A Dad’s Review of the FujiFilm X-T2: Great Camera, Also Great with Kids

Last month, I mentioned on my Instagram feed that I had a new toy to play around with.


Since then I wanted to take as much time as possible before writing this review.  Between the nighttime feeds, and the daytime emergency baths due to explosive poopy diapers, I’ve snuck in some hands on time with the new FujiFilm X-T2.

I’ve basically taken this camera with me wherever my daughter and I go – restaurants, supermarkets, walks, malls, you name it – it’s with me. To the annoyance of my wife, carrying it wherever we go meant stuffing an already overfilled diaper bag.

I’m also a very forgetful person, so to add insult to injury, there were some multiple times where we were all strapped in ready to go in the car, only to have me say…

“Hun, can you go in the house and get the camera??”

It’s not that I forced myself to take this camera out for this review or anything, I genuinely want to bring it out because it’s so fun to shoot with. Plus the fact that when you’re a parent, you need to multitask as much as possible; I learned that time is no longer on your side and you must combine leisure and work as much as possible.

I don’t think you realize how much free time you had prior to being a parent until you have kids. Thank goodness I can combine my photo taking hobby with my journey as a dad.

There just aren’t too many hobbies that are conducive to raising a baby…like say…..skydiving, or drag racing, or knife juggling, or watermelon tossing. 

Watermelon Tossing is pretty similar.

Actually…watermelon tossing might work…I mean they are roughly the same size and weight. Hmmmmm…

Before I digress any further, some of you may be wondering: “How did this guy get a chance to test out such a rad camera?”

Well, FujiFilm Canada stumbled upon my previous x100T review, reached out to me, and asked if I wanted to test drive their flagship mirrorless camera.

They saw that I was less that satisfied with the X100t’s autofocus. So they offered to let me test the new X-T2’s capabilities.

You see? If you work hard enough and complain about stuff objectively, sometimes the right people will listen.

(Dreams do come true kids!)

If you’re reading this you probably have your mind set on purchasing this camera anyways, but why not get a little more insight, perhaps a different perspective.

A Dad’s Perspective

 

Yep, we have a security system.

Unlike the other reviews that you’ve already read around the internet, this review is solely from the perspective of a parent who wants to use the X-T2 to take pictures of his kid. You probably do not need to be convinced that the X-T2 is a fantastic camera.

But the question here that I’ll try to answer is, “Is the FujiFilm XT2 good camera for kids?”

Let me start off by saying that I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review. I do not gain or lose anything from either praising or critiquing the FujiFilm X-T2.

As always for those who don’t like to read  essays, here’s the TL:DR version of this review:

If you have the money, get the camera and pick up a fast prime lens. The kit lens is a little slow in terms of focusing, but a fast prime lens would do you wonders when capturing your kid….and beyond.

For those who wants a little bit more detail, let me continue with talking about the autofocus.

Autofocus

Okay, so let me just start by saying when I was sent the camera I was provided not only the X-T2 camera and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM kit lens, but I was also sent the (35mm equivalent) XF23mm F/1.4 prime lens.

I have to say, that I was not too impressed with the kit lens, in terms of capturing my moving blob of a daughter. I initially thought that I had it in the wrong lens settings or profile, but after checking all possible areas, I came to the conclusion that the kit lens was not providing what I needed for what I wanted to shoot.

I don’t want to discredit the lens, as it does work wonderfully for wide and landscape shots. It is a very capable lens for other tasks, but if you’re chasing a baby around with this camera, I would highly recommend shelling out the cash for a prime.

The Fuji colours straight out of the camera

Actually, I think you absolutely should pair this camera with a decent prime.

As I mentioned above, upon request FujiFilm sent me the XF23mm F/1.4 along with the X-T2. Most of my time with the camera had this lens mounted on it.

The combination of this lens and the X-T2 body is simply perfect. I won’t bore you with the specs and details, but what I will say is the image quality that this lens produces is simply fantastic. Combining that with the way the body processes the images, you get a wonderful combination.

Okay, enough gushing, how was the autofocusing?

I can happily say that it was on point, and accurate almost 90% of the time. As I also shoot with a Canon DSLR and their 50mm and 85mm prime lenses, I have a pretty good sense of how it feels to shoot with a camera that is able to autofocus properly. I am happy to say that the AF on the X-T2 felt just as good.

The sharpness of the XF23mm Lens

The X-T2 with the XF23mm lens is one incredible combination and is an exceptional pairing to take in focus shots of your constantly moving child.

Size and Handling

I think I have pretty average sized hands. While this camera is not as small as the Fuji X100T, it is still manageable when trying to shoot with one hand and strap. This is where we get into the Mirror vs. Mirrorless camera territory, and what I can say is, size and handling is really where a mirrorless camera shines over their mirrored counterpart.

Comparing it to my Canon 6D, when you think in terms of image quality per handling, the X-T2 is easier and smaller to handle.

Sizing up the two Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF23mm

With that in mind, (and with chasing around a kid), the smaller body size is certainly helpful. As parents, we really do need to grow another hand and arm, but until we’ve mastered appendage cloning, we need our tech devices to be as easy to handle as possible.

The FujiFilm X-T2 isn’t without it’s faults of course. At the end of the day, packing it away in a diaper bag can take up quite a bit of room. At least the x100T was fairly flat and rectangular going into a bag. With the X-T2, especially with a lens mounted presented some difficulty when we tried to close the bag.

Image Quality

As I already gushed about in the earlier parts of this review. The images this camera produces is simply incredible.

As a parent and photography fanatic, I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to shoot with this camera. Some of the photos that I took with it will be future “keepers.”

At the end of the day, this is all that really matters: The photos.

I can go on about colours and megapixels, but simply as a dad I am so happy that I was able to capture great candid moments of my daughter that will now last a lifetime.

But I can happily say, as an Instagram user, not having to dump your photo through Snapseed and posting directly straight out of the camera is a time saver. And even when I process a photo, they are minor touch ups.

Video Capabilities

This is kind of a new area for me. But I was able to test of some of the 4K capabilities of the FujiFilm X-T2 and I must say that with the XF23mm F/1.4 lens mounted, I shot some pretty sweet footage. Again, with a quality lens you’ll get quality shots, and this is no different when shooting video.

Here’s a short clip I made of my kid sitting at a restaurant:

Conclusion

Okay I know what you’re thinking: for $3000 worth of camera gear, you better get everything you need in a camera and lens. The thing is the FujiFilm X-T2 with the XF23mm F/1.4 prime lens will fulfill most of your child taking photography needs. Having this camera to chase around my almost one year old daughter was an absolute pleasure.

The gripes that I had with the autofocus on the the x100T do not apply to the X-T2, but then again this combination of body and lens is twice the price of that camera. I had very little issues capturing my daughter as she was either crawling towards or away from me.

If you’re a parent who is solely using this camera and lens to take photos of your kid you will certainly not be disappointed.

With that said, only if you have the budget for it, I highly recommend getting the FujiFilm X-T2 and XF23mm F/1.4 prime lens as you will certainly not be disappointed.

 


I hope you enjoyed this post and the photos in this post. If you are interested in seeing more XT-2 photos or my other photos (I also shoot with a Canon 6D and FujiFilm X100T), do check out my Instagram feed where I post daily.

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Thanks again for reading this review, now if you excuse me I have to toddler to chase. 🙂