Welcome to my Fuji X-T2 Review ~ Initial Thoughts

So its time, once again, to welcome another new camera into the Fujifilm X-Series range.   The Fujifilm X-T2.  Its a camera that has been rumoured ever since the X-Pro2 was announced earlier in the year.  This is my Fuji X-T2 Review (initial thoughts at least).

If you have read my review of the X-Pro2, and possibly my shooting weddings with a Fuji blog post you will know that I think the X-Pro2 is a fantastic camera.  I’ve been shooting all my professional wedding photography work with it since January.

However, shortly after the X-Pro2 was released, I was lucky enough to be invited by Fujifilm UK to be one of the pre-release testers and evaluators of their new camera, the X-T2.

Part of my role as a Fujifilm Ambassador is to help test and mature the X-Series range. I’ve been a very proud and happy user since the original X100 came out in 2011. I shoot 100%, exclusively with Fuji cameras. I’m thrilled to see that Fuji remain a forward thinking and dynamic company. They listen to what photographers want, and they deliver. Whether that is through firmware updates or new cameras they actively seek out what the industry requires and acts upon that.

From the 7th July, you will see many Fuji X-T2 Review post across the world.  As ever, I’m not going to give a technical review here.  You will be able to view the full specs on the Fujifilm website.

Please be aware that this Fuji X-T2 Review is based on a pre-production camera.  We have been getting firmware updates from Tokyo regularly, but what we are working with is not the final version.  Fujifilm expect the camera to be shipping in the Autumn.

As the sensor is the same as the X-Pro2, I’ve decided to give an overview of what I feel are the core differences between the X-Pro2 and the X-T2 and that has been my focus of concentration whilst using the camera over the last few months.

So let’s take a look at the Fuji X-T2:

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with XF 35mm F2 Lens (front)

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with XF 35mm F2 Lens (rear)

Those who use the X-T1 currently have probably been devouring the specifications of the X-Pro2 since its release and expecting most of its features to be included in the X-T2.  And so that is true.

There are very distinct, sometimes subtle, and sometimes obvious differences between the Fuji X-T2 and the Fujifilm X-Pro2 which I’ll explore during this blog post.

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Fuji X-T2  v Fuji X-T1

Many of you will be already using the Fuji X-T1, so here is a concise list of some of the core specification and relevant changes.

In a nutshell, the Fuji X-T2, compared to the X-T1 is a completely different camera.  Its faster, its more capable, its more durable and its more functional.

The X-T2, in my opinion, is as solid and full an upgrade to a camera as the X-Pro2 to the X-Pro1 was.

X-T2 Specification
  • Resolution:  24.3 Megapixels
  • Sensor Size:  23.6 x 15.6 (APS-C)
  • Sensor Type:  X-Trans III
  • Image Size:  6000 x 4000 pixels
  • ISO Range:  200 to 12,800 (expanded 100 and 51,200)
  • Metering:   TTL 256-zone metering system with multi, spot, centre-weighted and average options
  • Continuous Shooting:  Up to 14fps (electronic shutter) and 8fps (mechanical shutter), 11fps (mechanical shutter) with Vertical Booster Grip.
  • Exposure Compensation:  +/-5EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • LCD Monitor:  2-way hinged 3in with 1.62 million dots
  • Video: 4K UHD at 30p, Full HD at 60p
  • Connectivity:   USB 3.0, Mini HDMI, audio in and out
  • Media:  Dual SD/SDHC card slots both UHS-II compatible
  • Dimensions: 132.5 x 91.8 x 49.2 mm
  • Weight: 507g (with battery and card)

X-T1 Specification
  • 16.3 Megapixels
  • 23.6 x 15.6 (APS-C)
  • X-Trans II
  • 4896 x 3264 pixels
  • 200 to 6,400 (expanded 100 and 51,200)
  • TTL 256-zone metering system with multi, spot and average options
  • Approx. 8.0 fps (JPEG : max. approx. 47 frames)
    Approx. 3.0 fps (JPEG : up to the capacity of the
    memory card)
  • +/-3EV in 1/3 EV steps
  • 1-way hinged 3in with 1,040K-dot
  • Full HD at 60p
  • USB 2.0, Mini HDMI
  • Single SD/SDHC card slots both UHS-I compatible
  • 129 x 89.8 x 46.7 mm
  • 440g (with battery and card)

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Ergonomics

Those used to the Fuji X-T1 will notice that the overall look and feel of the X-T2 remains largely the same.  And this is a good thing.

