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

Started Apr 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
Alxy Regular Member • Posts: 302
Re: A few musings (disagreements) on the X-T1 Review

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.

May be too unbiased - they describe the 3 way buttons on the back as "a little 'spongey'". These are really bad buttons. The worst I've ever seen. Almost unusable. I can use them only with my fingernails.

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.

There is no cure. My camera has a serial 41XXX and it has no light leak. The buttons will never be fixed on it. The only fix is to find a new camera in a retail store that I can test and sell the current one at quiet some loss.

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.

They could've made it with a button that can be set in locked and unlocked positions. Like Olympus E-M1. Not to mention that some people do not like all these dials at all - they are slow to operate.

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.

Again, I agree with DPReview. The dial is hard to use. On X-E2 I could use it with my thumb, not on X-T1. Just tried it again, to be sure - no I cannot turn this dial with my thumb, only with 2 finger.

Off the soapbox now.


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