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Despite hearing a fair bit of negativity from photographers who pontificated about unresponsive and slow autofocus, poor ergonomics, unintuitive menu systems and dreadful battery life, I continued with my own research and decided to find out for myself. As always, the good people at the Newcastle upon Tyne branch of London Camera Exchange were very helpful and offered a good trade in price on some of my older unused gear.
In fact, it is lighter than just my Nikon mm lens alone! The lens aperture ring, engineered dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation are a throw back to a more vintage style of camera. Underneath these dials we can access some of the features of a more modern camera system.
For a relatively small camera we have the My journey to success of large 3 inch k monitor screen with a very robust hinge and tilting mechanism.
Contrary to some of the negativity I heard before I bought the camera, I found navigating the menu system to be intuitive and it is easy to find settings quickly.
In principle it feels like a similar process to that which I am used to on my Nikon cameras. I used my X-T2 and mm lens for the first time as part of this.
Upon publishing, I was delighted and encouraged to see one of these photographs as the main shot for my feature. It is the first time I have used a camera with an Electronic Viewfinder for any length of time. The live exposure, histogram and flashing hightlights are incredibly useful, especially when working in constantly changing light with different species.
I always stress the importance of being able to operate a camera without taking your eye away from the viewfinder.
Reviewing a photograph and adjusting menu settings in the viewfinder is therefore a most welcome advantage too. Battery life is a negative point, it is rated to just shots. But, we have to be realistic!
With such an incredibly versatile and fast EVF, we have to expect a hit on battery life. The viewfinder can be set so it is activated automatically when your eye is detected so this helps.
Nevertheless, I bought an additional battery a couple of days later! I also spent time using the film simulations in camera and also as profiles in Adobe Lightroom. Kit Lens Kit lenses are often mid-range zooms of variable quality.
They can be capable of very good results but often in limiting circumstances, e. This is no ordinary kit lens! Despite this, I was curious to evaluate the X-T2 autofocus with moving wildlife, in particular the focus tracking of subjects such as birds in flight.
While visiting a local wildlife reserve I photographed a couple of greylag geese flying over the reed beds. Not the most difficult of subjects to photograph in flight by any means but I was pleased with the sequence of shots using the zone focussing for the first time, especially considering the negativity I had heard about the autofocus.
My time with flying subjects was limited but given these early and encouraging results I am keen to explore the autofocus capability further. I was also pleased with the overall quality of the mm lens.
The sharpness is very good and the optical stability very effective. The build quality is excellent and the lens also feels very light. Teleconverter I was also loaned a Fujinon 1.
I spent a couple of hours in a woodland bird hide where mm was still a bit too short. I had the teleconverter in my bag so I grudgingly attached it to the lens and and give it a try. After all, it would be silly not to! Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 is a pleasure.
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