I have always believed the the X-T1 was a great design and for those that wanted a more DSLR-like body, it ticked most of the boxes from an aesthetic and physical point of view.  From a very personal point of view, I still prefer the ergonomics of the more ranger finder styled X-Pro2.

Fuji have changed a few things, some minor and some major.

Articulating LCD Screen

Perhaps the biggest physical change is the introduction of the multi-hinged LCD.  With the X-T1, the flip screen was really only useful when shooting horizontally.  Fuji have enhanced this and the flip screen is now very good for both horizontal and vertical shooting.

If I had a penny for every person that said to me “I can’t understand why the X-Pro2 doesn’t have a flip screen” I would be a very rich person!

The fact of the matter is, the X-Pro2 is a different camera to the X-T2 and whilst the sensor and main functionality are the same, the two cameras do aim to serve two different types of market place in my opinion.

The two way tilting LCD screen is part of that differentiation.

Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with XF 35mm F2 Lens & Vertical Power Booster Grip

Whilst I do use the LCD screen on my X-T1 (and the fabulous X-70), I use the camera more with the view finder, or simply zone focusing / shooting from the hip.

The flip screen is of course beneficial and with the Fujifilm X-T2, the screen has a multi-angle swivel which whilst I didn’t use it when shooting stills, I did find very useful when shooting test movies.

Dials and Chassis

When you hold the camera in your hand it just “feels” better.  It feels stronger and all together more comfortable.

I believe this is down to the slightly bigger and more rounded grip.  This in itself makes the camera a bit bigger, and a bit heavier than the X-T1.

Although a different shape, the Fuji X-T2 is overall a little heavier too than the X-Pro2.

Thankfully Fuji have addressed the issue with the overly-recessed buttons on the back of the camera and they are easy to use and find even with your eye to the view finder.

The focus assist button is no more, but instead we gain a focus point joystick.

Fuji X-T2 Review

On the top plate, everything is a bit better spaced for a start.  You notice from the image above the video button has been removed (its now on the drive collar).

Fuji have also addressed the push/lock dials that were on the X-T1.  The new X-T2 has a pretty neat system where you push once and release the locking mechanism when adjusting ISO and Shutter Speed.

The view mode button is still in the (in my opinion) rather awkward position on the view finder prism chamber and I would have loved to have seen that moved to the front of the camera or perhaps as a function button option.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with XF 35mm F2 Lens / 1/850 Second at f5.6, ISO 200

Shooting from the hip with the LCD tilt screen is definitely a benefit for those that want to try and get those shots that you may otherwise not be able to achieve by raising the camera to your face.

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Still Image Quality

I’m really not going to go into this in too much detail as the still images are created by the same sensor as the X-Pro2.  I’ve covered the image quality, noise performance and Acros film simulation a lot in these previous blog posts:

Fuji X-Pro2 Review

Extreme Low Light Shooting with the X-Trans III Sensor

A Portrait of Eduard – Acros Film Simulation

Needless to say, the extra mega pixels in the sensor has not led to a decrease in image quality and as ever, the JPEGs from the sensor are superb.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewXF 23mm F1.4 Lens / 1/750 Second at f2, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2 ReviewXF 23mm F1.4 Lens / 1/350 Second at f5.6, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2 ReviewXF35mm F2 Lens / 1/14,000 Second at f2, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2 ReviewXF 23mm F1.4 Lens / 1/10,000 Second at f2, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2 ReviewXF 23mm F1.4 Lens / 1/30,000 Second at f2, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Metering Additions

The camera now sports the new metering mode also found in the X-Pro2 so the full compliment of multi, spot, centre-weighted and average options are on the meter dial on the top plate.

