Fuji X Series cameras and lenses

January 15, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

For the past three years, I have been shooting exclusively with Fuji X series cameras and lenses.  Three months after the purchase of my first Fuji interchangeable lens body, the X-T1, I was so impressed with the small size, light weight and superb image quality, that I quickly sold off all of my professional Canon full-frame bodies and lenses.

Fast forward to today, my current Fuji X cameras are the X-Pro2, X-T2 and X-100T. My past three international travel vacations were shot exclusively on Fuji gear. The small size of the cameras and lenses combined with the quiet operation allow me to be more discreet when shooting street photography in the various countries that I have visited in the past three years. As I am 6'5", it's hard for me to "blend in", therefore, the last thing that I need is a large pro-level DSLR that makes a loud "clunk" each time I press the shutter button.

Although all of the equipment I currently own has a purpose, I am particularly fond of the X-Pro2 rangefinder format body with the excellent Fuji XF 23mm f2. This combination has replace my X-100T as my "street camera" because of the higher resolution sensor at 24 megapixels as compared to the X-100T's older 16 megapixel sensor. The other important benefit is that the focusing on the X-Pro2 is faster thanks to the more powerful image processor.

I'm looking forward to my next trip to Iceland and Denmark in a few months. I will take the X-Pro2 and X-T2 bodies along with the 23mm f2, 10-24mm f4, 16-55mm f2.8 and 55-200mm lenses. This kit all fits comfortably in my Billingham f1.4 bag along with my iPad Pro and accessories.

A major advantage of the using the X-Pro2 and X-T1 together is that they use the same interchangeable lenses and batteries. This way I have a back up in the case of a camera failure. Fortunately, I have not had any problems with my Fuji cameras, but it provides me with peace of mind to know that I have a ready back up. On previous trips, I traveled with the X-T1 and X-100T cameras. The X-100T is a great little rangefinder format camera with an excellent fixed 23mm lens. But if the X-T1 failed, I would have lost the flexibility of the various lenses that I had with me. The X-100T also uses a different battery, so I had to take additional batteries and charger specific to this model. Now I have less stuff to carry as the X-Pro2 and X-T2 take the same batteries and use the same charger.

 


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