Photography News Issue 41

Your FREE newspaper packed with the latest news, views and stories from the world of photography news Photography Produced by Issue 41 13 Feb – 9 Mar News Tests Reviews Interviews Techniques Competitions Exhibitions Clubs Fujifilmgets off to a flyer With 2017 barely into its second month, Fujifilm comes flying out of the traps with not one, but four exciting product launches. So we have an addition to the premium compact range, a whole new medium- format system and new products in the X-series mirrorless system. And that’s where we’ll start, with the X-T20


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The FujifilmX-T20 at a glance

FujifilmX-T20body only £799, X-T20 andXC16-50mmf/3.5-5.6OIS II £899, theXF16-55mmf/2.8-4RLMOIS £1099. Available from23 February 24.3-megapixel APS-CX-Trans CMOS III sensor X-Processor Pro image processing engine 4Kvideo shooting ISO200-12,800, expandable to ISO 100- 51,200 91 autofocus points, up to 325 possible Customsettings for continuous autofocus 3in tilting touchscreenmonitor  Mechanical and electronic shutter up to 1/32,000sec

Fujifilm’s X-series of mirrorless cameras is headed by the flagship pairing of the X-Pro2 and X-T2. The latest arrival in the family is the X-T20, an enthusiast-level model that shares many features with its higher spec brothers. The X-T20 has a compact bodyform and lookslikeascaled-downX-T2,withitscentrally located pentaprism housing and retro styling. Dig a little under its elegant skin and you find a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III sensor working in partnership with Fujifilm’s impressive X-Processor Pro. Between the two you get a high speed performance – up to four times faster than the previous model – so you can take great pictures unhindered by a sluggish camera. Start time is a mere 0.4sec, shutter lag a trifling 0.05sec, continuous shooting up to 8fps is possible and autofocus is impressively responsive. Pivotal to the X-T20’s ability to produce images of stunning clarity and low noise is the X-Trans CMOS III sensor. This is optical low-pass filter (OLPF) free, made possible without the risk of false colours and moiré patterns by Fujifilm’s innovative sensor design. The X-Trans concept means that the three individual colour pixels – red, green and blue – are laid out in a 6x6 grid rather than a conventional 2x2 grid which means the sensor layout is effectively random, not regular. It is the regular pattern of traditional sensors that can lead to artefact problems that can ruin photographs, which is why an OLPF is needed to prevent them. Dispensing with it means there is one fewer piece of glass in front of the sensor so picture quality is the best possible and that is fully exploited with

Fujifilm X-series lenses. Where, incidentally, there is a new addition, the XF50mm f/2 R WR that you can read about over the page. TheX-T20’s native ISO range is from200 to 12,800. There’s the option of expanding to ISO 100 at the low end, 51,200 at the other. Image quality is impressive with rich colours, deep blacks and low noise even at high ISO settings so if you want to shoot available light candids indoors that’s perfectly feasible without compromising the quality of your shots. And sharp shooting in low light is made easily possible by the camera’s autofocusing system. Its advanced design means it is very capable at dealing with low-contrast, low-light and high-frequency subjects like bird feathers or animal fur. Autofocusing is reliable, fast and accurate, and there are plenty of auto options too. If you want face or eye detection focusing, you can select it and you have the choice of using 91 AF points arranged in a 13x7 grid with the central 49 points working on phase detection, but you can go for 325 points that work over the same area but each point is made much smaller. Many photographers like to work with a single AF point, but if you prefer, theX-T20 can be set up towork in a 3x3, 5x5 or 7x7 AF point grid or just to wide mode. Simply put, the AF is supremely versatile and massively capable. The very exciting X-T20 is available from 23 February at a body only price of £799. A kit with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II costs £899 and it’s £1099 for the camera and the XF16-55mm f/2.8-4 R LMOIS.

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