Well its been a while since ive posted anything on this blog, time just seems to go faster and faster.
Anyway for a while now ive been looking for a smaller compact camera system to compliment my Nikon D800 and D4 DSLR’s for the times when i dont want to lug around the heavy gear. Ive looked at many systems in the mirrorless market but one area where i didnt want to compromise was image quality.
After alot of searching it came down to either Fuji with their X-T1 or the Olympus with their OMD- E-M1. It was the quality of the Fuji lenses and the large sensor (1.5 crop) which finally made me settle on the Fuji System. Just before i was going to get the X-T1 fuji announced they were going to release a Graphite Edition which i loved the look of so decided to wait. Well the wait came to an end on the 21st November and my Graphite X-T1 arrived. I’d already ordered the Fuji 10-24 F4, 18-55 F2.8-F4 and the 23 F1.4 lenses to take advantage of the fuji £500 cashback they are offering when you buy 3 lenses.
We went out on Sunday afternoon to try and capture some night / sunset shots so went to Newcastle Quayside and the Millennium Bridge.
I was really keen to try the Fuji 10-24 (15-35 equivalent) as i wanted a wide angle for my Nikon system but could never really settle on a lens, i had the Nikon 14-24 which was optically superb but couldnt take filters easily and i tried the Nikon 16-35 which has massive distortion and softness issues at the edges of the frame.
The Fuji seems to tick all the boxes, ultra wide, F4, image stabiliser and can take my lee filters with its 72mm filter thread, No distortion, no vignetting at 10mm with 2 stacked lee filters the list of positives just goes on.
To say im impressed is an understatement, the Fuji 10-24 performs as good as my Nikon 14-24 which is renounded for being the best ultra wide on the market.
Here is a shot taken at f16, 13 seconds, iso 200
Comparing the image with a similar one from my Nikon D800, its surprising how close the fuji is to the Nikon even though its only got half the resolution.
The fuji is going to be getting alot of use from now on and im looking at adding the Fuji 56 F1.2 in the next few weeks.
The time has come when we cant ignore these small system cameras anymore. They are only going to get better and better and there will be a time soon when the likes of Nikon and Canon are going to have to respond or get left behind, its happenning already.
For sports and wildlife a pro DSLR like the D4 / 1dx will be better (other DSLR’s not so much) but for everything else, the DSLR really doesnt have much of an advantage anymore.