You have a D800 – so why on earth buy a Fuji X-series camera? I hear you ask!
This pretty much reflected my wife’s thoughts. I had purchased a Fuji X100s about 3 years ago and it was awesome.
I had been looking for a good fixed focus small camera that takes great photos and isn’t the price of a Leica and when the x100s came out in Jan 2013 I got one. I loved the camera so much and it provided awesome quality photos in a pocket sized camera. However, it was stolen earlier this year in Yosemite.
I was going to replace it with the Fuji X100T but then the X-T2 came out and I had a decision to make.
My thoughts on the benefits of each in my X100T vs X-T2 battle (you can find lots of technical comparisons out there – this was my thought process for both)
- Smaller, compact and portable (with small lens)
- Looks better
- Awesome case that makes it look even better
- Integrated flash
- Integrated ND filter
- Loved the X100S
- Newer technology (better sensor, focusing, speed)
- Flexibility – whole range of lenses (not restricted to 23mm)
- Still small enough to carry in backpack
- Better focus (X100S was very bad)
- Tiltable screen
It came down to 2 things – the flexibility of the X-T2 vs the size of the X100T. Ultimately I wanted it to take with me all the time so I could capture photos on commute and when I wouldn’t normally have my Nikon D800. However, I decided that I was willing to give up some size for the added flexibility of the interchangeable lenses. Having had the X100S and worked with 23mm for over a year there had been a lot of occasions where I wanted something slightly bigger. Mostly for when I was photographing my kids.
Waiting for the moon – Fuji X-T2 (straight out of camera)
So a chose the Fuji X-T2. Being a tech geek it was the a decision that was also heavily influenced by the latest technology and amazing reviews on sites like dpreview, fstoppers and luminous landspace – see below for a lis
When I finally decided on the X-T2 I then struggled to find one in stock anywhere but I finally found one and I bought my camera from Samy’s Camera in San Francisco.
Initial impressions are very positive. I find myself wanted to shoot with the Fuji a lot more than my D800. It is a camera that just wants to be used. It is fun and the dials are so useful. I will post some blogs over the next few weeks of the performance in more detail but here are some of the images I have taken in the last week.