Fujifilm X-T1 + Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4R

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I’ve had a Fuji x100s for a little over a year. I have to say it was one of the best cameras I’ve ever owned! Why? It was compact, stealth, had unrivaled ergonomics, and amazing image quality for a compact camera. In my constant effort to keep up to date, I decided it was time to move to a more mature compact system – a system with interchangeable lenses. I didn’t want to give up the compact form factor nor did I want to lose the stealth characteristics of the x100s. There was really only one choice, the Fujifilm X-T1. I decided to start off with a 23mm f/1.4 (35mm full frame equiv.) lens because that was the same focal length as my x100s. Once my pockets recover, then I will purchase the renowned 56mm f/1.2 (85mm full frame equiv.)

Here are some unboxing pics:

It’s good to see that Amazon FINALLY upgraded their packaging for fragile items!

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What I love about the XT-1 and many of Fuji’s cameras are the use of dials for Exposure Comp, Shutter, and ISO. Aperture is controlled through a traditional aperture ring on the lens!

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I never really thought an adjustable display would be important, but as I gain more experience shooting I think it will be a welcomed feature!

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With the 23mm lens attached.

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And for size comparison, here it is next to my D4s.

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I have several accessories ordered (Rear LCD screen protector, RRS plates, Black Rapid, etc.) Once everything arrives, I hope to be shooting with it this weekend! If time permits, I may even do an IQ test between the D4s and the XT-1!

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I really do love the Fujifilm X100s!

After a few hundred shots, I have to say, the Fuji X100s is the BEST camera I have ever owned! I have no regrets selling off all my Nikon V1 and J1 gear for this gem of a camera! The X100s is every documentary photographer’s and street photographer’s dream!

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Here are a few shots I took today while roaming around San Francisco:

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I love this camera! (Fujifilm X100s)

Here are some shots from our quick trip to the USS Hornet in Alameda using the X100s. Wow, what an awesome photography experience it is to use this camera…from the compact form, to the color rendition, detail, stealth qualities, quick AF, superb glass, controls… I gush when I talk about using this camera! It truly is an awesome tool!

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Pimped out my X100s!

Before…
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After a week and about $300+ in mods…
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I love geeking out on gear just as much as I love photography! The cool thing about these mods are that they are functional and they look pretty spectacular!

Here is the list of mods:
Match Technical Thumbs Up EP-2s Thumb Grip
Match Technical “Bop” Red Soft Release
Gariz Black Leather Case with Red Stitching
Gariz Black Leather Strap with Red Stitching
JJC Lens Adapter and Hood
B+W 49mm Neutral/Clear MRC
Micro Solution LCD Protector

Fujifilm X100s

Yes, I finally did it! I sold all of my Nikon V1 and Nikon J1 gear and replaced it with a Fujifilm X100s!

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The original x100 had always been on my dream list. With the V1 and J1 quickly getting outdated I wanted to refresh my photography kit as soon as the X100s was released.

Here are a few walk around shots I took over the weekend.

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The color rendition and overall detail are amazing for a compact camera! The leaf shutter makes this camera virtually silent, allowing me to get more street shots than ever before! The big difference between this camera and the original X100 is the removal of the Optical Low Pass Filter which allows more raw detail to hit the sensor. The AF has also been improved which now rivals most pro dSLRs. And the EVF is a much higher resolution and also provides split imaging as well as peak highlight manual focus! These technology improvements make this easily one of the best cameras I have ever owned!

I ordered a bunch of accessories to “pimp out” my X100s like all the Leica owners do LOL. As soon as the gear arrives, I’ll post some pictures ūüôā