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Many Love This Canon (Sony) Feature, But I Hope Fujifilm Will Never Offer it


Sony is fantastic!

Nikon is awesome!

Canon is king!

Panasonic is smart!

Olympus is my secret love!

Each one of the brands listed above has some features I’d love to see on my Fujifilm cameras.

May it be…

  • the awesome Live ND on Olympus
  • the fantastic video tools on Panasonic
  • the 8K RAW video recording on Nikon
  • Canon’s dual pixel AF
  • Call of Duty on Sony ;).

But there is one feature, that I hope I’ll never see on any Fuji camera… and it’s was first offered by Canon and other brands like Sony followed.

And since once again this came up in the comments such as here, I thought I might address it one time in a dedicated article.

Sensor Protection

Canon (followed by other companies like Sony) launched this feature, that basically closes down the shutter curtain when you switch off the camera and change your lenses.

Many seems to love it and want it also on our Fujifilm cameras.

Now, I am very likely in the minority in this case, but I tell you why I hope never to see it any of my Fujifilm cameras.

Thin Metal Blades vs Solid Glass

Camera companies actually already make sure your sensor is safe when you change your lenses by protecting it with a layer of solid and strong glass.

Now think at the shutter mechanism: two razor thin metal curtains, each one with super-fine overlapping blades designed to move at incredible speeds. Do you really want to expose that fragile part of your camera to the outside world while you change your lenses?

Or do you prefer to hide the shutter safely inside your camera body and let only the sturdy glass exposed to the elements while your change your lenses?

Well, to me it makes no sense to protect the more sturdy and safe part (the glass) by exposing the most fragile part of the camera (the shutter).

Dust & Dirt can be Nasty

I can hear some say that it’s better to have dust on the shutter. At least it won’t affect your images. And once home, just take any air blower and blow it off your shutter.

But in my experience dust and dirt can be really nasty and can stick to surfaces so strong, that a simple air blower won’t do the job.

In those cases, you simply have to use sensor swabs.

And while I feel totally safe to scrub dirt off my protective glass with sensor swabs, I’d never touch my shutter mechanism with any swab.

The Choice You have to Make

We could narrow it down to this choice you have to make:

  • clean the sensor a little bit less often because the shutter will take up some of that dust and dirt
  • clean the sensor a bit more often but avoid to expose a fragile part like the shutter blades to the elements and to dust and dirt while changing lenses

For me, if anything gets inside my camera while I change lenses, I prefer it to touch and stick on the glass, rather than on my shutter.

So the Canon/Sony feature is a no-go for me.

And you?

So that’s my take on it. And unless somebody of you comes up in the comments with a great reason why I should change my opinion, I think I’ll stick with it.

But I am always open minded and look forward to read what you think about it in the comments.

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