A day with Fuji - part 2 - X-T1, 10-24mm f/4 and 56mm f1.2 lenses - Fuji 'Full frame'?? NO!!!!!

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'Full-frame' fever seems to be in no hurry to die down. A recent poll on a rumour site showed that lots of people wanted 'Full-frame' as their most desired evolution of the m4/3 system. Thus completely destroying all it's uniqueness and usefulness of course. But hey, it's what real photographers use right? Dpreview even did a nice April Fools joke about it. You see it on Fuji sites as well. People want the X system to have a sensor the size of 35mm film cameras. Again this destroys the system and throws up all the problems and limited lens options that's plaguing Sony with their FE cameras. Of course they still want the size and weight advantages, completely failing to understand that this isn't going to happen. Crazy.

I sincerely hope that Fuji don't feel compelled to go this route. There is absolutely no need to. Because what we don't want surely is yet another start-up system that's going to take years to come to maturity. I really don't get it, I have to say. To begin with 35mm / 'Full-frame' has as many disadvantages as advantages, if you know what you are doing with APS-C you can get pretty similar results anyway and the idea of getting rid of the advantages of APS-C,  reduced camera bulk, smaller lenses and lower cost seems ridiculous to me. The whole point of the X-Trans sensor is that it gives high ISO results that are the equal of the larger sensor. Plus the beauty of the format for me is that I get to use these amazing Fuji lenses they have designed for the X system and the thought of some expensive, bulky, put together in a hurry lens system with vignetting and sharpness issues just like Sony doesn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm.

In the past I've written about how I really like 35mm lenses and in many cases lenses designed for film cameras. Like others I've written about the 'wonders' of metal construction and real aperture rings. But not any more. Now that I have a rapidly expanding collection of Fuji lenses on my shelf, that enthusiasm for 'old-school' traditional film and (D)SLR optical design and construction has waned significantly. Most of my Metabones adapters are in the post. And today my Nikon 28mm f/1.8G, 50mm f/1.4G and 85mm f/1.8G will follow. Because I just don't want to use them anymore. 

The second half of my day with Fuji yesterday was with the X-T1 and 10-24mm and 56mm lenses. A faux SLR type outfit in terms of look and size, as opposed to the faux rangefinder outfit I used earlier in the day with my X-E2. Once again it brought home to me just what a great camera the X-T1 is. Wonderfully easy and fast to handle and incredibly 'photographer friendly' it makes me wonder everytime I use it, 'Why aren't all cameras like this?' I'm also pleased to report that I am currently, with this Fuji gear, using what I want to use rather than what I think I should use and the notion of my heart ruling my head for a change is something that puts a smile on my face when I'm out using it. 

And I'm becoming more and more convinced that Fuji are most definitely becoming one of the great lens makers. Plus they seem to be getting better. The 23mm f/1.4, 10-24mm f/4 and 56mm f/1.2, their latest, are terrific lenses. Close to the best I've ever used. And yes that includes Leica, Zeiss, Nikon and medium format lenses as well. I can't get over just how well built and well engineered they are and in terms of the competition decently priced as well. And yes I know I keep writing this but it does no harm surely to talk up what is after all a pretty small player in the marketplace, attempting to give us top quality lenses at reasonable prices. And as far as I'm concerned, in the light of that, any idea of Fuji going 'Full-frame' is just an unnecessary irrelevant distraction.

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