Fujifilm X-T3 with XF 56mmF1.2 vs Sony a7iii with Zeiss Batis 85mmF1.8 + Advantage of Shooting f/1.2 on APS-C vs f/1.8 on Full Frame

Fujifilm vs Sony

Sonder Creative and Anete compared the Fujifilm X-T3 with Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 with the Sony a7iii with Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8.

At the end it is a split decision, with Anete preferring the Fujifilm system and Sonder Creative the Sony system.

But I want to highlight one thing, before I leave you to the video and a summary down below.

We know that, in terms of depth of field, f/1.2 on APS-C does not give the same results of f/1.2 on full frame.

In fact, f/1.2 on APS-C is closer to f/1.8 on full frame, and this is why on this comparison you don’t really see any difference in terms of depth of field between the Fuji and the Sony (except for the bokeh quality, which is better on the Fuji.)

The point?

When Sonder Creative exposed properly both images (base ISO, and widest aperture), he noticed that the shutter speed was completely different:

  • FUJIFILM: ISO 160 – f/1.2 – 1/8000
  • SONY: ISO 100 – f/1.8 – 1/3200

He concludes saying that:

one of the advantages of shooting with APS-C, is that you can shoot with a much faster shutter speed compared to full frame

Seen from this perspective, the light gathering capability of f/1.2 on Fujifilm APS-C is and remains f/1.2.

I thought I point this out and let you discuss about it.

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And now to the video and the summary:

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DPRTV APS-C Shootout: Fujifilm X-T30 vs Canon M6 Mk II vs Sony a6400 vs Nikon Z50

Mid-Range APS-C Mirrorless Shootout

Chris & Jordan from DPRTV have posted their mid-range APS-C mirrorless shootout comparing the following cameras:

So what do they say is best?

The video is above, and a practical summary can be found below.

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 Reviews: HDR Plus Sample Images and Enjoying the Feel Rather than Pixel Peeping

Godon from Cameralabs shows the HDR Plus feature on X-Pro3

Fujifilm X-Pro3 – The Miracle ;)

Here a roundup of Fujifilm X-Pro3 reviews.

Notice how that they mostly focus on shooting experience, rather than pixel peeping. And honestly that’s kind of refreshing, as we usually are bombarded with charts, crops and comparisons when a new camera comes out.

Seen from this perspective, the Fujifilm X-Pro3 already achieved what it’s ment for: focus on feel and experience, rather than technical specs.

In case of Gordon (Cameralabs), he says the hidden screen helped him to review images and access menus way less than he normally does. He says:

Previously I always preferred the X-T series over the X-Pro series. But with the X-Pro3 I was surprised just how refreshing and enjoyable I found the experience, how little I worried about settings or features and how much I’d like to shoot with it again.

The Features

With that said, of course the reviewers also go over the new features of this camera.

For example, Gordon from Cameralabs shows samples of the new HDR plus mode, a feature that Gordon says “makes a really good job”. Press the shutter once, and the camera takes three images and combines them into one HDR image (see images below). It works used handheld.

Oh… and Gordon LOVES the new Classic Negative film simulation.

Now let’s cross fingers that all the X-Pro3 firmware goodness on the X-T3, X-T30 and GFX100.

Sure, I have been told that Fujifilm is working on it, but it never hurts to remind Fujifilm how much we’d love to have a Kaizen update ;).

The Viewfinder Tidbit

One more thing worth to notice.

As you know, the optical viewfinder on the “old” X-Pro2 had a build-in 0.36x and 0.60x magnification modes. So, when you use let’s say a 35mm lens, in order for your frame not be too small in the viewfinder, you could switch to the 0.60x magnification.

This is no longer possible with X-Pro3, as it has a fixed OVF magnification of 0.52x.

However, Gordon says that the overall much bigger optical viewfinder on the X-Pro3 helps to compensate for the lack of 0.60x magnification.

For your convenience, down below I have extracted and overlayed both viewfinder frames at 23 and 35 so you get a clear idea how big the difference really is.

With all that said, check out the Fujifilm X-Pro3 review roundup below.

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The Reviews

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Eye Autofocus Tested: Fujifilm is Worse vs Sony vs Canon vs Nikon… but…

Eye AF Comparison

Hidema shared a follow up to his this eye AF comparison between the following cameras:

In his original post, we critiqued the fact that he used the slower focusing XF 35mm f/1.4 lens.

So, Hidema listened, and, as spotted by our friends at CanonWatch, they now shared a follow up video, re-testing the eye AF.


Hidema writes he used “all camera default settings, except eye-AF on“.

This would mean that high performance mode (or boost mode) was OFF, hence the slower autofocus.

Today I talked to Hidema, and he was not sure about boost mode. So he contacted the Fujifilm employee, who helped him to perform this test, and apparently he has been told that boost mode was ON.

One more, important, thing:

Fujifilm has just announced they will release two firmware updates in December and January for Fujifilm X-T3.

The new firmware will bring these 3 significant autofocus improvements, and I expect the results to improve significantly.

The Results

Hidema made 6 different tests.

For your convenience, I have extracted practical screenshots of the results fo the 6 different tests as well as the average results and the time the cameras needed to reacquire focus after the subject returned into the frame.


  1. Sony – 95.27%
  2. Nikon – 87.66%
  3. Canon – 87.00%
  4. Fujifilm – 70.72%

For the full results one by one, check out the screenshots and the video below.

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Detailed Overview + Video

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Fujinon Lenses Buying Guides, Fujinon XF100-400 vs Sony GM 100-400, Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 reviews and Much More

The big Fujinon XF lens deals are ending this weekend.

Whatever is on your possible “to buy” list, in order to help you to decide if to grab it or not, I decided to share a big Fujinon lenses review roundup.

The roundup includes newest lenses like the XF16-80mm f/4, but keep in mind they were all made before the recent XF16-80 firmware update, which fixes several issues.

XF Lens Deals Ending This Weekend:

The Big Lens Review Roundup

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