The Build Quality
This is something that that is a very big part of my kit purchasing decision and the biggest reason I was considering the X-T1. I was also a little worried that the body didn't have weather sealing. Ultimately I couldn't justify the extra cash mainly for the weather seal. In all my years of photographing the only time I was ever concerned about weather sealing has been while out in the mountains shooting landscapes or climbing as the weather conditions are so varied and change by the minute.
I am so impressed with the durability of this little camera. So far it has handled everything I have thrown at it. The ultimate test came this weekend while I was out rock climbing. long story short, my climbing partner was sitting down and as she stood up the backpack rolled off the cliff. I made the mistake of leaving it open so as if was rolling over the edge in slow motion the x-t10 rolled out of the bag and headed to what I though was certain death. The initial drop was about 25 feet. I heard it hit rock ad the bottom and then watched as it disappeared into the forrest below. Now, it's fall and all the leafs are down so finding it was not that straight forward. It had rolled a lot further then I had though, a good 150ft. '
The other thing that I do that put a lot of wear on the camera is cycling. This set up is just to big to throw into my jersey pocket to most of the time I just sling it around my body. It definitely gets banged around every now and then, not to mention all the sweat that ends up on it. Taking everything into account this little camera can certainly take a beating. I'm impressed.
I learned on the fully manual Nikon FM 10 so the Fuji X series cameras feel very intuitive and natural to me. Seriously, I wouldn't change a thing. I thought that that the body itself would be a little to small in my hand but everything is laid out so well that I don't mind the smaller size at all. Sure the Fuji X-T1 is a little bit bigger and does feel better in your hand but trust me, you will get used to it. The dials them self have really good resistance to them and I like the solid motion when I change the shutter dial or even the aperture ring on the lens. I find the camera really easy to adjust while I'm on the bike itself and trying to shoot.