I have been receiving a lot of of requests for a review on my Fujifilm X-T2. As some of you may know, I’ve had progressively nicer Canon SLR cameras since I was switched over from film (augh! yes- I used to shoot film exclusively as a necessity and not a novelty). I went through three or four (can’t remember for sure) models in over the past decade and I absolutely love those cameras! So, you’re probably thinking, why did you switch to a smaller, less powerful camera?
Well, a few months back I got confronted in a store for taking photos for the blog. I won’t go into too much detail, but just know that I had asked permission and that the confrontation was SUPER EMBARRASSING. I left the store in tears. It was just so weird.
As I was recapping to Jeremy what had happened, I said that I felt like maybe our big cameras made us seem more suspicious or something. I mean, in this day and age, everyone takes 95% of photos with their phone. It’s less and less common to see people out and about with a lot of camera gear. Or maybe the shop owner was just having a stressful day. But either way, I felt that moving forward I wanted to have an OPTION to get photos better than an iPhone, but without a large DSLR.
I had been looking at Fuji and Leica cameras, but was hesitant to purchase one because I felt like I only wanted it because it was cute. I was afraid I wouldn’t really use it, so I held off. These cameras are very cute, and look like vintage film cameras. I love it because my hero in photography is my late grandfather, who carried a very similar looking camera. And depending on the lens you have on, they can be super small … purse size.
A couple hours after that crazy embarrassing experience in the local store, we met up with Jeremy’s label owner for dinner and drinks. He had a tiny Fujifilm camera with him, the Fujifilm X100F. I asked him a bunch of questions, he gave me a little sales pitch (he is SUPER into his camera) and I was totally sold. DESTINY!
I did a bit of research and decided to opt for a model with the option to change lenses. I wasn’t ready to have a camera with no lens changing, as I wanted something more in between my big Canon and my phone. So I chose the Fujifilm X-T2.
I purchased lenses with family vacations and photos at home in mind. I wanted a wide angle lens (for wide room photos and scenery).
OK, so first a little photos show and tell and then I’ll share my review of the camera and the three lenses I have been using.
I am still getting the hang of it, but totally impressed with the quality so far.
Lenses I use:
Pancake Lens (FujinonXF27mmF2.8)
This is the smallest and lightest option. I keep this on a lot of the time, especially for travel or if I’m taking my camera out in my purse. Some of the other lenses I chose are a little on the large size, which is fine at home or if I bring a full camera bag. But this is the basic lens I would recommend if you only want to buy one!
Wide Lens (Fujinon XF14mmF2.8 R)
This lens is my most used lens at home because it’s perfect for interior photos, and I like to take a lot of snapshots that show a wider view of our home. I also used it (exclusively) on a trip to New York for Jeremy’s CD release. I’ll show a photo of that below. I thought it handled a diverse lineup of photos really well. The only downside to this lens is that it’s not tiny, but it’s definitely more powerful and gets a wider view than the pancake lens.
Portrait Lens (Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R)
I added this lens because it can create beautiful portraits, and with a kiddo on the way, it seemed like an obvious choice. I just used it recently to snap a few photos of Laura’s little Lola and it felt pretty magical. My first lens (ever) when I bought my first DSLR was a portrait lens, so this gave me some nostalgia.
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In summary, here are my pros and cons of this camera …
Pros: It’s tiny, it’s adorable, and it has a novelty element to it that make it really *fun* to shoot. It has built in film simulation filters (I used the black and white in the concert and rain photo above, but for color I leave it turned off). It has options for adding grain, which I like because it feels more like film.
Cons: This is a mirrorless camera, so when you look through the viewfinder you are seeing a video screen, not real life. I have found that the photos look at lot better once I get them on my computer than they do on the playback screen. Overall, it feels more like a toy than the bigger SLRs I am used to shooting.
I am having so much fun with this camera. I will definitely take it with me on our next vacation! It’s filling a need I had in my life for a less serious, less bulky and more fun camera. It’s brought me a lot of inspiration to just shoot random photos again.
If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer in the comments! xx. Elsie