Fujifilm Photographers have been subjecting their X-Pro 2’s and X-T2’s to some extremes since Photokina and writing about it in the Fujifilm-X site and Blog.
Tommy Simonsen has been pushing his gear in extreme arctic conditions well beyond those encountered by the majority of photographers in a lifetime. In his article he discusses the importance of keeping batteries warm and rotating them into his pockets multiple times before they are completely dead. His camera also sleeps outside at night, secured in a water proof sack so that condensation is never given a chance to form.
Maya Sugiharto and Aviva Minic go untethered in the Australian outback where they encounter severe weather conditions including flash floods, mini cyclones, thunderstorms, gale force winds and red dust storms. They switched from Nikon thanks to the Fujifilm X100S and aren’t looking back.
There are also two lens specific articles from Fujifilm, about the excellent Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 R WR and the new Fujinon XF23 F2 R WR.
The Fujinon XF16mm F1.4 R WR has become many photographers go to lens for photographing weddings/music/photojournalism/street and more. Check out this short article for some impressive work from a variety of photographers and their impressions about this great lens.
The Fujinon XF23 F2 R WR is Fujifilms 3rd 23mm APS-C lens and arguably the one with the least compromises, but each Fujinon lens is uniquely designed.
Compared to the Fujinon XF23 F1.4 R
“The XF23mmF1.4 renders images quite differently on the peripherals in front and back of the depth of field for the same F value. XF23mmF2 renders images with lots of information, which is a plus for snapshooters. XF23mmF1.4 renders dynamic image with added depth, which is a characteristic of large diameter lens.”
Compared to the X100 XF23 F2
“The lens is also quite different from the X100. When you compare it, you will learn that X100 is quite a character. It renders a very soft image with the aperture wide open or when shot in close distance. But with the aperture closed, it renders very sharp image. The XF23mmF2 renders images that is very constant. X100 renders images that is very varying.”
The Fujinon XF23 F2 R WR
“It is sharp to the corner and the depth of field is deep. It renders an image with lots of information. If you shoot with the OVF like the ones of X-Pro2, you will learn that the optical view and the actual image is quite similar. You will appreciate it for snapshooting. The change in image quality is minimized for the change in F value. The image rendering is quite similar for all shooting distance. You can simply focus on the framing with no worries.”