Feedback on my plan to shift from FF Nikon DSLR to APS-C Fuji mirrorless

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  1. texxter

    texxter No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I wanted to share with you my thinking about my camera transition in progress and get your feedback. I know this is a very personal preference but I like to listen to different points of views and keep an open mind.

    I have been shooting Nikon DSLRs for 13 years and full frame DSLR for the last 10 years, starting with the excellent D700. During these years I acquired a lens kit with the best Nikon and prime lenses. The weight and bulk of this equipment is no longer appealing to my current style of photography and I am moving to Fuji mirrorless and selling all my Nikon equipment.

    My main interest is travel, portraiture and street. I may do some architectural or landscape work as part of travel, but I am focused on the human experience for the most part.

    I abandoned using the Nikon gear a while ago and have been traveling extensively with my Fuji x100 and then x100t. I don't have plans to move from the x100t to the x100f, but there is a next gen Fuji x100* coming in 2020.

    The camera replacing the FF Nikon is Fuji XT-3. My dilemma is how to deal with lenses, and this is where I could use some feedback. My current plan is to actually limit the number of Fuji lenses to just 2, namely, the highly-praised 18-55mm kit lens (variable aperture f2.8-f4) and the 56mm f1.2. This covers most of my needs, but obviously I only have fast glass at the 85mm equivalent. To compensate for that I plan to keep my x100t with its excellent 35mm equivalent f2 fixed lens with the WCL converter lens, to get the 28mm equiv at f2. This is the camera I take when I travel, so I will be able to use it for that purpose and also in town whenever I want to do street or impromptu portraits. Love the leaf shutter on that camera for flash photography as well. Once the new x100* is available next year i will upgrade my x100t.

    The alternative is to purchase fast lenses for the xt3, like the 24mm equiv f1.4 and the 35mm equiv f1.4 - these lenses together would cost me more than the upgraded x100* and will also create redundancy. I would probably feel the desire to take the xt3 on travels and switch lenses, which is not something I do today. If I were this route I would probably not upgrade the x100t and eventually just use the xt3 for everything. The camera bag with the xt3 and several lenses is already more than I am willing to carry around all day, hence the idea of keeping the x100 format for the foreseeable future.

    So... two cameras and fewer lenses, or a single body with more lenses? Any opinions?


     
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  2. Derrel

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    I would rather have one camera and more lenses, rather than two cameras.

    I have found that I shoot better with just one camera model in the rotation. Going back-and-forth between one camera model and another model causes just a slight bit of, shall we call it, lag. We're talking about a very very slight bit of let's say recognition time, and in the past I have shot with two different Nikon models ,like for example the FE2 and the F3HP or the FM and the FE2.

    When a person standardizes on prime lenses , I think that at least four different lengths should be in your kit.
     
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    i would go one camera more lenses.
    i also switched from FF nikon to Fuji and have never regretted it.
    still do portraiture and the fuji's perform as well as the nikons did.
     
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    I've gone the same route. However, I've done so by enjoying the sharp discounts on Fuji X bodies that follow new model roll-outs. For you, there's the prospect of stone-cold bargains on the X-H1 and the X100F if/when its replacement lands. If weight/space are concerns, I'd look into the 4 "Fujicron" primes. They're also inexpensive compared to the bulkier, pricier, faster versions with no troubling IQ compromises. With Fuji, the trailing edge ILCs will cause you no embarrassment.
     
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    Thank you for all the good comments! I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for me to be able to travel light :) Here below are a couple of pics of the x100t vs xt-3 out of the bag and in their bags. The bag for the xt3 carries it with the 18-55mm and the 56mm lens plus odds and ends. I don't know that I can fit more primes in there without giving up the zoom. The x100t bag carries the x100t and the 28mm WCL adapter. I can walk 8 hours a day with the x100t and not feel it - the other bag will be noticed, for sure. The difference in size between the two cameras is significant, especially when the xt3 sports a fast lens or a zoom. Of course, the xt3 is tiny compared to the Nikon FF body and a fast lens or zoom, but still big for travel. Sharing this to provide more context for my thinking.

    PSX_20190731_090139.jpg PSX_20190731_090816.jpg
     
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    I’m also fond of those ThinkTank Retrospective bags—that design sadly discontinued.

    My street kit is an X100t+tele conversion lens and the Ricoh GRII—a p&s that punches way above its weight.
     
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    Just a suggestion - rather than getting the new X100V when it's out, how about an X-E3 plus the 23mm f2 - which makes a great compact, light-weight travel camera.

    You can then add the zoom or the 56mm to the X-E3 ehen needed. You may also find you don't need the X-T3.
     
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    I have a Z7 and I'm definitely impressed with it. I have had the Fuji XT1, XT2 and Xt3, but when it comes to overall image quality I prefer the Nikon. I know a lot might disagree, but I prefer the control layout on the Z7 vs the Fuji.
    I'm just not sold on the Fuji RAW files. Just not enough detail for my preference. I guess I don't really miss anything about the Fuji overall.
     
  9. texxter

    texxter No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Good for you. Glad you prefer Nikon, but the topic at hand is how to best work within a Fuji framework. Thanks!
     
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    Thanks for your comment, however all information towards any one topic may not be relevant to you but will be to someone else. It assist in informed decisions.
     
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    Thank you for you suggestion! The x-e3 is a great camera. I have just purchased the xt-3 and it's going to be with me for at least 5+ years. I love the x100t with its leaf shutter and ND filter. I wouldn't move from the xt-3 to the x-e3, and I am not willing to give up what's special about the x100* series.... I know, I want everything :)
     
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    I personally think Fuji is hyped up a little too much.
     

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