The Fuji X-T2 Goes Barrel Racing


Since I got my Fuji X-T2 back in the fall of last year, I have been using it mostly for landscape and travel photos. I had yet to use it in a fast action scenario, until this past weekend. 

There is a local horse stable, called Christmas Tree Stables, that hosts barrel racing events on select weekends. The object is to run your horse around three barrels and race back to the finish. The rider with the fastest time wins. It's a simple, fast and really cool event.

The last time I photographed one of these events, I had my Nikon D750 and few of the Nikon professional lenses. I wanted to see what the difference was between the cameras, and to really see how good the Fuji X-T2 is for sports and fast action.

I setup in a position where the riders would be coming directly at me at high speed. This would test continuous focus acquisition as an object was getting closer. I would also be in a great spot to catch their final run going across the arena back to the finish line.

I set the camera to AF-C autofocus mode, continuous low frame rate, and in the autofocus setup to "objects moving erratically". Focus area was set to zone. My exposure settings were centered around a fast shutter speed. I set auto-ISO to a minimum of ISO 200 and maximum of ISO 6400 with a minimum shutter speed of 1/500. I set my shutter at 1/800 which seemed to work well for the fast action and for the overcast day we had. The lens I used the entire time was the Fujinon 50-140mm F2.8.

As you can see in the below sequence, the X-T2 does an amazing job focusing on fast moving objects coming straight at the camera. The background here was rather busy, but it kept the target in focus the entire time. 

I was again impressed with focus speed and acquisition as the riders were going across the arena as you can see below. 


So ultimately, yes, this camera can do very well for action photography. I was very impressed and quite relieved actually that for me, the Fuji X-T2 really has no limitations. I have however not used this camera for birds in flight, I just don't have long enough lenses to do this without frustration at the moment. The Fuji 100-400mm keeps tempting me, but I keep waiting for that elusive sale first. Check out some more examples from the day below.....