The Fuji X-T2, A Few Tips Before You Upgrade
For the past 8 years I’ve used a Canon 7d, and its been a work horse, but my needs have changed mainly because I've changed as a photographer. I've switched to the micro 4/3rds Fuji X-T2, but I gave serious thought before purchasing this new camera.
Technology has come a long way since I purchased the 7d, and my needs are different than 8 years ago but mainly, I'm tired of carrying around large equipment. I was looking for certain features in a camera, and surely looking for smaller, lighter, and quieter. Researching the micro 4/3rd systems, the Fujifilm X-T2 topped my list, with the Olympus close behind. Here's a list of what was important to me.
- Smaller physical size - I'm tired of lugging heavy gear around, and large equipment tends to intimidate people (and security)
- Mirrorless - It saves space and weight and makes less noise along with less moving parts.
- Weather sealed - Not water proof, but I take pictures on misty/foggy/damp mornings.
- Silent electronic shutter capability - More later in my upcoming project : )
- Holds its value - I typically use my camera for quite a while before upgrading. I want quality and resale value.
- Lens systems that are comparable (or better) to Canon L glass - Enough said.
- Light weight - I'm older and want one bag to carry that doesn't kill me traveling.
- Moveable LCD monitor - It's getting harder for me to see through a viewfinder (especially with glasses on)
- 4K video - I dabble in video and I want awesome quality.
These items are important to me for the projects that I want to work on and fits how I make images. They may not be the reasons anyone else wants the same camera, and that's ok, it's all about personal choice, needs, and budget. My point isn’t to brag about getting new gear, but to show a thought process and maybe it's a justification process for money spent on new gear. I’m not trying to sell you on any of the above, your needs are probably different. It is, however, important to make a list of features and functions you need, then find the camera/lenses that will get your results. Better yet, if you are shooting exactly what you like and happy with the results, don’t buy anything.
Don't purchase gear based on hype, there's always something new coming out and manufacturers depend on people to be mesmerized by more bells and louder whistles. They're driven by the masses that want bigger bang for the buck. I get that, but the basics must still be there and quality must be first. Manufacturers want their list of features to be long no matter if these features will actually make the pictures better, as much as it makes it easier for a person to take the picture.
I chose the Fuji system over the Olympus mainly because of the lenses. They are very high quality and there were more options. Even if I upgrade the camera after a while, I expect my investment in the X mount lenses will serve me for many years to come. I did love the Pen f by Olympus, but mainly because of some of its features. I almost allowed the bells and whistles drive my purchase, so I took a step back, made my list, and made the purchase I was comfortable with, I hate the woulda-coulda- shoulda syndrome. If I was rich though, I'd have the Pen f hanging around my neck also.
Think of how you’ll use the camera, the type of shooting you do, and your requirements. What is your budget? Does it make sense to buy or wait? Watch the market, sometimes used gear is available. The main thing is trying to steer clear of the buyers remorse. That's when you open all the boxes giddy with excitement, but then the bills start rolling in. That's when that not-so-good feeling hits. Makes sure you get the things you need, some of the things you want, and can be happy that you've made a sound purchase.
The camera is just a tool. It helps you make the images from the visions in your head. If you buy something that won't do exactly that, it's useless. Photography is more than just the camera, it’s about what you take the pictures of and how you present them. Choose for you, and choose wisely.