Thursday, 25 May 2017

Dandelion Clock


A macro shot of a dandelion clock at the John Muir Country Park near Dunbar.  

It was taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 and 35mm f1.4 Fujinon lens fitted with a 16mm extender to allow closer focusing on the subject.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

On the Right Track


Sometimes the most mundane objects can become a source of inspiration.  

Yesterday evening while hosting a photo walk at the John Muir Country Park the grey skies were not providing me with any creativity and I was trying to find something that would provide the smallest spark.

Near to the East Links Family Park we came across a stack of rails for the small railway that runs around the park through the animal enclosures.  These rails had been stacked and the light filtering through from the top set onto the rusting and eroded metal on the lower tiers were just the inspiration I needed.

Using the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and XF50-140mm f2.8 lens I captured a set of images that looked great on the LCD and also on the iMac once they were imported into Lightroom.  I converted the images to mono using NIK Silver EFEX Pro2. 




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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Glenfinnan


The  Glenfinnan Monument is located on the shores of Loch Shiel near the road from Fort William to Mallaig and commemorates the landing on the 19 August 1745 of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, or Bonnie Prince Charlie and the gathering of the clans to his banner at Glenfinnan. 

The Prince's landing began the disastrous Jacobite Rebellion, which ended at Culloden near Inverness in 1746 where the Highland army was decimated. The government troops, under the Duke of Cumberland, known as 'Butcher Cumberland, purged the Highlands to put an end once and for all Scotland's resistance to Hanoverian rule in London and any thoughts of the restoration of a Stuart King.


The 18 metre monument was raised in 1815, with a lone kilted highlander on top as a reminder of the lives given by the clans of Scotland to the cause of the Stuart royal line. The monument is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland and there is also a visitors centre next to the car park.


These images were shot on the Fujifilm GFX50S and the GF32-64mm f4 lens

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour at Foxlake Outdoor Festival

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO400
Today we went along to the Foxlake Adventures Outdoor Festival which was a great day of action and fun.  The main part of the day was the Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour, with Foxlakes hosting the opening round of the four stop tour for Pro Wakeboarders.

I went along to Foxlakes with my family and attended as a spectator but I couldn't resist taking along the X-T2 and XF100-400mm to capture a few action shots.


Fujifilm X-T2 + XF35mm f1.4 - 1/6400s @ f1.4 ISO100
Like the Water Ski Trick event I attended a few weeks ago, the riders in this competition also have to perform as series of tricks for the judges.   However in this competition two riders going head to head to see which one will progress to the next round, with eventually two riders left in the final.


Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO400
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO400
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO400
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/20s @ f22 ISO100
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/20s @ f22 ISO100
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1250s @ f5.6 ISO400
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO320
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO320
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO800
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO640
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/60s @ f8 ISO100
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1250s @ f5.6 ISO320
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1250s @ f5.6 ISO400
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO400
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF35mm f1.4 - 1/3200s @ f1.4 ISO100
Fujifilm X-T2 + XF100-400mm f4.5/5.6 - 1/1000s @ f5.6 ISO400
ELTAN JOHN (Elton John Tribute) - Fujifilm X-T2 + XF35mm f1.4 - 1/160s @ f1.4 ISO160







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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Review: Little and Large - Using a Fujifilm X-T20 for Sport


In July 2015 I posted a review of the Fujifilm X-T10 which I tested alongside my X-T1 as a lightweight alternative to the larger and more expensive camera.  So when Fujifilm announced the launch of the X-T20 I was keen to put one to the test.  

I took an X-T20 along with me to the FIA World Endurance Championship event at Spa-Francorchamps and also shot the TCR International Series race during the European Le Mans Series event in Monza.  I also took a few shots with it during the recent Water Ski event at Hazelwood Ski Centre last month and these three events really put the X-T20 through its paces.


Like the X-T10, the T20 is tiny compared to it's bigger brother.  Even with the battery grip removed from the T2,  the picture above shows the larger camera dwarfing the X-T20.  

Now this can be seen as a good thing if you are traveling and need a lightweight camera with a big punch but when using it with long lenses such as the 50-140mm or 100-400mm the X-T20 can be a little unbalanced.  However like the X-T10, while there is no battery grip option, you can fit a metal handgrip if you wish.



The real test is how it operates in the field and I can say the X-T20 does a great job.  While there a couple of major things missing from the X-T20 compared to the X-T2, which I will go into later, the X-T20 is quite capable of shooting action and producing images at the same quality as the X-T2.

So what are the differences between the X-T20 and X-T2?
For a camera that retails at nearly half the price (the X-T20 is £799 compared to £1399 for the X-T2) you can't expect it to have all the bells and whistles included.  Having said that the X-T20 has all the functions you need and the X-T20 has a couple of items that the X-T2 doesn't.  

Here is a quick comparison between the X-T2 and X-T20 on some of the items I use on a regular basis for sport and action images.



X-T2 X-T20
Top Shutter Speed (MS/ES) 1/8000 / 1/32000 1/4000 / 1/32000
Weather Resistence Yes No
AF-C Custom Functions Yes Yes
Sensor X-Trans III 24MP X-Trans III 24MP
Processing engine X-Processor Pro X-Processor Pro
SD Card Slots 2 1
SD Card Compatibility UHS II UHS I
Articulated LCD 2 Way 1 Way
Battery Grip Available Yes No
Frames per second (MS/ES) 11 fps  / 14 fps 11 fps  / 14 fps
Built in Flash No Yes
Video 4K 4K
Touch Screen No Yes


Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/80s @ f18 ISO200
Listing statistics and specifications are all well and good but it's how a camera operates in the field is what really matters.  In the field the X-T20 worked really well, in fact once I had got used to the operation of the camera, which didn't take long as the controls are pretty much the same as the X-T2 with a few exceptions, I was shooting action images with ease.

