Fujifilm X-T2 unveilled

Today Fujifilm have announced the much anticipated and over leaked X-T2. So finally I can say that truthfully this camera is out there and is wonderful to handle.

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The camera has all the good looks of its predecessor but has been redesigned based on photographers feedback. The magnesium body has weather resistant sealing to suit rugged outdoor conditions, this professional body is slightly larger than the Fujifilm X-T1 due to improved control dials that turn easily with or without gloves.

In the hand it feels chunky but not over big, it also feels less flimsy than the X-T1, the buttons and dials all have a very positive action so there is less chance of accidentally knocking the settings.

The design of the body has been altered to fit more comfortably in the hand, I really like the new feel, it feels like a professional camera, and when the new grip is added it really has the feel true photographers camera.

The very impressive 24.3MP APS-C X Trans CMOS III sensor, featured on the X-Pro2, has already proved its worth to photographers but now with the addition of 4K and 2K video formats opens up the incredible range to professional videographers too. When filming video expect incredible sharpness and low noise when recording up to a maximum of ISO 12800.

One thing I am overjoyed with is the new screen, now it tilts three ways, which means that when you are shooting in the vertical format as well as the horizontal orientations you can flip out the screen for easy viewing of your subject when working at low angles or above head height.

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Of course Fuji being Fuji don’t stop there. The X-T2 features an electronic shutter with a limit of 1/32,000 second, an Intelligent Hybrid Phase detection AF,  a 2.36 Million dots Electronic Viewfinder and dual SD UHS-II memory card slots that will capture up to 14 frames per second with the Performance Boost Mode turned on.

The new vertical power booster grip adds performance too, as well as holding two extra batteries (these too have been redesigned) the VPB-XT2 will increase frame rate to an incredible 14 fps and decrease the shutter lag when shooting video.

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When shooting at 14fps you can record up to 42 jpeg or 28 RAW files before the camera needs to catch up. You can of course select a slower shooting rate which will extend the shooting and recording rate before the buffer kicks in.

The new Intelligent Hybrid Phase detection autofocus will allow you to select up to 325 autofocus points allowing for precise focus. What this means is no matter whether the subject is within the frame, the camera will autofocus very quickly to pick up the subject.

The autofocus is fully customisable too, allowing you to adjust the tracking to your preferred style of shooting depending on the subject you are tracking.

From my limited testing of the X-T2, action photographers are going to love the faster focussing and active tracking, it really is fast and accurate.

The X-T2’s ISO range of 200 – 12800 (RAW shooting) is exactly the same as the Fujifilm X-Pro2. When recording at high ISO like 3200 or 6400 photographers will find images and video to be very clear resulting in smooth graduation and deeper blacks.

The X-T2 can also be used to command up to three flashes – Fuji have also announced the EF EX500 flash – not being a flash user I can’t comment on this. However it will be nice to have a dedicated flash system that really works.

I only had a limited time using the X-T2 and because of all the leaks, I wasn’t even allowed to take it away from the office but I was seriously impressed with it. I will be testing one in the very near future so expect a full in detail update from me soon.

The New Generation X

I converted to the Fuji X series system two and half years ago and I can honestly say it suits my style of photography. I like my cameras small and light – unobtrusive but with incredible lenses.

For me photography isn’t about the technical, pixel peeping or my kit is bigger, faster than yours. It’s solely about being able to produce the images that work for me.

My X-Pro1 and X-T1s have done a fantastic job. However I had always wanted a slightly bigger file size, maybe slightly faster focussing perhaps a wider ISO range.

My prayers to the Fuji fairy were answered in the X-Pro2

I’ve been very lucky and since November I have been field testing the X-Pro2 or Leo as it was secretly known!

The camera itself is very similar in feel to the original X-Pro1, design and weight haven’t changed too much, it retains that classic look that we all love.

But it boasts a lovely new X-Trans III  sensor that delivers a 24MP file.

The hybrid viewfinder is better laid out and the information displayed is customisable both in optical  (OVF)and electronic (EVF) modes. Personally I prefer the EVF which allows you to monitor white balance and see the subtle changes in exposure.

The shutter is new too, allowing up to 1/8000th of second plus a flash sync of 1/250th.

The clever chaps a Fujifilm have managed to squeeze more focussing points in too, up from 49 to 77. It’s easy to change the focussing point too with a simple flick button on the back which requires a positive movement by the user.

It even features dual SD card slots.

What I really like is that all the key controls can be operated without taking your eye from the viewfinder. 

The iSO dial has been moved so that it sits with in the shutter speed dial, the exposure compensation can be expanded to +/-5 stops too. The ISO sensitivity runs from 200-12800 but can be expanded in jpg from 100 – 51200.

Fuji have added a my menu so you can add up to 16 commonly used commands for quick access.

The body is tough and feels incredibly robust, however I can say that I have the dubious honour to be the first person to write one off!

While testing the X-Pro2, and to be honest falling in love with it, I was shooting in Lyme Regis on the south coast of England in high winds and rain – the camera is very weather proof – but when high winds and waves batter the tripod the camera was on to the point of knocking it over, I can report that when it falls from about 6 feet on to solid rock it does dent the body and bits did fall off – mainly filters and the lens!

Sorry Fuji, I didn’t mean to test it to destruction!

If you want a small light camera that delivers on everything then look no further than the X-Pro2 it is an incredible piece of kit, I love it.

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