Check Out This Real World Portrait Test of the Fuji X-T2 and the Nikon D5

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Let’s take a break from the Canon 5D Mark IV madness for a bit to talk about some competitors cameras.

The Fuji X-T2 was released earlier this year and despite it taking just a bit of time for people to warm up to, it has shown that it can produce some amazing images. But as always, the question with Fuji comes back to it’s professional application.

Taylor Jackson has released a video demonstrating a real world comparison and test between the Fuji X-T2 and the Nikon D5. In addition, he talks about the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 and the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G.

While at first glance, this may not seem like a fair comparison (APS-C versus Full Frame and $1,699 versus $6,949) Jackson makes some surprising discoveries about what the X-T2 can bring to your portrait sessions with that Fuji 56mm f/1.2.

What needs to be said is that no one will make a claim that Fuji X-T2 will overtake your Nikon D5 in quality, but rather if you’re purchasing a camera body, what do you get when you spend that extra four grand? While with the Nikon D5 you get a superior quality image, is it worth it?

Well, let me first say, yes, it’s worth it.

Perhaps the most revealing aspect of this real world comparison is the difference in dynamic range between the two cameras. We can talk about bokeh and sharpness all day long, but dynamic range is usually what allows you to use a camera in almost any environment. The Fuji X-T2 is somewhat lacking when you compare it to the Nikon D5 in this respect. Again, you should definitely expect better results from the D5, but there it is.

Also, it seems that the Fuji X-T2 is not a perfect body. That is, it has some imperfections in the way it captures light and certain kinds of light. This is to be expected when you consider the price, but it’s definitely important to bring up depending on the type of shooter you are. If you're around a wide variety of strange streetlights or event lighting, there's a chance the Fuji X-T2 might pick up some strange artifacts.

When it comes down to it, comparing cameras with such vast discrepancies in price and specifications may be a bit moot, but it simultaneously shows you what you’re paying for and what a, “perfect” body will cost. It also makes you think about how you shoot and what you can live with, or can’t live with.

Jackson’s comparison may not sway you any which way, but it’ll give you a lot to think about.

FUJI VS NIKON REAL WORLD PORTRAIT TEST WITH SAMPLE RAWS (Fuji 56mm f1.2 vs Nikon 85mm f1.4G)



Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D5 Real World Portrait Test (RAW Files Included)

Via PetaPixel:

The Fuji X-T2 have been showing some amazing preliminary results from people testing it in the real world, but can it stack up against Nikon’s flagship D5? Portrait photographer Taylor Jackson wanted to find out.

Taylor shoots a lot of portraits, and he wanted to see how the X-T2 with the XF 56mm f/1.2 lens attached compared to his usual setup: a Nikon D5 with Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G.

In this real world test, he takes both cameras out to a shoot and then scrolls through the RAW files one-by-one in Lightroom so you can compare them for yourself. In both daylight and at night, working backlit and in a parking garage, he puts both cameras and lenses through their paces in a variety of scenarios.

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Read full article at PetaPixel “Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D5 Real World Portrait Test (RAW Files Included)”

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Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

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