Fujinon 27mm

Bird Watching with the X-T1

I know this isn’t my usual style of photography, furthermore I know these are not interesting images but I thought using the X-T1 for simple wildlife photography may be of interest to some. Each winter we embark on a bird feeding frenzy hanging out nuts and seeds for the array of wildlife that visit the garden each year.

We try to educate the younger members of the family on the different types of bird that visit the garden and the type of food they prefer. This activity has always been at a distance but I wondered if the Fujifilm remote app would allow us to get close and at the same time capture some images with the X-T1.

Fujifilm X-T1 in a tree

I had mentioned the possibility of shooting wildlife with the Fujifilm X-T1 in the review of the Fujifilm Camera remote app so we decided to put a wildlife focused application to the test. Using a Gorillapod, I (extremely) carefully attached the X-T1 to a branch in one of our trees. I checked it was fixed securely not once but three times! To keep the camera as light as possible I was using the brilliant 27mm pancake lens that also offers silent operation as a bonus.

Nuts about the X-T1

Using the Fujifilm Camera Remote app we watched the live action via the iPad in the comfort of the warm indoors. There was a fair bit of waiting around for the garden visitors to arrive but the birds did eventually pay the nuts a visit.

The 27mm pancake lens is brilliant and I am really impressed with the accuracy of focus via the app, the sharpness of the images and the quality bokeh. I’ve actually locked the Fujinon 27mm pancake lens to the X-T1 this week and have been really impressed as to how it performs, I think the 27mm could become a popular travel lens over the next few months.

blue tits feeding,

It was a great experience watching remotely, we did try and capture some flight images as the birds arrived at the feeder but it was a challenge. The Fujifilm Camera Remote app is brilliant but the idea of shooting action photography via live view all through wifi is a very big ask!

In the evening I also experimented with the 35mm Fujinon Lens which was actually a little easier to balance on the branch and I was able to shoot at f/1.8.

35mm fujinon

These images are JPGs that have been straightened in Lightroom as no matter how much I tried I couldnt get the camera level on the branch. Image wise it wasn’t overly successful but it was a great experience and an opportunity for FlixelPix junior to see a range of birds close up and by the end of the morning there was instant recognition of the birds that landed on the feeder.

X-T1 Fujifilm

Interestingly, as is always the way, the most popular bird feeder instantly became the least popular the minute we pointed a camera at it but we will definitely be giving the experiment another try. If you want to read more see the X-T1 Remote Capture system post.


Understanding Depth of Field
The Fujifilm X-T1
RSPB Bird Identifier


  1. Interesting new approaches thanks to the remote app. How far away from the camera where you able to use the remote app?

  2. What was the battery-life on this experiment. Controlling the camera via WiFi must have had a significant impact on it. I once tried a time-lapse with the X-T1 and found that the battery life is just too short to leave it shooting unattended (in a relative secure place) for a couple of hours. Still looking for a decent (read: inexpensive) external power option.

  3. Yes wifi will have an impact especially when using the live view of the mobile device. I am sure an external power until will come in time, it would definitely be very handy.

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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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