Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2 - front
Fujifilm X-T2 – front

I have been using X-T2 for several months and it is time now for broader look at this camera. Physically it is small and well designed body – for me maybe even a bit to small, but I will come back to this topic in a moment. Nice look, “stylish”, I would say, giving high comfort of use. All the main settings are available in form of knobs, switches and buttons with no need to dig deep in the menu.

Fujifilm X-T2 - top
Fujifilm X-T2 – top

The viewfinder is big, bright, with delay invisible to me. The main screen at the back is clear and good quality. But here I have two notes: first a small one: I would prefer fully articulated screen. Yes, I know – this would mean a bit bigger body, but it would be an advantage and not a drawback to me. And the second note – a big one: Fujifilm, why it is not a touch screen? Today it is a huge mistake!

Fujifilm X-T2 - back
Fujifilm X-T2 – back

Coming back to the body size – this is a minor issue as I always have the Vertical Power Booster Grip attached. This gives me a big enough body and the ability to use three batteries instead of just one. If we are talking about batteries – a huge advantage of X-T2 is it’s ability to charge the batteries using USB connector to charge the internal battery and using external power supply to charge the batteries inside the grip, just connecting the power supply to the grip instead of removing the batteries for charging. Really, really a very useful feature! .

Fujifilm X-T2 z Vertical Power Booster Grip
Fujifilm X-T2 z Vertical Power Booster Grip

The light meter works perfect, AF is fast and accurate. But AF during filming needs change of the algorithm – currently the AF hunts if the object doesn’t move, probably checking if anything has changed. This makes the C-AF useless for subjects moving slowly or just from time to time during the move taking.

X-T2 is a great photographic camera. It is also almost quite good – almost quite good due to C-AF needing improvement for movie taking. In case of physical improvements we need to wait until a new body hits the market. But the advantage of the Fujifilm is that they do listen to their users and implement the most needed improvements. This makes me confident that sooner or later at least some of the improvements will be introduced. And what I would like to see in the new firmware is as follows:

  1. Expose for highlights – expose as much to the right as possible, but with no overexposed highlights. Such feature is available in the Nikon D810 and the Olympus OM-d E-M1 and I’m really surprised and upset that it is missing in the Fujifilm’s cameras, as for me it is a “must have” feature for the RAW shooters.
  2. Focus bracketing – up to 99 shots. Such feature is available in the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Great for macro work. Currently I use the slow and tedious manual focus bracketing, using the focusing rails, what works for a still subject, but it doesn’t for something alive.
  3. Time lapse 4K movie – the camera takes a single shot in the intervals set by you and in a number (or total time) set by you and at the end of the session it merges all the shots into a 4K movie with the frame rate set by you. Such feature is available in the Nikon D810 (but not in 4K, of course) – the result you can see here: http://roguski.eu/blog/2015/04/30/timelapse/.
  4. Make the Wi-Fi usable – if necessary, add an external Wi-Fi unit, but finally make the Wi-Fi usable. By “usable” I mean: fast connectivity via L2 as well as L3 network; manual setup of the IP address of the camera (or external Wi-Fi unit) and support for DHCP with ability to check the assigned IP address; PC software, the same for both file download and remote camera control, able to be set up manually in terms of target camera IP address – no stupid “pairing” process at all; ability to secure the connection using at least shared password; ability to set the camera itself, with no external software, to upload all the files as well as selected only files to the server defined by IP address – BOTH: SMB and FTP.
  5. Histogram: first, RAW histogram; second, full screen histogram; third, RGB histogram.
  6. Imperve the C-AF for movie – get rid of “floating” focus in case of slowly or rarely moving subject.

After the above mentioned changes are done, the X-T2 will become almost ideal, perfect camera. Almost, as the hardware changes can’t be done in the already existing body. But hardware changes are really minor – the only thing I need is a touch screen for movie recording.