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The X-T20: A Love Affair Continues by Karen Hutton

When I switched to the FUJIFILM X Series mirrorless cameras a couple of years ago, I seriously thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Gone were the heavy gear loads and huge packs that any landscape & travel photographer staggers under. That was a given. The surprise?  In came so much soul and inspiration that it took my breath away. Those swoon-worthy colors, that dynamic range, the micro contrasts, the ergonomics and form function. Sigh. But those are just fancy words for what my inner voice was really shrieking: “THIS IS THE CAMERA I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!”. Prophetic words, as it turns out – since each iteration in the X Series line has managed to steadily build upon the swoon factor and place an even more breathtaking paintbrush in my hands.

X-T20 Article ImagesX-T20 & XF60mmF2.4 R Macro
X-T20 Article ImagesX-T20 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

As a photographer, these cameras have helped me re-discover my lifelong, deep and abiding love for the sport.  As an artist, they have opened up a level of creativity and joy that I only dared to imagine before!

X-T20 Article ImagesX-T20 & XF60mmF2.4 R Macro

My mother instilled in me a strong belief in “the right tool for the job”. Throughout my various lives as a professional equestrienne, figure skater, dancer, skier, actress, I always sought the best tools and gear I could acquire for each job. They didn’t take the place of hard work and ability, but they removed at least some of roadblocks and made all those efforts go further. My tools weren’t necessarily the “popular” best, but they were always uniquely suited to me. This approach has never steered me wrong. 

X-T20 Article ImagesX-T20 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
X-T20 Article ImagesX-T20 & XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR

I have always applied this principle to photography, of course… but it took Fujifilm to rocket everything into realms I only dreamt were possible until now. 

X-T20 Article ImagesX-T20 & XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

My favorite camera to date has been the X-T2. It’s the one I imagined in my head when first switched to mirrorless. It’s a weather-sealed force of technical nature that almost knows what I’m thinking before I do. It’s my practically-perfect creative tool and go-to camera every day of the week.  

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