Last week the site MirrorLessons.com ran a feature interview with me called Braving the Elements with the Fuji X-T1, which profiles my experience with the camera in extreme conditions in Alaska and Iceland, and sheds light on my thoughts about mirrorless cameras for the future. I also give some advice on lens choice and a few ideas on what makes for more dynamic adventure images.
As the first photographer in the US to shoot with the X-T1, I’ve now put it through four solid months of heavy use for both pro and personal work. I’ve run thousands of frames through it and have been impressed with its capabilities at every turn. Overall, the image quality, technical function and creativity that it’s inspired have far outweighed the small handful of elements that drew criticism from early reviewers.
In some ways, I’m honestly surprised at how seamlessly I’ve been able to incorporate this camera into my lightweight, fast moving style, since I have such strict criteria about my gear. In my mind, that’s not just a testament to the designers and engineers at Fujifilm. I feel that it signifies the beginning of a whole new era where small and light can also be full-on pro.
In the past, that wasn’t possible, but with cameras like the Fuij X-T1, the Olympus OMD-E-M1 and the Sony a7, we’re seeing a transformative shift in both the technology and in the overall ideas that people have about photography and cameras.
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Read Braving the Elements with the Fuji X-T1 and then check out the MirrorLessons website. Mat and Heather have done a great job putting together a solid resource that reviews mirrorless cameras and accessories and also features professional shooters who use mirrorless gear.