Fujifilm XT-1 Flagship and Greenland Icebergs
On a recent photographic trip to Greenland. FujiFilm Switzerland loaned me the FujiFilm XT-1 and 3 lenses; XF 16-55mm/2.8; XF 50-140mm/2.8; XF 10-24mm/4.0. I was keen to test FujiFilm’s flagship camera and lenses in the harsh Arctic conditions.
A friend and fellow photographer Peter Delaney is a recent convert to Fujifilms mirrorless platform and has been informing me of his positive experiences .
The first noticeable thing on my travels was:
How light my FujiFilm camera bag was compared to my DSLR bag, especially as I trekked across deep snow and frozen terrain of Greenland. Another delightful surprise was FujiFilms EVF. It was big, bright and every change I made in the camera settings reflected in the viewfinder, WYSIWYG. You can program your EVF to show your histogram, exposure compensation, ISO, aperture and shutter settings etc, invaluable. Why can’t my DSLR do this! Simple it has a mirror!
Iceberg photographed from moving boat handheld:
Fujifilm XT-1; lens: XF 10-24mm F/4.0; Exposure: 1/60sec. F/9.0; ISO 200
Other valuable features, the horizon level turns green when level, no more having to adjust horizons in post processing.
I found the menu easy to navigate and the quick menu a blessing. No more having to scroll through pages of menu. A really cool feature is focus assist, by pressing the focus assist button or by turning the manual focus ring on your lens activates highlight peaking which shows you which part of your image is in focus. Especially useful in difficult lighting or for people who sometimes don’t trust their eyes. Why can’t my DSLR do this??
Two Fisher Boats Passing Each Other
Photograph captured from the cliffs handheld:
FujiFilm XT-1; lens: XF 50-140mm F/2.8; Exposure: 1/60sec. F/13.0; ISO 200
One of my major concerns was the battery performance, especially in ice cold conditions. On my boat trips photographing the icebergs two batteries lasted easy 4-5 hours, which was more than adequate. The batteries are small and inexpensive, easy to stow in your pocket.
One big difference I noted on my return between my DSLR and Mirrorless Fujifilm XT-1, was the amount of exposures I made. I made more exposures with my DSLR than FujiFilms XT-1. It wasn’t that I preferred shooting with the DSLR. It was because I trusted FujiFilms XT-1 EVF that I had captured the photograph exactly as I wanted.
My photographic trip to Greenland was a success. I came back with some wonderful Landscape Photographs created with the FujiFilm XT-1, even there out of the camera jpegs were impressive. I love the film simulation modes too, my favourite was Classic Chrome.
I am truly impressed by FujiFilms mirrorless equipment and it will definitely become part of my camera equipment.
A big thank you to FujiFilm Switzerland for the loan equipment and there valuable advice and input. Very impressed by their service, which seems the norm with FujiFilm offices around the world.
What I highly recommend is the book by publishers Rocky Nook: Fujifilm XT-1; 111 X-Pert Tips to Get the Most Out Of Your Camera