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Why I didn’t go full-frame and went with Fujifilm


Round two years in the past I made a decision that it was time for a change. I’d been capturing with varied Nikon cameras (D40, D3200, D5300, D7100) over time, alongside capturing movie. I’d additionally had arms on with many different digital camera makes and completely different sensor sizes from micro four-thirds Panasonic cameras by means of to Nikon, Sony and Canon full-frame cameras. Working a big pictures group has additionally meant I’ve collected data of many various cameras, their output and a lot extra over time by means of photographs and hands-on expertise.

I wished to discover a system that might serve me effectively for years to return, reduce down on measurement and weight and produce distinctive ends in all circumstances, with the power to provide me all of the instruments I must get the photographs I would like. As a someday semi-professional photographer (I promote my providers and pictures when wanted, or when requested, however just lately do lots of instructional work free of charge, serving to different photographers), I wanted one thing that the competitors simply couldn’t provide me.

And so I went Fujifilm…

I had at all times heard good issues about Fujifilm, and so they merely checked each field for what I wished. I regarded on the completion, the Nikon Z6, Canon RP and different cameras, and none of them checked as many bins as Fujfilm. So let’s have a look at these checkbox’s I needed to fill, and see, after two years in the event that they lived as much as expectations. Initially, I went for the Fujifilm X-T20 as a taster, after which moved onto arguably the very best APS-C digital camera obtainable, the Fujifilm X-T3.

  • Low Mild– Let’s get this one out of the best way first. My Nikon cameras had at all times carried out effectively in low mild and I do know cameras just like the Nikon Z6, due to their bigger full-frame sensors (and eyeballs) are wonderful at low mild. I {photograph} lots of sunsets and in lots of darkish insides of church buildings and castles, and the Fujifilm system has by no means but let me down. I shoot aspect by aspect with associates who use full body, and I’ve by no means as soon as had any issue in competing or had photographs that I might be ashamed of displaying aspect by aspect with theirs. There’s little or no noise even at ISO6400, and even photographs taken at ISO12800 have been nice. Normally although, with my F/1.4 and F/1.8 lenses I don’t must go anyplace close to that top an ISO and the digital camera handles the darkish completely with no points.
    • Dynamic Vary – The good factor with Nikon was the large quantity of dynamic vary that these cameras mean you can play with. I used to be and I’m happy with the dynamic vary potential of my Fujifilm cameras. In truth utilizing the DR400 possibility I’m in a position to collect much more dynamic vary at the price of being at ISO640, and it’s simply stunning to work with.
    • ISO Efficiency – Following on from dynamic vary is the all vital ISO efficiency which I’ve already touched on within the low mild part. I’ve had no hesitation in utilizing any ISO with each the X-T20 and X-T3. Gone are the times the place I used to be apprehensive about going over ISO1600 as ISO efficiency is simply that good!
    • Color Science – All of the years proudly owning a Nikon, I by no means appreciated the best way it produced greens, and for that purpose alone it meant I might shoot uncooked even in conditions the place it wasn’t wanted (reminiscent of household snaps and many others), simply so I may bypass that colouring. I regarded round at many photographs from many cameras, and fell in love with Fujifilm’s color science. Their movie simulations are nice, and have very distinctive feels, plus each the jpegs and uncooked information are a pleasure to edit.
    • Subject Of View – I’m not an enormous fan of ultra-wide lenses, however I do know they’ve their place. Once I was with Nikon I went by means of a section of photographing at 10mm (15mm full-frame) and searching again at these photographs, and others of the same focal size and discipline of view, I do know I can reside fortunately with out a full-frame digital camera if it was nearly this. At present my widest lens is 15mm (21.5mm full-frame) and that’s good. Nonetheless, going lengthy, the 1.5x crop issue is ideal!
    • Frames Per Second – I used to be at all times used to capturing at 5-6 frames a second, so going to 14fps and now 30fps has been life-changing. It’s not one thing I exploit on a regular basis, however for birds, bugs and taking images of the youngsters working round and many others, it’s a godsend! Coupled with Fuji’s “pre-shot” function that captures round a second of photographs within the buffer whereas your shutter button is half-pressed, it’s elevated pictures to an entire new stage.
    • Auto Focus – It’s no good having so many frames per second in case your autofocus is less than the duty, however fortunately the autofocus and choices you may have for autofocus are glorious. Zone focusing is ideal for capturing birds and motion, full-screen monitoring works like a dream, face detection is correct and eye detect because the newest replace on the X-T3 is excellent. Mix this with nice efficiency in decrease mild and it makes an enormous distinction. For the primary time ever in a digital camera I’m 100% assured within the autofocus monitoring potential at steady excessive ranges of body charges, and I can solely think about a Sony digital camera could be higher once more if I wasn’t pleased with my Fujifilm’s efficiency for some purpose. Having 450 focus factors can also be game-changing, it means the attention detect has an important hit ratio, not matched by cameras with lesser focus factors.
    • Measurement And Weight – I wished efficiency and diminished measurement. The X-T20 was a tiny digital camera with wonderful efficiency, whereas the X-T3 continues to be good and light-weight. After all, it’s pointless having a smaller physique in case your lenses are big, and fortunately, there’s loads of smaller sized lenses obtainable benefiting from the system.
    • Video – Though I don’t shoot a lot video, I wished the very best video obtainable, and the X-T3 exceeds my expectations, with 4k at 60fps and 10-bit recording with bit charges as much as an unbelievable 400mbps. That is video that can’t be achieved on most full body cameras, and definitely not with none add-on gear.
    • Additional options – Though not at all times used, the advantage of options reminiscent of focus stacking, varied bracketing choices not obtainable elsewhere, glorious high quality EVF and again display (the X-T20 had an important EVF, however the X-T3 has top-of-the-line, and largest EVF’s I’ve ever used), extra consumer definable buttons, extra consumer definable profiles for fast altering eventualities, back and front command dials for fast entry, publicity compensation, ISO and Shutter Velocity dials all making the expertise satisfying and accessible with out digging into the menus.


I really like all cameras, and the beauty of selecting Fujifilm is that you just’re getting the very best of all worlds. I imagine in the event you’re going to get a digital camera that’s going to final you, it must have a little bit of every part as a result of over time your pictures wants change. I began out as virtually solely a panorama photographer, however after over a decade, the enjoyable has slipped away from that and different issues mixed with it means I can take pleasure in simply taking pictures.

I shoot in each uncooked and jpeg, and since transferring to Fujifilm I’ve been utilizing the jpegs greater than ever earlier than. They’re stunning popping out of digital camera, and lots of the time they want just a bit tweak at most. The uncooked information are additionally enjoyable to edit, with loads of dynamic vary, and with that 26mp X-Trans IV sensor, I’ve no subject in cropping and retaining element of the issues that I {photograph}.

Sure, it was a troublesome selection selecting between full-frame or staying with APS-C, however I’ve not regretted that selection in any respect. In truth, I’ve embraced the format extra realizing that the Fujifilm X-T3 can compete face to face with the very best full-frame cameras with none feeling of something lacking from the expertise and the outcomes.

In regards to the Writer

Mark Adams is a documentary photographer, blogger, and author primarily based in Port Talbot, Wales. On his web site One Digital camera One Lens you’ll discover loads of his images, in addition to fascinating articles about pictures. Head over to InstagramFb, and Twitter and comply with Mark for extra of his work. This text was additionally printed right here and shared with permission.


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