So its been a while since I posted due to lots of things in the background which I will come to in another blog post. Anyway after buying the Fuji GFX50s and pretty much being blown away with no complaints and buying three lens I was looking forward to swapping out my XT2. Bearing in mind I had had my XT2 for a month before realising they were about to release the H1. I was a bit pissed to be honest, all these embargos on not telling people what could be being released and tech specs. Once I had gotten over the fact I was losing more money I decided I wanted it purely due to the IBIS. To me this was a great feature, and no I'm not fussed about the 200mb write speed for the video and how the IBIS makes this amazing for panning. Again this is not going to be a tech discussion about whos lens is bigger than yours and its a formulated opinion of my own how I see it.
First things first , with this camera you can change the aperture ring to be allocated to one of the wheels. Might not seem a big thing and although I was a wheel man from the Canon it felt natural on the XT2 to just use the lens but it is a great added feature although it does seem sluggish at times, but heh how often are you racking the the wheel to go from f1.4 to f16. I can forgive them for that to be honest its no deal breaker. So apart from that what else has happened to the XT2. Well not a lot the sensor is the same but tweaked the camera is slightly bigger (who cares) the amount of blog posts about x grams added has given them wrist sprain need shooting to be quite frank. Any other little adjustments I have not posted about are really not worthy of writing a blog about because , well I really don't have time and I could be taking pictures blah blah blah.
Oh yeah I forgot Eterna filter, profile thingy ma jig. Ive never been so bored in my life , the amount of people doing backflips over a new setting and finding ways to get it working in Lightroom for other XT2's and so on , really its borderline the same as Capture One not supporting GFX and work around for that. Really people get out more and learn to edit with what you have. The GFX there is no excuse you've bought a medium format camera and your arguing the toss over raw editors (most of them look decidedly amateur ) as I sip my middle class wine I have bought form Waitrose. So whats my problem with it? Nothing its just pointless just like adding camera settings to instagram posts as if you need this information to denote whether the image is good or not, or does it add to it ? So from what I have read about Eterna it is like Superman has returned or something but in fact its just a poor profile setting which some average lazy photographers will use on set images and think and justify the use of SOOC tag then add Eterna. I dont need to ramble on anymore about this , I am currently drinking pink Champagne on my birthday ranting on a blog post which is well overdue. Summary on profile settings and or presets some are great all rounders but please learn how to edit and stop being lazy , you bought a good camera and can take ho hum photos at least spend a bit of time to whack the contrast up until the blacks are crushed and whites have no detail at all just to prove you did something rather than click a button.
Back to the Fuji X-H1 the IBIS is amazing I've never had the luxury of this or IS prior to this camera. Basically for low light situation where the ISO is gonna be crap you can hand hold this things for literally seconds and the images come out great. This camera for the price point the quick AF and IBIS is bang on. The IBIS has made images that would have been none usable, usable. There isnt much to write about it , apart form it is a game changer for this camera body. Is it worth the upgrade form the XT2 ? yes for this alone aside form the video options although for bloggers and so on its a winner too with the F LOG setting. So thats done and dusted.
Now the problems which is really what I had with the XT2 because they are the same. Image quality was banked as being top end with this sensor, I couldnt care less whether its TRANS CMOS blah blah blah. Im interested in if the image is good . In my opinion I was assured it would keep up with the Canon 5D MK4, the answer is no the dynamic range is quite poor in my opinion. Skin tones are more magenta and lack colour range especially in overcast light or dark situations. The side by side comparisons with the sony and other makes make it look the same but slight difference in ISO settings. I want to know where these images are because I can assure you the files are average at best. I have covered off loads of work with the H1 and even in well lit rooms the files are ok but very hard to pull highlights back and blacks always seem crushed and need boosting in the shadows to get some detail back. Unless evenly lit the images suffer heavily. My other issue are the files lack detail in RAW format. You have to flick that sharpness slider over quite a bit to see what you shot. The other thing I noticed was really until I was shooting in studio and at f8 with the 23mm and 90mm did I not have to mess with the detail because I was happy with the outcome. So I was quite dissapointed in quite a few respects.
So I hate it then? Well no I don't in fact I love it over the XT2 because of the IBIS and the IBIS alone. The lens I really dont rate the chromatic aberration is horrific even when not shooting into blown out skies. The detail is not great until you sharpen a lot, the files don't have great dynamic range at all plus there is no room for error . Was I expecting to much ? was I misinformed? Its a hard one but what I have decided is that I love the weight compared to my pair of Canons as that was the reason i changed over , it doesnt feel like a stone round my neck when on long shoots. The AF is quick and I can pretty much point and shoot with in milliseconds and hit it right off the bat. The continuous AF is great but dont use it for subjects moving from front to back or vice versa the lens will have a fit and struggle , panning is fine though . In reality I wanted a DSLR and on par with my old Canon. I expected to much so I've had to step back and look at it again form a different angle (price). Aside from the looks which I really like by the way it is in the right price bracket and competes heavily with other brands on PAR if not better. The ISO performance for the price is good although I disagree with a lot of posts to me even in good light with ISO1600 - 3200 it is quite bad and really effects details once you have sharpened image to actually have detail. Again at the price its usable but not great by any means. My main problem with this is how i select images through lightroom is quick and I need to see at a glance if it is sharp or not and how noticeable the noise is, both are a pain with these files which adds to my working day. So that is one word of warning also the files unless compressed are stupidly big for a 25mp sensor, what are you doing FUJI. Even when rendered fully in Lightroom loading up and jumping to the next file or zooming is so exhausting and slow it becomes a chore.
Slagging off aside the camera is a great point and shoot I wouldnt trust it at mid range ISO settings for print work and even though the IBIS could fix this it wont help with moving subjects so your stuck . Files sizes are stupid FACT dynamic range is average at best . But it nails focus when on the run the battery has improved some what and for most things like weddings and corporate it is fine as the customer will not notice the flaws.
Would I recommend this to a fellow photographer ? Yes I would but only on the premise they understand it is no David and Goliath it is what it is nothing more and nothing less. Mid range beauty at a good price point.