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Why I eventually went with the T2.

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Recently I purchased the X-T2. For about a year I wondered about purchasing the X100F. Eventually I felt it was a head verses heart decision: my head said buy the T2; my heart said buy the X100F. I have very fond memories of my first Fujifilm camera - the innovative, quirky and frustrating x100.

The X100 was so simple - yet offered so much in the one camera. With a few software updates it was really practical. But . . . it didn't offer the ability to change the lens. I missed the telephoto and a super wide angle which I had enjoyed using a film camera. Due to the limitations of the x100, I then bought the X-E1 with the 18-55 lens. It was going cheap because the X-E2 was coming onto the market and it provided a small body with a similar rangefinder viewer. All good. I quickly bought the 14 mm and it didn't disappoint me. After about a year, I gave the x100 to my daughter who lived interstate. She was very happy to receive it. It looked 'cool'. Her friends were envious, especially the art student men she rubbed shoulders with at uni. And it was used extensively to record her art development for her assignments.

Toward the end of her undergraduate university degree, she took it to Indonesia several times.  The most recent trip was for whole of 2017 to the outback of West Timor. The environment was rough roads, village living and no reliable electricity. She took great photos of the locals, the giant Komodo dragons and the landscape. It is still working fine. There is even, perhaps to the surprise of many on this forum, no dust in the viewfinder. The picture of the X100 above was taken yesterday before it disappeared into her bag again and went off to a week at the beach house of her boyfriend's family.

The decision had to be made. My heart said, "Go the X100F". 

But the X-T2 beckoned. Common sense said, "Look, you have five great lenses: you need a body to use them on." True. 

I needed a better viewfinder than what the X-E1 offered, especially on a bright day, with a quicker refresh rate. I am a left eye shooter, and I was getting tired of the squint from my left eye and the mess left on the screen from my nose. The T2 solved all these problems. Its viewfinder is fabulous. 

I needed a better sensor and I wanted the Across and Chrome etc simulations which the X-E1 lacked. The T2 had them.

However, the new camera had to be bigger than the X-T20, especially when the 2.2 pound/1 kg, 50-140 f2.8 zoom was attached, or even the 23mm f1.4. The T2 solved this balance and handling issue too. 

But I still miss the simplicity, the freedom that limitation ensures when you work with a X100. 

Every camera is designed with a particular need in mind which it will service. The T2 is, as one reviewer put it, ". . . like a Swiss Army knife or a 'jack-of-all-trades' camera." It certainly is. 

I know I must read the manual or buy Rico Pfirstinger's book of tips on how to use it. But I still miss the X100 series, the romance of just having that camera available to snap away or stop and frame a serious picture, knowing it is equipped to perform and will get it,

I am going on a trip overseas for about 5 - 6 weeks in three months time which will require me to keep everything light and simple. There will be plenty of walking around old European cities, galleries and so on. It might then be the time to buy a used X100F to take with me. 


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I enjoyed reading about your progression with the X series Rob. Mine was similar. I started with an XPro1 (which I still have), moved on to an XT1and eventually to an XT2 which I find to be exactly right for my needs, performs brilliantly and handles so well even with a heavy lens attached. Like you somewhere along the way I fell for an X100 (a T). Which now goes just about everywhere with me. For a lengthy trip to Malta a couple of years ago I took the XT2 and the X100T. Dont remember which lenses. Attached image I see was with the 60mm. I probably had the 16-55 and the 50-140 too. The kit was light enough and compact enough to fit in hand luggage and did everything I wanted in Malta.

Moonset over Grand Harbour.jpg

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My X-T1 is being used less and less and I have gone back to my X100s way more frequently. To me the X100 series is more satisfying to use, I’m not interested in having the complication of carrying the perfect lens for every situation that is what I disliked about the DSLR days so why get suckered back onto the treadmill. 

Being a Photokina year it is highly likely that there will be a new X100 type camera later this year so I have put my X-T2 thoughts on hold and will see what happens to the X100 come September. 

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Hi Rob, that path sounds vaguely familiar, though I've never been able to completely move away from having some sort of lens length selection - hence my now departed X20. The jump from the X20 to the XE-1's larger sensor was pretty amazing. While I'm not chasing the latest sensor and as a former 4x5 shooter both my XE-1 and XT-1 process plenty fast enough, I can see where folks might not like the XE-1's lack of speed compared to newer versions. I found the XT-1 and XE-1 combo with a 14 and 18-55 a very nice combo on a recent trip to Alaska. Fast and intuitive when set to aperture priority exposure and autofocus.

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After a near four week trip through northern Spain, southern England and the west coast of Ireland, I found just using the 18-55 f2.8-4.0 nearly perfect for all my needs. Occasionally a 20 mm was handy for interior pictures and a telephoto/zoom for close ups, especially when at sea approaching islands like off the coast of Ireland or landscapes. I used to have the T2 with the zoom hanging diagonally across my chest so by the time it was turned on and up to my eye, I had the scene roughly composed and taken. Since returning I have bought the 16-55 f2.8 just to give a bit more wide angle and faster speed at 55 when needed. 

The bird below was with the 50-140 zoom at 140mm.


The puffins were also at 140mm.


I think this one below was with the 18-55 mm.


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And yet . . . I concur with K1W1-Mk2, that the x100 series provides a good all round experience. Given the size of the 24 MP sensor and the ability to do crops, it would make the need for many of my zoom uses redundant. The X100F might be upgraded with a 26 MP sensor with additional capabilities on the sensor like sensor shift, to improve the ability to crop a photo. 

I saw recently someone had taken a vertical panorama of the night sky of the Milky Way using 5 photos which he made into the panorama. One could do the same with the 23mm lens on the x100 which would remove the need for additional wide angles lenses on the T2. I've only recently begun to play with the Lightroom/Photoshop pano function so take my speculative comments with the grain of salt. 

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