Butterflies with the Fujifilm X-T20


A good friend of mine recently purchased the Fujifilm X-T20 mirrorless camera. I did help her work out what to get and she is happy with it. Lucky for me, I also get to borrow it. So I took it to the zoo on the weekend and took photos of lots of thing, including the butterflies.


Butterflies with the Fujifilm X-T20

Maybe the butterfly house at the zoo wasn’t a great idea in the middle of summer. It was so hot and humid, though walking outside was fantastic. I know it has to be like that, but still, it is stiffling when you are already really hot.

We are having a very hot summer this year, seems to be constant with not a lot of relief. We haven’t had a day under 20, well, I don’t know for how long. It is getting hotter again this week, as it was last week. Bring on winter.

Still, there were so many butterflies and it wasn’t hard to photograph them. I didn’t see my favourite ones, but then again, perhaps I didn’t look very hard. There were also a lot of people in there. Weekends can be hard.

It always amazes me, as well, how it doesn’t matter how many times people are told not to touch them, they still do. They have an announcement now explaining why you shouldn’t, but people just don’t listen or don’t care.


The Fujifilm X-T20

Can I start by saying I love this camera. Well, really I love the size of it. It is so easy to walk around with. Yes, thoughts of selling all my Nikon gear and converting to mirrorless have crossed my mind. Several times.

It isn’t heavy to carry, and doesn’t take up as much space. I have a small camera bag to put it in that fits in my normal bag. It’s too hot to be using a backpack at the moment, so not having to use my normal camera bag is a massive bonus for me.

I have had a few problems working out how to use it. Though the manual is easy to understand. I have also worked out some stuff by accident. Gotta love it when that happens. So I am getting there.

I like the look of it, the same way as I liked the X-T2. The old fashioned retro look is great. They look like really solid cameras, which I know they are. I like it when things look solid, means you always take care. That could sound weird, but it is how I think.

Trip to New Zealand

While we are talking about the Fujifilm camera I thought it might be a good time to mention that I am going to New Zealand at the end of April. I will be going with a friend. It will be a photography trip and I can’t wait to take photos of the beautiful scenery there.

I have been talking to Fujifilm Australia and they are going to be loaning me the X-T3 for the trip, along with 3 lens. It is going to be good trying it out. I will also take the X-T20 with me as well. I am not going to take any of my Nikon gear, it can all stay home.

It should be a good test to test to see how I find the mirrorless system. There might be some Nikon gear up for sale when I get back.


I have a few photos for you to see. They were all taken with the X-T20 and the Fujifilm 55-200mm lens. These are all from the butterfly house at the Melbourne Zoo.

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  1. Hi Leanne, I have been looking at the Fujifilm cameras. I have been very curious to know if the X-T3 is worth twice as much as the X-T20. So I would be very interested to hear what you think after your New Zealand trip.

    1. I don’t know at this stage but I am pretty sure if I was to go to mirrorless the X-T3 is the direction I would head in. But I will see if I can do a comparison once I get back from my trip if that helps. Though it won’t be until May.

  2. Really beautiful photos, Leanne. I have never used a mirrorless camera, but it sounds like it would be cool. The light weight sounds appealing. Thanks Leanne.

  3. Hey Leanne … I remember going into a photography shop and the salesman was keen to sell me a Fujifilm camera. I can see why … Your butterfly photos are super! You will love NZ .. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Julie, I have to say, I have really been impressed, and I know that if I ever go mirrorless it will be with a Fujifilm. I can’t see myself getting anything else. Thank you, the butterflies are always fun. I think you will be right, I think I am going to fall in love with NZ and then be sad when I have to leave.

  4. Hi Leanne! Wonderful shots! I wish I could afford to get any type of mirrorless camera. Alas, I still have to brush up my skill with my Nikon anyway.

    1. Thank you Di. Yes, I feel the same way, the only way I could afford one is if I sell what I have know. Let’s hope it can happen for both of us.

  5. I’m looking forward for seeing the results. Some friends of mine also switched (from full-frame Canons) and are very happy. I won’t go back to APS-C. I never became comfortable with it. I love my FX

    1. I will definitely let you know how it all goes. I will say, that when I had the X-T2 I was really impressed. I have worked on quite a few photos since then that were taken with it, and can’t find any differences. When a friend was questioning me about why I wouldn’t convert, I have to admit the answers I were given were a bit shallow, if that is the right word. I really couldn’t give good reasons. I think the writing is on the wall for me.

    2. Although, I like the idea of DSLM, I guess, I won’t switch for some practical reasons. One battery lasts for about 1000 shots while DSLM batteries last for only about 200-300 shots because of the electronic view finder. When it comes to saving weight, the body can save you about 100-200g, but that’s not a game-changer. Good lenses won’t be much lighter. Switching from full-frame to APS-C oder even MFT would save much more weight (but for the price of worse hight-ISO behavior) btw. I tested 2 OM-D’s last year. Up to now, the review posts are only on my German blog. In case, you’re interested, I could translate them and post them again https://www.krajnik.de/blog/2018/09/23/produkttest-olympus-om-d-e-m1-mark-ii/ + https://www.krajnik.de/blog/2017/06/25/kurztest-der-olympus-om-d-e-m10-ii/

    3. I haven’t really thought about Olympus, I have to say, if I do go Mirrorless it will be with Fujifilm. I really like their cameras and I’m starting to get to know them really well.

    4. As always, the tool must fit for the purpose. And I guess, that tool would fit to your kind of photography. For me, there are not the right lenses available (12mm full frame f2.8 or longer than 400mm. In fall 2017 a guy beside me was only able to observe the scenes, because his Fuji wasn’t able to capture any usable image: too dark (no AF, no EVF, no High-ISO) and too far away (he already had the longest possible lens, as he said – I used most of the time 800mm f5.6 at APS-C and 400mm at my full-frame body for the overview images) – https://solaner.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/im-back-22/ (scroll down to the gallery)

    5. Yeah, getting in like that has never really been a big thing for me. I am also borrowing the 100-400mm when I go to New Zealand so it will be good to try it out when I’m there. I have used the 10-24 and loved that lens, which I will be borrowing again.

  6. Excellent photos, my friend. And I’m not surprised you’re thinking about selling your Nikon gear – I’m putting out a post soon about getting a new camera, which may be of interest to you – I’m aiming at posting it on Saturday. Whatever I get, if I get anything, it won’t be another DSLR. Adrian πŸ™‚

    1. I think time will tell, it will be interesting to see how I feel when I get back from New Zealand. I really like the convenience of the Mirrorless system. It is just a massive job to sell one lot to get another lot. We will see. Thank you Adrian.

  7. Wonderful photos, and I see some of the ones I’m familiar with. I like that these are different from the work you’ve showed for a while now.

    On another note, we have an extended winter this year. Sometimes it even falls below 20.

    1. Thank you, I often go to the zoo, it is always good for a change to see what they are doing.

      I will swap you, our summer for your winter, lol.

  8. Beautiful as always. I love butterflies. I look forward to your opinion of the mirrorless system in New Zealnd. Have fun over there.

    1. Thank you Deb. I have to say, so far I’ve been impressed. I have almost started looking to see what I could get for my Nikon kit.

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