Fuji X-T1 First Impressions

February 24, 2014 | • Gear & Gadgets Shop Talk
Fuji X-T1

The new 56mm Fuji lens on the X-T1 (with hood reversed)

Ready for some camera p*rn? :)

Ready for some G.A.S.?

I’m now in possession of the new Fuji XT-1 and I’m about to hit the road and skies for a month to put it through the paces. My travels will be taking me to Vegas, Dubai, and Morocco. When I return I’ll have a full review ready to go and it will be living at my new site, DEDPXL.

First impressions? The EVF (electronic view finder) on this thing is amazing. I’m really not an EVF fan to be honest. I use the EVF on the x100s and X-Pro1 a good bit when I have to, but I fell in love with the Fuji X series because of that amazing hybrid viewfinder that has such a great OVF (optical view finder) in addition to the EVF. I was first introduced to the X-T1 last year on a trip to Japan to meet the fine folks at Fuji. I was shown a plastic non-working model of the X-T1 and the designers described the tech they were planning on putting inside.


David Hobby, Bert Stephani, Kevin Mullins, and members of the Fujifilm team in Tokyo.

Honestly, I wasn’t super excited about it. I was thinking it was going to be the X-E2 part 2. Do I hate the X-E2? No. It’s a damn fine camera and it’s really popular with folks. I just love the OVF and I wasn’t interested in an EVF only camera. Just give me an X-Pro2 damn it! :) Fast forward to this January and I was able to handle a working X-T1 at CES. As soon as I smashed my face against that camera and looked through the EVF I was sold. This EVF is the greatest I’ve ever seen. It’s HUGE. It’s fast. And as much as I love my X-Pro1, as much as I prefer the form of the X-Pro1, as much as I love the OVF — The X-T1 has replaced it in my bag.

Fuji X-T1 and Fuji 56mm f1.2

The Fuji X-T1 and the 56mm f1.2 lens with hood.


Fuji X-T1

Can’t test a camera without shooting a squirrel. Carl in full effect.


Fuji x100s, XT-1, and X-Pro1

The Fuji x100s, XT-1, and X-Pro1 for size comparison.


Fuji X-T1 and Lens Lineup

The image above is my new working kit. The X-T1 with the 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, and the gorgeous new 56mm.


Fuji has really knocked one out of the park with this camera and the new 56mm f1.2 lens. My 60mm is hitting ebay as soon as I get home. I’m still keeping my X-Pro1 as a backup to the X-T1 and I’ll be selling my X-E1.

Best parts of the new X-T1

• The EVF. You have to see it to believe it.• Focus is the fastest of any X camera I’ve worked with.• Dedicated ISO dial. It’s not just a retro design. It’s a fantastic addition. • The front function button. I have mine set up to select AF points. • Weather sealing.• Built in intervalometer.• Wifi tethering and camera control to an iOS device is great. (Android available as well)

Worst parts of the new X-T1

• We’ve lost the threaded cable release on the shutter button.• The USB port is not standard thus the off brand electronic shutter release I used on the X-E1 can’t be used. • I wish the 4 buttons on the d-pad in the back were larger or more pronounced. I’d like them to be identical to the ones on the X-Pro1.

I know I could show a few shots of Carl and some kitschy crap from the thrift store but I’m just not interested in doing that. I want to put this camera through real world use. I have shot it on one job but I can’t release those images yet. I really can’t wait to take this to Cuba when I head down there with Santa Fe Workshops in April. (By the way, if you are interested in joining me in Cuba you need to sign up sooner rather than later so the paperwork is in order.)

First impression? The X-T1 is the new king of the hill for the Fuji X lineup. Well done Fuji. Well done. I still want my X-Pro2 though so don’t forget about that! 

More to come.



  • ivan said on February 24, 2014


  • Fat Troll said on February 24, 2014

    Okay, I’m going to make a call, not just to you, but to all the Canon Explorers of Light and Nikkor Lickers and Fuji Mafia and X-Rite War Gods – it’s high time for people to start disclosing financial relationships with companies whose products they ‘review’. Just say at the top that Fuji is a client or they pay you to speak or whatever. I don’t need to know the details, just disclose the relationship.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    I’ve always been upfront about it. I’ve left nothing under the table when I work with Fuji.


  • bottle of broon said on February 24, 2014

    Gear whore 😛

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014


  • Takki said on February 24, 2014

    Thank you Zack for the first impressions. I am a FujiX-Pro 1 shooter and I am looking into getting the x100s as a second camera. What are your suggestions? X-T1 and x100s and selling the X-Pro1? I am using the X-Pro 1 for travel and journalism/documentary. Looking forward to DEDPXL.

  • Tim Skipper said on February 24, 2014

    I love everything I’ve seen about the Fuji cameras, but do you miss the long focal length? Have you tried the 55-200?

  • Charles said on February 24, 2014

    Hard for me to imagine what an X-Pro 2 would bring us. If the X-T1 EVF is as great as it seems then it should exceed the usefulness of a partially lens blocked OVF. Anything else would be button count & functionality.
    I hope they build a zoomie new X-Pro 2 but I’m not rely expecting it.

  • Lisa said on February 24, 2014

    Enjoying my XT-1, waiting for my 56 1.2 to arrive today. I wonder what is behind the mosaics?

  • V. Opoku said on February 24, 2014

    Interesting…Thanks Zack. Can’t wait to see what you bring back from your travels.

  • jeff said on February 24, 2014

    thanks zack. really looking forward to your full review on return. always the facts with a bit of humor thrown in. x-t1 is arriving tomorrow and i can’t wait to try it out.

  • Devorah said on February 24, 2014

    Hey, I thought you promised Meg you’d never shoot porn! 😛 Enjoy the new gear & safe, productive travels!

  • Nils said on February 24, 2014

    oh, how I’d like to see an X-camera with the autofocus speed and framerate of a DSLR.
    I have the X100s, and picture quality is great – but the 23mm is just too wide and the autofocuspocus thingy is w.a.y. t.o.o. sl.o.o.o.o.o.w.
    So, how fast is the new sex machine?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Nils – The last DSLR I shot with was a 5D2. This XT1 will run with that any day of the week from my limited experience with it right now.


  • Jon said on February 24, 2014

    Great shots of a great looking camera! Your original X100 review is what got me into the Fuji lineup so I fully blame you for the X-T1 + 23mm f1.4 that landed on my desk this morning… keep up the great work!

  • Mike said on February 24, 2014

    Here’s what I’m wondering.. after all the fuss over “moving up to full frame” – I believe you went from the D100 or 300 to the D3 before jumping over to the Canon 5D in all of its varieties – is the 1.5x crop factor of the Fujis a step back in any way? Or are the lenses, chips and secret sauce of image processing so good from Fuji that the traditional DSLR from Canon or Nikon have no place for a editorial/commercial portrait shooter such as yourself? Also, how is the X-T1 when working with strobe? I guess you already sacrificed some sync speed when you gave up Nikon for Canon.. and here’s a guess, I’m thinking an EVF may make it easier to work with an ND filter on the front of the lens; have you tried that yet?

    As always, great review. Thanks for sharing your experience with the rest of us.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Mike – Here’s where I step out of the conversation. I started shooting medium format and anything smaller than that is a step back for me. I know I sound like a prick. Even my MF camera is a 1.3 crop factor compared to full frame MF cameras and I’ve never shot a DSLR that can compare to it.

    Now, I’ve put my DSLRs and my Fujis to the print test. Can they print for editorial work? Absolutely. Once they hit CMYK printing in magazine size and slightly larger is there a difference? I don’t see it.

    DSLRs became boring to me. They didn’t hold a candle to the medium format and when put into print, side by side with a Fuji, they didn’t “shine”. I love the Fuji design and form factor. I love shooting with them. They have allowed me to move from a rolling bag to a back pack. They are conversation starters with clients. Clients ask all sorts of questions about them and think they are cool! Not that that matters to image quality at all but it’s an ice breaker. DSLRs never gave me that unless my subject was telling me what DSLR they owned. :)

    XT1 is the same with strobe as the other X cameras. The final review will be more about the new form factor and really about this new lens. The guts are pretty much the same in terms of image quality, sync speed, etc. It is much faster on frames per second and supposedly focus tracking actually works now. We’ll see about that one. :)


  • Mike said on February 24, 2014

    And to clarify, by “fuss” I am referring to industry-wide fuss; as we all know you’re not an overly fussy fellow.

  • Jeremy said on February 24, 2014

    Uh, Zack… any time you wanna come clean on your financial relationship with Walmart, just lay it on the slab. Those prominent, accent-lit, non-patterned backdrop curtains (seriously… 5 out of 6 photos?) didn’t just buy themselves.

  • David Spady said on February 24, 2014

    Can you use back-button focussing with this camera? That’s my main/only gripe with the XE-2.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @David – Yep! It has a back button for focus.


  • Dave said on February 24, 2014

    “as much as I prefer the form of the X-Pro1, as much as I love the OVF — The X-T1 has replaced it in my bag.”

    WOW, that statement hit me like a ………

    Even though it doesnt have an OVF, is the EVF that great? I always told myself that the next camera i buy would be the XPro-2 and that I would wait for it. Cant imagine owning a camera without OVF, but maby its just time to move on and go with technology.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Dave – There’s a reason I don’t own an XE-2. I have zero desire for an EVF X camera. Until this damn thing came along.


  • Cameron said on February 24, 2014

    Tell the guys a Fuji I’d also bum up there gear for a three country vacation and paid a small fortune. The only REAL review I will be trusting will be the people that don’t get paid from Fuji.

    Note from Zack – Thanks for keeping count! And seriously… shooting a campaign is a vacation? Have you ever shot a campaign? It’s a FAR cry from a vacation. OMG. And by small fortune you mean day rate that helps feed my family of six? Please make sure you block my site when my FAKE review comes out.

    Cheers. – Zack

  • David H Dennis said on February 24, 2014

    Tim Skipper, I’m not Zack, but I have the 55-200mm and it is an excellent lens in optical and mechanical quality. Alas, the autofocus has been bad in both the XA1 and XE2. I’m hoping the XT1 will be the charm. Manual focus is smooth and sweet, so if you can live with that I highly recommend the lens. Although autofocus is problematic, focus peaking works well.

  • jason said on February 24, 2014

    im really considering jumping to the XT1 to shoot weddings… since you do a lot of work with flash, does the 1/160 sync cause you any grief? can you speak to the low light AF speed and accuracy? i think the FF vs. crop debate has been beaten with a stick long enough, but can you give any specific things you had to deal with or cope with when moving from FF to crop?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Jason – XT-1 syncs at 180th. That’s only 1/3 of stop from the 5d2 I was shooting. That’s 2/3’s of a stop from the last Nikon I owned. 1/3 of a stop isn’t anything for me to get up in arms about. 2/3’s… maybe. If it was a full stop slower than a DSLR then yes… that’s enough to grab a torch and pitchfork about. I’ve brought this up to Fuji a number of times. The faster they can get that sync the better. Could they develop leaf lenses for X mount? All questions I’ve asked. Here’s what I’ve learned. They are listening. They are standing at a whiteboard scribbling out all sorts of stuff I don’t understand. Little things like this are actually big undertakings and require thousands and thousands of dollars in R&D. All the little mechanical things that have to happen with a shutter have to work, be consistent, and on and on and on and on. For 2/3’s of a stop. That’s not even doubling flash power kind of difference. Know what I mean? I do hope they push that flash sync up. I’d even like to see them develop a line of Fuji flashes.


  • stephen rudolph said on February 24, 2014

    We won’t be able to take shots of squirrels here in Montreal, Canada real soon. Montreal restaurants will soon be able to offer SQUIRRELS on the menu…

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    You ain’t lived until you’ve had my aunt Kathy’s squirrel and rabbit pie. I’m not even kidding. #TheSouth


  • wilbur said on February 24, 2014

    If you are selling the 60mm, how will you deal with shooting close up/macro photos? If I recall correctly, the 56mm has a longer close focus range than the 60mm. As nice as the 56mm is, I bought the 60mm instead specifically to give me the flexibility to shoot macros. One day I’ll pick ip the 56mm as well, but I don’t see dumping the 60mm when that day comes.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @wilbur – I never used the 60mm much on macro. True story… I have a little Olympus TG2 tough cam and if I ever need to photograph something with macro I use that because it can focus to about half an inch in front of the lens! I also have extension tubes for my Phase. The 56 focuses close enough for tight headshots. I’m good with that. I hate the 60mm lens. It’s so slow and it takes days for it to find focus. When I met with Fuji last year I suggested they take that lens back to the drawing board and make a v 2.0. I’d rather see a 90mm f2 come out though.


