Keep in mind that this shooting is intended for traditional stock, and which requires a fixed file size of 50MB. That means down-sizing the 36mp D810 files and slightly up-sizing the 16mp X-T1 files. I do all resizing of the RAW files when saving them from Adobe Camera Raw. Having to down-size the D810 files is something of an equalizer to keep in mind when analyzing the results.
The models were really good, able to change expressions in a nanosecond. It took a speedy and accurate AF system to keep up with their rapidly changing expressions and positions, particularly because I like working with mostly wide open aperture settings and try for a pin point focus on the eyes.
|See how much of a difference you can see between these two images. Click here to download the D810 file. Click here to download the X-T1 file. And then see if you can tell which camera was used for the photo below. (Answer at the end of this post)|
|Click here to download this file. Can you tell which camera took this photo? Answer is at the end of this blog post.|
|For this scene the Fuji X-T1 was my only choice -- first because the tilt screen makes down angles from overhead a piece of cake, and second because its super-wide lenses (in this case the 10-24mm zoom) are sensational.|
|Here's an indoor scene lit by daylight. Click here for the X-T1 photo. Click here for the D810 photo. Then try to determine which camera took the two file versions below. Answer is at the end of this post.|
|Click here to download photo A. See if you can guess which camera was used for "A" and which for "B" below.|
|Click here to download this photo B.|
|This scene and the one below are severely back lit with daylight from a window and no fill. This photo was taken with the X-T1. Click here to download the high res version.|
|Click here to download the high res version of this D810 photo.|
As far as I'm concerned, the results are so close for the type image I am aiming to produce that my choice of camera boils done to the particular ease of use characteristics in individual circumstances. There doesn't appear to by much advantage to the full frame and high MP sensor of the D810 when the file is limited to 50MB. The X-T1 APS-C 16MP sensor gets the job done with no apologies needed.
The X-T1 tilt screen makes it very convenient to quickly grab an overhead view of the scene -- an advantage equalized by the new Nikon D750. Another Fuji advantage is the super-wide angle lenses. Fuji's line up -- the 14mm, 12mm Zeiss Touit, and Fuji 10-24mm zoom -- is far superior to any other manufacturers lenses in this category.
The ease and speed of AF of the Nikon is hard to beat, especially by a mirrorless system. If speed of focus is an issue, then Nikon is far and away the best choice, not only against the X-T1, but against any other camera out there.
Fuji X-cameras still do not have the convenient flash systems that are available for most Pro-level DSLR's.
Bottom line is that I find I have no doubts about using the X-T1 as my main shooting camera, and, in fact, enjoy the smaller size, optical quality of the superb lenses, ease of RAW processing, Nonetheless, I still like keeping a DSLR near by for those occasions when there are focusing issues, and extra speed is needed. At the rate at which the mirrorless cameras, and especially the Fuji X-system, are improving, it is only a matter of time when it will be able to keep up with the big boys.
If you haven't seen my post on the new Fuji X lenses already available for pre-order, you can check it out here. A new pro-type lens like the Fuji 75-210mm f/2.8 zoom is exactly the kind of support that is going to make the Fuji X-cameras a very real alternative to a full DSLR.
Answers: Photo of couple against wall taken with X-T1. Couple on couch: Photo A is D810, Photo B is X-T1.