When my Editor-in-Chief asked if I’d like to review the Fujifilm X-T1, I responded with an emphatic, “YES.” Having worked with the X-E2 for several months and the X-A1 and X20 before that, I’ve become the Fuji lover both on staff and around my friends. The X-T1 has something of a traditional SLR design with the the viewfinder in the middle, as opposed to the left side, and all manner of dials along the top. It’s only slight larger than the X-E2, but it’s far more satisfying to use. While the core elements of the X-T1 are the same as the X-E2, there are several important factors that keep it comfortably above the rest of the crop.
We sang this lens’s praises before when we first go the X-E2 in for review because it was unlike any kit lens we’d worked with to date. With a fairly generous variable aperture and an aperture ring, this 18-55mm is a refreshing take on a form that has resided in the doldrums of f3.5-5.6. The lens offers full control in its three rings and two sliders, and it can produce some beautiful images to boot.
During my time reviewing units, I’ve become somewhat of a Fujifilm enthusiast. Having worked with the X20 and X-A1 – and to a lesser extent, the X-Pro 1 – the X-E2 felt like an old friend. More robust than the X-A1 and slightly less so than the X-Pro 1, the X-E2 is the successor to the X-E1, which was released last year. With retro appeal and a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor, the X-E2 can make beautiful images while looking beautiful.
We knew it would be coming, and now it’s official. Today, Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS wide-angle zoom lens, the latest and 11th addition to its X-mount lens setup. With this lens, the X-system now covers focal lengths ranging from 15mm ultra wide-angle to 350mm telephoto, in 35mm full-frame terms. The new 10-24mm lens sports a constant initial aperture of f4, which means there’s no loss in speed when zooming in. Full specs after the break.
You’re in the market for a new camera, and you go for the one with the kit lens bundled in. As you scroll through the options, you rub your temples as the f3.5-5.6 aperture becomes a tragic theme. You take a peak at the a99, and that 28-75 f/2.8 looks nice, but you have maybe half that amount to spend on a camera and lens. Then you come across the Fujifilm X-E2. It’s not yet on the market, but that kit lens looks mighty nice. The 18-55mm isn’t that impressive, but the aperture range is f/2.8-4 just like the X-E1 before it. Above all else, you get an aperture ring.
The X-series is an exciting line of cameras, and with each new entry, Fujifilm is strengthening its place in the photography world. My previous X-perience was with the X20, a high-end point-and-shoot, so an interchangeable mirrorless X camera is a breath of fresh air. The Fujifilm X-A1 arrived at my door, and a day later, Chris Gampat lent me his X-Pro 1, Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 and SLR Magic 23mm f1.7. Armed with the X-A1 and glass far better than the kit lens, I set out to make the most of my few weeks with this entry-level offering from Fujifilm.