First Look Review: Fujifilm X-T2

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The Complete Camera

by Rico Pfirstinger

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The Fujifilm X-T1: 111 X-Pert Tips * The Fujifilm X-T10: 115 X-Pert Tips
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The X-T2 may be Fujifilm’s most important product launch since the introduction of the X-Series. Building on the best features of the X-T1 and X-Pro2, can this richly featured workhorse convince enthusiasts and pros to consider the X-Mount as a universal go-to system for all their photographic needs? Let’s find out in this first impressions review.

Getting serious: The X-T2 is Fujifilm’s high-powered successor to the X-T1.

Please note: This carefully researched and ridiculously comprehensive First Look Review of the Fujifilm X-T2 and Vertical Power Booster Grip is based on three different X-T2 pre-production models and more than ten different (and continuously evolving) beta firmware generations. The final hardware and firmware are expected to ship in the first half of September 2016.

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In  September 2016, the X-T2 will be available in black (and eventually perhaps also in silver).
In any case, a matching camera-powered EF-X8 mini flashgun is included.

About two and a half years after the introduction of the successful X-T1, Fujifilm is getting serious with taking the X-series into “we can do everything” territory. At first glance, the X-T2 looks very much like its predecessor—why change a concept that stood behind Fujifilm’s (so far) most successful X-series camera? However, it’s a different story on the inside. At several global launch events, Fujifilm has made it very clear that the X-T2 is supposed to address all photographic needs, including sports and action shooting. It’s supposed to be a “complete mirrorless camera”.

Ready for business

Compared to the X-T1, the X-T2 features dozens of changes and improvements. Here’s an overview in 40 bullet points:

  • 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor (Sony-built with 14 bit readout) with no anti-aliasing filter
  • X-Processor Pro is four times as fast as the EXR II processor used in the X-T1 and offers improved image quality, better noise response and higher dynamic range
  • improved ISO performance (about 1 stop better than the previous generation) with native ISO covering 200 to 12800, and extended ISO settings of 100, 25600 and 51200 (all with full RAW support)
  • 100% faster sensor readout, resulting in improved AF tracking performance, a dramatically reduced minimum blackout time of only 114 ms, and a high 100 fps EVF refresh rate
  • 0.005s display lag, 0.06s max. AF speed, 0.17s shooting interval, 0.045s shutter lag
  • configurable AF-C modes to adapt the AF system to different sports and action shooting scenarios
  • up to 11 fps burst speed in boost mode (14 fps when using the electronic shutter) with AF tracking
  • 3, 4 or 5 fps slow burst mode (CL) with full live-view and CDAF support
  • improved user interface and a new menu structure, including a custom My Menu with up to 16 entries
  • DSLR-style “AF-ON” option and new settings to individually engage/disengage focus and exposure lock when the shutter button is half-pressed
  • more tactile dials and buttons and a new push-button lock mechanism for top-plate dials
  • better grip and improved standard eyecup
  • convenient focus stick to quickly move the autofocus frame or zone (with up to 325 AF frames to choose from)
  • articulated rear screen works in landscape and portrait orientation
  • new Vertical Power Booster Grip with two additional battery slots for extended shooting (1000+ images) and duplicate controls
  • weather sealing with protection against rain, dust and freezing
  • improved 0.77x electronic viewfinder with better image quality and twice the brightness of the previous model, now also featuring an auto brightness mode
  • low-vibration 1/8000s mechanical shutter with 1/250s flash sync (supplemented by an electronic shutter with 1/32000s), rated for 150,000 shots
  • new flash system offers high-speed sync, wireless TTL and multi-frame shooting (in concert with compatible flash units such as the new EF-X500)
  • dual SD card slots (both support the ultra-fast UHS-II standard)
  • improved hybrid autofocus system with pro-level subject tracking, a larger phase-detection area and more focus points (7 x 13 or 13 x 25 focus points, including either 7 x 7 or 13 x 13 phase detection points)
  • automatic pixel mapping (to map out dead pixels)
  • improved JPEG quality and new ACROS film simulation with ISO-controlled film grain and noise shaping
  • expanded JPEG settings with additional options for contrast, noise reduction, sharpness, color saturation and film grain simulation
  • broader ±2 EV bracketing and ±5 EV exposure compensation (along with expanded Push/Pull options in the camera’s built-in RAW converter)
  • lossless RAW compression cuts RAW file size in half
  • improved battery life indicator for up to three batteries at once (including a 1% accuracy display)
  • enhanced electronic depth-of-field and distance scale with either pixel-based or film-based precision
  • new center-weighted metering option
  • WYSIWYG simulation of fixed dynamic range settings (DR200%, DR400%) in the live view and live histogram of the EVF and LCD, and enhanced highlight DR in Natural Live View mode
  • dedicated video mode on DRIVE dial replaces video record button
  • high-quality 4K video and HD video with 100 Mbit/s and oversampling (to minimize moiré and artifacts)
  • vastly improved video focussing
  • HDMI output to mirror EVF and LCD displays on monitors and HD beamers, or to record the live view with an HD frame grabber
  • uncompressed 4:2:2 HD and 4K HDMI output to external recording devices, including “F-Log” flat gamma 4K recording with expanded dynamic range
  • threaded cable release option, fast USB 3.0 interface, 3.5mm mic input, 2.5mm remote control input, 3.5mm sound/headphone output (in the Vertical Power Booster Grip)
  • USB charging for the in-body battery
  • Vertical Power Booster Grip includes an external power input to power the camera and charge batteries inside the grip (2 hours charging time for two batteries)
  • new NP-W126S battery with reduced heat dissemination (old batteries remain fully compatible)
  • USB and wireless tethering options (after a future firmware update) with new and improved plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom
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DEALS :: Buy Fuji X-Pro2 and Get $100 Gift Card :: Fuji X-T1 now $525 off (Grey Market 1-yr seller warranty)

