I was thinking today what I could or could not do with my images from Nepal recently along with others I have in my library and came to wondering if Steve McCurry had obtained a model release for the Afghan girl image that is so famous today. After some time digging around, I found an article written by a photographer named Dan Heller (link at the bottom of this post).
Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry
I was fortunate enough to be able to take a Fujifilm X-T1 with me on my recent adventure in Nepal.
This little powerhouse came into its own during the period spent trekking on the Annapurna circuit, especially when we got over 3,000m where just walking up a set of stairs takes your breath away, literally!
“because this system is so small and light you really don’t have to compromise on what you take”
Having this light weight and capable camera around my neck encouraged me to take more images than I perhaps would have, had I only had the brick-like Canon 5D Mark III (a necessary evil for film making at the moment).
The button layout on the X-T1 is a bit different to the Fujifilm X100s that I use so often, but I instantly felt at home using it. I just love having all the camera controls available on physical dials!
I thought the weather / dust sealing was done well, leaving the buttons responsive and not at all ‘spongy’. It was really quite dusty in a lot of the places we were, so having a weather sealed camera is a huge plus! (*Cough, Cough* Weather sealed X100s please Fuji!!!)
The battery can be charged with a little USB charger too which was really useful and kept the bulk of the system down (You can get them from PhotoMadd for about £12 Here). I couldn’t really put the weather sealing to the test fully due to not having weather sealed lenses for the camera, but they are coming.
I took two lenses, the new 10-24mm and the tried and tested 18-55mm. Both lenses performed very nicely (see images below), but if I had to choose just one it would be the 18-55mm to travel with, it covered most situations well and is stunningly sharp, producing beautiful images.
The 10-24mm on the wide end has a fair bit of distortion if you get in close at 10mm, but that is to be expected of this focal length, at least on any lens I’ve used in the past. For landscapes it allows you to capture the entire scene and convey the grand scale of the world with incredible results (check out the images below).
Thankfully though, because this system is so small and light you really don’t have to compromise on what you take, I could quite happily carry these two lenses and probably one more as well!
So does it make a good travel camera? I definitely think it does! Especially for those wanting creative options and convenience through the use of zoom lenses. With the added bonus of weather sealing and the rugged magnesium alloy body you can’t really go wrong.
Enough waffling for now! We are visual people after all, so here are some sample images from the X-T1 and a few gratuitous images of the camera itself.
Nepal 2014 – Click an image to start the full screen slideshow!
Fujifilm X-T1 – Does it make a good travel camera? I was fortunate enough to be able to take a Fujifilm X-T1 with me on my recent adventure in Nepal.
I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy this lens during my recent trip to Nepal courtesy of Sigma.
Overall I thought this was an incredible lens, but there was one really big problem… Sigma wanted it back when I got returned home!
Now believe me, I tried everything to get to keep hold of this lens, even offering up one of my own children in exchange… It seems that the good folks over at Sigma…
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There are a few kinks left to iron out, but it’s a pretty solid system!
Have a look at the video.
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