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Fuji X-T1 Silver Graphite: Love At First Sight or Just Another Bad Date? Initial Thoughts

By Hanssie on December 15th 2014

If photography were like the Tinder dating world, I would be a serial left-swiper. So many pictures of new gear pass my desk, I rarely give a second glance to the items much less the specs anymore. And then one fateful day, the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver  Edition caught my eye. I had already been drooling over the new Fuji X100T that was announced earlier that morning when I saw it. I paused, did a double take and virtually right swiped and saved the new X-T1 to my favorites.

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Admittedly, I am wooed by its good looks. I mean, who wouldn’t be? The equivalent of a dark-haired, green-eyed, chiseled jaw, well-toned, swoon-worthy man with an Australian accent, the X-T1 is certainly a handsome looking specimen, a looker among its camera peers. Though it looks almost identical to its predecessor, the regular ol’ X-T1, the new graphite silver coating sits on top of the magnesium body and shines with a clear glossy finish giving it a ‘smooth and luxurious’ look. This resilient three layer finish with 80 points of weather sealing makes it dust-resistant, water-resistant and freeze-resistant down to -10°C. (Which I never anticipate ever experiencing).

I’ve been toying with the thought of ditching my DSLR lately. I mean, my Canon 5D Mark II has served me well. We’ve weathered the storms of weddings, portrait sessions and photo shoots over the years and it has been a good partner for me. Call it an upgrade, call it a mid-life crisis, but I’ve found myself just not that excited to lug around that big DSLR and its menagerie of lenses on my aching shoulders anymore.

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Lifting the XT-1 from the packaging, my shoulders were already ecstatic. The X-T1‘s a light weight, coming in at just 15.4 oz (body only) and I could fit that and two lenses – the Fujinon 10-24mm and the Fujinon 56mm comfortably into my UNDFIND 10″ Bag. I could certainly carry this kit around all day without discomfort.

Along with the spiffy new look, the Fuji X-T1 Silver Graphite Edition came with a firmware update (also made available to existing X-T1 owners), so the XT-1 is not only a looker, but it also has some substance – good looks and a brain. This looks promising. But I’ll dig deeper into all that that upon the full review.

[REWIND: FUJI’S NEW GRAPHITE SILVER X-T1 ISN’T JUST FOR SHOW, IT DOES INCLUDE SOME UPDATES]

So far, the first date has gone well. The various buttons and knobs are intriguing, making the X-T1 somewhat of a new puzzle to figure out, so I’m doing something I’ve never done before with this one – I’m reading the owner’s manual, cover to cover. After all, if I’m in this for the long haul, I better figure out exactly what makes this thing tick.

I took the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition out for a quick spin the night I received it and then again the next day while waiting for my portrait sessions to begin. One thing that I like is that the Fuji X-T1 is the strong, silent type. The camera has a ‘silent’ mode that makes the electronic shutter less obtrusive – not completely silent, but very, very quiet. I also really liked that I could automatically switch from EVF and LCD by putting the camera up to my face.

I’ll have to admit, I think I’m being swept off my feet, but I’m gonna play hard to get until I see more. For now, here are a few quick shots SOOC:

56mm 1/60th ISO 2500 f2.2

56mm 1/60th ISO 2500 f2.2

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24mm 1/4000 ISO250 f/4.0

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24mm 1/3200th ISO 200 f/4.0

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10mm 1/3200th ISO200 f/4.0

Is this a match made in heaven or should I just stay with my tried and true DSLR? This is what I’m going to find out in the next few weeks while I let the Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition woo me.

Let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions about the X-T1 or anything in particular you want me to test out.

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About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
Hanssie@slrlounge.com

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Cristian Dascalu PHOTOGRAPHY

    I believe this is a great camera, can`t wait to have my hands on it. I am shooting with 5D MK III, gripped and sometimes this gets to heavy for me. I was looking for a fast, lite and versatile camera in the past months, reading almost all reviews possible – decided to go for this one :)

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  2. Colin Paul

    I’ve been looking at this rebranding for a while but not made the leap yet. I’d be interested to hear your views on importing the RAW files into an editor such as Lightroom – I’ve heard a few people having trouble with that. It’s a scary leap but I think it’s inevitable….the 5d is getting heavy!

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    • Juan Kis

      No problem at all to process the X-T1 on Lightroom, but you have to use the Version 5.

