My friend used to shoot on the full-frame Nikon D800 and now he starts to use the Fujifilm X-T2. What is the result?

A significant part of the photographers does not see the “magic picture” of the full-frame image and would be pleased to remain on the APS-C camera, since the cameras of this type are lighter, smaller and cost less. The main reason why experienced amateurs decide on changing the format is 2-2.5 times higher Low-Light ISO level on a full frame, which generates significant growth as an image quality when shooting indoors without flash, sports competitions, children’s morning performances and wild animals, etc.; that is in all those situations where, in a not very good light, a short shutter speed is required, provided by an increase in ISO. Now a new mirrorless model of the Fujifilm X-T2 comes to the market, which today, according to numerous reviews and, based on examples of pictures on the Internet, the Low-Light ISO is approaching 3200 value, like the full-frame cameras by Nikon and Sony. The long-time reader of the website, Pavel Chertalev, recently took this camera for a test drive, after which he immediately sold his full-frame Nikon D800 with all the lenses, and switched to the Fuji X-T2. Let us look at the samples of his pictures, analyze what are the pros and cons of this a professional-level mirrorless APS-C camera, who can buy it, and who, perhaps, should refrain.

The article will be voluminous in terms of the amount of text, because I wanted to post enough analytical information that would help someone to make a choice in favor of a particular model. The content will be as follows:

  1. Analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of mirrorless cameras in comparison with DSLR.
  2. Overview of the technical characteristics of the flagship Fujifilm X-T2 and comparison with the parameters of the second top model of this manufacturer the Fujifilm X-Pro2.
  3. We understand how the X-T2 differs from the younger mirrorless model X-T20.
  4. Let us try to understand in what cases mirrorless “Fujifilm X” is obviously not worth buying. We compare with the top DX-cameras from Canon and Nikon.
  5. The conclusion.

Well, before we get to the review, I propose to see what kind of pictures Paul got when he owned the Nikon D800 camera and different lenses. In the comments to the article with a story how was created the Nikon D750, you can read Paul’s first review of the new Fujifilm X-T2 kit with the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR, the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR and the external flash Nissin i40 (sorry, the link will be provided later).

1. The Fujifilm X-T2 camera with the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 telephoto lens. Review and sample photos.

1. The Fujifilm X-T2 camera with the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 telephoto lens. Review and sample photos.

2. Happy owner of the Fujifilm X-T2 camera with the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens and an external flash Nissin i40. Settings: shutter speed 1/80 sec., exposure compensation 0EV, f/6.4, ISO 1600, the flash did not fire, the focal length is 24.2 mm.

2. Happy owner of the Fujifilm X-T2 camera with the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens and an external flash Nissin i40. Settings: shutter speed 1/80 sec., exposure compensation 0EV, f/6.4, ISO 1600, the flash did not fire, the focal length is 24.2 mm.

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1. Pros and cons of DSLRs and mirrorless

When the first mirrorless cameras appeared, the amateurs met them rather gelid, since there were many flaws in them. However, time is running out, manufacturers are investing huge amounts in new developments, in improving their cameras, in advertising campaigns that popularize mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Let’s try to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of DSLRs and mirrorless to better understand what makes some photographers move to the Fujifilm X-T2.

1.1. Limitations typical for DSLR cameras

DSLRs have the following weaknesses in their design due to the fact they have a mirror:

  1. Large dimensions: rotating mirror and electronic shutter do not allow greatly reducing the size of the camera.
  2. Weight: the body of modern DSLRs is made of magnesium alloy or carbon fiber. Nevertheless, the mirror and pentaprism occupy a lot of space, and weigh a lot. In addition, lenses for DSLRs, especially for a full-frame, are larger and heavier than for APS-C.
  3. The complexity of the design of the mirror and the mechanical shutter: in the case of the DSLR, the mirror then rises and falls to allow the light flux to enter the sensor. All this causes huge problems for designers: mirror’s clap, braking mechanism, limitations on the speed of continuous shooting, movement of air inside the body, causing contamination of the sensor, service complexity troubles.

Read the interview with a team of engineers who took part in the development of the Nikon D750 DSLR camera – it describes the reasons why it was not possible to achieve a fastest shutter speed of 1/8000 in this camera (the link will be provided later).

  1. There is no way to see in advance how the picture will look: when we look at the optical viewfinder, we cannot understand whether the exposure is sufficient, whether the image will be overexposed or underexposed. We are forced to focus on the prompt of the metering system, but the automation often works incorrectly.
  2. Problems with focusing accuracy when using phase detectors: phase sensors are used in DSLR, and with the slightest inaccuracy in the assembly of the “body-lens system”, front or back focus appears.
  3. Price: manufacturers, under the pressure of competitors from mirrorless, are struggling to reduce their costs and make the cost of DSLR cameras optimal. Nevertheless, in the design of the DSLRs, complicated electromechanical components are used, potentially limiting the ability to reduce the cost of producing this type of camera.
3. Shooting portraits on the Fujifilm X-T2 with high ISO. Camera settings: 1/80, -0.33, 2.8, 4000, 18.7

3. Shooting portraits on the Fujifilm X-T2 with high ISO. Camera settings: 1/80, -0.33, 2.8, 4000, 18.7

4. Test the Fujifilm X-T2 on high ISO. 1/80, -0.33, 2.8, 2500, 55.

4. Test the Fujifilm X-T2 on high ISO. 1/80, -0.33, 2.8, 2500, 55.

Photo 5. How does the Fujifilm X-T2 camera behaves at high ISO? Shooting without an external flash. Settings: 1/100, 2.8, 5000, 26.6.

Photo 5. How does the Fujifilm X-T2 camera behaves at high ISO? Shooting without an external flash. Settings: 1/100, 2.8, 5000, 26.6.

Photo 6. Fuji X-T2 sensor test on ISO 6400. 1/100, 2.8, 6400, 19.4

Photo 6. Fuji X-T2 sensor test on ISO 6400. 1/100, 2.8, 6400, 19.4

1.2. Strengths of mirrorless cameras?

Many experts of the photography market predict that in the near future mirrorless cameras will take the main share in the preferences of beginners and advanced amateur photographers. Already now, we see that both Canon and Nikon with each new model cannot surprise with something new: the revolution does not happen – well, they implemented Wi-Fi and GPS, increased the buffer capacity… Accuracy and focus speed – at the maximum possible, the processors allow you to shoot HD Video at 60 fps mode.

The mirrorless cameras have great potential for the future, since they are fundamentally devoid of some of the drawbacks that are characteristic of the DSLRs.

  1. Less size and weight: no mirror and pentaprism inside. Many models are APS-C type, and for this kind of camera, lenses with less weight and dimensions are manufactured.
  2. Inside there is no mechanism for driving the mirror (in fact, there are two mirrors in the DSLR), so nothing slams, which leads to the following things:
    • The opportunity of low sound or soundess shooting.
    • No vibrations from the clap of the mirror.
    • Less contamination of the sensor, since nothing moves the air.
    • Easier to get to the sensor for cleaning.
    • There are fewer restrictions for increasing the speed of continuous shooting. Therefore, potentially, mirrorless cameras can shoot faster than 14 fps, which today the Fujifilm X-T2.
    • Less components in the design – more reliability and easier maintenance.
  3. Preview image: looking into the electronic viewfinder or in the tilting screen, you immediately see the picture that will be obtained after pressing the shutter release button: WB, saturation and contrast, highlight clipping, etc.
  4. There is no problem with the accuracy of focusing due to phase sensors: the latest mirrorless models come with phase-detect autofocus sensors mounted directly into the camera’s sensor. Since the phase sensor is in the same plane as the camera sensor, there are no problems with the front or back focus.
  5. Price: theoretically, the cost of manufacturing mirrorless cameras is lower, since there is no need for precise mechanics (there is no a mirror), and fewer components in the design. However, Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm are forced to invest huge amounts in improving the systems of autofocus, EVF and other technologies, as well as spend money on advertising, overcoming the inertia and mistrust of photographers. Therefore, now the cost of mirrorless is higher than that of DSLRs. Nevertheless, in the future, it definitely has reserves for reduction.
  6. Electronic viewfinder (EVF): experts argue that this component is the greatest competitive advantage of mirrorless, and with its help they will break out, although now EVF is not as good as it could be.
  7. Overlaying information: when we look at the optical viewfinder (OVF) of the DSLR, we see a small amount of data. However, their volume is limited. At the same time in EVF you can lay out much more information: from the histogram to the “focus picking.”
    • Preview of the photo: everything that is displayed on the screen in LiveView mode can be displayed on the EVF, which allows the photographer to check the photo without taking his eyes off the viewfinder.
    • Image Viewer: you saw how professional video professionals take pictures on a DSLR in a separate article – to view a picture on an LCD screen on a sunny day you need to buy a special cover. With EVF you can’t worry about the bright external light.
    • Focus Peaking: readers of the blog repeatedly gave a link to a video showing the execution of “Focus Picking” (tinting the color of sharp areas of the image) on the display of the Sony MILCs. However, the same thing can be deduced in EVF, which is impossible in the OVF.
    • Full coverage of the viewfinder: usually in the mirrors in the OVF is lost about 5% of the picture, in the EVF can be shown up to 100%.
    • A much brighter display: how does it focus in the twilight or in the dark through the optical viewfinder? We do not see anything. In cameras with EVF you can turn on the “normal mode”, and visibility will be as in daytime.
    • Digital zooming: when I take pictures of landscapes in LiveView mode on a Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens, I click the zoom button to enlarge the picture to 100%. It is very convenient to focus manually! So, in the mirrorless, this function can be implemented into the electronic viewfinder, which cannot be done with the OVF.
    • Tracking the face and the eyes. Since the EVF shows what the real picture will look like, you can add a special analysis of the data and the camera will track the person, or even focus on the eye closest to the lens.
    • Potentially unlimited number of focus points: in the article with interviews of Nikon D750 developers, we listened to the opinion of one of the engineers above, which explained why it is impossible to expand the AF point area in the viewfinder. In the mirrorless cameras phase detectors are located directly on the sensor, contrast ones can be placed anywhere.
    • The tracking system for the subject: now in some DSLR appeared the mode of 3D-tracking, but it does not work very well. Given the location right in the sensor of the points of autofocus, there is a possibility that in the near future mirrorless cameras will surpass the DSLR in accuracy of this function, since the information is read directly from the sensor.
    • Risk of eye damage: In the instruction manual for any DSLR you can read a warning about the danger of damage to the retina if you eye at the sun through the OVF. In the case of EVF there is no such danger.
Picture 7. Another example of shooting on the Fuji X-T2 with very high ISO 6400. 1/125, 2.8, 6400, 30.2.

Picture 7. Another example of shooting on the Fuji X-T2 with very high ISO 6400. 1/125, 2.8, 6400, 30.2.

Picture 8. With ISO 6400 the Fuji X-T2 camera produces a very good picture. 1/125, 2.8, 6400, 16.

Picture 8. With ISO 6400 the Fuji X-T2 camera produces a very good picture. 1/125, 2.8, 6400, 16.

Picture 9. Testing the Fujifilm X-T2 in low light conditions and comparing characteristics with competitors. 1/125, -0.67, 2.8, 4000, 28.3.

Picture 9. Testing the Fujifilm X-T2 in low light conditions and comparing characteristics with competitors. 1/125, -0.67, 2.8, 4000, 28.3.

Photo 10. Shooting a dynamic story on the Fujifilm X-T2 digital camera indoors. 1/125, 2.8, 400, 21.3.

Photo 10. Shooting a dynamic story on the Fujifilm X-T2 digital camera indoors. 1/125, 2.8, 400, 21.3.

