Fujifilm X-T10 and Fuji XF 18mm f2.0 review and thoughts
Dear Mr. Fujifilm,
Almost a year ago I was looking for a mirrorless camera and after much research it came down to to two cameras, the fuji X-T1 and the X-T10. After another 2 weeks and countless hours reading and watching reviews I finally decided on what camera I was going to go with. My choice was the newer Fujifilm X-T10. I decided to skip over the kit lens because, well because kit lenses are useless in my opinion and ended up pairing the body with the Fuji XF 18mm f2.0. There are so many technical reviews on the web so this review will be more on "real world" applications and experiences. After almost a year of using the the camera I feel that i gota really good feel for the camera and I have used it in a variety of situations, anything from messing around at home, street photography, cycling to even using it in a couple of weddings.
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.
Image Quality and Performance
A lot of the reviews I read talked about this miracle camera and what great image quality it has. This is where things fall apart for me a little bit. I should also say that the image quality on the Fuji is Great and I am beyond happy with the results that it has given me so far. Where it does lack a little bit in my opinion is in the dynamic range. I tend to push my gear quite a bit and I tend to shoot into the sun a fair amount and this is where detail lacks a bit. It's good but not great. I did toy with the idea that this would become my second camera at weddings. In certain condition I think it is more then capable but I do think that in really low light conditions and high contrast situations it is not quite up to par with a full frame sensor. Now that the new Fuji X-T2 is now it might be a different story however it might be a while until I can justify that body. The autofocus is spot on most of the time except when I have tracking mode on, then it's anything but smooth. Maybe i just need to do a firmware update. Here are some of my fav images that I've shot with the fuji so far.
The Fuji X-T10 has done more then to impress me so far. I certainly think it's a keeper and although I don't think that the X-Series cameras are not ready yet to replace a full on DSLR I think that they are a useful tool that compliments a DSLR. Well done Fuji.