A day with the Fujifilm X-T2
Our Reviews Editor was lucky enough to be invited to test a pre-production Fujifilm X-T2, just after it’s launch last week
Fujifilm took us to Le Mans Classic to put their newest mirrorless camera through its paces and try the new AF-C functions on some fast cars.
Equipped with the X-T2, Vertical Power Booster (VPB), XF 16-55mm f2.8 and 50-140mm f2.8 lenses, we took the kit for a spin on track with high hopes – it really didn’t disappoint.
High-speed motorsport photography can be very tricky to master – even more so when faced with a totally new camera – but the X-T2 was a joy to navigate. The top dials are smooth and easy to operate with locks on the shutter speed and ISO dial to prevent any unwanted setting slips. The Quick menu is simple to use and the new AF-C functions are easy to locate too.
Overall the X-T2 was comfortable to handle and the addition of the VPB helped to balance to camera nicely when using the 50-140mm lens. The VPB does add some bulk, however, the kit still felt far more compact, light and easy to carry compared to a DSLR system.
The electronic viewfinder was impressive – blackouts from viewfinders in mirrorless cameras has previously been a sore point and something that loyal DSLR users site as one of their reasons for not switching systems – when in High-speed Continuous shooting with the camera set the Boost mode the EVF blackouts were barely comprehensible. This meant that panning and tracking a subject was far easier and more accurate because we didn’t miss any of the subject’s movements due to the blackouts. Boost mode also helps to increase the frames rate from 8fps to 11fps, which meant we barely missed a movement of any of the cars we shot.
While the majority to prospective users might not be planning to shoot high-speed cars, Le Man Classic was the best location to test of some of the new AF function capabilities and improved speed as well as discover the sheer versatility of the camera. We tried AF-C Preset 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 over the course of the day, all of which were really impressive, helping us to focus on the subject while obtaining the perfect focus tracking depending on where we were shooting and the nature of the subject’s movement. There were a few glitches in some of the AF settings, however this was expected since the model we were using is pre-production.
We really enjoyed using the Film Simulation presets on the X-T2. The Monochrome film simulations were a particular favourite especially at Le Mans Classic because we were surrounded by old fashioned and classic cars. The images that we captured with the Monochrome simulation were very fitting to the theme of the event.
Considering that the camera we were using was a pre-production model – which implies that there will be some further fine-tuning of the X-T2 before it goes on sale – we were thoroughly impressed and are deeply excited to get our hands on the finished product in September. Find out more about the capabilities of the X-T2 on our blog.
A selection of images from our day
All images shot on a pre-production Fujifilm X-T2.