Fuji X-T2 vs Fuji X100T – Finally decided which one

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)

Fuji X100T

  • Smaller, compact and portable (with small lens)
  • Looks better
  • Awesome case that makes it look even better
  • Integrated flash
  • Cheaper
  • Integrated ND filter
  • Loved the X100S

Fuji X-T2

  • 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
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Golden Gate Bridge Pano – Fuji X-T2 (Acros film simulation)
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Golden Gate Bridge crop from above image – Fuji X-T2 (Acros film simulation)

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.

dscf0160Waiting 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


Fstopper review of the Fuji X-T2 >>

DPREVIEW review of the Fuji X-T2 >>

Luminous Landscape review of the Fuji X-T2 >>

 

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.

 

 

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