Fuji X-T2 Field Test Part II: Toting 4 high-end zooms into the wild for C-AF exploration


posted Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:46 PM EDT


Since their advent, mirrorless cameras have always lagged behind the enthusiast DSLR's in the complex field of continuous autofocus. This has left serious sports and wildlife photographers continuing to primarily choose DSLR's for these endeavors, and while I've shot many mirrorless cameras in sports and wildlife situations in my years with Imaging Resource, I've yet to come across one that can fully stand up to the rigorous C-AF challenge out in the field as compared to enthusiast DSLR's.

That has all now begun to change for me with the Fuji X-T2. Sporting a new processor and a whole bevy of new C-AF presets and customization, in addition to a refined battery "booster" grip with two additional batteries, the X-T2 comes packed with performance possibilities. So how does it actually perform out in the field shooting wildlife?

Having taken the camera to the Southeast Coast in search of wildlife sanctuaries, I was initially side-tracked by a hurricane, which ended up becoming my Field Test Part I. A day after the storm I made use of the zoom lens artillery at my disposal and headed into the wilds to begin testing the C-AF performance on real world subjects, including coming across a nice variety of exotic birds and also spending a few hours in "Alligator Alley".

1/1600s / f/6.4 / ISO 400 / 256mm eq. / XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 WR

1/1250s / f/5.6 / ISO 800 / 600mm eq. / XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 WR

1/1250s / f/5.6 / ISO 320 / 468mm eq. / XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 WR

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Fuji X-T2 Field Test Part II