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From the photokina Floor: Hands on with the Graphite Fujifilm XT-1


Fujifilm's formidable pro-grade APS-C mirrorless digital camera gets a full fashion upgrade by treating its magnesium-alloy body with an antioxidant process, followed by a unique triple-layer coating to render it as the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition. As told by Fujifilm, this special process "subtly changes its appearance depending on how it is struck by light," and a final clear coat gives it enhanced durability, as well as a sleek finish.

Underneath its lustrous exterior, much remains the same—but not everything. The large OLED EVF still delivers a brilliant, saturated instant image preview, the latest generation 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor captures crisp, detailed images, and the X-T1 still focuses at a blazing speed of 0.08 sec. However, the XT-1 Graphite Silver Edition is now equipped with an electronic shutter, providing a top shutter speed of 1/32,000 second, and it can be set in 1/3-EV increments when using the latest high-speed Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R or XF 56mm f/1.2 R prime lenses.

Beyond this redesigned mirrorless option, Fujifilm also decided to bring out two brilliant new lenses, the first of which is a new Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD (85mm equivalent); a moderate telephoto designed to capture classic bokeh effects in shallow depth-of-field applications. It uses a proprietary apodizing filter for enhanced out-of-focus quality when shooting wide open. The second lens is truly remarkable, and was one of the hits of the show. The Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR (76-213mm equivalent), which delivers a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture over its extended focal-length range. This lens is weather resistant for shooting in challenging environments and also uses what Fujifilm claims is the world’s first Triple Linear Motor for swift, quiet AF performance.