Cameras

I am using (highlighted in bold face / having used in the past) and have tested the following cameras of the FUJIFILM X-series family:

X-20, X-30, X-A1, X-Q1
X-M1, X-E1, X-E2, X-E2s
X-100S, X-100T, X-100F, X-70, X-Pro1, X-Pro2, X-T1, X-T2X-T10, X-T20

The X-20 was a very nice “little always with me” kind of camera with a very useful focal length range from 28 to 112mm. The X-Q1 iwas an even smaller but still very powerful successor. 12 Megapixel and the new extremely fast (at the time) Hybrid-AF were some of the highlights.

During the 2014 Photokina the X-30 was presented to the public: While it keeps the 12 Megapixel 2/3″ X-Trans sensor and the (superb) 28-112/2.0-2.8 zoom lens, the viewfinder is inherited from the X-E2, the AF-performance improved and the display is tiltable now. Together with many other little new or improved features it’s my new ‘every day’ cam.

The X-70, I call it the the little sister of the X100T, was FUJIFILM’s response to the request of many Photographers out there asking for a 28mm (fixed) lens, an even smaller body size and latest AF-technology. Combine this with a now “flippable” screen (Selfie-Mode) and the latest “always with me” model is here. As the X-Trans II 16 MP sensor is no longer in production, this model is already out of the current production line and will be soon seeing a follow up, I hope.

The X100 series

The X-100S was simply the best street and reportage camera I ever used. Equipped with a f2.0 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens and classic dials, delivering outstanding low light – high ISO performance and authentic images with a certain “kind of soul”. As of February 2014 there will be now two lens-adapters available soon: The already established wide angle converter and now in the near future the tele adapter. Those two adapters give the Photographer a set of ‘three lenses’ (28, 35 and 50mm) at hand, making the X100/s even more attractive for a large amount of Photographers.

The X-100T, FUJIFILM’s third generation X-100 model got a new electronic shutter (in addition to the mechanic shutter), allowing shutter speeds of up to 1/32.000 sec. The hybrid viewfinder allows to use a ‘focus peaking loupe’ in optical viewfinder mode, which makes manual focussing work like a charm.

With the X-100F, where ‘F’ stands for fourth generation, The X-Trans III 24 MP sensor known from the X-T2 / X-Pro2 found its way into the X100 series. Together with the X-Processor Pro and the focus-joystick all the high-end features of the two top models are now available in the probably ‘purest and most elegant’ X camera.

The X-E series

For all Photographers who do not fancy the Hybrid-Viewfinder and prefer an even smaller camera body, the E-series is an interesting choice. The X-E1 and X-M1 X-mount interchangeable lens cameras share the same FUJI X-Trans II 16 MegaPixel sensor used in the X-Pro1. The X-E1 comes with a 2,36 Mio. pixel OLED viewfinder whereas the X-M1 does not have a viewfinder at all.

In all situations where better AF-performance is essential the X-E2 might even replace the X-Pro1 thanks to its Hybrid-AF (Contrast and Phase-Detection AF). Now the X-E2s comes with the same AF-system known from the X-T1, X-T10 and allows shooting up to ISO 51.200. In terms of AF-speed the X-T1 does not fall behind other Pro-DSLRs I have used in the past (Especially with the latest Firmware version 4.30). It might still not be the preferred choice of a sports-Photographer, but it’s by far fast enough for all kind of everyday-scenarios, I encounter as a People, Portrait and Event Photographer. The digital viewfinder follows also fast camera movements nearly without any jerk. Being able to see a 100% crop simultaneously with the full frame is as nice as many other new features.

The X-T20

I would call it the smaller brother (or sister) of the X-T2. When it comes to image quality and performance this camera is close to the X-T2. Whenever super fast continuous shooting, weather sealing and the vertical (battery) grip are not needed, this camera is the perfect choice. I use it rather often as a second body or backup camera during bigger productions.

The X-Pro2

While the body does look pretty much the same as the good old X-Pro1, the camera is full of new Fuji-high-tech. Starting from the X-Trans III sensor (now 24 Megapixel), a new four times faster main processor (X Processor Pro), a totally new AF-system (77 / 273 F points) and easy control “joystick”, the multi-hybrid-viewfinder (known from the X100T) ,mechanical shutter down to 1/8000 sec, 1/250 t_synch, ISO up to  51k (also RAW), dual SD-card slot, weather resistant body, and so on.

Shooting with this camera gives simply a blast. It’s super fast in all aspects – AF, writing of data to card, performs very well in low light and gives the Photographer always he feeling there’s still some little extra-power available.

The X-T2

Combining the inner values of the X-Pro2 with the body of the X-T1 gives you the brand new FUJIFILM X-series camera – the X-T2. The two main new features are 4k video (up to professional use) and continuous auto focusing with burst rates of 11 or 14 frames per second and fully adjustable profiles for different types of movements. Thanks to the new booster-grip the camera holds now a total of three batteries, which allows for 1000 to 1200 frames or 30 min. 4k-video shooting. The dials and buttons are again optimised in shape and feel.

With the current firmware Version 2.00 the camera could be easily called X-T2,5 – As I always say: FUJIFILM keeps upgrading your camera at no cost for a long time after initial release.

My daily workhorses are the X-T2 and X-Pro2 with their super-fast hi-res digital respectively hybrid viewfinders, the largest – most ergonomic camera bodies of the family and intuitive controls – a couple of cameras that perfectly match my style of shooting.

It makes no sense to me to re-invent the wheel and list technical features here. Please have a look at the FUJIFILM website and – my personal recommendation for the arguably best source of rumors respectively information about the FUJIFILM X-system.

last update: 14.04.2017

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