Commack High School Girls Varsity Volleyball - Team and Individual Photos - Fujifilm XT-2 Eval Part 2
Caught the Commack girls varsity volleyball team at a practice to get some team and individual photos as well as action shots of players I missed a games. I even managed to get a couple of team shots of the JV team on the adjacent court. This was my second shoot with Fuji's new XT-2 mirrorless camera coupled with their 50-140mm lens. You can find the first part here. This time I was using single point AF-S focus for the portraits and moving the focus points using their new focus stick on the back of the camera. I must say, the focus stick is truly a wonderful thing. It's responsive, fast and very convenient. I use the push button option on the focus stick to keep the point from moving if the stick is hit unintentionally. It's a great setup if you're not shooting action shots. The focusing is fast and precise.
One thing I wasn't thrilled with was the ease at which you can move the rear command dial. I was stabbing away with my thumb trying to locate the AF-L button and must have accidently hit the rear command dial and changed my shutter speed. Of course I didn't realize this until around 15 shots later since I was shooting in Auto-ISO mode and the exposure looked fine in the viewfinder. The increase shutter speed caused my ISO to increase, which I was trying to avoid. Luckily the damage wasn't too bad and was nothing that couldn't be fixed with a hair more noise reduction in Lightroom. Still, this is one thing Fuji should look at.
I ended the evening by getting some action photos during practice of some of the players I hadn't gotten in previous games. I improved my ratio of keepers a bit more but I'm still having a hard time with the awkward placement of the AF-L button for back-button focusing and the fact that it's so recessed it's hard to feel. I'm sure this is something you'll get used to as you use the camera, but why should you have to? I think Fuji could improve this by at least rubberizing the buttons and maybe making the "Q" button programmable like the others (it seems to be in the best position of all the buttons).
I'm returning the 50-140mm lens today and getting the 100-400mm lens to do some soccer shoots. Next, we'll see how the XT-2 does out in the field.