Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

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Re: Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

Wellington100 wrote:

To me the X-T1 looks ergonomically superior to all the other Fuji mirrorless cameras for much the same reason that SLR's replaced rangefinders. The EVF is in the centre of the camera with controls on both sides, the ISO settings are on top as well and below 2 of the settings knobs are additional settings.

It looks symmetrical, balanced and yet compact.

The X-T1 looks likes the most desirable X camera yet and possibly the most desirable mirrorless so far.

This is the FM camera we Nikon shooters were dreaming of before the DF1 bloatmaster was released.

Now if only Fuji did a superzoom 18-200 lens, bigger zooms will suite this camera.

once you get past the "hey is that a Leica?" novelty factor you soon find that the placement of the EVF on the left corner offers no advantages over the OVF/OVF being directly above and behind the lens as is found on 99% of all cameras, Fuji made a wise move with their lookie-likely Leica X100 and X-Pro1, now that they have a user base they have released a camera that the other 99% of the camera buying public might want while still offering that retro look.

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Ergonomics can be very personal so that's hard to say. Button positions that works for one may not for another.

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Re: Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

Red G8R wrote:

Ergonomics can be very personal so that's hard to say. Button positions that works for one may not for another.

Exactly...   It really depends on how and what you photograph and what makes you comfortable.  There are so many people who will tell me of the ergonomic superiority of DSLRs... while not understanding that I do not like large grips.  I prefer a soap bar style camera body, but understand why someone wouldn't.  Ergonomically superior is only an opinion.

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Re: Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

LWS2013 wrote:

Wellington100 wrote:

To me the X-T1 looks ergonomically superior to all the other Fuji mirrorless cameras for much the same reason that SLR's replaced rangefinders. The EVF is in the centre of the camera with controls on both sides, the ISO settings are on top as well and below 2 of the settings knobs are additional settings.

It looks symmetrical, balanced and yet compact.

The X-T1 looks likes the most desirable X camera yet and possibly the most desirable mirrorless so far.

This is the FM camera we Nikon shooters were dreaming of before the DF1 bloatmaster was released.

Now if only Fuji did a superzoom 18-200 lens, bigger zooms will suite this camera.

once you get past the "hey is that a Leica?" novelty factor you soon find that the placement of the EVF on the left corner offers no advantages over the OVF/OVF being directly above and behind the lens as is found on 99% of all cameras, Fuji made a wise move with their lookie-likely Leica X100 and X-Pro1, now that they have a user base they have released a camera that the other 99% of the camera buying public might want while still offering that retro look.

The X-T1 does not have a look like Leica, the X-Pro 1 may from a distance.

X-T1 looks like the X-E2 with a EVF housing.

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Chris G Hughes Regular Member • Posts: 391
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LWS2013 wrote:

once you get past the "hey is that a Leica?" novelty factor you soon find that the placement of the EVF on the left corner offers no advantages over the OVF/OVF being directly above and behind the lens as is found on 99% of all cameras, Fuji made a wise move with their lookie-likely Leica X100 and X-Pro1, now that they have a user base they have released a camera that the other 99% of the camera buying public might want while still offering that retro look.

I'd suggest that you're attempting to universalize your personal preference and that's a huge mistake. Your assertion that the positioning of the finder on the left side has no advantages over center placement is unsupportable and you'll find that MANY of us disagree with you in the strongest of terms. In fact, many of us find the placement on the left side to be optimal and much more useful than the center placement. Adding the smear about retro looks is just a ham handed appeal to emotion. Lame.

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caver3d Contributing Member • Posts: 908
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biza43 wrote:

It's neither superior or inferior, it is just different... and it's actually nothing new, as Olympus already has revived this "DSLR" template in its won mirrorless cameras, with the OMD series. Fuji just hopes to cash in on the current revival trend for old looking cameras with manual dials on the top.

Thank you for stating this. Makes you wonder where some people were when the Olympus OM-D E-M5 hit the streets, and now the E-M1. Olympus was the first to revive the classic humped SLR look for the digital age. Sony, Nikon, and. Fuji all saw what a success the OM-D series has been, and copied the design (with their own nuances). But Olympus started it.

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Northgrove Junior Member • Posts: 29
Re: Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

Wellington100 wrote:

Now if only Fuji did a superzoom 18-200 lens, bigger zooms will suite this camera.

They're doing one, but you'll have to wait a while longer. Late 2014 / Early 2015: http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n140106_08.html

Of course, if you're satisfied with 18-135 which will go a long way (7.5x zoom), that one will both be weather sealed and probably come at a good price as a kit lens for the X-T1!

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Re: Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

Chris G Hughes wrote:

LWS2013 wrote:

once you get past the "hey is that a Leica?" novelty factor you soon find that the placement of the EVF on the left corner offers no advantages over the OVF/OVF being directly above and behind the lens as is found on 99% of all cameras, Fuji made a wise move with their lookie-likely Leica X100 and X-Pro1, now that they have a user base they have released a camera that the other 99% of the camera buying public might want while still offering that retro look.

I'd suggest that you're attempting to universalize your personal preference and that's a huge mistake. Your assertion that the positioning of the finder on the left side has no advantages over center placement is unsupportable and you'll find that MANY of us disagree with you in the strongest of terms. In fact, many of us find the placement on the left side to be optimal and much more useful than the center placement. Adding the smear about retro looks is just a ham handed appeal to emotion. Lame.

Well yes many in this forum would agree with you for the very obvious reason but the reality is that most people prefer a viewfinder like that of a DSLR including Fuji it would seem.

my comment regarding the retro look of the X-T1 was positive not a smear, how and why you read that as a smear is beyond me

Chris G Hughes Regular Member • Posts: 391
Re: Is the X-T1 ergonomically superior?

LWS2013 wrote:

Well yes many in this forum would agree with you for the very obvious reason but the reality is that most people prefer a viewfinder like that of a DSLR including Fuji it would seem.

Do they? You can't say that with any confidence. The only reason the SLR form factor is more popular is that SLR style cameras are what's available from most manufacturers. That says nothing about ergonomics or about pure customer preference. The pentaprism setup was a practical necessity that was carried over to mirror-less EVF cameras as a design convention, not because of any particular customer demand. Again, you're attempting to universalize your personal preference. Stop.

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The latest picture, with the vertical grip, with the accessory flash, with the 18-135.... even if it was completely unusable, man what a fine-looking piece of kit.

Fuji aren't holding back, are they?

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