I purchased a second hand Fujifilm X-T1 about six weeks ago. I decided to move from a Nikon dSLR to a mirrorless camera as I was finding I wasn’t taking my dSLR out, it was just cumbersome and big. I had wanted to purchase a wide angle lens so rather than purchase the lens for my Nikon I researched mirrorless cameras and decided to switch to Fuji. I don’t regret it for a second. Don’t get me wrong, I got some great photos out of my Nikon, but the smaller size and weight just works so well and I’m taking my camera out more.
I love the colors the Fuji captures in landscape photos and while being on the east coast of Australia isn’t the best place to capture sunset photos over water (my favorite), I’ve still managed to find locations that allow me to really highlight what makes the Fujifilm X-T1 so good. I’m also finding when I’m hiking I’m taking my lenses as I’m not concerned about the weight and size as previously I would have chosen a single lens to take with my Nikon dSLR and hope that I made the right choice. I can’t wait to take my kit to Yellowstone National Park and the big five National Parks in Utah this fall.
Why I’m upgrading to a Fujifilm X-T2:
Before I purchased the Fujifilm X-T1 I had read that the auto-focus was so so, and if that was important the Sony mirrorless cameras may have been more appropriate. I didn’t think it mattered as up until this point my main type of photography had been landscape and travel photography. I have however found that I’m taking the camera out more and I also have a new puppy that I’m enjoying taking photographs of. This is where the camera lets me down a little. While my puppy is still I can get some great photos but I find when I’m using the continuous auto-focus mode it’s just not keeping up with my puppy and a lot of the photos have too much blur for my liking. I’ve found I like getting action shots and I feel the camera is lacking a bit here. I know the Fujifilm X-T1 had a firmware upgrade that improved the auto-focus over the originally shipped camera (so if you haven’t upgraded your firmware make sure you get onto it) but with Sony setting the benchmark for exceptional auto-focus in the mirrorless camera range I found myself considering other options.
Just over a week ago I ordered a Fujifilm X-T2 as everything I’ve read says that it has caught up to Sony in the auto-focus category. I’ve never spent this much on a camera but I really like the Fujifilm X-T1 and feel that the auto-focus in the Fujifilm X-T2 will give me what I find is lacking in my X-T1. When I first purchased my Fujifilm X-T1 I was vacillating between the two models, as well as the Sony a series, but I didn’t want the video functions and I didn’t think the auto-focus mattered that much, not for $1000 extra. But I’m loving my photography more than ever before and I can’t wait to have the Fujifilm X-T2 in my hand. And my puppy @patrick_the_schnauzer is going to be a social media hit as I’ll have no excuses to capture some awesome shots.
Please note I have no affiliation with Fujifilm and am just an enthusiast photographer who was looking for a comprehensive but versatile (small / light) camera kit.