July 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm #12038
Fuji is expected to announce the X-T2 next week (7 July); but full specs and a photo have already been leaked by a Japanese site, and posted by PetapixelJuly 10, 2016 at 8:33 am #12050
They have tweeked the design, improving operability, boosted performance of autofocusing and operating speed but for me the most interesting features are the now fully articulated LCD, so you can take portrait orientation shots without using the viewfinder and, of course you have 50% more pixels. How much difference will the latter make to picture quality? Anyone seen a comparison?July 10, 2016 at 12:46 pm #12051
You can do your own side-by-side comparisons of the X-T1 and X-T2 IQ by selecting those cameras in DP Review Studio Comparison image, here.
The DP Review ‘first impressions’ article comments that the IQ was as good as they had expected from their experience with the same new sensor and processor in the X-Pro2. And as they say in their X-Pro2 review:
“The camera’s image quality is excellent. The 24MP sensor boosts the resolution and seems to benefit from improved and more subtle processing of fine detail (there’s much less of the ‘waxy skin’ effect that we saw at High ISO settings on the previous generation of Fujifilms). JPEG color response is excellent, with a choice of usefully diverse processing options.”
That review also provides fuller details of the X-Pro2 IQ, and both it and the ‘first impressions’ review of the X-T2 have sample images. I think the general opinion in online reviews is that the IQ is noticeably improved.July 10, 2016 at 4:06 pm #12052
New XT-2 are for sale on the http://www.wexphotographic.com/compact-system-cameras-fuji/b3189-m84?pagenum=3 site at £1399 body only.
Have just received my XT-1 and 18/55 Lens back from Fujifilm after a repair costing £230. It failed when on holiday, they charge a fixed amount regardless of the fault £90 for a Lens repair and £140 for a Camera repair, the only people who repair Fujifilm cameras and Lens are Fujifilm.July 11, 2016 at 7:50 am #12053
Thanks for those replies.
Sorry to hear about your repairs, Wallace. What happened?
My only concern about the XT2 is how much it is about keeping up with the DSLRS (or should I say “catching up”?) on autofocus. I am concerned that it need three batteries to get top performance – are you likely to find that it chews through batteries?
There is also size and weight; the camera itself is a bit bigger and 70g heavier, but if you have to factor in the battery pack….
It looks like one for the sports photographer and wildlife photographer and perhaps not for me, though I do really like the articulating screen on the XT1.
July 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm #12058
- This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by ajroyle.
The 18/55 Lens would not communicate with the camera body, though the 40mm prim worked OK. I did not know wheather there was a fault with the camera a well as the lens, so I sent both off to them. This may have been a mistake they told me I had hot pixles in the sensor which they corrected, I had not notice any problem with the quality of the images I did take. SO if you have a problem just send the item that you think is causing the problem.
I dont think I will uograde to an XT-2 as I use my Canon gear for all sports and nature work, and it does a reasonable job. I was contemplating getting a good 18mm Prime for the XT-1, any sugestions, I notice that I can not set the 40mm lems to manual, or am I missing something.July 11, 2016 at 4:55 pm #12059
Ian has, and users extensively, the 18mm f2 and can advise you. It has the advantage of being of “pancake” design and so keeps the camera and lens very pocketable. The 16mm f1.4 is a superior performance lens but much bigger and more expensive.
When you say 40mm I assume you mean 35mm equivalence. The 27mm is that. i think this one has no aperture settings on the barrel, you just turn the aperture ring and read the settings in the viewfinder. There is a little switch which turns on the auto aperture and you probably have that set incorrectly.July 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm #12060
I have both the Fujinon XF 18mm (28mm ffe) and 27mm (c 40mm ffe).
It’s the 27mm that’s a pancake – it has a focus ring but no aperture ring. You set the aperture using the back control wheel on the camera (at least, that’s where it is on an X-Pro1; there will be an equivalent on the X-T1).
The 18mm has a focus ring and an aperture ring (F/2 to F/16). It’s a very nice lens, with good sharpness when stopped down from F/2.8 onwards. (I use mine routinely at F/8 for street photography – have a look at my Flickr photographs tagged “treaclemarket” for examples.) I think this review gives a fair summary. Check here for lowest prices.July 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm #12061
Sorry my prime lens is a 35mm which converts to 50mm with the crop. Can not find any switches to turn it to Manual focus. has only an aperture setting ring.
Thank you Ian for the links will probably go for the 18mmJuly 11, 2016 at 6:49 pm #12062
Thanks for that Ian. There are cash backs on many Fuji lenses at present, 40 quid off the 18mm, so watch that when looking at prices.
Wallace, I assumed you were talking about aperture settings, just turn the camera to manual focus on the front button and away you go. Some lenses switch to manual by pulling out the front unit to reveal a lovely old depth of field scale, but not the 35 f1.4. There is also a 35 f2, which I dont have.
Incidentally, I had some hot pixels appear on my XT1 sensor, about 2 years ago. I spotted it when I was processing some low light shots. The camera was still under guarantee and they remapped the sensor, getting the camera back to me by return.July 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm #12063
You switch to manual focus on the camera, not on the lens. The switch is the one at the bottom right as you look at the picture of the X-T2 at the beginning of this thread (it’s the same on the X-T1). Look at Page 61 of the manual.July 12, 2016 at 10:26 am #12065
This is embarrising I really should use the Manual and not think that all cameras work in a similer way to a Canon.
Priblem resolved and thanks again for you advice and patience.
BTW I now have another 1 year guarantee on both my Camera and Lens as a result of the repairJuly 12, 2016 at 10:48 pm #12068
I think the XT1 is a complex camera and the 2 is going to be even more so. I was watching a demo of the new tracking settings for the autofocus and it was certainly too much to take in at one go.
Fortunately you can just concentrate on those functions that matter to your type of photography but I often think that for general work the completely mechanical Leica M was so easy to use, focussing was just a 180 degree swing of the lever on the lens to go from about 1m to infinity ( this is the 35mm lens). All the depth of field markings were on the lens cylinder so you could check that at a glance. All perfect for what I do 90% of the time…..but, of course, no good for macro or tele.
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