  • Frank said on February 24, 2014

    XT-1 is pretty exciting:
    Thanks for the preview Zack: You are a large part of why I’m giving “mirroless” a shot. Hey know whut? Electronic viewfinders( with “constant preview”; i.e. Lumix) work a treat! I’m officially a convert. Still “pine”for an x100S.

    I know you don’t waste life playing piffling forum games with internet nitwits: Perhaps it’s time to get medieval with troll posts(zero tolerance). How many times will you feel obligated to have to “disclose” your arrangement with Fuji?

    From my bitter misanthropic perch:
    “What gives these dpreview rejects (trolls) the right to be rude and condescending on your (or any one’s site)? At times the interwebs suck for its anonymous “crassness”.”

    D-E-L-E-T-E(block/ban obvious cretins)..

    On a more positive note: tell Fuji I love what they are doing.
    Can’t wait for dedpxl bud.

    Give Carl my regards he’s lookin’ good for his age and mileage.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Frank – I’m nearly there re: trolls.


  • BWJones said on February 24, 2014

    Looking forward to your thoughts after travel. I’ve got mine of order and a whole slew of experiments set up for it. Great post. Looking forward to seeing more on DEDPXL.

  • Jos said on February 24, 2014


    I am a rookie into the Fuji X system, after almost 30 years shooting Nikon i switched to Fuji 2 months ago.
    The X-pro 1 is wonderful (OVF), the X-E2 is smaler and faster, but no OVF, a perfect set for me.
    No more heavy dslr’s for me any more.

    Last Saturday i tried a X-T1 in a camerashop in Amsterdam (Netherlands), i don’t like the looks, but the EVF and speed are perfect as you said. I am stil learning my Pro1 and E2, i don’t buy the X-T1.
    But a EVF like this and the speed of the X-T1 in a new X-Pro2 (with OVF) would be prefect, i will buy that one.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Jos – +1 +1 +1 !!!


  • Phil said on February 24, 2014

    Zack, I know please please test the flash. As far as I know, there is no change in X-T1 regarding the flash sync (1/180s) support so is the flash any useful except in studio? I’m shooting portraits a lot with off-camera flash outdoor and with high-speed sync. I keep begging Fuji to update its flash system so I can switch to fuji system and could only hope Fuji will do that soon. I know I love leaf shutter on x100s but cannot afford both x-t1 and x100s :). Thanks for your down-to-earth blog, books and reviews. Please keep it up!

  • stephen rudolph said on February 24, 2014

    lets throw a wrench into the accolades…
    The -1,0,+1 auto bracketing is unacceptable .. HEAR THAT FUJI ?????

  • Brad said on February 24, 2014

    Hey Zack, if you didn’t have the phase one, would you still only have the fujis or would you keep a FF Dslr? I also second the question about the slower flash sync speed, is that annoying? Thanks for the first impression!

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Brad – That’s a really good question. One I’ve asked myself. I’m not sure to tell you the truth. I never set out to dump the DSLR but I have my Phase and that took over much of my work from the DSLR already. Then the Fuji supplemented the Phase where the DSLR would have. I just prefer the Fuji over a DSLR. There’s something fun and inspiring about these little cameras.


  • Vic Schmeltz said on February 24, 2014


    I am with you 100%. Plan on buying the 56 1.2 but I am waiting for the X-Pro 2. I prefer the rangefinder style camera to the DSLR style. Please push Fuji to make this. Until then I am enjoying my X-Pro 1 and X100s. I am praying for you to have safe travels. Wish I could join you in Dubai. Will see you in Atlanta at PSW.

    Thanks, Vic

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    Thanks Vic! See you soon.


  • Ben Taylor said on February 24, 2014

    Hey Zack, I just picked up a new X-T1 myself. Literally today. Haven’t had a chance to play much yet but…. :-) very much looking forward to seeing what you bring back from your travels. Dedpxl too.

    Do you have some way of re-naming that guy or is he actually a self-confessed ‘Fat troll’? I for one fully believe you ain’t on no Fuji payroll, but even if you were, who gives a flying toss!?

    Keep up the good work my friend. There are a lot of photographers out here who seriously appreciate all that you do. Juggling a large family to boot.


  • Daniel Sullivan said on February 24, 2014

    Zack, if you had to only have three lenses, which one out of the four would you drop?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Daniel – That’s a tough one. Probably the 14 since I don’t use it as much as the 23, 35, and I’ll be using this 56 all the time.


  • Kumar said on February 24, 2014

    Every time i see one or more comments asking for connection with fuji, what is there in it zack said many times, even if there is anything what difference it makes to you. All you need good review on the product not their relationship.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Kumar – I think some folks want my bank login information before they read anything I have to say about Fuji. :)


  • Arnold Klein said on February 24, 2014

    SO LOVE FUJI. First time I ever shot a band(s). X-E2 – 3200 ISO JPG. Hopefully the X-T1 will be here this weekend so I can try it out in a similar environ. I do not work for Fuji, do not know anyone at Fuji and my middle name is not Fuji. I simply love the Fuji experience and results.

  • Tim said on February 24, 2014

    I’ve been tempted by the X100S leaf shutter (I light almost everything) and the Sony equivalent … but I think I’m going to be more than just tempted by the XT-1 with the 56mm 1.2 and I’m hoping it’s the portrait lens that my Canon 85L is! For digital, I only have a 35L, 85L, and 135L … the way I see it, the X100S can replace my 35mm lens (and add leaf shutter) and the XT-1 with the 56mm can replace my portrait lenses. Can’t wait to rent it!

  • Scott Kingston said on February 24, 2014

    Zach, in the land of Fuji, if you were starting over would you go an X-Pro1, X-E2, or X-T1 with the 23 and 56? Or would you consider an X100s in lieu of the 23?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    x100s + XT1 with the 56 = Zing!


  • Philippe Vdp said on February 24, 2014

    After seeing the photos Bert Stephani took with the 56mm I’ve ordered myself also the x-t1 + 56mm. I just started using the x100s and I love the photos. Fuji is doing some great things lately. Now only I’m not sure of selling my canon 85mm F1.2 (using it on a 1DMK4) … My wallet says sell the damn thing but my heart is objecting :) Do you think I would still use the canon 85mm (and the weight!) when I have the x-t1+56mm ?
    Did you try already the 10-24 ? If so, if you have to choose between the 10-24 and the 14mm ? which one would it be ?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Phillppe – I got 3 minutes with the 10-24 at CES. I don’t have one yet though.


  • Stockografie said on February 24, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    Well it seems that you are sold on that EVF. I know I am. This X-T1 is one hell of a work horse. It is all I expected and even more.
    Do have fun on your months trip and give us one of those real world, no putting your hand in front of your mouth, honest to the bone Zack Arias review.
    You can be sure that I´ll read it.
    And it might sound corny and I am sure you have read this many times, but your original X100 review was the reason for me to buy into the X system in 2011 and since then I am infected by this Fuji Virus and I love it.

    Thanks and I mean than in all honesty

    Daniel (Stockografie)

  • Jonathan said on February 24, 2014

    Looking forward to hearing more!

    Anything you can share on quality of bokeh with harsh backgrounds at say f/2.4 comparing the 56mm with the 60mm? And the bokeh quality with the 56 wide open?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    That will come when I use it more.


  • Dave Wilson said on February 24, 2014

    I love the XPro1 form factor so much that nice though the XT1 looks I will be waiting for the XPro2.

  • Warren Jones said on February 24, 2014

    Zack your bank login would be nice, thank you :) Never the less, I love your enthusiasm about the Fuji Cameras, I too am enjoying my cameras. I think what I like is that photographers I admire (yes, you are one of them) have been tasked by Fuji to test these things out & they sit down with you and discuss things. Only good things can come of that. Keep up the reports & ignore the trolls, don’t let em get too you. MY XT-1 will be here tomorrow whoooohoooo! No 56 though… :(

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Warren – THAT is why I love Fuji. They A) let me say any damn thing I want about their cameras and B) they listen and respond. Everyone knows they went BACK to the x100 and gave it a HUGE refresh with firmware well after the x100s was flying off the shelves. Everyone knows that right? How many camera companies go BACK to take care of an older camera? I freaking love Fuji.


  • Sander said on February 24, 2014

    Zack, i second your wish for a 90mm prime. It would be lovely if it’d be an F1.4 though.
    Yeah, yeah i know it’ll be biggish, but it’ll be a smashing portrait alternative to the fast 135mm portraits on FF.

    For X-pro2 native lower iso’s would be nice, new shutter to do 1/8000s wouldn’t be too shabby either and as mentioned taking the flash synch down a notch or two…
    That and a hybrid zoomable OVF with an EVF this size… dare we dream? :-)

  • benjamin said on February 24, 2014

    Yo Zack, f@#k the haters! You’ve done nothing but give back to the industry and in most cases I assume done it on your own dime.

    Always informative, no bs and you call bs out if and when you see it. Fuji should pay you! You have such good personal branding and would bring a lot to the table.

    Does he get paid or doesn’t he? Is he pushing cameras down peoples throats and forcing us to buy rubbish? Is he out creating images and making his mark, mastering a craft he’s passionate about and inspiring others like myself?

    I really only give a damn about one of those questions. Dope review as always.

    – Benjamin

  • Jayson said on February 24, 2014

    I can’t wait for the X-T1 to arrive. Any day now…”patiently” waiting my order from B&H to ship. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my X-Pro1 and I can’t imagine anything better. I think it’s a true testament to the DSLR world that so many people (pros and ams) are recently ditching their gear to opt for Fujis (me included). For anyone that hasn’t owned or shot with a Fuji X-Pro or x100/s, there is something truly magical about these cameras. I always pull them out on client shoots and 100% of the time since November, the selects came from the Fuji. #justsayin

  • Aaron Pelly said on February 24, 2014

    Yay! Back button focus! Been missing that since I went Fuji. Do you know if the grip has the same button?

    I had the same thoughts as you when I heard the camera was coming out…prism hump…evf…meh. I’ll wait for the X-Pro 2. Dang it if I don’t have GAS after reading this, though. :-)

  • Nick said on February 24, 2014

    I am looking forward to an XPro2 with an improved EVF, even if the OVF is no different. I am adicted to the ability to see a substantial area outside the image frame.

  • David said on February 24, 2014

    Loving the X-T1 and also loving the 27mm lens at the minute. I’ve written a little review of the tethered shooting via the mobile app too. Totally hooked on the X-T1.

  • John Haugaard said on February 24, 2014

    Hey Zack – When you get back, contact me about the 60. Perhaps a local sale in Decatur. Easy-peasy.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @John – Sure thing!


  • Paul said on February 24, 2014

    I lust for this Camera everyday but not having threaded cable release on the shutter button is bit of let down for me. Anyone knows where would be the best place to submit feedback to Fujifilm folks?

  • Paul said on February 24, 2014

    btw, Zach great review as always~!! Size comparison photo of X-T1 with X100s and X-Pro1 is mind blowing!

  • Craig Atkinson said on February 24, 2014

    I prefer the x-pro form so much more, with the VF to the side. Wonder if they’ll make a V2. The Sony a6000 looks good too – so much less £ than the X-t1…Will give them a few months before jumping in. He says…

  • Meg said on February 24, 2014

    Dear Fat Troll and Cameron, (and any other low-life trolls out there)*

    I doubt that either of you will even read this but I simply cannot – CANNOT – sit here and read comments such as yours and not respond.

    Do you guys know something I don’t know? I’m the one that pays the bills around the Arias household and I would LOVE to get ahold of this purported “small fortune” that my husband has made. It’s funny, Zack is my best friend, we tell each other everything, and he has yet to tell me about his salesman job at Fuji.

    Golly, I wonder why?

    Oh! I know why!