I’m a big fan of using the AF-L buttons as a “back button focusing” technique and quite often I’ll be using that along with Spot-Metering and focus / recompose method to shoot.

This is a useful way of finely tuning exposure whilst keeping control of the focus point and composition.

Fuji have aided us by allowing us to choose whether the AF / AE is triggered on the Shutter button too with a menu option (below).

This gives us even more control over the exposure and focus options and is something I’ve found very useful when shooting with the X-T2.

Fuji X-Pro2 Review

Fuji X-T2 Review:  AF Improvements

Much like the X-Pro2, the Fuji X-T2 has seen a huge increase in Auto Focus Performance and configuration over its predecessor.

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 almost every conceivable situation.

Its impossible for me to put in words or display in stills the magnitude of the update to the Auto Focus system.  Again, Fujfilm have been concentrating on this as they know this is a huge area for mirrorless users….and, indeed, perhaps the most important area.

The Fujifilm X-T2 has an enhanced ability to auto-focus 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.  Those who currently use the X-T1 in low light, even with the Firmware 4 update will be blown away by the speed of focus acquisition in low light situations.

The performance of contrast detection AF, enabled for approx. 85% of the imaging area, has also been improved.

Continuous Focus Modes

When I used to shoot with my DSLRs, I really loved the ability to choose different continuous tracking modes.

When the AF-C updates came in Firmware 4 for the X-T1 (and subsequently released in the X-Pro2), we suddenly had a continuous tracking mode that worked incredibly well.

One thing I missed though, was the ability to fine tune the continuous tracking and decide on things such as whether I wanted the camera to ignore subjects crossing in front on my primary focus subject, or react quicker to quick moving subjects etc.

Well, Fuji, I believe, have really delivered here in the X-T2 and I genuinely believe for those that use AF-C a lot (I’m think sports photographers and wildlife here), they are going to be in for a great treat here.

You can customise settings to optimise 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 (and I know this has been an issue for some people in the past), enabling up to 5fps, instead of 3fps in the X-T1, during continuous shooting in the Live View mode, a better option to ensure tracking subject movements.

I really love the ability to customise the way the AF-C works and during my testing, I’ve found this to be invaluable.  For wedding photographers, it comes into its own when shooting and tracking things such as the bridal recessional or the confetti run where you don’t want the camera to suddenly start tracking the confetti itself or another person entering the scene.

When you combine this new feature, with the ability to shoot at 11 fps (with the vertical grip) during tracking then I think its finally a really valid option for those who need to shoot sport and birds etc.  I used to shoot a lot of rugby pitch side when I had my old DSLR equipment.  I haven’t shot any since I sold all that gear off but I’m looking forward to getting back to the side of the pitch and using the X-T2 to its full potential.

I’m sure John Rourke will have more to say on this with his amazing motor racing images that he shoots with the Fuji system.

More on the Vertical Grip a bit later, but you should know that without the grip attached, the maximum burst rate of shooting in CH mode is 8 fps.  As mentioned, with the grip, its 11fps.

An addendum to those figures is the fact that with the electronic shutter in operation, you can even shoot at 14fps.

These are very quick burst rates and way over what I would ever need or use as a documentary photographer, but I imagine are spot on for those sports and wildlife photographers I referred to.

Fuji X-T2 Review:  The Vertical Power Booster Grip

That’s Fuji’s name for a battery grip, with a difference.

Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with XF 35mm F2 Lens & Vertical Power Booster Grip (front)

I have never been a fan of battery grips on my cameras.  I prefer the camera to remain as small and compact as possible.

However, I have always seen the advantage of using a battery grip when shooting long weddings, or out on the street for prolonged periods of time.  It makes sense, sometimes, to just have spare power available without worrying about physically changing the batteries.

The Fuji X-T1 Vertical Power Grip builds on the previous grip available to the X-T1 in so many ways and it is more than just a battery grip.  I think the Vertical Battery Grip will be essential for Fuji X-T2 owners.

I guess the headline feature of the grip is the fact that it stores two additional batteries.  This means you can shoot with three batteries loaded into the camera.