1.3. Mirrorless cameras limits

The advantages of mirrorless cameras, which are listed above, are for an ideal world. However, today, there are a number of unresolved technological problems specific to this type of camera (Fujifilm X-T2 users claim that some of them are no longer relevant in this new model).

  1. Delay in displaying images in EVF: only the latest versions of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILC) can boast a more or less normally working electronic viewfinder. Early models caused complaints from amateur photographers.
  2. Continuous autofocus and tracking of the subject: above we said that, potentially, mirrorless cameras in the near future will outpace DSLR by the speed and accuracy of focusing in tracking mode. However, to date, when shooting birds on the fly or shooting sports, DSLR cameras bypass their competitors.
  3. Battery life: due to the need to power the EVF, which is constantly on, the average number of frames that can be shot on a single charge is around 300 shots. In DSLR cameras this number is 1000 or more. Maybe this is not a big problem (for Nikon D5100 I got 450 photos with one charge, and I had enough), and you can buy an extra battery, but it costs money and the weight of the camera bag.
  4. Colored spots: due to the short end of the lenses for the APS-C mirrorless cameras, the light reflects from the sensor to the rear lens and back, so when you take pictures, where the sun is present in the frame, there may be colored spots. Technologically, this problem is unsolvable.
  5. Highly contrasting picture in EVF: most electronic viewfinders have the same contrast as TV screens – lots of black and light, and few halftones. Not a problem, but a nuance.

Despite the large number of positive sides, in general, mirrorless cameras lose today. There are also technical issues, still unsettled, and the difficulties of choice. An owner of a DSLR camera can easily find on the market a huge number of used lenses, suitable for his tasks. Find non-native lenses, flashes, radio synchronizers and other accessories for DSLR is much easier, and the price is likely to be lower than for the mirrorless cameras.

In occasion of “it is easy to find in the market second hand lenses”, probably, I got excited. When I was looking for the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G for my cropped Nikon D5100, I was waiting during 2 months, while there will appear a single copy in Ekaterinburg. For a full frame Nikon D610 the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens could not be found, I took a new one. On December 2016, I decided to take a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G and a teleconverter TC-14E ​​II for a future safari trip in India. In Ekaterinburg did not have it, but Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Perm had one piece only. For 3 million people there are only 3 used lenses! I had not found already used extender that is why I had to go to Moscow (1800 km from my home). As a result, the TC-14E ​​II cost was 50% cheaper than the new one. Now look how much in the market offers for used telephoto zoom Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8, and at what price they are offered… 

Nevertheless, mirrorless cameras are aggressively fighting for a place in the sun. Until recently, the choice of lenses was not wide, there was no flash, but today the situation has become much better. Moreover, more and more owners of large and heavy DSLR cameras switch to light and technological compact mirrorless cameras.

11. Example of a photograph taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 with an external flash Nissin i40. The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. 1/60, 2.8, 1000, 16.

11. Example of a photograph taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 with an external flash Nissin i40. The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. 1/60, 2.8, 1000, 16.

12. Testing the Fujifilm X-T2 with the fast standard KIT lens Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR and the external flash of Nissin i40.

12. Testing the Fujifilm X-T2 with the fast standard KIT lens Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR and the external flash of Nissin i40.

13. An example of a photo on the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T2 with the flash Nissin i40. The universal zoom Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 was used. Shooting options: 1/60, 2.8, 1000, 51.6

13. An example of a photo on the mirrorless Fujifilm X-T2 with the flash Nissin i40. The universal zoom Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 was used. Shooting options: 1/60, 2.8, 1000, 51.6

14. How can I take high-quality photos indoors when there is not enough light? Use an external flash. An example of an image on the Fuji X-T2 with the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens and the Nissin i40 flash. 1/60, 1000, 2.8, 23.4.

14. How can I take high-quality photos indoors when there is not enough light? Use an external flash. An example of an image on the Fuji X-T2 with the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens and the Nissin i40 flash. 1/60, 1000, 2.8, 23.4.

2. Overview of the compact mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera, announced on July 7, 2016, is the successor of Fujifilm X-T1, but it has a higher resolution, an improved autofocus system and is excellent for a camera with a body-like DSLR design with video recording capabilities. Like another top model the Fujifilm X-Pro2, the X-T2 is equipped with the same 24.3-megapixel sensor X-Trans CMOS III.

The body of camera is almost completely made of magnesium alloy and has protection from splashes. A high degree of resistance to dust and moisture is achieved through a special seal in the 63 points of the Fuji X-T2. The absence of a low-pass filter in front of the sensor allowed Fuji to declare the highest image clarity among FujiFilm X series cameras.

Picture 15-0. The appearance of the Fujifilm X-T2 camera with the Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R lens and the Nissin i40 flash. At the top in the center, there is Fujinon XF 16-55 mm F/2.8 R lens. On the top-right, there is the telephoto lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR. Below - on the tripod Sirui T-025X with the head C10X.

Picture 15-0. The appearance of the Fujifilm X-T2 camera with the Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R lens and the Nissin i40 flash. At the top in the center, there is the Fujinon XF 16-55 mm F/2.8 R lens. On the top-right, there is the telephoto lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR. Below – on the tripod Sirui T-025X with the head C10X.

The camera comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery NP-W126S, a BC-W126 battery charger and a EF-X8 flash (guide number 11 @ ISO 200), a bayonet cover, a shoulder strap, a belt clip, a hot shoe cover and a compartment fastening the battery handle, the cover of the synchronization socket and the user’s manual.

For the Fuji X cameras, the standard KIT lens is the Fujinon XC16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II. I had an opinion that Fuji does not make bad lenses – and this model gives an excellent picture. Examples of pictures from Fuji XC16-50 can be seen in the article with a comparative review of Nikon D5100 vs Fujifilm X-M1.

However, experienced photographers know that the image is affected by both the quality of the lens glass and the ability to open at maximum aperture, thereby allowing the ISO to be reduced when shooting. Therefore, buyers of previous models of the top Fuji X-T1 or the Fuji X-Pro1, often in the KIT took Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS. Well, Paul took the most versatile travel zoom, although it is quite heavy and bulky: the Fujinon XF16-55mm F/2.8 R LM WR.

The owner of the X-T2 has closed the range of long focal lengths by purchasing a universal the Fujinon XF 50-140mm F/2.8 R LM OIS WR that has a field of view on a APS-C similar to a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G or a telephoto lens Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L on the full frame.

Whatever fast lens do you have, it is impossible to shoot high quality photos indoors without an external flash, and especially when it comes to dynamic scenes. Therefore, immediately with the above optics, Nissin i40 flash was purchased.

15. A comparative overview of the mirrorless digital camera Fujifilm X-T2. An example of a photograph taken with the standard lens Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8.

15. A comparative overview of the mirrorless digital camera Fujifilm X-T2. An example of a photograph taken with the standard lens Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8.

16. Test camera the Fuji X-T2. Shooting in low light conditions. The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 fast lens helps not to increase too much ISO.

16. Test camera the Fuji X-T2. Shooting in low light conditions. The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 fast lens helps not to increase too much ISO.

17. Owners of the Fujifilm X-T2 are all a bit strange... Why do we need a fast lens? The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 answers this question: to reduce ISO when shooting in low light conditions. 1/250, -0.33, 2.8, 320, 74.4

17. Owners of the Fujifilm X-T2 are all a bit strange… Why do we need a fast lens? The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 answers this question: to reduce ISO when shooting in low light conditions. 1/250, -0.33, 2.8, 320, 74.4

2.1. Who is the potential owner of the Fujifilm X-T2

The flagship models FujiFilm X series are becoming more popular among professional photographers and photojournalists, and the Fuji X-T2 has all the functionality necessary for such users. It is also suitable for advanced amateurs who want to take advantage of the mirrorless APS-C format camera with both the standard settings for photography and 4K video support.

The choice between the X-T2 and the X-Pro2 models (having the same an APS-C sensors and processor) will be determined by what version of the body you like more and whether you need 4K-video, which can shoot only with the X-T2. The table below compares the capabilities of the X-T2, the X-T1 and the X-Pro2.

Parameter X-T2 X-T1 X-Pro2
Body type DSLR like Classic design
Resolution 24.3 MP 16.3 MP 24.3 MP
Processor X Processor Pro EXR Processor II X Processor Pro
Max image dimension 6000 x 4000 4896 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Max video resolution 3840 x 2160 px 1920 x 1087 px
Natural ISO range ISO 200-12800 ISO 200-6400 ISO 200-12800
Extended ISO range ISO 100-51200
Maximum continuous shooting speed 14 fps with electronic shutter; 11 fps with battery handle, 8 fps in autofocus mode 8 fps in autofocus mode
Hybrid autofocus system 325 point (169 phase sensors) 49 points 273 points (169 with phase sensors)
Memory Cards Two SD / SDHC / SDXC slots, compatible with UHS-I / UHS-11 1 SD / SDHC / SDXC slot compatible with UHS-I / UHS-11 Two SD / SDHC / SDXC, UHS-I, slot 1 slot compatible with UHS-11
Display Tilting display (in two planes (horizontally and vertically)) 1’040’000 dots Vertical inclination

1’040’000 dots

Implimented

1’600’000 dots

Viewfinder Electronic 2’360’000 points using OLED technology, 0.77x magnification, 100% coverage, viewpoint – about 23mm Hybrid optical / electronic, 2’360’000 OLED points, 0.6x magnification, 92% coverage, 16mm point of view
USB Interface  USB 3.0 USB 2.0
Battery / capacity NP-W126S / 340 pictures / charge NP-W126 / 350 pictures / charge
Dimensions 132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2 mm 129.0 x 89.8 x 46.7 mm  140.5 x 82.8 x 45.9 mm
Weight (with battery) 507 grams 440 grams 495 grams

Photographers involved in night photography, for sure, like one of the features of the design of the camera: two settings for long exposures. Since the scale on the disc of the shutter speed is limited to 1 second, for a longer exposure, use the “T” or “B” mode.

In either case, you must install the camera on a tripod to avoid blurring the image. It is also recommended to use the remote control – optional Fujifilm RR-90 remote shutter release (connected via a micro USB connector) or use a standard cable connected to the camera’s shutter button.

When using the “T” (shutter priority) mode, the shutter release button must be kept for the duration of the exposure. During this entire period, the countdown timer is displayed. As soon as the button is released, a picture is taken.

When setting the “B” (bulb) mode, you must manually press the shutter release button at the beginning and at the end of the exposure. The display also shows the time from the beginning of exposure. When the f-number is selected on the disc, the shutter speed is set to 30 seconds. Otherwise, the shutter remains open for up to 60 minutes while the shutter release button remains pressed.

18. Using the Fuji X-T2 to capture a reportage. Wide angle of the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR is used to show the viewer where the event occurs. Settings: 1/100, 2.8, 400, 16.

18. Using the Fuji X-T2 to capture a reportage. Wide angle of the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR is used to show the viewer where the event occurs. Settings: 1/100, 2.8, 400, 16.

19. Overview of the new mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-T2. An example of a picture on the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR. 1/100, 4.5, 100, 28.3

19. Overview of the new mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-T2. An example of a picture on the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR. 1/100, 4.5, 100, 28.3

2.2. Design and ergonomics of the mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-T2

The X-T2 is bigger and heavier than its predecessor, it’s different in design and internal improvements. Outside, the X-T2 is reminiscent of the X-T1 cast-protected body made of magnesium and the mass of control discs. The grip handle is slightly larger and there is a massive thumb support on the rear panel for a more convenient and reliable camera placement in the hand.

The lens bayonet occupies most part of the front panel, and the control buttons are dispersed around. These include the lens release button at the bottom of the front panel next to the bayonet, the second function button (Fn2) between it and  AF-assist/timer lamp, the focus mode switch on the opposite side of the lens mount from the shutter button and the flash sync connector (with a removable plug) a little higher.

