So, back in June, I pulled a plug and bought a Fuji X-T2. I grew tired of lugging around my Canon 6d with its big lenses. Here are my thoughts 6 month after.
First, what I like is that the camera is compact but has physical controls for key functions (ISO, aperture and shutter). It is really easy to set-it up quickly before the shoot, even without switching it on. The exposure triangle is there, clearly laid out. I also like the AF which is quick and quite reliable. However, I still prefer to use a single point on most occasions for full control. I like flip-out screen a lot. It makes low-angle shots so much easier! Image quality is great, and I especially like more latitude in processing X-T2 files.
Things I wish could be better are few. Battery life is disappointing if not used with a grip (which in turn makes X-T2 much bigger). Wi-Fi and smartphone app does not allow for only raw shooting. If you want to transfer some photos to your smartphone, you have to shoot JPG to one of the cards. Why Fuji, why?? Back button focus is also a pain, even after suguru treatment. I actually use the front FN button more often. Canon is so much more ergonomic. Finally, low light manual focusing with a screen is a pain. I don't know if it is only me, but I could still focus my Canon with precision in low light using live view. With Fuji, I pray each time that I do not miss focus in my night shots.
On lenses, I found my favourites: 35mm f1.4, 50mm f2, 23mm f2 (even if I find it gives too contrast at times). I was pleasantly surprised with a quality of XF 55-200 f3.5-f4.8 zoom and the standard 18-55 f2.8-f4 zoom is really decent too. For the wide angle I use Samyang 12mm f2.0 which is really nice and sharp, but I would like to test XF 10-24mm f4 zoom. My 35mm f2 gathers dust at the moment and I would like to replace my 23mm f2 with f1.4 version for less contrast. What bugs me most is that almost each and every lens uses a different filter size, so I have to carry a bunch of step up rings for the filters. Canon is much better in this department with most lenses (that I have) using 77mm.
My Canon system rarely leaves home now, but I still use it for studio or assignments. And did I save some weight for traveling? Not really, as I take more lenses so the bag is as heavy as before…