Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fujifilm X100F, X-T20, XF 50mm f/2 WR, X-Pro2 Graphite Edition

Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Graphite Edition, X100F, X-Pro2, X-T2 with booster grip, X-T20, XF 50mm f/2 WR
Fujifilm has started 2017 with a splash. Look at all these new goodies in store for all you Fujifilm fans. Which ones were you anticipating the most? The X100F? The XF 50mm f/2 WR? Sorry, I'm on the list to test the GFX but I still don't have my review copy yet. Fujifilm could have decided to release all these new items at CES 2017... but they didn't. It seems like for the past few years they've ignored CES and saved the best for their own press release. Let's look at what's new, what's old, and what's up.

The Fujifilm X-Pro 2 Graphite Edition

The X-Pro2 Graphite Edition is beautiful. The engineers finally caved in and decided to create a non-black flagship body, although they insisted it be graphite, and not graphite silver. The XF 23mm f/2 WR lens, the LH-XF35-2 lens hood and the flash shoe cap are also all done up in the rich and dark graphite finish. This camera is beautiful. Check out my latest YouTube video unboxing:

Fujifilm X100F

The new X100F. No surprise. What's new and what's up? No WR, same old lens, no OIS, no articulating screen. I'm not surprise, although I thought WR would have been a no brainer. Perhaps next time folks. What is new is the joystick, new rear button layout (all to the right of the LCD), new battery (same as the big cameras), new sensor and processor (big brothers), and new flash system. More on that later. Check out my latest YouTube video first impressions:

Fujifilm X-T20

The new workhorse little brother to the X-T2, the X-T20. I loved the original X-T10, and I think this will do even better. Although not much talked about, Fujifilm confirmed that the X-T10 out-sold the X-T1, considering it's lower price point. The new X-T20 might actually do the same, and I think it's actually a competitor to the X100F. Why? If you already own the X-T2 or X-Pro2, I would say the X-T20 is a practical second body. It can take all the lenses that you already have, plus unlike the X-Pro2 and X100F, the X-T20 has 4K video, an articulating touch screen (even the X-T2 doesn't have touch), and has the exact same sensor and processor as the rest of the new pro line-up of bodies. Don't ignore this little guy. I expect big things from the X-T20. Check out my latest YouTube video first impressions here:

Also check out my first impressions article on FujiLove Magazine here:

Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 WR

Welcome the new Fujicron (Fujifilm + Summicron) XF 50mm f/2 R WR lens. Like the XF 23mm f/2 WR and XF 35mm f/2 WR, the new 50mm has the same compact and light build, quiet, quick and fast AF, and beautiful bokeh.  It works out to be a 75mm equivalent in full-frame, so it's a very Leica rangefinder-like focal length. Go ahead, look up a 75mm lens and see what you get. It's a weird focal length on APS-C and I was worried if I would be able to get anything out of it, but I was impressed. It's between a standard and a short telephoto, and that's exactly how I used it. On the street it was great for getting shots from across the street, or even impromptu street portraits. It's also great in the studio for taking product shots. Short tele for indoor portraits? Yes. It's a weird focal length but it actually works. You can't do this with the mighty (but heavy and large) XF 56mm f/1.2. I tried this lens on the street and it was just a bit too telephoto for me. Indoor lowlight AF accuracy? Slow. Check out my YouTube review on the new XF 50mm f/2 R WR lens:

Also check out my first impressions article on FujiLove magazine here:


That's it for now. I've had a really busy few weeks testing these new cameras and creating videos and articles. Please look forward to more videos and articles on YouTube, FujiLove, as well as here. Check out my latest pictures on Instagram, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter. I have a few big projects coming up in Asia and I have yet to decide which ones I will do, and which ones are just out of reach for me (mostly for financial reasons). If you have any collaboration or sponsorship ideas, please don't hesitate to contact me via my email address: infoatbigheadtacodotcom

Thanks for following, thanks for visiting, and happy shooting.



  1. Would comparing X100F to a Leica Q for daily street shooter be too much to ask?

    1. I've shot several YouTube videos on the Leica Q and mention the X100 series in general, but a new comparison video probably would be in order. I prefer the lens and the way you manual focus the lens (albeit via focus-by-wire) on the Leica Q. I prefer the compact and thinner profile of the X100F, and the hybrid viewfinder is what makes it unique. If it came down to IQ, if you work RAW files I would say the Q. If you shoot mostly JPEGs, although the Q's JPEGs are pretty good, the Fujifilm's are better. In the end, is the Q 3 times better than the X100F? No, but the price is. Bang for your buck, the X100F is the better value.

  2. I can't believe that you laid all that Gear on concrete!

    1. ha ha, well I double sweep the floor before putting anything down. When I put the camera face-up, there's always something behind so I won't scratch the LCD screen.

  3. Because you also own the GRII from Ricoh- what do you use more often and would you use more often having a GRII- the X100F or XT20?

    1. As an EDC, the GR for sure because it's small and always with me. However, around my neck all day, it will be the X-T20 with whatever lens I want to shoot that day. The X100F is a great camera, but a bit limiting for me if I'm going to carry something around my neck all day. The GR is totally different. I can carry it inside the inside pocket of a suit. It's that small

  4. looking for the name of the straps you had in 50mm F2 WR video. There was a black one and brown one used. Who makes those? Thanks .

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