Recently I was given an opportunity to borrow the Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera. I love trying out new gear and reviewing it, but with it also comes the sadness of having to give gear back at the end of the loan period.
People are always telling me how lucky I am to borrow gear, but I’m starting to think it isn’t such a great thing. I fall in love with gear that I will never be able to afford. I am wondering if I should stop doing it.
Mirrorless is like a whole new country for me. I know that the cameras do most of the same things that a DSLR will do, but there are also differences. I still don’t fully understand it all, but I’m getting there. I know that the four-thirds sensors are much smaller, but the full frame ones are similar.
One thing for sure is that they are smaller. They fit very nicely in your hand and make taking photos so easy. They weigh far less than most DSLRs and that makes them great. Even more so when you are taking lots of photos. I’ve watched a friend fall in love with hers. She seems to prefer the ease of it over her DSLR.
Admitting that I don’t know a lot about them, was a big step. I contacted Fujifilm Australia and they were more than happy to help me understand. I still don’t understand them completely but have a better idea now.
I asked if I could borrow one that would help me to learn how they work. I wasn’t expecting anything special, but they recommended the X-T2 camera, along with the XF10-24mm F4 lens and the 56mm as well. It seems I was going to try something quite amazing.
Initially, I wanted to try it for the time lapse that I was doing. It was fantastic for that. Though, since I had it I thought I should try it out for lots of other photography as well. Of course, for me, that means long exposure photography.
Long Exposure Photography
For most of the time I had the X-T2 I used the XF10-24mm F4 lens. It was perfect for long exposures. There were so many things that made it so much easier.
It was so good being able to see through the filters without any trouble. The electronic viewfinder was incredible. One thing I liked was how when you have the photo on the back and you put the viewfinder up to your eye it switched over. It is the same with viewing photos. You can see them on the screen, or you can look through the viewfinder and see it. That was really good, and a feature I loved.
I got some great long exposure images and was so happy. I love using it on the tripod. I had to keep checking it to see if the camera was still on it. My back was very happy, I have to say.
Some of the features
One of the things that is quite interesting with the Fujifilm cameras is the look back to the past.
I remember using Fuji film many years ago when I was still using film to take photos. I love the Velvia film, not to mention their 800, which was fantastic for low light. You could push it to 1600 with no problems. It is good to see in the menu that you can imitate those films with your digital camera.
The Velvia setting was great for the day that I was taking photos around the local park and getting the autumn colours.
There is no doubt that when you first pick up the camera there is a retro feel to it. There are knobs over the top for changing settings like the ISO and shutter speed. The Aperture was changed on the actual lens. It reminded me so much of my first film camera that was all manual. Obviously, it isn’t that way, but the feel makes you feel more like there is a roll of film inside and you are taking photos.
Reviewing the Fujifilm X-T2 – trying it out
Getting a loan of this camera was an eye-opener for me. After thinking that I would never go mirrorless, I’m starting to wonder if I should rethink that idea.
It is an idea that will have to stay on hold, the budget is not going to accommodate it right now, but maybe in a few years, you never know, I might sell the Nikon gear and go for a Fujifilm camera.