Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fuji X-T2 continues to impress!

If you have read my earlier posts, you will know that I recently purchased a Fuji X-T2, together with the 50-140mm F2.8 lens and 1.4x T/C.

As always, with digital, it's easy to end up with literally thousands of images. All of which take a long time to go through, rejecting the unsatisfactory ones and decide how to post-process the keepers.

Well, right now I am looking at 2,276 images from just one 64GB SD Card! Don't worry, I am not going to force you took at all of them!

However, I will share one image with you. It's nothing special and would not win any awards. I am sharing it with you to illustrate a point about the X-T2 and the 50-140mm and T/C combination.

The first image is a screenshot of the whole image. I took this photo in a local park and I had to be several feet away due to closest focusing distance being 1m (without the 1.4x T/C). The lens was at maximum zoom (140mm) so with the T/C. the focal length was equivalent to 294mm (34mm equivalent).

The next image is a screenshot of the image at 100% on screen.

What amazed me when I saw this on screen for the first time, was how much detail is resolved. Remember that this shot was hand-held and the camera alone weighs 507g with battery and memory cards. Add to that the weight of the booster grip (@ 225g plus two batteries) and the lens weigh in at 995g. Add in the two batteries in the grip and the weight of the 1.4x T/C (@ 130g) and you are looking at a total weight in the region of almost 1.9kgs!

Now, this is heavy, but, it's less than the weight of similar kits from Canon and Nikon. Don't have the figures but looking at the weights of a Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Body (910g) and Nikon D500 Body (860g), you can see the Fuji X-T2 is lighter by 353 - 403g before you add booster grip and equivalent lens.

BTW I choose the EOS 7D and the D500 for the comparison as these would have been the cameras I would have chosen from if I had gone with Fuji. Of course, I could have gone with something much lighter, such as the Sony A6500 (453g) but although I enjoyed my A6000 kit, the A6500 doesn't come with two card slots.

Note: The images in the screenshots above has had no processing done. I simply opened up the image in Silkypix Raw File Converter 2.0.

Here is a post-processed image (cropped). I used Silkypix to process the image.

If you would like to know more about the 50-140mm F2.8 lens then visit Fuji's site here. You can read a good review of the Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster Grip on the Nerd Techy Blog here.

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