The first control dial is located at the bottom of the top panel, just below the combined camera shutter release/on/off button. The control discs on the top panel are the same as those of the Fuji X-T1, with the ISO sensitivity/shooting mode dial located to the left of the viewfinder/external flash connector, and the shutter speed and the exposure compensation control dial to the right another function button (Fn1).

Unlike its predecessor, the Fujifilm X-T2 does not have a separate button for video recording. This option is added to the shooting mode selection disc as a separate video recording status. When this option is selected, video recording starts and stops by pressing the shutter release button.

For greater convenience, Fuji made a couple of small but significant changes to the controls on the top panel. Firstly, the ISO control dial and the combined shutter speed dial, and the exposure meter have become larger and slightly higher. The latter was also moved forward to avoid accidental clicking. In the unlocked state, all three drives rotate with a more visible click, so that it’s easier to control the settings used. If you select “A” mode, the shutter speed dial is not automatically locked.

The screen on the rear panel is the same as that of the Fuji X-T1: with a resolution of 1.04 million pixels and the ability to tilt to the horizontal position and down about 45 degrees – it’s convenient to shoot while holding the camera over your head. It can also be tilted in two directions when the camera is held vertically (new function), but the screen is still not touch-sensitive.

Also, without changes (except for the larger rubber eyecup), there was an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 million points and a high refresh rate of 100 fps, and a display delay time of 0.005 seconds. The viewfinder’s lag was halved, allowing for continuous shooting in LiveView mode (when viewed on the screen) at speeds of up to 5 fps.

Taking out the viewpoint by 23 mm facilitates the use of the viewfinder for photographers who wear glasses and a 0.77-fold increase in clarity of the image. Dioptric correction in the range from -4 to +2 m-1 will be enough for most amateur photographers.

Most of the controls to the right of the monitor remain the same, although the zoom button in the Focus Assist point on the Fujifilm X-T1 has been replaced with the “Q” button just above, used to call up the quick menu. Its position was taken by the position joystick, similar to that found in the model Fujifilm X-Pro2. It can be used to change the AF point on the screen or to navigate the camera menu. When pressed, you can change the size of the focus area by rotating the control dials on the front or rear panel. According to the users, just appearance of this joystick is a serious reason for buying the X-T2, as the convenience of choosing AF points has increased many times.

The guide bars of the selection panel are located slightly higher and more convenient when pressed. Finally, the control dials on the front and rear panels, like the Fujifilm X-Pro2, can be pressed to toggle between the aperture and exposure compensation settings, magnifying the selected AF area and selecting the manual focus mode.

Now, instead of one memory card slot, there are two SD card slots on the right side panel that are compatible with UHS II class 3 high-speed cards recommended for video recording. The memory card compartment cover is made of hard plastic, has a switch with a lock.

On the opposite side panel are various interface ports. From the top down, there is a 3.5 mm microphone jack, a micro USB 3.0 connector, a micro HDMI port and a remote-release socket. The cover of this compartment is also made of hard plastic, but there is no switch with a lock on it.

On the bottom panel there is a battery compartment, a metal tripod socket (in line with the optical axis of the lens) and a rubberized connector for connection of the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 booster. This accessory was specially designed for the X-T2 and can accommodate two additional batteries, the capacity of which is enough for 1000 shots (if three batteries are installed, including 1 in the camera itself). The camera is able to display the charge level of each battery individually, and can be charged in the battery grip through the supplied power supply.

On the booster grip are also located controls that allow you to operate the camera in an upright position. Here you will find a duplicate shutter release button, a quick menu button, function buttons, as well as front and rear control dials, autofocus and exposure lock buttons, focus control joystick. Additionally there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack on the grip that is not exist on the camera.

20. Using the FujiFilm X-T2 KIT 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR for shooting landscapes. 1/85, +0.33, 5.6, 400, 32.2

20. Using the FujiFilm X-T2 KIT 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR for shooting landscapes. 1/85, +0.33, 5.6, 400, 32.2

21. Analysis of the differences between the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujifilm X-T1.

21. Analysis of the differences between the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujifilm X-T1.

22. Overview of features of the Fuji X-T2. Comparison with the Fuji X-Pro2, the X-T20, the -T1 and the X-T10. An example of a photograph taken with the fast zoom lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8. Settings:1/180, 5.6, 200, 140

22. Overview of features of the Fuji X-T2. Comparison with the Fuji X-Pro2, the X-T20, the -T1 and the X-T10. An example of a photograph taken with the fast zoom lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8. Settings:1/180, 5.6, 200, 140

23. Examples of pictures taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 in different conditions. The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. Used settings: 1/70, +0.67, 8.0, 400, 37.6

23. Examples of pictures taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 in different conditions. The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. Used settings: 1/70, +0.67, 8.0, 400, 37.6

2.3. What’s new in the Fujifilm X-T2 comparing to the Fujifilm X-T1 and the X-Pro2

In addition to the sensor with a higher resolution, compared to the X-Pro2, the main improvements of the X-T2 are an improved autofocus system, the ability to record 4K-video and support for a faster USB 3.0 interface. These functions distinguish the X-T2 from the X-Pro2, which has the same sensor and processor.

Hybrid phase-contrast autofocus system in the X-T2 has significantly more focus points in comparison with the predecessor the X-T1. When the “Focus area” option is selected in the camera menu, a series of small squares of 13×7 (91 points in total) are displayed on the screen, occupying approximately 65% ​​of the frame. In the central sector of 7×7 there are phase focusing points, occupying almost 40% of the frame.

The further actions depend on the selected AF mode. If you select the “AF area” setting, then you can choose between zones of 3×3, 5×5 or 7×7 pixels within a 25×13 pixel area that is displayed when the joystick is pressed. When you select “Spot AF”, you can select any of the 325 points with the joystick.

All 325 points are used in the “Wide/Tracking” mode, combining the Wide (single-frame AF) mode with Tracking (continuous auto focus). With AF-S, the control algorithms automatically identify and track the area in focus within the point array. With AF-C, the camera continuously monitors the subject while holding it in the center of the frame.

Increasing the retention and tracking speed allowed Fujifilm to assert that the camera can focus in 0.06 seconds. In addition, there are now five AF pre-settings that allow users to determine how the camera responds to the speed and/or direction of the subject’s movement in the frame, and where the camera sets the priority of the focus within the frame. Users can also create and store up to six individual settings, adjusting tracking sensitivity and tracking speed, and switching parameters for the focus area.

Like the Fujifilm X-Pro2, the Fujifilm X-T2 also has a face detection and eye tracking function that allows the photographer to choose how to focus on the right, left, or nearest to the camera eye. Like the AF-S and AF-C modes, manual focus is turned on with the switch on the front of the camera, and photographers can take advantage of various ways of focusing.

The distance scale is displayed along the bottom edge of the screen (both in the viewfinder and on the display), while the white line shows the focus indicator, and the blue line shows the depth of field, each of which changes as the focus and aperture are adjusted. If “Focus checking” is set to “On”, pressing the rear control dial increases the selected area by 2.5 or 6 times.

If you continue to press the disc, the camera will switch to the “Digital Image Sharing” mode, which shows a double image in the center of the frame. Rotating the focus ring allows you to combine these images for accurate manual focus. If you continue to press the disc, the display will switch to the “Focus Peaking” mode, which selects the focused areas. You can select a white, red or blue outline and set the degree of selection to low or high.

The ability to record 4K-video allocates the Fujifilm X-T2 among others; this is the first camera of Fuji X series with such functionality and having a UHD user level resolution of 4K 3840×2160 @ 30/25/24 fps. For recording 4K-video, high-speed UHS class 3 memory cards are recommended and the recording time is limited to 10 minutes. Using the battery grip VPB-XT2 increases the time of continuous video recording up to 30 minutes.

The Fujifilm X-T2 camera can record Full HD video at 50 or 25fps and HD video (1280×720) at a frame rate of up to 50fps for the PAL system. In the first case, the continuous recording time is limited to 15 minutes, in the second – 29 minutes. The video is saved in MOV format with compression of MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 and linear PCM stereo sound 48 kHz. The table below shows all the options available for PAL and NTSC systems.

 

Video Type Frame Size Frame Rate Maximum Recording Time per 8GB / 16GB Card, Minutes
UHD 4K 2160/29.9P 3840 x 2160 (4K) 29.97 fps 9/20
UHD 4K 2160/25P 25 fps
UHD 4K 2160/24P 24 fps
UHD 4K/23.98P 23.98 fps
Full HD 1080/59.94P 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 59.95 fps 9/20
Full HD 1080/50P 50 fps
Full HD 1080/29.97P 29.97 fps
Full HD 1080/25P 25 fps
Full HD 1080/24P 24 fps
Full HD 1080/23.98P 23.98 fps
HD 720/59.94P 1280 x 720 (HD) 59.95 fps 19/30
HD 720/50P 50 fps
HD 720/29.97P 29.97 fps
HD 720/25P 25 fps
HD 720/24P 24 fps
HD 720/23.98P 23.98 fps

The video recorded in 4K format has a bitrate of 100Mbps; the frame is cropped in width with APS-C of 1.17. For Full HD video, the bitrate is the same, and for HD it is reduced to 50 Mbps. Frames in the format Full HD and HD are cut vertically only to get a 16: 9 aspect ratio.

The video mode is set using the selector dial, and you can shoot video in P, A, S and M. During video recording, the indicator light is on, you can adjust the exposure settings, enter exposure compensation within +/- 2EV and zoom in on the lens.

There are two ways to focus: “multi” (with automatic AF point selection) or “zone” (focus on the selected area).

You can also choose where to record video files: to a memory card or to an attached HDMI recorder (or other device that supports 4K). When a recording device is connected to the camera and a memory card is selected, the video will be written to the card in 4K resolution, and to an HDMI device in Full HD format.

When the HDMI (F-Log) option is selected, 4K video is recorded to the HDMI device without writing to the card. To create a video material suitable for post-processing, a lower gamma value and a color space with a wide coverage are used. The minimum sensitivity is set to ISO 800.

An example of shooting a video on Fujifilm X-T2 camera in 4K format.

The new shutter mechanism shortened the minimum shutter speed to 1/8000, and the flash sync speed was shorten to 1/250 seconds when using a mechanical shutter. The maximum speed of the electronic shutter remains the same as that of the Fujifilm X-T1, and is 1/32000 seconds. Continuous shooting is supported at speeds of up to 8 fps in the Continuous High burst mode or 11 fps when using the battery grip. When the electronic shutter is selected, the continuous shooting speed is up to 14 fps.

The capacity of the buffer memory depends on the frame rate, the image format and the file size. At 8 frames per second, the buffer memory can hold up to 83 high resolution JPEG pictures, 33 files in RAW format with lossless compression or 27 RAW without compression. At a rate of 14 frames per second, the buffer size is 42, 28 and 25 frames, respectively.

The Fujifilm X-T2 has an interval timer for slow motion shooting with the ability to select the interval between frames from 1 second to 24 hours, as far as the battery capacity and memory card capacity allow. A multi-exposure (although the overlay is limited to two frames) is available through the mode selection dial, as well as panoramic shooting and bracketing settings.

Wi-Fi is implemented similarly to the Fujifilm X-Pro2 model. Wireless communication using NFC technology is not supported.

24. Shooting landscapes on the Fuji X-T2 and the universal zoom Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8.

 1/180, +1.0, 6.4, 200, 19.4.

24. Shooting landscapes on the Fuji X-T2 and the universal zoom Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8.
Photo 25. Testing the Fujifilm X-T2 + the Fujinon 16-55/2,8 in the street. 1/400, 7.1, 400, 16.

Photo 25. Testing the Fujifilm X-T2 + the Fujinon 16-55/2,8 in the street. 1/400, 7.1, 400, 16.

