Well, I have my new Fuji X-T2 kit for a couple of weeks or so and I am loving it! What has really impressed me about the Fuji X-T2 is how capable it is and user-friendly. I just love the retro-stying and having ready access to all the main controls. I have been very impressed with its tracking features and am really looking forward to visiting Silverstone next month for the British F1 Grand Prix. In the meantime, I have tested the auto-tracking at a motorsport event on 4th June. This was the Harewood Speed Hillclimb, near Leeds, Yorkshire. I took my X-T2, along with the FUJINON LENS XF50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR, the FUJINON TELECONVERTER XF1.4X TC WR and the Vertical Power Boost Grip VPB-XT2.
The event venue is not too far from Harewood House, near Leeds, off the A659. It cost £10 per person to get entry to the event and it’s certainly worth it. I have to say, everyone was very friendly and welcoming and you are free to wander around the paddock, talk to drivers and their team, take photos of the cars and get up really close. As it was our first visit, we asked for the best spots to get photos and get up close to the action. We were directed to the best two locations and we tried both. In the second one, near Farmhouse Bend was the better of the two.
If you are interested in going, there is a year-round programme of events. Check out their website here for more details. Next event is on 1 July 2017.
In terms of how the X-T2 handled, I have to say that it did so beautifully. Even in my novice hands (I have the camera for less than a month so I am still learning how to get the best out of it) and bearing in mind that I have never really attempted panning whilst trying to keep a car travelling at up to 100 mph just a few feet in front of me, it worked flawlessly. Sure, not all my shots were in focus but as the day progressed I got better at panning and I started to understand what settings worked best. I am sure that with more practice my technique will improve, my understanding of all the camera\s many features will increase and my personal ‘keeper’ rate will improve.
I will post more images as soon as I have gone through almost 128 GB of photos! In the meantime, if you would like to support this blog please use the links below to purchase the X-T2 etc from Amazon. It won’t cost you anything but it will help me to pay for this blog.