The published amount of shots this will produce is around 1,000.  However, Fuji are bound by certain industry standard testing metrics and my trials have seen me shoot double that, depending on certain camera configurations.  Now, bear in mind I rarely use zooms or flash, which will reduce that output somewhat but I can’t see any situation where I could be shooting a wedding for the whole day and need to ever reach the bag for a fourth battery.

I think when you consider how much people have maligned Fujifilm about battery life (when in truth, a little research and careful configuration will alleviate those problems somewhat on all the cameras), its great to see they have spent time and effort producing an option for people who really do want to be able to rest assured that they have power on the go at all times.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 Power Management Options

As you can see from the Power Management shot above, Fujifilm are serious about giving us more control and options over the power management of the camera.

I’ve been asking for the ability to have different rations for Auto-Power Off for sometime and I was really pleased to see this new control available for us.

I’ve been setting mine to 15 seconds and I now no longer need to worry about actually switching the camera off when I’m not using it.  Little things like this have made quite a big difference to the way I’m shooting with the X-T2 compared to the X-T1 and even the X-Pro2.

Fuji X-Pro2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with Vertical Power Booster Grip (boost dial)

The Vertical Power Grip, as mentioned, is more than just a battery holder.  It has all the controls on it to enable you to shoot vertically comfortably.  This includes front and rear dials, AF-L, AE-L, Q button, Fn button and a focus joystick.

Additionally, the grip has the neat little “Boost” toggle which does a couple of things;

  • 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.
  • In the Boost mode, it will enhance 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’s a pretty nifty little device.

But wait…..there is more…..

The grip also has a power in socket which means you can charge two batteries on the go in the grip tray.  This is very neat and if you are out and about and need to charge quickly, you can use the tray to charge the batteries quicker than using the standard charger.  You’ll be able to charge two batteries, simultaneously in two hours flat.

For those that want to shoot video to any serious level, you’ll also find a headphone port in the side compartment.  I’ve been using that when out and about testing the 4K video functionality.

And so to 4K Video in the Fujifilm X-T2…

Fuji X-T2 Review:  4K Video Recording in the Fuji X-T2

Now, I’m not a video shooter in any professional capacity but its something I have been exploring and certainly want to do more of.

If I’m honest, I was disappointed that the X-Pro2 didn’t have 4K functionality.  I understand this is down to heat issues inside the body.  So when I received my prototype X-T2 and learned of the specifications I began looking forward to exploring shooting higher definition videos.

For a while, I’ve been asking Fuji about the seemingly crazy reason the audio jack in the cameras were an almost proprietary 2.5mm when everywhere else used a 3.5mm jack.

Et Voila…. a 3.5mm jack for audio in.  This is huge, believe it or not, for those who want to shoot video in any serious capacity.  I’ve been using a Rode NTG-2 to record some audio direct to the camera I can use an XLR > 3.5mm cable converter.  Previously, I had to use an XLR > 3.5 > 2.5 connection which greatly affected the amplification of the sound.

Additionally, as mentioned earlier, there is a headphone socket in the vertical power grip which means you can monitor sound accordingly too.

And finally, there is also a HDMI out option which means you can monitor the footage on an external screen or record direct from the camera.

In my mind, the three interfaces of the Audio in, Audio out and HDMI make the camera far more able when it comes to shooting any kind of video footage.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with RODE NTG2 and Video Monitoring in action.

Thanks to my good friend and epic wedding photographer Rob Ward for the above shot.

In terms of video formats for recording, the X-T2 offers the 4K range along with the standard HD range found in the X-Pro2.

You’ll get the chance to shoot at:

  • HD 60p
  • HD 50p
  • HD 30p
  • HD 25p
  • HD 24p
  • 4K 30p
  • 4K 25p
  • 4K 24p

If you are not using the vertical power grip you will be able to shoot clips up to 10 minutes in length.  With the grip, that will be extended to 30 minutes.

I was hoping we’d see HD 120p and even dreaming of 4K 60p.  For the time being though, I’m very satisfied with the options available to me.  I’m very excited by this.

