Disclaimer : I’m not claiming to be a camera expert, I’m just a dude that loves to take epic photos and could edit an epic photo here and there. My thoughts and opinions are of the times I have spent with each camera. You may have a better or worst experience with these cameras mentioned in this post.
Before I get into the reasons of why I decided to go with the Fujifilm X-T2 I wanted to go back on what sparked my interest in cameras. Let’s rewind back a couple of years ago, when my girlfriend and I decided that we were going to move to Australia in 2016 and explore what that country has to offer. I wanted a camera to document the journey so I can preserve moments and memories with the single click of a button. I wanted something that was better than a point and shoot so I was told to get a DSLR. After doing some research I bought the Canon Rebel T6i . At that time, it had all the features that I needed for a camera enthusiast like me. Once we embarked on this adventure I realized how clunky and heavy it was to carry a DSLR through different airports. It was becoming cumbersome to have an extra bag when I was already lugging a backpack, a carry on and another camera, the Dji Osmo. So one of the main selling points for me to switch over to mirrorless is you can still get DSLR image quality in a small form factor, and that is key for me. It saves me a great deal of space and when I’m constantly on the go – it’s very important to be mobile. When we arrived in Melbourne as our first stop, I decided to research extensively for the best mirrorless cameras out in the market. All the reviews I read at that time pointed to the Sony A6300 to be the best mirrorless camera. I was sold. I drank the Kool-Aid, and became a Sony fanboy championing Sony’s APSC frame system. So I sold the Canon Rebel t6i and ordered the the A6300. I used the camera for 2 months, where I documented trips from St. Kilda Beach, The Great Ocean Road and all over Tasmania. It wasn’t until I went to Sydney and found out that my RICOH GR II (Point & Shoot) takes better photographs than the a6300! I found the colours and tones from the RICOH GR II were much more pleasing than the a6300 and that had me questioning the Sony APS-c system.
So finally, here are my reasons why I sold the Sony a6300 to switch to an X-T2
- The raw photos were hard to edit and colours were just terrible: I would go crazy trying to edit in Adobe’s LightRoom to get it specifically to my liking. I like to manipulate colors a lot in my photos so my post processing will be a lot different from others. I find the tones of the Sony a6300 to be much cooler and sometimes it felt soulless to me. When I edit my Ricoh GR II raw files, I noticed a better image quality and better range of color tones. This lead me to question how does a $700 point and shoot have better image quality than the $1400 mirrorless camera? And then a friend of mine told me to look into Fujifilm – a company I knew nothing about, a company that didn’t have the “Sex Appeal” of a name to me. Everything was about Sony, Canon, and Nikon. I researched the Fujifilm xt-2 extensively then went to a DigiDirect (a camera store here in Australia). I was amazed by the colors it produced! It made me realize it’s not about the spec sheets, it’s about the image quality! On paper, the Sony a6300 looked like the favourite to win this fight: a better focusing system, shoots at a faster frame in burst mode and performs better in low light situations. But specs is not everything and I’ve realized that now.
After I’ve realized that the Ricoh GR II (Pics above) has warm and pleasing colour tones, I ended up using it more than the a6300 during my stay in Sydney!
See the left was shot with the Xt-2, the skin tones are amazing with this camera. On the right was shot with the a6300, a much cooler tone. No matter how hard I try to get the colours right with the Sony files, i was never satisfied. Look at how pleasing the tones of the Ricoh and the Fujifilm are compared to Sony.
The first 2 photos above are shot with the sony, while the last picture was shot with the Fujifilm, you can see the difference in the image quality! Fujifilm has film simulations that you choose from to get a certain look. When editing in Lightroom I like to select my profile to Classic Chrome to have a base of what I’m editing. Sony has camera profiles, but they are generic! They aren’t as great as Fujifilm’s. Ever since switching to Fujifilm I’ve noticed the quality of my work has improved! I’ve been told that Fujifilm makes camera’s for photographers, and Sony makes a computer that takes pictures. I agree with that statement 100%. After picking up a Fujifilm, I was hooked.
