Must Have Accessories Fujifilm X-T2 For 2018

Best Accessories Fujifilm X-T2

With the Fujifilm X-T3 now on store shelves, the current price of the Fujifilm X-T2 is a steal. With all that extra saves you can now upgrade your Fujifilm X-T2 with some really cool accessories. The Fujifilm X-T2 with a nice case and strap just might be the best value out there to date.

I’ve owned the X-T2 from day one and have tested many of these brands of accessories. This is all the best gear for the Fujifilm X-T2 I have found. If you find something better, please let me know!

 

Fujifilm XT2 – Adorama / Amazon / BHphoto

Fujfilm X-T2 Review

 


Fujifilm XT2 Accessories | Camera Essentials


 

Best Screen Protector For The Fujifilm XT2

I usually use the ExpertShield screen protectors. They have a life time warranty but there are other great screen protectors out there. Patchworks ITG is another great company for screen protectors as well.

Fujifilm X-T2 screen protectors.ExpertShield Screen Protector Crystal Clear – Amazon / BHphoto
ExpertShield Anti-Glare – Amazon / BHphoto
ExpertShield Glass – Amazon / BHphoto
Patchworks ITG Glass – Amazon

 

 

Best Batteries | Fujifilm XT2

Fujifilm released a new battery to go along with the XT2. The NP-W126s.

The NP-W126s has been redesigned to produce less heat. When a battery gets too hot, it not only will heat up the camera but it can no longer sustain the correct amount of power to feed the X-T2s hunger. This could cause the camera to crash or overheat, or likely throttle the processor. This is also why the camera performs better with the vertical grip.

If you do a lot of video shooting I recommend getting at least one extra NP-W126s batteries. The good news is, if you’re just shooting photos casually, the regular batteries will work fine.

 

Fujifilm NP-W126S

Fujifilm NP-W126S

The Fujifilm X-T2 requires a new & more efficient battery which allows for more current to be drawn without raising temperatures. This involves a totally different discharge profile from the original NP-W126 battery, which some were reporting to crash the camera. So if you want the best performance possible, it might be good to upgrade any old NP-W126 batteries for the X-T2 to the new NP-W126s batteries.

The NP-W126s have a power rating of 1260mAh and an X-T2 CIPA rating of 340 shots with video record times between 40-50 minutes depending on the capture format and enabled settings like face detect.

AmazonAdorama / BHphoto

 

Wasabi NP-W126 / NP-W126s X-T2 Batteries | 1450mAh

Best Third Party Batteries For The Fuji X-T2

Wasabi has updated their batteries to match the NP-W126s standard. Wasabi has been around for a long time and they use the best battery cells from Japan. You cannot go wrong with these batteries for the Fujifilm X-T2 as a third-party choice.

The Wasabi batteries have a power rating of 1400mAh, which is slightly higher than the standard Fujifilm NP-W126s batteries. I haven’t noticed any different in battery life between the Wasabi and the standard Fujifilm batteries in real world use.

Amazon

 

 

Battery Chargers & Accessories

For the first time the Fujifilm XT2 can charge via USB, so if you leave you’re charger at a hotel room like I just did, you can get by without one. However, it’s not a bad idea to have a backup for when you need to charge multiple batteries fast. You should also always use brand made chargers because they are designed to correctly charge their own specific batteries. 

Also, you will not be able to charge the X-T2 while it is in use via USB.

Fujifilm BC-W126 Battery Charger

Official Fujifilm Battery Charger

The official battery charger from Fujifilm for the NP-W126. It will charge a battery in 150 minutes. I prefer to use this with a right angles wall plug adapter instead of the cable that comes with.

AmazonBHphoto

Right Angle Wall Plug Adapter

Fujifilm wall Plug right angle adapterI like to use these right angle wall plug adapters instead of the cable that comes with the BC-W126 battery charger. It makes everything more compact.

The newest version of the Fujifilm Battery charger does not use the cable, instead it comes with a wall plug like this one.

Amazon

 

 

Best SD Memory Cards

The Fujifilm XT2 now features two UHS-II memory card slots. BYou don’t necessarily need UHS-II memory cards in both slots and for some casual shooters, UHS-I cards might be just fine. 

To find the fastest memory cards for the XT2 check this article out where I test the speed all the most popular memory cards inside the camera.

