Your first travel camera and lens [Fuji x-t20 & 18-55mm f2.8-4 review]

– Hey guys, in today’s episode I’m gonna take you
through two national parks and over 300 miles of motorcycling to bring you some photography captured specifically with some of my favorite gear for travel and adventure photography, the X-T20 and the 18-55
variable aperture zoom lens. But before we get into things I just wanted to remind everyone that next week we’ll be giving this guy, the X-T20, away, so it’s not too late to enter the drawing for that. So we’ll announce the winner to that early next week, as soon as we have our grubby paws on the new Fuji X-T3 to replace it. So anyway, look forward to that, and I hope you enjoy today’s episode. (“To the End” by Falls) Alright so you’ve got a trip planned, you’re super-excited about it, it’s something you’ve been planning for months and months. It’s gonna be special and maybe you’ve got an iPhone or a point-and-shoot of some kind but this time you think, because you want this
trip to be so special and have a special place
in those memory banks, you think maybe it’s time to invest in a camera that can really deliver something with a little bit more oomph, so you think maybe it’s
time to up your game. What camera do you choose? Well guys, the options really are endless and you’re going to get a lot of advice and opinions. But you’re here for my opinion and I definitely have opinions. I’ve done a lot of adventuring with a lot of different gear and my personal choice, right now anyway, which is end of summer, 2018, is this guy right here, the Fuji X-T20 with just one lens, the 18-55 F2.8 to F4 variable aperture image stabilized zoom lens. Now of course, Fuji is not the only manufacturer who makes a superb offering
in a small package. But for travel there are some specific reasons why I personally choose Fuji, and like all things these are all going to be controversial. Others will disagree with me and choose to leave nasty comments because, for many people, photography has become religion. To you people I say, “Watch less YouTube and take more photos.” For everybody else, let me explain why I love
Fuji for travel photography. But to do so I’m going to take you on a little photo adventure with me. I’ll give you a sampling of what this little guy can do and why I like it so much. So strap on a helmet and
let’s go take some photos. (“To the End” by Falls) So first let’s talk about why Fuji. There are several reasons why I like Fuji as a travel or adventure platform and the first and most obvious reason is the size and weight. To illustrate this I’m gonna draw in the sand here. On one hand you’ve got IQ, that’s image quality, right. And then you’ve got your continuum. And on this side we have size, I’m just gonna put S, size and weight. I guess I could put C. C for convenience. The X-T20 is right here. That’s why I love it. Over here we’ve got the GFX, or something like that, where the sensor is the size my hand. Over here we have a GoPro, a tiny tiny sensor that’s super-convenient. The X-T20’s right here where it’s pretty good image quality and really convenient. The second reason I love the X-T20 and the Fuji platform in general is the wonderful shooting experience. These are cameras that are as fun to look at as they are to shoot with. The buttons and dials provide a tactile experience that are nostalgic of a time when photography felt more pure and less processed. These cameras appeal to people who see their camera not just as a tool but also as a companion. The other the thing I really like about the X-T20 is it’s interval timer. I’m here at Canyon Overlook looking out over Zion and it’s the middle of the day. It’s not the the greatest
lighting in the world. On the other hand there is a lot of cloud movement. So that can be interesting. It can lend itself well to a time lapse where I’m not actually that interested in a photo, per se. So the X-T20 does a great job there as far as giving you a time lapse to remember your moment. The next reason love Fuji is maybe a reason that’s
