Last summer, after lugging my big DSLR and spare lenses up lakeland hills on hot days only to return with half a dozen bland shots, I decided I needed to have a small camera for small captures. While my iPhone may have a good wee camera installed, it’s still quite limited in differing conditions. So after a trawl through the seemingly thousands of cameras available, I selected the Fujifilm XF1. It has enough manual features to please me and is small enough to fit into a pocket but I have to admit that I was really won over by the tanned leather retro look.
It took me a while to get used to the settings which seemed more numerous and harder to understand than my Nikon D300s but I think I’ve got it worked out. I tested it out this week while walking the dog in the local cemetery which gave me good contrasting conditions with lots of focal points and textures. It’s not by any means a brilliant camera but then you get what you pay for. In wide scenes, it tends to blow highlights a little too easily and certain textures are melded into flat blobs, so it’s not going to win prizes for landscapes. Overall, the focus is a little soft and needs sharpened in post processing, however the nearer the subject, the better the effect and it’s particularly good at macro. I’ll see how I get on with it over the next year and if it turns out that I use it more often than I thought then I’ll look into getting a better camera. It’s not going to replace the Nikon by any means but I should at least be more likely to carry to places that I would normally leave the big brother at home.
See the “melted” textures in the centre of this photo.