When we first heard about the Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition we were enthusiastic. After all, the X-T1 was one of our favourite cameras of the year, so when a manufacturer starts talking about a "luxury multilayer coating" what's not to like?
Indeed, as the original press release went into great detail to explain, the "coats of ultra-fine paint particles are layered using computer controlled Thin-film Multilayer Coating Technology to give a Graphite Silver coating while rotating the body at high speed. This gives a smooth finish and luxurious shine."
But as it turns out, we're less enthused about the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition than we thought we would be. Having seen it in the flesh, per se, the multi-coated matte look to the camera somehow makes that magnesium body look more like plastic.
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Our pictures are shot in mixed lighting, so the look might not be perfectly conveyed here - but to us the Graphite Silver has a flat, grey appearance that's not as "silver" as the special edition name suggests. But it's all a matter of taste.
That's not to say we dislike the actual camera. As the name suggests, the X-T1GS is the same well-made, water-resistant interchangeable lens camera as the original X-T1. But we would instead opt for the original black option and save ourselves the £150 difference.
However, we did get to play with the new 56mm f/1.2R APD lens, complete with apodization filter for even more rounded bokeh. And it's a beaut. This filter does reduce the incoming light from f/1.2 through to f/5.0 though, so there's an effective f/ number aperture ring included alongside the actual f/ number ring. Not much to worry about, though, as the camera will accurately read the incoming light - but if you're wondering why f/1.2 dips to f/1.7 (without loss to actual depth of field, it's just the amount of light) and you need to adjust by 1/3 stop then this is why.
Other additions from the X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition include a 1/32,000th sec electronic shutter and the new "Classic Chrome" Film Simulation mode. Both features will become available for the earlier X-T1 (black) via a firmware update in November.
If it looks like your cup of tea then the X-T1GS will be available from November, priced £1,200.