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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.

Fujifilm X100, 23mm, F2, ISO3200, Provia

Fujifilm X100, 23mm, F2, ISO3200, Provia

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.

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F2.8, ISO640, Provia

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F2.8, ISO640, Provia

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F5.6, ISO200, Velvia

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F5.6, ISO200, Velvia

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.

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO400, Acros

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO400, Acros

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!

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F2.8, ISO1250, Acros

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F2.8, ISO1250, Acros

If you're considering going mirrorless, dont go past this little gem. Get it! Incidentally, all the shots here are sooc.

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO900, Velvia.

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO900, Velvia.

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO900, Velvia

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO900, Velvia

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO400, Velvia

Fujifilm X-T20, 35mm, F1.4, ISO400, Velvia

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