NOTE:  The pre-production versions of the Fuji X-T2 that I have had do not allow RAW or “neutral” recording.  The specifications read: MOD (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: Linear PCM / Stereo sound 48KHz sampling) and I’m hopeful that at some point the camera will be able to record RAW footage too.  Who knows!

That said, as we know, the film simulations in the Fuji cameras are one of the main reasons many people invest in the series and its great to be able to shoot using these film simulations in 4K too.  The grading is pretty much done in the camera – much like shooting JPEG and not needing to process the RAW files.

I took the camera to London for a few hours with a view of shooting some random scenes and testing the outputs of the camera.  They worked really well, and whilst my clips are certainly not art, they ticked the boxes in terms of seeing what the 4K footage can do:

Stills from the 4K Video Footage

Whilst its not something I’m likely to ever do, I know some people are interested in taking stills from moving media and as the resolution of the files becomes larger, I guess it becomes possible to draw a reasonably useable JPEG still from the footage.

The still below (you can click it for the full size JPEG) was saved from Photoshop as a 3.06mb image, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.
Fuji X-T2 Review

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Dual UHS-II Card Slots

The X-Pro2 saw the introduction of dual card slots and it made sense for Fuji to continue that feature in the X-T2.  However, they have gone one step further and whereas the X-Pro2 has one UHS-I slot and one UHS-II slot, the Fuji X-T2 has two super fast UHS-II slots.

When shooting in burst mode, using backup as the data saving option I can’t remember one single occasion where the camera slowed for the buffer to refill, even at 11 fps.

Those of you who have been hankering after shooting film simulation bracketing (jpeg) to one card, and RAW to another will remain disappointed I’m afraid.

I really would love to see Fuji roll out this option in a firmware update.  I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be possible to record the film simulation brackets to one card and a clean RAW file to another, especially now both cards are super fast.  Fingers crossed on that one.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with dual UHS-II Card Slots.  Vrooooom!

Fuji X-T2 Review: MCEX-Macro Extension Tube & X-T2

Simply because I’ve never really used it in anger before, I thought I try some shots using the Fuji X-T2, the 90mm lens and the MCEX-16 Macro Extension Tube.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with 90mm F2 Lens & MCEX-16 Macro Extension: 1/850th Second, f2, ISO 320

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with 90mm F2 Lens & MCEX-16 Macro Extension: 1/1,500th Second, f2, ISO 320

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 with 90mm F2 Lens & MCEX-16 Macro Extension: 1/680th Second, f2, ISO 320

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Flash Photography with the Fuji X-T2

I’m not a big user of Flash, you will be better off checking out Bert Stephani for more on this.

What I can tell you though, is that the Flash support in the X-T2 has been greatly improved and will work seamlessly with the new EF-X500 Flash unit also announced today.

Fuji X-T2 ReviewFujifilm X-T2 offers greater support and control of Flash

You can see from the image above, the camera is now well equipped to move into a much more professional real when shooting with both on and off camera flash.  The EF-X500, I believe, will offer those that like to use multiple off camera flash at weddings (and elsewhere of course) a far more granular and powerful configuration.

Fuji X-T2 Review:  Tethering and Wifi

The Fuji X-T2 will support native tethering with a plugin for Lightroom users.  Great news for studio shooters especially.  You can automatically transfer and save images on the computer, and shoot while checking Live View images

I have also been using the X-T2 a lot with my Instax Share SP1 and this has worked seemlesly printing direct from the camera or via the Fuji Remote App on my iPad.

Interestingly, you can control video as well as stills exposure using the Fuji Remote app which has been useful when shooting out on the streets.  The Wifi remote control of the cameras, I think, is something that passes a lot of people by but its an extremely powerful feature.

One other thing I’d love to see happen at some point (and I think could be something that could be done via a firmware update) is the ability to sync camera time and settings across bodies.

I’d love to press a button and all three of my XT-2s or all three of my X-Pro2s suddenly synced time, and inherited my custom settings, shadows, highlights etc.  That would be neat.