a little less obvious and that is Fuji’s sublime color science. (blues music) As a brand with a strong legacy of superb film engineering, Fuji has put together not only a strong base color science but also some spectacular film-like color profiles for JPEG shooting that after years of shooting I personally feel can’t be rivaled. And I know this brings up a whole can of worms, this whole discussion on JPEG verses RAW which is the stupidest argument ever. Those us who don’t mind shooting in JPEG know when and why we do it. For me personally I love shooting in JPEG on Fuji when I’m traveling because those photos come out spectacular straight out of the camera with that filmic, documentary look I know I wanted before I hit that shutter button. Look, there’s nothing
wrong with shooting RAW and spending a lot of time poring over every hue and saturation value if that’s what you love doing, but for many people that’s not why we love photography. – You’re welcome. – Yeah, thank you so much.
– I’m Bill Spencer. – Alright Bill.
– Your name is? – Andrew. – Branch?
– Uh huh. – Okay.
– Yeah. – Glad to have met you and you’re always welcome. – Thank you, thank you. Bill was nice enough to let me meander about his car cemetery. I don’t know, he calls it his junk yard. I could spend all day here. Seriously, this is like my photographic heaven. Guys it’s the act of photographing and documenting a place-time that is most significant. It’s far more important than what RAW photo editor you use, and as far as color is concerned I don’t mind trusting that job to the hands of color scientists who’ve spent decades perfecting a pleasing set of defaults to work from. Fuji really has nailed it, and so many others, in
comparison, haven’t. With many other brands it feels like their attention to JPEG color profiles are an afterthought at best or gimmicky at worst. So I realize, at the end of the day, that color is going to be something that is personal. It comes down to personal preference. But again, you came to me, and I’m just gonna give
you my personal opinion. The third reason that I love shooting Fuji, third, fourth? I don’t remember what, I don’t know number we’re on. But, it’s the lenses. If you need a system that’s going to give you But the reason, but the reason I like Fuji lenses as opposed to all the others is that they’re small and Fuji’s invested heavily in trying to build sublime top quality glass in a small package, that APSC package. And they nailed it. The sharpness, the build quality, the color, the contrast, the ease of use. Fuji’s high-end APSC lenses are probably the most important reason why I don’t ever want to switch away no matter how many advances in camera body technology
Sony makes, for instance. It’s those small, spectacular Fuji lenses that keep me from selling it all and jumping ship like so many other people. This is beautiful, by the way, right here. But anyway, this lens is is no different. Maybe it’s not considered by some to be a pro lens, but I use it for pro level stuff as well as travel and I have no issues with it at all. (chill electronic music) Guys, this is Fuji’s kit zoom lens, and in the world of photography the kit lens typically has serious negative connotations. It implies low quality,
beginner photography. That stop-gap choice you pick up until you can afford the really good lenses, quote unquote. If you look back at the video where I first tried this lens, I wasn’t even sure at that point if I wanted to keep it or not. But a year has passed and I have to say this lens has been on my camera body as much as any of my pro lenses have. Some of my favorite photos came with this lens. There’s several really
good reasons for that but I’ll have to tell
you about those tomorrow because it’s after sunset and I don’t know where
I’m staying tonight. I need to find someplace to stay. So, talk to you tomorrow. 5:45 AM. The way I feel inside right now, this is why I could never be a full-time landscape photographer. But this morning I’m
doin’ it for you guys. So let’s go to Bryce Canyon. (motorcycle starting) As a lazy landscape photographer, the thing I really love about Bryce Canyon is that you can just drive up and get out and walk a few hundred feet and you’re there at
