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