Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Lens
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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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272 of 278 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
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
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Limit this to "Five Stars?" That's Absurd.
Sometimes I feel silly writing a review. This normally occurs when I want to review a product that already has so many other reviews previously posted, and/or that come to similar conclusions. This is one of those reviews, and on both counts. But I still wish to write this review, because the Fuji X-T2 is THAT good.
I’m not a professional photographer in the strictest set of terms. I recently ran into a man in Paris who was shooting with a Hasselblad camera that he had purchased (body only) for seven thousand euros (about eight years ago; not including the lens). Of course, it’s not the CAMERA that makes him a professional: this is a freelancer who sells photos to newspapers and magazines across Europe, and if you spent time (which I did, some 30 minutes of it, or so) watching how he would size up a shot in his mind, take a long time to think about it, and then whip up the camera and take a shot almost without effort, you can tell you are looking at a professional. We had a nice talk and exchanged stories about cameras. With some Hasselblad backs selling for over 40,000 dollars, he still complimented my camera. What camera was it? A Fuji X-T2.
I’m no professional, but I’ve been into photography for about 20 years. I’ve owned many many different cameras over that period, of all types, from diminutive little devices that fit into your front pocket, to DSLR’s that were so heavy you almost yearned for the end of a shoot. Most of them were advanced at the time, sporting one or more technological achievements never before present in a camera, and many of them immensely enjoyable to use. And many brands, too. Nikon. Canon. Sony. Fuji. And on and on.
Let’s cut to the chase. The Fuji X-T2 is simply a flat-out amazing camera. It builds on all the advances of the X-T1, and, for the most part, very well, with improvements and tweaks that even people who loved the X-T1 wanted to see in the camera's next incarnation. It FEELS good to shoot with it. It produces REMARKABLE results, particularly when you are shooting with one of their succulent “XF” lenses (sorry, that's the word that comes to mind, and to any that have used the XF 23mm or the XF 56mm, you'll know what I mean). The Fuji X-T2 feels like the camera I’ve been waiting for all these years. It’s comfortable to hold. It’s fast. It’s highly customizable, yet will turn out fantastic shots in full auto mode. It opens you up to a series of Fuji lenses that are endlessly compared to Leica and Zeiss lenses at three times their price (or more). It’s made in Japan, and feels like it. (So are most of the "XF" lenses, by the way, with a couple of exceptions.)
Why are the results of the X-T2 so good? It’s not because of its 24 mp rating. It’s because of the TYPE of sensor, the MANNER in which the sensor’s data output channel is handled by the camera’s processor, and because of the incredible visual characteristics of the “XF” line of Fujinon lenses. Put another way, it’s the marriage of the sensor, the characteristics of the lenses, and the way the sensor output is handled once the shot is taken that make the X-T2 what it is.
You can read all about the details of the camera’s specifications nearly anywhere (and be careful, information overload is a real danger here), but I won’t do that here. What I WILL do is tell you that this is a magnificent camera that can take amazing photos. Is it a full frame or a medium-format camera? No. But for someone like me, that does not matter. What DOES matter is that I can take photos with this camera that were never before possible, and that routinely possess the “wow factor." And there is plenty of room to tinker with those photos later on--even if shooting in jpg-- because of the high megapixel sensor, if you choose to do that.
The Fuji X-T2 is a “photographer’s camera” because it lets you do just what you want to do: take pictures the way you envision them. It lets you do so smoothly and quickly, and offers so many opportunities for manipulation that it would take far too long to list them here. This camera feels good in the hand. It oozes quality. Is it the “poor man’s Leica?” Maybe so. It’s so pleasant to shoot with and the results are so good—color, saturation, headroom, detail, sharpness, clarity—that I don’t need to worry about saving for a Leica. Yes, I understand I am comparing apples and oranges, and it truly is a subjective view that I’m providing, but it’s a view that is shared by nearly everyone who has used either a Fuji X-T1, X-T2, X-Pro, or X-Pro2. Asked another way: How many NEGATIVE reviews have you seen on any of these cameras by those that have owned or used them? There are a few out there, but so very, very few; that all by itself speaks volumes. And the X-T2 may very well be the best of them all.
The fact that it is still relatively light and comfortably small (as compared to a typical DSLR) is just icing on the cake. It’s a camera that nearly anyone can use to take great photos. Give it to a novice on AUTO, slap the kit lens on it (either the 18-55mm or the 18-135mm kit lens, it doesn’t matter) and turn them loose and see what they capture. It’s remarkable to see. And then, if one starts to learn more about photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.), let them interact with the camera’s customizable settings. It’s amazing.
I love being able to easily adjust settings with mechanical knobs at the top of the camera, but I just as much love being able to set things to AUTO and let the camera figure things out for me, usually with good result. Quiet operation (even a completely silent electronic shutter, if I want it). Comfortable grip. A truly tremendous set of lenses to select from. Customizable buttons (six of them, actually). A viewfinder that makes you think you are using a glass prism, but also includes all the shooting data I on it. This is what photography is all about.
I am aware I’ve not in this review cited any specifications: these are available anywhere. What this review is just simply another person’s response to using this camera over a period of months. I just finished a three-week shoot in Paris with it. It’s obvious this camera is made by a company that understands photography. And understands it well. Just as my acquaintance above with the Hasselblad camera complemented my X-T2—a camera that cost one-tenth as much, or less—Fujifilm is onto something here. If you are a photographer, you owe it to yourself to look into this camera and its entire line of lenses, because if you do not, you’re missing out on what is potentially one of the most amazing line of photographic equipment available for the non-rich. It’s not that the Fuji equipment is cheap, because it most certainly is not. But BY COMPARISON with its true competitors, it really is inexpensive. But all of that can be overlooked: just examine the shots you take with this camera and be amazed. Because that’s exactly what will happen.
I've uploaded a few sample shots. As anyone knows, these have been reduced and shrinked so much for use here that they do not show the ACTUAL photos. What they do, however, is provide a general "feel" for what can be done with X-T2.