Fujifilm X-T2

My main camera body these days is the Fujifilm X-T2. Although I shot with DSLR and SLR cameras for over 20 years, I’ve transitioned entirely to mirrorless for all of my photography, because it offers me the high performance and excellent image quality that I demand in a lightweight, compact camera body.

The X-T2 not only represents the evolution of the X Series, it represents the evolution of mirrorless camera technology as a whole. It’s currently the best mirrorless camera on the market, and will outperform any DSRL in the same price range, and in most areas, it will easily compete with DSLRs that cost 2-3 times as much.

In addition, since mirrorless cameras offer some significant advantages over DSLRs, like full time LCD exposure preview and hybrid phase/contrast detect autofocus that works in both EVF and LiveView mode, the X-T2 will let you do things you can’t do on any DSLR/

With a predictive AF system that tracks moving subjects at up to 11 frames per second (14 fps in electronic shutter mode), full weather sealing and an all-metal chassis, the X-T2 not only keeps up with my fast moving shooting style of adventure photography, it stands up to the abuse that it’s likely going to see when I’m working in extreme environments.

The X-T2 has the new 24MP X-Trans sensor and updated image processor, which combine to produce exceptionally sharp photographs. With its innovative non-bayer filter matrix design, the X-Trans sensor doesn’t require an optical low pass filter, which leads to increased resolution and sharpness that will rival any full frame camera.

It also has amazing performance in low light. The X-T2’s updated image processor does an incredible job, even at very high ISO settings, even up to 12,800. Combined with the built-in film simulations and a highly capable image processor, the X-T1 creates beautiful looking JPEGS and detail-rich RAW files that look incredible.

Also, the X-T2 has an incredible, bright, high resolution EVF. As a longtime DSLR user, I like the intrinsic feel of looking through a viewfinder, but this one is so good that when I put the camera to my eye, I often forget that I’m really just looking at a little TV screen. 

Mechanically, it feels great in my hands, and all the manual controls let me make lightning quick changes on the fly, which is essential when working in fast breaking situations. The camera is built with some extremely usable, creative and well thought out features, and it delivers unbelievable quality imagery. 

With the X-T2, I feel that I’ve come full circle with my gear. I’m back to a lightweight, yet highly functional setup that lets me fully explore my creative photography style with virtually no limitation. I’ve thrown just about everything I could at the X-T2 and I can say that I’m confident shooting just about any kind of subject with it in any kind of situation.

Read my full review of the X-T2 here.

Fujifilm X-T1

Before the X-T2, I shot with the Fujifilm X-T1 exclusively for over two years. It’s my backup camera now. It’s still an amazing camera, offering high performance mirrorless camera technology in a rugged, lightweight SLR-style camera body.

It has a predictive AF system that tracks moving subjects at 8 frames per second and it has 80 points of weather sealing that are incorporated into an all-metal chassis. Believe me, it stands up to a great deal of abuse and will keep working in extreme environments.

It has a 16.3MP X-Trans sensor that produces exceptionally sharp photographs. With its innovative non-bayer filter matrix design, the X-Trans sensor doesn’t require an optical low pass filter, which leads to increased resolution and sharpness. It also have very good performance in low light. Combined with the built-in film simulations and a highly capable image processor, the X-T1 creates beautiful looking JPEGS and detail-rich RAW files that look incredible.

The X-T1 has the classic, X Series style design, with manual controls, and nearly all of the same internal features and creative controls as the X-T2. It delivers unbelievable quality imagery and wide creative control, and it’s a great price now.

Bottom line: The X-T1 doesn’t slow me down or let me down, even when I’m shooting fast action in technical terrain and challenging weather conditions. Read my full review of the Fuji X-T1 here.

This video outlines many of the reasons I switched to mirrorless and the X-T1


Fujifilm X-T10


The Fujifilm X-T10 is the non-weather sealed little brother to the X-T1. Although it’s aimed at enthusiasts and budget minded photographers, the X-T10 packs a lot of power inside a very compact and lightweight body, which makes it an awesome adventure camera.

