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5 Questions - Martin Wright answered after his day at the Redbull X Fighters
(Q1). The Fujifilm XT-1 was not particularly known as an action camera, but the Firmware 4.0 update brought a range of autofocus upgrades to the party. After covering the recent Red Bull X-Fighters event, what are your thought on shooting sport with Fujifilm?
At first I was very sceptical using the X-T1 to shoot anything that moves. I first started with some wide shots with the 16-55mm F2.8 and found it extremely easy to shoot with. I then picked up the 50-140 F2.8 to shoot the faster action and whilst holding down the shutter in continuous shooting mode, I almost fell over at how easy the tracking kept locked onto the bikes. Very few camera’s are able to stay locked in focus, and to my surprise, it handled extremely well.
(Q2). While shooting, was there a feature/functionality of the X-T1 that surprised you?
As mentioned, the continuous tracking function held up with some of the best DSLR’s I’ve shot with, so that is firstly a huge benefit. Another massive surprise was shooting in Vivid mode, the colours were so vibrant and real, it was hard to believe I needed no post-processing.
(Q3). The X-T1's little brother, the X-T10 has recently been introduced, which provides a lot of the functionality of the X-T1 at a more aggressive price point. Have you managed to test it out at the event? What did you think of it?
I never got to test it at the event but I was fortunate to get my hands on the first model in the country before X-Fighters. I wanted to test the camera in full auto, as I believe it would be a huge benefit for beginner photographers, and all I can say is it will be very hard to buy any camera in that price range that will even remotely match the X-T10. The colour and natural shots this baby gives is worth a lot more money than it sells for.
(Q4). Having a good camera body is one thing, but it must be backed up by good lenses. With which lenses did you shoot with and what were your impressions?
I used both the XF16-55mm F2.8 and the XF50-140mm F2.8. For zoom lenses I would categorically state that they are the best lens to camera match you will find today. The 50-140mm is more compact than I am used to using so it made hand-held shooting an absolute breeze.
(Q5). What is the one stand-out feature of the Fujifilm X-T1 that has benefited you the most and why?
Dynamic Range, Dynamic Range, Dynamic Range. As a professional photographer and retailer I cannot stress how important great dynamic range is in a camera. For sensor size, the X-T1 is far beyond any APS-C sensor available today (with the best Fujifilm glass of course)