Steve Huff reviews X-T1, loves it (mostly)

Started Mar 10, 2014 | Discussions thread
gotompoes Regular Member • Posts: 498
Re: Some of his results

SaltLakeGuy wrote:

sure don't match up with my experience. I had the Olympus EM1 along with several primes and zooms and honestly there is NO way I would compare the two in ultimate IQ results. The EM1 (as is the case with ALL mft cameras) produce a higher level of ISO noise as well as diminished resolution from ISO800 on up. It's not only in technical tests out there but in real world results I've experienced. The one thing that really raised the hair on the back of my neck is him insinuating that the X-T1 blew highlights earlier than an EM1. That's just flat out NUTS! I'm getting a solid 1 to 1.5 stops better highlight retention in RAW than the EM1 could ever hope to muster. ISO3200 is really pushing it in several regards for an EM1 viewed full screen while I wouldn't hesitate to scrutinize a X-T1 right up to 6400 all day long. Build is a matter of taste, and now I'm used to the X-T1 I frankly wouldn't want to go back to the EM1's ergonomics. Viewfinder aside I feel build wise it is at least as good and better in some areas than the EM1. As for color rendition, Oly has always been a favorite of mine, but having watched the evolution of Fuji's and now experiencing it for myself there is NO way I'd make the comment that the Oly is superior to the Fuji in color rendition.

As for speed, sure, in good light the focus lock on a subject with contrast is a speck faster on the EM1, not much that's for sure. In low light the T1 smokes the EM1 as when I tested it in lower light with items with less contrast it hunted and stopped and gave up, where my T1 locks focus with very little hesitation. I darn sure don't miss the "all ISO noise" in sky's of which I have a lot of here in Utah. That annoyed the crud out of me with ALL Olympus's and the EM1 was as if not more guilty then other's in their line. The X-T1 gives me the results of a FF camera's I've owned and tested (Nikon D700 and Canon 6D) without any artifacts and lack of detail rendering. In fine detail like landscapes when viewed 100% on screen the Oly falls completely apart above ISO1600. I can shoot the X-T1 at ISO6400 with outrageous wonderful results no loss of detail or smudging (which the EM1 was full of on fine details). So I have NO idea why Huff commented as he did. We either used two different cameras or he's just in denial. It's his perogative I guess.

Agree with your observations. I have both systems (E P5 instead of E M1) and the files coming from the E P5 look always a bit grainy even at low ISO settings. Indeed the results of the X T1 come much closer to FF then M 4/3. For the style of photography of Steve Huff i agree that the E M1 is the better camera. With regard to AF speed it is my observation that the E M1 is a factor 4 as fast and must admit that Fuji has still a long way to go.
Steve never mentioned the shutter shock problem the Olympus systems suffer from.
Nice to have a fantastic IBIS system but the penalty is that from 1/30 till 1/250 you might get shutter shock issues. I had this problem with 3 Olympus camera's, that's one of the reasons i moved over to the Fuji X T1.
From the optics point of view i think that Fuji is a clear winner. The 17 mm 1.8 Olympus is not a stellar performer and the Fuji 23 mm beats easily the 17 mm. The same applies for the Olympus 12 mm versus the Fuji 14mm. The Panasonic Leica 25 mm is however a top performer and the same applies to the Olympus 75mm.
The 35 mm (FF) is my preferred focal length and the 17 mm Olympus is not very good.
I much prefer the Fuji systems but need to keep some of my M 4/3 system intact for those situations where i need fast AF.
Steve Huff has been critical about the Fuji systems and i understand his reasons, built quality X E series, poor AF etc. but i think he is now missing some important points such as quality of optics and shutter shock problems with the m 4/3 systems.

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