I’ve always thought the Fuji X-T2 would be a great narrative filmmaking camera, but it’s taken a back seat to my Panasonics for the past year. As it happens, I’m planning to begin work on a documentary next month and it occurred to me that this would be a great opportunity to try out my Veydras on the Fuji. Out of curiosity, I searched online for footage shot with the Veydras on a Fuji camera, to no avail. What a coup! To be the very first person to make a film with the the best budget cinema lenses available today along with the color science of Fuji’s renowned X-Trans CMOS sensor! Maybe I could convince more filmmakers of just how tasty those Mini Primes are. After all, the soon-to-be released Fujinon MK zooms run nearly $4,000 apiece. I went ahead and ordered three mounts from Veydra’s website. Shipping charges were a little steep – $85.00 – but no price was too high to pay, and I assumed that would be overnight delivery. That was two weeks ago. Looking over Veydra’s website again, I realized that there were no tools for checking order staus; no order history; no estimated delivery date – nada. It was at that moment that I started to wonder: do those X-mounts really exist? And if they did, why was no one shooting with them?
Those who waste all their time in the online forums bashing Panasonic and saying the GH5 and GH5s aren’t serious filmmaking tools should have a look at this exquisite footage by Filippo Chiesa. It’s nice to get a sorely needed respite from all the garbage virtuosic gimbal work, gratuitous speed ramps and drone footage that pollute the internet and that have nothing at all to do with the vocabulary of good filmmaking.