26 May 2015
Since last year, when Fujifilm lent me an X-T1 for a couple of weeks to review it, I wanted one for myself. The X-E1 was a great camera, I really had fun with it and I took many great shot with that camera, but the X-T1 is simply a (big) step above, the viewfinder is simply magnificent, the AF is very good (not as good as a DSLR, but very good for a mirrorless), and I simply loved the ergonimic of that camera, all those dials on the top, where I can set everything I need without going to any menu, it was just perfect.
But a mirrorless for me it's a second body, a camera that I don't want to spend millions on it, as I've already have a DSLR with plenty of good (and expensive) lenses. It's a camera I use when I want to have fun, or that I carry with me all the times, but when I need serious stuff I go back to my trusty Canon 6D. But in the past year I started to reconsider that concept. Is really that better a DSLR? Well, in some fields you can't really replace it, like for gigs or events, when I need a good focusing system and very good performances at High ISO, or even for portraits when those 4MP extra are handy and when you have a nice shallow depth of field that you cannot simply get on an APS-C sensor. But for other fields, like street photography or landscapes, when you don't need those top notch performances, is it really that better?
So at the end of the day the question is: is it better to have a camera that might have more resolution, better High ISO (even if until 1600 ISO I don't really see that much of a difference between the X-T1 and the Canon 6D) and better AF, but that you never carry with you because it's too heavy, or a camera that it's slighly slower, with a fewer Megapixels, but that it's lightweight and that you can carry with you all the times?
Also from the tests I've done in the past year, the Samyang 12mm f/2.0, a rather cheap and fully manual lens with the X-Trans sensor, versus the Canon 6D (full frame) sensor with the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L, it outperforms in terms of sharpness and contrast the latter lens, and, spoiler alert, the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 (a 52mm compared to a 35mm) versus the Canon 50mm f/1.4, similar lenses in terms of angle of view and price tag, it's far superior of the Canon one. They results are just sharper, even straight from wide open
So, as I don't go to gigs that much anymore, and I'm back shooting more street photography and landscapes, where in both cases a lighter camera it makes my life easier, and it saves me from a few back pain, I decided to invest some money and upgrade from my Fuji X-E1 to a shiny brand new Fuji X-T1, which it didn't cost me that much as at the moment they are offering 100 euro cashback and another 100 euro if you trade in an older model or an older DSLR (and finally I got rid of my old Canon 50D which was sitting on a shelf), and I got some money with the X-E1 (even a bit less than I was expect, I could get more maybe on ebay, but I just don't like that platform), and so far I'm super happy with my new "black beauty".
Maybe in the future I'll get a landscape lens like the Fuji XF 10-24 f/4 OIS, so I can completely use only the X-T1 as my camera when I travel, as the more I'm getting old, the heavier my backpack is becoming :-)