My X-T1 Hands On and First Impressions

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Chris Dodkin
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My X-T1 Hands On and First Impressions

Back in early January, at CES in Las Vegas, Zack Arias and I met up with Billy from the Fuji Guys - our mission, was to get our hands on the secret new X camera.

Luckily, 'Fuji Guys' Billy is actually Billy Luong, manager of Product Training & Community Development at FUJIFILM Canada - and Billy had access to the goods!

After a lengthy conversation around current Fuji models, Zack's trip to Japan, and a round of 'selfies' with Zach's cellphone, and then my X-Pro1

The time had come to mention... it...

Zach first asks about the 56mm f/1.2, but I come straight out with it, and hit up Billy with 'so do we get to see the new X camera then?'

Billy looks slightly furtive, scans the crowd around us to see if anyone has overheard - Zack pipes in with 'you know, the X-T1'.

So that's what it's called, the X-T1! I try to repeat it to myself to memorize it, but end up typing it into a text on my iPhone, so I've got it logged.

Billy asks us to come back in a while, as he has some meetings to do first - I try and find somewhere else to look around that's not too far from the Fuji stand.

After an hour I spot him coming out of a small meeting room at the back of the stand - he has a black camera bag in his hands.

I walk up and say 'is that it then?'

He nods, and points at one of the meeting rooms.

We head inside, and he closes and locks the door - there's a table and four chairs -and that big black camera bag.

Billy asks me to put my iPhone and X-Pro1 on the table - there are to be NO pictures.

He fumbles with the locks on the black bag - it has to be the most secure camera bag I've ever seen!

Eventually he gets it open - he reaches in and pulls out the X-T1 with the 56mm f/1.2 attached - and passes it to me.

I'm finally there, with the mystery camera - I try and memorize everything that occurs to me as I play with it.

I've written my thoughts and observations down as best I can here:

I'm happy to try and answer any questions you have after you've read the hands-on - and no, I don't have one to lend out to anyone!

Official Fuji press release here:

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