these spectacular vistas. None of this fussing about with hiking and, naw, none of that. Now last night I was talking about this lens. And I have a few things to say about it but first I wanna say that if you’re new to photography, for more general use I would strongly recommend actually sticking to a prime lens or two. Prime lenses are important for beginners. They teach you more about composition than you can ever hope to learn by zooming around with a zoom lens. But having said that, for travel, it’s really hard to have
the flexibility you need with a fixed focal length. There are people who are really attracted to the Fuji X100 series, for instance, that have these fixed
23 millimeter lenses. And in all fairness, those are very attractive and very small devices, but when I traveled with those guys I felt like I was missing a lot of shots, that reach that I needed, that a zoom lens can provide to really get what I was after. So, I mean, if you’re
doing a lot of travel I’d say don’t give in to the draw and the romance of the X100 series before you’ve tried this system. When your traveling you just never know what sort of scene you’re gonna want to capture, and this lens provides you with enough flexibility to capture it. (chill electronic music) Of course there are wider Fuji lenses and some will say these are better for
landscape photography, but for those times I find it works great to just a stitch several shots together into a panoramic. As long as you have a
tripod or steady hands there really is no need
for a super-wide lens. What I did not realize is we’re about, I don’t know if you can see that, you probably can’t. We are about half way from where I stayed the night and where I would like to go, and I did not realize this, but apparently, the pavement ends. (blues music) It looks like I’ve happened upon some sort of motorcycle
event or something. Might as well get some shots while I’m here, I guess. So I mean, it’s not a sports action camera and lens by any stretch of imagination, but, I mean, on the other hand, it did okay, you know. Continuous autofocus
on the XT20’s not bad. I just love the
versatility of this camera. It can do just about
anything you need it to, in a pinch. A lot of people will say, well it doesn’t have a
wide enough aperture, you can’t really get that strong bokeh. That’s definitely true. It’s not going to compete with the 1.4, or even 1.2, of other Fuji prime lenses as far as getting that blurred, out-of-focus background for that really nice subject separation. But on the other hand, in travel photography you rarely need that level of separation. In fact, often, you want everything to be a focus. But if you really want bokeh the trick is to zoom out fully to that 55 millimeter max focal length and they get as close as possible, keeping your subject in frame. This will maximize the bokeh ability of the lens and sensor. (“To the End” by Falls) The other thing I like about this lens is that it has image stabilization. That means that you can get sharper images at lower shutter speeds. It also makes this lens perfect for video. And when I travel it’s nice to be able
to capture video also. The other thing about
video and this platform, is it has this little auto mode that’s meant probably for beginners, which is nice if you
happen to be a beginner. You don’t want to fuss about with all the various dials and what not that are associated
with shooting manually. Since I’m a vlogger I like to be able to, if I’m shooting normally, I’ve got everything set up for video or for photo stills for cinematic settings, ideal for the the correct
frame rate and shutter speed. But if I want to pull that camera around and start videoing myself I don’t want to have to worry about getting the exposure wrong. And you know what, if I’m filming myself it’s not as important that those cinematic type
settings are in place. So I just flip it onto auto mode and turn it around and I can vlog and not have to worry so much about if my exposure is locked in just right because I can’t see this screen. So guys those are all the reasons that I can think of right now why I like this set up. I sort of like it, if you can’t tell, and I highly recommend it to you for your next vacation experience. If you’ve enjoyed coming along with me consider subscribing and definitely check out my other videos on my motorcycle photography adventure. In the meantime, remember: Kindness before cameras. We’ll talk to you again real soon.

100 Replies to “Your first travel camera and lens [Fuji x-t20 & 18-55mm f2.8-4 review]”

  1. Hello so I watched a lot of the YouTube vids you did on Fujifilm. I am a canon user 7Dmkii for sports and M5 for street. I am selling the M5 and getting the XT-3. I love 50mm 1.8 for street but as I will be going on vacation I want a prime for some wider shots but that I could also use for a walk around. I’m stuck between XF35mmF2 R WR and XF23mmF2 R WR.

  2. Very well-done video. I'm considering the T20. I'd prefer the 24mm equivalent of the XC 16-50 kit lens. I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts on that kit lens. I know that an advantage of the 18-55 lens is that it opens wider (f2.8 vs. f3.5). Have you used the XC 16-50?

  3. thanx for sharing. one question, do you postprocess your photos? i know u shoot jpeg, some people postprocess jpeg for colour, highlights/shadow, brightness, sharpness, etc

  4. I'm still looking for a backup for my X-T2, so you've almost sold me on the X-T20. I just wish the button layout was similar. Great video, thanks Andrew.

  5. This was a great entertaining and informative video. I myself am leaning toward the fuji xt100 for the the tilt screen for street photography. Good video.Good message. Thanks

  6. Hi Andrew
    After a number of months deciding between Sony A6000 and Fujifilm cameras and thanks to subscribing to your excellent channel I finally plumped for the X-T20 last weekend together with the XF 18-55 2.8-4 kit lens. Could you advise what filters I should buy next to protect the lens and also for landscape photography.
    Cheers Carl

  7. Sexiest fujifilm review and film/photo I’ve ever seen! Kudos to you and kudos to me for getting this camera! 😂👏🏼📸

  8. Hey, Can you tell your gear while making this video? Most of the video seems non xt20 would love to know about your gear.

  9. Do not buy Fuji cameras. My lasted two years only. Don't even think about fixing it – the price is the same amount of a new one.I really regretted buying Fuji.

  10. I have 2 x Fujifilm 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 lenses. One for Freddy for the videos she shoots and one for me in case I need to use it while she is shooting video. That is one heck of a brutally sharp lens… Here is just one example: It is a real keeper! Oh and this video is nominated for best fashion video category…

  11. Hi, can you explain how does the camera manage timelapses? Does it have a built in feature to compose a timelapse video or it just take a set of pictures? Thank you.

  12. Hey! I am seriously considering buying this camera, as my first own 'next level camera'. I'll be using it for travel mostly, but I also love taking portraits. Now, of course, it's much cheaper with the 15-45 mm lens than the 15-55 mm (about 200 euros and I'm a student lol). Is it worth it or not? I need advice!!

  13. That frame at 6:41. Awesome man, I just found your channel and your photos are amazing. Like a breath of fresh air. Keep it up man, you got 1 more loyal subscriber.

  14. Otherwise this is easily the best and most interesting of all the YT videos about Fuji cameras I've seen recently because you're focused on image creation and not equipment and specifications. There's also less of you talking and more showing of your photos which I think are great btw they brought back good memories for this European of road trips in the great West. I think a second hand XT-1 is going to be my next camera for ll the reasons you highlight. I learned on film, been into photography since 1982. Your video highlights my issue with digital image creation and manipulation (I won't call it photography, photography for me means film) which is that it is mind numbingly boring for the most part, sitting in front of a computer screen fart arsing around with stuff that I don't understand and by the time I've got my head around it has all changed again. I have a shitty Olympus mirrorless camera which four years on I still don't know my way around the crappy menu. I had photoshop elements 9. I used it maybe half a dozen times and lost interest, it's too difficult to use and too boring.
    Film photography and basic dark room techniques the basics of which you can learn in a week end and you will spend a lifetime mastering whereas digital will continually foil and frustrate.

  15. Great video! Are most of your stills JPEG or RAW? I assumed JPEG since you mentioned it in the video, but then I saw that you sell presets for LR. What do you find that you use most? I always go back and forth on my Fuji.

  16. I am having a Nikon D7000 with one 50mm 1.8G only, It's getting too big and heavy in my bag :). Travel is my job and I love photography. Anyway, not a pro-one. Should I wait for the XT30 or get this XT20 and the kit lens for $1000 in my place? since I love the EVF and this one seems not very good in some review in term of EVF and Focus?

  17. I really like Fuji for many of the same reasons but it's lacking one critical thing for my use and that's weatherproofing. In the 70's I had a Nikon F2 and several lens it was great but heavy and I wanted to have something lighter when I didn't want to haul around the F2. I bought a Fuji Fujica ST901 it was smaller, lighter and was one of the first automatic cameras. It had one problem the electronics couldn't survive the humidity of the Philippines'. The F2 with it's primitive electronics survived and was with me for another twenty years. Can you imagine using the same body for twenty years today. Eventually I just used point and shoot cameras for the past couple of decades and these had the same problem as my ST901 they didn't last very many trips to the hot and humid places that I like to go. My last point and shoot was fine when I took it to New Zealand but on the way back a week stay in the Fuji Islands did in the camera. Other then the lack of weather proofing I love the X-T20 first is the old school look, also being able to do most of your adjustments on top of the camera, I hate messing with menus. I'm looking at the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and the Panasonic G85. One other advantage of these two cameras is the lenses available for armature photographers. It's just hard to justify $1000 for a lens when your not making money with it.

