Amateurphotographer had a talk with Sony Manager Legend Kimio Maki, the creator of RX series and A7 series (so not really a Fuji Fanboy). It’s all about the A7 series and especially the Sony A99II (which I took some shots with at Photokina and shared the video with SAR here).
At the very end the Sony Manager says one sentence also regarding the Fujifilm X-T2, when amateurphotographer asked:
Q: Are fast-focusing mirrorless cameras like the Fujifilm X-T2 a threat to Sony Alpha 7-series customers?
A: Yes. In terms of speed we have learned a lot from Fujifilm, Canon and other competitors. There’s still a lot more to learn of course and we don’t have the same kind of weapon right now. We have to create something new.
I wish the Fujifilm X-T2 would also ship as fast as it shoots ;)
As you might know, after my first day at Photokina I joined a Fuji X Photowalk… to relax a bit after a busy day. The organizer of the photowalk, wedding photographer Jörg Kampers, had the X-T2 with the XF 56mmF1.2.
Well, we were walking on the famous bridge towards the cathedral, when a runner came along. Jörg took his X-T2 with the 56mmF1.2 and shot a burst of images… wide open at F1.2. When we watched the images on the rear screen, I was just like “what the ****”… they where all in focus! Maybe Joerg was just lucky, or maybe he has particular sport photography skills, but I was really surprised by the performance of the X-T2. See by yourself and download the images on dropbox! – Thanks Jörg Kampers
Or maybe, those Fuji guys, who develop the Firmware, just got it right!
NOTE 1: Sounds incredible, but this is what the Sony Manager confirmed indeed. He confirmed there is a threat coming from the X-T2 due to the faster AF. Don’t blame me for that.
NOTE 2: I don’t want to start the war: “Sony is better, no, Fuji is better”. But until now many accused us X-shooters to be “fanboys” when we said the X-T2 has awesome AF. Now a non-fanboy like a Sony Manager aknowledged that the Fuji X-T2 has really a fast AF. He even goes so far to say that, on the A7 series “we don’t have this weapon right now“. That said, Sony has awesome cameras, too. We all know that.
NOTE 3: A camera is not only AF speed. You may love Sony, or Fuji, or Olympus, or whatever based on the various aspects that are important for you