Dewdrop Test for X-T2 Lenses – 56mm, 10-24mm, 55-200mm

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Bracketing for X-T2

Bracketing Test.jpg

Tested the bracketing function with the 55-200mm. Converted RAW to JPG and cropped  for this test. No other editing done. f/3.5, 1/125, ISO-400, F/55mm, natural indoor lighting.

Sources

box Innerlightuk, “Fuji X T2 Bracketing functionality,” YouTube, 9/28/16.

box From “Fuji X-T2 – High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography,” Mostly Photos 11/24/16:

I set the X-T2 to shoot in RAW + JPG fine (RAW F mode) in the Quick Menu and set the Drive Dial to the BKT setting.

In the ‘Shooting Menu’ (indicated by a camera icon) select ‘Drive Setting’ -> ‘BKT Setting’ -> ‘BKT Select’ -> Select ‘AE BKT’

Under the ‘BKT Setting’ menu you can select ‘AE BKT’ and change this to the +/- 2 setting

 

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How to Set Up the X-T2 to iPhone 6P Remote Control Connection

The following is a text version of the video instructions.

The first time you use the wireless feature in your X-T2, you’ll need to set it up:

1. On the X-T2, go to the SETUP  menu.

2. Select: CONNECTION SETTINGS > WIRELESS SETTINGS > GENERAL SETTINGS > NAME.

3. Type in your camera’s name: FUJIFILM-XXXX (replace the XXXX with a name of your choice)

4. Click the DISP/BACK button to exit.

Once your X-T2 has a unique NAME, proceed with the connection.

1. If you haven’t yet, go to the App Store and download the Fujifilm Camera Remote app for your iPhone.

Fujifilm Camera Remote

2. On the X-T2, go to the CAMERA  menu.

3. Select WIRELESS COMMUNICATION.

4. On the iPhone, go to SETTINGS and select the FUJIFILM-XXXX network.

5. On the X-T2, the green Wi-Fi icon starts flashing.

6. On the iPhone, open the Fujifilm Camera Remote app Fujifilm Camera Remote 15 and select REMOTE CONTROL.

7. On the X-T2, the screen goes blank.

8. On the iPhone’s Camera Remote app, you’ll see what the camera sees.

9. Use the iPhone’s touchscreen to focus on the subject and adjust ISO, aperture, shutter speed, film simulation mode, etc. To switch from S.S. (shutter speed) to aperture, press the S.S. lightly and release. APERTURE will appear as an option. Tap to select it. To raise or lower, use the arrow <> keys.

10. Press the red dot to release the shutter.

This is the X-T2 photo that was shot via the remote app in iPhone.

Note: I haven’t tried this routine on other iPhones or smartphones, but I’m guessing that the process would be similar.

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My Lens Collection

Last updated 5/17/17 11:12am

XF 23mm F2 R WR

Just ordered the XF 23mm F2 R WR (5/14/17).

XF 23mm F2 R WR

With this lens, I think I’ve covered all my bases. I hesitated on this purchase because I had hoped to use the 10-24mm f/4 and X100T for this range. But AF speed and IQ were the critical difference. Also, I wanted at least one all-purpose with WR.

XF 56mm F1.2 R

My first lens was the XF 56mm F1.2 R. I figured if I’m going to have only one lens, this is the one I’d choose. The large aperture and IQ were the deciding factors. Another factor was the relatively small size. Primary use would be in-door social gatherings where lighting is often low.

XF 56mm F1.2 R

XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS

Second, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS. I always wanted an ultra-wide lens, and the 10mm FOV was the critical factor. Other key factors: the full zoom range at constant aperture, the OIS for handheld shooting, the IQ, and the relatively small size. IQ reports varied but tended to be positive.

XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS

5/14/17: I’ve had two field tests thus far at mostly 10mm: First Shoot with XF 10-24mm f/4 on X-T2 and X-T2 + 10-24mm F/4: Old Plantation-style Houses in McCully.

5/14/17: I gave this lens its first real 24mm field test at our family’s Mother’s Day brunch today at a local restaurant. The interior light was dim, and the outdoor sunlight was brilliant. In both, I struggled with the AF. You can see the video here. Of the 73 shots I took, I’d say 80% were usable and 60% were selected for the video. The quality of most of  the shots doesn’t come through in the video. In post production, I had to compensate for exposure in about 80% of the selected videos and cropped about the same percentage for composition. The exposure meter in the viewfinder is unreadable against bright light. A light drizzle hampered my outdoor shooting. WR would’ve been nice. About 90% of the shots were purposely taken at 24mm. I wanted to see if this lens could be used as an all-purpose. My initial judgment is inconclusive.

XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

Third, XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. I wanted at least one telephoto zoom, but size, reach, stabilization, and IQ were a concern. With the OIS, stabilization was covered. Re size, among those with ample reach, it seems to be the smallest. Reviews on the IQ have been mixed but generally positive. As of this writing (5/14/17), I haven’t received this order.

XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

Update 5/17/17: The 55-200mm arrived last night. I took my first shoot this morning. Watch the video.

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How to Reset the X-T2

I made some changes in the focus settings and lost the autofocus (AF). I was left with manual focus only (and the focus box in the viewfinder no longer turned green or red). After numerous failed attempts in the camera’s maze of menus to revive the AF, I went online to look for help. Nada. I couldn’t find anything on this problem.

I gave up and decided to do a reset. To add to my frustration, I couldn’t find the reset tool in the camera’s menu systen. I went online and came up empty there, too. I found some info for other Fujiflm models, but it wasn’t compatible with the X-T2. In a final desperate attempt, I returned to the maze once more to find the elusive reset. I found it, buried deep under “User Setting.”

Here’s how to reset the X-T2:

  1. Click the MENU/OK button.
  2. In the menu, click on the WRENCH icon .
  3. Select USER SETTING.
  4. Select RESET.
  5. Select SHOOTING MENU RESET.
  6. Click OK.

The reset took me back to the default settings and that beautiful AF box that glows green or red when I half-press the shutter button.

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10-24mm f/4 Lens: Frozen Exposure Compensation Meter

On the 10-24mm f/4 lens, to activate the exposure compensation meter in the viewfinder, make sure the aperture switch on the lens is set to manual.

Set aperture to manual.

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Nightfall: X-T2 with 10-24mm & 56mm

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