Fujifilm X-T1 Review; Bit of Sony A7R & Olympus E-M1 Thrown In


On my desk, between the keyboard and my monitors are three goodies: the Fujifilm X-T1, the Sony A7R and the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Take the best of each, combine that and you’ll get the near-perfect camera. Fat chance of that happening, so I’ll forget that thought and focus mostly on the newest of the bunch, the Fuji.

I’ve been shooting with it only for a little over a week and only with one lens, the 35mm f/1.4. They’re both rentals. I picked the 35mm lens because it has a good reputation and because I have equivalent lenses for my Sony and my Olympus, so I could make some fair comparisons. More about that later.

I was really looking forward to the Fuji. It just looks right for a guy like me, who grew up with cameras that had dials for stuff that was important. Dials that meant something. More importantly, dials that did only ONE thing. In modern cameras, one dial can have multiple functions and you have to remember all of them.

So the Fuji looked right. The right size, the right color (I’m a big fan of black), the right dials, even some lenses with real aperture rings. Awesome. This looked like a camera I had been waiting for. [Read more…]

The Perfect Camera: Fuji Olympus Sony X-T1 E-M1 A7R


With Fujifilm’s announcement of the X-T1 today, I think I’ve found the perfect camera. It has the size and top plate of the X-T1, the functionality of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the sensor of the Sony A7R. Simple.

I’m only half joking, actually. I do love the design of the Fuji and hope that they got the actual feel and workings of the dials and buttons right. But I can’t imagine giving up the speed and especially the excellent in-body stabilization of the Olympus for the more retro looks of the Fuji.

And that Sony does beat both the Fuji and the Olympus in terms of resolution. It would be even better if my imaginary camera had a setting that allowed it to shoot in full-frame 24 megapixel-resolution RAW format for when you don’t need the 36mp.

I read a funny and spot-on comment on one of the forums last night. The person said how it’s interesting that at first the mirrorless cameras moved away from the look of DSLRs and now they’re all trying to make their mirrorless cameras look again like DSLRs. The hump is back.

Retro Right?

Yesterday, I wondered if Fuji would get retro right. It seems that they largely did, at least from the looks of the camera. Yet, DPReview* complains about some of the friction and locks of the dials and the placement of the buttons on the camera back. I won’t draw any conclusions until I have handled the X-T1 myself, at some point in the future.


*See how I link to DPReview because it makes sense for you, the reader, but that DPReview would come after me if I linked to my own site when posting in their forums, because this is a commercial site and thus a competitor. Talk about paranoia.

Here’s the commercial part. You can pre-order the Fuji X-T1 at B&H:

Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Fujifilm X-T1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

Unfortunately, my perfect camera is not yet available for pre-orders. Maybe some day.


Answering the Question – Canon 5D Mark III versus Olympus OM-D E-M1

A little while back I asked myself on this blog if I should keep my Canon 5D Mark III after I got my Olympus OM-D E-M1. In short, I was wondering if it was worthwhile keeping the Canon if the Olympus is easier to carry and can deliver the kind of experience and results the Canon could.

Olympus tells me I was one of a lucky handful that got their E-M1 early and so I have had little more than a week to seek the answer to my question.

A week isn’t very long, but in the that week I have tested the areas that matter most to me, which are resolution, performance in the studio, low light and autofocus. Like in my other posts, I have tested in situations that are similar to the ones I normally shoot in. These tests are thus not exhaustive. Also. I haven’t shot any video.

I won’t discuss some glaring differences between the two cameras, such as price, weight, bulk , stabilization and availability of lenses and accessories. I assume my readers are well aware of those considerations.

Neither am I sharing my pure test shots with you. They’re boring. Plus, I think any blog can only host a limited number of pictures of puppies or passing cars.

Let’s go.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review – Ditch the E-M5?

Now that I’be been using the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 together with the OM-D E-M5 for a few days, it’s time to give the nitty-gritty on the differences between the two. I will only focus on the items that matter to me and that I’ve encountered, not on spec sheets or features I normally don’t use. Note that I haven’t used video on either camera.

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Quick Update on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

I’m going to treat my observations of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 as a rolling review. I will update items as I learn more about them or as I get the chance to compare the E-M1 with other cameras, in particular the OM-5 and the Canon 5D Mark III.

Today I did some testing in the backyard of functions I hadn’t really addressed or as a reaction to questions people asked in various forums on or this site.

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