2.4. Additional accessories for the Fuji X-T2

The Fujifilm X-T2 similar to the Fujifilm X-T1 is sold with an external flash Fujifilm EF-X8, connected via a hot shoe. The flash is small and not very powerful, with a guide number of 6.1 (at ISO 100) and weighs only 41 grams. Its power is enough to illuminate closely located objects, and it can be used as a master flash in studio photography. Synchronization on the front and rear curtain is supported. In addition, you can connect to the camera more powerful flashes from Fuji and other manufacturers.

Optional the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 battery grip has been specially developed for the Fujifilm X-T2 and can be used as additional power supply to the camera battery or to facilitate shooting when the camera is turned to the vertical position. When installing two fully charged batteries, a continuous shooting rate of 14 fps is available, and the maximum frame rate when using a mechanical shutter is increased to 11 fps. The delay time for the shutter release was reduced from 50 to 45 milliseconds.

Using the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 battery grip adds 273 grams to the weight of the camera, and the installation of batteries in it – up to an additional 369 grams, which is approximately 60% of the body weight with the battery installed. If you really need the extra power and performance provided by the battery pack, then such extra weight justifies itself.

The battery grip set includes 2 batteries, AC adapter (AC-9VS) and an extension cable for headphones. You can charge both batteries directly in the grip by connecting the power supply.

26. Shooting on the Fujifilm X-T2 + the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 on a journey. 1/300, +0.33, 7.1, 400, 40.1

26. Shooting on the Fujifilm X-T2 + the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 on a journey. 1/300, +0.33, 7.1, 400, 40.1

27. The Fuji X-T2 camera. The telephoto lens Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8 allows you to separate the background. 1/1900, +1.0, 2.8, 200, 140.

27. The Fuji X-T2 camera. The telephoto lens Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8 allows you to separate the background. 1/1900, +1.0, 2.8, 200, 140.

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3. The main differences between the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujifilm X-T20

The Fujifilm X-T2 is at the top of the nomenclature of mirrorless cameras Fuji X. To meet the needs of amateurs who are not ready to pay for all the advantages of the top X-T2, a simplified version of the Fujifilm X-T20 is offered, which has much in common with its older sister: the newest 24MP APS-C sensor APS-C X-Trans III, an advanced system of hybrid autofocus with adjustable AF modes, video in 4K and 30 fps. But there are also differences that I propose to consider more carefully.

3.1. Housing, buttons and control dials

In the first place, comparing the Fuji X-T2 vs the Fuji X-T20, we see that the first one has large dimensions and weight: 132.5 mm x 91.8 mm x 49.2 mm vs 118.4 mm x 82.8 mm x 41.4 mm; 507 g vs 383 g). Secondly, in the amateur X-T20 there is no dust and moisture protection.

If you look at the top panel of both bodies, you can see that both have control disks, but the implementation scheme is slightly different. On mirrorless X-T2 wheels are responsible for setting ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation. Conveniently, the first two are doubled so that the bottom drive can control several functions: for ISO – forced mode, bracketing, video, panorama, fast series, multi-exposure, advanced filter; and the exposure metering mode for the corresponding exposure wheel.

Unlike the X-T2, the Fuji X-T20 can only adjust the shutter speed, exposure compensation and modes: forced, bracketing, video, panorama, fast series, multi-exposure, advanced filter using discs.

The younger camera is positioned as an amateur camera, so it is possible to switch the X-T20 to fully automatic shooting mode, and there is also a built-in flash.

The professional model has a slot for two SD cards, which supports the newest format of UHS-II, while in the X-T20 slot for one card and only for UHS-I.

3.2. Tilting display

The Fujifilm X-T20 has a tilting LCD screen that can deflect 90 degrees and rotate 45 degrees down. This is the second model in the Fujifilm X line, in which the touch screen (the first is Fujifilm X-A3), allowing you to release the shutter and select the focus point by touching. In the preview mode, you can scroll through the images or magnify them by sliding your finger across the glass.

Feature the Fujifilm X-T2 (and the medium format camera Fujifilm GFX 50S) – a Medium Format Mirrorless Camera display that can rotate in three axes: except for up and down, it reclines 45 degrees to the side, which is convenient when shooting in a vertical position of the case. Unlike the X-T20, the display in the pro model is not touch-sensitive.

28. Comparison of Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-T20. [Comparison of Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-T20. The picture is shot on a telephoto lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm f / 2.8. 1/60, 8.0, 400, 110.6

28. Comparison of Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-T20. [Comparison of Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-T20. The picture is shot on a telephoto lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm f / 2.8. 1/60, 8.0, 400, 110.6

Photo 29. In the article about why I need a telephoto lens, I wrote that one of the applications - isolating an object. The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8. Settings: 1/750, +1.33, 2.8, 200, 140.

Photo 29. In the article about why I need a telephoto lens, I wrote that one of the applications – isolating an object. The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8. Settings: 1/750, +1.33, 2.8, 200, 140.

30. Street photography using the Fujifilm X-T2 camera and the lens Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8. 1/600, -0.33, 2.8, 400, 140.

30. Street photography using the Fujifilm X-T2 camera and the lens Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8. 1/600, -0.33, 2.8, 400, 140.

3.3. Electronic viewfinder (EVF)

Both models have a built-in LCD viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixels, located in the center of the case. But in the professional Fujifilm X-T2 one is bigger (0.5 “vs 0.39”) and has the best increase (0.77x vs 0.62x).

In addition, in the forced mode (when connecting the battery pack), the frame rate in Fuji X-T2’s viewfinder can be increased from 60 to 100 fps. I did not find it exactly, but it seems like, at the X-T20 this parameter is limited to 60 fps, as there is no battery handle for this model.

3.4. Maximum speed of mechanical shutter

In both models there is a high-speed electronic shutter, which can be shot with a shutter speed of 1/32’000 seconds, and at the same time soundlessly. In the comments to the comparative survey of the amateur mirrorless Fujifilm X-M1 camera, I gave examples of cases where an electronic shutter can’t be used, instead of it, a mechanical one is included. So, if you compare the X-T2 and the X-T20, the difference is: 1/8000 vs 1/4000 seconds. In addition, the synchronization speed of the flash is also different: 1/250 versus 1/180 seconds.

3.5. Continuous shooting speed and buffer capacity

At first glance, there is no difference between the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji X-T20 in the speed of continuous shooting: 14 fps in electronic shutter mode or 8 fps in mechanical mode. In LiveView mode there is the speed of 5 fps.

But the advantage of the X-T2 appears if you attach the battery grip (booster): in the mechanical shutter mode, the continuous shooting speed becomes 11 fps. As we recall, there is no possibility to attach the battery pack to the X-T20.

Another difference between these cameras is the different buffer capacity: 27 uncompressed RAWs versus 23, 33 compressed RAFs versus 25, and 83 frames in JPEG versus 62 frames.

3.6. Sixth Custom Autofocus Setting

The X-T20 has the same hybrid AF system as the X-T2, and you can set its settings. They include 5 algorithms for changing the sensitivity. Say the truth, the Fujifilm X-T2 has a 6th mode – a custom preset that does not exist in the X-T20.

3.7. Full sensor reading, gamma correction F-Log Gamma and limitations on video shooting

Both the X-T2 and the X-T20 cameras are currently the only ones in the Fujifilm X line that can write 4K video (UHD 3840 x 2160) at 24, 25 and 30 fps with a bit rate of 100 mbps. Also, both cameras allow you to output an 8-bit 4: 2: 2 4K picture over an HDMI cable.

You can apply the same filters to the video with the simulation of the film as in photography, but only in the X-T2 there is an F-Log gamma correction profile available via HDMI. When recording video, you can set ISO in the range 200-12800, manually adjust all exposure parameters.

When shooting 4K/30fps video, the limit is 10 minutes for both models, but if you put the battery pack on the Fuji X-T2, it will increase to 30 minutes. In the video mode Full HD and 60fps, two models write video for 15 minutes.

The Fujifilm X-T2 model cuts the video to the APS-C factor Kf = 1.17 when shooting at 4K, and X-T20 does not. Apparently, this means that X-T20 can’t perform a full pixel readout, which means that the clarity of the image is worse than that of the flagship.

3.8. Audio Ports

In the amateur model Fujifilm X-T20, the mic input is 2.5 mm, in professional mode – 3.5 mm. Both do not have a headphone jack, but in the battery grip for the X-T2 it is available – you can control the sound when recording video.

3.9. Optional Booster

Several times we noted that for the Fujifilm X-T2 there is offered the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 battery grip, indispensable for sports photography, wild life photography, weddings and 4K video. The booster not only extends the life of a single battery charge, but also significantly improves the convenience of shooting in a vertical position, thanks to additional control elements, and the inclusion of forced mode (extended video recording time, EVF performance, speed and focus accuracy).

For the Fuji X-T20 battery grip does not exist, so the owner can’t improve the parameters of his camera.

For a better perception of the difference in the parameters of the considered mirrorless cameras, it is suggested to look at the comparative table.

Parameter Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm X-T20
Sensor 24MP X-Trans III 24MP X-Trans III
Mechanical shutter 1/8000 1/4000
EVF, dots, fps x0.77, 2.36M, 100 fps x.062, 2.36M, 60 fps
Display 3″, 3:2, 1040K, 3-axes,  tilting 3″, 3:2, 1040K, 2-axes,  tilting
Touch Control No Yes
Setting AF 5x presets, 1x custom 5x presets
Continuous shooting speed, fps 8 fps, buffer for 83 frames JPEG 8 fps, buffer for 83 frames JPEG
Shooting in LiveView mode 5 fps, 130ms delay 3 fps, 280ms delay
Shooting video 4K 30p F-Log 4K 30p, 10 minutes limit, bitrate 100Mbps
Slots for memory cards Dual UHS II (two slots) Single UHS I (one slot)
Protection against dust and moisture Yes No
Battery grip VPB-XT2 No
Picture 31. Landscape shooting on the Fuji X-T2 and the Fujifilm XF lens 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR.

Picture 31. Landscape shooting on the Fuji X-T2 and the Fujifilm XF lens 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR.

32. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. pictures, taken by her. Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. Minimalistic landscape. 1/320, +1.0, 8.0, 200, 20.

32. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. Camera Fujifilm X-T2. pictures, taken by her. Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. Minimalistic landscape. 1/320, +1.0, 8.0, 200, 20.

4. Should you buy the Fujifilm X-T2 or the Fujifilm X-T20, or even take an DSLR?

On the blog there is an article about which camera best to buy a novice amateur photographer. In the comments to it – a questionnaire, which I ask to fill out, before asking which camera or lens is preferable to choose. Main questions:

1. How much money are you willing to spend?

2. How important are the weight and dimensions of the camera?

3. What subjects will you mainly shoot?

So, suppose that you plan to photograph sports or wild animals, or something else, where you want to use a telephoto lens. In the line of Fujifilm, to date, there is only one Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, its price is 2’200 USD. Third-party manufacturers Tamron and Sigma lenses for Fuji do not produce. For the price of the Fuji X-T2, you will take a full-frame Nikon camera and choose a telephoto lens from several dozen models, both native and third-party manufacturers, with focal lengths of 400, 600 and 800 mm.

The second example: you seriously take a great interest in macro photography. For Fujifilm there are only Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 and Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8M Lens. It is clear that in macro photography, autofocus is not particularly needed, and through the adapter it is possible to attach others manufacturers macro lenses (for example, Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro), but still… For Nikon without wild goose chase you use not only native Nikon 40, 55, 60, 85, 105 and 200 mm, but also Tamron 60, 90, 180 mm, Tokina Macro 100 F2.8 or Sigma 105, 150 mm macro lenses.

