Commack High School Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Longwood - Fuji XT-2 Eval Part 3
Congratulations to the Commack boys varsity soccer team on their win over Longwood. For the third shoot in this evaluation of the Fujifilm XT-2 for high school sports I shot this soccer match with the 100-400mm lens attached. The first thing I noticed was how much lighter in weight this combination is than my Nikon D3s with the 80-400mm attached. You could easily hand hold it for extended periods, although for this match I had it mounted on a monopod.
I had my Apurture Trigmaster Plus transceivers mounted in the XT-2 as well as a D300 I use as a remote behind the goal. I had some issues with one of the older Nikon cables so not many shots from the remote in this gallery. In order to use the Apurture tranceiver on the XT-2 I had to buy a 2.5mm to 2.5mm cable for it, but at least it seemed to work. I'll give it another shot when I shoot the girls soccer match.
As you can see from the images, Fuji's color is spot on. I had white balance set to Auto, which I usually don't do for days of full sunlight, but it performed pretty well. It handled the late-afternoon warm sunlight quite well. The 100-400mm lens was extremely sharp and focused quickly. I'm still using single point focus since I just find it produces more keepers for field sports where lots of players are in the frame.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the frame blackouts in continuous mode, while not eliminated, have been very much reduced and make the camera useable. Shooting with the View Mode in "EVF Only" instead of "Eye Sensor" not only conserves the battery but eliminates the annoying delay when the camera switches from the LCD to the EVF. While we're on the subject of battery life, I find I'm going through one full battery and a small amount of a 2nd battery for each game. I'm shooting a lot of photos, between 1500 and 2000, which I normally don't do except for evaluations of this type. So, if you're using the vertical grip, battery life shouldn't be an issue.
Although I'm getting more comfortable with the position of the buttons and dials, especially the AF-L button for back button focus, I still find I accidently move the rear command dial, throwing my shutter speed off.
This game started late and ended in very low light. I was shooting at ISO 12,800 by the end of the game. The XT-2's high-ISO noise is a bit worse than my D3s but manageable using noise reduction in your favorite editing software. The autofocus performed just as well in lower light, which was good to see because, with high school sports, you shoot a lot in very low light.
Next up is girls soccer with the same camera and lens combo.