BLOG 08 - SELLING THE NIKON, HELLO FUJIFILM

I TRY TO EXPLAIN WHY I SOLD MY NIKON AND SWITCHED TO FUJIFILM

Yes, I did one of the things I hate seeing in the photography business and especially Youtube…..’Why I switched from XX to XX camera’. This is an opportunity for a nice boring half hour rant on Youtube…….STOP

Ok, I will try and be serious and apply some logic to my decision to sell my Nikon D810 and switch to the Fujifilm X-T3.

Let me start by saying the Nikon D810 is a superb camera which performs as a very professional camera and produces stunning images with the 36megapix full frame sensor. I never had any complaints on the performance of the camera FULL STOP. However, technology has progressed and the D850 appeared on the scene with its tilty touch screen and its updated sensor, processor and autofocus. To upgrade to the D850 would have cost me over £2k assuming I obtained a good trade in deal for the D810.

My issues with the D810 started in the summer when I was photographing the departure of the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship and then later in October with the Giants in Liverpool. Simply it’s weight. The D810 with the 24-120 f4 VR lens weighed in at 2kg which is like carrying around 2 bags of sugar! When you consider some of the other equipment I was carrying on those days my bag was over 12kg and I was knackered (fitness issues aside).

 

In the past I have undertaken sports photography and this is something I am looking to start doing again in 2019. The D810 is not probably the best option for sports as newer cameras have faster fps, bigger buffers and better autofocus systems. If I wanted to stay with Nikon then this meant either a D500, which uses a cropped sensor so would require some new lenses, or a D850 or D5 at full frame for a significant cost. On the issue of lenses, buying even decent quality second hand Nikon fast glass for sports photography is not going to be cheap. These options would also be VERY HEAVY to carry. Simple answer = Na.

I also wanted a smaller camera which I can use for street and travel photography which is still going to perform and be suitable for sports. The D810 with lens attached is not small and is not something you can be covert with. At the time I was considering either an Olympus or Lumix G9 micro 4/3 or a Fujifilm XT-3, all of these being mirrorless systems. So without going into all the details, specification etc. all three of these cameras and systems are up to the job and very competent. I did like the idea of the Olympus and Lumix lenses being interchangeable. However, rightly or wrongly, I was concerned over the long term viability of micro 4/3 systems and low light performance.

The Fujifilm X-T3 became the front runner supported by some very encouraging reviews appearing on the internet. It appeared to tick all the boxes I required with a great selection of quality lenses available. I manged to get a very competitive part-ex quote from WEX which saved the pain and fees of using eBay and before I could say ‘double card slots’ I had purchases the X-T3 with the 18-55mm kit lens. When taking into consideration the Fujifilm cashback after 1 month, this swap cost me £20 so I did ok!

One of the reasons I was attracted to Fujifilm as a brand is they seem to be pushing the boundaries of digital photography on all fronts. They have a very diverse range of cameras in formats up to medium format at very competitive prices. The ergonomics, look and functionality of these cameras has been well designed with a logical menu system. Fuji glass has always been top quality, (they produced glass for Hasselblad), and this is still the case with the digital lens range. Finally, as Fujifilm are film manufactures they appear to have the edge on colour reproduction as well as the incredible film simulation options. So, I can shoot B&W film digitally (sort of)!

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