On my last day of work (day job) for the year I decided to take a leap and switch my camera system completely. Starting out with a D3100 and eventually settling into the Nikon D600 I thought I would be with Nikon for a long time. The plan was always to upgrade my D600 to maybe a D850 or in a dreamland maybe the D5. But for several years I had been sneaking around with another system, the Fuji X-series.
My not so secret affair started with the X100s. A great little fixed lens rangefinder that I love to shoot with.
I heard a bunch of photographers talking about this Fuji X100 mainly Zack Arias and how much they loved it. Well I am a gear whore and figured I would give it a shot. I really liked it. It had knobs and dials and it felt like an old school camera. It wasn’t good for dogs running around but if I could get them to sit still for a second then bam! I knew I would love the image I created with it.
Everyone always said you have to have a big sensor to print big. Well the above photo is hanging on my wall at 20x30 and looks great. I couldn’t tell if it was shot with a crop sensor or full frame.
Then came the XT1! Wow it was mirrorless and interchangeable lens. Well in my mind the mirrorless isn’t as important as it being a Fujifilm. When I started with the X100s I really liked the colors the camera produced and all of the user controls felt pretty natural and easy to use. I think those 2 things kept me in the Fuji ecosystem, even if I was only sticking my toe in.
The Fuji XT1 always felt good in my hand and I always just loved using it. It was a little smaller than my Nikon but it just felt good…. it felt right.
Even though I really loved the Fujifilm XT1 I never felt it was good enough for what I shoot to be my full time camera. So I would get it out when I was “playing around” and even my wife would say that she always liked the Fuji images the best….Me too but it’s just not good enough I would say.
But soon I knew the day would come where Fujifilm made a camera that fit my needs and I could make the full leap into the Fujiverse! That day came when I seen the XT3.
As I mentioned in the beginning my last day of work before Christmas shutdown I decided to trade of my Nikon gear for the FujiFilm XT3 and the 50-140 2.8 lens. I really haven’t looked back. It has the speed I need to capture a running dog and the controls I have come to adore. The colors that the Fuji renders is just like I remember from my X100s. I really think this camera has lit a fire under my butt to get out and shoot more.
I’m not going to get into all the specs of the Fuji XT3 because honestly I don’t know them. Gun to the head I’m not sure I could tell you how many megapixels it has but I do know that I really like this camera and I am so glad to be just a Fuji shooter now. The autofocus is so much better than the XT1 and the 50-140 lens is an excellent piece of glass.
I’d really love to wax on about tech specs and lenses but truth is I only own 3 lenses right now and I don’t really know the specs on the system. Currently I am shooting with the 35 mm F2 the 50-140 f2.8 and a kit lens of some sort I got with my XT1. I think it is an 18-55 2.8-f4 and it is really pretty good for a kit lens. But I did find out it will not shoot at the same speed as the camera. I’m still pretty new with the XT3 and with the cold weather in Illinois I’m sure I won’t get out and shoot with it as much as I would like but so far I am loving it. Feel free to drop me a message and we can chat about gear.