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The FUJIFILM X-T2 is the ultimate mirrorless digital camera. The X-T2 is a splash-resistant premium interchangeable lens camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF). The X-T2 houses the latest generation 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III with an APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter, boasting the highest performance in the history of X Series. The new X-T2 produces crisp image resolution comparable to that of cameras equipped with larger sensors and higher pixel counts, all in a more compact and classically-designed body. And for the first time, the new FUJIFILM X-T2 now supports 4K video recording that can use each available Film Simulation mode, including ACROS, to easily produce premium-quality footage that is as unique as the photographer behind the viewfinder.
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268 of 274 people found the following review helpful.
My absolute favorite camera (sorry, Canon)
By Kevin Kleitches
First off, this is (according to my failing memory), the only Amazon review I've ever felt compelled to write, so that should give you a pretty good idea on just how amazing this camera is.
Quick backstory: I've only been shooting for a couple of years. In 2014, I picked up my first DSLR, a Canon T3i. Within a few months I graduated to the Canon 6D, and a year or so later, the 5D Mark III. Canon has served me well over the years, and I've been fortunate enough to make a solid side-income from this hobby-turned-profession. I wouldn't be writing this review right now, let alone know what a mirrorless camera is, if it weren't for my friend, Jahns. We made plans to shoot some street photography one day and he showed up with a small little camera that looked more like a point-and-shoot rather than a DSLR. Turns out, it was neither. It was the Sony a7, and I quickly became enamored with its convenient portability and nifty features, like its electronic viewfinder, focus peaking, and advanced focus system. Suddenly it became clear: mirrorless was the future. I knew I had some research to do.
I had my work cut out for me. There are plenty of mirrorless options on the market, so deciding which one I wanted proved to be a difficult task. Initially, I thought my choice was clear: The Sony a7rII. It boasted everything I would ever need in a camera. But the price tag ($3,198) was hefty, and I started to question whether I really needed all those megapixels. Surely, there was a more affordable alternative. Enter the Fuji XT-2. I'm actually not sure how I stumbled upon this marvel of a machine, but I'm so glad I did. After reading glowing review after glowing review about the X-series, it became obvious the XT-2 was for me. So I ordered it.
Five Reasons Why I'm in Love with This Camera:
This camera along with the 35mm f/2 (the only lens I have for it) weighs 1.5 pounds. That's including the battery and lens hood. The Canon 5D Mark III with the 85mm f/1.2 weighs well over three times that much. The difference in weight is not just noticeable, it's dramatic. You can wear it around your neck or slung over your shoulder and you'll barely feel it.
2) Superior focus system
"Superior to what?" you might be asking. While I don't know if the XT-2's focus system beats out other mirrorless cameras (it might, I just haven't done the research), I can say with certainty that it's light years ahead of any DSLR I've shot with. DSLR cameras use what's called phase detection autofocus, while mirrorless systems use what's called contrast detection autofocus. What's the difference? Phase detection is generally a little faster, but it has one huge drawback: it can be pretty inaccurate. With contrast detection, on the other hand, the camera looks at the point on the sensor that's supposed to be in focus and adjusts the lens accordingly until everything looks sharp. Since getting the XT-2, my "throw-away" rate has been cut down significantly. So many images are in focus, and if they aren't, it's generally because I'm not shooting at a fast enough shutter speed.
3) Articulating Screen
If you're a street photographer, you're going to be in absolute heaven. This camera is already discrete with its small form factor, but when you couple that with the ability to pull out the LCD screen, you have the superpower of going around virtually unnoticed. Using live view, I can look down at my camera's LCD screen that's flipped up and focus more on composing my shot rather than worrying about if people are noticing me. This means capturing more real-life moments and less time planning out *how* you're going to capture those moments.
4) Film Simulation
The film simulations are a big part of what swayed me to Fuji instead of Sony. And they definitely do not disappoint. I'm particularly fond of the "Classic Chrome" simulation; its soft and muted tones makes images so pleasing to look at. I generally will color correct images on my own, but I've been surprised at how many images are shareable right out of the camera. Especially for random outings and trips, this is such a welcome feature. No longer do you have to spend hours culling and editing every individual shot.
One other thing to note about the film simulations: they can be applied to video too, although I haven't thoroughly tested this yet. It's nice to know that you can choose to forgo color grading if you're happy with what the simulation gives you. (Fuji also has a flat video profile called F-log, though I think that can only be utilized when using an external 4k recorder.)
5) Sex Appeal
Looks aren't everything, but they sure do help, and the XT-2 is a damn sexy beast. With its three dials on the top of the body, it deceives many into thinking it's a film camera. That is, until they see the LCD screen or hear the sound of its delicious (and silent!) mechanical shutter. The XT-2 is the perfect marriage of nostalgia and technology, and is sure to be a conversation piece among friends and strangers alike.
The Bottom Line: No piece of gear will make you a better photographer on its own, but this camera certainly makes shooting hella fun. If you're considering making the leap from a DSLR to mirrorless, this is a fine choice. Get it! You won't regret it. :)
I hope you all find this review helpful. Thanks for reading, and happy shooting!
Kevin Titus Photo
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful.
Pure joy... I prefer it over the X-T20 and even my Nikon D750! Get the Body + 35mm f/2 lens!
By Candid Reviewer
The Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera is INSANELY good, blending an extremely responsive autofocusing system with Fuji's first-rate color and image processing, all squeezed into a brilliantly compact form factor. Paired with Fuji's outstanding 35mm f/2 XF lens, you end up with a light, portable powerhouse that can produce first-rate images and is simply a joy to shoot.
At work, I use a Nikon D750 full frame DSLR. That camera is amazing and can virtually see in the dark when paired with Nikon's pro-grade lenses. However, it is also heavy and cumbersome. I don't mind toting it around for a couple of hours to grab photo/video content for marketing, but it's the kind of camera that never lets you forget you're "on the job," as you work around its intrusive size and heft. Past the two-hour mark, I also begin to tire quickly and it's a chore to press on much longer. By contrast, the Fuji X-T2 packs 95% of that capability into a form factor so much smaller and lighter that the camera virtually vanishes in the down-time between shots, whether slung around your neck or stowed in a bag or pack. This makes it a dream to use for travel and family photography. Truly, for the first time, I feel like I can have a zero-compromises camera that fits in with family time without getting in the way. (My previous camera for that role was the superb little Panasonic LX100, which is noticeably more compact than the X-T2 and even the X-T20, but its diminutive size and other qualities undermined some of the joy of shooting that I get from the Fuji cameras, which have a better build, larger sensor, and all-around better "feel".)
Here's what I love about this camera that makes me prefer it by far over the LX100, X-T20, or D750:
- SMALL, BUT NOT TOO SMALL: The X-T2 hits the ideal sweet spot for my medium-sized hands. It's small enough to eliminate considerable weight and bulk over the D750, but unlike my LX100 or the X-T20, it's not so small that my fingers feel crowded and fumbly on the controls (especially when trying to operate them without taking my eye away from the viewfinder). The grip could be larger for some tastes perhaps, but the size of the camera overall (the spread of the controls, the space for fingers to move around and on an attached lens, the space for putting an eye to the viewfinder) is the PERFECT compromise between uber-portability and comfortable usability. Ergonomics may sound like a minor issue to some people, but when it comes to the pleasure of the shooting experience, this was one of my biggest gripes about my capable little LX100. It was just too small, and that's a key reason I ruled out the nearly identically-sized X-T20. I wanted the bigger body of the X-T2, and while it indeed fits and feels as good as I hoped (and expected, having handled the X-T1), I am also delighted to find that it feels eminently portable. Frankly, between the X-T2 and X-T20, it's the lens you select, more than the body itself, that is going to make or break the comfort of carrying it around, but the X-T2 definitely beats the X-T20 in the ergonomics of its controls. (If you have small hands, you may disagree and find that the X-T20 feels fine. Try to get your hands on both if you're unsure about ergonomics, but for me the difference was noticeable.)
