Switching to fuji – one year later

In this video, I summarise the most important benefits to myself since I changed to fuji. In Photography it is very easy to spend a lot of money on equipment that you don’t need or won’t really use. If money were no object, many of us might rush out and buy a Nikon D850, or Hasselblad along with some of the best lenses, but is that what you really need? If you are working in a studio, producing high end images that are priced accordingly, but that is not most photographers, that is not even most professional photographers.

If you are a dedicated sports or nature photographer, once again, you may actually need a Nikon D500/D5 with a 600mm f/4, but once again, that is a fraction of photographers.

As for me, I have been a Nikon fan since I was at school, apart from my first camera which was a Zenit e, I have been Nikon all the way, but at one point, I began to tire of the size and weight, perhaps I got carried away and had too much equipment with me, but I knew that I wanted a more enjoyable option.

I tried switching to Sony first, but it was not for me, image quality is great, but I did not like the way they feel in your hand, I do not like the menu system and I found them too fiddly. I then decided to try fuji and I have never looked back. As soon as I got hold of the Fuji x-t1, I loved it, I love the way it feels in the hand, it feels like a pro-build camera, I opted for the Chrome version, which I love. suddenly, I feel that I am using one of my old Nikon cameras but digital.

My favourite lens on this camera is the Smayang 12mm f/2, I absolutely love it. Fuji do not make an equivalent lens, although they do make the 8-16 f/2.8 which is around £2k, much heavier and actually defeats the object of having lighter gear. I don’t often feel that I need a wider lens, although I will add the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 fisheye, which once again, is small and very high quality.

As I’ve mentioned before in my lens buying strategy video, it is very wise to actually have a lens strategy, it is actually worth buying lenses in focal lengths that double, otherwise you easily end up with redundant lenses. in my case, I have opted for 12mm, 23mm and 56mm plus a fisheye and the 18-55mm as my travel or video lens.

The greatest benefit of all for me personally, that the fuji system offers is the film effects. When I was shooting Nikon, I always shot RAW, this meant that every time I went out on a photo walkabout, I would have to come home and sift through hundreds of images in Lightroom. Now that is all well and good if it is something important, a Wedding, a specific image that I want to create, a Panorama, etc, but for everyday photography it became tedious. since I switched to fuji, I have the benefit of the wonderful film effects, which means that I can switch from Velvia to Astia, or Provia plus many more while I’m out shooting, meaning that I can get the effect I want in camera, saving me a lot of time. Not to mention the fact that I can see exactly what an image will look like through the viewfinder, before I shoot, then I have a completed images that I can sned to my phone or tablet and upload as I go, which makes  the whole experience a pleasure.

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