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Fujifilm Unveils the X-T20, X100F and XF 50mm f/2 WR Lens

By Dan

January 23, 2017


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Last week Fujifilm rocked the photography worked by unveiling their new groundbreaking GFX medium format mirrorless camera system. However, that was only the beginning. They also updated the compact and highly capable X-T10 with the announcement of the brand new Fujifilm X-T20.

Just as the X-T10 was the little brother (or sister) to the X-T1, the X-T20 is the younger sibling to the top of the line X-T2, which has been called the best mirrorless camera on the market.

Featuring the 24MP X-Trans III CMOS sensor and X Processor Pro image processor, the X-T20 delivers the same stunning, high resolution image quality, color rendition and expanded high ISO performance as the X-T2 and X-Pro 2, in a lighter, smaller body with an affordable price.

In addition, the X-T20 has a new touch screen tilting LCD screen, similar to the screen on the X70, which gives you “tap to focus”, “tap to shoot” and “browse” functions. It also has a 91-point autofocus system with updated AF algorithms. The AF areas can be broken up into 325 AF detection points in single mode, just like the X-T2, and it has the same singe/zone/wide tracking AF modes.

The autofocus system on the X-T2 was groundbreaking, and I can attest, it’s amazingly fast and accurate, and now they’ve brought the same capabilities to the new X-T20.

That’s not all. Since the X-T20 uses the new X Processor Pro image processing chip, which is 4x faster than the chip in the previous models, the X-T20 will feature improved and more accurate color rendition in all the film simulations.

It will also include the beautiful ACROS black and white film simulation. Requiring the faster processor, ACROS delivers stunning tonality with a high level of tonal gradation and a complex grain structure that looks great, even when you crank ISO dial into the upper regions.

And it shoots 4K and Full HD video with HDMI output. 

Having used the original X-T10 extensively for a wide variety of outdoor, action and travel scenes, I can vouch for the performance of these “younger sibling” models. Inside, they contain the same sensors, image processors and autofocus algorithms found in the higher end models, with the only real limitations being the lack of weather sealing, a slightly less crash-proof body and a smaller buffer.

In other words, the X-T20 will give you a tremendous amount of quality and performance in a much more budget friendly body. And even though they’re not weather sealed, they’re built well- I’ve used the X-T10 a lot during the past couple of years and not only has it held up well, I’ve shot a number of my favorite image with it. You can read my review of the X-T2 and see most of what you’ll be gaining with the X-T20.

For the price and performance, this will be a hard camera to beat. It will be released later this winter, but you can preorder the camera now. If preorders were anything like the X-T2, which are still being filled over six months later, you should probably get yours in now if you think you want an X-T20.

X100F

FujiX100F

 

The X100 was the camera that kicked off the whole X Series revolution six years ago, and it’s still a very relevant and powerful camera. Just ask anyone who has one and they’ll tell you how much they love it.

The Second version was the X100S, the Third version was the X100T, and now Fuji just announced the Fourth generation X100F. 

Being the flagship fixed-lens X Series camera, the X100F also features the new 24MP X-Trans III sensor, X Processor Pro chip and the new 91-point, 325-area autofocus system, which includes 49 phase-detection points.

Essentially, this brings the X100 into the same image quality and performance category as the X-Pro2 and X-T2. And yes, this means the new X100 also has the new ACROS film simulation included.

With it’s hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder, awesome, classic vibe and built-in 23mm f/2 lens, the X100 gives a classic 35mm photojournalism-type lens, which is wonderful for street photography, travel and environmental portraits. It’s been an instant classic since the day it was first announced in 2011. You can read a review of the new X100F by Canadian X Photographer Ian MacDonald.

The X100F is already ranked as a top seller, even though it’s not even out yet. It will be released later this winter, but you can get your preorder in now so you don’t have to wait when it starts shipping.

XF 50mm f/2 WR Lens

Fujifilm also introduced a brand new 50mm f/2 WR lens. It’s the third lens in the new f/2 weather sealed series, following the XF 35mm f/2 and the XF 23mm f/2.

With classic, compact designs and great optics, these excellent primes offer  superb sharpness and clarity, bright, fast maximum apertures, fast autofocus motors and weather resistance. (Read why I love the 32mm f/2 lens.)

Fuji’s new XF 50mm f/2 lens offers an effective 76mm view angle and a shallow depth of field, which makes this lens ideal for portraits, still live and travel.

These new f/2 primes are also the smallest and least expensive models in the Fujifilm lens lineup, so they’re great for budget minded photographers and shooters who are looking to build a compact camera kit for travel or street photography.

As with the X-T20 and X100F, the new XF 50mm f/2 WR lens will be released later this winter. You can preorder the lens here.

About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 20+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUIJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.


As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.

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