Why Are Fujifilm X Cameras So Special? Fuji XT2 Mini Review

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Ohhh, so THAT Is What Fuji Fanboys Are Talking About…

I am going on three weeks of being a “Fuji Shooter” with my X-T2, and I can say with complete confidence that it has exceeded my expectations. 

I am primarily a landscape/nature photographer and have always used my big Nikon DSLRs. I have been very pleased with my D810 for the past two years, but there are four distinct features that I think sets Fujifilm X cameras apart from the other camera brands I have used.

#1 Light Rendition:

I have no technical explanation for this one. I have used tons of cameras, but the way the Fuji X-trans sensors record light is just magical. There is such a defined and attractive separation between highlight and shadow. I’m Pretty sure that Fuji performs some kind of wizardry on these sensors after Sony sends them over.

This image was taken during golden hour, and I still can’t explain how the sensor magically portrays the separation between the cold blue shadows and the golden highlights kissing the rocks.


#2 High ISO Detail:

This is a big one for me because I do a lot of printing. There many times where I see “the shot” and just have to crank the ISO much higher than normal to capture the moment before it disappears. Usually when this happens while I am shooting with my D810, it’s kind of a general rule that loss of detail and color starts happening around 3200 ISO. For sharing online or any kind of web use, 3200 and up is easily useable on the D810, but printing is entirely different. To my complete surprise, the XT2 files are still useable at 6400 ISO and up for printing. I ordered a 16×24 print from an XT2 TIFF file that was shot at ISO 8000, and it looked freaking phenomenal due to the amount of detail that held together at the higher ISO values on the Fuji XT2. If you would like to see a Fuji vs Nikon ISO comparison I did, you can read that blog post HERE.

This image was taken handheld at 5000 ISO with no noticeable loss of detail at all.

This image was taken handheld at 5000 ISO with no noticeable loss of detail at all.


#3 The Mechanical Dials:

The image quality isn’t the only reason that the XT2 has been an absolute pleasure to shoot with. The handling and ergonomics of this camera simply make it fun to use. My favorite feature about the ergonomics of course are the mechanical dials on top for controlling ISO, shutter speed, metering, and exposure compensation. Not only does it make for a super fast workflow when shooting, but it also adds that beautiful bit of nostalgia as if I’m shooting on an old film camera.


#4 Color Rendition:

Last but not least, the color rendition on that Fuji cranks out of their files are stunning. It really has a look of it’s own that I have not seen before when using any other camera or software plugin. If you make the jump and purchase one of these Fuji X cameras, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Ever since the first few Fujifilm mirrorless cameras started to hit the market a few years ago, I have heard nothing but good things about their natural rendition of “colory” buttery goodness. Now I know why people won’t shut up about it ;-).

This image only had some micro contrast and sharpening applied to it. The colors and perfect exposure are straight out of the camera. It impressed the heck out of me!

This image only had some micro contrast and sharpening applied to it. The colors and exposure are straight out of the camera. It impressed the heck out of me!


Conclusion And Video Going Over These Four Topics…

If you can’t tell, I am really loving this camera so far, but I have obviously found some quirks and cons that I will mention in my full review(coming soon). I will go ahead and put your mind at ease by saying that I haven’t found anything yet that bothered me enough to sell it or return it. I am going on almost a month of not touching my Nikon D810. It might sound weird, but when I get creative and feel like going on a photo adventure, I just naturally pick up my Fuji kit without thinking. It just feels right…

As Always, please let me know in the comments if you have ANY questions at all.

-Eric


 

6 replies
  1. George says:

    I have to agree whole heartedly with you., I first purchased the XE-2. Was very surprised by the ISO performance, color and lens quality. I shoot a D800 normally for landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, think low light. But when I got the XPro-2 it took things to a whole new level. It is comperable or better in a number of categories as you point out. I am not getting rid of my D800, but it stays home a lot more than it used to… a lot.

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    • Eric Marks (Author) says:

      Glad to hear about another landscape shooter enjoying Fuji gear! Believe me, I completely understand about the Fuji sensors just elevating the “look” of my files to a whole new level. It’s just so much more fun to go out and shoot now. Thanks for reading, George!

      -Eric

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  2. Nicola says:

    Hi Eric
    Great job!
    What software do you use to post process Fuji raw?
    Looks like a lot of people are using iridient developer!!

    Thanks

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    • Eric Marks (Author) says:

      Hi Nicola,

      Thanks for reading! I use Lightroom primarily, but I am actually un the middle of testing the new ON1 Photo RAW software. I have used ON1 plugins for a while, and I have heard a of great things about how ON1 RAW processes Fuji RAW files. I will post a review on the software when I have tested in thoroughly :-). -Eric

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    • Eric Marks (Author) says:

      Hi Chuck, I will definitely do a video on that. The reason I have not done one yet is because the only good flash option for Fuji right now as far as TTL and HSS is the Nissin i60A. The problem is, HSS will not be available on those units until next month, so if they actually do release the HSS firmware update, then I will purchase the new version and review the heck out of them :-). Right now, I am using Pocket Wizard Plus III triggers with Flashpoint Zoom Li-On speedlights.

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