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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

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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:

  • the Fuji set up is smaller, lighter and cheaper
  • in real world shooting (natural light portraits), the results are very similar
  • only difference is that eye-AF on Sony is a lot snappier, although also Fuji’s eye-AF is very good, but it hunts more and gets easier confused with other objects in the scene
  • depth of field is very similar, although one advantages of shooting with Fujifilm APS-C, is that he could shoot with a much faster shutter speed compared to full frame (it’s f/1.2 vs f/1.8)
  • regarding colors, the Sony seems to be more accurate, whereas the Fujifilm has more character [admin note: the famous “memory colors” Fujifilm talks about]
  • sharpness difference is not mindbogglingly, but the Zeiss Batis is a lot sharper [admin note: he uses Lightroom… try Capture One]. Corners are sharper with the Zeiss. But he likes the look images get on the XF56mm f/1.2 with softer corners, has character
  • camera ergonomics are better on the Fujifilm rather than on Sony
  • aperture ring is a good feature on the Fujinon lens
  • at focus tracking the Fujifilm was actually better
  • Bokeh on the Fuji is “quite a bit nicer“. The Zeiss Batis looks harsher, the Fujifilm is more pleasing and has more character. Fuji has rounder bokeh balls
  • Sony is a better system overall. Snappier, sharper and faster autofocus
  • Sonder Creative recommends Sony
  • his shooting partner, though, says she still recommends Fujifilm
  • she says that “it’s the character of the camera and how it feels when I am shooting with it

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