This is not a review of the Fuji X-T2. It’s my experience with a great small camera which I bought on a whim and that has become my go-to camera for almost anything from personal shots to my professional projects (still, not yet for weddings because I only own one lens), I’ll delve into this a bit below and offer up why I prefer it over my actual Nikon D810 full frame gear.
The size and weight
This is a rather small camera when compared to my chunky D810. With X-T2 I get the quality without putting my body into suffering. Given the fact that it´s so light makes me use it even more and carry it with me quite often.
That´s what I call a cool camera (also the x-pro2), I don’t know how to describe this but there is something that makes me grab it and take a picture whenever I see it on my desk 🙂 Genuinely looks and feels like a camera, nothing like a “taking pictures small computer” 🙂
Dials and controls
They are great to have at your fingertips, great! The only downside is the 35 1.4’s aperture ring which is loose and can be accidentally switched. The lock mechanism on iso and shutter dial are also welcomed. Nikon is cutting down buttons from one camera to another and they created plastic “g” type lenses with no aperture control in order to cut down costs whilst raising prices.
Autofocus and manual focus
The autofocus in not only fast but precise, the focus peaking in manual mode is also great for using with some old manual lenses or adapters.
The colours and jpeg quality
The jpegs out of the camera are really good, which is useful when travelling, for family shots or for social media uploads (even with that cumbersome WiFi app). Also, the film simulations are great to have and easy to use (the grain simulation looks way better than those in lightroom).
If you have never shot with an electronic viewfinder before, you would have no idea just how amazing the viewfinder on the X-T2 is. With a magnification of 0.77x (versus 0.70 on my d810,) and the 100 frames per second (in boost mode), the viewfinder just looks huge and fluid with almost no lag. For my taste, it was a bit inconsistent in automatic brightness, therefore I set it to manual brightness and it worked just right.
The first question I get is about the sensor size, yes it is not full frame, do the math and get the lenses suitable for you (eg. the 56 1.2 Fuji lens: f1.2 on an asp-c sensor is: 1.2*1.5=1.8 and the field of view equivalent: 56*1.5=84). The technology evolves and sensors get better and better regardless of their size. The 6000/4000 pixels resolution is just enough and you get excellent dynamic range and pretty high ISO performance both from the RAW files and jpegs.
I bought the camera thinking that I will return it if is not what I expected. This didn’t happen 🙂 I have it for a month now and love it.
Some final thoughts
Fujifilm have produced a great tool, listening to the photographer’s needs and continuing to do so with their latest software updates, it’s a camera I can trust and also a camera that gives me about 10 hipster points more 🙂
Because all the pictures above are taken with my good old D700, I’ll provide some X-T2 pictures below (and definitely you’ll see more Fuji shots in my projects to come).