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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 07 march 2017

MOVING PART OF OUR GEAR TO FUJI When I told my friend Jimmy I would change some of my equipment soon, his first reaction was to tell me I was a bigger kid than he was at my age.
I told him he probably was worse but that’s not the topic.

I recently decided to get rid of some of my Nikon equipment and replace it with a Fuji system and I’m going to tell you why and how I’m doing that.

Back from our last trip in Cambodia and Vietnam, and Hong Kong and Madrid airport and many more airports I said : that’s it, I’m investing in a proper cabin suitcase, all this equipment in a backpack is too heavy but it would only have solved part of the problem.
The problem being that DSLR systems are heavy.
Sometimes they are good heavy, for instance I love the way my Nikon D4s feels in my hands mounted with a prime such as 85mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4 and I can shoot all day with it, I often do but there are times I don’t want to carry this bulky camera around or I don’t want to carry it plus another bulky backup system during weddings.
And of course, I came to think mirrorless.

I started looking at mirrorless systems last year but I didn’t want to invest and honestly never thought of simply replacing some of my system with a Fuji mirrorless.
But last month I did.

I started looking at what equipment I didn’t use, what equipment I seldom used and what equipment I would love to stop using.
I have a 105mm f2.8 that Kate loves shooting but it’s done it’s job and I am happy keeping the 85mm f1.4 for the purpose of portraiture.
There is a Nikon D7100 that I never use because I got it as a backup camera and never seem to use it much.
And there is the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 zoom that is wonderful but so heavy and so bulky.
When I shoot it on the D4s I feel like one of those football stadiums photographer (I know they are using far greater length but this is how I feel like).
And I definitely can’t handle the combo single handed which I actually sometimes do with the 35mm or the 85mm.

So I had determined what I wanted to get rid off (plus some other stuff but it has to do with underwater so I’ll do another post about that), now I needed to determine what I wanted to acquire.

And I made the choice to be reasonable and invest in a beautiful prime I’ve always wanted to have on Nikon system (135mm f2) only on a Fuji it’s called 90mm f2.
As regards to the camera body, I rationalised what my need actually are and chose to go with the XT1 over the XT2 and this is why.

Well, first of all, a brand new XT1 cost me half the price of a brand new XT2.
Then it will not be my main system on weddings and I can afford to take the risk to shoot with only one SD slot on that system, I have the D4s workhorse to do the job on my other side.
I will use smaller cards, change them, use serious brands but I will not get sucked into the paranoia of staying awake at night because I don’t have a dual slot and there is a very unlikely risk my card might fry (and then one has to believe in fate - I mean if you take reasonable measures to conduct a job correctly and it fucks up anyways, I had the experience lately, maybe the universe has a reason for it beyond your immediate understanding).

Then from all reviews I read on differences between the XT1 and the XT2 I concluded that although the XT2 was a great improvement from the XT1 it wasn’t worth twice the price improvement for a camera that is going to be worth half its actual price in a few months anyways.
Yes AF is certainly better but I am not going to shoot sports with that, I am even going to have fun and buy a few old manual primes !

Yes dials are bigger and certainly better laid out but honestly I don’t give a damn.
Image quality is more or less the same with an advantage on the XT1, its pixel density, 16 mega pixels is what I have on my Nikon D4s.
I am kidding, I am sure there are improvements and dynamic range is better, IQ slightly better and all that but I’d rather invest in a nice glass and try out the system first for a few months, see how I live with it before investing more.

I did receive the XT1 but still no lenses yes so I had fun configuring it to what I usually have in hands, a DSLR.
My impression so far is that it’s well built, small but not too much, it still feels good in my hands (and I am used shooting with a monster chunk of a camera).
Dials and buttons are cleverly placed and I felt at ease playing around with no lens on.
The major improvement is that it weighs close to nothing, fits in a pocket and the whole system with 2 or 3 lenses, charger, extra batteries, flash, will fit in a camera case I could not fit a Nikon D4s + 70-200mm in.

#antiGAS #nikon #fuji #rationalise

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