I have a confession. I love cameras. Problem is, with today’s ubiquitous digital cameras, it’s hard to get excited about anything anymore.
As a longtime Canon user, I thought I had found my sweet spot. In my search for minimalistic bliss, I had downsized my stills/video shooting package to the venerable 5D Mark IV, a handful of fast L-Series lenses, and all was fine until... I got my hands on the tiny, yet formidable Fujifilm X-T2.
I was excited. For the first time since owning one of the first digital Leica models, I wanted to take this little camera with me everywhere. There was so much to like - It’s diminutive size and weight, the intuitiveness of its control layout, retro styling, fast and compact lens choices, the organic film-like image quality... I could go on and on (and I do below). Needless to say, after a week with it, I promptly sold all my Canon gear.
What I love.
The color science. Fujifilm has always been a leading innovator and supplier of still and motion picture film. With tried and true film simulations like Provia, Velvia, Astia, among others, they have mastered the many different tonal “looks” photographers desire. I find it liberating that, in an age of non-committal RAW imaging, my straight-out-of-camera JPG images need virtually no enhancement.
The intuitive X-T2 camera. Featuring its bright, detailed and massive EVF, makes composition and framing a breeze. The WYSIWYG viewfinder displays a wealth of information to behold at an astounding refresh rate. Physical dials and controls, programmable function buttons and custom menus round out its professional, weather sealed body.
The lenses. Fujifilm has apparently been hard at work perfecting their optics. The X-Series "R" designated lenses are compact, fast, made predominately of metal and have manual aperture rings that click sure and true in thirds of a stop. My personal favorite prime lenses are the Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR, XF 35mm f/1.4 R, XF 56mm f/1.2 R and the XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR
Video. Wow! What applies to the JPG color science mentioned above also applies to video. The UHD 4K images are breathtaking. Adding to its long list of motion picture functionality - variable frame rates, time-lapse and a Fujifilm LOG profile for increased dynamic range, I’ve now got a capable and unobtrusive storytelling machine in miniature! Sure, there are Arri’s and Red’s... they all have their place on productions, along with the small army of crew they require. But, c'mon... for talking head interviews?!
Firmware and Support.
Finally, Fujifilm has a demonstrated track record of standing behind their professional users, offering stellar product support and free firmware enhancements uncommon in this competitive industry. I can’t wait to see what’s next!