Filming With the Fujifilm X-T2

September 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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].

Leigh Miller | www.leighmiller.ca

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

  • Fujifilm X-T2 X 2 W/ Vertical Power Boost Grip
  • ST-1 Microphone (for ambient sound reference)
  • Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR
  • Fujinon XF80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens
  • Fujifilm EF-X500 Flash X 2 (Master & Slave setup for off-camera flash use)
  • Manfrotto Tripod With Fluid Head
  • Generic Tabletop Dolly
  • Generic Travel Tripod
  • DJI Inspire 1 VER II
  • DJI Mavic Pro

Video Editing was done entirely in Final Cut Pro X on a 4K timeline though my output was 1080p for presentation on the BLOG.

Screenshot

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... 

  • -2 (H-Tone)
  • -2 (S-Tone)
  • -3 (Color)
  • -3 (Sharpness)

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.


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