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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 palms on with many different digicam makes and completely different sensor sizes from micro four-thirds Panasonic cameras by means of to Nikon, Sony and Canon full-frame cameras. Operating a big images group has additionally meant I’ve accrued information of many alternative cameras, their output and a lot extra over time by means of pictures and hands-on expertise.

I wished to discover a system that might serve me nicely for years to come back, lower down on measurement and weight and produce distinctive ends in all situations, with the flexibility to provide me all of the instruments I have to get the photographs I would like. As a someday semi-professional photographer (I promote my companies and pictures when wanted, or when requested, however not too long ago do a number of instructional work without spending a dime, 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 containers as Fujfilm. So let’s take 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 one of the best APS-C digicam accessible, the Fujifilm X-T3.

  • Low Gentle– Let’s get this one out of the best way first. My Nikon cameras had at all times carried out nicely in low gentle and I do know cameras just like the Nikon Z6, due to their bigger full-frame sensors (and eyeballs) are wonderful at low gentle. I {photograph} a number of sunsets and in a number of darkish insides of church buildings and castles, and the Fujifilm system has by no means but let me down. I shoot facet by facet with mates who use full body, and I’ve by no means as soon as had any problem in competing or had pictures that I’d be ashamed of exhibiting facet by facet with theirs. There’s little or no noise even at ISO6400, and even pictures taken at ISO12800 have been nice. Normally although, with my F/1.4 and F/1.8 lenses I don’t must go wherever close to that prime an ISO and the digicam handles the darkish completely with no points.
    • Dynamic Vary – The nice factor with Nikon was the massive quantity of dynamic vary that these cameras assist you to play with. I used to be and I’m happy with the dynamic vary capability of my Fujifilm cameras. The truth is utilizing the DR400 possibility I’m capable of 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 essential ISO efficiency which I’ve already touched on within the low gentle 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 anxious 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 preferred the best way it produced greens, and for that cause alone it meant I’d shoot uncooked even in conditions the place it wasn’t wanted (comparable to household snaps and so on), simply so I might bypass that colouring. I regarded round at many pictures from many cameras, and fell in love with Fujifilm’s color science. Their film simulations are nice, and have very distinctive feels, plus each the jpegs and uncooked recordsdata 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. After I was with Nikon I went by means of a section of photographing at 10mm (15mm full-frame) and searching again at these pictures, and others of the same focal size and discipline of view, I do know I can dwell fortunately and not using a full-frame digicam if it was nearly this. Presently my widest lens is 15mm (21.5mm full-frame) and that’s good. Nevertheless, 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 photographs of the youngsters operating round and so on, it’s a godsend! Coupled with Fuji’s “pre-shot” function that captures round a second of pictures within the buffer whereas your shutter button is half-pressed, it’s elevated images to an entire new degree.
    • 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 gentle and it makes an enormous distinction. For the primary time ever in a digicam I’m 100% assured within the autofocus monitoring capability at steady excessive ranges of body charges, and I can solely think about a Sony digicam can be higher once more if I wasn’t pleased with my Fujifilm’s efficiency for some cause. Having 450 focus factors can also be game-changing, it means the attention detect has a terrific hit ratio, not matched by cameras with lesser focus factors.
    • Measurement And Weight – I wished efficiency and decreased measurement. The X-T20 was a tiny digicam with wonderful efficiency, whereas the X-T3 continues to be good and light-weight. In fact, it’s pointless having a smaller physique in case your lenses are big, and fortunately, there’s loads of smaller sized lenses accessible taking advantage of the system.
    • Video – Though I don’t shoot a lot video, I wished one of the best video accessible, 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 not be achieved on most full body cameras, and positively not with none add-on gear.
    • Further options – Though not at all times used, the good thing about options comparable to focus stacking, varied bracketing choices not accessible elsewhere, glorious high quality EVF and again display (the X-T20 had a terrific EVF, however the X-T3 has among the best, and largest EVF’s I’ve ever used), extra person definable buttons, extra person definable profiles for fast altering eventualities, back and front command dials for fast entry, publicity compensation, ISO and Shutter Pace dials all making the expertise pleasing and accessible with out digging into the menus.


I really like all cameras, and the beauty of selecting Fujifilm is that you simply’re getting one of the best of all worlds. I imagine if you happen to’re going to get a digicam that’s going to final you, it must have a little bit of every part as a result of over time your images 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 get pleasure from 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 digicam, and a number of the time they want just a bit tweak at most. The uncooked recordsdata are additionally enjoyable to edit, with loads of dynamic vary, and with that 26mp X-Trans IV sensor, I’ve no situation in cropping and preserving 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. The truth is, I’ve embraced the format extra realizing that the Fujifilm X-T3 can compete face to face with one of the best full-frame cameras with none feeling of something lacking from the expertise and the outcomes.

Concerning the Creator

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


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