Photowalk around Liverpool with Matt Hart and the NEW Fujifim X-T2

Rob Sanderson takes a look at Fujifilm's new X-T2 mirrorless camera while on a photowalk with X Ambassador Matt Hart. For most, this is the first time they got to see Fuji's new camera in the flesh and more importantly get their hands on it.Read more


A Fujiholics Story - Rob Sanderson

Tell us a bit about yourself and photography:

My name is Rob Sanderson, I am a fujiholic, its been one hour since I last took a picture with my Fujifilm X-Pro2.

My interest in photography started from an early age and my fascination with my dad’s Halina twin reflex. Understandably he was protective of it and developing and processing made it an expensive pastime to let a a 5 year old go wild with a roll of 120. He did occasionally let me take pictures with it, I always gave it the respect it deserved and its still works to this day. It was quite some time before I got my very own camera (probably about 9), I’ve always owned at least one camera ever since.

I studied Photography and graphic design at college back in 1986 but somehow ended up as a graphic designer even though photography was a bigger interest. I later set up my own design company and instead of hiring photographers I started selling my photography as part of the service. Its at this point I realised my mistake, I was a photographer trapped in a graphic design job. 10 years on from that I’m a full time photographer and the only things I design are my branding and website.

Although I do have commercial work too wedding photography suits me in more ways. Firstly it's all about people, I love watching people so actually getting paid for doing it is quite cool. Secondly people book weddings often years in advance, knowing what work I have a year or so in advance means i have the security of a job with the benefits of working for myself.

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So, you’re a Fujiholic?

YES!! How did that happen? It all started years ago with the fuji stx1, a great little camera which I still have.

My fuji addiction started to really bite with the advent of digital, to me the Fuji s1 pro was something special. It was brilliant, it recorded 3mp jpg’s onto a little spinning hard drive in a compact flash case. This was a revelation, I could shoot and go straight in to photoshop without needing to have film developed or send away for scans. It totally changed the way I worked as a designer due to the speed of workflow, it gave me an edge over my competitors as I could include relevant photography in visuals and concepts and no one else was doing that. I upgraded when the s2 came out, I remember going through cold turkey when Fuji pulled out of the dslr market after the brilliant s5. The Fuji s1, 2, 3 and 5 were of course Nikon bodies with Fuji sensors so I naturally switched to shooting Nikon and there I expected to stay.

Fuji had always been so innovative with their CCD sensor technology so I really shouldn’t have been surprised that they were channeling their film pedigree and innovation into the x-trans sensor. Not just a new sensor technology this time but an entire camera and lens system set to change the face of photography. I’m not a gear junkie, my Nikons were doing exactly what I needed so sadly I didn’t notice the birth of the x system. The x100, xpro1 all passed me by, I didn’t really notice until a friend who had a couple of xt1’s let me take them for a spin, I knew there and then I was off the wagon and back shooting Fuji's.

The fuji’s have changed they way I work and seen me fall back in love with my photography. I love the way the cameras feel and work with all the controls exactly where they should be. Apertures on the lens barrel for example is something that disappeared with dslr’s yet works so much better than on a thumb wheel. I’m taking more pictures and embarking on more personal projects than ever before.

I feel photographically rejuvenated, my fuji’s don’t live in my camera bag they sit at the side of me so rarely out of reach - I’ve got it bad!

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Which is your favourite lens? Why?

With such an array of stunning lenses on offer from Fuji, choosing just one is a tough call to make. The lens I use the most is the 23 1.4, if I could own just one lens then the 23 would have to be it. However, most used doesn’t automatically make it my favourite, that would be the 56mm f1.2. The 56 has a sharpness like nothing else (until the 90mm f2 came along) the images from it are crystalline and f1.2 really isolates your subject and the speed allows for available light shooting even in dark places.

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When you next go travelling, what gear will you take?

I always take the x100t now.

I had stopped taking a camera on holiday when I went full frame with Nikon. The combination of the cameras getting bigger and heavier along with the massive full frame f2.8 zooms I used made it impractical for family holidays. I’ve bought a few compact cameras since then but never really found the image quality good enough so just stopped bothering. Then I bought the x100t and that all changed. I managed to find a small leather satchel in a street market in Spain that could have been made for the x100t, it fits both converters and a couple of spare batteries too, this is now my go anywhere camera.

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When out shooting, what are your settings? Why?

It really depends on what I’m shooting and the lighting situation. My work is mainly weddings, which generally takes in every kind of lighting situation from daylight of the bridal preps, artificial light of the churches, low light in the evening and flash for the first dance or creative off camera flash shot. If the light is constantly changing I’ll shoot auto ISO and aperture priority. If the light is constant or involving flash I go full manual.

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Can you tell us a little more about your flash photography?

Fuji x system cameras have an enviable reputation for being excellent cameras for available light and photojournalism. Rightly so, they excel in this area my work has taken on a more up close and intimate feel which I love. However I am best known for my flash photography so still being able to get great off camera flash was important to me and the Fuji's didn't disappoint.

To get to know its strengths and weaknesses I experimented on a few personal projects. To my delight I found that the EVF made things faster and more accurate. Firstly the live previewing allows you to see the ambient exposure meaning you don't need any test shots to nail this. Previewing also lets you see how the ambient is hitting the subject too helping you judge the right amount of flash. The real bonus is being able to turn exposure previewing off making composition and focusing easier to see, I've been in some situations that were so dark I couldn't see anything through the optical viewfinder of my dslr's.