Fuji X-T2 Review ~ Summary

This Fuji X-T2 Review is just my initial thoughts.  As the firmware stabilises in the pre-productions I will be using it more at weddings and will be compiling a fuller review in due course.

For me, Fuji have once again taken a working formula in the X-T1 and not only refined it, but built on it, re-engineered it and rewarded us photographers with another stunning camera to use.

Fuji X-T2 v Fuji X-Pro2

By and large, the X-Pro2 and the X-T2 are very similar.  Certainly in terms of image quality and major features of the sensor itself.

I think its true that Fujifilm will release, at some point, a firmware upgrade for the X-Pro2 that may well include some of the newer focus enhancements that are found within the X-T2.

From an ergonomic point of view they are of course very different.

When the X-Pro2 was released I sold two of my X-T1’s and kept one X-T1 (I had three).  When I think back to my reasoning for that, I think it came down to that flip screen.

The X-Pro2 is a much better camera than the X-T1, but it didn’t have the flip screen and it didn’t have 4K video.

As you have seen in this Fuji X-T2 Review the new camera has the screen, has 4K video and, in fact, has a lot more to it than just those features of course.

Where do I lie with camera choice?

Well, I can tell you that so many people in the wedding photography world wanted an X-Pro2 with a flip screen and whilst the X-T2 is more than that, those people now have their wish.

The X-Pro2, for me, remains more discreet, probably a bit more reactionary for me to use (I personally prefer the rangefinder-esque footprint of the X-Pro2), has the incredibly quick Optical Viewfinder.

I will sell my final X-T1 and will buy an X-T2 when it is available.  I think I will likely still remain predominately an X-Pro2 shooter (I have three of those now!).  I can see me pulling out the X-T2 at weddings when I really have no choice but shoot considered hip shots with the tilting LCD, or, of course, if I ever want to shoot video.

What you will choose may simply come down the very simple basics of:

  • If you really want a flip screen, choose the Fuji X-T2
  • If you really want 4K video, choose the Fuji X-T2
  • If you really want amazing customisable focus acquisition technology, choose the Fuji X-T2 (though I’m not sure if this will come in time to the X-Pro2).
  • If you want a range finder style camera with a fast Optical View Finder as well as an EVF, choose the Fuji X-Pro2
  • If you want a very discreet, sleek camera, Choose the Fuji X-Pro2.
  • If you want a camera that is incredibly curate and quick to use with and OVF, choose an X-Pro2.

Choices, choices…….

Fuji X-T2 Review56mm F1.2 Lens: 1/20,000th Second, f1.2, ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 Review16mm F1.4 Lens: 1/340th Second, f1.4, ISO 400

Fuji X-T2 Review56mm F1.2 Lens: 1/4,000th Second, f1.2, ISO 400

You can see more of my of my core wedding and social documentary work over on my wedding photographer website.

If you are a wedding photographer, shooting with Fuji’s, you may be interested in the managed Facebook group I run especially for us.

I really hope this little Fuji X-T2 Review has been useful.  There will be many more out there on the internet of course.

Please feel free to leave questions in the comment sections and I will answer them there.

You can pre-order the Fuji X-T2 from Castle Cameras where I get my cameras in the UK right now.  I would, if I were you 🙂

  • Happy Snapping – Kevin (in my Studio in Malmesbury, at 5:30am! listening to Radio 4)
  • Hi Kevin, any news on whether the X-T2 can tether? I’m hoping it can which will hopefully make its way into the XP2 via firmware uodate. I desperately need thethering as some jobs I’m going for now have creative directors who will want to see immediate output. I’d hate to rent another system just for those opportunities…

    • Hi Deveren – yes it does. There is a section in the review about it but I added it late so you may need to refresh the page to see it. But yes, tethering via Lightroom.

  • Does the ability to disable AF on the shutter button mean that it can be activated with the AF-L button so that we have true back-.button AF now?

