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The FUJIFILM X-T2: Perfect for Water Landscapes

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

As a landscape shooter, I may be best known for my water photography: streams, waterfalls, rivers, and on and on!  The new FUJIFILM X-T2 is especially well suited because of several key features.

Before its release in July 2016, I had the chance to wring one out in the Great Smoky Mountains, and the experience solidified for me that the X-T2 is truly the professional nature photographer’s dream.  

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Here are my favorite features;

1)    The wonderful new viewfinder of the X-T2 combined with distinct advantages of a mirrorless camera makes this kind of imaging a joy!  When shooting long exposures for a silky rendition of moving water, you can see the effects of the polarizer and the tonal range in real time.  While you can see that with a DSLR, you can’t see what the actual final file will look like as in the X-T2!  The resolution and magnification of the new viewfinder allow even seeing the smallest subtleties of reflections and minute details.

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

2)    I’ve fallen in love with the Exposure Compensation Dial – one of the greatest features of the FUJIFILM X Series cameras, especially the X-T2.  I shoot in Aperture Priority Mode and use the Exposure Compensation Dial to get the exact exposure I need.  With the in-viewfinder histogram, you can actually see your histogram scale and visually see if you are holding highlight detail as you actually dial in compensation.  The dial has 1/3rd stops of adjustment, so very precise exposures can be attained.  The best news is the finished file is identical to what you saw while adjusting the exposure!

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

3)    When doing water landscapes it is key to pick your focus point carefully and the new joystick allows very precise placement of the focusing point!

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
X-T2 & XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

4)    Capturing moving water can be challenging: you may be working in the rain or have spray from waterfalls. These conditions never worry me with the superior weather-resistance of the X-T2 and WR lenses!  The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR is my favorite for these kinds of photographic situations!

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T2 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

While I’m finding the X-T2 to be ideal for much of the kind of work I do, it is especially wonderful for landscape, nature and close-up work!

Bill Fortney   -  Fujifilm X-Photographer

Bill Fortney: X-T2 & XF10-24mmF4 R OIS
X-T2 & XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

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