When it comes to flash photography the x100t is a hidden gem. What it lacks in focal length options it more than makes up for with its wonderful leaf shutter which syncs up to 1/1000th with my radio triggers. This has opened up creative possibilities previously unavailable with small flash systems like the ability to overpower the sun!

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What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

I have a mac pro running lightroom. The one item that is essential to me is my wacom tablet, I bought my first in 2001 and its now an extension of my arm, I’m lost without it. I only pick up the mouse to change its batteries.

Colour accuracy is very important to me and my work so I use an x-rite iOne display pro. Again, I have used x-rite screen calibration since 2001 because its never let me down.

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What is your favourite Film Simulation? Why?

I only photograph people and find Astia/Soft, which was designed for portraiture the natural choice. It gets the best skin tones and has a flattering softness right out of the box.

When it comes to B&W I want a full range of tones in my images, I also want punch and contrast. I hate heavy handed conversions with blocked in shadows and blown out highlights, for me Acros Ye is perfect right out of the bag, I love it.

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What's next?

Dream up more personal projects, push myself creatively and technically. In short take more pictures, right I’m off to shoot something...

Website: Liverpool wedding photographer

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FUJIFILM introduces the “Hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500”

FUJIFILM introduces the “Hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500” for X Series digital cameras

Enabling flash photography at high shutter speeds or using multiple units in sync

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that, in September, 2016, the company will add the high-end multi-function external flash “Hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500” to the lineup of accessories for the X Series of digital cameras.

The EF-X500 is a hot-shoe mount flash with the maximum guide number of approx. 50*1.  Its support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) means the flash can be fired at any shutter speed.  This means you can concentrate on shooting when a faster shutter speed is required, for example, in order to use a near-maximum aperture to produce beautiful bokeh.

 EF-X500 also supports multi-flash lighting.  Set up multiple flashes to freely control light on a subject and background for a creative result. TTL lighting control is available with single flash and also in the multi-flash setup, so that you can start shooting without having to make cumbersome adjustments to light output.

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FP flash (high-speed flash sync) freeing photographers from worrying about shutter speed

 With cameras equipped with a focal plane shutter, when the shutter speed is high, the first and second shutter curtains move across at the same time, making the exposure through a narrow vertical slit between them.  Because of this, light from a conventional flash can only reach a small section of the sensor.  This is why a slower shutter speed must be used in flash photography, with the range of available shutter speeds severely limited.

EF-X500 supports the FP mode (high-speed flash sync), in which the flash outputs continuous light while the first and second curtains travel across the sensor, thereby enabling flash photography at any shutter speed.

When shooting with a near-maximum aperture to create beautiful bokeh, the shutter speed tends to go higher.  This flash mode frees photographers from having to be conscious about shutter speed limitations, and instead allows them to focus on shooting.

Wireless multi-flash TTL freely controlling light on subject and background to enable creative photography

EF-X500 can be used in multi-flash setup to freely control light on a subject and background for a creative result.  TTL lighting control is available with single flash and also in the multi-flash setup, so that you can start shooting without having to make cumbersome adjustments to light output.

Multiple flashes can be controlled in up to three groups, each of which can be set up to have different light output, allowing you to fine-tune the space of light.  As the light output can also be adjusted from the camera, you don’t need to set it down for lighting control.

Dust-resistant and weather-resistant capabilities expanding the scope of photographic fields when used with X Series cameras

This is the first Fujifilm flash that is dust-resistant and weather-resistant.  Use it with the weather-sealed X Series of cameras to broaden your photographic fields.

Innovative design with low centre of gravity creating a perfect harmony with the lightweight and compact X Series of cameras

The front side of EF-X500’s main body is applied with leather texture to compliment the design of the X Series of cameras.  It is designed with low center of gravity to maintain ease of operation when mounted on the X Series of cameras, known for their light weight and compact bodies.

2. Other product features

Maximum guide number of approx. 50 (ISO100m) / 164 (ISO100·ft)*1

Zooming the illumination angle for the focal lengths of 24mm - 105mm*2, and covering the illumination angle of around 20mm*2 when the wide panel is used

Flash head that can be tilted up by 90 degrees, down by 10 degrees, to the left by 135 degrees and to the right by 180 degrees for bouncing light

Equipped with LED video light that can also be used as AF assist light and catch light

Registers up to ten combinations of various settings.  Register settings to suit a specific shooting condition in advance, so that they can be activated quickly when required.

*1 At illumination angle for the focal length of 105mm (35mm format equivalent)

*2 35mm format equivalent

3. Optional accessories

Battery pack “EF-BP1”

The external battery pack “EF-BP1” takes eight AA batteries to shorten charging time and improve the number of flashes per charge

4Hot-shoe mount flash EF-X500’s main specifications

Type:Hot-shoe mount flash

Model number

EF-X500

Compatible cameras *1

FUJIFILM X-T1, X-T2, X-Pro2

Some functions are available also for other X Series cameras equipped with a hot shoe and FinePixHS20EXRHS30EXRHS50EXR.