    And vacations? He’s been on three vacations?? Do you have any goddamn idea how hard it is on our family when he’s traveling? He shoots a campaign over a period of two days – tops. Yeah, a vacation, that’s what it is. My husband works his ass off for us, all the while doing so with the highest of integrity. He’s not showing financial stuff because there isn’t anything to show! He gets paid his day rate, just like he would on any other job. I’ve sat and listened to him rail against things that he found wrong with Fuji and the cameras in front of Fuji representatives. And they usually listened to him and went and fixed whatever it was that was irking him.


    I’m sitting here shaking my head. It’s absolutely stunning to me how people can have such an inane and imbecilic view of something they know nothing about. Oh, I’m sorry. Did I just call you inane and imbecilic?

    Um. Yes. I did. And I was being nice.

    Honey, you can delete this if you want to. I’m just SO PISSED OFF.

    *By the way, does a troll know that they’re a troll? I think not. In the same way a psychopath rarely knows that they’re a psychopath. Or, maybe they do, which is why they typically don’t have the balls to post using their real name. Cameron, I gotta give it to you. Well done in at least putting your name out there. However, now you know that you are a troll. Hate to break it to you.

  • Simon Peckham said on February 24, 2014

    “Well jel” as they say in the UK. I Can’t wait to read your review and wishing already that I took the images you are about to shoot. Have a fabulous time Zack. Be safe.

  • Dan Holmes said on February 24, 2014

    I bought an x100s in part, based on how much Arias and Hobby were gushing over the camera. I’m currently shooting a Canon 5DIII and 1DX and though I didn’t expect the x100s to replace those cameras, I have to say I am VERY disappointed in the x100s. The focus is sluggish and the fact that there isn’t a true AI-Servo focus mode (like on the Canons) frustrates me to no end. I do like the quality of the pictures from the x100s and that I can slip it into my pocket. But every time I take the Fuji out for a spin, I’m left asking myself the question “what am I missing?”

    Now, I’m tempted to give the Fuji X-T1 a try, but after the x100s I fear it will be another disappointment. Seriously, what am I missing? Other than size, I don’t really see what the fuss is about with these Fuji cameras. And since I spent $1300 on the X100s, I really am inclined to WANT to like it, but I just don’t. I do think the files from the X100s are sharper than my DSLRs, and yes the 1/1000-1/2000 flash sync is cool, but I really don’t think you can consider these cameras DSLR-killers.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Dan – Don’t listen to anything Hobby and I say as we talk from our personal view point. Yes. He and I both gush over these little cameras. Yes, they have replaced much of what we used DSLRs for. Hobby listened to me gush over the x100. He tried to love it and didn’t. Then he gave one more try to the x100s and then he fell head over heels for it.

    For how I shoot and the subject matter I shoot these Fuji’s just do it for me. If I was shooting sports or something like that then they probably wouldn’t be as important to me. Also, the form and design of these little cameras excite me. I see one sitting on a table and I have to pick it up. They make me want to shoot more. I can’t describe it. No other camera has done that for me. I have an emotional connection to these stupid little boxes.

    Don’t buy an XT1. Wait till it’s up for rent at one of the main renting houses and give it a go for a week before you decide.


  • Craig Atkinson said on February 24, 2014

    the X100s is a great camera. The size, form, IQ is really great. The grip isn’t good. For fast / on the go / street / size, the Ricoh GR is better.

  • John Wangelin said on February 24, 2014

    I love my X100s and I can’t wait to get my hands on this baby. It seems Fuji is getting closer (for me) to becoming my go to system. I am planning on renting this hot piece of camera meat as soon as it becomes available to make sure it’s right for me. Until then I will have to settle with fondling it at WPPI. Can’t wait to see your Platform Class next week there.

  • Nigel Ward said on February 24, 2014

    Looking forward to your review Zac, although it won’t influence me on purchasing an X-T1…I’ve already put my Nikon D3 up for sale..

    One question though…the X-T1 is often bundled with the 14-55mm lens…and it works out quite a bit cheaper in the Uk rather than if you bought them individually.

    Is the 14-55 worth purchasing? I really want the 10-24 for landscapes, but the bundle price is really tempting.

    Keep up the reviews, they’re an inspiration to reduce the weight of my camera bag.


  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Nigel – I haven’t tried that lens. I do have an 18-55. It’s nice but I’m a prime lens kind of guy. I do want to try that 10-24 though. I’ve looked through it. It’s nice.


  • Zvaal said on February 24, 2014

    Another vote for a fast 90mm, at least f2.0.

    Is this also something you have brought up with Fuji?

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Zvaal – I have done everything but get on my knees and beg for a 90mm f2. :)


  • Jake said on February 24, 2014

    Just shot a wedding using a Fuji x100s and a borrowed 5D Mark III. The entire ceremony was candlelit and my Fuji handled the low light better than the 5D at ISO 64000 with less noise! I really don’t understand the full-frame vs Crop Sensor argument, until you shoot with one of these you really can’t comment on it. I’ve been going back and forth on what camera body/lens system to invest in but I’m really leaning to the X-T1 with the 56mm lens. Can’t wait till it’s released. You’re the man Zack, thanks for working so hard to keep us updated!

  • Tom Glover said on February 24, 2014

    Zack, I purchased the X100s (mostly on your advice) almost a year ago. Never loved a camera more :) I have decided to go with the X-T1 but can’t decide whether to keep it or swap it for the 23mm 1.4. I do seemed to have developed a fond affection for it 😉

  • Jez Sullivan said on February 24, 2014

    First off thanks for the retweet Zack when I left my charger in the UK!
    I’ve just got back from Venice and I loved using the X Pro1 however the biggest issue these Fuji Cameras have is battery life. As an ex 5D mk ii owner it’s been very unsettling going from a camera that can last 3000 frames on one battery to 300 frames. Don’t get me wrong they have a gorgeous sensor and the size and discreet nature of Mirrorless is brilliant. But I lost a couple of ” decisive moment shots” in Venice simply because the battery conked out at a critical point. I’m planning on shooting a personal project on the Trans Siberian Express at some point in the next 2 years and I suspect if 5D prices continue to fall. I may end up using one of them instead. Which is a shame because the Fuji sensor at ISO6400 is a wonderful thing to behold.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Jez – Glad that worked out! The power of social media! Fuji batteries aren’t that large so they don’t last as long. I’ve shot for a week on two batteries in the grip of a 5d2. I shoot two batteries a day with an X camera if I’m shooting all day. I carry four charged batteries for the X-Pro and five for the x100s. I usually go through two for a full day. With the original x100 I would go through three or four. I think they got better with power management with the new x100s. When I see the battery level drop to two bars I know I’m going to change soon. As soon as it goes red then you’re done. You have a handful of frames at most. We’ve asked for a better indicator of battery levels.


  • Daniel Sofer said on February 24, 2014

    Haven’t tried the 56mm but I picked up the 60mm for only $399 on the current Fuji special. The focus on my X-E2 was super slow and I was ready to return it, but after the latest firmware upgrade it focuses much much faster and more successfully. So don’t count it out completely until you get the update.

    I’m not a people shooter, mostly landscapes and architecture. The 14mm is my favorite lens. If I did shoot people often I would definitely get the 56mm, but for me the 60mm is working great now that I have the latest firmware. Sharper than the 55-200 which I also have, great bokeh – and the macro is a bonus.

  • Zack said on February 24, 2014

    @Daniel – I thought I had the latest FW for the 60. I’ll check. Still won’t matter for me though. The 56 is going to fit my needs better I think.


  • Daniel Sofer said on February 24, 2014

    @Tom: FWIW David Hobby argues strongly for the X100S instead of the 23mm f/1.4

  • Steve Foon said on February 24, 2014

    Always enjoyed your input Zack. Taught me a lot in terms of photography and gear. I’ve been using the X100-X100S and have been waiting to make the jump to the XPro1. When the X-T1 became available last week at my local camera store, I jumped on it. About 4 hours ago, my Nikon D4 has been traded-in. I’m now hooked on the Fuji X. I’ll still have a DSLR around and can easily pickup a D4S when and if the time comes. Can’t wait to read your full review of the X-T1 and hope you’ll be able to put together a video similar to the one on the X100S and XPro1 that you did in the past. I’m with you, Fuji….please….XPro2!

  • Ivan said on February 24, 2014

    The USB port is a standard micro-USB that is used on almost every phone these days.

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    Every phone but ones I own. Every one but the trigger I own. :)

  • Cpt Haddock said on February 24, 2014

    The camera that brought me back to photography is the X100. It’s still my fav camera to date. I also own a Ricoh GR, used as an everyday pocket/street camera, and it rocks. I passed on the X-Pro 1. I Passed on the X-E1 and X-E2, because of the EVF. As an old film Nikonist, I recently bought a 2nd hand D700 for 800 euros + a 85 mm prime, for portrait. Great FF combo… but still, I always come back to the X100. Why? I have a kind of complicity with this camera. We understand each other. If only I find back that kind of feeling in the X-T1, I might sell the Nikon, stuff, buy myself the X-T1 + the 56 mm prime. And later the 14 mm or the 10-24 mm zoom. The X100 ? I’ll keep it, it’s my best friend.

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Cpt H – I’ve looked at that GR a few times.

  • Mars said on February 24, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    If you already own a x100s why on earth would you buy a 23mm prime for the XT1??
    I really don’t understand.


  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @mars Because 1.4


  • Tom Glover said on February 24, 2014

    Reason for 23mm prime is twofold. The f1.4 first and foremost and then all of the enhancements the X-T1 has over the X100s :)

  • Francois said on February 24, 2014

    @Meg YOU HAVE MY VOTE !!!

  • Mars said on February 25, 2014

    ok, but isn’t ZA’s Philosophy ‘use what you have’ and don’t get caught up with the hype?

    BTW what enhancements are you referring to? The Xt1 has the same sensor?
    The x100s 23mm has leaf shutter which the 1.4 does not?

  • Rick Lewis said on February 25, 2014

    Hey Zack,

    Can’t wait to see the final results of your trip. Based on what your assessment of the Fuji X cameras and what David Hobby has said, I gave the X-Pro1 a try. I got my hands on a loaner for a week. It did not take long to see what all the ‘hype’ was about.

    I purchased a Fuji X-E2 and several lenses. Worked with them for a few weeks and then sold my entire Nikon kit. All of it went, D3, D4 and five pro grade lenses. For my work, I don’t anything more.

    The bonus, the images have a very discernible film like look. They don’t look digital. I’m in love with photography again!

    Thanks for being straight with us. Unlike some, I know we can trust what you say, no matter who pays you. :-)

    Take care,

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Rick – You drank the juice! :)

  • Vargbite. said on February 25, 2014

    Just picked up my X-T1 on a business trip to Tokyo last week. Took it for a spin and I have to say it is very good to look through that viewfinder. I am a bit visually impaired and I really appreciate how easy it is to see all the information within the viewfinder.
    I do, however, dislike the size of the 4 way buttons on the back. Too small and fiddly. I also struggle to get the LCD out when the battery grip is engaged…but this could just be my stupidity.
    I now have 5 X cameras (T1 pro1 100s S1 & 20) I am a confirmed FujiF whore, for me they bring joy back to photography and help me see the world “better” than my eyes alone can since the operations, they are my new eyes, and I love Fujifilm for that

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Vargbite – I agree about the buttons. I’d like them to be the ones on the X-Pro1.


  • Patrick Downs said on February 25, 2014

    Meg: There are a lot of good comments here, but you get the Gold Medal! Good for you for calling BS on these rude keyboard commandos.

    Zak: I’m guessing you sleep well knowing you’ve got a great partner watching your back!

    I can’t wait to get an X100s or XT someday soon. I appreciate your input on them. Cheers.

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Patrick – Yes. She’s the greatest ever!


  • Peter MacDonald said on February 25, 2014

    Can I add my voice to your call for the X-Pro2. Love the others but hopefully they are a rehearsal for the 2. When the printer I use goes ape over the technical excellence of the files I gave him for two, one-metre wide landscape prints from the X-Pro 1, you have to hang out for next generation. Thanks for write ups on all the gear.

  • CK said on February 25, 2014

    I tried it at a local Fujifilm launch/hands-on event and the one thing that impressed me the most is that wonderful EVF. High resolution and high refresh rates too. Even better than the one on my friend’s Sony A7! I have not been tempted by the recent new cameras for a while now, but this one might just do it for me.