  • Hey Kevin, I’ve admired your work for a while and follow you on Instagram. Looking at your B&W shots here, I think I’ve noticed a slight tweak. Is it because you’re now using Acros and because of the higher resolution of the x-pro2/x-t1? They just look cleaner and sharper, and the tones look richer. I’m pretty sure I’m not imagining things! 🙂

    • Hi Vik,

      Thanks. All these B&Ws are from Acros+R and are slightly toned in LR. That’s pretty much it. Sharpness settings are perhaps a touch higher than how I used to be able to set them in the X-T1 etc.

  • Kevin;

    Thank you for such an informative and inclusive insight into the X-T2!! I enjoy your writing and of course, your photography. My question is this…when using the battery grip can a single spare be used in addition to the one on-camera battery or does it have to be fully populated with two additional batteries?

    Do the Fuji batteries have the “memory issue” that some batteries have if they are not fully discharged, i.e. they don’t get a full re-charge?

    I have never owned a Fuji so I have been waiting for this release. Please forgive this question if it is a bit basic, but I am assuming there is a function setting that will allow me to bracket some shots. Is that true and how many shots can one bracket?

    Thanks for your consideration.

    J. Ross

    • Hi

      Thanks for the comment & yes, you can just have one battery in the grip.

      I don’t know about any memory issues but I’ve been using the same batteries for three years and they seem to be fine still.

      You can indeed bracket. You can bracket on exposure, ISO and even film simulation. Three shot bracketing.


    Hi Kevin,
    Thank you for the review! It looks like this camera has a few important tweaks. It would be very interesting to see in the near future, what firmware updates will X-pro 2 get. Anyway, the massive viewfinder and the dials on the top, will definitely make this a tempting proposition. Overall, it doesn’t seem to be much difference from the X-pro2, it looks like it can be turned into a big, powerful device for sports and what not, which in a way, takes away from the portability of the system, whereas XP2 is what it is 🙂 . Great stuff , though, I can’t wait to pick one up and see how it feels, in September! Thanks again!

  • MarkHaertl

    Thanks for the great article, Kevin.

    You say: “Fuji have aided us by allowing us to choose whether the AF / AE is triggered on the Shutter button too with a menu option (below). This gives us even more control over the exposure and focus options and is something I’ve found very useful when shooting with the X-Pro2.”

    My X-Pro2 with the newest firmware installed doesn’t have that option, but I’d love to use it. Did I misunderstand what you’re saying and only the X-T2 has it?

    • Sorry Mark – that’s a Typo and it should read X-T2 at the end. I’ve corrected it now.

      To clarify, you can’t do this on the X-Pro2.

      • MarkHaertl

        Thanks for the clarification, Kevin!

  • How does the shutter sound compare to the x-pro2? Similar or more like the x-t1?

  • Juan Kis

    Fantastic review Kevin!

    I’m looking forward to buy the X-T2, so excited!

    I know we will have now the joystick in replacement of the Focus Assist button. I have a couple of old lenses and I use sometimes the F.A. button. No big deal, but do you think is any way we can amplify the image when we are focusing with manual lenses ?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Juan,

      I haven’t tested this on a manual lens but on standard lenses you can press the rear command dial in and it will zoom into the image.

      • Juan Kis

        That is great! Thank you Kevin!

  • Cliff

    How’s the lowlight autofocus compare to the XP2? Any improvement there or is it the same??

    • I’d say a little better but its hard to quantify. You don’t get the configurable AF-C though with the X-Pro2.

  • Bjarne

    Can you tell if face/eye detection works better on x-2? I know many think it is a gimmick but some of us use and need it 🙂

    • I don’t notice any difference. I agree its a very useful feature.

  • Den

    Kevin, I’ve not seen a single reviewer mention that the rear LCD has over 50% more resolution now. How notcable is it and is there an option for the screen to auto adjust brightness based on ambient light?

    Glad to see the black out time has improved (and significantly with the grip) over the XT-1 – would you say it is now equivalent to the blink of an eye in real terms for single shot to shot use?


  • Hi Kevin

    Nice review. Just a quick question, are the batteries the same as the XT1?



