BEN CHERRY - FujiFilm X-Photographer – Taking the best from the X-T1 into the X-T2

BEN CHERRY - FujiFilm X-Photographer

Taking the best from the X-T1 into the X-T2

My name is Ben Cherry, I’m an environmental photojournalist and Fujifilm X-Photographer. I’ve been using the X Series for over three years now and was given the tremendous responsibility of being a part of the X-T2 project. Its predecessor, the X-T1, was a revelation for the X Series and was my go-to camera for the previous two years. With a huge viewfinder, weather sealing, 8 frames per second and an articulating screen, what wasn’t to like with the previous generation? Well the X-T2 takes all the best features of the X-T1 and builds on them, as Fujifilm continues to evolve its inspiring X Series system. In this first of three videos I look at the key differences between the cameras.

X-Photographer Ben Cherry from the UK visits Farne Island in northern England to tests FUJIFILM X-T2 for nature photography. This is where he first tested the X-T1 back in 2014. He compares the result between the two models to see what the new camera is capable of!

Continuous autofocus is highly customizable and now capable of photographing birds in flight.
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F5, 148mm, ISO800, 1/1250, Velvia

The articulating screen is brilliant for getting low to the ground, here I’m looking down a cliff-face, close to the ground to get the grass in the foreground.
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F5.6, 400mm, ISO800, 1/1600, Velvia

Electronic Shutter means that I can take photos silently, not disturbing the wildlife. 
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F8, 360mm, ISO800, 1/1000, Velvia

Pin Point focus – using the AF joystick to keep focus on the razorbills eye. 
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F8, 400mm, ISO800, 1/480, Velvia

RAW shooting at ISO 100. Allowing for greater flexibility with variable conditions. Here ISO 100 allowed me to use flash on a bright summer’s day to keep the focus on the incoming bird. 
EXIF X-T2, XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, F16, 16mm, ISO100, 1/160, Velvia, Manual flash fired.