I’ve been using Canon cameras since my husband bought me my first DSLR a number of years ago. Over the course of the years I’ve upgraded my Canon cameras to newer models, my latest being the Canon 6D full frame.
Two years ago I was interested in looking into mirrorless cameras so I purchased a Fujifilm X-T1. I really enjoyed the camera and began taking it along with me everywhere. The Fujifilm X-series are lightweight, small cameras so they are really great for hiking. I didn’t completely trust it with my landscapes though. For one thing, the X-T1 only had 16 megapixels. I often would bring both the DSLR and the mirrorless with me on a photo trip.
Last December (2015), Fujifilm released the 3.00 version firmware update that improved autofocusing, shutter speed and much more. Since then, Fujifilm continues to add updates and new features to their firmware. At the time of this writing, they are up to firmware version 4.30. The X-T1 felt like a brand new camera after these upgrades. It continues to be a fun little camera.
This past spring I decided to just start using the X-T1 more for my landscapes. I knew that the new X-T2 would be released this year and I had already made the decision that I would purchase it when it was available. This would mean that I would be selling all my Canon gear and going totally with the Fujifilm X-series.
After selling off all my Canon gear I had a hard time finding the X-T2 online or in camera stores. I couldn’t pre-order one as I didn’t know where I would be in 2-3 weeks when the camera would ship since I travel full-time. I decided to call Pro Photo Supply in Portland, Oregon and just get on their pre-order list. They had assured me they could ship it to me wherever I was at the time. I certainly couldn’t do this with an online retailer. I was surprised that within a day of calling them, they had a new X-T2 body ready to ship to me!
Now that I have used the X-T2 for just a couple of weeks, I am really enjoying it even better than the X-T1. I haven’t had a chance to use it for landscapes yet. I plan to purchase an L plate that fits my quick release setup on my tripod’s ball head just as soon as I can get my hands on one. They are hard to get at the moment.
Patricia Davidson is an award-winning outdoor photographer, specializing in landscape, commercial and editorial assignments, and travel photography. Patricia has spent the last 20 years living on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast where she developed her landscape photography skills. Currently, she and her husband live nomadically, traveling in their RV throughout the western United States. With a background in the visual arts and web development, she sets out to produce images that express her artistic vision and passion for photography, as well as her love of nature and the outdoors.