THE KIT BILLOWNS
FUJIFILM X-T3 With a back-side illuminated 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, coupled with the powerful X-Processor 4 image processing engine, the Fujifilm X-T3 is a great value camera that’s very capable and excellent to use. It has a native ISO range of 160-12,800, responsive AF and two SD card slots. The X-T3 also has a Pre-Shot mode, which uses the camera’s electronic shutter and works at 10, 20 or 30fps.
ABOVE Overwintering geese, north Norfolk. Fujifilm X-T2 with XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR at 16mm. Exposure 1/600sec at f/6.4, ISO 200
means you don’t have to worry if you’re a fraction of a second late – a fantastic feature. I shoot in manual exposure mode most of the time and love the EVF, because, with the live histogram, I can see if I am clipping the highlights or blocking up the shadows. I had no problems transitioning to an EVF from an optical finder – I’d probably have a bigger struggle going to an optical viewfinder now! I like the weight of the Fujifilm kit and its handling, plus the glass is excellent and the Raw files process very nicely in Lightroom. I love the tilting screen for people pictures, but also because I like to shoot from different angles. With the zooms, I now have (in full- frame terms) a lens range from 15mm to 450mm in a small, light outfit. I often take the X-T3 and an X-T2 when I go out, with the XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LMWR on one, and the XF70-300mm f/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR on the other, so I don’t miss a shot changing lenses. For me, I think the handling is my favourite aspect of Fujifilm cameras. It is so good. If you don’t feel comfortable with a camera, it is not going to be much use to you. It’s absolutely vital you feel at home with it – and that’s how I feel about the X-T3. FREE 48-HOUR FUJIFILMLOANS The Fujifilm Connect loan service means you can try specific Fujifilm cameras and lenses in your own home, free of charge for up to two days (including delivery). Loans can be extended, and if you decide to purchase, Fujifilm will refund your loan fee. For full details of this special loan scheme, go to: fujifilm-connect. hireacamera.com/en-gb
XF16-55MM F/2.8 R LM WR With its focal length coverage (24-84mm in 35mm format) and fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the range, this high-performing standard zoom makes it perfect for general shooting. Its linear motor delivers extremely quiet autofocusing, while its rugged, weather-resistant build means you can rely on dependable performance, regardless of the circumstances.
ABOVE Cromer Pier in the evening, Norfolk. Fujifilm X-T2 with XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR at 17mm. Exposure 1/2sec at f/10, ISO 200
XF70-300MM F/4-5.6 R LM OIS WR This new telezoom offers remarkable telephoto power without the bulk. Its focal length range gives the full-frame equivalent of 107-457mm, so this is a powerful optic in a very compact body form that weighs just 580g. Its minimum focus is 83cm, which applies across the zoom range, so this lens has great potential for close-up shooting, too. Plus, its built-in optical image stabiliser has a 5.5EV benefit to assist sharp shooting when light conditions are less than perfect.
ABOVE Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Fujifilm X-T3, lens XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS at 20mm, exposure 1/90sec at f/7.1, ISO 200
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