Fujifilm X-Pro1 to X-T1 – how does the upgrade hold up?

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Fujifilm XT1 hongkong market meat 001 1024x1024 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up? 作為一位用了兩年X-PRO1的用家,,我覺得升級到X-T1是一個明智的決定,因為X-PRO1作為一部非單反相機,它的影像質數的確十分出色,獨有的X-trans sensor提供了極度細緻的畫面但又不失自然,避免了過度銳化,擁有精確的色彩平衡,加上大家都喜愛的『富士顏色』,還配合優秀的定焦鏡系列(可從我之前的文章找得更多資料here)。 眾所周知X-PRO1的對焦速度問題,我亦曾經因此失去了一些精彩的照片,因此我希望X-T1將會是實用性更強的X-PRO1,那麼它能否達到我的期望呢? FujiFilm XT1 56 f12 hongkong market 3 1024x682 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up? 剛剛開始使用X-T1的頭兩天便發覺新的自動對焦速度真的大為改善了,雖然它仍不及OMD-EM系列或單反相機的速度快,但在日光下,大部分時間都能正確地鎖定,當然,這亦取決於你所使用的鏡頭,例如:35MM/F1.4較慢,56MM/F1.2和27MM/F2.8會更快。 FujiFilm XT1 56 f12 hongkong market 2 1024x682 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up? 如果要解釋這個自動對焦的速度和實用性,你可以先參閱這篇文章的封面照片:一個屠夫(豬肉佬)於暗黑的環境下正聚精會神地處理肉塊。其實這個情境是相當美麗的,但右邊那個男人看起來並不友善(典型的街頭攝影遇到的問題),在拍攝的那一刻,我沒有刻意地思考,只是一連串自然的動作:本能地舉起相機->對焦->拍攝,當右邊那個男人開始叫我離開之際,我已經拍下了這張照片。我想,如果當時我是用速度較慢的X-PRO1,大概便不能把這一刻捕捉下來!但重申,請不要期望X-T1會有跟單反相機或Olympus EM系列的速度。 FujiFilm XT1 56 f12 hongkong market 1 1024x682 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up? 另外,經過我簡短的測試後,發現連續自動對焦也改善了,於一般室內照明下,一個人向我走過來,在C-AF模式下使用高或低連續設置,依然產生80%對焦好的照片。雖然這對於我來說實用性並不大,因為我本身甚少使用C-AF,而我亦不是專業體育攝影師或在此寫評價。 FujiFilm XT1 56 f12 hongkong market 4 1024x682 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up? EVF真的很正!它的『視覺大小/visual size』感覺差不多能比美LCD!就算我立即轉身及瞄準,它依然沒有落後/延遲。由於EVF真的很好操作,我幾乎每張照片都想用它(除了高角度『高炒』或低角度『低炒』的拍攝),哦,對喔!還有那個可傾斜的LCD,它就是有這個用途;當然有時候這個可傾斜的LCD對街頭攝影也很有幫助,因為在街攝時,有些路人總是對鏡頭過於敏感,如果你嘗試把相機放低一點點,然後用這個可傾斜的LCD去觀察你想拍攝的對像,它可以令你看起來沒有那麼突兀,我試過用這個方法而拍攝出不錯的事物。 另外,人像模式內的The portrait mode’s simple rotation of info is simple but cleverly done. 我覺得富士已經對用家的經驗想得十分周到。還有,雙模式手動對焦是我見過的最好的解決方法!如果沒有它,無論你放大屏幕或是峰值對焦,輔助手動對焦往往會阻擋著主要的構圖。除此之外,它還提供了一個全新的『數碼圖像分割/digital split image』模式(類似rangefinder的對焦方法),但是,相比起峰值對焦和這個新的模式,我個人仍然覺得手動對焦的標準放大方模式是最精確的! 綜合以上各點,EVF / LCD的功能令我覺得從X-PRO1升級到X-T1是非常值得的FujiFilm XT1 56 f12 hongkong market 5 1024x682 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up? 關於『畫質』及『高ISO』這一方面,由於我對X-PRO1的畫質已經相當滿意,因此就算X-T1沒有明顯的進步,我也不會感到驚訝。   防滑手柄是極好的設計,就算我沒有在拍攝,仍然可以牢牢地握緊整台X-T1垂下我的右手休息著,也不必擔心它會滑出我的手,就像我習慣性地握住我的5D MK2 standby一樣。而以往用X-PRO1時,每次當我垂下手休息時,我必須把整相機抓到我的手裡,而當我再拍攝時我又轉換另一個手勢,這樣便不太順手/方便。其實X-T1的大小和重量跟X-PRO1是很相似的,但由於多了防滑手柄,我主觀地覺得X-T1更輕並更加適合自己,是極佳的尺寸和重量!當然,X-E2比X-T1/X-PRO1更輕100克。 ISO wheel是一個不錯的附屬品,但是,就像其他評論人所說的,那個麻煩的鎖令其方便度減半;另外一件麻煩事是那個『上下左右』按鈕,X-PRO1的按鈕是非常好用的,但現在X-T1的按鈕很淺,可以用但還需要時間去習慣。除了這兩個小陷阱,其餘的工效和操控性都十分良好,尤其是現在可以直接更改測光模式,Bottom line,when supported by the handy Q button,大多數拍攝情況下已經很少需要進入主目錄內,這是值得欣賞的一環。 最後,對我來說『無線上網功能/wifi』是另一個很有用的功能,它能夠滿足我兩大功能(比較難於X-PRO1應用): 1)我可以遙遠控制它,例如產品攝影。 IPhone app的可用性頗高,還有tap-to-focus的能力。 2)我可以直接發送到我的手機作社交網絡上的分享,而無需返回到我的電腦再發送電子郵件給自己。 關於Video,我還沒有作廣泛的測試,只知道手動模式能夠使用,wifi activation也能夠使用,但沒有認真地看清楚錄像畫質codec compression part壓縮部分,當然也不會期望pro control或音頻部分。 對於X T1的其他升級,我真的沒有特別的意欲,而我對一些小功能也沒有太大興趣:例如更快的SD卡,防天氣/防凍結/防震。。。等等(因為我不是一個經常在野外惡劣環境下拍攝的人)。 FujiFilm XT1 56 f12 hongkong market 6 1024x682 Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up?