 

 


Fujifilm XT2 Accessories | Camera Body


 

Fujifilm Vertical Battery Grip (VPB-XT2)

Fujifilm X-T2 VPB-XT2 Battery Grip

With the Fujifilm X-T2 battery booster grip, you can trigger what is called Boost mode. This increases the continous burst frame rate to 11fps, improves EVF refresh times as well as blackout times.

Shots per full charge are increase to about 1,000 shots and you can use the included AC wall adapter to charge two batteries in about two hours.

The grip allows for a total of three batteries. One in the camera, two in the grip.

Also included in the grip is a headphone jack and a place to store the terminal protector. Build quality is excellent and to the same quality of the camera. The buttons dials and switches all feel the same and have the same functions and the grip has a fabric lining to protect the base of the camera.

Any custom buttons you programmed to the camera will also match to the grip.

 Amazon / AdoramaBHphoto

Fujifilm X-T2 Vertical Battery Grip Review

 

 

Hand Grip

Fujifilm Metal Hand Grip

Fujifilm MHG-XT2 Metal Hand GripIf you have big hands these grips aren’t a bad idea. I had one on my X-Pro 2, it was of amazing build quality but I didn’t love it because it made the already heavy camera heavier. However, the XT2 is much lighter and it might work great on this body.

 AdoramaBHphoto

 

 

Soft Release Button / Thumb Grips

I would definitely consider getting a soft shutter release for your X-T2. They are a lot of fun.

I’ve had the 10mm Neewer and the Lensmate. Although I like the lensmate more, both are great for a few reasons; They help you find your shutter button when you’re looking through the EVF. They make pressing the button a little easier.

Lensmate Soft Shutters

Fujifilm XT2 soft shutter release

The Lensmate Soft Shutter is probably the best one for the XT2. It has a rubber washer that when tightened helps keep the shutter from vibrating loose.

Lensmate – Anodized RedLizard / more options here

 

Fujifilm X-T2 Thumb Rest

Lensmate makes the best thumb grips for any camera. I’ve owned a few of these and the quality and precision is amazing. Fantastic product.

Amazon

 

 


Fujifilm XT2 Leather Cases


There are a few new cases now available for the Fujifilm X-T2. My favorite leather half cases are by Kaza Deluxe. Although, I used the Gariz half leather case for my X-T1 for a while as well as on my X100T. I use the Kaza on my X-Pro 2.

Kaza Deluxe Leather Half Case

Kaza Deluxe Leather Case Fuji XT2Kaza makes a few styles and they are one of the best leather cases you can get for the X-T2 in terms of quality and price. You can also attach a tripod plate to the bottom of these.

 Kaza-Deluxe.com

 Gariz Half Case

Gariz Leather Case Fujifilm X-T2I like the Gariz cases because they come with a metal base plate which makes the camera easier to set down and it makes a better surface for attaching tripod plates. The cases are made from geniune leather and they come in a few different colors and styles.

Amazon

One thing I like about the Kaza cases is you can get them bundled with a fairly decent leather strap. So if you’re in the market for a new strap, the Kaza cases just make sense.

 

 


XT2 Camera Straps


There are basically three types of straps with three types of configurations. Leather straps, nylon straps, and wrist straps. You can connect them at the bottom of the camera, at the top of the camera or just on one eyelet as a wrist strap. I’ll list all the straps I’ve used and like and let you decide which are the best straps for the XT2.

 

Best Handmade Leather Straps

Probably my favorite leather strap is either the LeicaTime Deluxe strap, or the HardGraft ReProcess strap. But Tap & Dye do make a nice strap as well. (I just want you to know I get zero commission for linking to these leather straps. But HardGraft sometimes sends me stuff to review.)

HardGraft Leather Straps

Hard Graft Leather camera strapI love their Re-Process strap but it has been discontinued. They have a few new models that look pretty cool. I haven’t tried them all though. Their straps are however, very high quality.

 HardGraft.com

Luigi’s Deluxe Strap

Lugicases leather camera strapsThe strap in my photos of the X-T2 above are the Luigi Deluxe strap. To find the deluxe strap, go to their website, click Luigi’s straps on the left, then scroll down for a mile until you find some cool configurations. Buying from this website is a little bit like cracking the Mayan code, but it can be done and it’s well worth the reward.

