Fujifilm Manager: GFX & X-T2 Demand Higher than Expected :: Fujinon 200/2.8 or 200/2 :: Fujifilm X-E3 :: X-T2 Kaizen & More

These are busy days for journalists at the CP+ in Japan, and the next interview with Fujifilm Managers just hit the web, this time again with Mr Makoto Oishi. Some excerpts:

  • We’ve sold more X-T2’s than we ever expected.”
  • X-T2 shipping problems due to Kumamoto earthquake. But “from this year we’re in a better position and we have enough stock.”
  • The request to control ISO on X-T2 via FN button/command dial instead of dedicated dial is something that Fujifilm “should consider” to add “maybe a firmware upgrade
  • GFX more demand than we expected
  • “When we announce our new telephoto prime we also need a higher performance body”.
  • “We’re still thinking about the focal length and the aperture. There’s a big difference between a 200mm f/2.8 and a 200mm f/2 – they’re totally different.” – NOTE: a rumor of last year, February 2016, said 200mmF2.
  • X70 was successful last year and Fujifilm wants to keep small fixed lens compact cameras in their lineup – NOTE: X80 Rumor
  • X-E3: “With the strong demand for X-E series cameras we have to think seriously about the future lineup.” NOTE: Check out this X-E3 rumor

Full Interview at amateurphotographer

Fujifilm GFX: USA BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, CalumetDE AmazonUK, WexUK, ParkCamerasUK, PCHstore AUS: CameraPro

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

“The Panasonic GH5 is A Workhorse… But Fuji’s X-T2 is Far More Attractive and Fun to Use!” (Reviewed.com)

Reviewed.com tested the brand new Panasonic GH5 (BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama). It’s a hell of a camera, but here is what they think compared to the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2:

$2K pricing […] For that kind of money, you’re easily looking at a full-frame Sony A7, an awesome Fujifilm X-Pro2 perhaps, or maybe even a really great full-frame DSLR like the Nikon D750.

Function over form means it’s not amazingly designed
There’s no doubt that this is a workman-like camera. If you were hoping for something cooler-looking, then you’re going to want to look elsewhere. For instance, Olympus offers its jewel-like PEN-F for a lot less, and for my money, the Fujifilm X-T2 is far more attractive and fun to use. Since most cameras are really great these days, style is something to consider.

If you don’t love the way your camera handles or looks when you’re shooting with it, then what’s the point?”

Review at cameras.reviewed

This is one of the recurring themes, when people test and use Fujiiflm X-gear… these X-cameras are simply a joy to use and they look great. So feel free to tell us in the comments, how important are for you look and handling when you purchase a new camera.

Graphite Silver Fujifilm X-T2: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama /

Graphite Fujifilm X-Pro2 + XF23mmF2: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama

Fujifilm Graphite X-T2 and X-Pro2 Catalogues Online… Read the 6 Steps Fuji Needs to Get that Special Graphite Texture!

Fujifilm Silver Graphite X-T2 & X-Pro2 Catalogue

Fujifilm just update it’s Flagship Catalogues, that now include the new silver graphite X-T2 and graphite X-Pro2.

  • Graphite X-Pro2 Catalogue – click here
  • X-T2 Catalogue (which now includes the silver graphite version) – click here

Both graphite special editions have just been announced today. You can see the press release and also some promo videos in this post.

Graphite Silver Fujifilm X-T2: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama
Graphite Fujifilm X-Pro2 + XF23mmF2: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama

Top Gear 2016: Fujifilm X-T2 Best Advanced Mirrorless (ephotozine) :: X-Pro2 Best Camera (Wired) :: X70 Best Fixed Lens Camera (IR)

It’s the time of the year, where several popular websites declare their favorite cameras of the year 2016. And of course, Fujifilm is well represented ;)

So here is the first selection:

The Fujifilm X-T2 delivers excellent image quality, with high-speed focus, and excellent noise performance. Every new release from Fujifilm gets better, and the X-T2 certainly delivers great results. Fujifilm has also had an excellent track record of introducing new firmware to new and old camera models, and if this continues, then we can expect the X-T2 will also get better with time.”

  • Gear of the Year: Richard’s choice – Fujifilm X-T2 at dpreview:

I just chose the one I enjoyed the most. […] as we enter the last week of our loan period, the X-T2 is the camera I’m least looking forward to shipping back. I’ll miss it, and I’ll miss the encouragement that it’s given me. Merry bloody Christmas.”

