As many of you will have noticed, I have written next to nothing about Fujifilm cameras, aside from a short piece on the wonderful colour I got from my original X100. I didn’t pay the original X-Pro1 or X-T1 too much attention either, but that’s largely due to a lack of time. However, with the X-Pro2 really raising the bar in terms of sensor performance and (most importantly) autofocus, my interest really piqued. Now the X-T2 has further improved AF performance (and the X-Pro2 has received a firmware upgrade), I figured I really had to see what the fuss was about. So I have. I now have a X-T2 right in front of me, complete with power booster.
I’m going to be writing lots and lots about this camera. Why? Well, two reasons really. Firstly, I know they have been selling like hot cakes, which tends to mean something good is going on. Secondly, if it is as good as some say it is, it’s a camera that will see quite a few more people give up their DSLRs and move over to mirrorless. With 8fps as standard and 11fps with the power booster (14 fps using the electronic shutter), this camera has really stepped up expectations for a DSLR-alike mirrorless camera.
I’ll let my thoughts take their own shape as I get shooting with it, but right from the outset, there are a few angles I think I’d like to explore:
- How does the APS-C sensor compare to the similarly megapickled Sony A7 and 5D III sensors? Naked performance? Subjective thoughts?
- How responsive is the camera compared to the Sony (EVF) and Canon (OVF) offerings? I don’t have a 5D IV handy, unfortunately, but the 5D III is a very useful benchmark because so many people use and know the camera.
- What is low light AF like for static and moving subjects? What might this mean to an events photographer? Is 8/11/14 fps really useable and useful?
- How much fun is the Fujifilm X-T2 to use? How does that affect the photographic experience?
- Who might choose a Fuji X-T2 over a similarly priced full-frame camera, like the Sony A7 II, or a 6D…. or even a 5D IV and why?
Very personally speaking, I am the owner of an extensive Canon system (more extensive than any other system I use), but I am still stuck on 5D III generation sensors. My other cameras have sensor performance that is in a completely different league with respect to dynamic range, colour noise, banding etc. Do I upgrade to two 5D IV bodies (a very expensive decision), or do I slide over further into the Sony camp? How do I see the X-T2 in this context? Could or would I use one and, if I were to, what would it displace?
This is the beginning and I hope to have more lenses to play with in due course!