FUJI XT1/XE2 YOU ARE A FAILURE FOR THE WORKING PRO!
As I continue to use the Fuji XT1 in the real world of professional event photography, the more I see Fuji’s failures. I am not calling them shortcomings because they are not things I can see Fuji fixing with a firmware update. Here is a breakdown of where the Fuji XT1 fails:
LOW LIGHT: No I am not talking about low light sensor performance. I am talking about low light AF, or the lack thereof. I have shot 2 weddings since I purchased my XT1 mid March, and I can say without hesitation I miss the optical VF (OVF). Where the X100s and X Pro-1 excel in this area the XT1 fails. One example was the wedding I shot on the 30th of March. During the daylight part of the wedding, where the light was sunset light, the Fuji XT1, XE2 and X100s performed like magic! It is when I got into the reception room that the failures of the XT1 and XE2 became apparent.
In the dimly lit reception area it was impossible to actually “see” the subject through the EVF of the XT1 or XE2. Meaning It was so dark (looking through the EVF) that I could not see where to focus. I couldn’t see anything and evidently the AF on the XT1 was just as blind. I tried the XE2 and it seemed to fair a tiny bit better. I ended up having to switch to the X Pro-1 and the OVF to know where to place the AF focus point. Even the slow AF on the X Pro-1 was blazing fast compared to the XT1 and it’s poor quality EVF. I cannot begin to explain how disappointed I was in the low light performance of this camera. This is something the “Fuji Guys” do not tell you. In decent light this camera’s AF is good to very good but IF YOU NEED TO ACTUALLY SEE WHAT YOU ARE FOCUSING ON then do NOT use this camera in dimly lit rooms. Epic failure Fuji!
FLASH….AGAIN: I will continue to beat this dead horse until Fuji fixes this glaring and massive failure in their X system cameras! The fact that you cannot integrate any sort of off camera TTL flash capability is becoming frustrating to the point where I am actually getting angry. I am actually getting angry as I type this section. You can tell because I am pounding the crap out of the keys on my keyboard!
Fuji has the brain-power to address this issue. I know they can because they did so with the S5 Pro series of cameras. I am forced to use Pocket Wizards with my Quantum Qflash T5D-R on light stands. But if you know anything about shooting weddings you know you are constantly on the move and having the ability to put a flash on a bracket and actually have it work would be a Godsend! Fuji fails again and again and again in this area.
The irony is that the tiny little fill flash that comes with the XT1 works great….AS A FILL FLASH! Put the Fuji EF-X20 on the XT1 and it fails! The EF-X20 works great on the X Pro-1 but fails on the XT1, go figure! The EF-42 works some of the time but every 3rd shot the flash does not fire, and yes it was charged and ready to go. And to piss me off even more you cannot take the EF-42 off camera nor hook up an external battery to increase recycle times. I regret selling all my Canon gear to move to Fuji. There I said it!
CONCLUSION: Yes, as of this posting I officially regret selling my Canon gear and frankly I do not see true working pros moving over to Fuji. I know the XT1 was never meant to be a DSLR killer, but come on Fuji you could have at least wounded them! Take what I write with a grain of salt. I am coming from the point of view of a full time, working, professional photographer who’s living depends on my ability to capture those rare and fleeting moment at weddings, and to be blunt Fuji is costing me. My opinion may change but not until Fuji fixes the glaring failures I have listed. Ok I am off to B&H to order a Nikon D800 with 24-70 and a couple of flashes. Thanks Fuji!