Review | MHG-XT Large Hand Grip for Fuji XT-1

The Fuji X-T1 is the best camera I have ever owned by far. I wrote a review of it here if you are interested. The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the way it handled. There just wasn't quite enough grip to feel comfortable holding it. The vertical battery grip helps and I use that when doing my professional work, but it made the camera just a little bit to big for everyday use. It somewhat defeated the purpose of owning a small camera in the first place. I had also owned the regular size hand grip for my X-Pro 1 and didn't really like it either. It only was big enough for your pinky and ring finger and it just felt awkward.

I then saw the announcement that Fuji released this new larger hand grip and it seemed like it would be exactly what I needed. I ordered it right away and after a couple of weeks of use, I can say it is perfect for me. It just feels right when holding the camera. It also seems to make my hand more vertical when holding the camera which significantly reduces wrist strain. It does make the camera a bit bigger and heavier but I don't think that is all bad. A little bit of bulk makes the camera feel more substantial. Lenses like the 23mm and the 56mm fit perfectly while the 35mm and 18mm now seem a bit small. It also looks really good. It fits the look of the camera perfectly. 

I am a big fan of this grip and love using the X-T1 more than ever. Pictures of it on my X-T1 with the 23mm f1.4 are posted below. 

50 of 50

I am sure you guys already know this about me, but I am not the type of photographer that only takes pictures when he is working. I absolutely love photography. I love the power, the art, and the joy of it. I value my love for photography more than almost anything. At the very beginning of my journey into professional photography I even made the decision that I would quit and get a real job the second I started to lose the joy of it. So far that hasn't happened and I am so grateful for the gift that photography has been to me. 

One of the things that keeps me loving photography is making sure I shoot for myself as much as possible. Recently I have been feeling somewhat stagnate with my personal work. I have wanted to shoot, I just haven't had much motivation. I started thinking back to the times when I have felt extremely creative and motivated, and almost every time I have felt that way it was because I had a project that I was working on, a goal to work towards. 

There is something to that. 

So this week I am starting a new little project called 50 of 50. The goal is to shoot 50 photos over the course of 50 days with only a 50mm lens. I think this project will be perfect. It is structured enough to keep me on task, but loose enough that I can be creative with it. I am excited about it. I am excited to have a goal. I am also excited to get to know that focal length a little bit better. It has been the standard and favorite focal length of many a photographer for generations. If it was good enough for Henry Cartier Bresson than there must be something to it. 

I don't really have a plan for what I want to shoot, I just want to make sure I get out every day and actually shoot. The gallery at the bottom of this post will update as I add pictures. You can also view the entire gallery here. I hope you will follow along and even join me if you want a challenge. 

Technical note: For this project I am using the Fuji 35mm f1.4 which isn't a 50mm, but since the camera I am using, a Fuji X-E2, has an APSC size sensor the 35mm is the equivalent of a 50mm. It is about the idea, not the technicality. 

50 photos taken over the course of 50 days with a 50mm (equivalent) lens