Flash head

Guide number

Up to approx. 50 (ISO100m) / 164 (ISO100•ft)

(at illumination angle of 105mm*2)

Flash coverage

24mm-105mm *2, Auto Zoom function,

Approx. 20mm when using the Wide Panel*2

Bounce

90°up, 10°down, 135°left and 180°right

Colour temperature

Approx. 5600K (at full output)

FP (high speed flash sync) mode

Supported*3

Exposure control

Exposure control system

TTL, Manual, Multi-flash (Manual)

TTL compensation

-5.0EV - +5.0EV at 1/3-step increments

*This setting may not be reflected in some shooting conditions.

Manual flash power

1/1 - 1/512 at 1/3-step increments

*Flash settings become slightly restricted in the FP mode.

Multi-flash power

1/4 - 1/512 at 1/3-step increments

Charge

Firing interval (at full power and full charge)

Approx. 2.5 seconds (Nickel-hydrogen battery)

Number of flashes (at full power and full charge)

Approx. 170 times (Nickel-hydrogen battery)

Wireless multi-flash system

Communication method

Optical transmission

 Operation modes

Master (TTL / Manual / Multi-Flash / OFF)

Slave (TTL / Manual / Multi-Flash / OFF)

Communication channels

Ch1 - 4

Slave unit groups

Up to 3 groups (A / B / C)

Other functions

Wireless slave flash

Supported (P-MODE /N-MODE)

 LED video light

Supported (built-in)

 LED AF assist light / catchlight

Supported (built-in)

 Reflector panel

Supported (built-in)

 Diffuser

Supported (included)

Included items:

Soft case

Mini stand

Diffuser

Power source: Four AA batteries (LR6 or Ni-MH)

 External power source: Battery Pack EF-BP1 (optional)

Dimensions and weight:

Dimensions: Approx. 124.0mm (H) x 67.2mm (W) x 107.3mm (D)

 Weight: Approx. 380g (excluding batteries)

 

*1 See the latest list of compatible cameras on Fujifilm website (http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/compatibility/flash/). Firmware update is required for FUJIFILM X-T1 and X-Pro2.

*2 35mm format equivalent

*3 Supported cameras only


FUJIFILM announces the ultimate mirrorless digital camera!

X-T2_BK_18-55mm_FrontRight_WhiteFUJIFILM announces the ultimate mirrorless digital camera: the FUJIFILM X-T2 that delivers creative perfection.

 

The X-T2 offers outstanding image quality with FUJIFILM’s colour reproduction formulated over 80 years, advanced autofocus functions and 4K high definition video.

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that, on September 8, 2016, the company will release the FUJIFILM X-T2 - the ultimate mirrorless digital camera that uses advanced technologies to achieve premium image quality, outstanding operability and beautiful design reminiscent of traditional cameras.

 

The X-T2 combines the sensor and image processing engine developed by Fujifilm, with an ultra-sharp range of FUJINON lenses for excellent image resolution.  Fujifilm’s colour-reproduction technology, formulated over 80 years, delivers images of unparalleled quality and realism, recording a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.

 

The X-T2’s compact and lightweight camera body is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.  Its autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance have both been substantially improved, making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions, such as sports or wildlife photography, which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras.

For the first time in the X Series, the X-T2 supports 4K video recording.  The Film Simulation modes, used for still images, can be applied to video to easily produce premium-quality footage.

 

 The X-T2’s design is modelled after the central viewfinder style of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which has been popular since its launch in 2014.  This proven stable form factor provides a camera that is perfectly sized with ergonomic dials laid out exactly where they are needed for excellent, intuitive operability. Couple the X-T2 with the optional grip to provide a superior balance, especially when mounted with a telephoto lens.  Immerse yourself in photography through the large viewfinder with the magnification ratio of 0.77x.  The sense of perfect alignment from the centre of your body to a subject through the lens creates an illusion that you have become one with the camera for the ultimate photographic pleasure.

 

 The full line-up of 22 FUJINON lenses covers a wide range of focal lengths from ultra-wide angle to ultra telephoto.  The compact and lightweight lenses are all optimally designed for APS-C sensors, and incorporate standout features including large maximum aperture and powerful image stabilisation to meet photographers’ diverse demands.

 

 The X-T2 is to become the X Series’ flagship model along with FUJIFILM X-Pro2, the world’s only rangefinder-style camera with the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, released in March this year.  The two models deliver unparalleled performance in their distinctive fields, with the X-T2 excelling in portraiture, nature and sports photography, and the X-Pro2 ideal for snapshots and discreet documentary photography.

 

Highlight features of X-T2

 

  • FUJIFILM’s excellent reproduction of colours and gradation of tones capture premium image quality in both stills and video recording 

The X-T2 features the 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III*1, an APS-C sensor with no low-pass filter boasting the highest performance in the history of the X Series, as well as the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine to deliver outstanding colour reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos with high ISO sensitivity and low noise.  The Film Simulation modes, developed with Fujifilm’s philosophy of colour reproduction nurtured in over 80 years of photo film research, have further evolved to capture a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.

The X-T2’s video function supports 4K video recording, which is the first in the X Series of cameras.  Approx. 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce a 4K video file (3840x2160) video is captured to create stunning image quality.

  • Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject 

    Basic response specifications, such as start-up time, shooting interval and shutter release time lag, have all been improved to the extreme in pursuit of a camera that operates exactly as the photographer demands.

    The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithms have significantly improved the basic autofocus performance, improving the focusing performance on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur, which have previously been the weakness of phase detection AF.