Unfortunately, DxOMark does not measure the parameters of the Fujifilm X cameras on the dynamic range, color depth and Low-Lite ISO – you can focus only on the personal perception of the picture. Let’s, for the sake of curiosity, compare the technical characteristics of the Fujifilm X-T2 and the top-end DSLRs of the competitors Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the Nikon D500.

Parameter Сanon EOS 7D M2 Nikon D500 Nikon D7200 Fuji X-T2
Price, RUR. 97’700 145’000 65’600 109’000
Tilting display Fixed Tilting Fuxed 2 axes
Sensitivity AF -3EV  -4EV  -3EV -3EV
Shooting speed 8 fps  10 fps 6 fps 8 fps (14 with EVF)
Buffer capacity 103 JPEG 26 RAW  200 JPEG 79 RAW  100 JPEG 18 RAW

83 JPEG

27 RAW

Minimum exposure time 1/8000  1/8000  1/8000 1/8000 1/32000 эл.затв.
Sync Speed 1/250 1/250 1/250 1/250
Number of card slots 2 2 2 2
Battery capacity 670 1240 1100 340

It’s hard for me to compare with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, because it’s far beyond the parameters of the sensor (dynamic range, color depth and Low-Light ISO), than any APS-C  from Nikon, released in the last 5 years. I’m sure that by these parameters the Canon 7D Mark II is not a competitor and Fuji.

Still, we compare for the price of cameras are comparable, for the quality of lenses for APS-C, as described in the review above: Fuji does not make bad lenses. No special technological advantages the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, in my opinion, does not have (continuous shooting, speed and capacity of the buffer, etc.). Thus, I think that an advanced amateur photographer who owns an entry-level Canon EOS camera, dreaming of upgrading to an advanced APS-C, may well choose the professional model Fujifilm X-T2 as an alternative. If the photographer is engaged in special shooting (sports, concerts, wild life photography), you should carefully compare the lens set at your choice and price, test the AF speed on the mirrorless camera.

I forgot to say, when comparing Nikon, Canon and Fuji, to the price of the Fujifilm X-T2 immediately need to add 180 USD (the cost of 3 additional batteries, or 370 USD per battery grip).

It makes no sense to compare the Fuji X-T2 with the professional Nikon D500, since I do not know who is buying D500 – see the comparison with the full frame of the Nikon D610.

Well, if you look at the differences between the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Nikon D7200, which is clearly inferior to the ISO and the weight of the system, taking into account the choice of quality lenses for APS-C , then there is much to think about. Finally, the main puzzle – what to choose: low ISO and the price of the Nikon D7200 or high ISO and the cost of the X-T2?

But I do not see the problem of choosing the Fujifilm X-T2 vs the Fujifilm X-T20. Just open your albums with pictures and count: how much of them are taken in the rain, how often do you “bang away” in series of 50 frames and are you going to buy a battery grip for 370 USD. I am sure that 95% of those photographers who hesitate between the X-T2 and the X-T20 will choose the amateur model.

Picture 33. Is the FujiFilm X-T2 suitable for shooting concerts? In this genre, the fast lens Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 is very helpful. Shooting settings: 1/500, 2.8, 2500, 134.4

Picture 33. Is the FujiFilm X-T2 suitable for shooting concerts? In this genre, the fast lens Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 is very helpful. Shooting settings: 1/500, 2.8, 2500, 134.4

Picture 34. Shooting concerts on the Fujifilm X-T2 and the telephoto Fuji 50-140 f/2,8. Reviews of owners. 1/500, 2.8, 2000, 102.2

Picture 34. Shooting concerts on the Fujifilm X-T2 and the telephoto Fuji 50-140 f/2,8. Reviews of owners. 1/500, 2.8, 2000, 102.2

Picture 35. An example of shooting on the Fujifilm X-T2 during the concert. The Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom lens helps to catch interesting moments and keep the ISO within reasonable limits. 1/500, 2.8, 2000, 124.3

Picture 35. An example of shooting on the Fujifilm X-T2 during the concert. The Fujifilm 50-140mm f/2.8 zoom lens helps to catch interesting moments and keep the ISO within reasonable limits. 1/500, 2.8, 2000, 124.3

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After the impressive examples of X-T2 images, I wanted to test an earlier X-T10 model. Not impressed, because I encountered significant drawbacks when taking and processing pictures.

5. Conclusion to the review of the mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-T2

I did not have the task to agitate for buying the X-T2 or, on the contrary, to dissuade. A careful comparative analysis and examples of photographs presented by Pavel and other owners of these mirrorless ones showed that the camera has, in fact, a lot of positive sides, and there are not many negative points if it is equal to the average photographer. However, if you compare the cost of ownership (body, lens, flash, other accessories) and the breadth of choice, then there are many reasons to focus your attention on other brands. In any case, it’s great that such cameras are on the market: competition grows, which forces manufacturers to think about improving the product and about reducing the price, from which we all win. In addition, special thanks to Pavel Chertalev for the presented interesting pictures with his remarkable Fujifilm X-T2. I wish him only a wonderful images!

Picture 36. The X-T2 camera test on the shooting of the concert with the telephoto lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8. Settings: 1/500, 2.8, 4000, 80.4

Picture 36. The X-T2 camera test on the shooting of the concert with the telephoto lens Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8. Settings: 1/500, 2.8, 4000, 80.4

Picture 37. Example of portrait shooting on the Fuji X-E2 and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8. 1/60, 2.8, 1600, 50.

Picture 37. Example of portrait shooting on the Fuji X-E2 and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8. 1/60, 2.8, 1600, 50.

38. Camera Fujifilm X-T2 at the concert. Examples of pictures taken with the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR telephoto lens. Parameters: 1/500, 2.8, 2500, 80.4

38. Camera Fujifilm X-T2 at the concert. Examples of pictures taken with the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR telephoto lens. Parameters: 1/500, 2.8, 2500, 80.4

39. Can the Fujifilm X-T2 take interesting pictures? No, only a photographer who looks at the viewfinder of this camera is capable of this. 1/500, 2.8, 5000, 50.

39. Can the Fujifilm X-T2 take interesting pictures? No, only a photographer who looks at the viewfinder of this camera is capable of this. 1/500, 2.8, 5000, 50.

Note: all the pictures in this comparative review are taken in RAF format and processed in the native editor Silkypix Developer Studio Pro 8.0 using different color profiles + finishing in Photoshop.

Examples of shooting at a Nikon D5100 APS-C camera and the Nikon 17-55mm f / 2.8G high-speed reportage zoom can be seen in a separate picture lesson.

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Instead of an afterword. While this review was being prepared, photographer Dmitry Kochergin laid out on Youtube a comparative analysis of the images taken on Fuji X-T20 and X-T10, where he compares images to high ISO. The general conclusion, on the parameters of the matrix of the model from each other, practically do not differ, and in its opinion, there can be only two reasons for the novelty’s preference: 1) the speed of the autofocus X-T10 does not satisfy you; 2) you do not like that in the sensor of the previous model only 16 megapixels.

Under the link you can download samples of pictures in RAW format, taken by Dmitry on Fujifilm X-T20 and X-T10. Based on the comparison table X-T2 and X-T1, I conclude that the novelty can be preferred by those photographers who need a faster and more accurate AF, and who do not necessarily need 2 memory card slots.

By the way, a couple of words about D. Kochergin, whose blog I’ve been reading for several years. Wonderful photographer from the South Urals. Look at his work in Contact (account: norcoman74 in LJ) – perhaps you want to go with him to the picture tour. Dmitry organizes picture trips around our regions – come back with cool staff and excellent mood.

205 Responses

  1. Anton D says:

    Sergey, thank you very much for the detailed review of the Fujifilm X-T2 and a comparison with the Fujifilm X-T20! And Paul – for delightful photos! It is evident that the transition from professional DSLR made knowingly.

    Having read the forums, having examining your discussion in this article, I think that the difference in image quality between the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Fujifilm X-T1 will be small (it is also RAF proven sample pictures from Dmitriy). I honestly do not want to spend big money on a camera, so the X-T2 is not considered.

    Question: there is an opinion that the quality of photos in a couple of Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujifilm X-E2, too, there is no difference. Is it true? Could you also explain in short, what is the difference between these two cameras?

    Thanks in advance! And plenty of interesting reviews!

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  2. Sergey PAT says:

    Anton, thank you for the compliments! Of course, without such a desperate move from Paul and without examples of his photographs, no review Fujifilm X-T2 would not have happened. So, I join your gratitude in his address.

    Asking me to compare the Fuji X-T1 and X-E2 is blasphemy! Both cameras I have been able to just hold in my hands. I have little experience. But, after your request I would like… I’ll try to include my “analytical skills” again.

    The different system cameras Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujifilm X-E2. Comparison

    I do not see the difference between photos with the Fuji X-T20 and the Fuji X-T10 in the examples provided by Dmitry Kochergin. Therefore, I assume that the picture on the X-T1 coincides with the X-T2. Those camera Fujifilm X-T1, X-T10 and X-E2, Fuji X-E2S (as well as compacts Fuji X100S, Fuji X100T, Fuji X70) equipped with the same sensor X-Trans CMOS II. It follows that a picture, issued by these models will be the same, if you shoot on the same lens. The difference is only in the convenience of shooting.

    Table. Comparing parameters Fujifilm X-T1 vs Fujifilm X-E2

    Parameter Fuji X-T1 Fuji X-E2
    Sensor resolution 16.3MP 16.3MP
    Processor X-Trans CMOS II X-Trans CMOS II
    Pixel size 4.82µ 4.82µ
    Automatic Image Sensor Dust Cleaning Yes Yes
    Viwfinder type EVF EVF
    EVF resolution, magnification 2,36 MP, 0.77x 2,36 MPp, 0.60x-0.64x
    Built-in flash No (small outer complete, for ignition, the guide number 8) Yes, the guide number 5
    External flash synchronization speed 1/180 s 1/180 s
    The maximum continuous shooting speed 8 fps 7 fps
    Buffer capacity 47 frames in JPEG, 23 frames RAF 18 frames in JPEG, 8 frames in RAF
    Shutter speed range 1/4000…30 s 1/4000…30 s
    Image stabilizer with OIS lens with OIS lens
    Exposure metering TTL 256-zone metering TTL 256-zone metering
    Exposure compensation range ±3 stops ±3 stops
    Min ISO 200 200
    Natural ISO 200-6400 200-6400
    Hybrid AF system 49-points 49-points
    Memory cards 1 slot, SD, SDHC, SDXC 1 slotт, SD, SDHC, SDXC
    Display Tilted in two planes, size 3.0″, resolution 1,040,000 dots Built-in, size 3.0″, resolution 1,040,000 dots
    Video parameters 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 60p
    Microphone Built-in (external as option) Built-in (external as option)
    Встроенный GPS No No
    WiFi Yes Yes
    Protection against dust and moisture Yes No
    USB connector 2.0 2.0
    Battery / capacity NP-W126S / 350 frames / charge NP-W126S / 350 frames / charge
    Dimensions 129 x 90 x 47 mm 129 x 74.9 x 37.2 mm
    Weight of a body 440 g 350 g

    We see that the Fuji X-T1 and the X-E2 are quite similar in its technical characteristics; the only difference is in the little details. The main thing I noted: both mirrorless have APS-C sensor X-Trans CMOS II with the processor EXR II. Also in both chambers used technology «Lens Modulation Optimizer»: software for increasing JPEG sharpness by adjusting diffraction (when shooting with small apertures) and blur correction on the edges of the frame. Both have a hybrid AF system (phase contrast).

    Video shooting parameters in the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Fujifilm X-E2 is also the same: Full HD @ 60 f/s. Battery model is the same, the size of the LCD screen – 3 inches, the screen resolution is the same. In general, we will not go on, let’s look at the key differences.