    More impressions of the camera, if you guys are interested: http://www.threeguyswithcameras.com/2014/02/hands-on-with-the-new-fujifilm-x-t1

  • Al said on February 25, 2014

    Hey Zack,

    I’m sure you’ve heard this story a million times over but: you and David Hobby were the entire reason I purchased the X100s last year and ultimately fell in love with the camera. As a result, I lurked on Amazon on Jan 28th for the second they announced the X-T1 so I could be one of the first to preorder. And now it’s coming in the mail tomorrow, my first Fuji X CSC. All my Canon gear was sold last week. I’m officially a convert. Thanks Zack! Looking forward to the full review as well as DEDPXL!

  • Matthew said on February 25, 2014

    To Meg – In the blinkered world of the pixel-peeping, internet-trolls et al, professional photography = permanent holidays, freebies and 2-hour working days! Ignore them…

    To Zach – Very much looking forward to a real-world working review on DEDPXL. Sponsored or not, the only reviews I trust are from those photographers that put cameras to work. The XT-1 is the first camera I have been excited by in a long time, very much looking forward to getting my hands on one as soon as possible…

  • Jim Donahue said on February 25, 2014

    And to think I just bought a Black X100S. O Well I hope it is still considered a good camera and not thrown to the bottom of the bag. Mine won’t.

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Jim – The x100s is still my favorite X camera. It’s my desert island camera of all time. I really want a black one. Eventually I want to own every X camera made. Even the baby ones made for the big box retailers. Just to have a complete collection. I have NEVER wanted to collect a line of cameras before. So good on you for getting that sexy black machine.


  • palinode said on February 25, 2014

    I bought my X100s a month ago and initially found the autofocus pretty frustrating – the camera would focus on something in the background or simply give me the dreaded red box. But after a week or so of constant use (because that camera demands to be used at all times) I realized that I was almost never missing focus. You simply learn the camera. Or maybe the camera trains you. Either way, I love that thing, and I’m considering selling off my existing gear and moving over to Fuji. The XT-1 looks fantastic.

  • Chaz said on February 25, 2014

    Zack I appreciate your work and how open you are about everything. My motto is” Live Learn Share” and you definitely do all of those things.

    I fell in love with photography again and with Fuji with the X100 (I still think that camera makes the best images. It has some special sauce in it).

    I have the X100, X100s, X Pro 1, and now the X-T1. I myself prefer the Rangefinder style of the X100/s and X Pro 1 and hope Fuji continues to stick with that design. I think the X-T1 will appeal to larger crowd because it’s a fantastic camera, with great lenses, and a more familiar style. Also the Wifi/Remote app is an extra bonus that I didn’t need, but glad I have it because it works really well and opens up some different photography opportunities. I like that Fuji doesn’t go crazy and make radical changes, but slowly and steadily improves on what already works.

    I hope the X-T1 is a big hit and brings more money to Fuji so they can keep the 3 different X style cameras going.

    Mahalo for your work and honesty! Safe travels and happy shooting!


  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Chaz – Agreed! Thanks for commenting.


  • Mark Loader said on February 25, 2014

    Ah yes – trolls. Guys so photographically superior they simply cant use anything other than FF, touchscreen, 1/8000 sec, NASA certified hitech yada yada. You know the type. DPR forums. No pics in their gallery (so s not to humiliate us). Er no. A bunch of whiney fools who have more interest in tech than the craft in such itself. A blight on the landscape. The way i see it is that if a respected pro is willing to sacrifice his time to help people like us then the least we can do, after pulling on his coat tails, is to maybe offer a simple gesture of appreciation e.g. Thanks, man, dude, bro, slim, whatever. That way he may be able to recharge his spirit and remain mentally healthy without having to defend himself from mindless accusations from the ignorant. Oh for a perfect world. Oh for a humble & vaguely appreciative world. Megs response saddened me. It could’ve been Zacks response but what…too weary perhaps? For Transform I am deeply grateful and so are the hundreds of students who do our courses. Anything more than that is pure bonus. So thanks again for giving a damn, Z. We love you for it. Cheers from Downunder.

  • david said on February 25, 2014

    Hi Zack, welcome back…..we’ve missed you. I bought the original x100 and upgraded it to the x100s in early 2013 and havent looked back. Originally a Canon DSLR user, I’ve started selling off many of those lenses and only use the Canon DSLR for sports/longer range shots. 90% of the time the x100s suffices because of 3 very telling reasons (1) its sensor is so incredible that I can crop in post and really not lose much at all (2) the jpeg engine is so good that I find doing post in jpeg every bit as good a raw (all those raw acolytes please don’t dump on me) (3) its very discreet and portable so people dont feel inhibited when I’m taking the shot, even with the flash! I just shot a friends wedding as a guest using the x100s jpegs and the shots were extremely well received by the happy couple and looked great. The XT1 looks like a great camera, same sensor as the x100s with some improvements in AF etc, but I’m unsure if Fuji are commiting to a decent 300mm or 70-300mm lens for sports/wildlife. Do you have a view that coud helpme decide? for most shots the x100s is perfect, but I’d consider adding the XT1 if telephoto lens with IS/OS were coming soon.

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @David – Check out their current roadmap of lenses here…. http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/xf_lens/roadmap/


  • Bob K said on February 25, 2014

    Zack…. the mic input doubles as a remote socket, at least according to Squirrel Photography Review. You can use an el cheapo Canon remote in it. Works fine on the XE-1.

  • Tom said on February 25, 2014

    I think the point people are making regarding disclosure is that even you don’t get paid but you get gear for free you are in some ways “sponsored” by the manufacturer.

    In marketing circles people that get provided with free gear and who’s opinion has significant exposure are referred to as “opinion leaders”. Marketing departments know very well that more often than not “opinion leaders” will never totally shoot down a product.

    I guess what some folks are saying is that it would he helpful to know what the exact relationship is so they can form their own opinion about any reviews. I guess it would also be helpful if people would actually express their frustration in a more productive way.

  • Mike Warren said on February 25, 2014

    Im sorry, I just read Meg’s post and glad it was not deleted. If I could “like” that comment, I would push the LIKE button a million times. Earning a family supporting living with a camera is beyond nearly impossible, super kudos to those that figure it out and have the drive to perservere through the many long, dark times.

  • Mark Devereux said on February 25, 2014

    I bought a used X100 (3rd owner, believe it or not) in late 2012 after reading your impressions of it. I still pull my Nikon D7000 out occasionally but only when I need to use the superb Tokina 11-16 wide angle zoom for landscapes. Am pondering the XT-1 or even a new XPro-1 (given the huge discounts available) but am wondering whether using converters for my Nikon-mount lenses is going to make the whole apparatus too large.

    In the meantime, I’m preparing for a 6 week trip to India with only the X100, a Yongnuo flash + Flashbender. Should be all I need!

  • SK said on February 25, 2014

    Hey zack love your work. When can we see OneLight 2.0? Learned a lot from the first one as a one-man-show photographer!

  • Nathan said on February 25, 2014

    I’ve read a lot of reviews and videos on youtube about this new camera, unfortunately it is not for me. I cannot leave the full frame world, it just doesn’t add up to me. Not even as a side camera, just not interested at the moment.

  • HokkaidoMilk said on February 25, 2014

    This x100s owner is a fan of your work, Zack. Looking forward to reading your full X-T1 review.

    There are a lot of exciting cameras on the market these days (Sony’s full frame models, Olympus’ OMD line, etc.) and it’s nice to see that Fuji is right in the thick of things as well. The X-T1 looks like a winner and shows that Fuji is still LISTENING.

    I love my x100s. It’s so much fun. And it makes me look cool. And the photos it captures usually look amazing.

  • Noel said on February 25, 2014

    OVF v EVF. I’m glad to see you are starting to see the advantages of EVFs. I found when using my X100…. oh so long ago now it seems, I used the OVF less and less. The ability to see the effect of changes to the camera settings and its imapact on the image directly through the viewfinder as I’m working has had a major impact on how I think take my images. I’m much more sensitive to colour casts and exposure ranges via EVFs than I ever was via OVFs.

    BUT, there is one thing that the OVF has the edge on the EVF. OK two things if you count times when artificial light gives the EVF a nasty case of the flickers.

    That thing is less noticable to those used to SLRs as the view through an SLR veiwfinder is pretty much the same as it would be through an EVF.

    Its simply the spare space around the outside of the lens frame which lets you see what is just outside of the frame. That breathing space around the frame helps you to see things about to enter the frame in a rapidly changing scene. I also find it makes panning a moving object just that bit easier.

    In my opinion the EVF for a DSLR style camera makes a lot of sense. No I don’t see CANIKON producing their next big pro body without a mirror box, they have too much invested in their current lens lineup. The D5 will still have a mirror box but the D6 may not. I think the days of the mirror box are numbered and with it, simpler, lighter cameras and lenses will make a return instead of the multi kilo behemoths that we use today.

    But I also hope there is still a place for the X100 and X-Pro1s rangefinder style OVF/EVF hybrid rangefinder. It’s a solution that works very well for some situations where the SLR style of finder gives a too blinkered view of the world.

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @Noel – Well said!

  • Carl said on February 25, 2014

    Hi zack,

    I have a quick question, not about the xt1 or any of the x series (though you are one of the main reasons I got into it) but actually about the blog here. I know you use photo shelter as the backed of the website but what do you use for this blog and how did you get it set up so seamlessly with the website? The theme of the blog is the same too so I’m just wondering how you did it all or did you get some fancy web guru to do it all!

  • Zack said on February 25, 2014

    @carl – The blog is WordPress. I hired a very affordable web guru to match the blog to my Photoshelter theme. There’s still a bit of spit and polish work to do but I’m very happy with it thus far. I’ll be writing about the process on DEDPXL.


  • Steve from Oz said on February 25, 2014

    Hey Zack – Im looking forward to seeing the outcome of your upcoming trip with this new camera (watching this space). I hope they put you up somewhere decent 😉

    This XT-1 camera came out of nowhere……Its virtually the same specs as the XE2 with a rain jacket and wifi.

    I too am hanging for the next Pro Camera, I have a feeling that Mr.Kawahara will shock us all with something special. Ill keep on with the Pro 1 until they announce it.


  • David Fleet said on February 25, 2014

    The last pic made me smile as that is the exact same setup that I will be taking travelling with me in a couple of months time.

  • Paul Szilard said on February 25, 2014

    My GUESS for the X-PRO2:
    Features from the X-T1
    – WiFi
    – Tilting LCD
    – Battery grip
    – Weather sealing

    New features:
    – GPS
    – 24 Mpixel sensor
    – faster processor
    – better video

    What I would like, but not expect:
    – body image stabilization

    These are purely my guesses, I have no secret info, unfortunately.

  • Phrehdd said on February 25, 2014

    Thanks for sharing the skinny on the new Fuji. As someone who has the X-E2, I can appreciate the new features on this camera but what I was more curious about was handling and also the viewfinder. Is the finder that much better and I know the buttons are smaller and less pronounced on the camera. Does the latter create any issues?

    Again thanks for your sharing.

  • Alvaro said on February 25, 2014

    @Meg: Please, do not concentrate on the hate comments. There will always be.

    @Zack: Thanks for the review. Could you comment on the autofocus. Would you shoot kids and family portraits with the X-T1?

    Keep the good work. I am also looking forward to dedpxl. Remember that it will never be perfect. Just ship it 😉

  • holger feroudj said on February 25, 2014

    Thanks Zack, looking forward to your full review and shots. Was playing around with it and the 56mm and am feeling the same I felt when I used the X-Pro1 with the 35mm the first time: A REALLY BIG urge to throw all my money at Fujifilm.

  • Dallas Dahms said on February 25, 2014

    Mr. Zack and Mrs. Meg.

    It would be seen as a great service to the world in general if you could do us the great honour of not feeding the trolls? In fact, don’t even give them air to breath here.

    Muchos gracias!

  • David Honl said on February 25, 2014

    Great review Zack- thank you for your insight. It’s because of you and David Hobby that I switched to Fuji- been shooting with 2 XE2 bodies for 2 months now, and I’m starting to drool over the X-T1

  • John Waire said on February 25, 2014

    …good schtuff! I ordered mine this AM — can’t wait to lighten the load :)

  • Jude said on February 25, 2014

    Hi, I’m looking at buying the XT-1 to shoot weddings and portraits. I currently use D4 and D700 and I ache after every wedding. Can you tell me if you think the XT-1 is up for this?

