I had big plans for this project for these days, but life had other plans. Specifically, Covid. I know what you’re thinking: didn’t you just have the flu a few weeks ago? Yes, I did. Now I have Covid. Well, I’m almost recovered now, but I was very sick during the days that I captured these pictures, and I was limited to what I could capture in and around the house. Most of these photographs were taken in the backyard.
If you’re not sure what this short-term project is, the concept is simple: I’m photographing only with my Fujifilm X-T1 from the announcement day of the Fujifilm X-T5 (November 2) until the release date (November 17). Why? First, even though the Fujifilm X-T1 is eight-years-old (and approaching nine), it is still such a great little camera. It took three years for Fujifilm to bring this model to the market because they wanted to get it right, and it was one of their most important cameras ever released. The Fujifilm X-T1 was one of the first, if not the first, Fujifilm cameras that widely appealed to professional photographers. It was Fujifilm’s most successful model at the time—outselling all the previous cameras—and launched the extremely successful X-T line. The X-T5 is the latest iteration. This project will give me a better understanding of how the X-T5 has evolved from the original model. It also allows me to demonstrate that previous models, including the original X-T1, are still really good.
Hopefully, now that I’m not nearly so sick and my quarantine period has ended, I can do some of the photography that I was intending to do. I want to really see what the X-T1 is capable of, and with some luck I’ll be able to do that before this project comes to a close in the coming days. Once my X-T5 arrives in the mail, the X-T1 will be going back on the shelf, at least for a little while. I don’t expect the new camera to be wildly better than the first iteration, but soon enough I’ll know for sure just how much improved it is. And, of course, I’ll write all about it, so stay tuned!
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I’m glad to hear that you’re over and through your Covid illness, Ritchie – hope your family are all well, too.
This is a great set of images. For many different reasons. And you make a compelling case for the fact that, in spite of its age, the X-T1 is still a very fine photographic tool. Thanks for posting these!
I appreciate your well-wishes and kindness! Thank you!
Great shots and speedy recovery! I’m still using my balck XT1 more than my silver XT3 half the time while traveling lightweight into the crowded city at nights. I love the compactness, unique build quality, xtrans II sensor and colors ! I have a lot of sentimental attachment to my first Fuji mirrorless camera and maybe I’d sell the XT3 and get a XT5 in 2024 lol. Do you have any favorite moments and recipes with the XT1 ?!
Thank you! My current favorite recipe is the “Classic Kodak Chrome” recipe. I’ve been using it a lot. Favorite moment? I really enjoyed using Pentax-110 lenses on it.
Wishing all goes with just light symptoms, Ritchie. I was hoping this was a repost from old days, but is now. Take care. I now see many more references to your recipes and app on YouTube, I am happy for how things are developing for you in that part.
I’m almost fully recovered now. Thank you for the well-wishes!