I recently had the opportunity to shoot with the all new Fujinon XF80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro lens from Fujifilm. Matter of fact we spent a lot of quality time together for much of August...prime Summertime action for insects and small critters. See my preview [HERE].
Fujifilm X-T2 W/XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Lens
Additionally I made a Behind The Scenes video of my setup in action, filmed with the Fujifilm X-T2. Fujifilm got downright serious with video on this camera. For the first time on any Fuji camera we now have 4K video. While I rarely output to 4K, the extra editing room it provides is invaluable on a 1080p timeline. That said, I filmed the entire project in 4K as that's what the assignment brief called for.
The sound was arranged/designed by a good friend of mine who in my opinion is the Picasso of audio. You name it, he can do it. I enjoined him to my project given the short timeframe with exception of the voice-over. I did that on my iPhone and refined it in Audacity. Normally I would have done that on a Zoom H6 Field Recorder but I ran out of time to secure one for the deadline...should probably consider purchasing one given the increased attention to mirrorless video.
My Equipment List is as follows
Video Editing was done entirely in Final Cut Pro X on a 4K timeline though my output was 1080p for presentation on the BLOG.
The X-T2 has been on the market a long time (for the camera industry) and there are plenty of reviews out there that do a great job of highlighting the cameras' performance and merits. I tend of go my own way...particularly when it comes to shooting video on Fuji cameras. I was using the Booster Grip' which gives me access to the F-LOG profile but in practice I almost never use it. The whole reason I took to Fujifilm cameras was for the film simulations. I love the colors and contrast straight out of the camera. For this project I shot with the Provia film setting with some changes...
What this does is create a custom "FLAT" profile while retaining some of the Provia attributes, a great starting point if you aren't trying to match cameras from other manufacturers. Personally I've found that it plays nice with footage from my drones and Olympus cameras. I also rode the ISO dial from 200 to 1600 frequently to maintain a shutter speed of 1/50 seconds. Roughly double the 24p video setting. On the occasional "rough" shot I used the FCPx stabilisation tool to smooth things out a bit.
The XF16-55mm lens was my goto for filming the general/b-roll stuff while the XF80mm was used for the close-up video. I had them mounted alternately on the tabletop dolly, tripod and video tripod for various clips. While I didn't use the audio recorded with the ST1 mic, I did use it for reference when matching high fidelity SFX to the footage. If you are going to be filming extensively with the X-T2 get yourself an XF16-55mm lens. Don't even think twice about it. The sharpness, fast and silent focusing combined with the wide aperture makes it a natural choice for video. I used continuous focusing a fair bit and barely noticed the focusing noise.
Aside from the opening sequence I use DJI drones because they are the ultimate slider/fluid head. Once you master the controls to perform intricate movements you can make the drone do anything. Some of those panning/zooming movements were performed with the Mavic Pro which is infinitely handy due to the small size and ease of use. The big boy Inspire 1 is a Ferrari...you drive it fast and knock out those broad strokes. Sadly I think it's feasibility is diminishing due to aggressive regulations here in Canada.