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Why I love the Fujifilm X-T2

In 2016, Fujifilm’s X-T2 appeared and quickly made a good name for itself in the photographic world.  At that time, I was shooting a Pentax K3 and had been happy with it.  But after a lot of thinking I decided to jump ship.  Why?  Many reasons why.  Pentax make some great cameras, but as I soon found out, Fujifilm made something better.  Here are my reasons why I don’t regret the move at all.

The Fujifilm X-T2

It has an EVF

An EVF (electronic viewfinder) is just amazing.  On the display, you’ll see the picture that you are going to get when you take the shot, something that isn’t possible with an OVF (optical viewfinder).  It’s also got a histogram there, to help you get the correct exposure.  And it also has focus peaking, which makes manual focusing so much easier.  All the information you need for photography can be seen here.

No IBIS, OIS ... or whatever you want to call it

I’ve started to enjoy having a camera with no onboard stabilization of any type.  It makes me think about my settings more, because if I don’t, using a slow shutter speed might introduce some blur into my photos.  Each time I shoot now, I need to look at that EVF for my current settings.  I need to think about the focal length I’m using and then think about the aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings I need to get the desired effect.  I think it helps me to become a better photographer.  Well, at least it makes me feel like I’m becoming a better photographer!  Yes, I know some of the Fuji lenses have OIS …

The low-light performance is great

There are cameras with better low-light abilities, but in this area I am more than satisfied with how the X-T2 performs.  Some people will have a different opinion to me, but as far as I’m concerned even a picture taken at 10000 ISO is very usable.

The experience of taking a photo

You’ve probably heard people talk about this.  Shooting the X-T2 is an experience.   The look of the X-T2, the feel of it, the lenses, the knobs and the dials, the quality of the camera itself AND the quality of the pictures it produces all combine to make it into a great photographic tool.  Every time I shoot it, I really enjoy it.  It encourages me to shoot.  If photography had a shrine to pray at, this would be it.

Articulated screen

This is great.  The screen tilts, tilts down and from left to right.  Funnily though, it doesn’t tilt from right to left.  That’s okay because even only having three directions available to tilt is enough and very useable.  It makes taking high shots and lows shots very easy.  As I’m a rapidly aging man, it has saved my knees many a time!

So, that pretty much sums up why I love this camera.  There are other reasons that could be added to this list (e.g. film simulations), but these are the main ones why I the Fujifilm X-T2 is a great camera.  I know there will be other people who will disagree with me and aren’t keen on what Fuji has created, but that’s ok.  Everyone has their own ideal, a different budget and a different set of priorities.  If I had the money I’d love to buy one of their medium format GFX 50s, but I don’t, so I’ll stick with my X-T2 and I’m happy with that.  Very, very happy.