     

    The X-T2 also features AF-C Custom Settings for even higher accuracy in focus-tracking moving subjects.  You can customize settings to optimize AF characteristics according to the type of subject movements.

    The electronic viewfinder, which is used to continuously track a moving subject, is capable of displaying up to 100 frames per second, while also maintaining the magnification ratio of 0.77x and the display time lag of 0.005 seconds.  The duration of the viewfinder blackout, in which the live view display blacks out temporarily while the camera reads picture data, has been reduced by more than half, enabling up to 5fps, instead of 3fps in previous models, during continuous shooting in the Live View mode, a better option to ensure tracking subject movements.

     

  • A perfectly balanced, compact, lightweight and rugged body, made possible with the APS-C sensor 

    The X-T2’s compact and lightweight body, weighing just 507g (including memory card and battery), is dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.  The use of the APS-C sized sensor means the camera body mounts more compact and lightweight lenses, so that you only need a small camera bag to head out for all types of field photography.  Fit the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2) to shoot up to approx. 1,000 frames per charge.

     

  • Practicality-oriented design that brings back the operability of traditional cameras

Mechanical dials are provided for intuitive operation of all basic camera settings, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes and metering modes.  The settings can be instantaneously adjusted even when the camera is turned off, so that you can be always ready for the next shot.  The rear panel of the camera body features the Focus Lever.  This can be moved up / down, right / left and diagonally to make quick changes to the focus area for accurate focusing.  The rear LCD screen is the X Series’ first three-direction tilting display, which tilts up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait.  The screen remains positioned on the optical axis of the lens even when tilted, facilitating easy high-angle and low-angle shooting.  When not tilted, it fits flush to the body to maintain its streamlined design.

  • Supporting an appealing line-up of lenses, and perfect match for Fujinon Red Badge zoomsOf the diverse line-up of FUJINON lenses, the Red Badge zooms, namely XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, are the perfect fit for the X-T2.  Add the Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body for a more comfortable grip, while making additional features available for the entire system such as higher-speed AF and faster continuous shooting.

     

    *1 X-Trans is Fujifilm’s trademark and registered trademark.

     

     

    Product features

    Integrating the image sensor boasting the highest resolution in the X Series, the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor Pro” and image design technology developed from over 80 years of photo film production to achieve ultimate image quality in both stills and videos

  • The X-T2 features Fujifilm’s 24.3MP X-TransTM CMOS III APS-C sensor.  Its highly random pixel array effectively reduces moiré and false colours without the use of an optical low-pass filter.  The elimination of the low pass filter, which is attributed to loss of image resolution, makes it possible to draw out FUJINON lenses’ true capabilities to the maximum extent.  Coupled with the high-speed image processing engine “X-Processor Pro,” the X-T2 produces image quality comparable to that of cameras equipped with a larger sensor with higher pixel count, while also supporting 4K video recording.
  • Fujifilm’s proprietary image design technology, produced through the development of photographic films, helps to reproduce warm skin tones, bright blue skies and rich green foliage in beautiful colours, just as you remember seeing in real life.
  • The Film Simulation function now features the ACROS mode. Using X-Processor Pro’s advanced processing capability; the mode offers smooth gradation, deep blacks and beautiful textures to create monochrome images that far outperform the previous Monochrome mode.
  • The X-T2 also has the Grain Effect function for reproducing distinctive graininess seen in photographs taken with film cameras.  The function is available in “Strong” and “Weak,” and can be combined with any of the Film Simulation modes.  You can easily obtain the effect of film-based photos, notable especially when the image is printed out.
  • Despite having the pixel count 1.5 times that of the X-T1, the new device and its enhanced signal processing technology have successfully controlled digital noise even further.  Improved ISO sensitivity means ISO12800, which was part of extended ISOs in X-T1, is now available as a regular ISO option.  Even at ultra-high ISO settings, the camera produces low-noise images, reproducing deep blacks and smooth gradation of tones, capturing beautiful images even in low light conditions.
  • X Series’ first support for 4K video recording
  • Approx. 1.8 times the amount of information needed to produce 4K video (3840x2160) or 2.4 times required for full HD video (1920x1080) is captured to create premium image quality with low moiré or artefacts. The X-T2 supports high video bitrate recording of 100Mbps for both 4K and full HD video, enabling high-resolution footage with minimal compression artefacts.

  • The Film Simulation modes, popular for still images, can also be applied to video recording.  For example, you can use “Classic Chrome” to add a documentary touch with subdued colours and rich tonality, or “ACROS” to produce stunning monochrome footage with smooth gradation of tones and deep blacks.  Nine different modes are available for versatile photographic expressions.

  • Footage in a Film Simulation mode can be further fine-tuned with “Highlight Tone,” “Shadow Tone,” “Colour” and “Sharpness” adjustments.

  • In response to videographers’ demand, the X-T2 supports Clean HDMI output for 4K video recording, and also offers the “F-Log” log-gamma option, which takes advantage of the sensor’s wide dynamic range to record video in wide colour gamut, facilitating video production workflow.

    Fast response to capture a decisive moment with any type of subject

  • Basic response specifications have been enhanced to the extreme in the X-T2. A start-up time of 0.3 seconds, shooting interval of 0.17 seconds*2 and shutter release time lag of 0.045 seconds*2, ensure the camera operates exactly as the photographer intends.

