Fuji XH1 with Grip at Roberts for 1299

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
124
Jersey Shore
Steve
The X-H1 interests me for the ergonomics. Let me know your thoughts on the H1 after you have spent some time with it.
Bobby, according to Fuji Rumors the big discount on the X-H1 ends tonight. With that in mind, here are some of my rushed ergonomic thoughts on the camera:

The X-H1 is a bit on the large side compared with the X-T series - but not when compared with the Panasonic G9 or Olympus E-M1 series. It's even close in size to the Sony A7 III.

In terms of weight, the Fuji is fine. Only when picking up the X-T3 immediately beforehand I did weight even come to mind. If anything, the X-H1 feels a bit more solid than the X-T3.

I think the X-H1 handles wonderfully - with a large, comfortable grip that fits my hands well. Very comfortable to shoot with.

In terms of controls the layout is nice and clean with nothing crowded together. There's no feeling that any dial or button was located somewhere just because that was the only space they had left. I think you would find it all easy to learn and intuitive to operate. Of course, you're already familiar with the general Fuji layout, so that's a bonus.

You might have to get used to the "feather touch" shutter button, which is desined to improve stability and avoid shutter shock. But I didn't find it to be a problem. And if you don't like it, I understand you can send the camera in to have Fuji adjust the feel.

The X-H1 has a flip-up rear viewing screen rather than a flip-out, fully articulating screen. Fine for me.

I love the top-plate LCD, which shows you your settings, remaining exposures and exposure-compensation setting even when the camera is off. But there is no dedicated exposure compensation dial. Now, you press a button and turn a rear wheel while holding the button. You can also customize the button to lock on and lock off with each press. I'm sure you can customize even further.

Overall, it hasn't taken me very long to trust the X-H1. Everyone is different but I adapted quickly and easily. Personally, I can't imagine using the XF 16-55 and 50-140mm f/2.8 lenses on any other Fuji body but the X-H1.

Hope this helps!
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
Well, I almost avoided it but instead picked up a used XH1 body at Adorama for $909. I never use grips. I guess I could have bought it new and sold the grip but better not to buy it in the first place. I even looked at the XT2 and XT3 but in my past flirtations with Fuji the one thing that bothered me was the lack of IBIS compared to my Olympus stuff. What this does mean, however, is that I promised myself I would go through my stuff and sell what I don't use. I'm not particularly sentimental for my modern equipment but it's just the trouble of taking pics of everything, etc.
 

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
124
Jersey Shore
Steve
Well, I almost avoided it but instead picked up a used XH1 body at Adorama for $909. I never use grips. I guess I could have bought it new and sold the grip but better not to buy it in the first place. I even looked at the XT2 and XT3 but in my past flirtations with Fuji the one thing that bothered me was the lack of IBIS compared to my Olympus stuff. What this does mean, however, is that I promised myself I would go through my stuff and sell what I don't use. I'm not particularly sentimental for my modern equipment but it's just the trouble of taking pics of everything, etc.
Congratulations. My work here is finished. :biggrin:
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
In terms of controls the layout is nice and clean with nothing crowded together. There's no feeling that any dial or button was located somewhere just because that was the only space they had left. I think you would find it all easy to learn and intuitive to operate. Of course, you're already familiar with the general Fuji layout, so that's a bonus.
In a review I read, the author complained that the buttons were so spread out on the XH1 that he couldn't easily manipulate the controls without taking his eye away from the EVF. It's interesting how priorities vary from photographer to photographer. I, like you I suspect, set my controls and then only change aperture, maybe SS, and EC with the camera to my eye. I also tend to use the central AF region and recompose. I like my shooting experience to be relaxing and more about composition and the "decisive moment ;)" . Hence, I don't shoot sports or weddings.
 
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Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
124
Jersey Shore
Steve
And now, I just put myself into a bit more debt. I just pulled the trigger on a used 16-55mm f/2.8. 9+ condition at B&H for $736. More than $150 cheaper than even the current $899 promotional price. But it's one of the reasons I got the X-H1. The 50-140mm f/2.8 will wait quite a bit longer.
 
Dec 31, 2013
124
Louisville, Ky
Congratulations on that steal. The 16-55 is an amazing lens. One of the best I've ever worked with. In the past, I've found B&H to be conservative with their ratings. Chances are, you won't be able to distinguish it from. Getting a 16-55 at that price is an excellent purchase.
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
And now, I just put myself into a bit more debt. I just pulled the trigger on a used 16-55mm f/2.8. 9+ condition at B&H for $736. More than $150 cheaper than even the current $899 promotional price. But it's one of the reasons I got the X-H1. The 50-140mm f/2.8 will wait quite a bit longer.
It’s really funny to watch us changes our minds through the course of this thread. BTW, I do have a 50-230 coming next week as well. It was only $209.
 

demiro

Serious Compacts For Life
Dec 15, 2011
69
Biro/drd, how does IS on X-H1 compare to the 5-axis IS on Oly bodies? I'm always tempted by Fuji, but I've become reliant on IBIS.
 

Biro

Super Moderator
Aug 7, 2011
124
Jersey Shore
Steve
Biro/drd, how does IS on X-H1 compare to the 5-axis IS on Oly bodies? I'm always tempted by Fuji, but I've become reliant on IBIS.
Well, since I've had no problem, it works just as well for me. And I have Oly gear. Fuji's IBIS is also five axis and the company claims five stops of stabilization. Real-world results (for all brands) tends to be a bit less robust. I say about 3-1/2 stops. It's also worth pointing out that you won't enjoy any additional advantage in putting a lens with OIS on an X-H1 body.
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
124
Lexington, Virginia
Steve
It’s hard to do systematic testing. I have both the xh1 and em1 ii and the em1 ii seems better but the xh1 is definitely working. All you have to do is switch between continuous and shooting only modes and look through the Evf to see the ibis at work.
 
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