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Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1: Challenging Our Thoughts On DSLRs

Except of course the X-T1 is not a DSLR, rather a CSC (Compact System Camera). It doesn't have an optical pentaprism, despite a body design that looks like it does. Nevertheless, it is a large, bright electronic viewfinder that is very impressive to use. EVFs have come of age.

I was at a press launch on Wednesday at Sydney's Luna Park and had a scant few minutes to play with the new X-T1. The camera was set to capture JPEGs only and I didn't really take the camera off aperture-priority mode. Bundled into a Ferris Wheel cabin with Pro Photo Editor Paul Burrows, I soon found myself aloft, shooting with the new XF 56mm f1.2 lens. With the APS-C size sensor, this is like an 85mm portrait lens (or thereabouts) and at f1.2, it produces a simply delightful bokeh. And it is very sharp, as you can see the photo at the bottom of the page - it's a section of the image above.

The X-T1 uses the same sensor design found in the X-E2, for example, providing a very crisp 16-megapixel image. Megan Lewis launched the camera with a series of sensational photos and her large, metre-wide sample prints produced show that the camera is very capable indeed.

When looking at my JPEG files afterwards, all I can say is that I was very impressed with the clarity and colour produced by the camera and the lens. After all, it's the whole system that creates the end result, from Fuji's innovative sensor design (with no OLPF to soften the image) to the lenses themselves. Even wide open, the results are super sharp. This will be a fun camera to use!

For more information, visit the Fujifilm Australia website:

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