- Sony doesn’t take care of their customers : Sony announces the a6500 two days after I purchased the Sony a6300 in October 2016 while the Sony a6300 was only 6-8 months old at the time. I was pissed to find out that I’ve purchased this product knowing that the price will significantly drop once I decide to sell this camera. This screams that Sony doesn’t care about its customers, they just want to take your money! Sony a6300 had a big overheating issue with the camera and that issue is still a problem in the new the Sony a6500 (from what I read). I like how Fujifilm listens to its customers and provides firmware updates to their customers. This maintains the longevity of older models and keeps them fast and up-to-date.
- Lenses: The Sony lens are expensive! In order to get the top of the line lens, one must upgrade to a full frame system. Sony puts more effort in their full frame line, therefore leaving their crop censored lens system to suffer. The Sony full frame lineup is pretty damn pricey, the Sony a7rii and the G master lens would cost you an arm and a leg! I cannot not justify paying $2500-3300 for the G master lens series! This leads me into looking for an alternative. Fujifilm makes great lens for their APSC system (they do not have a full frame system). The Fujinon xf lens lineup has great reviews! More people are ditching their full frame camera and moving to the Fujifilm X series. I paid around $700 for the Sony 18-105mm, a lens that everyone said was SHARP and was an overall a “good” lens. That was the only lens I used and I have to say combo that with the Sony a6300 and you get terrible colors, and not so sharp images. I bought the Fujinon xf 16-55mm f2.8, an equivalent to Sony FE-24-70mm f2.8 GM lens for $1000. Fujifilm was having a cashback sale at the time and I was given a 200$ cashback! The difference from a crappy lens 18-105mm f4 (bad low light performer) to Fujifilm xf 16-55mm f2.8 was $300. That was such a great deal! You mean I could get an equivalent lens of that of the g master for a fraction of the cost?! Sign me up!
It all boils down to money.
I’ve become resentful towards Sony. Don’t get me wrong, I love the image quality of their full frame system it’s amazing to see what photographers are doing with it! But they are very pricey! Sony is that company that will add very small incremental improvements to the latest model each year (lookup: Apple iPhone). They should’ve add the IBIS (image stabilization) into the a6300, it’s what the customers expected but they delayed it and put it onto the a6500 just so they can squeeze some more money out of their consumers! What does that say about a company that does not listen to their customers? I, for one do not appreciate the fact that their APS-C system is not getting the tender loving care like their full frame counterpart. Fujifilm on the other hand, devotes their effort into their crop sensor system because they don’t have a full frame system. That means that Fujifilm is using their resources to give us a high quality crop censored lens system! If any of you guys are planning to upgrade to a Sony full frame lineup…DON’T! You guys can save a lot of money switching to the Fujifilm X series system. You can potentially save thousands of dollars depending on what you get. I’ve gotten the X-T2, with the 16-55mm F2.8 and the 56mm F1.2 in my kit. That’s an equivalent to a Sony FE 24-70m F2.8 G master and the Sony 85mm F1.4 G Master. Let’s break it down into numbers. All in CAD
Sony A7Rii = 3500-4000 $
Sony FE 24-70mm f2.8 GM = 2600-3000$
Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM = 2000-2200$
Let’s be optimistic and choose the lowest price of the 3 shall we? You are still looking at a total of 8100$ for that entire kit!
The Fujifilm xt-2 plus the 16-55mm costs $3000 that’s a difference of $5100!! You can then use that money to buy any other lens you want from the Fujinon XF system and buy accessories like filters, memory cards and tripods! You will still have more money left over! Overall if you are going to go mirrorless go with the Fujifilm X-T2! The image quality is amazing, you get sharpness and superb tones from that camera. You will also have a variety of great lens to choose from! Can you name a good native crop senor lens from Sony???
You can’t, because they don’t have any. Fujinon XF lens are unmatched in the crop sensor world and they are reasonably priced as well! I can’t think of one competitor that could go head-to-head with Fujifilm in this regard! Not one! The XT-2 has been my travel companion for a few months now, and I am happy with my switch. I’ve taken it to places in New Zealand and Australia, capturing some epic moments with it, and I couldn’t ask for a better camera! More pictures coming soon!
Thanks so much for reading this post! It is quite hard for me to articulate my thoughts and put them into text, i was never a strong writer in school… But since it’s the new year I wanted to try something different to challenge myself. Hey if mumble rappers these days could get a deal without enunciating, I should be able to write a decent blog post!