Let’s talk Fuji again for a minute

… “But haven’t you hated the X-T1 you tried two weeks ago ?!?”.


GoogleMai14-14Fuji X-T1 and 18-55/2.8-4

This is actually I think the only one of the handful of shots I snapped with the XT-1, that I went as far as editing. The camera put me off so badly with its ergonomics (the dials on the unit I tried were a nightmare, all either too stiff or too lose, not to mention a broken one) that I didn’t even bother actually shooting it past the mandatory couple of totally worhtless test pics. Then, the following Sunday at a family gathering, I ran into a lady I had met at Xmas, and whom I had advised (upon her own request, I don’t go pushing my camera choices down people’s throat until they ask…) to get a Fuji X-A1 kit. To my shock and surprise (people ask a lot of advise and usually make sure not to follow them), she had done just that, and also brought the camera with her that day ! So I got to fiddle with the A1 all afternoon, kicking myself in the shins repeatedly for not having brought the three X mount adapters I had recently gotten for my favorite manual focus lenses. But hey, how would have I known !?

TrioX-A1So despite being stuck with the diminutive and humble 16-50 kit lens (small, light, boringly limited in range and aperture, but optically surprinsingly good !), I had an absolute blast with the camera. And IQ was, I was just *shocked*. I mean, I’ve had many, many Fuji cameras in the past, and IQ has always been a very strong point of them. I don’t know what Fuji does to the sensors they use and how they cook their jpegs, but the images I’ve gotten from my various Fujis have always been impressive. Until the X Trans chip, which I never could quite get to perform for me in the X-E1 my friend Pablo so nicely let me have for a week last year. But the X-A skips the X Trans, sticking with a traditional Bayer type sensor, and the pics I saw from the one I tried last week really caught my attention.
Let me get it straight, I still haven’t found a camera that ticks ALL the boxes that the Sony NEX7 does. The X-A1 has great IQ, but can’t contend on many fronts, namely build, ergonomics, and it has a viewfinder, which the A1 doesn’t. So I’m not planning a brand switch any time soon, and the N7 will remain my main camera until Sony pulls their head outta their behind and give it a proper successor (and yes, both the A7 and A6000 are very good bodies, but don’t replace the N7 for reasons I invite you to read about in many a previous post on this blog). But I have several cherry picked manual focus portrait lenses that could probably put that Fuji IQ goodness to fair use.So don’t be too surprised if you see some Fuji images wandering on the blog in a not too distant future đŸ˜‰

About marla2008

Shutterbug. Shallow DOF nut. Mother of Child. Student of the Horse.
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5 Responses to Let’s talk Fuji again for a minute

  1. irifi says:

    French Word-A-Day: Shutterbug in French

    Shutterbug in French

    Posted: 29 May 2014 02:14 AM PDT

    All photos in today’s post are by Cynthia Gillespie-Smith.

    I once believed the French had a charming word for everything. Today’s term is an exception–for there is no equivalent for “shutterbug” in the language of love! Instead, let’s feature the English word and then we’ll get our French fix in today’s definition. ( We’ll also have a little fun with the pronunciation guide, just below đŸ™‚

    shutterbug (shoo-tair-boog)

    : un passionné de photographie

    Audio File : I was counting on Jean-Marc to pronounce this English term as a Frenchmen would. But his English is too good! So we practiced a few times (imagine coaching a Frenchman in French phonetics–when you’ve got a thick American accent!) We ended up with a mixed result. Enjoy it, and this example sentence: Download MP3 or Wav file

    Un shutterbug c’est un passionnĂ© de photographie. A shutterbug is someone who is passionate about photography.

    Style & comfort in the beauty of the Provencal countryside . 4 bedrooms & a study with a sofa bed, each with ensuite (full) bath. Villa comfortably sleeps 7-9 adults.

    A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE… by Kristin Espinasse

  2. fstopeight says:

    Mais….a chaque fois que je viens ici t’as une nouvelle camera ><

    • marla2008 says:

      Oui Olivier, mais… Ă  chaque fois c’est aussi le NEX7 qui demeure mon boĂ®tier principal et prĂ©fĂ©rĂ© !! Nothing can beat that camera so far, which is pretty amazing since it’s three years old, and I’ve tried every new juicy toy in the market đŸ˜‰

  3. Hi Claire, I am a happy owner of an X-A1 for a couple of months now. How is your X-A1? Thanks, Miklos

    • marla2008 says:

      Hi Miki, what happened to your A7 ?!?
      I never made the jump, finally, I found renewed love for the DLSR and upgraded my D90 to a D7000 and quality telephoto. I still have the adapters though, so maybe one day if a dirtcheap X-A crosses my path… đŸ˜‰

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