    1. Dimensions and weight: the model X-E2 has not “pedestal” of EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), so it is a little smaller in size. Well, it’s lighter by 100 grams.
    2. Built-in flash: I never use it at all. The only thing for which you may need a built-in flash when trying to “art shooting” is to highlight the shadows under the eyes when shooting a portrait on a sunny day. And then, I prefer to use a reflector. Of course, for ordinary amateurs who take pictures of “I’m near the fucking palm tree in a 5* hotel in Turkey at night” this device will help, and then the Fuji X-E2 takes advantage. Although, it is better to take an external flash Nissin i40 (or at least Sunpak PZ42X, if there is no money) and enjoy the quality of the picture.
    3. LCD: despite the fact that both models have the same screen size and resolution, at the Fujifilm X-T1 it is tilt type – it is easier to shoot the position from the top and from the bottom, I always vote for such a decision.
    4. Mechanical shutter release cable: to provide complete weatherproof camera in the Fuji X-T1 from the shutter release button is removed thread for attaching a mechanical cable release (I do not know why you need it, when on AliExpress you can choose many remote controls for 500 rubles).

    As you can see, the differences are very small. That is a significant advantage in the Fuji X-T1 before Fuji X-E2:

    • EVI: image quality and the degree of zooming in the electronic viewfinder Fuji X-T1 is better, it has more a new model with less lag.
    • Ergonomics: the model Fuji X-E2 is smaller and lighter. For those photographers who would like to put on a pancake lens, and carry the camera in his pocket – it’s an advantage. If the amateur photographer would buy different lenses (especially telephoto like Paul, the Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR or heavy Fujinon XF 16-55mm F/2.8 R LM WR), it will be more convenient to handle the Fuji X-T1. In addition, the body X-T1 has more buttons and wheels for the ISO setting, the exposure metering modes and shutter release – a more professional management of photographing, it will have to less going in the setup menu. In addition, the Fujifilm X-T1 ISO and shutter wheel can be locked to prevent accidental settings.
    • Continuous shooting speed and buffer size: the model Fujifilm X-T1 can shoot with 8 frames per second (in tracking AF mode, for example) vs 7 fps of the Fujifilm X-E2 What’s more important – the buffer size in the X-T1 is also bigger: convenient for continuous shooting of fast moving objects.
    • Dust and moisture protection: the model Fuji X-T1 is completely weatherproof. For four years a serious interest in photography I never had to shoot in the rain (in the sense that I photographed under an umbrella at such moments). Only twice I shot during a snowfall. Last winter, shooting on the amateur camera Nikon D5200, I hit a snow cap, plucked from the tree – I had for $ 30 to repair the control joystick (the “left” button hooked). But, in general, for me it is the X-T1 is an advantage not to say that it is very significant.
    • Tilt screen: where the owner of the Fuji X-E2 fall in the dirt to shoot the snail crawling under a bush of strawberries, the owner of the Fujifilm X-T1 only grin, squats down, tilt out the display and normally take pictures of his macro. On my full-frame Nikon D610 I have photographed the third year, but still I have used foul language, when it is necessary to take pictures from the “top” and “bottom”.

    I think an amateur photographer, choosing between the Fujifilm X-E2 and the Fujifilm X-T1 has to answer for himself a number of questions, and then the choice will be simple. What is more important: the small size of the Fuji X-E2 or a comfortable grip, the presence of the control buttons and wheels on the Fuji X-T1? Do you need a serious moisture and dust protection? Do you definitely need a big EVF with minimal delay? If you are going to often photograph picture stories, definitely yes! If you’ve shot on DSLR, is also better to choose the X-T1. However, today, the Fuji X-T1 costs 60,000 rubles, and the Fuji X-E2 – 36’000 rubles… and at the same time it can produce the same image as the older model. For 85% of photographers who shoot only on KIT lens, and only on holiday, the X-E2 is normal choose.

    P.S. Do not even forget that between the Fuji X-T1 and the Fuji X-E2 stands intermediate amateur model the Fuji X-T10, which is worth 40’000 rubles…

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  3. Alexander says:

    Author, hey? You have posted sample pictures №33-37 with wrong WB, and then you want someone to see the benefits of Fuji. Look at the skin of the kids – it’s just some kind of pink nightmare (just do not say that my monitor is not calibrated). I do not straitened in finance, so always I buy from the beginning of the 2000s, only the high-end Nikon models, Canon with, respectively, a top professional optics.

    I was never interested in disputes between fans of Canon and Nikon. Each brand has its own advantages and disadvantages (the last few years, I use the Canon 1Ds Mark III and the Nikon D800E), but in 2016 I got tired to carry with me the camera backpack weighing 12-16kg, I decided to try the Fuji X-T10, as a backup camera. Since this moment I just have become a fan of Fujifilm: easy management features, no company can offer. Until that time, I tried to use as a spare the Sony NEX 5, the Sony NEX 7, but with Fuji X, these cameras are not competitors.

    On April 2017 I acquired the Fujifilm X-T20 in Germany and once again convinced I made the right choice. I think that the Fuji X-T2 is not inferior, but rather superior to the X-T20.

    At the end of July 2017, I traveled along the Volga and, inadvertently, dropped from the pier with a backpack full of photographic equipment in the water (camera backpack had the Nikon D800E with a set of optics and the Fujifilm X-T20 with lenses). Upon surfacing, it turned out that Nikon refused, but Fuji operated like clockwork, even though it is not listed in the divers.

    In short, if you do not print photos on the banners and you are satisfied with the format A3 +, then do not hesitate take Fujifilm X. Photos in RAW shall be treated on the editor Capture One.

    Perhaps my comment sounded like an advertisement, but I was hooked because of not quite correct treatment of the skin on the submitted photographs: with the Fuji X-T2 it is possible make better pictures.

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    • Alex says:

      Alexander, all the arguments about the quality of Fujifilm or Nikon, Canon are equally flawed. First, all Fuji cameras produce red (pink) tint. Plus, it is evident that many photos there are quite a lot of red lights or red colors on the walls, which are not removed by treatment with only redrawing layers. Where Fujifilm (as well as any other camera) or the photographer during photo processing attempted to pull highlight clippings or shadows on the skin, the skin itself has turned stable “dirty” tone. In this respect, even Nikon with its green tint is much closer “to the truth” (in the shadows, a little tanned skin and the truth has a greenish hue due to venous blood).

      In general, optics, electronics, and printers so imperfect that photographed your hand, one can only marvel how inaccurate color transmitted (even with the most careful treatment) on the monitor as well as on a professional photo printer of 6 colors.

      The Nikon D3100 with KIT lens allows to shoot approximately 40% of the images, but if you have a good “wide-angle lens” and you can add a portrait prime, it will be quite good. Regarding the same ease of operation, then, for example, because of the large palm, small mirrorless keep extremely inconvenient, quickly tired hand, in the buttons or the touch screen to be picked – so even torture, especially in the cold, or with one hand. It is much easier to keep the ax handle with a birch or the Nikon D7100, for example. Photographers with a small “female” palm, on the contrary, it is more convenient mirrorless like Fuji.

      So, for each person it’s individually. Regarding safety – a matter of chance: in our winter trip through the mountains of Khamar-Daban, a friend broke his lens from Fujifilm for 100,000 rubles, and my cheap Tamron at the same fall (albeit with a plastic hood) does not hurt at all.

      “Take Fuji. RAF has to be treated in Capture One »- if it’s comfortable and not expensive. There are no photos that can’t be shot with the set of Nikon D610 + some cheap primes and zooms of Samyang and Tamron (manual or with the “screwdriver”) + Chinese flashes and flashlights. But APS-C Fuji such restrictions are, for example, the starry sky, the landscape (it will be much narrower, the corners at wide angle degraded, etc., you will have to do a panorama). Again, Fuji for the money will be 2 times more expensive.

      RAW treatment in Lightroom with Nik Collection goes much faster, especially for household photos, such as those presented in the article.

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      • Paul Chertalev says:

        Alexander, mom bought images from the pros, who shot pictures at the concert at the full frame Nikon D4. There, with the skin tone is much worse. 🙂 I have, incidentally, calibrated monitor Benq SW2700PT. These pictures (33rd onwards) was not color managed – in my opinion, I have chosen just one of Fuji color profiles.

        You have to understand that at a concert colorful lights pour on a stage – if we would talking about shooting in natural light or in the studio, it would be possible to argue. By the way, Sergey did not set the task to convince someone of the advantages of the Fujifilm X-T2. This is just an overview of the technical characteristics with examples of photos.

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    • Sergey PAT says:

      Alexander, in this article the two authors: I wrote the text, the photos provided by Paul Chertalev. I will not join in the debate about the validity of skin tone, because I do not believe that it is the most important indicator of good photos, and if an image is bad, even the most natural color will not save it.

      I have a question for you, as a photographer, who transfered from the Fujifilm X-T10 on the Fujifilm X-T20. Two weeks ago I took the familiar Fuji X-T10 with the same universal lens in this review (Fujinon 16-55 mm F/2.8 R LM WR) and went camping in the mountains of the Southern Urals. Now I am preparing for publication an article with my review on this camera. There is one reason why the X-T10, I would not take myself ever: compared to the DSLR Nikon D5100 or the Nikon D610, it is simply slowly dead.

      It is a question of readiness for operation after switching on. I took it on a journey, go around the city, I see an interesting story. Turn … While it is ready to shoot, you can go to a cafe, to drink tea, to flirt with the waitress, to get out, and it still will not turn on. Exaggerating of course, but it is terribly annoying.

      On the forums of the Fujifilm X-T2 owners I read millions of messages that, in comparison with the Fuji X-T1, it has become a fly like a space. The problem has solved completely. As a man who had experience shooting both X-T10 and X-T20, can you comment this? Is time of turn on faster than X-T20?

      P.S. Less significant deficiencies, but it seemed to me important. Firstly, it is very inconvenient to hand Fuji X-T10 with a heavy lens Fuji 16-55/2.8 – quickly begins to twist your hand. Secondly, there is a problem with post-processing RAF. Not particularly important for photographers from Russia, for obvious reasons, but the blog readers and visitors from other countries – I pay a subscription to Photoshop and Lightroom 759 rubles a month (9’108 rubles a year). Transition to the Fujifilm X-T10 make me more to invest USD 299 in the purchase of Capture One – a prospect is not very joyful…

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      • Igor says:

        Sergey, it’s not necessary to move to Capture One (hereinafter C1) for processing Fuji RAW. This is just one of the programs to process RAF, although quite powerful stuff. For example, I find it easier to Capture One. From the editor Lightroom, I did not get along, although Lightroom there are many different features and others.

        Sergey, you can easily handle RAF from Fujifilm and with Lightroom, if you like it more. Fans of this program and the Capture One – it’s two camps as fans of Canon and Nikon. 🙂

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        • Sergey PAT says:

          Igor, I was not able to treat files in Lightroom, but it’s my particular case: I have Version 5.7.1, but it does not read RAF of the Fuji X-T10, Version 6 did not operate on my computer because of my video card is not supported by Adobe anymore.

          Note about Capture One I put on the basis of the fact that many owners are advised to treat the images of Fujifilm X in Silkypix (180 USD) and in others, like Capture One.

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          • Alessandro says:

            Many of the enough well-known photographers use Lightroom for processing photos with Fujifilm X system, and they even win prizes in international competitions.

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          • Alessandro says:

            I treat RAF of Fuji in LR – I don’t feel any problems. I tried and C1 too. You can download the RAW-files from Fuji X and see if you satisfied with treatment them in Lightroom. However, for the landscapes I recommend to use of a plugin-transformer IXT (Iridient X Transformer). It costs only $ 29.

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  4. Apis Krasnoyarskiy says:

    Can you tell more in detail about this plug-in for $ 29? Among the most popular for PS and LR I did not find anything similar.