    Improvement in basic AF performance

  • The number of focusing points has been dramatically expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points).  Approx. 40% of the imaging area (centre area containing 49 focusing points) is covered with phase detection AF pixels to form a fast and precise phase detection AF area that can be used in a variety of scenes.

  • The high-speed processing power and the use of improved algorithm have allowed the camera to refocus more frequently in the Live View mode, enabling predictive AF of advanced accuracy.

  • The X-T2 has an enhanced ability to autofocus on points of light, low-contrast objects and subjects with fine and delicate textures such as bird feathers and animal fur, which have been the weakness of phase detection AF.

  • The performance of contrast detection AF, enabled for approx. 85% of the imaging area, has also been improved.  The data read speed has been doubled compared to previous models to achieve AF performance of higher speed and precision.   Accurate focusing is obtained even at the low light condition of -3EV.

    AF-C Custom Settings

  • AF-C algorithm has been significantly improved for even higher accuracy when focus-tracking moving subjects in the AF-C mode.  According to the type of movement, you can choose individual settings for “Tracking Sensitivity,” “Speed Tracking Sensitivity” and “Zone Area Switching,” or select one of five presets that combine specific settings for these three elements.

  • *2 When using the Boost Mode with the Vertical Power Booster Grip

Electronic viewfinder that has evolved to continue tracking moving subjects

 

  • The X-T2’s 2.36-million-dot high-resolution organic EL electronic viewfinder has the magnification ratio of 0.77x and maintains the display time lag of just 0.005 seconds.  With the maximum brightness doubled from previous models, the viewfinder features the Automatic Brightness Adjustment function so that it is easy to see even in intense backlighting.  It has improved resolution in the Live View mode, and eliminates moiré or false colours to enable focusing with greater accuracy.
  • The EVF refreshes at a rate of 60fps, or as high as 100fps in the Boost mode to deliver smooth display of movements.  It can continue displaying a moving subject without interruption.  The fast rate of refresh is maintained even in low light for easy framing during night shooting.
  • The X-T2’s blackout time is less than half of that of the X-T1 due to the parallel processing of Live View display and fast shutter charging.  This has enabled continuous shooting of 5fps in Live View, giving users the ability to easily continue tracking a moving subject.

 

Compact, lightweight and rugged body in optimum balance

  • The X-T2’s body is fully made of magnesium alloy making it not only compact and lightweight, but also solid and highly durable.  The body is weather-sealed at 63 points to achieve a high level of resistance to dust and moisture and, coupled with its ability to operate in temperatures down to -10°C, is ready for full-fledged field photography.  Similar weather-sealing is applied to the dust-resistant and water-resistant lenses as well as Vertical Power Booster Grip to provide weather resistance across the entire system.

     

    Enhancement of basic performance with the use of the Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2)

     

  • The Vertical Power Booster Grip (VPB-XT2) is released at the same time as an optional accessory.  It is dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.  It fits two batteries, bringing the total number of batteries to three, including the one on the camera, to increase the maximum number of frames that can be taken per charge to approx. 1,000 (Normal mode).  In the Boost mode, multiple batteries can operate at the same time to give a boost to camera performance in continuous shooting, shooting interval, shutter release time lag and blackout time, while also extending the duration of 4K video recording to approx. 30 minutes.  It is an accessory that can maximize the performance of the X-T2.
  • The Grip features the shutter release button, focus lever, AE-L button, AF-L button, command dials, Q button and Fn button to provide the same level of excellent operability in vertical shooting as you get in horizontal operation.
  • The Grip also features a headphone jack to enable audio monitoring during video recording.

 

 

  • The Grip itself has battery-charging functionality.  Using the AC adapter supplied (AC-9VS), you can fully charge two batteries at the same time in approx. 2 hours. 

    Practicality-oriented design that brings back the operability of traditional cameras

     

  • Mechanical dials are provided for key operation, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes and metering modes.  The settings can be adjusted even when the camera is turned off, so that you can be always ready for the next shot.  For the prevention of operation errors, the dials for shutter speed and ISO sensitivity are equipped with a Lock & Release button, and are designed with extra height for operability improvement from X-T1.
  • The rear panel of the camera body features the Focus Lever.  This can be moved up / down, right / left and diagonally to make quick changes to the focus area for accurate focusing.

  • In response to requests from professional photographers, the X-T2 comes with dual SD card slots, both supporting UHS-2 for faster write speed.  The two slots can be set up for “Sequential,” “Backup,” “RAW / JPG” for recording RAW data in Slot 1 and JPEG data in Slot 2, as well as “Video Destination.”

  • The rear LCD screen is the X Series’ first three-direction tilting display, which tilts up and down when shooting in landscape, and upward when shooting in portrait.  The screen remains positioned on the optical axis of the lens even when tilted, facilitating easy high-angle and low-angle shooting.  When not tilted, it fits flush to the body to maintain its streamlined design.

Supporting an appealing lineup of lenses, and perfect match for FUJINON Red Badge zooms

The FUJINON Red Badge zooms - XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR - are the perfect fit for the X-T2. Add the Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body to hold the camera more comfortably.

Supporting tethering*3

  • Install the Tether Shooting Plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® / Tether Shooting Plug-in Pro for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® to tether the X-T2 to a Mac or Windows computer for remote shooting. You can automatically transfer and save images on the computer, and shoot while checking Live View images (Pro version only) to accommodate the workflow of professional photographers. 