- SUPERB FUJI IMAGE PROCESSING: The D750 is so powerful I can get it to make just about any image I need; however, virtually every image requires some post-processing in Lightroom/Photoshop to get it looking its best. That's not really a problem when I'm shooting a subject for a specific marketing purpose and effect, but when it comes to family photos (i.e., the gazillion candids I snap of our kids) it means I have to spend exponentially more time on post-processing/editing to get the images looking the way I like them. The X-T2 boats nearly the same degree of raw power (though its sensor is definitely weaker in very low light than the D750's full-frame sensor), yet its JPEGs often look stunning straight-out-of-camera (much better than the D750's do). I still shoot everything in RAW + JPEG to preserve the additional editing latitude that RAW allows; however, most of the time, no editing is required and I can simply delete the RAW file for "average" shots I'd like to keep but don't particularly love, and then keep the RAW files for the shots that look the best in case I want to edit them later. In other words, I can grab thousands of already-fantastic images of our kids at the press of the shutter (more than pleasing enough to drop into a slideshow, digital picture frame, or online album), and devote all of my editing attention to tweaking the nuances of only those few images that I like best, choose to push creatively, or want to prepare for large-scale, framed prints. Hallelujah! The joy of shooting is back, and I'm free of that photographic purgatory known as obligatory photo editing!
- POWERFUL, WITH ROOM TO GROW: Given Fuji's superb track-record of supporting their cameras with multiple iterations of aggressive, feature-enhancing firmware updates, plus the fact that the X-T2 can be combined with a performance-boosting battery grip to significantly extend its feature set (not to mention the finer ergonomic feel I mentioned above), its "future proof" creative potential is quite a bit higher. Don't get me wrong: Better technology will undoubtedly come out in the next year or two, and I don't even intend to buy the XT-2's battery grip anytime soon; however, I don't upgrade my camera gear every year or two like some people do. I like to grow into a camera and build a relationship with it for years. So I decided it's worth it to me that, as I grow into the action shooting and video side of this camera, the available battery grip offers me the option to shoot at markedly higher frame capture rates (with faster autofocus and viewfinder refresh rates, as well) and to triple 4K video recording times (30 min. vs. the standard 10 min.) compared with its standard performance on a single-battery and the fixed limitations of the X-T20. Of course, with regard to the pleasure of the shooting experience, I also just knew that I wanted the larger EVF and the faster start-up time--not to mention the...
WEATHER-SEALED BODY: Unlike the LX100 and X-T20, the X-T2 is weather-sealed, provided you mount a weather-sealed lens. In the past, I've had two relatively nice digital cameras fail me due to gradual moisture intrusion. To be clear, I've never left a camera in the rain; however, living in a very hot, humid place (Georgia) and going in and out of air-conditioned environments can take quite a toll on electronics. While my little LX100 is still going strong, I always take great care to keep it protected, including using a good case with a desiccant packet to absorb moisture. I don't intend to run my X-T2 in any rainstorms nor to neglect storing it carefully (I take good care of all my gear), but I like that its sealing means extra protection from moisture and dust, and thus, probably greater longevity. I intend to shoot with this camera for a very long time because, based on my experience, this is going to be one of those timeless cameras that is so good at what it needs to do, there won't be a compelling reason to upgrade for quite a long time (unless you are a tech-junkie, but that's not why I fell in love with the X-T2).
