In this video the Fuji Guys confirm that the electronic shutter with shutter speeds up to 1/32000s that was announced with the silver version of the X-T1 will be available in the upcoming firmware update for the "old", black, X-T1 that is supposed to come in December.
This is great news! Being able to use shutter speeds up to 1/32000s will give us 3 stops more of headroom when shooting in bright light and will probably eliminate the need to use ND-filters to shoot with narrow depth of field in daylight. This has been one of the big drawbacks for me with the Fujifilm X-series and I have earlier written about it here. With the electronic shutter we will get almost the same headroom and depth of field when shooting with wide open primes that we get with 2.8 telezooms on traditional full frame DSLR's:-)!
Also electronic shutter means no moving shutter curtains and a dead silent camera when needed:-). The X-T1 is very silent even with the mechanical shutter, but if you shoot wedding ceremonies, in museums or in theaters and so on, the dead silent shutter will be a welcomed feature.
There are some rumors that the electronic shutter will only be an option when shooting with the fast XF primes meaning the XF23mm, XF35mm and XF55mm. Using fast primes in daylight are probably where you will need the electronic shutter with it's higher shutter speeds the most. But I really wish that it will be an option for all lenses.
No moving shutter curtains means that it should be possible to sync flash at a much higher shutter speeds. At least up to the same speeds as the leaf shutter in the X100 series. I am crossing my fingers that the firmware update will bring faster flash sync speeds when using the electronic shutter. Fujifilm, if you guys are reading this, please let us have higher sync speeds with this update!
Also no mechanical shutter curtains means that there is no reason not to get live image between frames when shooting sports and action in continous shooting mode:-D!! This is a major issue for me!! I'm crossing both fingers and toes that this will be fixed with the upcoming firmware. Again, Fujifilm, if you are reading this, please let us have live image between frames when shooting in continuous shooting mode. Of course we need this with all lenses, not only the fast primes.
Also the Fuji Guys are showing us the new XF 56mmAPD, a lens I'm surprised to see coming so close to the release of the first XF56mm, and the highly anticipated XF 50-140 2.8. I am really curious about the XF 50-140mm. I do miss my EF 70-200 2.8 IS II at quite a few occasions.
With the Photokina 2014 exhibition just around the corner, these are exciting times for fuji fans!
Equipment mentioned in this post:
Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Compact System Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only) (Graphite Silver)
Fujifilm X-T1 16 MP Compact System Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 APD Lens
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 Camera Lens
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 Lens
Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Wide-Angle Lens
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens