Monday, March 7, 2016

My New Fujifilm Camera

Fujifilm X-T10
I just ordered from Amazon the Fujifilm X-T10. It was a no-brainer. The Price came to $649 with the 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 lens.  I can easily get ~$300 for my 18-55 f/2.8-4 lens.  This will bring the price of the camera to $349. In addition, I like the X-T10 better than my X-T1.  It is lighter and the controls are better and simpler.  There are no locking controls wheels, something that is driving me up a wall with the X-T1. On the other hand and imho, the X-T1 is a much better camera.  Again and imho, the X-T1 is better than the Leica M - truly remarkable!

I am very much aware that the main reason for the $300 discount at Amazon is because Fuji might be coming out with an upgrade. That does not concern me, because I'm not upgrading it. I am open to upgrading the X-T1, though.  In addition, the successor, probably the X-T20, will be more expensive.  The X-Pro 2, for example, came with a steep price increase.

I will keep both the X-T1 and X-T10.  I will take the X-T1 to be modified by removing the locking mechanisms from the ISO and Shutter Speed dials. Regardless if it can be done, I will use the X-T10 as my carry-with-me camera to be left in the trunk of the car.  I was using the X-T1 for that purpose, but I hated to do so for fear of losing it, damaging it, or just being stolen; the X-T1 is a very expensive camera. I will also use the X-T10 as my travel camera and the reason for rushing the purchase due to my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, by the end of the week.

Fujinon XC 16-50
I could never makeup my mind about the 18-55 f/2.8-4 lens. I did not know whether to sell it or keep it. I was not using it, but it is a very nice lens.  For example, the Nikon counterpart, the 16-80 DX f/2.8-4, costs ~ $1,100 and it is much heavier.   Now with the 16-50, I have no problems in selling the 18-55.  OK.  Maybe it is not, strictly speaking, the Nikon 16-80 counterpart.  It is certainly in between the Nikon 18-55 and the 16-80.

The "XC" 16-50 is not designated as the "XF" 16-50.  It is rated as a "Compact and Casual" lens (the "C" in XC) and not a "Fine" lens (the "F" in XF.) The "Fine" is the top or professional grade lens.  The "Compact and Casual" lens is a grade bellow. The "X" stands for Fuji X-Mount lens.

The 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 lens is not as good than the 18-55 f/2.8-f/4, but I like it better.  It is much lighter and the 2mm wider is very important to me.  The drawback is almost one full stop slower and not a pro grade or not that well built.

I was not even planning to get the X-T10, especially after my very recent purchase of the Nikon D5500 (IR.) I somehow looked into the X-T10 and liked what I saw.  Furthermore, the special discount at Amazon, made it, as I said, a no-brainer.

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