  18. Bought myself a xt-20 18-55mm for my backpack trip after watching this video. I was soooo excited, but I’m kind of doubting whether I should go for a x100f instead of the xt20 because of the size… I find the xt20 quite big because of the lens. What are your thoughts on these cameras?

  19. I have a Xt2 and I can confirm every word. The shooting experience, the touch and feel is something that all those people with fisherman vests with filters in every pocket and bulky Canon bodies will never understand.

  20. Fab video…because it shows who you are and what you love…and isn’t that what a camera should do?? Those colors!!!!!! This is what I have been searching for…tired of videos with spec after spec….you showed me the camera’s soul…but my worry is,,,will it overwhelm me? I am going to England to my son’s wedding next fall.I would love your input…could a 66 year old figure it out…a young one!? Thank_you! Gorgeous and enjoyable!

  21. when i spin the focus ring or aperature ring on my new 23mm f2 on the xt20….,nothing happends sigh,HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYLP !

  22. when i spin the focus ring or aperature ring on my new 23mm f2 on the xt20….,nothing happends.and yes alll in manual, its like its not readin the lens

  23. If you want something to watch to prove how worth it this camera is check this out. Did so much research on it and was worth every cent

  24. Thanks for your video's!!! Still got a question – is there (T20) possibility like with x100f to have it controlled via smartphone and have smartphone as a screen for your self-video? Also was wondering if T20 has same color and black and white possibilities like Acros in X100f for example…. dont they come together with new updates?

  25. Such an amazing video! I just purchased the X-T20 and this will be my first camera other than the one I’ve been using on my phone. Was looking at the X-T30, but figured I could invest the extra money into some cool lenses! What do you think?

  26. Your video has a harsh contrast makes it hard to see , but pleasing to see landscapes. Content is great and very helpful +

  27. Omg! Finally someone who said what i feel! I don't like to pour hours into post processing and i like the pics that came out of fuji straight up. And thanks for showing the pics on kit lens

  28. I love your common sense style of review. thanks for the honesty and THANK YOU FOR NOT PIXEL PEEPING!!

  29. Nice photos and video 👍
    I love fuji jpgs too apart from the waxy effect in low light, then I usually use raw.
    Well, now I need to get another Triumph 🙂

  30. Sat here in Lincolnshire, UK, it's cold and throwing it down. Fire on in June! This video cast to the TV is truly superb. That location looks stunning!!! Better than looking this evening out on to cold wet farmland. Cheers for brightening up the evening!

  31. I bought my XT2 with a 35mm. I've been watching a lot of 18-55mm reviews and this is the best and my favorite! Thanks for your hard work. So inspiring.

  32. I absolutely LOVED this video! I have been looking to purchase this camera. I am a beginner travel photographer. I am an expat living in Taiwan and I travel a lot around Asia shooting things like landscapes to buildings. It definitely helped me choose which lenses to purchase for me needs. I need something light and compact, but powerful. Also brings back memories when I went to Bryce and Zion in 2010 with my family. LOVELY shots and video! 🙂 thanks man!

  33. If somebody could help in answering this. I'm entering the Fuji system with the xt3 my first camera. I would start out shooting landscape, street photography and portrait. What are the 2 must have lenses for my quest !? Thank you. Should I include the 18-55mm f 2.8 – 4 because it's a great deal and just get 1 more lens (and which!?) or should skip it entirely and focus on 2 other lenses !? Thanks guys !

  34. i just got my fuji x-t20 today and i cant wait to use it… i have my nikon d7100 which i love… but i cant wait to use my fuji.. xx

  35. This is the best review I've seen and love that you made it travel specific. So excited to use my Fuji in my travels now! THought I'd need to get another lens but I think the kit lens will be all I need!