Luigicases.com

 Tap&Dye

Tap & Dye Leather Camera StrapTap & Dye has some really cool straps. I’ve used their L E G A C Y leather camera fixed length neck/shoulder strap – Porter. It’s really nice. They age really well.

When you first get the Legacy, it’s a little stiff, but they break in and get a nice patina. I can’t recommend these straps enough.

 Tap&Dye

 

 

Factory Made Straps

Handmade leathers straps are usually a little bit expensive. So if you’re looking for just a strap that’s better than what comes with the camera I’ve found a few I like. Custom SLR makes some really nice stuff now and they even offer a leather strap. Their straps are also cool because they can connect to the bottom of your camera with a C-Loop that also allows you to take the strap on and off quickly.

Custom SLR Slim Strap

Custom SLR StrapThe shoulder portion of this strap uses genuine top grain leather and has a slide and glide feature so you can adjust the strap on the fly. The strap portion is made from seatbelt grade webbing for extra durability. They also have a nice air strap now as well. 

Amazon

C-Loop Mini

C-Loop camera strap adapterAlso made by Custom SLR. I actually bought there original C-Loop when it was just a Kickstarter. Now they have a mini that’s much smaller and lighter. Perfect for mirrorless cameras like the X-T2.

Amazon

BlackRapid Camera Straps

BlackRapid camera strap Similar to CSLR, BlackRapid makes a bottom-mounting strap that allows you to hang the camera upside down allowing you to quickly remove the strap. The strap itself is also made from very high quality nylon webbing. These straps are the most heavy duty on this list.

Amazon

 

 

Wrist Straps

I use a few wrist straps for some of my smaller cameras. I don’t really think they would be great on the XT2 unless you were using a pancake or smaller lens. Then it could be fun. There are only two wrist straps I’ve really liked so far.

Gordy’s

Gordy's Leather Camera Wrist StrapI really like the Gordy’s camera wrist strap. They’re made from Latigo leather and are very high quality.

 Gordyscamerastraps.com

HardGraft Slide Camera Wrist Strap

Hard Graft Leather camera wrist strapThe Hard Graft camera wrist strap is one of my favorite wrist straps. Italian made with designer quality craftsmanship. They have made this strap now for a few years and keep it in inventory. It’s one of their better designs.

 HardGraft.com

 

 

 


Fujifilm X-T2 Lenses


See the complete list of lenses for the Fuji X-Mount. This includes all Fujifilm lenses XC lenses as well as third-party lenses that work, including adapters and a few vintage lenses.

 

 

 


Fujifilm XT2 Best Camera Flashes


There are a few flashes by Fujifilm, some smaller some more serious, as well as a few third-party camera flash accessories that even allow high-speed sync.

The best bang for the buck here hands down is the Goddox TT685F. Nothing else can match the price to the features. I love the thing.

Godox TT685F For Fujifilm

The Godox TT685F is a TTL flash that is without a doubt the best bang for the buck speedlite for Fujifilm.

This is also the only unit that has +- 5-stop of exposure comp with HSS. Build quality is good, but the instruction manual is pretty bad.

The TT685F has a built in 2.4 GHz X wireless radio system. If using off camera with a wireless master, you may experience sync issues from time time if the flash is less than three feet away from the camera.

This speedlight is compatible with TTL and has a zoom range of 20-200mm with a 14mm diffusion panel. There is a tilt from 7 to 90° with a left and right rotation of 180°. Recycle time of 0.1-2.6 seconds depending on the power setting. This will be reduced if you use an external power bank.

Runs on four AA batteries.

AmazonBHPhoto

 

 

HSS Flash Adapters

These Flash commanders will allow you to use Godox brand flashes for the Fujifilm X-T2.

 Godox X1TF Transmitter

Godox X1TF Transmitter For FujifilmThe Godox X1TF Transmitter for Fujifilm works with the Godox speed lights. Together with the speedlite, these units are the best bang for the buck. The unit is a little bulky and will soon be replaced by something that looks more like the Air 1 commander. It takes 2 x AA batteries. Some complain that this unit and speed light need at least three feet of separation to function consistently.

Amazon / BHphoto

Godox Xpro-F Transmitter

Godox Xpro-F TransmitterThis is the latest Godox Transmitter for their full size flashes. This is a different form factor that’s a little easier to operate with a larger interface, but otherwise has all the same features and more from the X1TF transmitter listed above.

