Last October, I bought a used Fuji X-E2 and a Fujifilm 23mm f/2 WR. It was my first step in the Fuji world, not counting the few Fujifilm cameras I tested a few years ago. Speaking of those tests (Fuji X-T1 and Fuji X-100T), my conclusions were good besides one thing: the really bad auto-focus. I loved the looks, the ergonomics, the color rendition, the dynamic range and the way you could pull out details from what you think were blown highlights. I was really impressed, but the AF was slow and always hunting. I also said that I was not afraid for Fuji since they were listening to their customers and putting out great firmware updates. Amongst those many updates were improvements to the Auto Focus... the one thing that was keeping me away from their cameras.
So I went ahead with the Fuji X-E2 and not long after that, I decided to migrate completely to Fuji-X. I sold my micro 4/3 gear, kept my Panasonic LX100 and bought some Fuji gear. At the moment, my kit is:
- Fuji X-T20
- Fuji X-E2
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR
- Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR
- Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II
- Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS
- Praktica 135mm f/2.8
- Panasonic LX100
I also have a Bower 35mm f/1.4 that I might use from time to time, but it is huge and heavy.
I've been shooting Fuji for the last 3 months and it's strange, but I'm not sure I know what to say. It feels so natural that I can't even say there was a transition. The cameras are a joy to use. The ergonomics are just great. The image quality is awesome. I have no problem whatsoever with the auto-focus and I'm even impressed by how good Continuous AF is in video-mode. The only problem, on both cameras, is the tripod thread that is too close to the battery/SD card door. When you put a tripod plate, you can't access the door. Putting a small grip on the X-T20 resolved that problem, but I still think it's a design flaw.
I can't say anything bad about the three Fujifilm lenses that I own. The autofocus is fast and accurate. The sharpness and micro-contrast are above par. They are small and lightweight and they all come with a lens hood. With Olympus and Panasonic, I always had to buy lens hood separately and some of them were way overpriced.
Why did I get the Fuji XC 16-50mm? It was cheap, only 100$ with the Fuji X-T20 kit, it was stabilized and it was very light. That's my vlogging lens, but it might also be my lens for hiking, because of its versatility and great image quality. It would be a good lens for studio work or food photography too.
The Rokinon 12mm is a bit heavier, but I did not use it enough to give you a good review. I want to use it mostly for landscape and astrophotography, but it's so freaking cold up here at the moment that I don't go out often for that.
The Praktica 135mm is good, but it's hard to nail the focus. I need to get used to manual focus again. It has poor contrast but the rendering and the bokeh are very nice.
Like I said many times, 35mm on full frame as always been my favorite lens. That's why my first pick was the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2. Fast AF and awesome image quality at a reasonable price.
The Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 is the latest addition to my kit. I used the old Hanimar 55mm f/1.7 for a while but I had to use it at f/2.8 for it to be sharp. It's not that bad but it was too slow when I photographed a dance recital before Christmas. I hesitated a while between this lens and the 90mm f/2. I bought the 50 for the size, the price and its versatility. It's a good portrait lens. The AF is great but a little bit slower than the 23mm. I'm still discovering it.
Two things: the tripod thread, like I said earlier, and the crappy phone app. Coming from Lumix cameras, maybe I've been spoiled by a really good phone app. The Fuji Camera Remote app is really bad. The controls in photo mode are not so bad but for video, it's unusable. You have no control on the resolution and framerate. Worse: even if you select all your favorite video settings on the camera before connecting with the phone, it does not change a thing. Every time you start video from your phone, the camera will record in 720p at 30 fps. No way to change that. That's silly. You also can not change the phone orientation. In video, it would be nice to use the phone in landscape to get a bigger image. Nope. Can't do. Another bad thing for video? You can't select the focus point. You should be able to not only select it, but change it while recording. The Fuji phone app needs a big update and I really hope it's high on their to-do list.
Other than that, everything is fine for me.
An ongoing process
Even though I had the cameras for three months, I did not use them as much as I would have liked. I "used" them, but did not "play" with them. Life is moving so fast, it's scary. I need to take more time and slow the pace, to enjoy photography more. Did you ever have too many projects in your head and having no clue where to start? I try to work on everything at once, and the hours fly away too fast. I miss posting weekly My Life's Journey posts. It was forcing me to take the camera everyday and create something with it. I should really get back to it, because right now, I can't write a good review on any of the cameras or lenses I have. I do not feel I used them enough to give a fair opinion on them. So all I can give you is the few comments above and some photos. I hope you will enjoy them and be patient with me. :)