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X-Pro2 Deal

BHphoto is offering a $100 Gift Card to those, who purchase the Fujifilm X-Pro2. This means you’ll now get it for the same price of the brand new Fujifilm X-T2.

In the meantime, the X-T1 price is falling. Now it costs only $774 at 6ave – Save $525. NOTE: Grey Market Item. Comes with 1 year Seller warranty.

thanks to the FR-readers for the link

X-T1 deal

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TOP OF THE SHOTS at the X-shooter Facebook Zone!

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Andreas Waldeck: Bruarfoss in South Iceland. X-Pro2, 50-140mm, 3.0 ND, 0.8sec @f5.6

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NOTE :: FACEBOOK CHANGE
To see, add and vote images click on “Photos” and then “See All

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Here are the most liked images of the Fujirumors facebook page… and keep it up, share and vote your absolute favorite X-shot… and here is how to do it:

1) SHARE & DESCRIBE: go to the Fujirumors facebook timeline and submit your favorite X-shot (and a short description) in the timeline by selecting “Photo/Video” .
2) VOTE & COMMENT: All the images will be displayed at the Fujirumors facebook photo page (click “See All”). You can vote, share & comment the images there.

NOTE: The next selection will start from those images shared starting from July 20!

Enjoy the X-shots ;)

Push the READ MORE and Enjoy More Top Voted Images

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Fuji X-T2 AF-Tracking :: Mysterious Fuji 8mm Lens :: Comparing FF to APS-C :: Leaving Fuji for Olympus & More (miXed zone)

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8mm F2.8

8mm

Camera Bag manufacturer Lowepro strongly believes in the long term Fujinon 8mm rumor… they even listed it on their website, coupled with the X-Pro2. See their “bagfinder feature” (X-series cameras are listed under “DSRLs”.
thanks to the FR-reader for the link

Full List of Today’s Gold Box Deals: AmazonUS, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonUK

Fujifilm X-T2
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / Calumentphoto DE / AmazonUK / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / PCHstore / WexUK / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Review by John Armstrong at OrmsTV Youtube

AF-Tracking Video at ThaiDphoto youtube / Fujifilm X Series Batteries NP-W126 & NP-W126S at brandonremler / Fujifilm X-T2 at kagecollective / German X-T2 fotopraxis (translation) / shooting Elephants and Ballerinas with the X-T2 at TechSmart Mag Youtube / 4K video Samples at ThaiDphoto youtube 1 and youtube 2 /

Wildlife Episodes: X-T2: Chris Weston (UK) x Wildlife at youtube / Tracking Birds at Joan Roca Juncosa Youtube /

Fujifilm X-Pro2
USA
: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

comparison

Comparing Full Frame (Canon 1DsIII) to APS-C (X-Pro2) Landscapes at aevansphoto
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Canon 1DsIII vs Fuji X-Pro 2 Colour (for skin) at aevansphoto
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Comparing Full Frame to APS-C (tripod test) at aevansphoto

Brugge ~ street portraits at prophotonut / Fujifilm X-Pro2 in an Action Shoot ? at philippowell / The museum as subject — part II at aboutphotography-tomgrill + Vertical panorama with the Fuji X-Pro2, 100-400mm lens, and 2x teleconverter at aboutphotography-tomgrill / Review at shotkit / London from an air balloon with Fuji X-T1 and X-Pro2 at androloria / X-Pro2: Lost in Marrakech Pt. 1 at josephpadiernos / Fujifilm X-Pro2 in New York City’s Chinatown at TheCameraProject youtube / Fujifilm X-Pro2 – My 6 month field review at erohne /

Other X-series cameras

Fuji X-T1 Infrared Fujifilm youtube series: Video One / Two / Three / Four / Five

A X-Pro1 Lust/Hate/Love Affair at adambonn + The X-Pro1: The Mirrorless Camera of my Dreams? at adambonn + X-Pro1 – Comparing the Fuji Look to the Fuji Look at adambonn / Macro with X-T1 at sidewaysglance / X-T1: Haute Route Rockies 2016, showreel at thesoftsaddle / Walking the streets of Rio with the XF35 F2 & X-T1 at caveiraphotography / X70 In Cornwall at saywellhq /

