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Using the Fuji X-T2 as a Travel Camera.

 One of my Fuji XT-2's set up to shoot the sunset at Chania Lighthouse in Crete last month.

One of my Fuji XT-2's set up to shoot the sunset at Chania Lighthouse in Crete last month.

For those of you that don't know, I am a travel photographer. I travel around the world shooting and teaching. I'm currently spending 6 months travelling around Europe in a van. It's fair to say then, that my idea of the perfect travel camera has been fairly well honed. Or at least the idea of the right travel camera for me. Your mileage may vary of course, but here's why I think the Fujifilm X-T2 comes pretty damn close, but falls short of the mark in some major areas. That being said, I have bought two of them for this trip and I don't regret it at all. So lets start with the positives.

 Even with the older 35mm f/1.4 the X-T2 has no trouble focusing on subject that move quickly and erratically.

Even with the older 35mm f/1.4 the X-T2 has no trouble focusing on subject that move quickly and erratically.

It is much faster at focusing than my X-T1's. For all intents the focus is instantaneous in 95% of shooting situations. The continuous AF works really well (it didn't work at all with the X-T1) and the accuracy is near perfect. Fuji have gone from being well behind the competition in this regard to producing something absolutely stellar. 


Build quality and handling is so much better. The crappy doors are gone, the dials work properly and the buttons on the back are much nicer to press. 


The image quality far exceeds what I was able to get from the T1 sensor and I love the Acros film simulations for black and white. I prefer the look of Velvia in this camera to how it was implemented in the T1 too.

 There is so much crisp detail in the X-T2 files even when you extract it from deep shadow like this shot of Athens taken just before sunset.

There is so much crisp detail in the X-T2 files even when you extract it from deep shadow like this shot of Athens taken just before sunset.


To keep the weight down for ease of travelling I tend to just throw the 35mm 1.4 on the front if I'm just wandering around shooting. I think I'll pick up the 35 f/2 though so that the whole thing is weather sealed in case of a sudden downpour. 

If I've gone out to shoot something specific then I'll pack the 10-24 f/4, 16-55 f/2.8, 50-140 f/2.8, two bodies with battery grips and maybe a prime or two, depending on what it is I'm after. This does add a considerable amount of weight, but it allows me to capture pretty much anything I want and is still lighter than the equivilant full frame dslr rig.

And yes ok dual SD, weather sealing etc all good too, but that's obvious. I won't waste your time explaining the merits of these things here. 

But the not so good stuff, really sucks. I really wanted this camera to be my primary camera for the YouTube channel. But the lack of fully rotating screen makes it hopeless for this. I gave up using it after it shut down twice while I was recording and I had no way of knowing that it had done it until I looked at the back of the screen. Come on Fuji, sort it out guys. Video is a thing now, and you have the hardware so nearly there too. With the battery grip you can attach headphones to monitor audio levels and record 30 mins of 4K to the card. The quality looks great too, and they did away with that stupid 2.5mm mic jack in favour of a standard 3.5mm one. 

Then there's the lock ups. The camera will sometimes not turn off when you switch it off. And when you lift the camera back up to your eye to take another photo you miss it because the camera is frozen. Sometimes it shuts down after a while, sometimes it's a battery out job. Utter bullshit in a pro/prosumer oriented tool. I never want to miss a shot because my camera isn't ready. If I'm ready I expect my gear to be ready too.

So it's been a love hate relationship for sure. But I would still recommend the T2 as a travel camera. It ticks so many boxes and it's hard to imagine another camera coming close for a while. I am definitely not going to be selling these bodies and getting something else. But I hope the T3 sorts out these issues. 

 I'm a huge fan of the Acros film simulation. Especially when it's raining!

I'm a huge fan of the Acros film simulation. Especially when it's raining!

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