I actually delayed pre-ordering the X-T2 as I was not really bothered about getting a camera from the first batch, but my local dealer contacted me a few days ago to say that my camera would be available on launch day, 08th September 2016. I have never had a camera on launch day before! The only reason I pre-ordered was to get the £100 reduction if done with the grip. With the Brexit fiasco in full swing, a weak pound and high demand for the camera, I cannot see a better deal happening anytime soon.
I had done a lot of research before deciding to get an X-T2. For most of what i do I fund the X-T1, X-T10 and others perfectly suitable in terms of resolution and general performance, such as days out, travel, landscape, astro, portrait and wedding.
My only significant frustrations had been associated with autofocus for fast moving objects and especially tracking focus in continuous servo mode, which I found ineffective on the previous generation of cameras for what I used it for. I have been getting some decent results in air show photography with the T1 and T10 but by working around the AF issues rather than finding them really effective. I lost a whole sequence of shots to blur of a Typhoon hard-turning around me with vapour clouds bursting off it....very annoying. I have also had the odd misfire in general use or at weddings, with the camera either failing to focus or focusing on the background. I am so hoping the AF and far better refresh rate of the EVF in the new camera is a big action shooting upgrade.
The X-T2 looks very much like the T1 and feels almost the same to hold, which is no bad thing. Once you switch it on and start to set it up, you really see how much has changed on the inside! The menus are all completely different and are an improvement, using logical tabs to navigate sections of the menu. There are more settings and options to set up, much more like a top end DSLR, including far more flash settings. The familiar Q menu and custom settings are still there (a great thing) which means I have set it up in a familiar way to all my other cameras, to help with switching between them. The menus are different enough to cause some modest confusion until I get used to it.
There is loads of customisation on the body with 6 function buttons and the AE-L and AF-L buttons too. Now the AF points are joystick controlled, this frees up a D-pad button to add an extra function. After a bit of consideration and fiddling, I quickly set up the function buttons, Q menu and custom settings. For function I have shutter type, AF mode, AF-C custom settings, Wi-Fi, Auto ISO options and face detect allocated. In the Q menu, high up items are custom setting selection, flash type and compensation, timer, white balance and focus assist. It will hardly be needed to enter the main menus during shooting, which is the object of the exercise in setting the camera up correctly.
The full number of AF points is staggering and the phase detect area is much larger. I am hoping the higher resolution will help with cropping and in situations where it helps (landscapes).
Just looking at the design and seeing the modifications, tweaks and new options available, I can tell it should be a better shooting experience than the older generation bodies, which were already excellent.
Not all the grips ordered had arrived, so I am without at the mo. I am looking forward to the boosted AF performance, faster EVF refresh and the convenience of being able to charge 2 batteries in the grip simultaneously.
I haven't even taken a single shot yet!
Here are a few pics after unboxing.