Fuji X-T2

Fuji X-T2 Review

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was reviewing a year as custodian of the cherished and much loved Fujifilm X-T1 (aka Thunderbird 1) compact systems camera (CSC). My praises were based solely on the user experience of what was then the flagship Fuji – and undoubtably their jewel in the crown. But with the announcement of the latest gem from Fujifilm, the Fuji X-T2, is it a good idea to trade up?


Fuji X-T1

Fuji X-T2, Fuji photographer Anthony Blake

Trade up or not?

In June 2016 I advised against trading up your camera in the search of taking better images. I also remonstrated that all too often I see budding photographers of all levels buying the next new model. Often falling for the manufacturers’ promises that this will take their photography to a new level. I concluded it was always better to get to know your kit. To stick with what you have got and  hone your skills around the qualities of your camera and lenses.  Over time your photography will benefit big time. (I also added I would definitely be buying the newer later Fuji based on my very positive experience with the X-T1. Running them side by side in the course of my work).


Fuji X-T2, UK Landscape Photographer Anthony Blake Dorset Photography Workshops

Confession time

So without ado, I confess, I have succumbed very early to the draw of the new Fuji X-T2. The Fuji experience … all systems are go! … I can hear the theme tune of International Rescue …dad da dad dar … enter Thunderbird 2! I apologise wholeheartedly if this appears a little hypocritical. For the first time ever I have bought a camera at its induction; I needed the kick I knew it would deliver.

Good decision

With the release being just a month ago I know the decision to buy the  X-T2 was a good one. I am excited at the prospect of using it over the coming months. The last time I felt like this was when my parents introduced me to my first ever Casdon Soccer game at the age of ten. (A treasured game I still have)


The Fuji X-T2

Now I am not normally one to talk about technical advances in too much detail. There are plenty of websites that more than cover the nuts and bolts of the menu systems and ergonomics of dials, aperture rings and alike. I will, though, just pull out a few of the reasons I have taken the early plunge on this one. Firstly, the obvious higher resolution on offer; the leap up from a 16 megapixel sensor to 24 megapixels. It just makes sense and offers larger files and means the ability to crop images without too much drop off in resolution.


Better focusing


The focus system is a big step up too. It’s auto focus is quicker and  many more focus points to choose from and the ability to customise to suit different ways of working. The Fuji X-T2 looks very similar to the X-T1, but it feels more SLR like. The dials stand a little higher and have better locking knobs. The rear LCD screen has been given an extra vertical tilt to go with the pull out landscape option. The addition of a dedicated rocker knob to move the focus point around clearly states that Fuji listen to their photographers. Take heed Canikon!


Higher dynamic range


This may send you off to sleep if you have no previous experience using this kind of camera. So I’ll cut out the jargon and will just mention a few of the other positive experiences of this particular camera. The main one being dynamic range! It delivers a tonal range that knocks the spots off many Digital SLR cameras! 


Film simulations


The jpeg capabilities in the form of film simulation modes are almost unbeatable straight out of camera. The new Acros black and white simulation can be set up to produce stunning sharpness and dynamic results. Add to that the impressive grain mode and you have a rival for any film camera of yester-year. So if your photographic experiences have nose dived in favour of digital menus, hyperfocal distance charts and the obsession of pixel counting  I suggest you look at one of these little gems. You will be surprised at the quality in the hand.


Fuji’s impeccable timing


Just at the time when Canon were releasing their new 5D4 with a their 30 megapixel sensor and the unbelievable high price tag of £3600.00! The Fuji X-T2 is an absolute snip at just £1398.00. By the way I have no connection with Fuji, neither do I get paid for saying nice things about their gear (although that would be nice).


 

Fuji Photographer and UK Landscape photography by Anthony Blake

The Fuji X-T2 is a great camera. It’s a camera that raises your user experience. It may even move you to want to get out of bed very early and enjoy the photography making experience. This alone surely makes it worth buying. I think it is worthy of high praise!


 

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