Its been awhile, since the venerable XT-20 with its lovely Fujifilm Xtrans -iii sensor left me in 2017. Ever since moving some equipment around, I kept coming back to the files I’d shot with it, and just loved the color and style. The big issue for my workflow was the size of the files, along with the processing required to really manipulate those 40MB raw files in a somewhat fast way. Thus, I sent the XT-20 to a new home and concentrated on making photos with my venerable (although old – 2009) Canon 1D Mark IV.
Enter the new year, and a whole new array (no pun intended) of Fujifilm quality mirrorless cameras & lenses. Shooting more film, especially with the Mamiya C220 TLR made me think again of the lure of Fuji’s line of cameras. After really enjoying some of the shots of Kylie Kohl on Fujifilm Pro 400H film, I began to nurse a strong desire to return to all things Fujifilm. But there was still the issue of storage and processing – what to do? Well, I took the plunge, and after realizing that 16 megapixels was more than enough for me and picked up a ridiculously cheap bargain grade XT-1 former flagship camera, and the 18-55 F2.8 – 4 OS lens.
I’ll be writing up full reports on both, but out of the box it is a massive upgrade to the build quality of my lowly XT-20. I do so love the solid metal body, but especially the gigantic viewfinder. I thought I had it made with the XT-20, but after shooting some simple low light ISO 800 – 1600 images in my house over the last few days, and then slapping the Minolta 135 F3.5 manual Rokkor lens (via adapter) and snapping some street shots near the downtown Chicago & Millennium Park area – I can confidently say it’s a real winner.
More to follow – but I’ll include some snapshots from the last week, and perhaps I’ll be heading to a few shows this weekend, where the Fuji XT-1 can get a real low light snapshot workout. Enjoy!