A few musings (disagreements) on the X-T1 Review

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Re: A few musings (disagreements) on the X-T1 Review
In reply to Birddogman, 4 months ago

Birddogman wrote:

I think the reviews here are generally very well done by knowledgeable folks who work with far more cameras in a month than I will see in a lifetime. They are detailed and complete. They impart a ton of valuable, unbiased information. I am just a long-time hobbyist. For all of those reasons, I am reluctant to take issue with anything in a full review, but here goes anyway.

One of the listed "cons" is the spongy nature of the four-way controller buttons. My first XT1 (SN: 27XX) had a light leak and spongy, deeply set buttons. My replacement XT1 (SN: 81XX) has no light leak and a noticeably better feel to the buttons. Neither the light leak, nor the cure of that problem which, for me at least, included better buttons, were mentioned in the review at all. I find that strange.

If the tested copy didn't have light leak they are right not to mention it. As for the buttons they don't bother me. If no-one mentioned it I wouldn't have thought of it.

Another "con" is the fact that the ISO dial has a release button in the middle which must be pressed before it can be turned. To be fair, they did say that this might not bother some people due to their shooting style. From my standpoint, that locking dial is a Good Thing, not a "con". I don't change ISO all that often and having that dial turn unintentionally would be a big problem, so I very much like Fuji's implementation and would not want it any other way.

I'm with the reviewer on this one. If I notive I need a higher ISO I want to be able to change it easily with one hand whilst still looking through the viewfinder. I don't think I'd turn it by accident, and it's easy to see what setting it os on anyway.

Similarly, they list the stiffness of the exposure comp dial as a "con". I disagree completely. The exposure comp dial on the XP1 was too loose and was always getting moved unintentionally. That cost me quite a number of badly exposed shots, especially with the OVF. I can easily move the exposure comp dial on the XT1 with one finger, without taking the camera away from my eye and I'm no muscle bound weightlifter. They state that it takes two fingers to move that dial - well maybe if the operator is a weak little kid with tiny hands, but any adult with even reasonable hand strength should have no problem moving it with one finger.

Ok, I'm with you on this one. I don't find it stiff. It turns easily enough but is not so lose that you'll turn it by accident. I'd prefer the ISO dial to work in the same way.

Generally speaking I would still say the X-T1 is the best designed digital camera I have ever owned. Last time I had a camera this well designed it was a Nikon F3 and I was shooting film.

Off the soapbox now.

Greg

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