mirrorless

Testing ISO performance of the Fujifilm X-T2 - plus downloadable jpegs

When I buy a new camera I always like to do a quick test checking out the ISO of the camera.  I had researched the X-T2 and from what I had it read it performed pretty well at higher ISO settings but I always like to check these things for myself – that when I take a shot at these settings I know I am comfortable with it.

Just so you know.  I photographed all shots at an aperture of f5.6 using the Fujinon 23mm f2 lens.  The images shown are out of camera JPEG’s using the Classic Chrome film simulation.  No retouching or noise reduction has been applied.

For me, shooting at any ISO between the 200 to 1600 range would be a no brainer.  Even at ISO 1600 there is only minimal digital noise.  Of course these shots were taken in day light so I may need to do a test in more severe, darker settings. 

Even at ISO 3200 the images are pretty good and more than useable - this may depend on your style of photography though.  I normally shoot urban photography or architecture and at this level of ISO the noise would be perfectly useable, particularly if buildings are concrete - noise may be more noticeable on glass elements.

Want to take a closer look at the original JPEG's?  You can download a zip file containing all of them here.  You can also see examples of Fujifilm’s excellent film here.

Checking out Fujifilm's film simulations: sample RAW images from the x-t2

Well it has been a long time coming but I am finally making the move from Nikon to Fujifilm.  Honestly, I have become so sick of lugging around a heavy dslr and lenses around the city that it was really starting to grind me down so moving to a lighter system was something I had been considering for a long time.  For me, the move to mirroless was almost entirely based on the smaller weight and size of the body size and lenses.

That being said I thought I might blog about any issues, ideas or tips I have as I begin dipping my toes in the Fujifilm mirrorless world.

First up, I thought it may be useful to view samples of Fujifilm's renowned film simulations.

Just so you know.  All of these images were shot on a Fujifilm x-t2 in RAW.  I imported images in to Lightroom, applied White Balance and the Fujifilm profile - no other editing was applied, no sharpening, noise reduction, nothing.

Click on images to see a larger version.

Fujifilm VELVIA

Fujifilm PROVIA

Fujifilm ASTIA

Fujifilm PRO NEG STD

Fujifilm MONOCHROME

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + RED FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS

Fujifilm ACROS + RED FILTER

Fujifilm CLASSIC CHROME

Fujifilm PRO NEG HI

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + GREEN FILTER

Fujifilm MONOCHROME + YELLOW FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS + GREEN FILTER

Fujifilm ACROS + YELLOW FILTER

... And there you have it.  What do you think?  Are Fujifilm’s simulations all they are cracked up to be?  Do you have a particlar favourite?  Feel free to comment below.