Amazon / BHphoto

 

 

Small Flash

Fujifilm EF-X20 TTL

Fujifilm EF-X20 TTL Camera FlashA compact but TTL capable unit with a built-in wide-angle panel. Also can work as a wireless slave unit. 

Takes 2 AAA batteries and takes about 5 to 6 seconds to recycle.

Amazon / Adorama / BHphoto

 Fujifilm EF-20

Fujifilm EF-20 Camera Flash

A very compact flash for the Fujifilm X-T2. Is TTL capable and takes 2 AA batteries, so expect a 4-5 second recycle time. With a tilting head it’s an all around nice run and gun flash.

AmazonBHphoto 

 

 

 


Cleaning Supplies


This is the basic list of camera cleaning accessories. Essentially the must have cleaning supplies.

Check out my guide on how to clean your camera sensor for even more cleaning accessories and techniques.

 

(6 Pack) MagicFiber® Premium Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Micro fiber cleaning cloths are one of those must have accessories. While usually my t-shirt works fine for cleaning of a UV filter or a LCD screen, every so often I’ll need to sit down and give my gear and lenses a serious cleaning and nothing is better or safer on your glass or screens than micro fiber cloth.

After awhile these micro fiber cloths will accumulate oil from cleaning your lenses or rear screens and they’ll end up just smudging film around on the lens. This is why having multiple cleaning cloths is a must and the 6-pack is very nice.

Amazon

Rocket Air Blasters

Recommended Cleaning Supplies Fuji X-T2 | Rocket Air Blaster

Rocket Air Blasters are my favorite cleaning blasters because the fins at the base allow you to sit them upright like a rocket, they also have various sizes.

These are an absolute must have for cleaning dust off the sensor as well as off the lens elements. Make sure you always do a few blasts to clean debris out of the Air Blaster before blowing it on your sensor. Especially if you have kids or pets.

The images here are of some of the older blasters. I’ve gone through many of these. On the left is the large, on the right is the medium. Large is probably overkill for mirrorless cameras but the medium and small sizes are great.

When using the air blaster to clean your sensor, please be careful not to touch it against your sensor. Keep it far enough away so there is no risk.

 

Rocket Air Small – Amazon

Rocket Air Medium – Amazon

 Sensor Brush APS-C

Cleaning the Fuji X-T2 Sensor With a Sensor Brush

The Sensor Brush is another must have accessory for cleaning your sensor. Occasionally you’ll get dust on your sensor that does not want to come off with the rocket air blaster so the sensor cleaning brush is the best way to deal with it.

Sensor Brushes are the best way to get dust off your sensor if you can’t get them off with an air blaster, try one of these before any other trick. They are even safe for IBIS sensors.

I like the cleaning brushes by The Dust Patrol. They have very high quality bristols with a wooden handle and are made in Germany.

The Sensor brush kit comes with a few little spongy Q-Tips. Don’t use those on your sensor, but you can use those to clean in and around the mirrorbox. I personally almost never use them.

Your Sensor brush should last you a lifetime if you take care of it. Never touch the bristles and always give them a few blast with the Rocket Air Blaster before using them to clean off any debris.

Always keep your sensor brush in it’s plastic bag inside the store tube when not in use.

There are several sizes of the sensor brush available. I bought the brush designed for full frame cameras, which also work on APS-C cameras by just brushing the sensor vertically instead of horizontally. 

Amazon

 

 


Extras


 

Terminal Protectors

Fujifilm Cover Kit

Flash Terminal Cover KitIf you lose one of the protector caps on the camera or just want an extra hot shoe flash cover, it’s nice to have one of these as backup.

This kit includes the hot shoe cover, PC Cover and the Vertical Power Booster Port Cover aka vertical battery grip.

 AmazonBHphoto

 

Software

Aside from using Lightroom and Photoshop, if you’re a landscape, travel or HDR photography I highly recommend checking out Aurora HDR and Luminar. They have been game changers for me.

 

 


Best Accessories For The Fujifilm X-T2 Conclusions


I know the Fujifilm X-T3 is out now, but the X-T2 is still such an amazing camera. With the the right care and the proper gear, the Fujifilm X-T2 will be a relevant camera for many years to come. I’m definitely going to hold onto mine after upgrading to the T3.

I continue to update this list as I test and discover new products. If you find anything cool worth listing, let me know so I can test it out.