Fuji X-T1 Test - Evan Cobb | Photographer & Videographer | Utah

Testing out the Fuji X-T1

I recently purchased a used Fujifilm X-T1. I had been a long-time Canon user for the majority of my photography and videography (However, I do love the Nikon D750 for video work). But, as many photographers find themselves, I was sick of carrying around a backpack full of gear that I rarely pulled out. This kept pushing me to not bringing my camera, which is never a good thing. Because, as a photographer, we should always be camera ready. 

I did some research and found that Fujifilm X-T2 and was so in love with the specs and the reviews, but it was a bit pricey for a first time mirrorless buyer. I decided to go a different route, find a used X-T1, test it out and then see if it is something I would like to keep investing in. 

A bit about the Fuji X-T1 (specs)

First released in 2014 

Weather sealed body

X Trans CMOS II Sensor (16.3 megapixels)

Tilting LCD screen

ISO from 100-51,200 (expanded)

8 frame per second (continuous)

1080 HD video capable


A lot of the reviews for this camera highlight the image quality. This is no joke. I was shooting in two Film Simulation modes - Velvia/VIVID and PRO Neg. Standard. The image of Madison is shot on PRO Neg and the detail of the tree is on Velvia. Both images have some minor toning done too them.

We had drove up to Alta to check out some possible portrait spots for engagement photos or maternity photos and found a few, but it was when we were coming down the mountains that the light really started to add texture to the scenes. This biker was a timely bonus for this frame as we rounded the corner to view the valley below. 

We made it back to the apartment and found a burning sunset illuminating the night sky. The wind was causing some dust to add even more to the glowing atmosphere. We found a place to peer into the final light of that day and I tested out the camera a bit more. The two images below are shot on the Velvia mode and there has been no toning done to the images. 

By the end of this evening, I was a major believer in the power of these mirrorless cameras. They offer extremely high quality images in a very compact form. I was shooting all these images on the 18-55 (f/2.8-4) lens, which is essentially a high-quality kit lens. The auto focus was smooth and learning the dials only took a short while, it is a very intuitive camera. I have also found myself throwing the camera on my shoulder when we go to the grocery store or for a walk. This is a huge bonus. 

Now that I am done testing out the camera... I am hoping to put it to use in some upcoming shoots! Please contact me about availability at evancobbphotography@gmail.com!