Bethlehem AD 2017 - Testing the Fuji X-T2's Dynamic Range

If you play around with your camera often, shooting in crazy conditions, you might be surprised what it's capable of.  I knew the Fuji X-T1 and X-T2 cameras had decent dynamic range, but didn't know how good until I started using them in really high contrast and dark shooting conditions.  What the X-T2 in particular is able to capture in its RAW file is just nuts!

Have a look at this original photo.

ISO 800   16-55mm f/2.8 lens at 55mm   f/2.8   1/30sec

Even at 1/30sec, the above shot is dark.  I also had to stabilize the camera by holding it steady on a railing to avoid any type of camera shake.  Once done, I just hoped that my guess was right that the photo would look decent once I played with it in Lightroom.

Here you can see the final product.

The image Exposure was increased by 3.7 and the Shadows by 67.

Isn't that amazing?  The level of detail and the colors?  The color of the costumes was pretty well preserved.

Let's take a look at one more.

ISO 800   16-55mm f/2.8 lens at 28.3mm   f/2.8   1/30sec

This was a completely handheld shot.  I had nothing to brace the camera against, so I held my arms as steady as possible and then held my breath and snapped the photo.

In Lightroom, the Exposure adjustment was +5 and the Vibrancy was -56.  That produced the following image.

The Vibrancy had to be taken down because the entire image was awash in an ugly orange hue, and taking it down produced a somewhat more natural look.  Completely removing the color and going either sepia or black & white ended up showing too much grain, which I couldn't get rid of by taking the Clarity down, so the above image was a good compromise.

Now I know why the X-T2's RAW file is 50MB.  Perhaps it's also uncompressed, but either way, there's a lot of data preserved in that RAW file.

Not bad for an itty bitty mirrorless camera, eh?