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This Photographer Left Fujifilm APS-C for Sony FF and then Switched Back Fujifilm APS-C… Here is Why!


From Sony to Fuji – Why?

Italian photographer Roberto owned Fujifilm X series gear, but at some point followed the siren songs of full frame Sony.

Now, after using Sony for a while, he switched back to Fujifilm.

In his (Italian) video he explains why.

But don’t worry, you are lucky that FujiRumors is a polyglot (I speak 4 languages), so I am going to translate it for you ;).

About Sony!

  • Sony is a complete, mature and valid full frame mirrorless system
  • ergonomics have improved at Sony over these years
  • autofocus with Sony A9 is one of the very best (if not the best) on the market
  • Sony lenses cover all needs, and there are many third party lenses from Tamron, Sigma etc.
  • Sony is scary efficient

So why switch to Fujifilm?

  • he and his team makes wedding photography
  • the whole team shoots Fujifilm, except him
  • in order to speed up workflow, it was important to have the same files (same colors and so forth)
  • many clients ask for images quickly (if not same day, then the day after), and Fujifilm JPEGs are great, so they can deliver fast to clients

Why didn’t the other switch to Sony?

  • they discussed about it
  • they checked the files between Sony and Fujifilm
  • the difference between Sony and Fujifilm is not that big
  • full frame gives you a bit better high ISO performance, but they don’t work often beyond ISO 3200, and until ISO3200 Fujifilm has no problems
  • they all said that the Fujifilm colors are just betters. With Sony files you must work on them. Fujifilm gives you better colors and “ready-images”

And autofocus?

  • Sony has terrific autofocus
  • they make reportage-alike photography
  • they need super fast AF single and short lag between the moment he presses the shutter button and the moment the camera effectively takes the image
  • with Sony he uses more the tracking
  • so there is a different approach
  • with Sony: camera on the eye, track the subject, and once the frame is right, shoot
  • with Fujifilm: watch the scene, see the moment, and only then lift the camera to the eye and take the image
  • for his style of photography, the Fujifilm system is better

the final trigger:

  • he tested the Fujifilm X-Pro3
  • he loved how quickly it is ready to shoot
  • the huge optical viewfinder allows you to see what happens all outside the frame, ready to see if other subjects come into frame
  • EVF is great
  • JPEGs are great and very flexible, you can edit a lot in camera and do much less on the computer later
  • he loves the vintage touch and manual controls. He works faster with them

Lenses & bokeh?

  • Fujifilm has sadly no big third party offering
  • but Fujifilm has lots of excellent native lenses
  • he had 1.4 full frame lenses
  • so far he can’t get same bokeh on Fujifilm. Although the difference is rather small anyway, and it does not really make any difference for his photography

What did he buy?

He then posted a follow up video with answers to the comments, and says:

  • the X-T3 came out after he left Fujifilm, otherwise he would probably never have switched, as it has great autofocus
  • he loves the X-Pro3 after only 1 hour of testing. It fits his style. The LCD is a distraction. With X-Pro3 you are more connected with the scene
  • Lightroom has improved X-Trans support a lot over time
  • Capture One Pro is a bit better than Lightroom. But at work they use Lightroom
  • trying to match the wonderful Fujifilm colors in post is not easy at all
  • AF-C on Sony is superior, but AF-S is better on Fujifilm
  • he saves a lot of time in post, as he can use JPEG much more often
  • you can deliver faster to clients

Welcome back to the Fuji side of life, Roberto!