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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / My new Fuji XT-1 arrived today along with a Minolta lens adapter

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Chris Greene
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Feb 28th, 2018 06:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd bought a used one of these a couple years ago but had to send it back based on a couple condition issues. Now, B&H is blowing out the bodies for $599 with a spare off-brand battery, holster style case, and fast 64g card.

I've enjoyed using my old Olympus OM 35mm film camera lenses with my X-Pro1 (via an adapter) but hadn't gotten an adapter for a couple Minolta Rokkor-X lenses I had. I hooked up my 45mm f/2 Rokkor with the adapter and tried a few shots (manual focus, shutter speed, and aperture). Very cool.

The XT-1 and X-Pro1 are sister cameras with similar technology but they couldn't be more different experiences in using them. I particularly like the XT-1 with the old lens (although it would be the same with a modern Fuji prime that has a marked aperture ring) because it uses dials like an old film camera. There's a dial on the top left for ISO, a dial on the right for shutter speed, and the aperture ring on the lens. In other words, before you even turn the camera on, you already know your exposure triangle with a glance.

If you're an enthusiast but cheap (like me), this is a stealuvadeal at B&H for what was a $1300 body a year ago. If you have old lenses, $15-20 will get you an adapter to be able to mount them on this camera and it's *almost* like shooting a film camera again.

Fuji XT-1 - $599

HeavyDuty
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Feb 28th, 2018 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sweet!

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Mar 1st, 2018 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nice!

I've stayed clear of the mirrorless world because I don't *neEEeed* one.

So I should have probably stayed out of this thread.

Chris Greene
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Mar 1st, 2018 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've liked my D90 and D7200 but there's something about the Fuji cameras that ticks all my boxes. The XP1 and XT1 have old school design and function, especially the XT1 (which is why I bought another example).

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Mar 1st, 2018 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Chris, you have started my wheels turning with you adaptor purchase. So..... I have a question or two. I'm trying to justify in my mind why I need an XT-1. This group is very good at enabling so here goes:

Is there an adaptor where I could use all or my old Nikon manual lenses on an XT-1? All my old stuff is quite cool, film camera era, used on my Nikkormat bodies. I have some real gems in the lens department I'd love to use again. It's been so long since I was in the film world I don't remember what the mount type of the old lenses is, yikes!

If not the old lenses, how about my newer DX glass?

I'd really like to have a digital body that I could operate manually with a shutter speed dial, F stop ring and focus manually.

A search on Amazon shows an adaptor may be possible.

I tried calling B & H just now however they are closed for a holiday today. It must be Purim.

This adaptor?

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 02:18 PM, Mar 1st, 2018)

Chris Greene
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Mar 1st, 2018 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are many Fuji owners doing that very thing, Hammond. I don't know for a fact about legacy (not modern) Nikon lenses on the Fujis but I believe there are a number of adapters out there for Nikon to Fuji. You have to set the camera body to manual and do a couple small menu adjustments (enter the lens info as to focal length, select "Shoot without lens", and manual focus aids (that depends on the model camera).

You should take a look at both the Fuji XT line as well as the XP line (but other models can do it too as well as other brands of mirrorless).

Using my old lenses with a digital body is great fun and feels very much like shooting with film. The caution is that, at least in my case, my eyes aren't as sharp as they once were (even though aperture and focus aids in camera address that) and my shots with legacy lenses don't have the razor sharp pop of modern lenses. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Here's a link to three photos I uploaded to Flickr just to show a couple results using old lenses with new digital cameras.

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Chris Greene
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Mar 1st, 2018 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hammond, yes, one like that. Check into K&F instead. They seem to be a bit better built. I like the one I got for Minolta far more than the Fotasy I bought for my Olympus lenses.

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Hammond101
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Mar 1st, 2018 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pics look great CG.

Thanks! This seems to be something I must learn just a bit more about. I really miss having a shutter speed dial that I don't have to fumble for and a aperture ring to turn to dial in the light meter or vice versa depending on what I'm shooting. The old glass just sits there, it should be used.

