Testing out the Fuji X-H2. Sunset hitting these rocks. Sad to see the blighted tree on the right side of the frame, but that’s what Sequoia National Forest looks like right now. The Needles are an eye-catching rock formation that stand out over the valley. I felt lucky to visit right when the setting sun was lighting up the rock face.

This shot turned out great and provides a nice memory of that afternoon. However, most of the shots with the X-H2 left me wanting a little more because I expected more out of the X-H2’s 40MP sensor.

This visit also included my first attempt to use the pixel shift multi-shot technology that Fuji added to the X-H2 previously only included in the GFX lineup. Unfortunately, my tripod setup and the outdoor environment did not provide enough stability to accommodate the requirements for pixel shift multi shot to work. When I put the images into the Fuji Pixel Shift Combiner software, I got lots of ragged edges and artifacts where I expected super crisp high resolution beauty. I learned my lesson and went on to test the pixel shift multi shot capabilities out with a studio environment, and like Jerred Z reported in his video, every use of the technology produces error reports in the Pixel Shift Combiner software, which is frustrating. Check out Jerred Z’s video below.

Here are some miscellaneous shots from the trip, which, unfortunately because I was just testing out the camera I unknowingly shot in jpeg only. I’d rather have the ability to recover some of the highlights in the skies and be able to boost the shadows and see what the raw files could produce. But live and learn was my motto on this trip. I think it’s better to test – at least for me – new cameras in a familiar environment so that my complete focus is on the camera and it’s settings and features, rather than be distracted by the awesome beauty of the incredible Sequoia forest. Live and learn.

One response to “Needles & X-H2”

  1. […] The second reason that I sent the X-H2 back was the AF issues I encountered. I took the camera camping in Sequoia, shot a local 5k race with it (as well as the X-H2s), took it to local events- car shows at the local park – and I found that it had noticeable issues locking focus on subjects and staying on them. Sometimes, high speed continuous shooting, I’d find that several images out of a series would have focused on the background. I shot with several lenses. In a previous video, I mentioned purchasing the 56mm lens just for this purpose – of having lens that “fully resolved” for the 40MP sensor and I got comments that I had the “old” version and I needed the new version of the lens. I bought the new version of the lens for the record. I was also told that I was shooting a slow lens and shouldn’t expect it to lock on focus and that it would be quick. So, the same lens performs better with the Fuji X-H2s in the same scenarios. Obviously, the X-H2s is a different sensor, and it performs better in terms of focusing the 56mm lens. I used the 16-55mm lens, and other lenses. The X-H2 just continued to have focusing issues that did not compute or make sense for 2022. It reminded me of the GH5 that I picked up in 2017. Again, just my experience. You can make your own decisions – but look at Omar Gonzalez’ and Jerred Z’s videos – they have similar experiences to share. Read the blog post and see photos from Sequoia here. […]

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: