I dreamt about this camera for weeks and weeks. Pondered about whether or not to order it. Scoured the internet for sample images and review posts. Everyone was in love with it. People were replacing their DSLRs with this camera. And I wanted that so bad. Like, you have no idea. I absolutely LOVE my X100s and wanted so bad to make the switch from Canon. I haven’t always had the best of luck with focus systems on Canons, and not to mention… they are HEAVY. So the idea of a small, light camera system called to me like a siren song. I told the Mister how I NEEDED it. How it was going to change everything. How it couldn’t wait.
When will I ever learn?
Don’t get me wrong. This camera is great! But there are a few things about it that I didn’t think about before purchasing it – and they’re kind of deal breakers.
The first is that I have the 35mm lens, which from my research is one of the first lenses Fuji came out with for the X system. So it is SLOW. And quite loud. I’m really not a fan. It also does a lot of back and forth trying to focus, even if the focus was basically where it should have been and maybe just needed fine tuning. Yep. Let’s focus all the way to 0.1 m and back again. Unbelievably frustrating.
The other thing is the thing that really caught me off guard. The thing that I wouldn’t have thought about, but really, I should have. This camera is a crop sensor, right? So the 35mm lens on a crop sensor is equal to a 50mm lens on a full frame. Well, even though those focal lengths are essentially equal, not everything else is. Namely: depth of field and background compression. Longer lenses have more compression of the background than wider angle lenses, so the Fuji 35mm lens doesn’t have the same compression as my 50mm on my Canon since it’s wider. I was expecting it to. It’s not a huge difference, but I shoot with very shallow depth of fields and love background compression (and I’m SO spoiled now with my Canon 50mm 1.2L), so I really noticed it. Sure, I could get the 56mm 1.2 lens. I hear that has crazy depth of field. But then I’ll be stuck shooting at an 80-90mm equivalent focal length to get the depth of field I want.
I also only have the one lens for it, which makes it challenging since it’s not really a good focal length for day-to-day stuff for me (I prefer something wider, like my X100s or my Canon 28mm). So I either go without or have to carry two cameras. Kinda defeats the purpose of a smaller camera, and I don’t really want to invest in any more lenses when I’m not 100% sold on the body. Perhaps I will rent one, or perhaps I’ll just give up for now and stick with my trusty X100s.
So my first few times with this camera left me severely disappointed and it sat on my shelf. For a long while. Last night, after going back and forth about whether or not I want to sell it (I have my eye on a new lens for my Canon), I decided to force myself to shoot with it a couple more times. So I took it to the Mister’s softball game, and while it did okay (aside from missing a ton of shots because the lens is soo slow to focus), I really, truly think I prefer my Canon. Or just my X100s. I should probably try to do an actual photo shoot with it, too, but I kinda don’t really want to (if I’m being honest).
Take a look for yourself. The images aren’t bad. They’re just not what I’m used to.
PS – Just so we’re clear. Things I do love about this camera: size, weight, look, feel, dials vs buttons, and OMG THE ELECTRIC VIEWFINDER. That EVF keeps me holding on, I tell ya.
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