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Jude – I’ve shot weddings with the x100s and XPro1. The XT1 is up for the job. Check out the work of Kevin Mullins in the UK. He only shoots with Fuji.



  • Jay said on February 25, 2014

    Zack, as I understand it the XT1 takes the new UHSII sd-card do you know if the older sd cards are compatible or will I need to invest in getting these new cards with a reader?

    Thanks for all that you do and I can’t wait for your full review!

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Jay – It works with all of my older cards. The new card is fast though. Damn fast. New card works fine with my on board reader.


  • Edd Firminger said on February 25, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    Its your fault i bought an X100!! I used it for about 6 months but could not get used to the focal length because i mainly shoot portrait style.

    Anyway to cut a long story short – i ended up buying an Xpro which i love with 18, 35 and 60 and a nice adaptor for my nikon lensbaby and samyang 85 1.4

    Now i have the XT1 and 56 on preorder – so im super excited for it turning up.

    Love reading your stuff as its more down to earth and a lot less flashy and ‘in your face’ sounding than a lot of the hype machine out there.

    Keep up the good work!! Long time fan :)

  • Rich said on February 25, 2014

    Hey Zack…I’ve intermittently checked in on your blog for the past several years and have watched your internet presence grow. Good job. I was recently at a conference and found myself having a conversation with some some good folks that are really big fans of yours. Anyway, I’ve been very successful at branding and advertising companies over the 30 years and one of the things that excites guys like me is listening to enthusiastic fans of a product, person, etc… Talk and share unsolicited comments (good or bad)…about concepts, ideas, thing to which they have no real investment in (I.e you). So more to the point….to me…the real Zack Arius story to me, is no more about photography than star bucks is about coffee. You have, intentionally, or unintentionally branded yourself quite we’ll. I’m not sure how the Fuji pairing is going to work in terms of staying power, but good luck. I think the line is going to be very successful and refreshing for the DSLR burnout crowd. oh yeah, the point…I think it would be great for you to do an exhaustive educational tutorial on your brand….kind of connect the dots on how you goy where you were as an internet presence,…what was purposeful and planned and what wasn’t. The info is out there, but readers (me), would love to see how you got to this point and the significance that Fuji is now playing in your bottom line. Sorry for the long post and thanks.

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    That’s an interesting idea Rich. Honestly, it hasn’t been calculated by any means. I’m not that smart. But I know what has worked and what hasn’t. I’ll think on this for a future series for DEDPXL. Thank you!


  • Gary said on February 25, 2014

    Hi Zack – first, love your work…been following since I became an x shooter. Reignited my love of photography. In response to the doubters….the link with advising Fuji has always been transparent. I think what we as x shooters shouldn’t forget is that pros such as you and Kevin Mullins are our voice to Fuji, representing our needs in development of their kit. Canon and Nikon could learn some lessons in listening to its users.

  • Scott said on February 25, 2014

    Looking forward to the big rev.
    Just a side thought, do you think any new fuji camera will offer a ‘pro’ function, whereby it makes your images more professional? I am really trying to sell my GF on this as the body that will get me the paying gigs at Vanity Fair I need. If there was such a function, it would be a big help. Any thoughts? I know the shutter release used to be the old pro function on a camera, but retro buttons are too hipster for me. 😉

    Cheers on the great work. Wish I could hit you up on a workshop.

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Scott – I’ve been asking for an Avedon button for a long time now. :)

  • Alan Sircom said on February 25, 2014

    @Meg: I share your pain, and so does my wife.

    I review high-end audio for a living. That’s like being a stunt double for a target on a rifle range sometimes. Even though you build up a thick skin (and that’s my excuse… “I’m not fat, I’m thick skinned”), occasionally the animosity and the hatred you get for simply trying to do a job gets under your skin.

    My wife can spot when some particularly bilious individual has been at work almost immediately. She read your post and could see the same frustration in your words.

    Sadly, getting under your skin seems to allow the trolls and the haters to derive a perverse kind of pleasure.

    Here’s the thing: Zack contributes a lot. He’s an extraordinarily talented photographer, a fine communicator with an excellent turn of phrase, and the sort of guy if I met in a bar, I’d be happy to share a pint or six with. Which is about the highest commendation you can get from an Englishman. His enthusiasm for photography, and with it sharing his photo smarts, makes him one of those rare people (in any field) who both inspire and motivate. He would do that with a rancid old Zenit B in his hands.

    By way of contrast, what the haters contribute can be counted on the fingers of one knee.

    My only criticism of Zack is he’s making my money all itchy. Please make it stop. I wasn’t going to buy a camera this year, and now it looks like another Nikonite is about to fall under Fuji’s spell.

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Alan – Fingers on one knee!!!! Hahahahahahaha! OMG. One day. Let’s get pints. I’d love that. You’re our kind of people. :)


  • Les said on February 25, 2014

    Hi, I enjoyed my moment shaking your hand while you were on the coffee line at the NY PhotoExpo in October. I thanked you then for your insights and enlightenment on the Fuji cameras and got my wife ( for when she asks me to take a camera to take family pix at a vacation dinner, always) a pro1. Waiting for the XT1 for myself as my son is a budding photo pro and has taken to using my HEAVY Canon 5D and all L lenses. You raved about the pro 1 last year, and side by side images my wife shooting her pro1 and me with the Canon 24-105 L took 1.5 years ago in Scotland had the Fuji sharper!!!!

    Many thanks for your fine work. The number of posts above speaks for how much you are loved by ‘almost’ all of us. Lol. (Read that troll??)

  • Marc said on February 25, 2014

    This guy had the X-T1 tested under extreme conditions: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140224-ukraine-protest-photography-maidan/

    (7th picture form above, the guy with the camera’s: Eric Bouvet,http://ericbouvet.com/)



  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    Thanks for that link Marc!


  • John Anthony O'Neill said on February 25, 2014

    Hey Zack

    Greetings from Ireland. Thanks for the heads up review of the X-T1. I always enjoy reading your comments on cameras from a real photographers perspective! I have been a recent convert to the fuji system and so far really enjoying the x pro1 at the moment. Just placed an order for the XT1 today so looking forward to seeing how this performs. Some of your earlier articles inspired me to try the x system and for that I owe you a debt of gratitude! This system really wants to make you shoot more and I’m sure it will make me a better photographer over time. Enjoying my personal photography more than ever now :-) Keep up the good work on your reviews!


  • John DA said on February 26, 2014

    Hi Zack! Love your work!

    Question re: 56mm – how’s the aperture ring? I love my 35 1.4 but I’ve always found the clicks to be a little … insubstantial? Maybe at this point it’s just because I’ve turned on the darn thing so much.

    Thanks for everything!

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @John – they are a little smoother than the 35. If you’ve used the new 23 they are like that.


  • bsmitty said on February 26, 2014

    looking forward to the review!

    some serious comments going on so ill throw you a random one

    cheeseburger or hotdog

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014


  • Jim said on February 26, 2014


    Into Fuji because of your reviews. X100s, now xt1 today. On the Cuba trip with wife in April. She shoots Oly 5d. A generation or so senior to you and perhaps not as conversant with trolls and other trending social media goings on, but do love shooting and the whole process that follows. Looking forward to your unique leadership in Havanna. And I’ve got the first round. I’d put one of those emoticon things here here if I knew how.
    Cheers, Jim

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Jim – Can’t wait!


  • David said on February 26, 2014

    Hi Zack,
    If you had to pick either the 23 or the 35, which would it be and why?

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @David – I can’t make that call. I love the 35 but that’s a personal preference. Not that one is better than the other.


  • Ken Andrews said on February 26, 2014

    @Zach, thanks for the first hand, hands-on initial impressions. I know a lot of us really appreciate it! All those comments about being on the Fuji payroll is a bunch ^#&@*$. Jealousy IMO. It’s a great way for Fuji to work with photographers who actually DO LOVE using their products and gives Fuji some in the field reviews by photographers who know what the &##@ they are talking about. I trust first hand reviews from you, David Hobby, et al more than a “review site” whose sole purpose is to measurebate every new body and lens.

    BTW, for those who do question Zach’s honest approach to reviews, go back and read his original X100 review. It was positive, but brutally honest about shortcomings as well.

    I’ve been an X man since Nov 2011 when my X100 arrived from B&H. Since then, I’ve been thoroughly sucked in, drank the koolaid and wear the tshirt. I ditched DSLR’s (since 2002, and prior to that film) back in 2009 with m4/3…then the X100 came along and I’ve never seriously looked back. This X-T1 looks very tempting, but as I wrote on my blog, it’s not an upgrade for me at this time as I tend to live on the lagging edge of gear. My beloved X100 is not lonely and has a X-E1 brother to keep it company. There is NOTHING that I can’t shoot with either of these two camera and the Fujinon glass. Even hockey, notoriously nasty to shoot (especially at a non-NHL arena, or worse, local ice), has been conquered by the X-E1 and the 55-200.

    Keep it up and I look forward to the full review. Have a great time!

  • Cello said on February 26, 2014

    Hey Zack,

    Thanks for your awesome and honest reviews. I picked up an x100s last year and love it. I am considering selling my 5kMkII and picking up the XT1 the only reservation I am having right now is I do a few events every week in very low light, and mostly using flash, most of the time having an assistant or hand holding the flash is not an option and I need to have the flash on camera at times. Is there a flash that fuji makes for the XT1 that is pretty good and can recycle quick enough to get a few quick frames in a row while providing decent quality of light as say the markII and a 600ex with an omnibounce?

    Thank you kindly love your work and your opinion!


  • Zack said on February 27, 2014

    @Cello – They have a larger flash but I’ve never used it so I can’t say yes or no. Maybe I should borrow one and see.

    I found this with a quick google search…


    The XT1 is as fast as a 5D2.


  • Philippe M said on February 26, 2014

    One of the many things the trolltards don’t understand is that it makes good business sense to develop strong relationships with your customers. Happy customers will tell their friends and write on their blog how great your product/service is. This is the best type of advertising you can get for your business. It’s GENUINE and FREE. Word of mouth marketing is a beautiful thing. Look.It.Up.

    The people at Fuji just understand that and they are way too smart to piss it all away by offering Zack a big fat check ( sorry Meg:-) ).

    And as the vacation thing goes, I think the trolltards are simply confusing the Fuji mount with mount Fuji :-)

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014



  • CMDVisuals said on February 26, 2014

    I hate doing this but… 5 of the 7 latest posts on this blog are Fuji. 1 about your book and 1 about your cuba stuff. I once came here because you shared reflected insight. Posts about gear are not wrong (actually I love them, too) but somehow this has become too brand specific. Your cyc series was also gear related, but there was a deeper knowledge to obtain… But of course it’s your blog and you can share whatever you like.

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    I’m aware. Because I didn’t at all spend the better part of a year on answering 1,500 questions on my Q&A blog. Yeah, that didn’t happen did it? Jeebus.

    Please email me and I’ll get that refund check right out to you.


  • C.J. said on February 26, 2014


    I’m a starting photographer and i’m a visual guy, guess like 90% of humanity. Been watching your classes on creativelive over and over again to implant those numbers into my brain. Also watched you do a 5k challenge on kelbyone. Love your teaching style!

    You have an whole section in CL explaining what type of system your would buy when starting today. Was wondering, your changing your system, what’s your thoughts are right now. Haven’t 1000 of dollars to spend on a camera body and lenses.
    Keep up the good work, hope to see allot more teaching form your end!


  • Keith said on February 26, 2014

    I used to shoot D700 and D7100 with few prime lenses. Had recently swithed to being an X user not bcoz I was being paid or nuts to agree with you. I only admire great quality. And I have to admit I havent been more happier shooting with my current X-Pro1 and X100S. Thanks for sharing mate and keep up the good writings as the guys from Fuji is definitely listening.


  • Mike said on February 26, 2014

    Please stop blogging about Fuji products. I can’t afford to switch right now and between you and Hobby and others, it’s just rubbing salt in my wounds.

    Seriously, I am incredibly intrigued by these cameras and their capabilities. It’s truly amazing how the industry has changed since I was dunking Tri-X in a darkened room. As soon as I can free up some cash, I want to explore this system. Great review, squirrel and all!

