Fuji X-T2 Review
Fuji X-T1 to Fuji X-T2 Upgrade
I have owned a Fuji X-T2 for exactly two months.
I bought it to replace my Fuji X-T1 and yes, I guess I do suffer a little from G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome!)
Nikon D800 to Fuji
I came to the fuji camp from Nikon. At one time I owned a Nikon D3 and 'Holy Trinity' of Nikon glass. That is the 14-24mm f2.8, 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 VRII f2.8. These are big shoes to fill.
I switched to the Fuji X-T1 mostly because of the weight advantages. I saw myself as one of those photographers who always has a camera with them and this was something I struggled with when it came to the D3 and 24-70 and even after I 'down-sized' to the D800 I didn't often take the 'big' camera out and about.
I started with an XE2 as a second camera and migrated completely to Fuji when the X-T1 arrived on the scene. In retrospect the X-T1 was a step back in functionality from the Nikon and I missed some of the functionality. The X-T2 has addressed this shortfall.
Fuji X-T1 vs Fuji X-T2
This is not going to be the first 'comparison' you will have read and will not be the last but as I owned both cameras and shot as a hobbyist photographer with the X-T1 for two years I thought I'd share my observations.
The Fuji X-T1 is a very capable camera and I enjoyed taking it away on vacations.
In the early days after switching from Nikon I felt a little 'under dressed' with the Fuji kit and especially on my vacation to Iceland where I expected to do more 'serious' photography.
Looking over my photography over the last two years I don't think that using the X-T1 has compromised on the photographs that I took.
X-T1 examples images. Click on the images to view larger
The Fuji X-T2 is slightly larger than the X-T1 and Fuji have made a number of small improvements to the body. I purchased the larger eye cup and the MHG-XT hand grip for the X-T1 but have not found the need to do either with the X-T2 as both areas have been improved.
The addition of the joystick increases usability, making shifting focus points much easier. The extra articulation in the LCD screen is also very useful and makes composition in portrait orientation far easier.
The X-T2 simply feels Snappier than the X-T1. The Autofocus particularly is far better and improves the all round functionality significantly.
The X-T2 feels capable in ways that the X-T1 didn't quite manage. A high Percentage of my photography wont test the speed improvements between these cameras but, like driving a Ferrari in a traffic queue it's good to know that I have the capabilities for any situation should it arise.
Fuji X-T2 Film Simulation
Fuji puts a lot of stock in the film simulation and JPG image quality of their cameras. I have been a dedicated RAW shooter for most of my photographic life but the X-T2 has me shooting JPG a lot of the time.
I have started to shoot more photography on my daily commute into London and more often than not I will shoot in JPG. Shooting JPG just seems to add to the joy of using a Fuji and the ACROS, Velvia and Classic Chrome Film Simulations especially give beautiful results straight from camera.
X-T2 Film Simulation examples images. Click on the images to view larger
Fuji X-T2 Autofocus
The Fuji X-T2 Autofocus simply works. Every thing that I've thrown at the camera has been handled seamlessly. The X-T2 is now challenging the DSLR's for Autofocus Usability.
I shot a sequence of around 24 images on the first day with the X-T2. The camera nailed focus on 100% of the shots. Impressive
I compiled them into a GIF sequence below for fun..
Fuji X-T2 Review - Summary
OK, so I am more than a little bit of a Fuji Fanboy but I don't get paid by Fuji to endorse their products. The Fuji X-T2 is a capable Camera in a form factor that I find that I can carry with me every day. It is great fun to use and has re-ignited my hobby, I shot over 200 images on Friday alone fitting some photography in on my way to and from work.
I have spent the last two months getting acquainted with the X-T2 and will follow up this article with a guide to accessories and tips and tricks on getting the best out of this excellent camera.