Fuji X-T1 does High (ISO) Fashion

A fashion show in a local shopping centre provided a great opportunity to test out the high ISO capabilities of the Fuji X-T1.  The location also provided a pretty severe test for the auto white balance too with coloured lights, natural light, tungsten and fluorescent – the full mix.
These photographs were all taken with 18-55mm and 55-200mm zooms.  What I did notice is that the auto-focus struggled a little bit more than usual in the low light but there were still plenty of usable shots. I certainly don’t think my Nikon gear would have done any better.
I had Auto ISO set and many of the images were in the ISO 3200-6400 range.  I’m happy with the results.  Have you put the X-T1 ISO performance to the test?
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Fuji X-T1 does Shakespeare

“What’s in a name? That which we call the X-T1,”  is  possibly what Shakespeare would have been writing if he’d been alive today. On my recent visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, there was much to capture and most of it was linked to the great bard.
Stratford is a wonderful place. It’s what you imagine England to be like, lots of old Tudor buildings, a gorgeous river and friendly people. The town has a very international feel to it too, with a fair number of tourist coaches visiting. While we were there a group of oriental school children gave an impromptu choral performance and there was always something going on. I guess the town is a magnet for people interested in the performing arts and you get a better standard of busker here!
Here are just a few shots from my recent visit to Stratford.
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Fuji X-T1 runs with the big boys

Last weekend I was out taking photographs of a run in Preston City Centre where I live.  There were two races, a 5k and a 10k and around 1500 runners were taking part. One of the things you notice at these types of events is the number of semi-professional photographers that cover them – many do their best to look official with their fluorescent jackets emblazoned with their name and the word ‘photographer’.
All of the assembled photographer were using Canon or Nikon gear and I’m certainly not knocking it – not so long ago my go to camera for this event would have been the Nikon D700 with a couple of lenses but for me it will now be the X-T1 every time.
I was confident after a couple of try outs that my Fuji X-T1 would be up to the job.  The smaller size was quite liberating and I felt at ease quietly going about my business and being ignored by the big boys who to a certain extent seemed to be competing against each other for the saleable pics.
My job for the day was to capture some images for BlogPreston, a popular on-line news source locally and around 40 of my images have been published on the site.
As regards the X-T1, it performed really well. It didn’t nail it every time but that was usually because the subject was off centre when I started shooting but the number of keepers was, in my opinion, equal to or better than I would have got from the Nikon gear.
For these shots I was on Continuous Focus with the High-Speed shooting set.
The shots below are some black and white versions of photos captured during the run. All in all I’m delighted with the focussing capabilities of this camera and I’m loving the fact that it is much lighter than my D700.
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