Food Photography with the FUJIFILM X-T1

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Food Photography with the FUJIFILM X-T1

By |2018-08-01T09:58:17+00:00September 17th, 2014|Categories: Gear, Photography|Tags: , |8 Comments

Yesterday I set up the FUJIFILM X-T1 for my first at-home food photographs. I have been carrying this camera around for the past few months and have used it many times to photograph my food at restaurants (mostly for my Yelp account), but this was the first time I used it in my typical at-home setup. Bottom-line, it performed very well! I also photographed the same setup with my Canon 5D Mark III, and you can see the two photos below for comparison.

I’ve been playing around with the notion of switching over to FUJIFILM, and at this point it’s really a matter of when it will happen (not “if”). In some ways it will be difficult to say goodbye to much of my Canon gear, although I expect to keep a few items around for good measure. When the time comes, I’ll be sure to write up a good post about the move to mirrorless, so stay tuned! Honestly, I can’t wait … after using the FUJIFILM for so long, picking up my Canon feels like a giant cinderblock! Traveling light and much more inconspicuous is going to be a HUGE breath of fresh air.

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,


  1. Thomas Nielsen September 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    The idea of leaving the SLR in favor of mirror less can be intimidating but I suspect some of the pain can be remedied by the latest gadget from Cambo (; at least if you will be missing the T/S lenses. The added thrill of a mini rail is just a bonus :-).

  2. Thomas Nielsen September 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Oh, and quite a nice bruscetta there.

  3. Donna September 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I like the FUJIFILM photo better! I have Nikon gear, D7100 and D800, and I can foresee that I will switch to a mirrorless system in the next year or two. The weight of the DSLRs is really dragging me down. I see that Bill Fortney has been singing the praises of the FUJIFILM X-T1 too. I appreciate your perspective too! I’m glad to see the technology keeps getting better and better.

  4. Patrick Magee (@oldsweng) September 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    My switch to the XT-1 was the smartest thing I have done. I’m only carrying one medium size bag of equipment with body, 6 lenses, SP-1 printer and extra Instax film. This replaces three bags including a large roller of Canon gear. Oh, and I prefer the images from the XT-1 over the 5DMkII I was using.

  5. Tim Shirey September 18, 2014 at 1:25 am - Reply

    I’m almost 5 months into my switch to the FUJIFILM X-T1 after selling off 20 yrs. of Nikon gear. Very satisfied (and spoiled!) with the compactness and amazing image quality. There was a bit of rethinking/adjusting my approach to taking photos but was worth it.
    Thanks for the side-by-side comparison. The 18-135mm holds its ground well. I noticed that FUJIFILM users don’t refer to these as “kit lenses” because ALL the FUJIFILM lenses are of such a high standard – image and build quality, and can be purchased with confidence.

  6. Darlene Hildebrandt September 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I’ve been coveting the X-T1 also. I’m encouraged to see that you are using it for commercial work and like it.

  7. Maria Sacadura January 7, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

    I’ve been using an XT1 for 8 months and i’m very pleased I’m waiting for your new ebook about the XT1 ! :)

    • Nicole S. Young January 7, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Maria, thanks for the comment. :) I’m back to using my Canon full-time so you won’t see me write much more about the X-T1. I just wasn’t please with the results I was getting (mainly with landscapes) and didn’t want to cart both systems around with me. It seems to be a great camera for hand-held and shallow-DOF photos, but since I do so much more than that it was tough to keep using it.

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