Chris Wormald – A Photographer's travel blog.

Fuji X-T20

 

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Leek seed head,    August 2017     50mm

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Dahlia 5   St Aubert,  August 2018    50mm

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Dahlia 6  (Sparkler)  St. Aubert.   August 2018   50mm

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Dahlia, Seattle, October 2018.     50mm  Astia simulation.

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Agapanthus seed-head,  St Aubert,  August 2018    50mm ACROS

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Calendula, St. Aubert,  October 2018.      50mm

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Dahlia 8, St. Aubert,   October 2018.        35mm

So enamoured am I with the type 3 sensor in the X-PRO2 and the ACROS b&w mode, I traded in my X-T10 body (with the type 2 sensor) for an X-T20 body.

I briefly considered the X100f with its fixed 23mm lens + type 3 sensor, but the price put me off, and the “rangefinder” style body would be too similar in use, to my X-PRO2 with the 23mm attached.

I liked the X-T2, whilst handling it in the shop and would have enjoyed taking it out and shooting some images. However, having both the X-PRO2 and the X-T2 seems a bit greedy.

I bought the X-T20 body from LCE, Cheltenham, on my way back from Warwick in August 2017. It had been a demo and was the last in stock.  The settings had been applied by many (dubious) hands and the camera was quirky to the extent that it took a few days to sort out and mysteriously kept re-setting itself. Thankfully it has now got used to a low sugar, veggie diet, and no longer gets so excited.

At the earliest opportunity, I upgraded the firmware to version 1.02, which I am sure has helped – Ha! In fact it was probably that all the time.

Another firmware appeared (1.11 January 2018) and a big one – (2.00. April 2018) and a little one – (2.01 July 2018). So well done Mr Fuji!

I reiterate what I stated on the front page of this blog – I have never received any money or loan of kit from Fuji or any other camera or lens manufacturer. I like and use Fuji kit – it is as simple as that!

The X-T20 body is the same size as the X-T10 (the same XT 10 grip fits too). I have small hands, (they are the same ones that I used on the X-T10), but I keep accidentally touching the right hand button of the “selector group” on the rear of the X-T20. There is a “control lock” setting in the setup menu to turn off the selector buttons during shooting. It is hidden in the second layer of “button/dial” under “selector button setting”, changing the setting to “focus area” turns off the selector BUT then you can’t change the “film type/ACROS” until you wade back into the menu and change the setting back to “FN”. Grrr.

The weight of 23mm f1.4 made me change it for the smaller 23mm f2, which does not intrude in the OVF on the X-PRO2; however, the f1.4 is a superb lens. In times gone by, the extra stop would have been very useful indeed. Nowadays sensors are so good that increasing the sensitivity by a stop is the way to go.

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Poppy, St Aubert,  June 2018.     50mm

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Dahlia,  St Aubert,   August 2018       50mm

 

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Speckled Dahlia, St. Aubert.    August 2018  50mm MCEX-11

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Falaise Castle, Feb 2018, split tone,  35mm

My everyday lenses are – 14mm f2.8,  23mm f2,  35mm f2 and the 50mm f2.

I am still in love with the X-PRO2, for street shots and travel; however the X-T20, with the same sensor is fast becoming my choice  when taking plant portraits using the 35mm or 50mm, with or without the 11 or 16mm extension tubes attached.

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Nasturtium leaf, St. Aubert,  Autumn 2018.     35mm+ NCEX-11 ext.tube.

If you are interested, my page on the X-PRO2 gives my reasons for getting out of full frame cameras and adopting Fujifilm cameras as my  outfit of choice.

https://chriswormald.wordpress.com/fuji-x-pro2-first-thoughts/

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Autumn Meditation, River Orne at Putanges, Normandy,       35mm

As part of my rationalisation, both bodies, the four lenses and small accessories, go in a Domke F803 bag that easily fits in a pannier on my bike and is not too heavy (3.6 kilos) on its shoulder strap.

Like other Fuji addicts, I am looking forward to the possibility of a redesigned WR 18mm f2 Mk2 – (28mm eqiv), that should be a cracker, as are the other f2 WR lenses.

Here are some more shots using the X-T20 –

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Runner bean seeds drying, St Aubert,  September 2018.     50mm

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Nicotiana leaves,  September 2018.    35mm

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Dahlia “Life Force”, St Aubert,    August 2017    50mm

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Seedheads 2018, September again and Autumn approaches.   50mm

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An artichoke seed-head, St Aubert,  October 2017   35mm

 

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Split-toned in Lightroom whilst thinking of Platinum/Palladian tonality.

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Knapweed, St Aubert, May 2018.     50mm

 

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Rudbeckia, St Aubert,  July 2018.     50mm

 

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Teasel, St Aubert, 2018     50mm

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Fishing boat detail, Honfleur, Normandy.    50mm

 

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Painterly Poppy, St Aubert,  June 2018     50mm+MCEX-16

 

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Aeonium,  St Aubert,   July 2018    50mm

 

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Make Hay whilst the Sun Shines.  St Aubert,   September 2017      50mm

 

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A late little sunrise.  St Aubert,   50mm +MCEX-11

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Quinces, for quince jelly, St Aubert, September 2017    35mm

 

When the need arises uprate the sensor. Both the X-T20 and the X-PRO2 are fine at sensitivities >than 1000iso to 2500iso.

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Shivkrupa at Domfront Int. Folk Festival 2018   50mm  2500iso

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River Exe at Topsham, September 2018.   motion panorama.  35mm

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Quiet end to the day, Topsham, Devon,  October 2017

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The days grow short – Gaia retreats.

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Shadows and caravan,  St. Aubert,  Oct 2017,   50mm

 

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January catkins, St Aubert,     50mm

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Trapped leaves 1,  St Aubert,   Feb 2018,   50mm

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Poppy seed heads,  St. Aubert,   June 2018.     50mm

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The Perfection of Imperfection,  St Aubert,   April 2018

France, Normandy, Briouze, Le Maraise du Grande Haze, Apriltrees

Reflections, Marais du Grand Haze, Briouze, Normandy

Here is a link to a page about the Marais

https://chriswormald.wordpress.com/normandy-the-marais-du-grand-haze/

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Reflections, Marais du Grand Haze, Briouze, Normandy

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Marais du Grand Haze, June,   8mm Samyang

Yes, you read that correctly – an 8mm Samyang spherical perspective, fisheye!  Not a lens that will be on the camera often, I suspect.

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Midsummer Reflection, Marais du Grand Haze,    35mm

 

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Tulip Triomphe , St Aubert,   50mm

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Chinon from the Vienne, motion panorama,   14mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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