My first milky way shot with the Fujifilm XT2

Fujifilm XT2 + 18-55 @ 18mm, 20 sec, f/2.8 & ISO 3200

I’ve shot quite a few milky way shots with my previous camera system, the Nikon D610 and the Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G. It’s an awesome combo, full frame sensor and a lens that is tack sharp wide open. Though, I often stopped it down to f2.5 to fix some coma issues. It was generally a great experience shooting with that setup.

I haven't done any milky way shots with the XT2 yet as I was quite skeptical at first when I switched to the Fujifilm XT2 which has a APS-C sensor, but X-Trans and I just wasn’t sure how it would handle doing milky way shots. I was surprised how well it actually did handled it, if I had a faster lens like the XF16mm 1.4 or Rokinon 12mm f/2, I could've got better shots. But the 18-55 handled it ok (surprised honestly). It can be done!

Later I might try taking several frames and stacking them. But for some reason DeepSkyTracker doesn't seem to like the Fuji RAW files. So I'll have to look further into that, but I might try doing it in Photoshop too.

The hardest part was focusing, I should have found a bright star and focused on that instead and then recomposed. I'll have that try next time. The on screen focus scale is not the greatest thing in the world, I’m still used to the focus scale on the lens.

I mean, I know the XT2 won't be as good as my Nikon D610 with the 20 1.8G lens because of physics. But it's still usable and with the right technique and lens, I SHOULD be able to match the D610. APS-C sensors have come a LONG way.