In the X-T2 and X-Pro2, Fujifilm offers two flagship cameras that have a lot in common, but are designed for slightly different purposes. So which one should you buy? We’ve broken down the key differences. Let’s get probably the biggest differentiator out of the way right up front – the X-T2 offers 4K video, while the X-Pro2 makes do with standard HD. The addition of 4K to the X-T2 surprised us a little when we first saw it on the spec sheet, but it’s clear that Fujifilm sees this feature as an important ‚must have‘ in a camera as versatile as the X-T2. The X-T2 can record video in clips up to 10min duration, or 30min when the optional power booster grip is attached. The X-Pro2, on the other hand, is meant for a different kind of photographer – one who is more stills-oriented, and more likely to shoot with prime lenses than zooms. The addition of 4K to the X-Pro2 would have certainly increased its cost – and the engineers tell us that it would also have increased its size and weight as a consequence of the necessity for a beefed-up heat sink. So if you need 4K, the X-T2 is the camera for you….
It’s been a long time coming but Fujifilm’s two flagship cameras finally have a successor each: the X-Pro1, the camera that started it all nearly five years ago, has been replaced by the X-Pro2, and Fujifilm’s best-selling mirrorless model to date, the X-T1, must now give way to its more powerful sibling, the X-T2.Although the two cameras have much in common, including the latest 24MP X-Trans III APS-C sensor, X-Processor Pro image processor, advanced hybrid autofocus system, various film simulation modes, maximum ISO sensitivity of 51200 and weather resistance to name a few, there are a number of characteristics that set them apart. Let’s have a look at them now…..
While we wait for the announcement of the XF35mm f/2 WR from Messrs. Fuji, what to do if you want the occasional burst of 35mm-equivalent Fuji X goodness? In effect at the moment you have three viable options: a) The excellent but enormous 23mm f1.4, b) The X100T (and it’s predecessors), or c) The X-Mount Filter Lens… I have written of this last one before and, unless you live either in Japan or have read that previous article, you may be forgiven for a degree of confusion at this point. To recap (pun intended) the optic to which I refer is a Japanese-market only, body-cap/toy lens that offers a field of view of 24mm and a fixed aperture of f/8. The XM-FL is made of plastic, has no means of focusing and is really not meant to be taken too seriously…….
There are many differences between the Sony a6300 and the Fujifilm X-Pro2 but two of the most important characteristics actually perform in a more similar manner than you’d think. Both cameras sport new APS-C sensors that can be considered a reference at the time of writing this article, and they also have the two best autofocus systems I’ve had the chance to use. So even though price, build quality, additional features and target user are all different, there is actually a valid reason to compare these two cameras! The X-Pro2 inaugurates a new generation of X series cameras for Fujifilm. It is highly probable that we will see other products in the future with the same 24MP sensor, hopefully at a lower price, which means that the competition for the a6300 will increase. On the other hand, the Sony camera is likely to become the newest “best bang for the buck” which is exactly what happened to the a6000 before it. In this article, I’ll be sharing an in-depth comparison of the image quality and autofocus performance…….
I was intrigued when Fujifilm announced the X70 in January. The press release touted it as a premium fixed-lens compact camera. Design wise, clearly it’s the baby brother to the X100T. However, its specs indicate the X70’s primary mission is to compete with the Ricoh GR II. Having shot almost exclusively with the GR and GR II for the past three years, as well as shooting film several times a year with the GR-1v, you could say I’m a devotee of Ricoh’s compact camera design philosophy. Knowing this, Tony Rose of Popflash Photo loaned me one of his first X70’s and asked me to see how the X70 compared with the GR. After shooting with the X70 for two months, I have a few thoughts about the X70 as a GR competitor and why Fujifilm entered this niche market…….
In an earlier comparison between the Fujifilm X70 and the Ricoh GR II, I suggested that the X70 and X100T are, in many ways, cut from the same cloth. In addition to both being premium fixed-lens compacts from Fujifilm, they also incorporate the same 16MP APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor and feature a very similar design. You may be wondering: are there enough differences to merit a comparison? Even though the image quality is the basically identical, I would say that there are. The most salient differences are the field of view and optical quality of their respective fixed lenses, followed by the small gap between their autofocus systems. The remaining differences mostly regard the body, such as the size and weight, viewfinder (or lack thereof) and LCD screen……
Three years ago I sold my DLSR system and went into mirrorless,as mention I wasn’t 100% confident of this move. I still own a Digital Medium Format(DMF) for commercial client that requires larger output. That was my safety net too. I wasn’t sure if X-trans 16MP APS-C good enough. Yesterday I decided to take out my DMF out for a spin and relive the medium format dream. Its may not be the latest model but its still a great tool. Its a Phase One 645DF with a Leaf Aptus 6 ll 28 MP digital back. As I place it on my work table; X-Pro2 was just by it side. I was just wondering how much different is the IQ between this 2 awesome cameras? X-Pro2 mounted with a XF35mm F1.4 and Phase One with a 80mm F2.8 Schneider-Kreuznach lens. Which is about 50mm in 135mm format. As usual I commission my not so trusty model, Summer; A.K.A. mycheeky 5 years old daughter. I brought the DMF and XPro-2 for a little unfair face-off at the playground………
I personally own the Fujifilm X-T10, but I became curious recently: is the new X-Pro2 worth the upgrade, or is the X-T1 enough of an upgrade from the X-T10? I already did some tests shots on the X-Pro2 for a recent post, and it performed extremely well. But I was still curious on how the two higher-tier cameras compare. So, I borrowed the X-T1 from a friend and did some comparison tests with the X-Pro2, which was lent to me by Fujifilm. I wanted to make the tests as fair as possible so I shot almost all of them inside my studio, as the lighting and conditions don’t change. All shots were taken using same lens, the Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4…..
By upgrading your Fujifilm X-E2 with firmware 4, you are giving up the camera that you knew: Your X-E2 will turn into an X-T10—only with a rangefinder design. However, on the inside, both the X-E2v4 and the new X-E2S offer (almost) the same features, the same menu options and the same graphical user interface as the X-T10. Okay, so your X-E2 is now a rangefinder-style version of the X-T10. Great! But what exactly are the differences between an X-E2 running firmware 4 and the new X-E2S? There seems to be some confusion, so let’s straighten it out. On the outside, the differences are minimal. The X-E2S offers an “improved” hand grip, but to be honest, I can’t feel much of a difference. However, pressing the four selector buttons on the back of the X-E2S does feel better, so this may be another small improvement over the classic X-E2……..
Its been almost 2 years since I bid farewell to DSLR and walk into the mirrorless world. Its wasn’t an easy decision but on the hind side; its the right decision. Leaving my 1DX isn’t easy; which is a very capable camera and still hard to beat even in today’s standard. Eventually it was the size; retrolious design and IQ of X-Pro1 that won me over. Of course I had to live with the down side of X-Pro1 too. AF was its weakest link. With the recent launch of X-Pro2, I would say its now easier for many to make this same decision. Many fellow photographers have been contacting me about new X-Pro2. As I ask why are they thinking of switching? Many says its because of the weight of DSLR and their lenses. X-Pro2 with a 24MP sensor now look like a good and logical alternative. There was also a wedding photographer that I spoke to, thinking of getting two X-Pro2 for his professional work…….