Ben Cherry Nature X-Photographer – Taking the best from the X-T1 into the X-T2

My name is Ben Cherry, I’m an environmental photojournalist and Fujifilm X-Photographer. I’ve been using the X Series for over three years now and was given the tremendous responsibility of being a part of the X-T2 project. Its predecessor, the X-T1, was a revelation for the X Series and was my go-to camera for the previous two years. With a huge viewfinder, weather sealing, 8 frames per second and an articulating screen, what wasn’t to like with the previous generation? Well the X-T2 takes all the best features of the X-T1 and builds on them, as Fujifilm continues to evolve its inspiring X Series system. In this first of three videos I look at the key differences between the cameras.

Sample images

Photo by Ben Cherry
Continuous autofocus is highly customizable and now capable of photographing birds in flight.
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F5, 148mm, ISO800, 1/1250, Velvia
Photo by Ben Cherry
The articulating screen is brilliant for getting low to the ground, here I’m looking down a cliff-face, close to the ground to get the grass in the foreground.
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F5.6, 400mm, ISO800, 1/1600, Velvia
Photo by Ben Cherry
Electronic Shutter means that I can take photos silently, not disturbing the wildlife.
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F8, 360mm, ISO800, 1/1000, Velvia
Photo by Ben Cherry
Pin Point focus – using the AF joystick to keep focus on the razorbills eye.
EXIF – X-T2, XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, F8, 400mm, ISO800, 1/480, Velvia
Photo by Ben Cherry
RAW shooting at ISO 100. Allowing for greater flexibility with variable conditions. Here ISO 100 allowed me to use flash on a bright summer’s day to keep the focus on the incoming bird.
EXIF X-T2, XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, F16, 16mm, ISO100, 1/160, Velvia, Manual flash fired.

In the next video we will be looking at the key features of the X-T2 in more detail, with a particular focus on features for nature photographers. 

 Key features of the X-T2

About the author

Ben describes his main subject focus as environmental photojournalism, capturing nature’s beauty and how humans are affecting it. He first became interested in photography when he was eleven, building on a lifelong love and interest for nature, which combined into his passion. Constantly developing, he has had success in international competitions as well as having stories published in international magazines. Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Zoology degree, Ben is now starting a career where he combines his science and photographic interests to inspire conservation efforts. In his own words, this is what he tries to convey "I love capturing moments that tell a story and taking landscape pictures that depict the essence of a location. I attempt to get the viewer to feel the way I felt when I took the image – it’s about experiencing the wonders of the natural world and how we relate to it.”

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