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Color and Tones with the Fujifilm X-T30 II

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(Please take note that it is a Google english translation from the original french text)
 We must go back to the traditional era of film when film reigned as king and master on the photo planet to fully understand how the science of colors and that of black and white tones was the object of so much attention and debates with author-photographers from around the world. Of course there was the grand vizier Eastman Kodak, the reference above all, but also other excellent manufacturers and artisans of film like Fujifilm who united so many iconographic vocations of those years often described as analog today.


Nowadays, with the advent of digital photography, this science has been transmitted through the processing of files generated by the recording of the image precisely carried out by sensors specifically designed for this use. This is both a technical interpretation accessible via quasi-raw RAW files or a more elaborate and much more reworked interpretation via JPEG type files. It is for these (JPEG) that Fujifilm designed its famous film simulations (film), whose names refer to their old photographic films.


On a recent trip, I fully realized the importance of this science and the intuitive choice these simulations have over the anticipated outcome of each author's personal photographic interpretation. In a word, you have to find the right fit or select an image rendering that you like and does justice to your creative madness.

If there is a recognized advantage at Fujifilm, it is undoubtedly this science of colors resulting from their film tradition and which benefits the entire range of X-mount cameras with APS-C format digital sensor. For one, the Fujifilm X-T30 II is actually the fourth version of a compact body in this XT series which was introduced by the original X-T10, followed by the popular X-T20 and the recent X-T30. The shell of the device remains practically unchanged over time except for the replacement of the directional cross (D-Pad) by a multi-directional controller (Joystick) and the change of the rear viewing screen which is now more finely defined. Conversely, internal refinement of the camera has been constant with a new 26MP APS-C image sensor and an increasingly sophisticated exposure, focus and image processing software package . 

The Fujifilm X-T30 II * is first and foremost a camera with interchangeable lenses that is very compact in size and light to carry. Its handling is correct and its interface close to the tradition of old cameras from the film era with direct control of the major exposure parameters with the exception of sensitivity (ISO). Its simple interface at first glance can be made substantially more complex with the help of a configuration menu that is unfortunately just as complex to use. However, certain functional keys are not optimal in terms of pure ergonomics of use in the field, but the Fujifilm X-T30 II is a pleasant camera to use and relatively easy to master technically.


Compared to the previous model, the X-T30, the Fujifilm of two new film simulations. For the first user of the Fuji X-Mount platform, there is certainly some learning to do in order to better master its interface and its configuration possibilities. For example, the touch screen requires a certain amount of dexterity to take full advantage of it and the multi-directional controller requires just as much skill. The control dials (Control dial) with configuration pusher can be disconcerting at first and you have to pay attention to the confirmation indicators on the electronic viewfinder or the rear screen to know the functional nature selected voluntarily or not. Moreover, the display of information is very complete if not very full of details of all kinds. Fortunately, we can choose a very refined version of it.


The manufacturing of the Fujifilm X-T30 II is very careful. We recognize its distant relationship with the old cameras of the film era. On a strictly aesthetic level, its strictly functional side stands out at the expense of a more refined look as we can see in other models such as the Nikon Z fc which is very similar in several aspects even if the latter benefits from a more refined design. recent and improved. The Fujifilm X-T30 II is unfortunately not rated as Weather Resistant (WR) and therefore requires greater attention to protect it from more extreme environmental conditions. 

In use

Over the years I have successively used the Fujifilm X-T10, performance contained in a compact device in APS-C format. At Fujifilm only the other XE series (X-E1, X-E2, X-E2s, X-E3 and X-E4) can claim such status. Of course, the other X-Pro, XH and XT series can offer enhanced features but with significantly increased dimensions and greater weight. For the urban, traveling or simply opportunistic photographer, these bulk factors are often a priority and determining factors to ensure long-term comfort of use and avoid the fatigue associated with transporting and maintaining larger photographic equipment.