X100/S/T + X70

X100S Inside The Camera Bag Of White House Photographer Pete Souza at popsci / Ready to go guide for Street Photography with Fujifilm X100-S-T at alexcoghe / Fuji X100T: What’s the future now for the X100 series? at macfilos / Fuji X100T at colinnichollsphotography / X100s, the best camera for street photography at streetberlin /

Lenses

X-mount lenses

Small, Black, Strong: the XF35mmF2 in German at peterpoete (translation) / Fuji XF 16-55 for travel and city photography at mel365 / 16mm review in German at peterpoete (translation) / XF100-400 Review at luminous-landscape / XF14mm First Impressions at gerenm.photography / Natural light portraiture with the Fuji XF60mm at gallerylefey /

other lenses / Adapter / Extension Tubes

Sigma Mini-Wide 28mmF2.8 on Fuji X-T1 at simonhawketts / X-Pro 2 Diary: Trying adapted Lenses at thomasfitzgeraldphotography /

Jpeg / RAW / Converters

Lightroom and X-Pro2 RAW (why I’m no longer shooting RAW+Jpeg) at aevansphoto / The ISO-less Power of the X-Series: A Monochrome Film-Look straight out of Camera at markusrack / Adobe Improves X-Trans Support? Fuji X-Trans RAW Conversions With Lightroom at thewanderinglensman / Preliminary Settings for Using X-Pro 2 Raw Files in Capture One at thomasfitzgeraldphotography / Dynamic Range of X-Trans III at mirrorlessons / Fuji’s X-Trans sensor at ipcloud (NSFW) /

Travel X / Switch (or not) to the X

From Fuji X to the Olympus Pen-F at stockografie / Nikon D500: Back to Nikon from Fuji? at ricklewisphotography / A move to Fuji mirror-less at simonhawketts / 2016 Mid Year Review, All In With Fuji at winebergimages / Camera Therapy: Back To Fujifilm? at keenanrivals / A summer hike up Slieve Binnian at flixelpix /

Skye & The Glens A trip I should have made a long time ago at jonasjacobsson

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Acessories / Flash / Bags

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Free Priority Shipping – Anywhere… for RoboSHOOT Fuji X series TTL Flash Triggers

Just Say “NO” To the Fancy Bag at xshooters / Underwater With The Fujifilm X-T1 at macleancomms / Peak Design Everyday Messenger Kickstarter here.

Bolt VS-570F Wireless TTL Flash for Fujifilm Cameras shipping at BHphoto / Instax SP-1 Vs. SP2 in French at lemondedelaphoto (translation) /

12 Essential Techniques for Night Photography
& a Bit of Everything

Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques at sebastianboatca / Fuji OIS Oddity? at ipcloud / Why Fujifilm Mirrorless? at gdanmitchell / Interview with X-photographer Palle Schultz at fiftythreemm / This Weekend… at xshooters / Shooting motorsports with the Fuji X series at mirrorlessons /

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TIME :: Andrew Quilty Documents Life in Afghanistan with Fujifilm X-Pro2 + Is the X-Pro2 the Perfect Reportage Camera?

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Fuji X-Pro2 Photojournalism

Today’s story brings us deep in the heart of Afghanistan, where since three years now Andrew Quilty is documenting the ongoing war and life, using mostly the Nikon D810.

But since a few months he added the Fujifilm X-Pro2 + XF23mm lens to his equipment. And looking at the EXIF data of his images, it seems that more and more of his work is now done with the X-Pro2. You can see his images at the TIME magazine here.

Many of you won’t be surprised by the fact that Andrew chose the X-Pro2 to document life & war in Afghanistan. As these Poll results clearly show, the majority of X-shooters believe that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 fits really well with certain styles like Street, Reportage, Documentary photography.

But what is it that makes the Fujifilm X-Pro2 so popular for these Photography Genres?

Maybe it’s the sleek and simple rangefinder style. Maybe it’s the corner placement of the viewfinder, which allows you to have the left eye free to see the whole scene. Or maybe it’s the OVF, which has the huge advantage to actually show you what’s happening outside your frame (and to save battery life). And maybe (just maybe) it could be, for some, even the lack of a tilt screen: one less thing to worry that could eventually break, especially when shooting in flustered and chaotic situations like conflict zones.

Maybe all these little things (and more) together make the X-Pro2 the ideal tool for the street and reportage.

Whatever it is… at the end of the story we have an X-shooter out there, who gets his hard job done with the X-Pro2… a work that is worth to be checked out at the TIME here.

If you ever read this Andrew Quilty, keep it up! And FujiRumors will always be happy to eventually share, if you want, your experience with the X-Pro2 in Afghanistan.

And thanks a lot to the FR-reader for the link. :)

Fujifilm X-Pro2: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / FocusCamera / AdoramaPictureline / BestBuy CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP /   AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

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