I must say I get excellent results using the auto and scene functions of my DSLR but there isn't much fun in that for a guy who began shooting film in high school, Me. I want to make adjustments for depth of field on the fly without all the fiddle factor of a DSLR. I want to carry around a real camera again and look at the world the way I did years ago.

I'll give B & H a holler in the AM and see what else they may have to scratch this sudden itch. There really are no local dealers around this area that have much of an inventory of anything much less multiple brands.

This is real similar to my wanting to play acoustic guitars and sort of putting my electrics aside, at least for now. I'd like to make my photo taking more organic.

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Mar 1st, 2018 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh my, a Fuji XT-1 black body on local CL. $480 and who knows, I might be able to buy it for less.

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Mar 1st, 2018 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I at least occasionally use the following manual focus lenses on my Fujis with appropriate adapters:

* Leica M
* Nikon F Mount
* Olympus OM
* Pentax K
* Pentax M42

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 1st, 2018 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't know your finances but it's worth considering the $600 for the body/kit I mentioned earlier from B&H. For $120, I'd rather buy it new.

Not for nuthin' but you might be able to adapt your old lenses to your DSLR as well.

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Mar 1st, 2018 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know, a buck twenty isn't a lot of money. Well it is but...I been thinking this very thing. It's a pros spare that was never used so it's on the market. Getting one new with a warranty from a dealer is a good idea.

I like the package extras you got Chris. Thanks for the tip on the adaptor.

Heavy duty is doing exactly what I'd like to do. Excellent.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 1st, 2018 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can tell you, it's slowing me down from buying new Fuji AF lenses. I suspect one of my Fujis (likely the XP1) will be used primarily with legacy lenses and the other (likely the XT1) will be used with modern autofocus lenses.

I ordered the vertical grip for the XT1 today when I saw they were being blown out by B&H for $100 (originally $250). I thought this was a silly item vs. a regular handgrip until I watched a few YT vids and became convinced, especially as I like shoot vertical but it's a pain in my wrist holding the camera that way for more than a few shots.

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Hammond101
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Mar 1st, 2018 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

That grip is quite cool. I saw that as a listed accessory. Dude....let me buy the body and an adapter first! LOL I shoot vertical much of the time.

I did a comparo on the X-T2 just to see what got upgraded and there in nothing there I need so this looks B&H deal better all the time.

I got some better photos of the used one locally. It has a lot more time on it than the seller wants to admit. He didn't send a shutter count with the photos. I'm assuming this camera counts click. The CL body is no longer an option.



Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 1st, 2018 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

In looking at new models replacing old ones, I always ask, if the old model was a great camera two years ago, is it no longer a great camera because a new version came out with a higher feature set? Of course, the answer is no. Now, lots of guys would say it's worth spending the money on the newest version and, for them, they may be right. Do you need the new features of the XT2 like the increased megapixel count? I didn't. Same with the other new features/changes/improvements.

Anyway, like golf clubs, I prefer to buy the previous version, especially from Fuji where they are constantly making improvements to their cameras with firmware updates. My late 2016 manufacture XT1 came with firmware 4.31. They continue to do firmware improvements and I just downloaded 5.40.

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Mar 1st, 2018 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice images!

Hammond101
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Mar 2nd, 2018 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

The deed is done, order placed. I should have the body a week from today. Adaptor ordered via Amazon link.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 2nd, 2018 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

So you got the XT1 from B&H? Great choice!

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Mar 2nd, 2018 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool beans, Hammond! You might want to keep an eye out for Fuji AF lens deals at some point. It’s nice to have at least one fully functional lens.

(This message was last edited by HeavyDuty at 06:39 PM, Mar 2nd, 2018)

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 2nd, 2018 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the easiest to find used is their excellent 18-55mm f/2.8-4. It's the 35mm film equivalent of a 27-82mm zoom. Great all around lens. Here's one image shot with it (although it's the XP1 body which makes the same images as the XT1). The picture just before was also taken with the 18-55 lens.

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