Or: did X-H1 stop making photo, because there are Nikon Z7/Z6, Canon EOS-R, Sony A7III i Fujifilm X-T3 on the market?
Year 2014: X-T1 appears on the market. Year 2016: on the market appears the successor of the X-T1, the X-T2. Year 2018: X-T3 comes. Do you see the regularity? Every two years a new pro body.
Actualization – at the end I have added what I discovered the day after 🙂
In the X-T2, and even more in the X-H1, we can find lots of features, allowing for use of these great cameras not only for stills, but also for video. Let’s name just a few: 4K or ability to use external recorder, recording through HDMI interface. And in case of X-H1 in addition F-log, touch screen, allowing for silent operation during recording or IBIS – image stabilization inside the body, what allows for use of plenty of lenses which have no stabilization built-in.
But both bodies have hidden issue, being a huge problem for many film makers: power.
Today the new firmware version for X-T2 has appeared. Lots of changes, including many nice ones.
- Ability to write RAW not only in AE bracketing, but also in bracketing of ISO, dynamic range, white balance and film simulation and while using advanced filters. So far I didn’t use the advanced filters – just because it disallowed writing of RAWs.
- Added ISO 125 and 160. To me it is meaningless. X-T2 has the ISO-less sensor, so it makes no difference if I set ISO 100 or 125 or 160.
- The maximum time of the long exposure changed from 30 seconds to 15 minutes – a must have in case of night landscapes.
- Ability to switch off exposure time correction with command dial – it is a good option as it sometimes happens that I change exposure time by accident.
- Ability to select ISO value from entire range using the command dial, when in the ISO menu we set such option for the “A” setting on the ISO dial – to me it has only one use: changing ISO while making video, as the command dial works much quieter than the ISO dial on top of the camera.
- Ability to set AUTO for selection of the longest exposure time in the ISO settings. This is a great option! And it works! You can see how the camera changes the longest exposure time at which it starts changing ISO when you change the focal length of (for example) the Fujinon 55-200 mm!
- Faster focusing with face detection thanks to use of the phase detection. Nice change… but why it didn’t work from the very beginning? 🙂
- Better in-focus signaling inside the camera – this will minimize the focus hunting in AF-C mode. Very important improvement as this probably make the AF-C mode more usable for video.
- Added 6-th, the smallest one AF point size. It is strange – I still see only 5 in my X-T2. OK, it works – in the AF-S mode 🙂
- The ability to independently set AF sensor and AF mode for landscape and for portrait orientations. I had no idea that it could be so nice feature until I played with it a little 🙂
- Ability to change the location of the AF frame while changing it’s size.
- Active eye sensor, switching between the viewfinder and the screen while filming – very nice feature for me!
- Ability to change ISO value while filming – great option – together with number 5.
- Re-focusing during filming after the shutter release is pressed half way – nice option. But remember: this is related to AF-S only as in AF-C focus is being updated all the time.
- Live histogram during filming – oh yes, it is a must have option.
- Change of the lower sensitivity limit for external mic. Hmm… I haven’t noticed any problems with mics.
- Additional screen / viewfinder option: composing through the viewfinder but showing the ready picture on the screen. I wa swaiting for this option. But… Fujifilm! What about the menu? Why it is only in the viewfinder instead of the screen? 🙂
- Permanent “Dual display” mode – it does not disappear after the shutter release is pressed.
- Automatic change of the on-screen GUI for portrait position – finally less pain in the neck 🙂
- Ability to name the custom settings set – so far I wasn’t using custom setting sets just because I never remembered what I set under what number. Position 1 is for landscape? Or sport? Or maybe macro? Now I can name the set and everything is clear. At least I hope so 🙂
- Info about author and copyrights nor can be added in the camera. Taking into account that X-T2 allows for use of the out of camera pictures, ability to write author and copyright info becomes very important.
- Voice memo – to be honest, I never use it.
- Bracketing – now 9 frames instead of 3 and max 3EV instead of 2EV. Finally HDR becomes easier thing with X-T2.
- Ability to block shooting without memory card inserted. It allows to avoid painful surprise after great shooting session 🙂
Lots of nice and useful changes. And what can we expect in May? Maybe focus bracketing? Yes, Fujifilm! Please! Give me the focus bracketing!
I like this set more and more each day. i60A + Air 1 + X-T2 – TTL works perfectly. Have a look at the below picture:
This is exactly how TTL exposed, without any correction of the flash or during development. And how it was taken? In what setup? You can see it below:
It seems to be quite hard setup for TTL. But the flash, the controller and the X-T2 together did a great job 🙂
OK, as there were many question regarding HSS, which I don’t use at all, so I haven’t mentioned it before, there is a bad news for those of you who want to use HSS. It does NOT work with my i60A and X-T1 (v 5.0), X-T2 (v 1.0 and v 1.1) or X-Pro2 (v 2.01). And even if it would work at all, by design it is only manual mode and only on-camera: my i60A allows to switch on the HSS only in manual mode. Yes, it allows to switch it on, the indicator shows that it is on, but with exposure times shorter than the shortest sync time, only part of the frame is exposed. This means that the flash emits just single flash instead of burst, covering entire exposure time.
Every day work during the working week and family activities during the weekends do not leave too much time for photography, so my brand new X-T2 had to wait quite a long time before I finally found some time to give it a try. But finally, today this dat has came. Dark, cold, no light – perfect conditions for test drive of the new gear 🙂
Today I took with me such set: X-T2 and Fujinon 60mm f/2,4 Macro.
As I already mentioned above, there were no light. So I was even more happy with AF speed and quality. Unfortunately the lens has no image stabilization, so in case of longer exposure there is visible some level of the motion blur. But in general I’m very, very happy with the use of X-T2. All the wheels and buttons are comfortable and work pretty well and nice. just one note: as you can see on the picture, I don’t use standard straps. Instead I use special strap, mounted in the tripod socket on the bottom of the body (or grip in this case). This gives me two things: very comfortable carrying of the camera when not used and easy access for my pointing finger to the front wheel. With standard strap I have really hard time trying to reach the shutter release and the front wheel with the same finger.
A few months ago I I said “Bye!” to Nikon (D810, D7100) and met Fujifilm (X-Pro2 and now X-T2). Now I feel that it is time for first check of gain and loss 😉