If not for the autofocus issues on the X-T1, I would have jumped into the Fuji system a few years ago and probably would have been a perfectly happy X-T1 owner. When it comes to capturing candid images of my three little daredevil daughters (who are always in motion, it seems), however, the X-T2's added power finally transforms the otherwise-impressive X series into my ideal camera: Perfect for family and travel, yet powerful enough to serve in a professional role. (Frankly, the only hesitation I would have about using this camera professionally would be in very low-light and very fast-action roles, in which case the full-frame Nikon cameras and blazing-fast-autofocusing Canon cameras still have quite an edge.) It's a no-compromise camera that can capture first-rate images of my family, yet small enough to be unobtrusive, with ergonomics that not only facilitate easy, instantaneous operation, but enhance the sheer pleasure of the shooting experience. It's a camera so good that I love toting it everywhere I go. It never feels underpowered or slow so as to miss a great moment, nor is it so bulky as to feel laborious to lug around or steady, nor it it so small as to feel toy-like, cramped, or awkward, nor does it feel like the technology (menus, meters, motors, etc.) ever gets in the way. This is the kind of camera I yearn to carry around and shoot with, even for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of snapping photos. That is not something I could say about my LX100 due to its too-small form factor and the particular annoyance of its electronic zoom (I hate, hate, hate lever-actuated electronic zooms; they're just too slow).
If affordability is priority one but you want the benefits of the Fuji X system, go with the X-T20. (If price and sheer portability are critical and you don't need all those megapixels or mind a tiny grip, you may even want to track down an LX100!) If affordability and ergonomics are critical, but you don't need the fast auto-focusing (i.e., you do mostly studio work or shoot fixed subjects), go with the X-T1, which can give you 80% of the performance, 95% of the ergonomics, and 99% of the image quality of the X-T2 (assuming you don't need the extra megapixels for added flexibility when cropping). But if top performance and superb ergonomics in a refreshingly portable package are your top criteria (and, like my children, your subjects tend always to be in motion), the X-T2 is hands down the best mirrorless camera in the world at this time. It's also powerful enough that you can grow into it for YEARS without feeling like you're bumping up against its limitations. (That is not something I could say about the X-T1 due to its autofocus limitations, which have been revolutionized in the X-T2.)
A note on lenses: I passed on the non-weather-sealed 18-55mm lens. While it sounds like a fine lens, the images I reviewed from the 35mm just looked better to me and it offers a faster aperture and weather sealing. I was hesitant about switching to a prime, especially with only one lens as I switch to the Fuji system; however, after quite awhile, I have NEVER ONCE regretted this decision. The 35mm f/2 (~50mm equivalent) is remarkable versatile, and compared with the wider 23mm f/2 (which is also quite good, per images I reviewed) it never struggles to fill the frame with people if that's your goal. The 35mm can get good and close, yet is relatively easy to back up for wider shots that give a sense of place/environment. And it can even focus closely enough (about 10 inches) that you can get surprisingly sharp, close photos of flora and fauna, provided you have the right lighting and can get close. Not macro, mind you, but darn good close-ups that show amazing detail and textures. So, in my opinion, if you're on the fence as to whether you want the kit, I would say no. For the money, the performance of the unbelievably affordably priced 35mm f/2 is just TOO GOOD to pass up on. I think the better deal is to buy an X-T2 body plus the 35mm f/2 XF WR lens. You end up with a very portable powerhouse of a camera that is all I have needed to get outstanding variety and quality of images on family outings.
That's my review and random thoughts as someone who has a D750 and lots of lenses for work, has used an LX100 for personal family shots for the past two years, and now owns an X-T2 with the 35mm f/2 lens. I hope this review was helpful!
115 of 122 people found the following review helpful.
I have several. Absolutely a professional level camera!
Pictures say it all. This camera can do anything my full frame cameras can do and I like it better. Im a pro wedding photographer who covers about 40-50 weddings at my current rate. This camera is essential to my workflow. I can do great shots with much less global editing.
- Pro Quality
- Lighter than my DSLR
- Smaller than my DSLR even with a grip
- high fps
- AMAZING jpeg files
-easiest camera Ive ever owned when it comes to shoot in full manual and not accidentally messing up a shot.
- best wifi experience of any pro camera I know of
- can print directly from camera with instax eich my brides love
- low light focusing can be kinda slow or miss but its the best mirrorless Ive had for low light focusing.
- need battery grip to do long events
All shots attached are jpegs straight from the camera