It has been a few years since I started playing around with Fuji X-Trans cameras. Up until I bought my X100s, I was a pretty solid "Canon Guy", but after seeing some of the images being shot with the - then new - X-Trans cameras, I had to see what all of the hype was about.
After purchasing the X100s, if you have been keeping score, I fell in love. The hype was real. It has been my daily, walking about camera for about 2 years now. Not only is it unbelievably more portable than my workhorse Canon 5D MKII, it also doesn't really sacrifice much in terms of image quality, which would have been a deal breaker. The downside is that it is a fixed 35mm equivalent, which is not a problem in-and-of itself, but there are times when you do want the flexibility to swap lenses, zoom, etc.
For the past few months, I have been keeping an eye on the X-T1 as an extension of what the X100s has provided me - portability with outstanding image quality. Where the X100s was limited by a fixed lens, however, the X-T1 can swap lenses, sacrifices nothing in terms of image quality, provides a much larger EVF and is weather resistant. What isn't to love?
Last week, I finally doubled down on Fuji and bought an X-T1. I had given some serious thought to purchasing a new Canon, but the X100s has convinced me that where Canon has been making incremental updates to their systems, Fuji is clearly future-focused and is providing new and innovative features - not to mention regular firmware updates to help get additional life out of aging hardware.
At this point, I would say that it is too soon to give a proper review, but I would argue that the X-T1 is an unbelievably nice camera that packs a serious punch in a small package. In fact, the end-to-end quality has been so good that I am considering it as a full-blown replacement for my full-frame Canon, which I would have nearly considered impossible.
I suppose that for now I would say that the X100s and the X-T1 "experiment" has been proving extremely positive. Look for more photos to come over the next few months, but for now, here are a few test shots from the past few days.
FUJI X100s & X-T1