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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

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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Fujifilm X-T3 Firmware Announcement Updated – Enhanced Autofocus and More

Just a few days ago, Fujifilm announced major firmware udpates for Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30.

Now Fujifilm updated its original announcement.

What has changed?

Nothing, they just added at the bottom a link to the Shenzhen Gudsen Technology Co., Ltd. regarding the Gimbal/Drone support.

But official news is official news, so I have to report about it.

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Fujifilm to release firmware update for the FUJIFILM X-T3
Enabling video shooting control from Gimbal / Drone and offering other feature enhancements

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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 to Release Firmware Update for FUJIFILM X-T3

Fujifilm to release firmware update for the FUJIFILM X-T3

Enabling video shooting control from Gimbal / Drone and offering other feature enhancements

November 13, 2019

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) plans to release a series of firmware updates for the FUJIFILM X-T3 (hereinafter “X-T3”), starting in mid-December 2019. The updates reflect requests of additional features and operability improvement, received from users of the X Series of mirrorless digital cameras.

The upcoming update will enable controls for video recording from Gimbal / Drone via USB communications. You can combine the X-T3 with a Gimbal / Drone that supports this function to significantly broaden your shooting options. FUJIFILM is in communication with SZ DJI Technology Col, Ltd.* and ZHIYUN** (listed in the alphabetical order) about their plan to release compatible products. Fujifilm also plans to deploy this function to the FUJIFILM X-T30 and other models. Further firmware updates in the future will bring autofocus enhancement and other improvements to the X-T3.

Main features:

■ Firmware update for the X-T3, due to be released in December 2019
Firmware version: FUJIFILM X-T3(Ver. 3.10)

Gimbal / Drone support***

This firmware adds the following function to complement the current support for still image shooting via USB communications:

  • Starting and ending video recording
  • Adjusting exposure settings (exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation) for video recording
  • Making manual focus adjustments

■ Firmware update for the X-T3, due to be released in January 2020
Firmware version: FUJIFILM X-T3(Ver. 3.20)

1. Enhanced autofocus

  • Improving the tracking performance of the eye AF frame, making it easier to attain accurate autofocus on the eyes
  • Improving face-detection performance when there are faces of different sizes within the same frame, making it easier to attain accurate autofocus
  • Improving autofocus capability on a foreground subject even when there is a mixture of foreground and background subjects within a frame, causing the foreground subject to go out of focus, e.g. when shooting flowers against a busy background

2. Capability to save up to 9,999 pictures in each folder

Until now, the number of pictures that can be saved in a folder on an SD card was limited to 999. This update will raise the limit by ten times to 9,999 pictures.

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* SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
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*** USB-based communications

Fujifilm X-T3 with XF16-80mm f/4 Kit for Sale – Save $500 until Nov. 17

Back in early September, we told you the Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 will be sold as kit lens with X-T3 towards the end of the year.

Well, turns out it’s yet another of our spot on accurate rumors :).

In fact, you can now find the X-T3 with XF16-80 kit all over the world, and of course also on BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS and Focuscamera. Shipping will start November 25.

The regular price for the whole bundle is of $2,000, which means $300 less than if purchased separately ($1500 for X-T3 and $800 for 16-80)

Add to this that the X-T3 is now $200 off until Nov.17, this means you are now going to save $500 compared to if purchased separately after Nov. 17.

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LIMITED TIME: Save $400 on Fujifilm X-T3 and $365 on Fujifilm X100F via AmazonUS Prime Card Deal

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In the Fuji world, AmazonUS offers you additional 15% discount to the already discounted Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm X100F.

The AmazonUS Prime Card deals run until December 22, but the official Fujifilm deals end November 17, so you don’t have much time to combine those offers and save big.

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Get Classic Negative Film Simulation on Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30 with Capture One Pro 12

Fellow X shooters and FR readers,

This weekend I am extremely busy, as I meet a good friend from abroad I don’t see as often as I would like, so I will be rather fast in my articles.

It’s like one of those weekends, where I focus more on Cabernet, and less on Internet ;).

I feel I needed to make this disclaimer, because I have been told that the latest Capture One Pro 12 (v. 12..14) now allows to select “Classic Negative” film simulation for Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T30 files. Readers tested it on GFX and X-H1 files, and it did not work, though.

Sadly I can not verify that, as I had no time to upgrade my C1 version, but I got multiple reports about that. Once I have time, I will see if the X-E3 (older sensor/processor) also gets Classic Negative options, but I doubt, as the X-H1 files don’t get the Classic Negative option. It might work only with X-Trans 4 / X Processor 4 cameras.

If anyone tests this, feel free to drop a comment down below.

What we all are waiting for, though, is this nice Kaizen firmware update, which should bring Classic Negative to newer Fujifilm cameras.

P.S.: for my weekend trip with my friend, her husband, and my wife, guess what I carry around? Nothing but my X-E3 with 27mm… the perfect combo!

Why I Chose the Fujifilm X-T3 over the X-H1 for Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography with Fujifilm

Reggie Ballesteros picked the Fujifilm X-T3 for his wedding photography business, and not the Fujifilm X-H1. Why?

You can see it in the video above. Down below a summary for those, who are in a hurry and can’t watch it right now.

Why X-T3 is better for weddings:

  • Low Light AF: X-T3 has -3EV autofocus, whereas the X-H1 is at about -1EV
  • AF speed: X-T3 has fastest AF in AF-S and AF-C
  • X-T3 has 100% phase detection coverage (X-H1 only center part)
  • Good enough image quality in low light, dynamic range and ISO performance to deliver high quality images to his clients
  • X-T3 is smaller and lighter
  • X-T3 has better video specs and features
  • X-H1 has IBIS, but it stabilizes only camera shake. It does not freeze the motion of people in your picture. That you can only do by raising shutter speeds or flash
  • at weddings he captures lively images of people in motion
  • he usually shoots at 1/250s and in low light he drops down at a minimum of 1/160s. He never goes slower than that, unless he uses flash
  • one of his workhorses is the 56mmf/1.2, and with that lens, IBIS would only be effective at slower speeds than he uses

Raggie then asked other X shooters, why they think the X-H1 is better for wedding photography, and they said:

Why X-H1 is better for weddings:

  • some drop down to 1/10s to do exterior shots. But Raggie takes maybe 2% of exterior shots on a wedding
  • some say they don’t trust that their hands are steady enough
  • a good reason is if you use the 90mm f/2, where IBIS becomes effective at 1/270, which is faster than what he shoots (1/160). But the XF90mm F2 is the least use lens in his lineup
  • X-H1 ergonomics are way better than X-T3
  • X-H1 shutter is very quite and discrete
  • X-H1 has better high ISO performance over X-T3, because X-T3 has more megapixel. It’s not a huge difference, but a little bit there is difference
  • X-H1 smooths out any handheld video. It does not replace a gimbal, but gives you stable handheld look

Conclusion:

  • he could find IBIS useful in less than 5% or 10% of his shots
  • he uses autofocus 95% to 100% of his shots
  • if he must buy a camera based on better autofocus or IBIS, he goes for the one with better AF
  • there is no best camera for everybody, just cameras that suite your style better

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