  • Bill said on February 26, 2014

    Zack, did you ever pick up that Leica 90mm? If so how do you like the manual focus function on the XT-1? I’m thinking having the main composition and then the side focus peaking “window” in the viewfinder would make using manual lenses much easier.

    Thanks and I enjoy your point of view,

  • Kyle said on February 26, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    I like your blog. I like reading your blog. I don’t really care what you post on here, because chances are I’ll read it anyways. Even if you blogged about the toast you ate for breakfast. I don’t care. You’re a fantastic teacher and I love whatever insight you throw our way. Even if that insight is about toast.

    – Kyle

  • Aaron Thomas said on February 26, 2014

    Hey Zack! Keep up the good work! If you haven’t already could you put in a good word to the Fuji guys that we (wedding shooters and probably some others) would like to see a full frame (35mm) interchangeable lens camera with a leaf shutter and phenomenal auto focus in low light!?!? That would be epic!

    Also, it would be nice if the x100s had two custom function buttons. One to use for the ISO and one to use for the ND filter. Or just a dedicated ISO button and custom function button would work too!

    Thanks man!

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Aaron – Fuji has heard the full frame requests loud and clear. I have ZERO information if that is on the way or not. They have heard though. I can tell you that. There was much chin scratching. :)

    Honest to God though… I haven’t seen anything behind the scenes to say if it is coming or not.


  • Stu said on February 26, 2014

    Hey Zack,

    Have pre-ordered the XT-1 and will be able to purchase 2 lenses right away. What would be your recommendation for the first two lenses to purchase? Would really appreciate it.

    Thank-you! All the best from snowed in, sub zero Canada:)

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Stu – The 35 and 56 would be good. The 23 is gorgeous as well. And, well, so is the 14. I’d be happy if I just had the 35 and 56 but that’s subjective.


  • Karin Nelson said on February 26, 2014

    I’m green. I’m literally green with envy. I have one on pre-order and they keep telling me “End of March. End of March.” Waiting is hard.
    Thanks for the write-up. You just made the wait THAT bit harder. :)

  • Rachel said on February 26, 2014

    Thanks for being awesome, Zack! :)

  • Bonghollywood said on February 26, 2014

    I have never seen a photographer like you, hobby, and Jarvis that are willing to stick your neck out to educate people about our craft. I’m not a professional photogrpher but I’m very passionate about my hobby that my GF are getting jealous of my X pro1. About this trolls… You ain’t doing it right unless you have haters. Even Jesus have haters and this is coming from an Athiest.

  • Ken Andrews said on February 26, 2014

    Keep up the great work, thanks for the reviews and an overwhelming majority of us find great value in them!! Thanks!

  • Mason said on February 26, 2014

    Thanks for the tantalizing look at the new Fuji. I have the x100s and love it. I feel like I’m two distinct photographers. The Canon shooter loves his tilt & shift lenses and filters and all of the heavy clatter, while the Fuji guy loves the joy of engaging with people with a camera in the mix. I’m starting to wonder if there is a way for these two photographers to merge. When I see wonderful things like weather sealing, fast AF, huge EVFs, Arca Swiss base plates, and WiFi apps, the Canon side of me gets itchy. The Fuji side of me smirks. Thanks a lot.

    Now about these mouth-breathing trolls. Obviously they haven’t taken the time to get to know you or they’d realize that even if Fuji was paying you boatloads and sending you and the family on long vacations to exotic locales, you’d still speak your mind. Of all the people I follow online, you take the prize for candid honesty. That’s your brand.

    And the next time you find yourself in Portland (Not Eugene!), look me up so I can buy you a beer and/or coffee.

    – Mason

  • Carlos Fernando Bendfeldt said on February 26, 2014

    Ok… I’m going to be the odd ball out. I was so excited to order the Fujifilm X-T1…. It has been a while since I had been so excited about a camera. Last time I felt this way I ordered the Nikon D2x the day it was available and never looked back. As a matter of fact that and my iPhone were my only cameras until yesterday. Now many years later my old Faithful (heavy) Nikon D2x keeps on working but outdated so I bought the Fujifilm X-T1.
    I rushed out to the UPS dispatch since I missed the truck yesterday. Got my Fujifilm X-T1 and held it. The fist thing my 8yo daughter said was “ooh, it’s so little” Not a good way to start. Feels solid, well built….but petite. Don’t know how I feel about that. Also, I’m having a hard time adjusting/accepting the EVF. I definitely have mixed feelings about it even if it’s great. My biggest dilemma now…adjust to the new and wonderful or to return it?
    I just cant believe I lost seep over this…for crying out loud… I am an OBGYN and used to stressful situations every day….why is this stressing me OUT!

    P.S…. I’m not a Pro photographer…. Just a dude that likes photography

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @Carlos – When packing for a job… I like the small form factor. :)

    If you hate it… I bet you’d be able to sell it for more than you paid just because it’s going to be a hard camera to get a hold of for awhile.


  • Mike C said on February 26, 2014

    Zack, after reading some of the rude and ignorant comments from a few keyboard commandos who seem to think you’re living the sweet life on Fuji’s payroll I just had to say thanks and kudos to you for leveraging your influence as a successful photographer to bend Fuji’s ears and help make a great line of cameras even better. You don’t have to do that, it’s not padding your wallet to do that, and it takes you away from your family to do that. I get it and I truly appreciate the effort.

  • Ivar Dahl-Larsen said on February 26, 2014

    I’m sure xt1 is a marvelous camera and your preview is good but always subjective, as all previews from living persons would be. But I can’t see the huge difference between that one and even x-e1. Except for the evf. any good photographer with normal eyesight should be able to handle most quite elegantly with x-e1 especially after the lat firmware update. but being a gearhead as so many here, I guess I’ll have to have a closer look. Cheers.

  • JJ Lee said on February 26, 2014

    If I can only afford getting the x100s or X-T1, which should I choose?

    Have not enjoyed shooting since my old Olympus OM-2 (from the 70s) got run over by a car.

  • Zack said on February 26, 2014

    @JJ – The x100s is my every day carry camera. I suggest it to people all the time. The other X cameras are “work” cameras for me.


  • Christopher said on February 27, 2014

    Digital cameras have progressed pretty far in their short lifetime. One of the things that used to keep me awake at night after shooting an important job with a FILM camera was worrying about the pro lab (with a great track record) handling my film. It only takes one damaged roll of film to really f things up. When DSLRs introduced dual memory card slots, it was an incredible feature to back up what you’re shooting to a 2nd card, providing peace of mind that was priceless. No dual card slots is a deal-killer for me. Are you listening, Fuji? Add the slot and I’ll buy the camera.

  • Ahmad said on February 27, 2014

    Hi Zack, I understand your passion about the OVF of the X-Pro Camera, although I found it useless on the tele side, or when using zooms.
    My question is, if Fujifilm came up with FF body, will you jump ship to it and sell all your lenses, or you’ll just ignore it and keep going with the APS-C.

    PS. I’m trying to choose between the A7 and the X-T1, any advice?

    Cheers mate

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @Ahmad – I don’t look into the future too much with digital photography. I use what is available today and, while I do hope for better things to come, I just go forward with what I have. I’m pretty damn certain that if Fuji does release a full frame that there will be compatibility with older lenses. Not at 100% coverage of course but we’ll see.


  • Earley Man said on February 27, 2014

    Hi Zack, just found your site via Fuji X Forum and bookmarked it.

    Hi Meg, read your answer to the trolls, reminded me of my mother when anyone unjustly criticised my father, they were married for 53 years so I don’t think Zack needs to worry about the divorce court. :-)

  • Wilfried Feder said on February 27, 2014

    Zack, i had bought the x100s, mostly for outdoors stuff. Nice, but to me it wasnt a tool like a DSLR: Viewfinder, fiddly handling, fiddly focusing (manual focusing is a pain)… but what disappointed me was image quality in fine details. While edges are sharp, i find the pixel structure in Landscape (leaves for instance) pretty …uhm pulpy. somewhat blurry. By far not the quality i get from a 5D II with a lens like the 17 TSE or any other good lens. Now i get it that you compared CMYK prints and all…just wondering if i maybe didnt get the developing settings right (i’m still on Lightroom 4). Tried both jpeg and RAW. Is LR 5 better?
    And well, i found the lens doesnt suit my purposes for outdoors and architecture. Just Not wide enough. So after i sold the x100s, i’m considering trying the XT1…if i can convince myself that handling is better than the x100s. Would looove traveling without DSLRs…
    Oh and i intended to use a Fuji for photobooth at weddings. Is there any remote control for the XT-!? cant use a iphone for this…pretty bad that Fuji got rid of the standard usb jack.
    thanks Zack, cheers

  • Mark Loader said on February 27, 2014

    @Zack & @Alan Sircom…having read both your columns (Alan’s was about 20 years ago and called Sircom’s Circuits i think) I just know that you two would enjoy each other’s company. Or at least the beer. Alan’s opinions were always worth reading, along with his contemporaries like Alvin Gold and Ken Kessler. And yes, Alan, you are headed down the path of righteousness with the X series. It’s addictive. They have a soul. Their soul melds with yours to form a new and vital being. One whose photography is marked by vigour and limitless enthusiasm. You want one. You need one – NAY – you deserve one…you’re a discerning man who DEMANDS the best and GETS it. What are you waiting for? My work here is done. If I ever see you two in a pub, I’ll have…orange juice. Stimulants make me go funny. Sort of.

  • Carlos Fernando Bendfeldt said on February 27, 2014

    Well after playing with the X-T1 several hours (with the 18-55mm and 23mm) and trying to accept the EVF for what it is….I am slowly moving from skeptical… to liking it… to enamoured with the Fuji system.

    -Biggest complaint from my old trusty Nikon D2x…the weight and the fact that it has devalued from 5K when I bought it to nothing now…:-( I know that things depreciate…but it still hurts.

    -The Fuji system is light, relatively economical, different, the company listens to it’s customers… and I like the fact that it is fighting a good fight against some very well established corporations.

    -Zack, I just wanted to thank you for providing such a plethora of information on the Fujifilm cameras especially the X100s… I wish I could justify getting the X100s as well. However, with just purchasing the X-T1 it would be hard to convince my wife that I really needed it.


  • Heikki said on February 27, 2014

    Man. Every time i read your rant on Fuji, i seriously start thinking of ditching my dslr. But then it always dawns on me. My clients WANT ultra shallow dof. And my personal work requires it. And i have a full system of strobes and shit. And the corresponding primes on Nikon are a lot cheaper. Besides, its a proven system in a shitstorm. Other situations too.

    And still, i dipped into csc with omd. And it feels sweet.

    Here is the question: do your see xt being a multi-purpose tool, or would you say it fits better for editorial use mainly? What i need is something that does it all. Something that no matter what comes along, i can just grab out of my v

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @Heikki – I think the XT is the do anything camera as long as you can live within the focal lengths available for it.


  • Heikki said on February 27, 2014

    Damn iPad. Just to finish: grab out of my bag and not hesitate one bit .

  • MichaelW said on February 27, 2014

    Hi Zack, I’m curious if you have any thoughts on the 50mm teleconverter for X100S. I’m flirting with picking up a used XE-1 with 35mm 1.4 R Lens, but 50mm teleconverter would cost way less. On the other hand the XE-1 would allow me start….

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @MichaelW – I’m interested to see what they do with that converter. I have no real opinions on it one way or another at the moment but I sure as hell want to test it if they ever put it in production!


  • Brian C said on February 28, 2014

    Zack said on February 24, 2014
    x100s + XT1 with the 56 = Zing!



    How do I convince my wife?
    …got the X100S already 😉

  • Stephen Scharf said on February 28, 2014

    Love your reviews as always.

    Me, I’m thinking of putting together two X-kits:
    1) the X-T1s with the 10-24, 16-50/2.8 and 50-140/2.8 zooms for my motorsports photojournalism work


    2) the X-Pro1 with the 14, 23, 35 and 56 primes for the ultimate “better than Leica” X-perience!

    Look forward to your continuing reviews!


