New Year, New Camera...

January 11, 2017


... so I'd better get shooting!


Which partly led to me strolling around the streets of the City and East End of London yesterday.  I had to meet a friend in the City to hand over a camera bag he had purchased from me, and that gave me ample opportunity to take the Fujifilm X-T2 for an outing.


I have been using the older sibling, the X-T1, for a couple of years now and have no intention of replacing it entirely at this stage. It has been reliable, has got me through a couple of weddings, did all the donkey work for a time-lapse produced over six-month period, and has been a joy to use (to the extent that my poor old X-Pro1 has had little use). So why go for the X-T2?


Well it was a close thing. I felt that I needed another 'slr' styled body (which I prefer to the rangefinder style, although I do love my original X100), which would allow the attachment of an intervalometer for long exposure work.  I am visiting Iceland in June and relying on one body was something that I thought could be too risky, so a second body capable of being used for long exposure photography was a bit of a necessity.  One option, the cheaper one, would have been to get another Fujifilm X-T1. And that is what I was intending to do and would have done (in the light of the price of a brand spanking new X-T2), if it hadn't been for a quick check on a secondhand X-T1 in Graphite Silver that I had seen a fortnight before on Camera World's website.


And there it was. A secondhand Fujifilm X-T2. With 18-55mm zoom. At the price of a new body (and only a bit more than a new Graphite Silver X-T1 body). Bit of a no brainer really.  So what do I get with this over the X-T1? Well, updated technology for one, new sensor that is 24 megapixel vs the 16 megapixel of the X-T1, new processing engine, faster autofocus with more autofocus points - they're the main points as far as I'm concerned. And then there's the new film simulation - Acros - which means that there really is little need to shoot RAW any longer unless you know that you need to do a bit of post-processing (e.g. in long exposure work). So the street photos here are jpegs that are straight out of the camera apart from a little crop, and an added vignette.  There's also the focus point joy stick - a great improvement over the X-T1.  So, having now satisfied this year's GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), it's time to get out there and do some shooting.






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