    *3 Remote shooting with USB and Wi-Fi connectivity will be supported in a future firmware update.

     

    ”Wireless Communication” function for remotely shooting images from smartphones and tablet devices*4

  • Download the “FUJIFILM Camera Remote” app (free) onto your smartphone or tablet device and use the Wireless Communication function to transfer photos and videos to the device with easy one-touch operation, or browse photos and videos in the camera from the device to select and download specific images, without having to enter ID or password.  The app also allows X-T2 to download location information from your device and attach it to images.
  • The app’s “Remote Control” function enables wireless operation of X-T2’s shutter, exposure, etc. from your smartphone or tablet device.  The Remote Control function allows you to not only handle basic operations such as Touch AF and Shutter Speed selection, but also adjust a diverse range of shooting settings or even record video remotely.  It makes it easy to compose and take a photo from a remote location when shooting a group photo, self-portrait or even wildlife in their natural environment.
  • Wi-Fi® communication*5 is supported for easy backup of in-camera data on your computer*6. 

    *4 AndroidTM smartphones / tablets as well as iPhones and iPads

    *5 Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®.

    *6 To use this feature, the free software “FUJIFILM PC AutoSave” must be installed on your computer in advance.

     

    Optional accessories

  • Leather Case “BLC-XT2”
  • This is a genuine leather bottom case with premium textures.  The camera can stay in the case while the battery is replaced.  The case comes with a cloth to wrap the camera in when placing it in your bag.
  • Hand Grip “MHG-XT2”
  • This hand grip makes it substantially more comfortable to hold the camera when it is mounted with large-aperture lenses, thereby reducing camera shake.  When using a tripod, having this hand grip on the camera provides additional clearance to prevent large-aperture lenses from interfering with a tripod head.  The camera’s battery or SD cards can be replaced without having to remove the hand grip.  The hand grip’s Arca Swiss plate can be used for quick release with compatible tripods.

FUJIFILM X-T2’s main specifications

 

Model name FUJIFILM X-T2

Number of effective pixels 24.3 millions pixels

Image sensor 23.6mm×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III with primary color filter.

Sensor Cleaning system Ultra Sonic Vibration

Storage media SD Card (~2G) / SDHC Card (~32G) / SDXC Card (~256G) UHS-I / UHS-II*1

File format:  

Still image JPEG: Exif Ver.2.3*2, RAW: 14bit RAW (RAF original format) / RAW+JPEG

Movie MOD (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 48KHz sampling)

Number of recorded pixels [ L ] (3:2) 6000 × 4000 (16:9) 6000 × 3376 (1:1) 4000 × 4000

                                                    [M] (3:2) 4240 × 2832 (16:9) 4240 × 2384 (1:1) 2832 × 2832

                                                    [S] (3:2) 3008 × 2000 (16:9) 3008 × 1688 (1:1) 2000 × 2000

Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount

Sensitivity: 

Standard output AUTO1 / AUTO2 / AUTO3 (up to ISO12800) / ISO200~12800 (1/3 step)

Extended output ISO100 / 25600 / 51200

Exposure control TTL 256-zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Centre Weighted

Exposure mode P (Program AE) / A (Aperture Priority AE) / S (Shutter Speed Priority AE) / M (Manual Exposure)

Exposure compensation -5.0EV~+5.0EV 1/3EV step (Movie: -2.0EV~+2.0EV)

Image Stabilizer Supported with OIS type lenses

Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter

Shutter speed:

Mechanical Shutter 4sec.~1/8000sec. (P mode), 30sec.~1/8000sec. (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60min), TIME: 30sec.~1/8000sec.

Electronic Shutter*3 30sec.~1/32000sec. (P / A / S / M modes)
Bulb mode: 1sec. fixed, TIME: 30sec.~1/32000sec.

Mechanical + Electronic Shutter 4sec.~1/32000sec. (P mode), 30sec.~1/32000sec. (All modes)
Bulb mode (up to 60min), TIME: 30sec.~1/32000sec.

Synchronized shutter speed for flash 1/250sec. or slower

Continuous shooting Approx. 14fps [Only Electronic Shutter ](JPEG: 42 frames Lossless compression RAW: 28 frames Uncompressed RAW: 25 frames)

 Approx. 11fps [with VPB-XT2](JPEG: 73 frames Lossless compression RAW: 30 frames Uncompressed RAW: 27 frames)

 Approx. 8fps (JPEG: 83 frames Lossless compression RAW: 33 frames Uncompressed RAW: 27 frames)

 Approx. 5fps (JPEG: endless Lossless Compression RAW: 39 frames Uncompressed RAW: 30 frames)

 *Recordable frames depends on recording media

 *Speed of continuous shooting depends on shooting environment and shooting frames

Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (±2EV, ±5/3EV, ±4/3EV, ±1EV, ±2/3EV, ±1/3EV)

 Film simulation bracketing (Any 3 types of film simulation selectable)

 Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%, 200%, 400%)

 ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV, ±2/3EV, ±1EV)

 White Balance Bracketing (±1, ±2, ±3)

Focus Mode Single AF / Continuous AF / MF

Type Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)

AF frame selection Single point AF: EVF / LCD: 13×7 / 25×13 (Changeable size of AF frame among 5 types) Zone AF: 3×3 / 5×5 / 7×7 from 91 areas on 13×7 grid Wide/Tracking AF: (up to 18 area) *AF-S: Wide / AF-C: Tracking

White balance

Automatic Scene recognition / Custom1~3 / Colour temperature selection (2500K~10000K) / Preset: Fine,Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White),Incandescent light, Underwater

Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec.