Powering the Fujifilm X-T30 II is provided by the dedicated Fuji NP-W126S battery, a model already used for years by several other Fujifilm , although their most recent high-end models now use a new dedicated battery model. The X-T30 II can also be powered via independent charging pads as long as they are connected by the appropriate wiring for the device. Note that the dedicated battery can be recharged in the camera or using an optional independent charger unit, ie not supplied by Fujifilm. All these options provide greater operating autonomy to X-T30 II users, which is very practical for reporting of all kinds and when traveling. 


 The Fujifilm X-T30 II is easy to handle after having assimilated its main characteristics. Certain details can still be annoying, such as the inappropriate position of the Q quick menu key which lends itself to its unintentional activation when handling the X-T30 II. The location of the multi-directional controller (Joystick) is also not optimal in relation to the operator's right thumb. The push button for activating viewing of recorded image files which is located on the left side of the box requires the use of both hands. In short, certain elements which would have required an certainly too significant overhaul of the case have been retained throughout all successive versions of the X-T10/20/30/30II. 


The Fujifilm X-T30 II is certainly an everyday camera as all previous versions were. Its responsiveness is good for more static photography but is a little less so for action photography which will require a greater sense of anticipation and, perhaps, a certain amount of trial and error. Its 2.36MP electronic viewfinder (EVF) is competent and defined enough to focus on the subject and assess the exposure of the recorded image. However, its eye distance (Eyepoint) is more limited for wearers of corrective lenses. The information display is complete and adapts to two types of framing, horizontal and vertical. The rear screen, which can be tilted upwards (chest aiming) or downwards (aiming above the crowd), is detailed and reacts as quickly as the electronic viewfinder.

For the author-photographer, the initial choice of film simulations offers a great diversity of interpretation of the color palette and that of tones, not to mention the advanced special effects modes (ADV.1 & ADV. 2). In short, the Fujifilm use of the X-T30 II and stimulates the creativity of the user of the device.

This modest review on the Fujifilm X-T30 II cannot replace the real user manual which describes all the possibilities of the camera much more accurately. However, I can no longer recommend that you experience the numerous features of the Fujifilm X-T30 II as often as possible. Some will appear useless or even crazy to you but, who knows, some discoveries will not allow you to open new horizons in your search for a new and experimental iconography.

The Fujifilm The autonomy of the latter depends on the way you use the X-T30 II, but an additional battery remains a wise precaution to cover any eventuality and prolong the pleasure. The X-T30 II's shutter release mimics old film camera release buttons and can accommodate a traditional mechanical cable release in its threaded socket. Its two-level spread for exposure/preliminary focusing and then shooting, is easily perceptible to the touch. The triggering is gentle but still has a rather discreet sound. 


It is necessary to underline the great competence of the exposure measurement system of the Fujifilm X-T30 II and more especially in matrix coverage. Even in a backlit situation, the light meter performs a beneficial weighting of the rest of the image versus a frontal source of brightness. Autofocus is particularly efficient in static photography as well as in dynamic mode (continuous map). It is also fully reconfigurable to accommodate a variety of subjects and contexts. The face recognition option is relatively effective and the tracking of the subject coupled with the continuous focus (AF-C) fulfills its role well as long as it stands out sufficiently from the rear. plan.


The interface and menu of the Fujifilm X-T30 II are extensive, as is the learning curve that it requires of its user. Some elements remain intuitive but access to certain features is much less obvious. In this regard, Fujifilm will sooner or later have to learn how to design a more familiar and intuitive interface for its users. For this model, Fujifilm maintains the traditional approach of its XT series and offers direct dial control of shutter speed and exposure compensation while assuming that you will pair a Fujinon lens from its XF series with aperture adjustment ring. This old architecture makes any preliminary configuration of a set of key parameters (ISO, exposure time, lens aperture, type of autofocus, etc.) more arduous or even downright difficult in certain cases and, this In doing so, the Fujifilm The fully configurable dedicated modes are simply absent, unlike what is observed in a Fujifilm X-S10 or X-S20 model. Overall it is true that Fujifilm X-T30 II retains complete flexibility of operation but at the cost of greater involvement of its user in each new particular configuration situation.

