Fujifilm X-T20 love
In 2012 I was among the very first to enjoy the original Fujifilm X100. A friend and I had ordered 2 of them from an online retailer in the hope of receiving it months ahead of the official Australian launch.
How I loved - and still love - that original camera. I would take it with me everywhere. It travelled with me every day for years and I used it at every opportunity. Yes I still had my pro kit but the portability and the amazing images that popped out with the awesome Fujifilm simulation made it a truly magical little everyday camera.
About 2 years ago, well out of warranty, the shutter speed dial started playing up. Now I can't reliably set a speed without it randomly setting itself to something different and either severely over or underexposing the shot - messing up about half the time.
But I persisted and resisted the temptation of the S and T models.
With an upcoming family overseas trip, I couldn't afford to put up with its personality disorder any longer. And so I started considering an upgrade to the recently released F model. Everywhere I looked it was out of stock and no real hope of getting it before my departure date arrived. So I considered my options.
They really only came down to 2. The X-T2 or the little brother, the X-T20. Now anyone that knows me will know that I will always go for the best every time. But all the reviews and videos I watched drew me to the T20 for a few reasons:
- It's got the same sensor as the T2
- It's a bit smaller - more portable
- Physically, it's really only missing the weatherproofing and a few manual controls
But fundamentally, its the same camera for almost half the price! No brainer. I got one.
So how is it? After using it for about a week now, I love this thing! I can't list all the awesomeness so it's easier to list the things that I don't like.
- Its a tiny bit smaller than I'd like and means that it can be hard to hold and juggle in one hand - it's smaller than the X100.
- I keep hitting buttons with my palm without meaning to
- Battery life is good but not great like the X100
- The EVF sensor is easily set off when using the touch screen - especially when the screen is angled - meaning the screen turns off
- Sometimes the buttons don't respond when they should - like changing film emulation just after taking a shot
Having said that. This is a fantastic little camera and buying it was a pretty easy decision - despite the fact that I'm now investing in another lens system.
I chose not to go with the kit lens option and got the 27mm 2.8 and the 35mm 1.4. I chose these because I wanted small and portable and something more for shooting people or street than landscapes. Plus they're primes so generally nice and sharp.
Im considering at least one other wide prime and maybe a telephoto. My very favourite bit though? The Acros emulation. Wow! I don't think I've ever shot as much b&w as I have since this camera. The contrast and the graininess at higher iso's... It's brilliant!
If you're considering going mirrorless, dont go past this little gem. Get it! Incidentally, all the shots here are sooc.