  • Dayton P. Strickland said on February 28, 2014

    Just a short note to say thanks for sharing your insight with all of us. I bought the Fuji X100 in what seems like years ago before reading your reviews and I have to say you have nailed its attributes and its shortcomings on the head. I’m a huge Fuji fan now especially after they made so many upgrade improvements in the beginning including repairing my camera’s sticky shutter in record time. But I was absolutely blown away recently with their latest free upgrade to bring it as close to the S model as possible without me having to sell my camera and shell out more money for the latest model. I believe your reviews are straight from your heart and I don’t give a damn about your financial relationship with any company as that’s your business. As for the trolls, let them eat cake (and choke on it).

  • Rahim said on February 28, 2014

    yes , i tried XT-1 really love the AF n tracking subject very fast wow ! the only problem is only to lock focus in dark, even certain DSLR suffer low light AF. but basicly i bet the AF if not same maybe slightly slow than EOS 7D. this can be a good camera from fuji to shoot action and sports. love the sensor its on par with full frame sensor.

  • Palle Schultz said on February 28, 2014

    I ordered the X-T1 a month ago and are still waiting for the call. I had a short hands on experience with it and agree on Zack’s comments about it.

    To me the most important thing, was to get a camera with the sweeeet Fuji X-Trans II sensor, outside knobs and the speed to cope with sports. I’ve been using my X100 and X-E1 for everything the past couple of years and was struggling with the more speedy action. I’m also left eyed, and smeared the screen with my nose and had to peek above he camera when shooting potraits. I got a lot of laughs on that account though… But having the EVF in the middle is a huge deal to me, as i can look above the camera with my right eye, while keeping my left eye in the viewfinder for framing.

    My Canon have been sitting in a bag for sooo long, and only used for occasional video. Only reason why I’m holding on to it, is video, but I will test the X-T1 with a Ninja Blade Field Recorder, and if that addition makes the video from a Fuji camera useable, the Canon will be sold, as well as my X-E1, when the X-T1 arrives.

    I chose Fuji because of the colors, the sensor quality, the size and the reaction to me when using the not so intimidating cameras both in the studio and out there in the real world. I’ve been a fly on the wall at MMA events and backstage at concerts, in the dressing room and at warm up without any complaints and with invites to the next events. Part of the reason is that my small Fujis are quiet and less intrusive, than a big black DSLR with a huge lens. You get less noticed which is a good thing, and can shoot away no matter what is going on 😉

    So I’m very exited and hope that i can make the X-T1 my all in one camera. The lens lineup displayed by Zack matches my wish list to the point. I’ve got the 35mm, which is the only lens I’ve been using with the X-E1 and ordered the X-T1 with the 56 mm That is a lens I’m looking forward to. All though I wish that it had a hood like the funky one on the 35. 😉

  • Cello said on February 28, 2014


    Thanks for your response on my question about the flash I pulled the trigger and ordered the XT1 and the Flash and got it next day aired to me and I am more than likely going to part with my 5dMKII this afternoon. I took the XT1 out into a nightlife venue tonight and tested its ability to pair up with the EF42. It did pretty well for a camera that weighs just a fraction of what the 5D MarkII with a 600ex, 24-70L weighs. It did struggle to find focus at times in the darker areas of the venue, and had some back focusing for some more simple shots of people that it probably shouldn’t have. I didn’t think about this until after I left but I probably could have just turned on face detection and that would have been solved. The one thing I don’t understand that fuji does is when you have a flash attached or a trigger attached to the hot shoe of their cameras to trigger an off camera flash they not allow you to shoot in multiple frame drive modes and fire the flash? It’s like they are trying to protect the flash from being over recycled. It would be nice if they would allow at least a couple frames while holding down the shutter button and allowing the flash to fire. Have you ever experienced this when shooting off camera triggered lights? As always thanks for your insight and inspiration.


  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @Cello – I’ve asked that no matter what mode the camera is on that it always fires the hotshoe. It’s one odd little thing about Fuji.


  • Phil Ruberry said on February 28, 2014

    For people who keep asking what the relationship of Zack and Fuji and what money he is being paid etc etc.

    Zack loves cameras and photography, hes very good at it and gets paid for it, Fuji makes cameras and want to improve and make the best on the market, they invite a team of photographers such as zack, David Hobby etc to their meetings of design and features for these cameras so they have a real world photographer giving good feedback, sure they will send him on trips around countries that will result in a review being published on a blog, but do you think if Zack was being paid to write all and glory about a camera that he would put dislikes he has about a camera in the review? NO!

    He has his opinions and Fuji want to hear those opinions, thats how they `refine` their cameras to get better and better.

    Seems Nikon and Canon also do this except they dont actually do any of the `refinements` and give their users what they want. Except Canon 5d mk3.

    From a nikon shooter.

    Now please read and re read again and stop filling the pages with troll remarks, go and fill up pages elsewhere.

    Sorry Zack for taking over the comments lol

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    Thank you Phil. Thanks.


  • darrell said on February 28, 2014

    went from a Canon G9 (a work horse)to a Fuji x-t1 … let the games begin.. nice write up Zack


  • Oddbjorn Farkvam said on February 28, 2014

    First impression with my new X-T1 is awesome and a lot better than my X-Pro1 in many functions. As an old “35mm film photographer”, I love the weels for adjusting ISO, braceting etc. Since the x-Pro1 is also a good camera I think I will keep it as my backup camera. Do not wait, run and buy one if you can!

  • Jim Donahue said on March 1, 2014

    Just bought the Fuji X100S in black Great Camera & bought it on your great reviews..Thanks.

  • G said on March 2, 2014

    Hay Zack,

    Love your stuff.. and after reading your stuff picked up the the Xpro1 with the first three primes a while back… 18,35 and 60. Im no pro… just enjoy taking pictures, hopping to take it more seriousley over the next year or two and was woundering if you reckon the XT1 is an upgrade from the Xpro1? Would you say the image quality is a major improvement?

    My main reason for wanting to upgrade is the AF, I’m use to the Xpro1 and can get pleasing (to me) results most off the time however my little girl is busy now, and the camera struggles at times… Do you think the XT1’s auto focus is a vast improvement on the Xpro1?

    Thanks for all your work, it benifits new bee’s like me no end! I imagine there is a substantial commitment from your end to keep on top of all our questions…. You have a good soul to commit!!!

    Cheers in advance!


  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @G – I wouldn’t say the T is an image quality upgrade from the Pro. Just faster. Faster AF and writing speed etc.


  • Markus Rack said on March 2, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    I’m always amazed how much effort you put in answering those comments. And I got a “Zing!” for the choice of my equipment. Appreciate your work on and off camera.


  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    Glad to be of service Markus!


  • Don Groves said on March 2, 2014


    A little over a month ago , I walked into BH Photo to get some advice about a travel camera. We are planning a trip to Prague,, Vienna, and Amsterdam in the spring and back, shoulder, and arms were already sore thinking about lugging around my Canon 6D and a couple of L lenses around all day for 2 weeks. One of the guys recommended Fuji and said I should read your “A camera walked into a bar post,” I did (quite amusing by the way), and after reading some other articles, I bought the X-E2! Frankly, I have not had so much fun taking pictures since my father let me use his Samoca (Korean) rangefinder when I was a kid. I just cannot put it down! Thanks!!!

  • Greg K said on March 3, 2014

    I came for the squirrels and left satisfied.

  • Peter Steiner said on March 3, 2014

    Zack, so you have me read and belief all your anti-GAS preaching in your latest book just to make our mouths wet on your blog afterwards. Shame on you if I head over to Amazon now…! :-)

  • Mark said on March 4, 2014

    Long time follower first time comment(er). Followed you since I saw snip of your one light DVD.

    I’m jealous of you and Hobby always playing and getting behind the scenes of Fuji master minds of R&D to have input with what’s to come. I’m thankful that Fuji is listening to photographers unlike the big dogs of the market share. I won’t go into Nikon DF WTF face that I made when I saw it, read my optional read of how I feel about that.

    Zach, are you going to get the battery grip with the XT-1? Yes multi batteries, small but it’s just lot easier if you can have two already attached. Only Gripe: Why in the world did Fuji make a battery grip that holds only one battery? In my opinion they could’ve had chance with three batteries with the XT-1 and the battery grip with all this EVF usages.

    My dream Fuji would have the following
    * XT-1 control, Fuji next gen sensor
    * OVF with 3X or more optical glass for different lenses.
    * traditional Battery grip that holds two batteries.

    I was hoping to hear you and Hobby talk about the XT-1 in youtube somewhere like you did with the X100S, but I guess that’s to come later or maybe never, but I digress.

    {OPTIONAL Read}
    Sure paint a military tank pink and draw a hello kitty, it still is a tank. Nikon DF is still a big DSLR… nothing revoloutionary… yes take time to take photos… really? Oh wait, let’s only give them slower FPS to force them to take time to shoot… Canon… has been on vacation and tight lipped about something so I got nothing to say but *snooooze* At least Sony is splashing with A7

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @Mark – Yes. I’m going to get the battery grip when I can. It will help balance the 56mm specifically. Video and full review to come at DEDPXL.com. My new for photographers site.


  • Gus Samarco said on March 4, 2014

    I got the X-T1 in the mail last evening to upgrade my X-E1 as my D800 gets jealous.

    You know a camera is going to blow your mind when you haven’t even turned it on yet and you are already impressed by the attention to detail (go ahead call me OCD) while I attached the camera strap. That’s right, the strap was designed to glide in and out tight spaces like a hot knife on butter. No big deal right? After all you do that once, when you get the camera out of the box, or never, if you use something else. Well, my point is, if they put this much though on the strap, my dear friends, the attention to detail to the electronics must have been an OCD dream.

    After I played with the Focus peak and the split image, I went ahead and ordered a Metabones Speed Booster, ’cause manual focus just took a new step to greatness, and trust me, I can’t manual focus without a focusing rail.

    I’m sure I’ll be in the state of ecstasy for a while… till Fuji comes up with a firmware update that would allow this baby to tether via USB.

  • G said on March 4, 2014

    Hay Zack, Thought i would do a quick follow up before you reply to my initial post. I had a chance to fiddle with the XT1 today at the local Camera shop, took it out for a wamble…. don’t think its for me. Im a big guy with big hands i found it to be a little cramped with all the buttons. I can use the Xpro without moving it from my face at the moment, and I think it would be a painfull process getting to that point with this camera. It is a nice piece of kit, but i think I’m better off investing in building my glass up this year and hold out for the xpro2 (hopefully it will be similar form factor and layout to the first one. I will just need to make do with the AF until then…. its not all that bad since the firmware update! (me talking myself out of it!!) I think ill pick up the 14 and 23 and ditch the 18…… I love the look of the 56, but I have the 60 and enjoy the odd bit of macro, which is the only time it comes out of the bag… so I think it will be enough for me for the time being…. Cheers G

  • Lainer said on March 4, 2014

    I had the Fuji X-E1 with kit lens. Loved the lens, loved the design of the Fuji camera itself. Hated the slow AF, even with firmware updates. I just couldn’t get past that and the lack of RAW support. I have a Sony NEX 5, which I am just now upgrading to a Sony NEX 6 for the viewfinder and slightly better sensor. I love the Sony for its small size, APS-C factor, along with tilting LCD screen. The ability to put ANY lens with adapter on this has made this my pocketbook camera and I love the series, even when Sony rebranded and dumped the NEX name. Many people just couldn’t get past the whole electronic aspect and soft kit lenses. Anyway, I much prefer the ergonomics of the Fuji design, but love how small the Sony is. With the new Fuji X-T1 and a rumored X Pro 2 coming out later, along with the new lenses in the Fuji line, I am so ready to jump into the Fuji camp again. Can anyone tell me if the AF is much improved over the X-E1 and if the RAW files can be FULLY utilized now that Adobe and others have figured out the trans sensor issues? Can someone please tell me? I may just ship the unopened box with the Sony NEX 6 back to B&H Photo, if that’s the case, and get the Fuji X-T1.

  • james t said on March 5, 2014

    Hey Zach,
    Keep up all the great work. I’ve recently re-fell in love with street photography largely because of you, so thank you. I did want to mention something about the people talking about you getting paid by Fuji or whatever. To me, it seems that everything you write is very genuine and makes perfect sense. It doesn’t, at all, sound like you are getting paid to praise Fuji on your blog.

    However, because you appear in a lot of Fuji promotional media, it can get a little confusing for the audience. Even if you were a paid / “sponsored” ambassador for Fuji, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. I think it’s great that Fuji is reaching out to people like you to use there stuff. However, it really would clear up a lot confusion if you just mentioned your relationship with Fuji at the beginning of reviews and stuff like that.

