Making pictures is my profession, and I have been doing this for 25+ years. Technology is changing at a tremendous speed. You buy a new camera and while you are driving home, it has already become out of date. Of course, the good old DSLR camera still works, I am used to it and I know all its pitfalls, but my hands and my spine can no longer support the weight of those behemoths.
In 2017, I had a Canon 5D m3, a bunch of lenses, two flashes, and everything else. I also had a Sony 6300 as a video and as a backup camera with its optics. I even had a camera suitcase on wheels to carry all this equipment that was small enough to take as carry on when flying. Also, after unpacking it, you have to carry all this gear which also. Once at Pulkovo airport, the woman doing check-in said that I had to put my carry-on baggage on the scales. The numbers showed 16 kg! A scandal was brewing, but luckily, that time, I was still able to fly away.
In general, you understand, you just had to sell everything and buy the latest iPhone with three cameras. Press the button, you get the result. But there are nuances – in 2017 they did not exist yet.
The mirrorless system is definitely lighter and smaller. The shutter without the bouncing mirror works quietly, and the electronic shutter is generally silent. And most importantly, what you see in the viewfinder, you get on the sensor (in terms of exposure, of course)
The choice, when you have it, is not always easy. Full frame, APS-C, or even M4/3 Fujifilm has always stated that the APS-C provides the best compromise between image quality and camera size, I believed them. And finally there was the price … of the then just-released Sony A9. For the money that was required for only a camera body, without a lens, I took the Fujifilm X-T2 together with a vertical grip and 18-55 / 2.8-4, 50-140 / 2.8 10-24 / 4, 35/2 and 50/2. My Canon, with all lenses and extras, was sold.
My first time on the street with my new new Fujifilm setup, I left the house and thought that I had forgotten the lens. Checked. But of course, I hadn’t. Weight matters.
In the summer of 2019, I added to my arsenal the Fujifilm X-T3 and the 16-55 / 2.8. Of course, the X-T2 and X-T3 are not identical, and the X-T3 is a big step forward, but I use them together and they are very similar in sensations and that is what I am trying to convey here.
Violin and camera
You go to a music shop and buy a violin. Now you have a violin at homebut you are not yet a musician. You go to a photography store and buy a camera. Now you are a photographer!
That’s great, but at least read the instructions first.
The camera is a tool in which the muscle memory of your fingers and the logic of the actions of your brain are very important. Even if you are an experienced driver, sitting behind an unfamiliar steering wheel, you need time to adapt to the car. The musician also will not show you all the skills on an unfamiliar instrument.
With Fujifilm, I was attracted to the external buttons and dials. Instead of picking on the menu, everything can be done by touch even in the dark. All buttons are programmable, and signed them available according to my needs.
Gorgeous diopter-adjusted viewfinder. When your hands become “shorter” with age, instead of wearing glasses on the tip of the nose that interfere with shooting, you simply look in the viewfinder at the picture you just shot, or in the menu, if necessary.
Fujifilm is constantly improving software firmware and adding new features. For example, a huge plus in the X-T2 was the ability to switch focus areas with the rear joystick, improved autofocus, and a bunch of other features.
Pros: Dimensions and weight of the entire system. The burst speed with a mechanical shutter of 11k / s for sports shooting is what you need. Short delay time between pressing a button and shutter release. It is always important, for example, to catch an elusive look. Two slots for recording cards. Good ergonomics, not perfect, but almost. Beautiful native optics, which are affordably priced.
Cons: Undoubtedly, this is the battery life, there should always be 2-3 charged in stock, depending on the shooting conditions. Small buttons AE-L, AE-F, which I always have assigned to AF-ON, both at once, so that the thumb does not have to look for them.
Fujifilm is a very serious and complete mirrorless system. With this conception I see no reason why I would go back to the DSLR. I have no regrets about making the switch, and my back is happier too. Believe me or not, but at least you can see some of my results using Fujifilm here.