dream,
this is a camera that is designed to handle beautifully and
photographer with the manual controls and viewfinder that facilitate the
composure of an image whilst the eye is up at the viewfinder - 'what you see is
what you get'.
If you want to put aside a touch screen and a Smartphone and get
back to the 'Purism
in Photography' the Fujifilm X-T1 is the camera for you.
I recognise Fujifilm as a manufacturer that will concentrate on producing
cameras and lenses for 'stills photography' which will deliver the very best
image quality, even at high ISO levels. My
Fujifilm X100s compact camera is a
'classic' example with it's retro style body and awesome manual controls.
X-T1 compact system camera has
an APS-C 1.53 x crop sensor which is smaller than a 35mm 'full frame' camera
the Fujifilm X-T1 does not disappoint. Fujifilm are renowned for excellent
customer support and the steadfast constant development and upgrades of their
The Fujifilm X-T1 is about to be upgraded to the Fujifilm X-T2 so the X-T1 is
currently on offer at £781.30 inclusive of vat in the UK and there are
bundles available that offer even further discounts.
the establishment of Vocational Guidance in 1908 by the engineer
Frank Parsons, the use of the term
“vocation” has evolved, with emphasis shifting to an individual's development of
talents and abilities in the choice and enjoyment of a career. This semantic
expansion has meant some diminishment of reference to the term's religious
meanings in everyday usage".
'first and foremost' is a vocation for those photographers who strive to
develop their skills,
therefore in the main, a dedicated camera system is more desirable.
Fujifilm already produce excellent
Fujinon X Mount Lenses
and probably the very best for 'The Purist Photographer' and the 'Henri Cartier-Bresson' street
experience is the
Fuji 35mm f1.4 R prime lens
with it's 53mm field of view. This 35mm lens is currently on offer and
costs £333.99 vat inclusive in the UK.
Most photographers require a 'positive' reason to purchase a new camera system
I have thought long and hard about the X-T1 because it's not a Canon or
Fujifilm 35mm 'full frame' upgrade.
You can use virtually any camera for street photography and I have used a
variety of cameras and lenses in all different sizes and weights.
I like the idea of a camera and lens combo that has excellent manual controls
and has a reasonable lens zoom through a 24-200mm field of view to shoot wide
and yet bring in those important head shots of characters on the street.
Scotland has now more seasons with heavy rain
for prolonged periods
(including the winter months) and this trend has been maintained over the last 4 years. The winter (even into the spring) is
the worse period for my photography and the continual
rain or snow
virtually brings it to a stop. A Fujifilm X-T1 system that is
compact, lightweight and can be used in virtually all weathers (within
reason) is to be welcomed.
I like the weatherproofing of the X-T1
compact system camera and the
Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5/f5.6 R LM OIS WR Zoom Lens
with it's 27.5mm - 206mm field of view. Sure the X-T1 has been around for 2
years and probably will be around for the foreseeable future, even with the
launch of the expected Fujifilm X-T2 variant BUT the X-T1 is all you
require for street photography and remains tremendous value for money.
X range cameras already have a fast autofocus system and great manual focusing
aids such as focus peaking and split image so the X-T1 is a camera with a long
shelf life, way beyond it's existing 2 years.
can now purchase this combo in the UK for £1,079.00 inclusive of vat.
are certain APS-C suitable lenses in the
range that are particularly attractive.
One of those lenses is the
56mm f1.2 R APD Prime Lens
(85mm field of view)
which is ideal for portraits, pulling in landscapes and street photography.
The Fuji 56mm f1.2 R APD XF Fujinon Lens is a fast prime lens with a durable,
metal construction and bright f1.2 aperture. The lens fits all of Fuji’s
X-series compact system
cameras and delivers beautiful bokeh and fast, quiet autofocusing making it
particularly suitable for high quality portraits.
It's a large-diameter medium-telephoto prime lens
with a fast f1.2 aperture, which produces creamy bokeh and it's 56mm focal length, equivalent to 85mm in 35mm film format, offers a comfortable shooting distance from the subject.
X-Series cameras have won a solid reputation for their faithful reproduction of skin tones and combining them with this lens delivers the ultimate portrait photography results. The built-in APD filter, the pinnacle of Fujifilm's nanotechnology, produces even smoother bokeh, making the subject stand out even more and enhances creativity, not only for portraits, but also on a wide range of other subjects.
The Fuji 56mm f1.2 R XF lens is ideal for capturing a variety of topics,
including low light photography.
Fuji X-T1 Camera Specifications -
* 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor
* EXR Processor II
* Weather-resistant body
* ISO 200-6400, plus 100 - 51200 expanded (JPEG only)
* 2.36M dot OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.77x (equiv.) magnification
* 'Dual view' on EVF shows regular view and focus peaking/digital split image at
the same time
* Top-plate ISO, shutter speed, exposure compensation, drive mode and metering
* Six programmable function buttons
* 3.0" 1.04M dot 3:2 tilting LCD
* 8 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF (3 fps with live view)
* Built-in Wi-Fi including remote control from a smartphone or tablet
* Full HD movie recording (1080/60p, 36Mbps bitrate), with built-in stereo
* Clip-on external flash (included)
* Optional battery grip
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