I would be remiss if I did not conclude these personal remarks on the interface and maneuverability of the Fujifilm X-T30 II on a purely critical note because it turns out that with more frequent use of the model, the photographer will, of course, develop a greater ability to configure the X-T30 II as desired and more quickly. It is therefore a very competent tool which requires a more studious and more persistent approach. Once this level of comfort is reached, the Fujifilm X-T30 II will undoubtedly satisfy your most surprising achievements.

The Fujifilm such as exposure compensation or the use of advanced filters (Adv. and Adv2). This particularity makes this AUTO mode much more attractive for contexts where a certain simplification of operations is desirable without removing too much from the user's creative intervention choices. The exposure and focus lock keys are practical, especially with the permanent activation option (cancelable if necessary). Other functionalities can be assigned to these keys, and a few others, depending on the priorities of the practicing photographer. In short, it is unlikely that we will really be able to exploit all the potential configurations of the Fujifilm X-T30 II.




The Fujifilm X-T30 II has an integrated electronic flash which can be positioned in height (rather limited) on request. This additional flash remains very practical for reducing shadowed areas of the subject, whether backlit or not, although its power remains reduced. Unfortunately it cannot be used as a control unit for mounting multiple light sources to flash units. You will need to use another Fuji flash mounted on the camera to be able to carry out this type of project. The built-in flash or optional mounted flash options are very effective and offer more precise and versatile TTL reading. 


Of course, the Fujifilm X-T30 II is connectable in many ways in real time using wired connectors or even wireless WiFi and Bluetooth possibilities. The SD format memory card must be inserted into the battery compartment, a situation which is not optimal for its quick and secure access if you wish to use it for the rapid transfer of image files to a computer. , a laptop, a tablet or a mobile. The Fujifilm X-T30 II only has a memory card input port compared to more premium models like the X-T3/4/5. 

Simulations of film renderings of colors and tones are the great recognized specialty specific to the different camera models manufactured by Fujifilm. The you might as well name them explicitly, no doubt for commercial reasons. All these simulations, both in color and in monochrome approach (black and white), are probably the very essence of the proven success of the Fujifilm X-Mount series beyond their purely technical performances. This mastery of image processing associated with a superior definition of the latter has led to a faithful and lasting adoption of the system by a large number of fans who have become almost unconditional fans of the brand.


Among image creators as opposed to pseudo-critics of photographic equipment, there is a gap of incomprehension but above all of intentions. The first group of real users concentrate on carrying out photographic projects using tools that suit them and whose characteristics meet their creative needs. The second group, very active on the Internet, poses as unwavering defenders of a sometimes artificial truth seeking to promote their personal material endorsements while sharply denigrating any competition or any perfectly legitimate alternative. Unfortunately we have reached this point today in this societal universe which struggles to put its egocentric individualism on hold. And all this to say finally, that opting for a photographic system and a particular model of camera remains completely arbitrary beyond any technical analysis. The important thing is that the chosen tool is a motivating and inspiring factor in producing images for which the photographer aspires and shares. And that's precisely what a digital camera like the Fujifilm X-T30 II can offer. 



I cannot conclude this brief overview of the Fujifilm X-T30 II without once again mentioning the exceptional quality of the photographic renderings of the images recorded there. This is even, in my humble opinion, the essential argument for choosing to acquire a Fuji model from their X-Mount series. Although this is a rather personal assessment than a purely rational and quantifiable one, the iconographic results of the Fujifilm years. As for the functional aspect of the Fujifilm Its great ergonomic strength remains its compact dimensions appreciated by photographers on the move and always on the lookout for the opportunity for a new shot. From this point of view, it is undoubtedly a winning formula.

*Please note that this brief review of the Fujifilm X-T30 II does not address its videography-specific features.


Fujifilm Illustrations / Photos Daniel M: Fujifilm X-T30 II / XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS \ XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS /



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A trace of light that survive a little further than the actual moment of flash.


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