For the most part a glittering parade of the utterly unnecessary*, CES does occasionally throw up a gem for camera geeks. Last year it was Nikon’s D500 and D5, and this year we’re very taken with Fujifilm’s new ‘Graphite’ editions of the X-T2 and X-Pro2. More specifically, the X-Pro2 is ‘Graphite’, while the X-T2 is offered in a lighter, shinier ‘Graphite Silver’.
You’ve seen the cameras before, but not like this – click through for a closer look.
*I saw something last night called a ‘Smart Lawn’. I’m not kidding.
The X-T2’s new graphite silver finish is actually really nice. The gloss silver looks flashy without being gaudy. It will certainly attract more attention than the standard body but doesn’t scream ‘bling’.
According to Fujifilm, the new finish is achieved by layering three coats, over the magnesium-alloy shell. The first coat is matte black…
…the second coat uses something that Fujifilm calls “Thin-film Multilayer Coating Technology” to apply the smooth silver finish…
…and the final coat is a clear varnish, for a glossy finish. The end result is very nice indeed, we think.
The graphite silver X-T2 will ship later this month, for $1799 body-only. That’s $200 more than the standard X-T2.
Not to be left out of the party, the X-Pro2 is getting a new color treatment, too. This time, it’s just plain ‘Graphite’. Darker and more subtle than the silver X-T2, the graphite X-Pro2 looks great. It’s still glossy, but not ostentatious.
The Graphite X-Pro2 will be kitted with a special matching 23mm F2 R WR lens (not available separately). These pictures were taken under pretty rotten mixed hotel lighting, but hopefully you get the idea.
The graphite finish is also a multilayer coating, and according to Fujifilm the distinctive shade is achieved by increasing the amount of black pigment in the top coat.
The Graphite edition X-Pro2 kit will come with a dedicated LH-XF35-2 lens hood for the 23mm F2, in matching graphite finish (of course).
In all functional respects, the Graphite X-Pro2 is precisely the same as the standard model that we reviewed here. The Graphite kit will be available later this month for $2,299.95, which is about $150 more than the standard camera and lens.
As well as the new graphite editions of the flagship X-series, Fujifilm also took the wraps off a new rugged camera, the XP120.
The XP120 has a 16.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm lens, and is waterproof to 20m/65ft, shockproof to 1.8m/5.7ft and freezeproof to -10C/+14F.
Other features include a 3″ LCD, unique ‘Cinemagraph’ feature, which ‘produces still photos with moving elements’, 1080/60p video (with a wind filter) and Wi-Fi.
The XP120 will come in four colors – blue, sky blue, green and yellow – and will be available in February for $229.