Chris Wormald – A Photographer's travel blog.

Fuji X-T20

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Leek seed head,    August 2017     50mm

I traded in my X-T10 body for an X-T20 body (so enamoured am I with the type 3 sensor and the ACROS b&w mode). 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 shooting. However, it is too expensive and to have 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. It was the last in stock and a demo. 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. However it has now got used to a low sugar, veggie diet, and no longer gets excited.

I have upgraded the firmware to version 1.02, which I am sure has helped – Ha! It was probably that all the time. There is another firmware upgrade coming at the end of Nov 2017.

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 to “FN”. Grrr.

I am selling the 55-200mm zoom because I have hardly used it (my rule is that fingers of one hand means get rid of it and stop carrying it around and save weight), I am not a “long lens” photographer.

Also the weight of 23mm f1.4 makes me think seriously about changing it for the 23mm f2, however it 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.

I use the 50mm f2, the 23mm, the 35mm f2 and the 14mm mostly, and I am still in love with the X-PRO2, it’s my baby.

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/

As part of my rationalisation, both bodies and the four lenses and small accessories, (not the zoom) fit in a new Domke F803 bag that easily fits in a pannier on my bike and is not too heavy 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 35mm f2 and the 50mm f2 WR lenses.

Here are some recent shots from the X-T20 –

 

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Dahlia “Life Force”    August 2017    50mm

 

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Artichoke flower head   August 2017    50mm

 

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The same artichoke seed-head on the 1st October 2017   35mm

 

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Dahlia, swansong in October, St Aubert.

 

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

 

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Fishing boat detail, Honfleur, Normandy.    50mm

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Autumn Equinox, meditation by the Orne, Putanges.      35mm

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Make Hay whilst the Sun Shines.  Sept 2nd 2017      50mm

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Signs of the end of summer.      50mm

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A late little sunrise.    50mm +MCEX-11

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Zinnia 2017, St Aubert

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

 

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Quiet end to the day, Topsham, October 2017

 

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The days grow short – Gaia retreats.

 

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Low Key Lilly9,   ACROS+G,  50mm

 

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Shadows and caravan,  Oct 2017,   50mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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