Basically I bought the Fujis because I wanted to give mirrorless a second try. I was fed up with the need of fine-tune the AF of Nikon-DSLRs and still have a less reliable system than using LiveView. The D5600 can’t do AF-finetuning, so either the camera works well with a lens or it doesn’t. The first Fuji was a X-E2 which was compared to my D5100 more compact, delivered nice results and was comparatively easy to use.
My critic there was: buttons not easy to feel. Saw a video from a Swedish guy using Sugru to add some height to them. Worked well, but it was a design flaw.
Added an L-plate with grip and suddenly it felt like a “real camera” (again, I mean my kind of real)
The X-T2 also has some stuff to like: Two batteries in the extra grip, where all other companies only manage to put in one extra battery.
I like the fully articulated LCD of the D5100 (and the P7800 as well) very much. Missed it on X-T2 which has kind of a vertical tilt, but only in one direction and only 45°. More dials than on most other cameras and depending the setup, it’s possible to use the time dial, but change that value by the rear function wheel.
I’m bad with leveling my camera, horizon is always1-2° off, so an electronic level (preferably in two axis, the X-T2 has only one…) would be a good thing.
But the green line is distracting, so a function button would be nice to assign to. Not possible.
Then put it into MyMenu? Not possible.
Then put it into UserMenu? Not possible.
To switch it on, I need (on X-T2, latest firmware) to dive into the menu
Einrichtung > Display-Einstellung > 14 menu items down another Display-Einstellung > Wasserwaage* >activate with OK.
I just counted how often I need to press a button to get this bloody level ON: 20 times if the menu is already on the set-up (wrench) position. And only if I don’t get lost on the way. I wrote a couple of mails to Fuji, sometimes I got a reply. On X-T3, X-T4, X-H1: function button available. On X-T2: 4 major firmware upgrades, but this problem still remains. So, if I have to buy a new camera to get a simple needed function, it doesn’t have to be one with the issues:
- ISO-wheel: When did you ever needed 64 ISO or 320 or 250 or 5000 or 923.5? The wheel has ⅓ stops clicks, but no bigger angle between L, A, and H. Countless times I wanted A, but turnt the wheel just 17.143° too much and ended up with shooting at Low or High ISO. And setting up the A-ISO is as well a dive into the menus.
- Front and back wheel (usually to set aperture and shutter-speed, but Fuji has so much more to confuse users), additionally I need to push the wheel to do certain things I already forgot (and found it always difficult to remember)
- Switch for AF-Mode: fiddly, hard to feel, too easy to move accidentally and occasionally remains between AF-C or M or AF-S.
- No U (or C) setting: Sure I can set-up even the number of grid-lines, the direction of focus ring and an incredible number of menu entries - but there’s no way to save these settings good for portrait, good for sports, for landscapes… This is something I like on Nikon, Panasonic, Canon and even Sigma cameras: Customizable User- or Custom-Settings to dial into and have a save base of settings.
Downside of that: Only few camera menus allow me to name the user settings else than “U1”, “U2” and so on. So, on cameras I rarely use I avoid to set them up. On Nikon Z it’s rather crap as I never found out completely which settings are save and which not. AF-Mode was not, I believe. D7000 was better int hat aspect.
In short: Dials are nice, if the menu concept consider them. Fuji uses their menus for all bodies, doesn’t always have an aperture ring (and needs therefore the tiny function wheels on back- and frontside (which was not working on X-T2, three Fuji guys tried, none succeeded and they said I need to update firmware. From 4.2 to 4.3? This basic function never worked, I was just lucky that all my lenses had an aperture ring, except the 18-55). The lenses don’t allow to override AF easily, sometimes I need to declutch the focus ring, other times it’s focus by wire, but without a quick override.
In shorter: Fuji’s ergonomics were often distracting obstacles. I don’t want to learn 500 menu entries.