Yes i will be buying a XT2 when prices drop when the rumored XT2s comes out. I just wanted to get as much opinion and thoughts as im not going to go in willy nilly and waste rental or purchase money if it just doesnt stack up to user reviews. But since from what ive seen, reviews are 50/50, i think its a good bet to go out and get one to try. Now if the majority were saying no, then that be a different story. Two Hot Shoes has said that the cam works decently with Godox's red AF beam so thats the go-ahead for me. I may pickup the EFx500 anyways too. I dont really care about the white light. I rather get my shot than to worry about annoying people. It is annoying i agree however.
There is no mirrorless camera that can use IRAF assist, even your Canon DSLR cannot use it in live view. The best you can get is Godox's red AF laser assist. That works OK and I've found the TT685f to be reliable, in the limited time I've used it.
Can you expand on what you mean when you say "OK"? Does that mean, its just ok? Or is ok = excellent or does ok mean it works sometimes but not all the time? Does ok mean good? Any reason you didnt go for the li-ion 860 version?
If in case i need to stick with 2 systems ill probably just hold onto my x100T or upgrade to whatever the equivalent is with flip out screen if fuji ever does it. I dont want another interchangeable lens system. That or ill seriously start considering the canon m5 + adapter to EF (blah). Sidenote, i shot at iso 3200 the other day in a very dark setting and the pics on the x100T are incredible still. I could have never done that with my omd! Fuji is FOR SURE my travel camera of choice. Now if I can say fuji is my work camera of choice that would be doubly awesome.
I also have no tolerance for AF issues when working a hired event. I agree with you Alan that the canons are spot on fast, reliable, and accurate. The 5D2 was a godsend when i finally upgraded from my 5dc years ago. I havent actually noticed a difference going from my 5d2 to 5d3 however. I mostly went with the 5d3 upgrade because of better low light capabilities. I used to use the 5d3 with 50mm f1.2 and another 5d3 with 35mm f1.4 but have since sold the 35 and gotten a 16-35mk3 to consolidate my 35 and 16-35mk1. Less junk in the bag but also dont want to go all zoom either. This setup is blazing accurate and fast like you said. Whatever system that replaces the canon has some big shoes to fill.