Gear in photo:
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored or influenced by Fujifilm to write any bias reviews. This is done independently by me and based on my own personal opinions. I am not going into very technical details or pixel peep and will give you a review from my real life experience with the camera.
For the last 2 months, I have been thinking about a solution for a lighter camera load. This idea came about because of several reasons:
1) After a whole day of wedding coverage, my back hurts.
2) Troublesome when doing overseas assignment.
3) I like to bring only the necessary gear for an assignment.
This sparked my extensive research for a new solution which landed me on Fujifilm X series cameras. I had 4 personal prerequisites for it to work during my wedding assignments.
a) Camera handling and controls
b) Focusing capability
c) Noise control
d) Image quality
My verdicts will be based on “Good, Neutral and Bad”. All benchmarked against my Nikon setup
Camera handling and controls
Before contacting Fujifilm, I went down to the Fuji studio at Funan twice to test the controls of both the X-T1 and X-T10. I am very particular about handling because it affects the speed that I work. I don’t like accessing menu to change a setting. Both cameras were able to handle that except X-T10 which doesn’t have a dedicated ISO dial. (A small issue) Changing focus points was like my Nikon and was instantaneous on the back-selector pad. Back button focusing can be setup so everything else was just an issue of habit.
During a wedding, we are thrown into an array of situations from very low light to good light. My main concern is low light focusing. I have run a small test last night on the street at night and everything is performing very fast. Fuji has evolved from their old models with the focusing performing very good. However, I am reserving my opinions about this till I do a few more test runs on the street.
Coming from a full frame camera to a crop sensor, this becomes an issue. Thus far, the images that I took last night ranging from ISO3200 to 6400 were quite clean. I will need a few more test runs to give a stronger verdict.
After one night of street photography with this camera, I am blown away by the performance of the glass and sensor. Just superb image quality! The JPEGs are usable and impressive. Having used a Nikon for years, I struggled to use the JPEG as it was just terrible. Thus any projects that require fast turn around becomes an issue. I have tried many different permutations and settings but still didn’t like the Nikon JPEG output.
I will need to use the camera extensively over the next few weeks in order to give a better opinion. I prefer using it in real life to let me understand the limitation of the camera. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting images taken from the camera to let everyone have a better feel of the camera. Huge thank you to Fujifilm Singapore for the gear!