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    • Alessandro says:

      For MAC there is a separate program: who use, says that there are more fine-set. The plugin is dedicated for both systems and is cheaper. It called: Iridient X-Transformer.

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      • Igor says:

        Alessandro, if the person is talented and is not lazy, he will be able to process images even in Paint. The question of choice of this or that software – it is primarily a matter of convenience and, subsequently, habits.

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    • Oleg says:

      In my opinion, it is free package for Sony A6000. It is necessary to dive into the search box and registration card. But for MAC-headed enough built-in converter – we spent a Facebook-friend “treatment with” the same frame in the Capture One and built-in program with the installed plugin of DXO – the comparison is not in favor of C1.

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      • Igor says:

        I would also add about Capture One, suddenly Sergey curiosity wants to take another milestone.

        1. The softwate can be downloaded from the official website of the company Phase One. It is given 60 days for free use, and no function is limited.
        2. Capture One version exists for MacOS and Windows, plus for each system there is a separate version for Sony. Somehow, they were separated from the rest of Sony.
        3. There are bugs. And for Win-version bugs more, some mistakes developers have not been corrected in the version of the version. Well, at least they are non-critical.
        4. Initially, the program was designed for the backs Phase One. Price tags on these products, of course, are impressive. Thus, the products are designed entirely on a different target audience from other financial incomes. And this audience is very few people use Windows. Apple’s products are widely in vogue there. For the Windows version and, as I understand it, it does not make the weather, and can therefore be related to bugs is, at all critical errors are corrected in both versions.

        5. The main complaint of those who previously enjoyed RAW-converters Adobe – is that there is a radial gradient, radial mask. I myself at first suffer from it, used to highlight places, tint radial-circular manner. But then, experience has shown that you can do well from without this tool.

        Here is a brief case.

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        • Sergey PAT says:

          Igor, for some photographers, if you do not learn how to deal with high quality X-Trans sensor in the editor as Adobe, switching to Fujifilm X may be subject to additional financial costs.

          In general, the availability on the market offers from Fujifilm and Sony – a huge plus for all photographers. Everyone can choose what he likes. I want lightweight – take mirrorless, I want something else – buy a DSLR. Again, the competition forces to move all manufacturers and not to become impudent prices.

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  5. Alessandro says:

    Albeit a little late to comment.

    1) It is not clear how the Sony system is cheaper? Or we just buy the body, and through the adapter we use manual focus lenses?

    2) By the way, the Fujifilm X-T1 also has phase detectors.
    3) About the long-focal-length optics. And what lenses are 400 mm, 600 mm, 800 mm at the cheaper Nikon?

    4) Again about “long” lens. Clearly, this is more for professionals such lenses, and ordinary amateur photographers buy them seldom. And since the professionals have already lenses and bodies, often state-owned, the Fujifilm understands that just because their lenses of this class will not buy. Then, do not forget that Fujifilm is a young system. And you can, again, compare how much these lenses have the same Sony for the mirrorless system. About AF I will not say at the Fuji X-T2 because I hav not photographed. But the Fujifilm X-T1 is noticeably inferior to even the Canon 5D Mark 3. But they say that the X-T2 is very much better than its predecessor.

    5) About the purchase abroad. There’s a problem with a warranty service. And it is relevant for the Fuji. I owned many different cameras and only with Fujifilm I faced: it is necessary to go to the service (two bodies and one lens, and, Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 – that is, the top-end).
    6) However, with the service – side of the coin is: in the Russian service at Fuji just disgusting.

    7) Auto-ISO is best organized by Nikon of what I used.
    8) I recalled: the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS comes in KIT only with amateur bodies, just before the Fujifilm X-T10 and the Fujifilm X-T20. In the professional series both X-T1 and T2-X have Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 or Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8.
    9) Dimensions of the Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8 are slightly less then the analog of full frame Canon. But in a circle, all the same, there will be less by weight.
    10) For many genres additional grip is not needed, so it seems to me, it is not necessary to be sure to add to the cost. In an extreme case, battery grip can be bought later (if you shoot sports or video, of course, necessary).

    11) Unfortunately, the price of mirrorless has already become more expensive DSLRs. The amateur DSLRs, often, weigh approximately the same. Although initially we were promised that mirrorless will be the opposite, that it will be cheaper, because the economy is on the exact mechanism of the mirror.
    12) About the price – initially, at the announcement, the price for the X-T2 was indeed under 140’000 rubles, then as Olympus has released the second version and Fuji decided to adjust the price.

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    • Sergey PAT says:

      Alessandro, as I do not sell Fujifilm X camera, then I will not persuade, and I agree with your arguments. Let your list of questions will be here, it should be considered more closely to the photographer, who was going to buy the Fuji X-T2 or other equipment from this manufacturer.

      I have these comments:

      1) Fuji lenses are no more expensive than the Nikon ones. They do not exist at all.
      2) The fact that Fujifilm X is a young system, it is understandable. But when I go to the store, it’s doesn’t matter for my. I have to decide for myself whether it is enough for me to photograph with the KIT lens or I want to buy in the future more a specialized lens. And whether it is in the line of the manufacturer or not.

      3) During testing the Fujifilm X-T10 for civilian shootings (in the weekend travel in the mountains), I have not discovered for myself any significant problems with focusing on the X-T10. At the end of this review, there is a link to the 2nd part of the test of the pro compact Fujifilm X30 – even with it I was shooting a report without wandering pains. For shooting either hockey or soccer players most likely, any DSLR is preferred over the X-T10 (and said the X-T1).

      What is much more annoying is long response when the camera is turned on (wrote about it above).

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      • Alessandro says:

        1) All the same, the same Fujinon 100-400 is cheaper to 40’000 rubles than the Canon. And so, if you really need a telephoto, it is necessary to look at the Micro 4/3, especially at their second generation.
        2) Then I agree, but personally, the choice should not even be generalized to the entire system and all users. For example, I need more wide angle lenses and portrait primes. For travel it is enough something like the Fujinon 55-200. Then Fuji become cheaper Micro 4/3.

        3) About AF. I shot motocross in parallel on the Fujifilm X-T1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and therefore I said it – this is observing. Tracking focus in the mirrorless was weaker than that of DSLRs. As now appearance of the Fujifilm X-T2 and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II – I do not know. With the Fuji X-T1 special problems were not experienced. Incidentally, was the function of «High performance» activated? The battery discharges faster. Although, even the Fuji X-M1, in fact, longer turn on.

        P.S. I used a little in parallel the Fuji X-T1 and the X-T10.

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        • Sergey PAT says:

          It was meant that if you need a telephoto lens, you can purchase the camera format Micro Four Thirds System (MFT Standard)? So here we run up against a holy war “Looks the picture of the full-frame more three-dimensional than one of APS-C or not?” And cameras Micro 4:3 not only have a APS-C factor of 2, but their working ISO is much lower too.

          I am one of those who sees the “full frame magic”. Especially in the beginning of the review given the link to an article with examples of photos taken by Paul on the full frame Nikon D800 – from it can be seen clearly, what has to be paid during the transition from a full frame to a APS-C camera. Therefore, crop-factor 2 is not accepted by me.

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          • Alessandro says:

            I do not quite understand what the link. On the first there are only pictures with the Nikon D800. For comparison, it is necessary to pair images. But, in any case, here you are lucky and do not have that you can immediately see the difference, especially on the Internet photos. Many times I did blind tests, most people could not tell where the notorious full frame, and where the APS-C. Usually they start guessing.

            Although no arguing against physics: a large sensor area is advantageous. And blur away background will be easier, and another thing – whether it is necessary that the person looked like pasted on the wallpapers? Again, if you need a super telephoto lenses and there in the amount of the difference is graded completely. But, of course, in accordance with Low ISO the Micro 4/3 loses a little to DX with crop-facror 1.5, as well as a 1.5 APS-C camera loses to FF.

            Here it is necessary to choose the complex, as you say, given the conditions in which have to be photographed. And about the noise… For me on the Canon 5D Mark III they catch the eye already at ISO 800, particularly when I look at high magnification. But we do not consider photography like this, but we do it looking at the whole picture.

            I remembered when the Sony A77 appeared on the market, the Ambassador praised it, saying that there is almost no noise. In fact, it turned out that the camera is quite noisy and made me very upset (which is why I could not get along with it). However, when I printed photographs, the grain in the eyes does not rush.

            Something I left aside. In general, Olympus and Panasonic I offered simply for consideration in the selection. Someone may like them.

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          • Sergey PAT says:

            I gave a link to a review the Nikon D800, and I said that it took the same person and there, and in this review of the Fuji X-T2. Albeit in different conditions. But I understand what you say, we are already with Paul and the other participants sufficient hollies war in other articles – if you put the paired images without EXIF, it is not something that Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D800 can’t be distinguished. Under normal light it is impossible to understand what the camera shooted the comparison Nikon D40 vs Nikon D800. And Paul published the link with the comparison Nikon D800 vs Hasselblad…

            It’s like that. But the pictures in the article with a review of the Nikon D800 I like much more. But this is a holy war. It is impossible to convince, while I myself did not believe it. 🙂

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          • Alessandro says:

            And I do not intend to persuade. Simply, there is a possibility that you more like Nikon as a camera, as the system, so you enjoy these pictures. But it is very important that the camera loved. If you do not belong to the soul to the camera, then take pictures of it will be less, and photos from it will be less like.

            I, for instance, did not like Nikon after dealing with the Nikon D7000. I thought once the Nikon move. But this is my opinion. I’m not saying that this is the case for all photographers. Although it is not entirely subjective and based on the fact that I encountered: AF, available telephoto lens are worse than the budget ones by Canon. Moreover, the same motocross I photographed parallel on the Sony A77 and the old Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (a beer can), so it does not lose to the Nikon 75-300. From bayonet ok KIT Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 constantly drizzled chips on the sensor.

            In general, Nikon is not comfortable for me. My priorities have been changed despite the fact earlier I liked Nikon Df.

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  6. Alessandro says:

    By the way, may it have been somewhere, then I apologize for repetition. But the hot shoe contacts from Fuji coincide with Canon. Therefore, you can use Canon cables for the removal of flashes. Anyway, with the Nissin i40 the TTL mode worked well.

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    • Sergey PAT says:

      Tips for choosing an external flash for Fujifilm X were given in the review of the Fuji X-M1. There’s also wrote that there is no point buying the original Fuji EF-42 TTL, because it is re-marketed Chinese Sunpak PZ42X, which is cheaper. And in general, the Nissin i40 (or Nissin i60A) should be considered as an external flash.

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  7. Sergey PAT says:

    I can’t share the observation: the site is set statistics counter, and I can keep track of what queries users coming through search Yandex and Google. So, a very large number of people are looking for “Sample photos of the Fujifilm X-T2 without processing.” The same goes for the Fujifilm X-T20, the Fujifilm X-Pro2, and so on.

    Question: why do they need it? Photos “without processing” are a dull, low-contrast, with muted colors and a blurred image. What talk this no processed picture to an amateur photographer? The picture which is no processed is a RAW (the “Fujifilm” calls it RAF), unsuitable for presenting to an audience…

    For those photographers who are looking for “examples of photos of Fujifilm X-T2 without processing” I give a reference to the discussion of the full-frame DSLR Nikon D610, where I explained in detail that unprocessed pictures almost are not exist. Even photos from your smartphone for $ 100 have been treated.

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    • Alessandro says:

      Apparently, they search for such images in order to understand how much it will then necessary to edit RAF, what colors “of the camera.” And then you’ll have to contend with a certain skin tone, and the person does not want it. After all, many things can be processed out.

      Or vice versa: at the photos of the author-specific processing, and someone thinks that the camera issues horrible color. Perhaps these reasons.