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @James – I’m not paid to be an “ambassador”. It’s something I just agreed to because I actually love their cameras. I have been paid to speak for them. I have been paid to shoot for them. Not paid to blog. Not paid to tweet. That comes organically. Take from that what you will.


  • Duncan McCall said on March 5, 2014

    Hey Zack, Just been shooting with my new x100s and fallen in love with it! Had as second camera at a wedding last week along side my canon 5D MK2 and got some great shots. Spent a lot of time reading your reviews and decided to go for it. Now I’m looking at adding to my Fuji cameras and the X-T1 is looking like a real contender to replace my canon although the rumoured X Pro 2 might be worth waiting for… Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Nigel Ward said on March 5, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    I’ve just ordered my X-T1, but really I’m waiting for the X-Pro2.

    If the X-Pro 2 is full frame….will your bag of primes work with full frame….or are they designed for APS-C sensors only?



  • Mark said on March 6, 2014

    Nigel <– There were some discussion/answer from Fuji stating that XF lenses will not work with a Full Frame sensor.

  • Mark said on March 6, 2014

    Zach, love your work. Long time follower since one light 1.0. Can’t wait for X-Pro 2. Only reason I can part ways with X-Pro 1 is because of XT-1 and X100S’s OVF. I hope they come out with battery grip v.2 that holds two batteries instead of just one.

    Here is my wish list.
    1) Organic sensor (at this point FF or APS-C)
    2) OVF with more zoom to cover more area/lenses.
    3) Same controls as the X-T1
    4) Fuji’s own RAW converter that out performs the DCRAW or Iridient.

  • Sara said on March 6, 2014

    Great stuff – can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • Trias Hanggodo said on March 7, 2014

    Hi Zack,
    I just got my X-T1 today thanks to your reviews of the fuji X systems :)

    FIrst Impression, yes, the EVF is fantastic! The looks and build is great, vintage-ish, which i like.
    I go with 23mm lens right now and the IQ came out super…

    Is nice to bring back the ‘old-glory’ of photography where there’s dials instead of simplified buttons and touch screens. Bring back memories of the first time I learned photography using a nikon FM3 with just 50mm lens and bw films :)

    Time to play around with this ‘little-cute-beast’ 😀



  • Luca Lomb said on March 7, 2014

    “I wish the 4 buttons on the d-pad in the back were larger or more pronounced”

    My blistered thumb seconds that. I found the implementation of the 4way controller really awful, they could’ve done a much better job with a mini-joystick or a touch sensitive dial (Canon-style) or simply by making the buttons bigger and/or more touch-friendly. It smells cheap.

    You’ll need to use the 4way controller very often, as due to the lack of a touch screen many operations are to be carried out via those tiny and excessively recessed buttons. I have a regular hand and thumb, yet I found it odd to interact with those buttons. I’ve been owning the X-T1 for two days and it’s the only real complaint I found so far (apart from the bundled external flash not working… I think I’ll have to ask the vendor for a substitution, as I don’t really feel like sending it in to camera service).

    Oh, I found the exposure compensation dial to be (unnecessarily) too big and disturbing the access to the shutter release button (which is not perfectly placed and could’ve been a bit bigger). Why they took the threaded cable release away goes beyond me (as it could be used to add a bigger custom shutter button, X-Pro style, and many did it).

    to Nigel “If the X-Pro 2 is full frame…”

    just forget it, the whole X-system is APS-C and Fuji stated it pretty clearly that they have no intention to go fullframe any time soon. Plus, they said that there’s no plan for an X-Pro2 at present (but this might just be marketing, not to hinder the sales of the X-T1).

  • bobw said on March 7, 2014

    I can’t help but think that amidst all the scolding of those who have questioned the transparency of any relationship between Zack and Fuji, the substantive point that they raise has been ignored.

    Notwithstanding all the below the line back-and-forth about disclosure I – as an occasional reader interested in the X-T1 – still have no clear understanding of the nature of Zack’s past/present relationship with Fuji.  There is a reference in the comments section to being engaged for a ‘campaign’, but no real explanation of what that entails.  In any event, the revelation of such matters shouldn’t happen below the line – it should be front and centre of any critical commentary on Fuji products.  The casual visitor researching a camera like the X-T1 shouldn’t have to go digging around the blog in order to develop a proper appreciation of where Zack is coming from.

    Tom, who wrote a very measured comment on this subject above, is of course correct to say that companies like Fuji engage people like Zack in various ways in order to generate favourable exposure for their products.  If there is some kind of quid pro quo involved (whether it comprises free gear, a business relationship, or whatever) then surely it should be noted.

    The fact of a mutually beneficial relationship doesn’t mean that Zack’s opinion is necessarily discredited – it’s simply something that a reader might like to take into account.  Indeed, hedging around the matter is a much greater problem, in my view.  Why not simply preface any Fuji-related post with a nice, bold disclosure statement?  Doing so would show due respect to readers by allowing them to make their own judgment about how much (if at all) the relevant circumstances should affect the weight given to Zack’s views.

    I realise that this post probably makes me a troll/hater/imbecile/lowlife etc in the eyes of some, but I think that is rather simplistic.  Zack, I hope you take this as a constructive comment rather than a personal attack.  Also, if you in fact have no relationship with Fuji then I realise the foregoing is misdirected – but I assume that if that were the case you would simply have said so.

  • Zack said on March 7, 2014

    @Bobw – I’ve written about this all over the place. I’m kind of over it. I’m not being critical of you but it’s becoming noise. Fuji sends me some gear from time to time. I also buy their gear from time to time. I also get hired to shoot promotional photos and campaigns for them. #done


  • sten said on March 23, 2014

    Hi Zack,

    how ist the 56mm with the x-pro1 both with the EVF and the OVF to focus? Difficult?, excellent?

  • Jozef Povazan said on April 7, 2014

    Well this looks like my new set up next to FX from nikon :)

  • John Martin said on April 15, 2014

    Photographers worldwide sell their souls on a daily basis but Zack Arias is the devil because he made some $$$ from the company that makes some of his gear? He didn’t disclose it? They see his visibility as a great marketing opportunity so they send him gear sometimes?! EVIL!!!! Sigh. I wonder if Cliff Mautner and Joe McNally get this kind of hassle for their work with Nikon? Internet people suck sometimes. FWIW Zack I MIGHT suspect your evil intentions if you weren’t so candid about what you DON’T like. You always seem genuine to me. The fact that Fuji seems to appreciate your honest feedback is incredible.

  • Jay Farrell said on June 20, 2014

    Hi, nice article! I love my XT-1 so far..ordered an iso unlocker for mine. Only complaint, I have had issues with focus in back lit settings. Perhaps I needed to enlarge the focusing square area because of my distance from the subject…have you had issues with this? Also, have you played with release priority from focus / release? Do you know the difference? I’d appreciate any info you know on this, thanks!! :)

  • JeffP said on June 20, 2014

    Hi Zack, Do you have the flicker problem when shooting under certain lights like fluorescents? I just did the FW 2.0 update to my XE2 and am now experiencing this. If you know of any work around that would be great.Besides this issue the camera is amazing. Thanks,Jeff in Miami

  • Guymi said on September 12, 2014

    I love your reviews and photos!
    The new X-t1 and X100T are out. I am a Nikon guy and usually use my D600 with 2.8 lenses for taking pictures of my hectic young kids (alas, the mighty have fallen). I was going to pull the trigger and get a X100T but was recommended to get the X-t1 with the 23mm 1.4 instead.

    Is there any reason to get the X100t for the type of photography I described?


  • Zack said on January 15, 2015

    If you head over to http://www.dedpxl.com you’ll see I’ve just done a complete Fuji buyer’s guide. Check it out there.


  • Elconfi said on September 15, 2014

    Hello Zack, After watching like 5 of your youtube videos I started to liked you, but I’m afraid you have just become like a liquid that takes the shape of your container (or your fuji contact paying the bills). after investing like crazy in several equipment (canon 60D, 6D, SL1, M, Nikon, D3200, P7700, AW110, fuji X-Pro1 with 18,35 +60mm Macro)I have realized that photography is not just about the results but also the pleasure and shooting, and EVS are just crap no matter the brand or quality, Yes I have check the Xt1 and its EVS also sucks. Imagine your next new car has a flatbed TV instead of a windshield?, and you telling me its just great !!!, please show some respect to your readers. Elconfi.

  • Zack said on January 15, 2015

    So I can’t enjoy EVF. Damn it. There I was enjoying these cameras now I can’t anymore.

    Ok. I’ll go back to optical viewfinders and stop enjoying the hell out of my XT1.

    Thank you for letting me know that I can’t like EVFs.


  • Tony Sale said on October 13, 2014

    Great review Zac, I have just ordered mine with the 18 – 55 mm lens and it’s due to arrive tomorrow – can’t wait!

  • mauro said on October 16, 2014

    I apologize first to use the translator of google, my knowledge of English is very basic, I’m from Ecuador, I love the model of fuji (xt1) and see that they have great specifications, but ask I’m trying to make my entrance in the picture professional, it is not easy for now I have a nikon d7000 and a sigma 17-70 2.8-4, fuji ask a serious option to change my camera, of course I tocaria change everything, even getting a flash for fuji, would be a better option, since both are APSC, and 16 mpx, I think using it to work event coverage, and also work product photography, where to touch me that kind of work, I need something bigger, ie about 24 mpx in full frame or if the change would be justified.


  • Tim Ponk said on October 23, 2014

    Smashing write up. Can’t wait for the graphite edition to come out in December so I can build up my own ronky ponky kit!

  • Art Scott said on November 3, 2014

    Needing to go mirrorless and was enticed at first by the sony full frame, but since there is no way of using legacy lenses i was turned off quickly.

    In your professional opinion would the X-T1 be a good choice for shooting opera and dance on stage? I do this upto 12 times a year for a local college and my shutter has been getting recorded on the opera CD recordings and also on the video, 2 different feeds from different mics of which I am usually 50ft+ behind.

    my reluctance right now to make a jump is there are no comparable lenses to my 24-120f4, 24-70f2.8 or my 70-200f2.8…at least not that I can find…. I could leave mirrored dslr’s behind if I could get something like the new Sigma 160-600….with these four lenses I can cover everything I shoot.

    I have a dance festival towards the end of the month and I would love to rentand try out a X-T1 and the 50-140f2.8 … but I can’t find it.

  • Sam said on November 14, 2014

    Great observations Zack! I’ve been working the Fuji X-T1 into some of my wedding work. I find my self reaching for it more and more over my DSLR.

  • Thomas said on November 16, 2014

    Zack, thanks for ´`keeping it simple´´

    and for the haters, what’s wrong with a brother trying to earn a buck or two….

    Just to much hate in the world!

  • fotografo de boda en malaga said on November 23, 2014

    incredible characteristics of the camera

  • Christophe said on November 26, 2014

    Sooner or later I’m going to crack for one of these… Great review. Thanks.

  • Luka said on November 29, 2014

    Selling all my Canon gear and transferring to Fuji. I hope it will be painless. Thnx Zack!

  • Lee Rhodes said on December 22, 2014

    I’m looking for a smaller camera with the resolution of the 6D or D610.

    I’ve looked at several of the Fuji photos produced by one of the salesmen (a Fuji champion)…at a good local photo shop.
    They were very good. But not quite as sharp as I had hoped…and the colors lacked a bit of punch.

    Going to Imaging Resource’s Comparometer… I see the same when comparing it to a 6D at ISO 400. I also compared the X-T1 to the Canon G1X mark 2….which has a more similar image quality….unfortunately.

  • Lee Rhodes said on December 22, 2014

    Because of the hype around the 6D….I guess the final test is to rent the x-t1….and compare my results to that of the 6D.

  • Lee Rhodes said on December 22, 2014

    My comment above should actually read “Because of the hype around the X-T1….”

  • kaka zhou said on December 28, 2014

    Hi Zack, I want to know which flash is used in the video “Street Photography with Zack Arias and the X-T”. Can you tell me? Please.

  • Zack said on January 15, 2015

    I don’t remember. Either a Nikon SB80 or a Lumopro 180.


  • Luka said on January 6, 2015

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