Here’s an unknown secret: I’ve been eyeing the Fujifilm X-T1 ever since it was released. I can’t say I’ve been a Fuji fan because I haven’t really used any Fuji camera in my life. I used a Konica Minolta camera and a lot of Fujicolor films back in the day. That’s it as far as Fujifilm is concerned.
But suddenly, after X-T1 saw the light of day, everyone everywhere started praising to a degree that I had to give it a serious thought. I had no way of affording it at the time, so I would just watch the reviews, read the praise, see the pictures, and sigh deeply before closing the tabs.
Lately, I’ve been on the market again for a compact mirrorless camera to take with me all the time. Especially with a few travels lined up in the next few months, I wanted to get something that’s small yet powerful in performance. I have the Sony A6000, but its lens selection is really dim, and the good lenses are too pricey. It’s a great camera, but something about it just doesn’t feel right. The kit lens, 16-50mm with a variable aperture performs nicely under broad daylight. Go indoors, and they begin to suffer terribly.
So I wanted to get a camera that came with a kit lens good enough for travel and indoor shots. And in the mirrorless market with interchangeable lenses, Fujifilm X-T1 seemed to be what all reviewers and users that I know are pointing to.
But here’s the problem, the X-T1 is still a pricey camera. So the next best option for me was the X-T10. I’ve been eyeing that ever since it came out too, and it really appealed to me. It lacks many features, particularly the weather sealing and the dedicated ISO dial, from its bigger brother X-T1, but what’s interesting is that it has the same image quality. So, the more I researched, the more it stood out to me.
Having decided that I wanted to sell the A6000 and get the Fuji X-T10, I contacted the Fujifilm dealer in Bangladesh. As with most things, the stuff costs a bit higher here in Bangladesh compared to the US price in stores like B&H or Amazon. I could buy the camera from the US just like I bought the Sony A6000 from Best Buy last October, but the warranty is a thing that I’m increasingly taking seriously. Because, for whatever reason, tech products have been dying on me for the past few month. That’s a topic for another post, but suffice it to say, I wanted a product warranty and that’s why I paid a bit extra to get the camera from the local dealer of Fujifilm.
The Fujifilm Experience Zone in Dhaka was a tough place to get to. But once there, they gave the kind of experience every camera buyer deserves. Unlike most other retailers, they gave the proper time, explanation, and opportunity to test out all the cameras they have. I had enough time to test out the Fuji X-T1, X-T10, and as a bonus, the Instax Mini 80, which turned out to be an awesome camera.
It’s not just because the camera prints the picture instantly just like a polaroid camera from the old days, but also because it has that ‘darkroom development’ effect where you hold a blank paper for a few seconds and you see the image show up in a ‘dissolving’ effect. It’s such a cool thing to show off to people. Also, when you’re at a party or event, it’ll be awesome to take little candid pictures of people and hand them out the print. It gives them something to remember the moment as opposed to a bunch of Instagram selfies that are forgotten over time.
Anyway, after checking out the cameras, I decided to stay with the X-T10 decision. But unfortunately, they didn’t have the silver variant of the X-T10, which pretty much broke my heart. Just look at that camera above! It’s so cool! This is just the body without a kit, so I couldn’t get that one. I opted for X-T10 with 18-55 f/2.8-4.
It turned out that if I buy the body and the lens separately, I’ll have to pay a lot more money which is ridiculous. So I had to proceed with the black variant of the camera.
They also gave a bunch of gifts after a nice discount. The gifted items were a set of passport holder and luggage tag which are pretty unusual. But with my upcoming travels, both of these will be pretty useful for me.
And now, the star of the show!
With numerous worldwide travels coming up, I’m determined to make the best use of this camera. I still haven’t sold the Sony A6000, but I will put that up for sale soon. That camera has an incredible burst rate and is a pretty good video shooter as well. It’s definitely better than the X-T10 in video capturing department. But I don’t shoot a lot of videos, so I don’t plan to keep it.
As far as DSLRs go, I’m not going to be a full convert. I will still use my DLSRs on a regular basis, like on planned shoots, and when shooting events. To avoid reigniting the ‘Mirrorless will kill the DSLR’ debate, I will just say that DSLRs still have their place. If not for anything, just the comfort in the hand and the ability to take a beating are just some areas where DSLRs still rule.
I dropped my Canon 700D with 24-105mm f/4L lens on the concrete ground at home, and the lens only has a small tap on the front. Other than that, both are in very great condition. I wonder what would happen if that were to happen with any of the mirrorless cameras. But I’m not keen to find out.
With that said, here’s to the new journey with Fujifilm X-T10. I’m particularly looking forward to shooting in Classic Chrome and some of the other film simulations. It’s time to finally find out what you’ve all been fussing about! 😀
Have you shot a Fuji X-series camera? What are your takes on it? Any tips? Let me know in the comments and help a bro out. 😛