The new star of the X: Series lands, and amongst all of the excitement, Hungry Eye takes a closer look at the major upgrades and what they mean in practical terms for photographers and filmmakers
Following on from the significant successes of the hugely popular Fujifilm X-T1 camera and leaning on technological developments, the X-T2 builds on the existing template that’s been laid out before it, delivering an exceptional flagship camera to join the X-Pro 2 at the top of the X series pile.
The X-T2 Body
Boasting a rugged magnesium alloy weather-proof body, making it not only compact and lightweight but also solid and highly durable, The X-T2 also offers outstanding image quality with advanced autofocus functions, 4K high definition video and Fujifilm’s colour reproduction, which has been developed over the last 80 years. The body sports a 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III, APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter, which boasts the highest performance in the history of the X Series as is the very same sensor that can be found in the X-Pro 2. This, as well as the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine which delivers outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos with high ISO sensitivity and low noise.
Other upgrades to the body come in the form of the raised, lockable dials, which offer a simpler user experience with greater ease of function and locking buttons, simply popping in and out to lock/release the dial. A new four-way focus lever on the camera’s back offers the user a simple way to modify the focus region whilst framing their shots, and an impressive new three-way adjustable LCD monitor on the rear allows greater versatility for the user, giving more opportunities to be creative with shooting angles and camera positions.
EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
The X-T2’s 2.36-million-dot high-resolution organic EL electronic viewfinder has the magnification ratio of 0.77x and maintains the display time lag of just 0.005 seconds, (or in real terms, nothing humanly noticeable). With the maximum brightness having been doubled from that of previous models, the viewfinder features the Automatic Brightness Adjustment function so that it is easy to see even in intense backlighting. It has improved resolution in the Live View mode, and eliminates moiré or false colours to enable focusing with greater accuracy.
The EVF refreshes at a rate of 60fps, or as high as 100fps in the Boost mode to deliver smooth display of movements, and can continue displaying a moving subject without interruption. The fast rate of refresh is maintained even in low light for easy framing during night shooting.
The X-T2’s blackout time is less than half of that of the X-T1 due to the parallel processing of Live View display and fast shutter charging. This has enabled continuous shooting of 5fps in Live View, giving users the ability to easily continue tracking a moving subject. This is reduced even further when used with the new Vertical Power Booster Grip.
The X-T2’s video function supports 4K video recording; a first in the X-Series of cameras. Approximately 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce a 4K video file (3840×2160) video is captured to create stunning image quality. In addition to the introduction of 4K capability, the X-T2 has lost the ‘movie record’ button, which used to appear as a unique button on the body of the X-T1, opting instead for a selection point on the drive dial, which is located on the left-hand shoulder of the camera. The dedicated selection gives the user the ability to take full advantage of the complete range of simulation features and full manual control settings, whilst shooting in (up to 4K) video.
The New X-T2 Vertical Power Booster Grip
Key to the potential performance of the new X-T2 is the all-new Powerboost grip (VPB-XT2). Released consecutively as an optional accessory, in simple terms, the grip houses two additional batteries, giving three in total, but it’s the next-level performance that really makes the grip a valuable extra for any serious user. Using the grip in burst mode, shooting increases to 11fps, increases AF speed, reduces release lag and also interval blackouts. The grip also allows for the maximum legal period for shooting video (with a camera) of 30 minutes as opposed to the 10 minutes that can be achieved without the grip.
Other features on the grip include a shutter release button, focus lever, AE-L button, AF-L button, command dials, Q button and Fn button to provide the same level of excellent operability in vertical shooting as the user would see in horizontal operation. It also features a headphone jack to enable audio monitoring during video recording and a battery-charging function. Using the AC adapter supplied (AC-9VS), the user can fully charge two batteries at the same time in approx. 2 hours.
Fujifilm also introduce the Hot-shoe mount flash: EF-X500 for X Series Digital Cameras
The new EF-X500 enables flash photography at high shutter speeds and using multiple units in sync
The EF-X500 hot-shoe mount flash’s support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means, quite simply, that the flash can be fired at any shutter speed. This means that the user can concentrate on shooting when a faster shutter speed is required. For example, in order to use a near-maximum aperture to produce beautiful bokeh.
How It Works…
With cameras equipped with a focal plane shutter, when the shutter speed is high, the first and second shutter curtains move across at the same time, making the exposure through a narrow vertical slit between them. Because of this, light from a conventional flash can only reach a small section of the sensor. This is why a slower shutter speed must be used in flash photography, with the range of available shutter speeds severely limited.
EF-X500 supports the FP mode (high-speed flash sync), in which the flash outputs continuous light while the first and second curtains travel across the sensor, thereby enabling flash photography at any shutter speed.
The EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting. Set up multiple flashes to freely control light on a subject and background for a creative result.
TTL lighting control is available with single flash and also in the multi-flash setup so that the user can start shooting without having to make cumbersome adjustments to light output.
Three Lenses Added to Fujifilm’s Roadmap
1. The Semi wide-angle lens, XF23mmF2 R WR
The semi wide-angle lens XF23mmF2 R WR gives the field of view equivalent to 35mm (in the 35mm film format). The compact, lightweight and stylish lens features a high-speed autofocus capability, making it perfect for casual snapshots.
2. Mid-telephoto lens XF50mmF2 R WR
The mid-telephoto lens XF50mmF2 R WR has a field of view equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format). Its beautiful bokeh and high-speed autofocus are ideally suited for portrait photography.
Similarly to the new XF23mmF2 R WR and existing XF35mm F2 R WR lenses, this lens features a compact, lightweight and stylish appearance and creates a new ‘compact prime trio’ range within the complete line-up of interchangeable lenses for X Series digital cameras.
3. Mid-telephoto 1:1 macro lens XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
This mid-telephoto macro lens with the field of view equivalent to 122mm (in the 35mm film format) is the X series’ first 1:1 macro interchangeable lens.
It can be mounted with a teleconverter to be used as a telephoto macro lens equivalent to 171mm (in the 35mm film format) with the 1.4x teleconverter and equivalent to 244mm (in the 35mm film format) with the 2x teleconverter.
The lens, covering macro photography from mid-telephoto to telephoto range, also features a high-performance image stabilisation.
- Fujifilm X-T2 Body only £1399
- Fujifilm X-T2 with XF18-55 lens £1649
- Vertical Power Booster Grip VPB-XT2 £299.99
- Bottom Leather Case BLC-XT2 £69.99
- Metal Hand Grip MHG-XT2 £99.99
- Rechargeable battery NP-W126S £59.99
- Shoe Mount Flash EF-X500 £449.99
- EF-X500 Battery Pack EF-BP1 £169.99
n.b. pricing and availability for the three new lenses was not available at our time of posting.
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