July 2, 2017

Fuji X-T2

By In Photography

I tried out a Fuji X-T2 to see if I could convert to a crop sensor (APS-C) camera.  I have the Sony A7RII but I feel frustrated with the ergonomics.  I don’t like scrolling trough menus the whole time and having to use the thumb scroll wheel constantly to adjust the aperture or shutter speed.  What makes it particularly irritating is that you don’t know what the aperture or shutter speed is until you switch it on and look at the screen or viewfinder.

The Fuji X-T2 system is really well designed with physical dials for iso, aperture and shutter speed.  It makes it so that you can immediately take a picture since you know exactly what the settings are.  It also has a very intuitive menu system, and the lenses are very good while being quite affordable.

What I really like:

The dials are awesome. The feel of the camera is solid and the whole kit oozes quality.  The way the dials work is awesome.  You can lock in any of the 3 settings (iso, aperture, shutter speed) and keep the other two on auto to achieve aperture priority, speed priority or iso priority.  So intuitive and simple.  When there is enough light, the X-Trans sensor does a phenomenal job and the images come out pretty clean.  I also like 24 megapixels as a size, unless you have to start cropping. But for most shots, since I don’t print massive prints, 24 mega pixels is plenty of resolution.

What I didn’t like:

I like shooting in raw and post processing.  It allows me to not worry about white balance and color profile while shooting and also gives me more dynamic range.  However, the beauty of the X-Trans sensor and the Fuji X-T2 is the in-camera jpg conversions.  They are great.  In Lightroom, however, the raw conversion creates a lot of artifacts that look wormy and messy.  I even tried using the Iridient X-Transformer plugin to process the raw files before pulling them into Lightroom, but the images were still quite a bit more messy than I am used to with my Sony A7Rii.

I ultimately decided to send the Fuji back, even though I would have loved for it to replace my Sony.  I guess I will just have to be content with thumbing that scroll wheel on my Sony.

Two shots taken (different times of day so there was different light) with the Fuji and the Sony.

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