It has the same 16.3 MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor as the X-T1, so it produces identical image quality. It’s also built tough with an all metal SLR style body, Vari-Angle tilt LCD screen and a center-positioned viewfinder. Best part of all, the X-T10 comes already loaded with the new v.4.0 firmware, which means it has the exact same, highly improved AF system as the top shelf X-T1.

Essentially, Fuji took everything that’s great about the X-T1, and left off just a couple of things in order to make it lighter and more affordable. (It’s rugged, but not weather sealed, and it has a smaller internal buffer memory, which means it can’t fire as many RAW photos in succession in CH mode.)

From a user standpoint, the X-T10 offers a very close shooting experience to the X-T1 but it’s slightly more compact, so I often reach for this one when I want to go ultralight. It’s great hiking/biking/travel camera. You can read my full review of the X-T10 here.


Fujifilm X70


The Fujifilm X70 is my minimalist camera when I want to go really light and fast, but I want more creative control and image quality than what the iPhone offers.

Essentially an entry level version of the X100, with a smaller, more compact body and slightly wider lens, it produces the same image quality as the X100 and almost every other model in the line. It has the same classic design, the same 16MP X-Trans sensor as its bigger brother, and all the same internal creative features found on all the other Fuji cameras.

In addition, the X70 has a traditional aperture ring as well as a “Control Ring,” which you can set to control any one of the following parameters: ISO, White Balance, Film Simulation or Digital Tele-Converter.

The Fujifilm X70 doesn’t have an optical or electronic viewfinder, it only has the LCD screen, but it’s the first X Series camera to feature a touch-screen LCD. It lets you focus, shoot and browse pictures with your finger tip. It also has a vari-angle screen that flips all the way up into “selfie mode.”

The 28mm equivalent focal length lens hits a nice sweet spot and works great for landscapes, portraits, travel, even wide angle action. It’s not a macro lens, but it does focus pretty close too, so it’s decent for shooting details.

Overall, the Fujifilm X70 is a really fun camera; it’s light, small, and very capable. I use it as an ultra lightweight backup, as a tiny hiking, trail running camera, or “summit camera,” and as an unobtrusive, relatively inexpensive “walk around camera,” when I’m traveling.

Read my full review of the X70 here.


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  • Tom Knight says:

    I liked your piece on the 24mm and 85mm. It’s curious to me that the best photographers I know shoot primes and only put on a zoom when they are compromised and can’t change lenses.

    I visited with Galen Rowell and mutual friend years ago and recall that he indicated he shot most of his published work on a 24mm and an 85mm and that his favorite zoom was a 75-150mm. I often wonder what camera he’d carry if he were alive today.

  • Dan Bailey says:

    My guess is a D700 or D800, and possibly the D7000 because it’s considerably lighter. I do sometimes wonder what his take would have been on DX vs. Full frame Nikons. Either way, I suspect that he’d still be sporting his 24mm and 85mm lenses.

  • dave yeiter says:

    I have the fuji x20 and the sony nex 6…love em both but if I had to pick one to take to a deserted island, it would be the fuji. I have just re entered the photography world after a long hiatus (having liquidated all my pro gear in a divorce back in 1978). Definitely a very different world!! And so many new photo friends have tried to bring me into the Religion of Raw – – and I get it, why raw is “better” (Why have one 8 pack of crayons when you can have the whole factory)…but jpegs on the fuji x20 simply rock. The color and rendition of this camera is just short of Divine!!! In some ways i wish I had the bucks for the pro versions, but then like you say, I do not worry as much about hurting this camera for the money it cost. Color, sharpness, size, and so many great features …! I am not sure when you wrote these articles…I am thinking of getting a full frame camera down the road…are you still big on the Nikon 700…?

  • Ben Reynolds says:

    Galen would be over the moon in anticipation of the Df!