Interval timer shooting Yes (Setting: Interval, Number of shots, Starting time)

Flash modes

SYNC. MODE 1ST CURTAIN / 2ND CURTAIN / AUTO FP(HSS)

FLASH MODE

TTL (FLASH AUTO / STANDARD / SLOW SYNC.) / MANUAL / COMMANDER / OFF (When EF-X8 is set)

Hot shoe Yes (Dedicated TTL Flash compatible)

Viewfinder 0.5 inch approx. 2.36 millions dots OLED Color Viewfinder

 Coverage of viewing area vs. capturing area: approx. 100%

 Eyepoint: approx. 23mm (from the rear end of the camera’s eyepiece)

 Diopter adjustment: -4~+2m-1

 Magnification: 0.77× with 50mm lens (35mm equivalent) at infinity and diopter set to -1.0m-1

 Diagonal angle of view: approx. 38° (Horizontal angle of view: approx. 31° )

 Built-in eye sensor

LCD monitor 3.0 inch, aspect ratio 3:2, approx. 1.04 millions dots

Movie recording [4K (3840×2160)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 10min.

 [Full HD (1920×1080)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 15min.

 [HD (1280×720)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 50Mbps up to approx. 30min.

 *For recording movies, use a card with UHS Speed Class 3 or higher.
*With Vertical Power Booster Grip attached, individual movie recording time is extended up to approx.30min. on both 4K and Full HD mode.

Film simulation mode

 15 modes (PROVIA/Standard, Velvia/Vivid, ASTIA/Soft, Classic Chrome, PRO Neg.Hi, PRO Neg.Std,Black & White, Black & White+Ye Filter, Black & White+R Filter, Black & White+G Filter, Sepia, ACROS,ACROS+Ye Filter, ACROS+R Filter, ACROS+G Filter)

Dynamic range setting

 AUTO, 100%, 200%, 400%
ISO restriction (DR100%: No limit, DR200%: ISO400 or more, DR400%: ISO800 or more)

Advanced filter

Toy camera, Miniature, Pop colour, High-key, Low-key, Dynamic tone, Soft focus, Partial colour (Red / Orange / Yellow / Green / Blue / Purple)

Wireless transmitter        

Standard IEEE802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)

 

Encryption WEP / WPA / WPA2 mixed mode

 

Access mode Infrastructure Wireless function

 Geotagging, Wireless communication (Image transfer), View & Obtain Images, Remote camera shooting, PC Auto save, instax printer print

Other functions

 PANORAMA, AF-C CUSTOM SETTINGS, 4K MOVIE OUTPUT, SHUTTER AE, SHUTTER AF, AF-ON, Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching II, Language (35 languages including JP/EN), Time difference, Exposure preview on LCD during Manual mode, EVF brightness, EVF colour, LCD brightness, LCD colour, Mode effect on monitor, Customize

Terminal:

Digital interface

USB3.0 (High-Speed) / micro USB terminal *connectable with Remote Release RR-90 (sold separately)

 HDMI output

HDMI micro connector (Type D)

Other

ø3.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone) / ø2.5mm, Remote Release Connector, Hot shoe, Synchronised terminal *Mechanical release: Shutter button

Power supply

NP-W126S Li-ion battery (included)

Dimensions  (W) 132.5mm × (H) 91.8mm × (D) 49.2mm (minimum depth 35.4mm)

Weight Approx. 507g (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 457g (excluding battery and memory card)

Operation Environment:

Operating Temperature -10°C~+40°C

Operating Humidity 10%~80% (no condensation)

Battery life for still images*4

Approx. 340 frames (NORMAL MODE), Approx. 1,000 frames (with VPB-XT2)
When XF35mmF1.4 R is set.

Starting up period Approx. 0.3sec.

Accessories included:

 Li-ion battery NP-W126S, Battery charger BC-W126, Shoe-mount flash unit EF-X8, Shoulder strap, Body cap, Strap clip, Protective cover, Clip attaching tool, Hot shoe cover, Vertical Power Booster Grip connector cover, Sync terminal cover, Owner's manual, Warranty+D66

 

*1 Please see the Fujifilm website (http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/compatibility/card/x/ ) to check memory card compatibility.

*2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.

*3 The Electronic Shutter may not be suitable for fast-moving objects. Flash can not be used.

*4 Approximate number of frames that can be taken with a fully-charged battery based on CIPA standard.

Fujifilm XT-2 Product Images.

 

Fujifilm XT-2 Sample images.


Wonder Photo Tour by Fujifilm!

Fujifilm photo tourFujifilm UK are bringing photography to the road this summer with the Wonder Photo Tour!

Follow us as we head to seven of the UK’s biggest family events, starting in July with The Royal Welsh Show.

In less than 3 months we’ll travel a total of 1,000 miles across the south of the country in the Wonder Photo Tour bus (it’s actually more of a trailer, but that just makes it bigger and better!). Our final stop will be the Chatsworth Country Fair in September.