    • The X-T1, X-Pro2 etc batteries will work fine. There is a new “s” battery that ships with the X-T2 (these batteries will also work with X-T1, X-Pro2 etc). So essentially, yes, all batteries will work with all cameras.

  • Marshall Calvert

    Can you tell me if they have given us more shots on multiple exposure. And can we use the grip from the xt1

    • No (sadly) … and no, you I don’t believe you will be able to use the X-T1 grip as its a different configuration.

  • Lorenzo

    when the time comes can I buy your X-T1?

  • What an extensive review! I never would have considered one, but now….man……hahaha

  • Grace

    Hi Kevin,
    Your photos are beautiful, and I really appreciate your reviews. They’re so thorough and a joy to read.

    I pre-ordered the Xpro 2 when it first came out to use along with my Fuji xt1. After using them together, I realized having same bodies will be easier when using them simultaneously. I sold the xt1 in hopes of purchasing a second Xpro 2, but with all the new wonderful features of the new xt2 (i.e. Af-custom settings, faster af), I’m feeling torn. I also hated the mushy shutter button on the xt1 and now that has been resolved too in the xt2. I don’t really shoot video so the 4K is not a big deal. I was wondering if you can provide any insight on which second body I should get. Stick with my original idea of having 2 same bodies (xpro2) or get the xt2 as a second body.

    From all the reviews I’ve been reading, they said the af custom setting will not be available in the Xpro 2 with their next firmware update. I’m very disappointed and not sure why they won’t have this feature for the Xpro 2.

    Thank you in advance for your advice 🙂

  • Very nice photos and review. Love Fujifilm cameras and waiting for X-T2 to be available in Poland.

  • Paul

    Hi Kevin, I wonder if you can help with a question about AF-C operation in the XT2? With the ‘old’ XT1 in AF-C mode, each time a frame was shot I had to totally release the shutter (or back button AF) and half press it again if I wanted AF-C focussing to contunue. Can you tell me if this has been changed on the X-T2 to bring it more into line with typical DSLR behaviour, where taking a shot doesn’t cause AF-C tracking to stop? Thanks so much! Paul

    • Hi Paul, yes, there is a menu setting that allows you to completely switch off AE or AF from the shutter button, which brings it way more in line with BBF on DSRLs.

  • Lanne

    Hi Kevin, im new to the Fuji and just handle a new Xt 2, i read almost your review as well as your setup on your xpro 2.
    Can you help me with the camera film simulation specific setting on your Xt 2, especially for the portrait and wedding?
    Thank you Kevin.

    • Hi Lanne – I typically would use Acros + G for portraits. Or Clasic Chrome for colour.

  • Hi Kevin,

    thanks for all the information.

    Are there any hopes for getting the Fuji X-T2 to tether in Capture One? The software has listed the camera under “supported cameras” in their latest update, but as soon as I connect the X-T2 to my MacBook all functions on the camera get disabled and “USB” appears on the LCD. No camera is being recognized in C1. Or do I do something wrong? Any thoughts on this? That’s the last obstacle on my way to switching entirely to Fuji. I unfortunately realized it after buying the X-T2. I don’t find any proper info on this matter.



    • Hi Miroslav – I have no idea re Capture one. I’m not even sure if C1 supports compressed RAW files yet either. You can tether in LR of course but I guess not everybody uses it.

  • John Blausey

    But the XT2 does NOT tether with Lightroom. Been banging my head trying to figure it out because my XT1 does tether. Rumor is that we are waiting for a firmware update to get tethering.

    • No need to bang your head, this has been clearly stated on the Fuji website since the camera was released.

  • Gisele Ajaka

    great review!

    I was wondering if you did test the tether yourself? I need to transfer RAW files while shooting, will it work?

    • I haven’t tried it myself Gisele – I’m sure that someone like Damien Lovegrove may be able to help.

  • Hello Kevin, I love your work, and the tone of the bw photos, can you tell me how you put the beautiful tone in LR ? I tried with split tone tool but tends to green. thanks for help. sorry for my English I am from Buenos Aires Argentina
    instagram @fotosmdc

    • Hi Marcelo, Try split toning only the shadows then play with what you get.