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

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    Listen, you're welcome to start your own thread about your experience with Z7 vs Fujji. This thread is about Fuji equipment. Your opinion is fine but irrelevant to the thread.


     
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    Let's stay on topic, folks. Thanks!
     
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    I too would prefer one body and multiple lenses.

    As far as weight goes, I was in the Marine Corps as an infantryman and we had a saying, “ounces make pounds”. Simply meaning that every little bit adds up and when you’re carrying it for miles on end it makes you rethink some choices. So I understand wanting to keep things light. That being said, most of what we packed were non-negotiables and after a while you just got used to it.
     
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    I agree, for street and travel it's one mirrorless camera and "pancake" lens
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    I don't have an opinion on the camera body selection but I have done quite a bit of traveling and photographing my travels.

    There have been times when I wished I had two bodies set up for different things at the same time. I often found myself switching lenses because I encountered some situation that, invariably, my camera was not set up for. My trip to Myanmar was filled with situations were I was taking longer shots outside and then wound up inside a temple and had to switch to a shorter lens only to switch back again.

    But I also understand that I am willing to lug a ton of stuff around and that is contrary to traveling light.
     
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    I can relate to that. For my two trips to India I carried the x100t and also an Olympus OM-D with a telephoto prime, and I would find myself using both in the same setting, quickly and easily, without changing lenses. I really like some of the tight headshots I did with the telephoto. But it was a bigger bag than I wanted to carry. It would have been lighter to carry a single body and two lenses, but I hate changing lenses in the field when I am moving about. I am willing to live with a single camera/lens, i.e., the x100 family, when I travel, and just not worry about telephoto images. Even the xt3 with the 18-55mm lens is too big for my travel needs!

    I should experiment traveling with the xt3 with a 23mm f2 lens on, and a 56mm f1.2 in a pouch on my belt - perhaps both fit in a ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 10, which would make my camera bag slightly bigger than the tiny one I carry now with the x100t.

    As you can read, I am a bit tormented by these choices :) but my bottom line continue to be to bring a minimum kit with me, with the most flexibility.

     
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    For light travel, I would "try" to go one camera + 2 lenses.
    The trick is finding the right compromise of lenses; zoom range vs. size/weight.
    Example1, for m4/3, my travel kit is 12-60 (my GP lens) + 17/1.8 (low light lens)
    I selected the 17 on the logic that if it was low light, I was probably inside, where it was cramped, so a wide would be a better choice 'for me' than a normal or short tele.​
    Example2, for m4/3, for the primary travel lens, I use a 12-60 and my brother-in-law uses a 14-150.
    I wanted a lighter/smaller lens than he, so I gave up on the long end.​

    Then there is the old 35mm PJ kit of 35 + 85/105.
    So for APS-C it would be a 24 + 55/70, which would be your 23mm f2 + 56mm f1.2
    Though if you want light, I would look at a slower 55mm lens, around f/2. This would be a compromise to reduce weight.

    I have a 2nd set of larger/heavier lenses for use at home, where size/weight is not the constraint it is when traveling. And yes I have a duplication of lens ranges with the two sets of lenses, but since they serve different purposes, they don't really duplicate as much as one would think at first glance.

    I like your idea of a smaller camera as a 2nd camera.
    But, is there a smaller Fuji that has the same lens mount as the XT3? Then you can use the 18-55 on that camera.
    I ask because, as with your XT3, sometimes my primary camera (Olympus EM1) is just too bulky to take with me, and I will take the smaller EM10 + pancake lens. The EM1 and EM10 share the same mount, so the lenses can be used on both cameras, and I can and do mix and match.
     
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    The trouble is that as long as you continue thinking in terms that the *kit* is the *enabler* the more you are going to continue chasing the kit. All we've done in this thread is talk about the capabilities of the *kit* and what *kit* we aught to buy.

    If you truly want to free yourself from this cycle then stop discussing the kit and stop chasing it. Just go out and see what you can do, look at the images instead of comparing specs, stop wondering which small increment of performance you need.

    If technical performance is your yardstick then you will never be satisfied and you are setting yourself an impossible goal because you will always be looking for that incremental upgrade, that extra piece of kit, that performance marker.

    If enjoyment of photography is what you're after then just let go of this. Most cameras are good enough, chase content for a while and see what difference that makes to your photography. Forget the gear and just adopt the attitude of, "I don't care what they release next week as my camera is good enough for me right now."

    Only then will you stop worrying about the *kit* and what *kit* is the best. Change your mindset, just do it.

    ;);););)
     
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    I just got back from a week-long motorcycle trip to the Four Corners region of the US where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. The motorcycles were enduro type and we did quite a bit of riding off-road and also camped every other night. I took what I always take, my x100t, and I am perfectly happy with the photos. Changing lenses in this environment would have been problematic due to dust. I did add the WCL and left it on most of the time. This experience reinforced what really works for me - a single camera with no lens swapping; the xt3 with multiple lenses would have been too big for this type of travel. I love the images I get from my x100t, and I don't feel to upgrade, but I will keep an open mind when new models hit the market. I did use the xt3 for studio portraits and it's a great replacement for the much larger Nikon.

    Tim, the kit is important to me because it needs to be minimal. Given that I now have two Fuji cameras, I had to ask myself whether to keep traveling with just the x100t, or perhaps travel with the xt3, and I wanted to hear from others with similar choices. I hope this makes sense. For my style of travel the x100t with the 23mm lens and the 19mm wide adapter is what I want, even though the xt3 with multiple lenses would give me more choices.

    Here are some images from this last trip with the x100t, some with the wcl in front of it. I like to do location portraits and the x100t does a good job with its wide lens.

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    I use the Fujifilm x100t, which is fairly small and silent and has a fixed 23mm lens. It takes either a tele or wide adapter, and I use the wide often. The x100* series has a fixed focal length and doesn't take interchangeable lenses, and I really like that. This means the sensor doesn't get dust, and I don't need to worry about changing lenses. I just work with the 28mm and 35mm equivalent focal lengths, whether it's portrait, scenes, landscapes, story telling....
     
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    I remember in my film days, my light travel camera was a Nikon L35AF, with a fixed 35mm lens.
    And I somehow adapted to it.
    There is something to be said for simplicity.

    And now that you say motorcycle, I understand the need for compact size.
     
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    OK. First, GREAT SHOTS on the Rez. which BTW I would really like to know how you got permission....

    But reading this and other posts on mirrorless, I am wondering if the mirrorless (Fuji or otherwise) is a good step to take?

    I am fighting my MF and my Canons as of late and just wondering if its time to give up on the old school and move upward?

    Obviously you love the Fuji, so I am wondering if you can post a side by side comparison of the Fuji with your old Nikon or such.
     

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