I am often asked about the photography gear I use to capture my family and clients.  I switched over to using a Fuji XT-2 from a Canon 5dmiii in early 2017.  For the last two years I have almost exclusively used it, and I have to honestly say that I am in LOVE.  The colors are absolutely PHENOMENAL, and it is small, compact, and gets the job done every single time.

Biggest perks:

  • I have to say it again, the Fuji XT-2 is SMALL!  I can easily carry it around daily and while vacationing and my shoulder and back do not want to give out.  This is a huge change from my full frame photography gear, I would normally keep it in a bag instead of out to capture those fleeting magical moments
    • On a recent trip to Europe, I was able to fit my Fuji XT-2 with a 18mm f/2 lens inside my Fawn Designs Fawny Pack… it was absolutely amazing to have my camera hidden but easily accessible at all times!
  • The screen is “what you see, is what you get” therefore you can see on the fly if your settings are accurate
  • Great for all skill levels, and not intimidating to pass off to a stranger or a spouse  (this is amazing as it lets everyone get in the frame!)
  • Amazing video capabilities, this is a new area for me and finding a camera that could handle video was critical for me
  • I love, love, love the fuji colors!  Even straight out of the camera the tones and colors just sing to my heart! I would be happy traveling with the camera in a .jpg setting and not feel compelled to shoot raw and edit each image
  • The built in interval timer is absolutely amazing… for those with many other camera models, I know I used to always lose my remote intervalometer all the time!  (but make sure you have one if you want to get in the frame!)  this feature has made a world of a difference in my ability to actually be in pictures with my family and friends

 

Things I wish it would have… but then it wouldn’t be as small:

  • A larger sensor… the camera is a mirrorless camera and has a smaller sensor than that of a full frame camera, this means that it receives less light and therefore is more sensitive to a higher ISO, resulting in noise
  • A broader assortment of lenses- Fuji has all the critical lenses, but they are lacking some of the novelty lenses out there.  What is great is that Fuji is transparent with their lens road map, and they are constantly producing new lenses

 

my lenses:

My Fuji Gear (Fuji xt-2, 23mm | 56mm 1.2 | 16-55m, 2.8)

My Fuji Gear (Fuji xt-2, 23mm | 56mm 1.2 | 16-55m, 2.8)

  • Fujinon XF 23mm 1.4 R
    • This is my STAPLE and was my first lens purchase, it is the equivalent of a 35mm lens for a DSLR.  It is sharp, precise, and gorgeous and rivals my Sigma 35mm art every day of the week and probably wins each time.

 

  • Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
    • My go to zoom lens!  This is equivalent to a 24-70mm lens for a DSLR.  It is sharp and the perfect travel lens. Most importantly it is SMALL and compact and doesn’t require a workout to use!

 

  • Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R
    • This lens is roughly equivalent to an 85mm lens for a DSLR, it is a beauty.  I normally don’t shoot with longer lengths, but this lens has made me change that.  I honestly can’t get enough.

 

  • Fujinon XF18mm F2
    • This is the BEST travel lens for a Fuji camera!  It is sharp and crisp and only slightly bigger than a pancake lens!  Hello F/2!  I could spend a whole trip shooting with this lens!
  • Rokinon 12mm F2
    • Manual lenses always intimidated me, but boy does the XT-2 with its amazing focus peaking make using one easy.  This has been the most fun addition to my kit in a while!

overview of my photography gear and fuji xt-2 must haves:

 

comparing a Canon 5dmiii to the Fuji Xt-2 (with a Sigma 35mm 1.4 art/ Fuji 23mm 1.4):

So if you want to see side by side how small the Fuji is versus a full frame DSLR here is a picture of them, small right!?!  (the 23mm crop sensor lens is roughly equivalent to the full frame 35mm lens)

Fuji XT-2 vs Canon 5dmiii Head On

Fuji XT-2 vs Canon 5dmiii Head On

 

 

Aerial view Fuji xt-2 vs Canon 5dmiii

Aerial view Fuji xt-2 vs Canon 5dmiii

 

Can you believe the difference?!  It is so nice to be able to throw it in my travel bag and carry it around with me!

 

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