  36. Hi great video. Loved your concentration on the creative and personal attractions to this camera (as opposed to a focus on the specs which you can see elsewhere). I have the XT30 (which I believe is the same size body as the XT20) with the 18-55 lens. It is nice to see the system getting such a great endorsement.
    Could you or anyone advise on a travel case for it? I want a case that is small-ish but protective as it is for travel. Thanks again Chris

  37. hey my name is Abel and I'm a17 years old photography enthusiast based in Antwerp Belgium. im planning to buy either the XT-20 OR XT1. im planning to use it for portrait and landscape. which one do you think should I buy?

  38. Thinking of buying this gem! Can you help choose the right color? which is the best in terms of scratches etc? black or silver?

  39. Honestly its between this or the sony a6100. They are both about the same price but the xt20 is looking like a much better deal

  40. Hi I'm a beginner. I use 1855 on my xa3. I encountered big mess when I used shutter mode (S). The photo was very dark. Could anyone here help to tell what went wrong? Which setting should I use?

  41. Hi just discovered your channel….loved the images. What DR setting do you use when shooting jpegs?…Do you use auto DR or just adjust according to the scene?…thanks in advance cheers Ian.

  42. Nice work and inspiring! What camera are you using for your vlog? The high contrast and color looks spectacular!

  43. i'm finally gonna buy my first ever camera, Fuji X-T20 today! So Excited! You're channel along with Omar Gonzales' helped me on my decision. Can't wait to shoot using it and Do Good With My Camera.:) God Bless!

  44. It's completely open to the elements, though; for example, if the sand were blowing or you were in a wet environment, I don't think I'd want that camera there. I own an XT20 and have taken maybe 90 pictures, and those were all of earthquake damage in my house from last year. Living in Alaska, I'm EXTREMELY afraid of damaging it due to weather.

    It just seems to fragile to take in outdoors environments. I was so disappointed when I learned that it was not weather resistant.

  45. Dear sir, I own xc16 55 ois ii. I have migrated from D7100 with 24-70 f2.8 (Tamron) . Pictures from that setup were sharper, but the size was an issue. what i can get to avail similar sharpness in Fuji system. or like sharpest Fujifilm lens

  46. Love the simple yet informative way you showed your love of photography and this camera kit. I have had many Nikon cameras over the years. Great cameras all. But last year I moved to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to teach. I was excited about getting some unique pics and videos. However, my Nikon was stolen at an airport. I was cameraless (is that a word?) for the 1st time in many many years. Felt empty. So I jumped online and took a chance at buying a used and fairly old Fuji Xe1! My first mirrorless nonNikon camera. Same kit lens! The world changed, man. I was whole again and having more fun taking pics than I had had in a very long time. Because of this wonderful experience, I just bought a Fuji X T20. Its ordered. Can't wait to use it while I'm posted far from Ohio.

  47. Anyone wondering if it’s still a good time to get a xt-20? It’s like the best time now, it’s only $499 a price of a lens. That’s practically a steal

  48. My travel kit is samyang12f2 and xf18-135. With the 18-55, even lighter and faster, I miss that extra focal for composing in landscapes.

  49. Hi man.. Have been following your video for while.. I'm a Sony shooter for wedding.. But ive plan to buy my second body for travelling.. Is your photo that you show in this video direct from camera or already edited?
    Greetings from bali..

  50. first digital in 2014 after twenty years of film and a break of ten years…X-T1 with 18-55 kit, and 55-200, 60mm f2.4 and 35mm f1.4, then X-M1, presented to a budding photographer in Germany, then X-T20 and a year back X-H1 with primes 12,23,56 and 90…the BEST SOOC! exactly what i envisage … or is it i love what it delivers

  51. İ want to take a pictures of products like coffee and desserts and interior design of my coffee shop, is this camera good for it?

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