Do I Regret That I switched From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras? – No
Right now my camera bag carries a FujiFilm cameras; X-H1 & X-T2. From where did it come from, the switch? It was Greenland. I had the opportunity to switch one of my Canon cameras to a FujiFilm X-T1 in my bag. FujiFilm Switzerland lent me their new camera at that time, the FujiFilm XT-1 and 3 lenses; XF 16-55mm/2.8; XF 50-140mm/2.8; XF 10-24mm/4.0. Wow, my bag was suddenly a few kgs lighter, what a bliss. I got to spend some time learning the camera and using it to capture iceberg photographs. After FujiFilm brought the follower model, the FujiFilm X-T2, I sold all my Canon gear, even that I was a CPS member. I switched from Canon to FujiFilm cameras for good. Well, for quite some reasons you can read below. As a professional landscape and wildlife photographer, I need my cameras to take high quality photographs, as well being weather sealed, robust, light weighted for traveling also for quite some other reasons. My bag carries now solely FujiFilm cameras, of course all my filters I used as well with my Canon gear before.
Why I switched to FujiFilm Cameras
As a nature photographer, I need my camera gear to take high quality photographs, being weather sealed, robust and few more things I am asking for. The FujiFilm cameras I use right now are X-H1 & X-T2. These have nearly all the features I need for my nature photography, for my photo prints… etc. The 24 MP sensor, gives me high image quality, provides amazing details in the photographs, in Jpeg and RAW files. The FujiFilm lenses, give me more freedom for my compositions of my wildlife and landscape photographs.
- Weight and size
- Customizing your display, see below
- EVF shows you a electronic level, histogram, highlights…etc. during taking photos
- EVF shows you a very close final image
- Solid weather sealing
- More AF points and focus on AF performance
- Excellent Image Quality for both, Jpeg and RAW
- Takes 14 frames per second, for the birders some fun
- Wifi and Bluetooth inbuilt
- No extra costs were involved for new filters…etc.
FujiFilm X-H1 LCD Monitor Camera Settings I have right now. These settings I see as well while taking pictures through the viewfinder. The green line going from the right to the left is the electronic level. When you hold the camera in level, the line changes its color to green! All this is also viewable through the viewfinder, well actually even more. I just did not set up all, only what I need.
The Focus Frame / focus point display of the FujiFilm X-H1, it looks the same as in the X-T2. You have single point, zone and wide tracking, with each selection the square gets bigger. The white squares are your selection points. When I compare that to my old Canon cameras, I really prefer this. Yes the FujiFilm has also a back focus button which you can assign to a button of your choice, of course.
Menu and Features
of the cameras are easy to use. The histogram in viewfinder, highlights and the auto-horizon level are helpful with every composition and settings of a photograph. FujiFilms EVF is big, nearly all my changes I make in the camera settings show in the viewfinder. The EVF of these mirrorless cameras will show you a very close final image. Well, a DSLR not!
You program your EVF to show level, histogram, highlights, exposure compensation, ISO, aperture and shutter settings… etc. Actually, you can set just all up to see in your viewfinder what you need or want. Not all you can see in the viewfinder of a DSLR. Like showing the level during taking photos. Or showing the histogram while pushing the shutter release. Why can’t a DSLR do this? Simple it has a mirror! Oh well. I know Canon and Nikon have the level inbuilt, but you do not see it while taking pictures! This is a great add on when hand holding your camera.
When I switched from Canon to FujiFilm cameras, I was also able to keep using all my landscape photography gear; filters, filter holder… etc. This saved me quite a sum of money by not having to buy any extras, what I have owned already.
One thing what I really dislike is; I cannot download my menu settings to the memory card further to my PC. This is something which I would love to have. Can I live without? Of course, but it would be really nice to have. It safes me the time to set up two menus and whatever comes along my way with settings, of course.
From Canon to FujiFilm Cameras
Swop to Lightweight Gear
As a traveling landscape and wildlife photographer, the weight of my camera bag matters, especially when flying to different countries. Carrying a heavy weight camera bag through the knee-deep snow in Greenland or the jungles of Asia or Peru! Who wouldn’t like to avoid that. With the 2 FujiFilm X-T2 and lenses, I was able to complete the 4-day hike of the original Machu Picchu Inca Trail without any problems. Millions of steps to climb up and down (I accelerate with the step number!), it was fine, as I had not to heavy gear in my bag.
Even Getting to My Destinations By Airlines Have Became Difficult
Airlines claimed my camera bag was too heavy to be a carry-on at the check in counter. Canon cameras where in my camera bag! The airlines started to ask for overweight payments for the equipment, and my camera bag would still end up in the belly of the aircraft! I didn’t like that option at all. Who does? Yes, some special protective cases help you with such further, but why buy protective cases for heavy gear. It can be quite a never-ending story with buying and buying… etc. By now I can put my camera bag on the weight scale without worrying to get into any discussion for “overweight” at a checkin counter.
Firmware Upgrades and Extra Purchases
Many camera manufacturers make certain features available only by buying upgrade models and extras. They also make users to “buy firmware upgrades”, which is in some cases, upgrade to the follower model. FujiFilm releases firmware upgrades more often than other camera companies and make them available for their customers right away. The company has continued to do so even after releasing new camera models in a frequent matter. What I have noticed, they listen to their customers very well!
FujiFilm releases extra gear, such as lenses, at a price that is affordable and reasonable. Canon and other companies make their extra gear quite expensive. To get the technology you need or want, you have to spend more money. Aren’t our wallets the closest to us? Indeed. With FujiFilm, even an upgrade to a new camera body is now very affordable for us photographers!
The new FujiFilm X-H1 is an incredible camera that a sports or wildlife photographer would enjoy capturing photographs.