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This Professional Landscape Photographer Explains Why he is Leaving SONY Full Frame for FUJIFILM APS-C


Mark Denney is a professional landscape photographer, who is growing strong also on youtube now (122.000 subscribers).

He now published a video, where he explains why he left Sony Full Frame for Fujifilm APS-C.

Down below I provide you with a written summary and you’ll also find the full video below:

Leaving Full Frame for APS-C – The Reasons!

  • he does not change system often, as it is not an inexpensive decision
  • he switched many years ago from Nikon to Sony
  • he travels and takes stills but also need great video for youtube
  • he needs a camera system that allows him to create the highest quality content in the easiest possible manner
  • 1 year ago he picked up X-T3 and XF10-24 for his youtube channel
  • his plan was to use Fujifilm for video and Sony for stills
  • but in some occasions it was inconvenient to use 2 different systems that can’t share lenses
  • he wanted to carry around less gear, and had to make a decision: sell the Sony system and buy more Fujifilm gear, or sell the Fujifilm system and go all in with Sony
  • he is going to sell Sony
  • he bought an X-T4 for video (and he will sell X-T3)
  • X-T4 has better battery than X-T3, IBIS and flip out screen when he records himself
  • flippy screen is a huge time saver for him (and Sony did not offer it… now they offer with Sony A7SIII)
  • Sony full frame and Fujifilm X-T4 camera body is actually big quite the same
  • the big change is the lenses
  • full frame lenses are big
  • APS-C lenses are substantially smaller and lighter than full frame lenses
  • he saves size and weight in his bag
  • he has the XF10-24 and added the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8. He will add the 1.4x teleconverter, which will get him pretty close in range to his Sony GM 100-400 lens
  • he loves the image quality and video quality coming out of the Fujifilm
  • in the last months, when he owned Sony and Fuji, he ended up reaching for the Fuji more and more, mainly because of the smaller size and lighter weight
  • it’s easier to use and smaller and less cumbersome to carry around
  • one of the big reasons, if not the biggest: Fujifilm cameras are just fun to use
  • you don’t have to dive into menu system to adjust settings. You have the dials and more tactile feedback, when you make those most common camera adjustments
  • at the beginning, the “enjoyment” in using Fujifilm cameras, he didn’t think it was a big deal, but over time this changed
  • at the end of the day, the enjoyment part of it all is everything, it really surpasses image quality and everything. Plus, image quality of Fujifilm is fantastic on top of that
  • what is he going to miss from Sony full frame?
  • he is a big fan of the Sony GM lens lineup
  • he has just bought his first red badged Fujinon lens (the XF50-140mm), which should be the quivalent in the Fuji world to what the G-Master lenses are in the Sony world. But he hasn’t used the red badged Fuji yet, so he can’t compare it yet
  • maybe 1 year from now [after having used the red badged Fujinon’s] he won’t miss the GM lenses as much anymore
  • he does not really print that big, so the extra resolution on Sony is not a big deal. He can easily print from his Fuji files for his needs and even double the size he needs
  • what he will miss, thought, is the higher resolution in terms of cropping capabilities in post
  • not that big of a deal, but something he must consider when framing the shot on location, that he does not have quite as much resolution to adjust the crop a lot
  • the extreme low light capabilities of Sony full frame is very good. Not to say the the Fujifilm X-T3 and X-T4 are not capable in low light, but he does believe that Sony still gives cleaner image
  • the issue with that: he does not really shoot a lot of astrophotography and in extremely low light situations. The darkest situation for him is probably towards the end of blue hour
  • Sony has a ton of dynamic range, but he feels he never was in situations where he really needed to make use of all that dynamic range capabilities of his Sony
  • most of the time, in extreme situations, he would bracket that image anyway or use some kind of filter
  • he thinks that by switching to APS-C, he won’t really miss any loss of image quality
  • what he is sure: he now has a lighter kit to go around, and more fun to use his gear

I have written a very popular article recently about the Fujifilm X series art of balance vs the full frame compromises. I think overall Mark has the same feelings towards APS-C and hybrid cameras being just the better allround cameras.

Fujifilm gear mentioned in the video:

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