I have used Fuji’s X100 / X100s cameras in recent years and in some ways moving to the X-T1 was a natural progression. The interchangeable lens option is what I missed most in the X100.
Fuji also has an excellent range of lenses. This range is expanding quickly with new weather-sealed lenses coming on stream.
My core system for as long as I can remember has been Canon. I still use the 1DX and the 5D3 for bird photography and macro work respectively. Fuji does not yet have a fast long lens nor a 1:1 macro lens. There is a modest relearning process involved when switching to the Fuji. So tip 1 is the answer to something that baffled me recently.
If you want to use the exposure lock you need to keep the AE-L button depressed. This is dealt with on p.67 of my manual. However with my Canon bodies, if I press the exposure lock it will retain the setting for 4 seconds. You do not have to keep the button pressed down. This confused me for a while as I did not have the manual with me when I was on holiday.
If, like me, you have biggish hands then the rear selector function buttons can be problematic. I sometimes press one by mistake when I am trying to hit the Menu button. I discovered that you can lock the 4 surrounding buttons simply by pressing the Menu button and holding it down for 2 or 3 seconds. No more accidental shifts into macro mode or changing the film simulation selection.
Next, the front command dial. This is very useful when you have your ISO, speed and aperture all set manually. A small half moon will appear at in the bottom left hand corner of your LCD / EVF. This tells you that you can change the shutter speed in the equivalent of 1/3 stop increments. I found this extremely useful when I was shooting sunsets. The key is to make sure the ISO is also set manually. My default ISO is auto with the parameters as min 200, max 3200, min shutter speed 1/100s.
If you want to shoot continuously the drive dial has to be set to CL or CH and the focus mode to C. After setting the AF point I do one more thing. I increase the size of the AF point to help tracking. This is very simple. Tap the focus point selector (which for me is the Fn 1 button on the front of the camera) and then scroll the front command dial. The AF point size will change. On holiday I tried the tracking ability a few times and it had an almost perfect record.
Finally, the one I didn’t want to write: buy several batteries. With the LCD switched off and not even in Eye Sensor mode the battery life is poor. I do chimp a little but a typical user will probably do so and I am disappointed Fuji hasn’t been able to pack longer usage into its batteries. If you are used to shooting with a Canon D series or even an M240 you are going to be very frustrated by the battery life. I carry a minimum of 3 batteries for a full day shoot.
I hope you find these 5 quick tips useful. If you want to see how the X-T1 performed for me on holiday here are some examples.
The Photographer by Mrs. Photographer, June 2014