It's been a couple of months now since my Fuji X-T1 purchase.
And it was fabulous journey.
That said, there are some things to explain and this will end up being a somewhat of a review of all the cameras that took pictures seen here.
My photography journey started some 12 years ago. It all started with my parents buying first digital camera.
It was not very expensive, small Sony DSC P100 in silver.
There is not much good I can say about that camera. It had a "manual" mode, it did take decent JPGs, and it had puny 5 mpix sensor that had problems in anything darker then daylight. I can't say I miss it, but it was the first camera ever I used a lot. That thing had made thousands and thousands of pictures, it was one I learned basic composition, and basic editing with. It even had good enough shots to take all pictures for one cookbook a while back.
Still, it did take some great shots
First "serious" camera I had was Canon EOS 400D my parents bought me for my 18th birthday. This thing was a "beast" by my standards: SLR, 10 mpix, ISO up to 1600, BUTTONS, dials, large screen, chunky and it had a feel of a decent camera.
Not being very well off, buying lenses for this thing was not something I did a lot. For first couple of years I used the standard EF-s 18-55 that came with the body. Even when compared with lenses of that day it was poor thing. But it was a LENS that you could change, and I changed them a lot. Borrowing lenses was fairly normal for a student then, and a lot of people around me had Canon EF / EFs lenses. This was great thing.
I ended up buying Canon EF 50 1.8 and Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5. Sigma ended up being my primary lens, as I have sold my kit lens, but small "Plastic Fantastic" 50 died on the battlefield of photography.
Canon was my main camera for 10 years now, and it did all I asked of it. Yes, going beyond ISO 400 was asking too much form that sensor. It could manage just 3 FPS, it was fairly slow and clumsy to use.
Now this brings me back to present day.
While I was shooting with my Canon 400D it would be set in Av most of the time. I would choose my ISO, set the aperture at what I wanted (mostly it was fixed around 4.5 - 5.6) and then let the camera handle exposure. On rare occasion I would switch to full manual mode, but that was just to clumsy for day to day shooting.
The other thing with images from Canon is that they needed quite a lot of post processing to get the colours right, clean up all the noise and keep some of the details in with extra sharpening. It was a PAIN to work with, but it was SLR.
And now, I have Fuji XT-1. And everything is different.
What Fuji did with this sensor that is in XT-1, I have no idea. But I know that I can use anything up to ISO 1600 for A3 prints if careful, and that colours look fabulous right of the camera.
Another thing changed in my shooting since moving to Fuji.
Instead of using semi-automatic modes, my Fuji is spending all it's time in full manual mode.
Sensitivity is hovering between ISO 400 and 800, and, please, don't start about it having too much noise at those settings. Noise is just fine, thank you.
Then I set my exposure to 1/sensitivity, like you would on older film cameras that didn't have any metering.
And finally, use aperture ring on the lens for getting just the right amount of light on the shot.
I would not say, but having "live view" does help, a lot, even though I tend to miss by 1/3 f-stop on almost all the shots.
Shooting with Fuji is more like shooting with an old school camera then like with a modern digital. You just turn those big and chunky knobs all the time and it is a pleasure to dial in just the right settings.
Post processing had changed a lot.
While RAWs from Canon used to take a lot of time in Lightroom tweaking all the sliders to the good enough position, and then having a quick export, with Fuji it is all different.
I don't use Lightroom anymore, but processing Fuji RAW files is a major pain for my laptop. Not that my laptop is so slow and old, but those files are just so difficult to process.
Also, the amount of tweaking required for images out of Fuji is almost non existent. Most of the time it is picking the right "film simulation", a bit of contrast, fixing my 1/3 f-stop error, straightening and that's it.
One thing I hate about it is the one thing I love about Fuji, and that is the image quality right off the card, it is just great by my account.
P.S. Fuji, add a dedicated sleep button, it is the only thing this camera needs. Power button feels robust, but a button which just shuts down LCD and OLED screens and turns of sensor processing would be EXTRA!