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  3. Noel Kleinman

    I have had my X-T1 since it was first introduced. Juan hit the nail on the head with focus settings. I also make sure the focus box is as large as possible. The focus is damn quick! The kit lens (18-55) is perhaps the best kit lens avaialble for any camera. I also use the 14MM, 35MM and 56MM. This camera and lenses, along with my X100S have replaced my 5D and L glass. I still have my 5D…but it has been collecting dust!

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  4. Chris Lewis

    It’s tempting to go Fuji only and ditch the DSLR. I also have a X-T1 and a Canon DSLR system and have sometimes considered doing this but one has to think through whether there are any times when a DSLR would serve you better?

    On the whole I prefer using my Fuji, the prime lenses are sublime, the weight is fantastic, the size makes it possible to always carry a camera with you and the quality is perfect for me. However, for macro work or fast moving things I prefer my Canon.

    So, I see my canon as a tool for particular jobs but almost always reach for the Fuji. I recently used it to photograph some live music and was very pleased with the results, plus the quiet shutter is a real bonus.

    I can’t advise you on what you should do to have the best option for your needs, but I hope my comments help you decide.

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  5. Dre Rolle

    So this is essentially this is the Hughe Jackman of mirrorless cameras, minus the green eyes. That’s good enough for me.

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    • Hanssie

      Yes, I can sit and stare at it all day. Would it be awkward to hang a picture of it above my fireplace? I think that’s totally normal…

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  6. Juan Kis

    I’m doing exactly the same. I’ve sold my second and trusty 5DMKII with over 350,000 actualtions on it and I bought the X-T1 Black edition.
    I’m very happy with this camera, for now I have just the 35mmf1.4 (50mm equivalent), I’m really love the camera.

    I do weddings and portraits, no sports and now I’m focus to discover the camera limitations. In several reviews lots of people say “The X-T1 is slow” “Autofocus is slow”. What I’ve tried is faster than my Cano 6D. I insist, I don’t shoot sports, actions scenes or even video.

    The key is having the correct settings and the camera is really fast.

    1) High Performance Mode has to be in ON position (your battery life will be shorter, but everything runs a lot faster. Is like having a Lamborghini Mode and a Vespa Mode and Fuji put as a default the Vespa Mode. Just change it and buy more batteries, they are really cheap.

    2) Autofocus area by default is one center point. Increase the area to the 9 center points and the autofocus will be faster.

    3) For some situations you can work on continuous AF or there is anothe setting “Pre-AF” but personally I never use it.

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    • Hanssie

      Nice tips! Thanks. I’m definitely going to give those a try. Plus I got the new Fujinon 55-200mm today to review. If I don’t return these items, do you think I’ll get fired? Hypothetically speaking, of course….

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    • Juan Kis

      Hassle, I would compare the 55-200 with the Canon cheapo Zoom 75-300. Is OK if you are under budget, but if you need this for work and you’ll deal with low light, I’d say don’t keep that lens. I know the new Fuji XF 50-140 f2.8 (Equivalent to a 70-200 f2.8)might be very expensive ($1599) but if you are a pro and want a long Zoom, is the way to go. If you compare prices with Canon is $1k less.
      If you don’t need a long Zoom, may be the 56mm f1.2 is you tele lens. I read awesome comments about that lens and it cost just $800

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  7. Kishore Sawh

    I wanted it before, and I want it more now. It calls to me like a drug habit I can’t quit, and haven’t even started.

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  8. Greg Silver

    I agree Hanssie – this camera does have great looks. I think it’s a timeless design that looks great now and 50 years from now.

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  9. adam sanford

    Hanssie,

    I, the Canon 5D3, also have a silent shutter and won’t require you to buy new lenses, flashes, and accessories. (Did I also mention that I live in the ecosystem with the most compatible stuff?)

    I admit that I may look like an out of shape accountant, but I’ll never let you down.

    Cuddles,
    The Practical and Reliable Camera You Probably Should Be Dating

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    • Hanssie

      Nice guys always finish last. Sigh. #friendzone

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    • Matthew Saville

      If you think the 5D 3’s quiet mode is quiet, you’ll be extremely surprised by how quiet the mirrorless, electronic shutter cameras are! they’re so quiet you could shoot them during a pro golf tournament… ;-)

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