Without intending to turn this it into a blog about photographic equipment, I would like to share the reasons why I decided to do all my work with Fuji instead of Canon. This is a timely post to expose my point of view since I’ve been asked several times since I put my Canon equipment on sale.
First of all I must clarify that I’ve been 12 years doing absolutely all my work with Canon, for which I had almost the entire focal range covered with their lenses. I even owned for a few years the expensive (and super heavy) 600mm f4.
12 years and their cameras always performed perfectly, never let me down and I can assure that I do test my equipment in tough conditions. My work takes me to the most remote places in conditions which often are undesirable for the camera (and even for the photographer!).
I’ve never bought a new camera shortly after it hits the shelves, often incomplete and buggy, released untested to arrive on time to photography fairs. Those who know me well know that I am not impulsive when it comes to technology. I like to sleep on my decisions and think about what I need and when I need it. And yes, I have always been a Canon guy above all things simply because until today has been the perfect tool.
So why Fuji?
I must admit that Fuji XPro1 caught me by its aesthetics. I’ve always been a lover of classic cameras and totally fell in love with Fuji’s designs. I purchased it as a carry around camera, and soon I realized I was doing 70% of my travel work with that camera and the only two fixed focal length lenses I had. Canon was relegated to sports and underwater photography, and Fuji became my new workhorse. Leaving aside the comfort of use and low weight, its performance in low light and the final files made the transition from Canon to Fuji totally natural. Fuji may be new in the area of consumer digital cameras, but it is not in the color or lenses industry. After all, something inside was telling me that once Fuji fulfilled some of the requirements which I am more strict about, I would eventually step forward. Simply because their images are much better.
These requirements were:
– Cameras better finished and weather sealed.
– Development of telezooms able to compete with Canon.
– Autofocus speed improvement.
From all these factors, the last, Autofocus speed, was the one that worried me most. It ain’t easy to match the speed of a camera with electronic viewfinder to a dSLR with mirror (and it’s still not possible ). Even the XPro1 was perfect for 90% of the photography I do, but what about sports?
I could not think of a better way to test my new Fuji Xpro2 than the field I know best: Surfing. For this purpose, I used a borrowed 100-400 and took it to a session with the canarian surfer Jonathan Gonzalez. I’m not getting into technical details about the performance of the camera and lens. I will just say that 100% of the photos were sharp and the Autofocus system performed perfectly all the time (both on M and tracking mode).
Test passed. And both the XPro2 as the XT-2 come with weather sealed bodies and an improved Autofocus system.
Sports photography? 24 megapixels and 14fps. Let’s roll the dice. Fuji, don’t let me down!
NOTE: I do not have any professional or business relationship with the brand, I rely only on my own experience as a user.