Photography has always been at the heart of Fujifilm, and with the growth of smartphone and social media technology, we’re taking and sharing more photos than ever before! We think this is a cause for celebration, which is why we’ll be giving out free photos at all events, as well as offering you the chance to win a bundle of prizes.

https://fujifilm-blog.com/wonder-photo-tour-by-fujifilm-uk/

 

 


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The Studio in Widnes was the venue for Warren Millars sell out Fujiholics workshop ‘Shooting Live Gigs with Warren Millar’. The Studio, a superb Creative Community, live music venue where Warren is resident photographer, hosts a multitude of events throughout the year from wrestling to bazaars. Situated in the heart of the Widnes community it was the ideal venue for our delegates to try their hand at some live music photography. Warren had arranged for local band ‘Faster Than Bulls’ to perform a live set on stage with full lighting set up and sound desk operator.Read more


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I’m Han Dekker, a Dutch street photographer based in Nijmegen. Nijmegen is a nice town, it’s the oldest town of the Netherlands.

I go out every day with my camera. After hauling around a huge Canon full-frame with L glass and battery grip for five years I saw a Fuji x100s.Read more


A Fujiholics Story - Graham Ormondroyd

About you

Graham Ormondroyd 01I have been playing with Cameras ever since I was a lad, the first of many hand-me-down cameras was a Kodak 110, a camera that a still have laying around somewhere today! Being a guy that is obsessed with technology and generally an early adopter I played with a few new and short-lived film formats (notably APS) before plunging in and buying my first digital SLR, a Minolta with a whopping 5 Megapixel sensor. My love of photography waxed and waned as was my want and as my other hobbies dictated and for many years I was happy with a water proof, crash proof point-and-shoot that came with me to document all my mountain and water borne adventures. This little camera coupled with the second best camera I owned, my iPhone, was all I needed, especially when coupled with the rise of Instagram.

However something changed, my life changed and Jack Elliott was born on the 23rd September 2015. I was determined not to have all the memories of those early years only captured on an iPhone

 

So, you're a Fujiholic?

My name is Graham and I am a Fujiholic… now!

After a few months of research I decided what camera set up I was going to invest in, I wanted something that would not be too intrusive, interchangeable lenses, I wanted my style of photography for Jack to be more street that portrait, I wanted to capture him living not posing (although that is getting to be more difficult, he is 7 months old not and posses as soon as he hears the camera been switched on). So, who are the great street photographers and what cameras did they use? Right that was it I have my set up… a Leica M240 and a 50mm lens, fortunately my wife had other ideas, she wanted to eat and have heating through the first months of Jacks life, so it was back to the drawing board and more research.

I have a thing about street photography, when it is good it is amazing and captures a story perfectly, however I still believe that 90% of street you see is mundane, but then I came across a X-Photographers website and the pictures just made me keep coming back again and again, what camera is he using? Hmm Fuji, OK I wonder if they are any good? Two things sold me one was a review of the X-Pro 1 that said ‘it’s 99% of the Leica M240 at a 10% of the price’ and second was the enthusiasm of my local camera shop. Little did I know that the first bout of enthusiasm was nothing compared to what came after sales.

Very soon after my first Cambrian visit, I was back and stepped in to the world of Fuji and bought my X-Pro 1 with a couple of prime lenses. Before I had the camera out of the box I was invited to Social media groups and the journey started.

What has me hooked and now proclaiming myself a Fujiholic is the shear versatility of my X-Pro 1, bought for street style but now used on the hills, mountaineering, landscape and even the odd sudo-portrait. Couple the versatility with the exciting and inspiration people I have met through the Fuji community and I am hooked.

Graham Ormondroyd 04

Which is your favourite lens? Why?

I only shoot prime lenses, I need to slow down and think about my photography and this is one way of doing so, for most of what I do this is fine, but I think that one day I will go to the dark side and get a zoom lens, just for weight and added flexibility on the hills

So my favorite lens, if you would have asked me six months ago it would have been my Fujinon 18mm f2, such a versatile lens and my go too lens when I want to take just one with me, however more and more my new 35mm f1.4 is attached to the front of my camera, I love the shallow depth of field that can be achieved and how that can make subject pop out of the background.

Graham Ormondroyd 05

If I had to pick a desert island lens I would have to go back to the original and the 18mm.

Graham Ormondroyd 06

When you next go travelling, what gear will you take?

This is a hard question, I travel a lot for work, I travel in the hills and I travel with my family, as to the kit that I take, I always take something, whether it will be the X-Pro 1 and 18mm lens slipped in to my laptop bag when I am away with work, right through to all my kit, tripod and filters when I am away with the family or in the mountains for an extended period.

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What kind of tools do you use for post processing?

Post processing for me has to be simple, and Adobe Lightroom CC and the Nik Collection are perfect, I can turn an average photograph in to something of quality without having to spend 40 hours doing so. My life would not allow me to do that, far too much going on! I do experiment with how much I can change the mood of a photograph in post and the results can be quite startling.

What's next?

So what is next for me in terms of my photography, really to continue to learn the craft, I am a newbie and need to develop my skills, which I am looking forward to, more practice, more courses and more kit to allow me to do this.

As for new kit, the Fujinon 90mm prime is on my list along with (shhh) a zoom lens (probably the 18-55mm f2.8-4). But I have to say the new Fuji X70 has captured my thoughts, to have Fuji X-series quality in my cycling jersey pocket would open up a whole new realm of photography.

Of course there will be more peripheries, more filters, new tripods you never really stop buying kit.


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