AUTOFOCUS
I favoured the 50-140mm f2.8 (with the 2x converter fitted on occasion) as, for me, the 100-400mm felt a little unbalanced on the X-T20.  This combination worked really well, the autofocus was 'snappy' and I was able to track the subject with ease.

The lack of a toggle switch to move the AF point around the viewfinder was very frustrating to begin with but the X-T20 menu allows you to select the 4-way pad on the back of the camera to move the focus point around.  So that was one problem solved.  

The custom AF functions work exactly the same as on the X-T2 so I was able to customise the tracking to suit the subject I was shooting.

ISO CONTROL
The lack of a dedicated ISO dial on the top plate also threw me when I started to use the X-T20.  However this is easily changed in the 'Q' menu, though I did miss the ability to change the ISO quickly using the front command dial like I can on X-T2.

TOUCHSCREEN
The touch screen is a useful option for the studio or landscapes, but for sport it isn't much use so I switched it off in the menu.

ARTICULATED LCD SCREEN

Unlike the X-Pro2, the X-T20 gets an articulated screen, which is so useful for shooting from a low or high view point.  The only issue is that the X-T20's LCD articulated screen only works in the horizontal (like the screen on the X-T10 and X-T1) unlike the X-T2 which works in both the horizontal and vertical planes.  

This isn't a massive problem for me as most images I take using the screen are landscape not portrait but it might be a consideration for a potential buyer.

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1250s @ f2.8 ISO200
SD CARDS
One of the big differences between the X-T2 and the X-T20 is the number and type of SD cards that can be used.  

The X-T2 has two cards which are both the fast UHS-II type. This allows faster write speeds and allows the buffer to clear faster after shooting a burst.  

The X-T20 has one card slot and this is the slower UHS-I.  While the buffer is the same size as the X-T2, the slower write speed means the buffer takes longer to clear and this did cause me an issue trackside on more than one occasion.

The solution is to be more selective with what you shoot and also shoot shorter bursts. 

The other issue is the location of the card slot on the X-T20, like the X-T10 it is located behind the battery in the base of the camera next to the door hinge.  

If you have big fingers like me it is really fiddly to swap the cards when one is full and I had to resort to taking the battery out first.  For most people this wont be a problem because, unlike me, they wont need to change cards quickly.


FLASH
This is a useful feature that the X-T20 has over the X-T2.  I have an EF-X500 flash for my X-T2 but it is rarely on the camera unless I know I am going to need it.  For those occasions when a picture presents itself and a little bit of fill in flash would be useful, the X-T20's pop up flash is very useful. 


Using the Pop Up Flash - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF18mm f2 - 1/60s @ f2 ISO640

Pop Up Flash selector lever
VIDEO
The X-T20s ability to shoot 4K video, the same as the X-T2, is a big plus point and better than the X-Pro2, which can only shoot 1080P.  I didn't use the video function of the X-T20 for my work, preferring to stick to my tried and tested X-T2, but I did do a couple of quick tests and I can report the function is on a par with the X-T2.

WEATHER RESISTANCE
At first I thought this might be an issue for me and my work but then I reminded myself that I have shot in Bahrain out in the desert and also in the rain in Scotland with a non WR X-Pro1 with out any issues. 

As long as you don't allow your X-T20 to become soaked and keep them covered  up when the rain does come down, I wouldn't worry too much about the lack of a weather resistant finish to an X-T20.







CONCLUSION
The X-T20 is a worthy successor to the X-T10 and a camera capable of shooting action with ease.  There are a few items that are missing that I  have grown used to on the X-T2 but let's not forget that this camera is £799 rrp compared to £1399 rrp so it is not surprising that some of the functions are missing.

The X-T20 would be worth considering for those of you looking for a high performance camera as their main body and can't justify the expense of an X-T2, or it could be considered as a second body to an X-T2.

After three weeks with the X-T20 I can conclude that Fujifilm have done it again and the X-T20 can be considered a worthy addition to the X Series line up.

For more information on the X-T20 CLICK HERE


The kerbs at Spa-Francorchamps - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/800s @ f2.8 ISO200

Morning at Spa-Francorchamps - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f16 - 1/400s @ f18 ISO200
The old banked track at Monza - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f2.8 ISO200

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1600s @ f2.8 ISO200

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 + 2x Converter - 1/125s @ f10 ISO200
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 + 2x Converter - 1/320s @ f8 ISO200
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 + 2x Converter - 1/180s @ f13 ISO200

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/160s @ f2.8 ISO3200

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/125s @ f2.8 ISO3200

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/160s @ f2.8 ISO3200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
TCR International Series Start - Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1000s @ f4 ISO200
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/60s @ f16 ISO200 
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/60s @ f16 ISO200
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/125s @ f11 ISO200
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/125s @ f11 ISO200
Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/200s @ f2.8 ISO3200

Fujifilm X-T20 + XF50-140mm f2.8 - 1/1250s @ f2.8 ISO200
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