COMPARISON :

Overall, the X-T1 is one of the best you can get for street photography and vast variety of serious usage. Fuji has done it right in just 2 years. Many said X-T1 is the retro design done right. The only direct rival will be Olympus OMD-EM1 & the new Sony A6000, which i found equally attractive as well:

Both EM-1 and A6000 has super fast, close-to-DSLR snappy focus and responsiveness. and EM-1′s 5-axis IBIS which effectively allows you to use 2 stop lower ISO, compensating the higher ISO noise and lower resolving power disadvantage of m43 sensor compared to APS-C sensors. A6000 is very attractive too in its cheaper price tage with APS-C sensor and superb autofocus, however slightly inferior choices of E-mount lens and and Retro style lovers will simply do not like its “high-tech” appearance.

For me, the one overriding reason of choosing X-T1 over EM-1, is the much bigger size of bokeh using its great primes with APS-C sensor, unbeatable by any combination of m43 lens. The closest is the new Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH. Still, when compares to the 35mm eqv. Fuji XF 56mm/f1.2, it produce considerably smaller bokeh due to sensor size. (Fuji 1.2×1.5 VS m43 1.2 x 2) The Nocticron is also bigger, heavier, and MUCH pricier.

and choosing X-T1 over A6000 ( same sensor size with cheaper price and faster AF), primarily because the very solid lens lineup of Fuji, the more pleasure image outcome of X-trans (subjectively), and my preference of Retro design over the High Tech Sony style.

What about the Full-frame Sony A7/A7R? well its another gorgeous camera too, but much more expensive and lens line up is weak (although you still have the superb 35mm and 55mm/ f1.8 prime). The 36mpix is breathe-taking, like a Nikon D800E in a small/cheaper body. but there are other weak spot compare to EM1 and X-T1, even A6000. If you have a brunch of good manual lens e.g. Leicas, Zeiss, Voigtlander, the Sony will give you a lot of fun plus serious image quality. Afterall, A7R and D800E are still the two topmost image sensor as today. A bigger question to ask yourself though, is can you distinguish an A7(R) image with X-T1 image?

For me, X-T1 gave me the best balance of all variables.

Is it worth to upgrade from X-Pro1 to X-T1, I would say yes. Afterall, you are upgrading from version 1 to version 4 of the X-series. Does it beat Olympus EM-1, Sony A6000 and A7R? well, they are quite evenly great at their own area. I wish I can own all of them icon smile Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up?

Update: If you like a rangefinder form factor like X-Pro1, more than X-T1, I will suggest you wait for the up-coming X-Pro2 icon wink Fujifilm X Pro1 to X T1   how does the upgrade hold up?

More perspective on this: SteveHuff - great review as always Fujivsfuji - side-by-side spec table of X-Pro1, X-E2, X-T1 DPreview – solely on X-T1 but very thorough as always OnlinePhotographer – review with different testimonials Zackarias - detail review 1st impression of X-T1 TechRadar – another detail review of X-T1   Finally, my flickr album for more photos here.

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