  • The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has been declared best camera 2016 by wired:

While it may not be the fastest camera, or the best for traditional pro photographers, Fujifilm’s X-Pro2 is a blast to shoot with. It oozes quality in every way, and turns out amazing images thanks to Fuji’s stellar lens lineup. If you love photography the way we do, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is worth getting to know.”

For photographers who desire extensive physical controls, terrific image quality and a compact form factor, the X70 is the perfect camera and is our Enthusiast Fixed Lens Camera of the Year for 2016.

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

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

Fujifilm X70: USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / FocusCamera / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / PCHstore / WexUK / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Fujifilm X-T2 vs Nikon D500 Epic Shootout :: Fujifilm X-T2 Wins Overall… and The Fuji Colors Rock Again (at Least For Me)

Fujifilm X-T2 or Nikon D500: which one should you buy? That’s the question Michael The Maven tried to answer in this video (30 Minutes)

As usual, a summary for fellow FR-readers, who have no time to go through the entire video right now:

SPORTS
(AF + Buffer)

FOCUS:

  • Side to side action: Fujifilm X-T2 99% hit rate / Nikon D500 87% hit rate
  • Forward action: Fujifilm X-T2 78% / Nikon D500 89%
  • Backlight action: Fujfilm X-T2 91% / Nikon D500 77%
  • TOTAL: X-T2 89% hit rate Vs. Nikon D500 84% hit rate

CONCLUSION: In terms of accuracy only, the X-T2 is one of the best sports cameras ever tested.

BUFFER:

  • D500 = 200 RAW’s at 10fps Vs. X-T2 = 27 RAW’s at 11 fps (but tested with UHS-I card, and not the faster UHS-II cards)
  • D500 = 202 JPEG’s’s at 10fps Vs. X-T2 = 121 RAW’s at 11 fps (but tested with UHS-I card, and not the faster UHS-II cards)

WINNER: X-T2 is lighter and slightly more accurate AF, but the Nikon D500 is the winner, because of the incredible buffer, the ergonomics and the edge to edge cross type focussing squares.

LIVE TRACKING – VIDEO

  • Nikon D500 has a touch screen. The X-T2 has eye detection, but in video it does not really work, and in stills just half the time (this calls for a Kaizen update, Fuji ;) ).
  • Much smoother continuous focussing during video for the X-T2

WINNER: Fujfilm X-T2

LOW LIGHT FOCUSSING

  • Average score for Nikon D500 = 49 seconds / Fujiflm X-T2 = 36 seconds (measured at 2 targets, one at 6.0EV and one at -2.0EV, focussing back and forth 30 times)

WINNER: For low light focussing without AF assist lamp, the winner is the Fujfilm X-T2

ISO TEST

WINNER: X-T2 images are consistently sharper across the entire ISO range.

VIDEO FEATURES

  • Less crop for the X-T2 in 4K
  • better clarity and sharpness on X-T2
  • better low light performance on X-T2
  • Rolling Shutter: very impressive performance for the X-T2
  • Moire: D500 is the winner

WINNER: Fujifilm X-T2

DYNAMIC RANGE

WINNER: Both super-impressive high ISO, similar to the brand new Full Frame Canon 5DM4!

PORTRAITS – COLORS
(Note: the Fuji slightly underexposes, so the exposure was adjusted to give closer comparison)

Take pencil and paper! The reviewer will show you 13 images and you can pick up the one you prefer.

I did the test and noted everything on a word document, and it turns out that in 70% of the cases I prefered the colors & look of the Fujiflm X-T2. But wasn’t Nikon supposed to be better for portraits? ;) I guess it all comes down to personal preferences, or I’m simply used to the amazing X-Trans look. All I can tell you is that I genuinely made the test, and these are my honest results. Let me know your results in the comments.

Anyway, I think also the tester prefered the X-T2, since at the end of the video he says: “if you prefered the X-T2 in the portrait test, this might be due to the X-Trans sensor”.

WINNER (in my case): Fujiflm X-T2

ULTIMATE CONCLUSION

  • X-Trans: more film like look. Delivers different and special images! But the RAW conversion results depend on the RAW processor you use.
  • Sharpness: if you are sharpness freak, get the X-T2
  • If you haven’t tried the Fuji X-T2, I would strongly recommend it. I think Sony is going to have its hands full competing with Fuji!

The reviewer says that, if he only could pick up one, he would take…. the Fujifilm X-T2 :)

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