A couple weeks ago I had the chance to try out the X-T1 under some “little” pressure. A friend, well known fashion photographer George Dimopoulos was conducting his 8th professional weekend seminar for the third year in a row and had gathered some great models and some new designs from award winning fashion designer Konstantinos Mitrovgenis and had chosen a dozen or so excellent locations in the heart of Athens.
The Good, the Bad and the unbelievable
The end of the DSLR is near. The X-T1 is the first mirror less camera that can compete with a DSLR in most but not all situations. It’s so close though that pros around the globe are switching like never before. I am not going to sit here and fill you with specs but instead get straight to the point of what this camera excels in and where it falls short, what impresses and what not:
NOTE: Updated 13/05/2014
The Fuji X-T1 is still young at a few months old, so the AF performance is obviously not as sophisticated or refined as those of DSLR’s, but none the less its performance is so impressive today, that one wonders about what the future holds for both the DSLR’s and the X-T1! What follows are my findings on the focusing performance for the X-T1, hope you find them interesting and useful.
When I first started shooting birds, I would often do the mistake of bypassing the common little birds of my area – a big mistake. No matter where you live in the world, its good practice to shoot anything that comes your way. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Sparrow or a Seagull, common birds can give you an award winning image if you give them the chance.
For Nikon FX users, the 16-35mm f/4 zoom lens is a great addition, especially if you do a lot of landscape photography. Now some of you are probably thinking, what about the 14-24mm, sure it may be a little sharper with a lot less distortion, but it is a lot more demanding and requires expensive and specialized filters. Plus the 14-24 offers less range.
Long-legged Buzzard (Buteo rufinus)
I was driving through an olive grove looking for the famous Persian Squirrel of Lesvos Island with a Nikon D300 and a 300mm f/4 lens. I wasn’t having much luck and the weather really wasn’t on my side. Before I knew it, the sky darkened dangerously and it started to sprinkle. I knew I wasn’t going to get another chance at a squirrel and I was pretty much running out of time plus my wife would be expecting me home soon so I placed my camera on the passenger’s seat, swapped the 300mm for a wide angle zoom and started for the journey home hoping that by the time I would reach the town of Agra I may have a chance at a rainbow or a nice scape.