Fujifilm X-T2 Real-World Review

The Fujifilm X-T2 has been out for a couple of months now. I'm just getting around to writing a quick review of it after shooting with it for a few weeks. So far, I've shot a handful of commercial projects an engagement and one wedding. I'm extremely impressed. 

X-Pro2 vs X-T2?

There's a lot of chatter out about which of Fujifilm's two top-tier cameras is "better". I've seen several polls and forum posts asking people which they prefer. And I've also seen a handful of confused posts about why Fujifilm would release the X-Pro2, call it their "flagship" camera, and then release a camera that obviously has more features. 

The X-T2 shoots 4K video, where the X-Pro2 only shoots 1080p at 60FPS. The X-T2 features greatly improved AF-C functionality, apparently outshooting pro DSLRs in some instances. It has a tilting vs fixed rear LCD. And some other stuff. Ultimately, none of that bothers me, but some people got lit and took to the internet to express their frustration.

Ultimately, I don't think they're in competition with each other. Fujifilm knows what they're doing, and there are plenty of hardcore rangefinder-style shooters that won't even touch the X-T series. There are also plenty of people that would like to have both options. The X-Pro2 is a beautiful and extremely functional camera--Selah loves hers and will continue shooting with it because it really does fit the way she shoots. I felt that way too, until my X-T2 arrived and I took a few photos with it.

Oops.

Eye Relief

Do you wear glasses? I do. Contacts are amazing, and I have them, but I rarely take the time to put my contacts in when I can just throw my glasses on and go. Even if I'm shooting a wedding for 10 hours, I'll wear my glasses. Some people absolutely cannot wear glasses and use a camera, and I have to admit that it's a little nicer to wear contacts and shoot, but that's fine. 

I mentioned feeling awesome about the X-Pro2 until I got my X-T2 and took a few photos with it. That's literally the one thing that changed my mind about the X-Pro2. The moment I put the X-T2 to my eye, I was blown away. (I had my glasses on.) The viewfinder is significantly bigger on the X-T2 and the eyecup a little longer, and therefore the eye relief is much greater, especially when I'm wearing my glasses. 

That alone made a world of difference for me, considering the viewing area on the X-Pro2 viewfinder is quite a bit smaller. It made such a difference that I've since sold my X-Pro2 and purchased another X-T2. Blow your mind?

Image Quality and Stuff

This is where I could go off the rails and post images of a fancy studio setup in which I tested the X-T2 against some other cameras and posted the results at a 100% crop. But I'll let Tony Northrup and DP Review take care of that. I'm interested in sharing real-world experiences with the camera, because hopefully you're here to read another photographer's experiences, not look at pixelated eyeballs and test targets. 

The image quality is the same as you would expect from the X-Pro2. That's about as simple as it gets. Selah and I have been shooting in conjunction with both cameras, and I haven't pixel-peeped or anything, but I'm sure it's the same. The end result looks the same, and that's all that matters when she and I are editing 2,000+ wedding images and want the images to mostly match.

I'm just as impressed with dynamics, shadow & highlight recovery, and sharpness from this camera as I am from the X-Pro2. We're really pumped to be on the Fujifilm system, and I'm not surprised that this camera continues to affirm our decision to switch back in March .

The camera feels great in my hand and I love the fact that I'm not lugging around the weight of a DSLR at weddings. Ergonomically, I love the grip I can have on the camera, both for carrying and shooting. The physical dials on top are one of my favorite parts of the Fujifilm system. Super-fast and easy to change the settings that matter in the midst of shooting. 

Meh?

There are only a couple of things that I might change. The X-Pro2 basically gave me the ability to shoot with one hand. All of the buttons on the back of the camera are on the right side, so even when the camera was to my eye I could secretly chimp by just pressing the play button with my thumb and viewing images in the EVF. (Which is honestly one of my favorite things to do with these cameras.) 

The X-T2 moves the playback and erase buttons up and to the left of the viewfinder, making it a little difficult for me to keep the camera pressed against my face and press the playback or erase button. 

I'm not a huge fan of flippy-screens. In fact, I used to despise cameras that had them. To me, a fixed LCD presents less opportunity for something on the camera to fail. The articulating LCD on the X-T2 has definitely come in handy, though. Especially when the camera is on a tripod and I've set my framing, I can flip the LCD out and see what I'm doing without having to twist around and bend down just to look through the viewfinder. 

Overall

I'm quite impressed. This camera does what I need it to do and more. Recently, someone asked me how our Fujifilm cameras perform. (I guess because they're on a DSLR system and mirrorless still seems to mystical?) I told them that they perform really well. We really enjoy using these cameras and we really love the images we get out of them.

If you're drooling over buying a new camera, get some napkins, and then see if you can go to a camera store and try the X-T2 out. I think the X-T2 would definitely make the transition from DSLR to mirrorless smoother. But, again, it all comes down to preference and shooting style. To reiterate, Selah and I love being part of the Fujifilm ecosystem. And they didn't pay or ask me to say that. 

-Joe

*Comments or questions? Hit me up below.

**A note on the images. I found some fancy code to create the "before & after" slider. All of the images were shot with the X-T2, and edited with a custom preset I created in Lightroom. Please let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see more posts featuring such witchcraft. I'd love to do some editing tutorials.

 

Posted by Joe Dodd