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      • Sergey PAT says:

        It seems to me, though, the reason is different. If the photographer was looking for how it looks like a picture that was not treated to prevent “influence on the processing of the author’s vision,” he would typed “Examples RAF of the Fujifilm X-T20.”

        And in this case, by typying a “sample photo of the Fuji X-T20 without processing,” a photographer does not understand the difference between JPEG and RAF.

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        • Alessandro says:

          Maybe. Of course, to understand the easiest way is to find RAF files from the camera and decide how comfortable it is to edit them.

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          • Sergey PAT says:

            I should add that if the phrase “examples of photos of the Fujifilm X-T2» mean «JPEG without processing in the external image editor, issued by a camera” then you need to look for pictures taken with the settings in the menu “Simulation of a film”, “Provia” (Standard), with slide to zero clarity, contrast, saturation. These settings done in order to it was easier later to process images in Photoshop.

            Nikon cameras have in the menu «Picture Control» section of this configuration is called “Neutral.”

            If the owner of the Fuji X-T2 selected in the menu “Simulation of the film” merely “Provia”, the camera has already been applied to JPEG some regulation of clarity, contrast and color saturation (using default settings). If you chose “Velvia” (bright) or “Astia” (Weak) or «Classic Chrome» – you will get JPEG, but it is not a “raw”: to the RAF file the camera applied with different algorithms and setting values. And the photographer, processing RAW in the editor, does exactly the same treatment much better.

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          • Igor says:

            One of my virtual friend from another city as soon as appeared the Fujifilm X-T10, promptly sold all that he had by Canon, including the Canon 5D mark2, and he bought the X-T10.

            And he says that with this wonderful camera he shoots only in JPEG. And this JPEG is so good, that RAW is not necessary, therefore he doesn’t use Lightroom at all. “And you – he tells me and others like me amateur photographers. – All the old-fashioned use this RAW, in a time when spaceships…”

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          • Sergey PAT says:

            Igor, a lot depends on the degree of photographer’s perfectionism. I personally like film profiles of Fujfilm X… However, when I look pictures of travel reports, for example, they gradually begin to bother: I want a natural color.

            But this is not the point. It is important that intracameral treatment the photographer does not have such a local processing tools like a gradient filter, a brush and a stamp to remove stains that I use almost everywhere. Accordingly, in the JPEG format cannot be, in principle, to work out 100% of what the camera is capable.

            I assume that your mate is happy with 70% of the camera features of the Fujifilm X-T10… Now I just find a fault with the phrase “Examples of images on the Fuji X-T10 without treatment.” Does your amateur photographer handles as well as Paul with his examples on the Fujifilm X-T2, only slightly worse than he could have done in the graphical editor.

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          • Alessandro says:

            I do not know it is now, but at the Fujifilm X-M1 back in 2014 RAF treated in LR had greater details. However, the sharpness in the camera settings stood at zero.

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  8. Nik says:

    Hello! I am very interested in the question: in case of the battery grip is connected to the camera Fujifilm X-T2, the maximum duration of continuous shooting video 4k is about 30 minutes. Is it possible to increase the time up to two hours?

    Can I connecting the camera to a laptop install some application that will remove restrictions of shooting video while 30 minutes? In addition, whether the camera is heated during prolonged shooting video, about 1-2 hours? Thank you!

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    • Sergey PAT says:

      Nik, good afternoon. I hope the owner of the X-T2 Paul Chertalev will bring more clarity – I searched through the entire Russian and English Internet, I could not find answers to your questions.

      Firstly, the very popular version of that limit video duration of Fujifilm X-T2 is not concerned to hardware, but to the tax legislation of the European Union: as soon as excess of the limit the photocamera is considered to be a video camera, which imposed an increased rate of VAT.

      I’m in this little hard to believe, as some places may sound, that the tax rate on the camcorder is 5.6% – for then we would like you video fans Fuji released a version of Fujifilm X-T3, costing 5,600 rubles more. I think in case of real needs for such shooting time you have bought this.

      Secondly, there are divergent views about the heat during video recording. Someone wrote: “I shot 4k video on the Fujifilm X-T2, immediately pressing the Release button after every 10 minutes for 45 minutes, and the body did not heated. Someone says that the case is in the batteries – they heat up very strongly… I do not know if Paul will clarify.

      Nik, I have a question for you. Now I read a fabulous book «How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck” by Steve Stockman. I highly recommend to anyone who is going just a little deal with video. In his book he says, in fact, already known to me the thing: if you shoot video 2:00 hours from one angle, one scene – no one will watch, no matter how important the information might be. Just the viewer will die of boredom.

      If during shooting, you will not change the focal length or scenes, but will not montage video, cutting passages, then no one will watch it as a spectator sick by abrupt transitions.

      Conclusion: if, still, captured video will have to be installed to record 10 minutes in a video editor, and it is desirable to shoot it with frames of 5, 10, well, a 20 seconds maximum, and then assemble during video montage, then what’s the difference whether Fujifilm X-T2 is able to shoot 120 minutes of 4K video?

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    • Sergey PAT says:

      That’s what Paul Chertalev said about heating the Fuji X-T2 when shooting video:

      “The camera really heats up: if 10-15 minutes to shoot video in 4K format, it overheats. I was annoyed. I shot dances at a concert, and not more than 4 performances managed to shoot in 4K. Then it had to move to Full HD video”.

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    • Paul Chertalev says:

      Nik, I do not have the battery grip on my Fuji X-T2, so the duration of continuous video shooting in 4K is limited to 10 minutes. But I used my camera to take a dance concert. Dynamics video about this: a dance turn for 3-5 minutes, then – pause about 30-60 seconds and 3-5 minutes continuous recording again.

      In this mode, when recording movies in 4K, the X-T2 works for about 4 concert turns (i.e. approximately 15 minutes of continuous recording), then overheating lamp will light and the camera can be turned off. Frankly, it’s annoying.

      I do not know if the battery grip helps to reduce heating not. So, if you want to shoot long videos, you have to move to Full HD – in this mode, the camera does not overheat.

      But, as Sergey said, the need to capture longer clips is rare. To create an interesting video you need to record many scenes from different angles, with different content, and then assemble them into a single movie.

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      • Alessandro says:

        Restrictions on the length of the movie really exist. I never heard of cameras which able to shoot video longer than 29 minutes and 59 seconds.

        The camera Fujifilm X-T3 has not even announced, there is Fuji X-E3.

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        • Sergey PAT says:

          I mean that if it is not a technological limitation, but Fuji really would like to save on taxes (as car manufacturers do by reducing engine power), then the manufacturer does not cost anything to release a separate version of Fujifilm X-T2, calling it Fujifilm X-T3 (or whatever) which will be free of this limitation, and that will cost more than the value of the tax itself.

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  9. Alexander P. says:

    Hello, Sergey! Thank to you and Pavel for the excellent photos and such detailed comparative review of the mirrorless cameras Fujifilm X and DSLR. Can you clarify, please, such a question: I am considering an opportunity to purchase a compact camera for traveling. I was interested in the model Fujifilm X100f: small, compact and photos, they say, will be the same as with the Fujifilm X-T2.

    How do you think, are the pictures from these cameras really identical?

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    • Alessandro says:

      I will add some important information! 🙂 These cameras have the same sensors. Only the Fuji X100f has the lens which is not replaceable, which introduces certain limitations. But it also provides the convenience of compactness.

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      • Alexander P. says:

        Alessandro, thanks for the answer! I understand that it is uncomfortable to shoot with one lens. But you can put it in your pocket and carry it everywhere with you. And the pictures are impressive!

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      • Sergey PAT says:

        Alexander, thank you and for your compliments! As for your question, I will support Alessandro: indeed, there is the same X-Trans CMOS III sensor in the Fujifilm X-T20, the Fujifilm X-T2, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and the Fujifilm X100f models, as well as in the recently announced the Fujifilm X-E3. Accordingly, the image quality of all 5 models will be the same.

        The only difference is that the Fuji X100F has a non-removable lens with a focal length of 23 mm, and on the other cameras, lenses can be changed, thereby reaching a change the perspective in the picture. At the focal length of the FL=23 mm, the picture will be absolutely identical.

        If we compare the Fuji X100F and the Fuji X-E3, in my opinion, there is no significant difference between those two cameras, and I would choose the X-E3 model, because if you buy the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR lens, then it will be almost compact as the X100f, but the owner of the X-E3 does not need to be able to change the lens at his will. Over time, the photographer may want to take wide-angle lens 10 mm or a telephoto lens, for example. Fuji have a pancake Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 with thickness of 23 mm as a replacement, Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR.

        To date, the Fuji X-E3 body on the Russian market is worth 56’000 rubles (Yandex-Market) plus a prime Fuji 27mm f/2.8 for 29’000 rubles. Summ price of the set is 85’000 rubles. For the Fuji X100f they ask 90’000 rubles.

        The differences between the models Fujifilm X100F and Fujifilm X-E3 are as follows:

        1) The location of the disks and buttons is similar. However the Fuji X100f has the doubled ISO and shutter speed disc like the Fujifilm X-Pro2, and conversely the Fuji X-E3 – the shutter speed is adjusted by a separate disc..

        2) The X100f model has a hybrid viewfinder (OVF + EVF) similar to the Fujifilm X-Pro2, and the X-E3 has only EVF. I do not know how much the hybrid version is better than electronic one. Recently I photographed a photo report with the compact Fujifilm X30, I did not meet problems with the viewfinder.

        3) The mirrorless Fujifilm X-E3 has a touch screen – you can select the focus point, focusing and select 4 different functions with one touch. What are these functions is set in the menu. In the compact Fujifilm X100f the screen is normal.

        4) The difference between these two cameras is in the video capture format. The Fuji X-E3 can shoot videos in 4K format (24, 25 and 30 fps with a bitrate of 100 Mbps, and this format is without APS-C like on the Fujifilm X-T20. Therefore, the image is not as clear as on the Fujifilm X- T2 (see the comparative overview above.) The Fuji X100f compact camera can only provide Full HD video at up to 60 fps .

        5) On the work of autofocus – I read in the reviews that the number of points and AF modes of both models are the same: 91 or 325 points, but the X-E3 has two additional settings. Unlike the X100f, the autofocus system can track objects that move 2 times faster and have 2 times smaller dimensions. Another difference – in the focus settings of the Fujifilm X-E3, you can set the sensitivity and speed, depending on the behavior of the subject. It is also said that the lens built into the X100f does not focus so quickly… The reason is that the lens model has not changed since the introduction of the Fuji X100 in 2011. Moreover, the owner of the X-E3 can use more modern optics with the best AF, fast and quiet internal mechanism. Even the prime Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR is considered better than the built-in X100f lens. Under the link above from the photo walk-in along with the Fujifilm X30, I gave a video showing the speed and accuracy of the focus operation – I’m satisfied. I do not think that the Fujifilm X100f has the worst autofocus then the X30…

        6) The mirrorless camera Fujifilm X-E3 has a mechanical shutter, which can shoot with a shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds. In the compact Fujifilm X100f is installed another model with a shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds. In the electronic shutter mode, both cameras provide 1/32000 seconds.

        7) Two models have WiFi, but in the X-E3 there is also Bluetooth, which constantly keeps in touch with the camera and phone, automatically transmits pictures, if the corresponding application is open.

        Conclusion: the difference between the bodies is not so significant. The image quality is the same as that of the Fujifilm X-T2 images presented in this review. It’s all about usability, plans for the future. I think the concept of these cameras is different.

        The Fujifilm X100f designated for wealthy amateur photographers, who are important in compactness, who are not going to acquire more lenses. Perhaps the Fuji X100f they have is the second camera, which is necessary for trips to business trips, etc.

        The Fujifilm X-E3 is a model for those who need small size and dimensions, but who is thinking about expanding the optics park in the future, giving the photographer more creative possibilities.

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