Its been almost 2 years since I bid farewell to FF DSLR and walk into
the mirrorless world. Its wasn’t an easy decision but on the hind side;
its the right decision. Leaving my 1DX isn’t easy; which is a very
capable camera and still hard to beat even in today’s standard.
Eventually it was the size; retrolious design and IQ of X-Pro1 that
won me over. Of course I had to live with the down side of X-Pro1
too. AF was its weakest link.
With the recent launch of X-Pro2, I would say its now easier for many
to make this same decision. Many fellow photographers have been contacting
me about new X-Pro2. As I ask why are they thinking of switching?
Many says its because of the weight of FF DSLR and their lenses.
X-Pro2 with a 24MP sensor now look like a good and logical
alternative. There was also a wedding photographer that I spoke to,
thinking of getting two X-Pro2 for his professional work. I think that
is so cool. Talking about cool; do you know that the shutter and ISO
dial on the X-Pro2 is made up of 38 parts? Just on this dial alone.
The devil is indeed in the details.
If I were making that switch today; what will my questions and doubt be?
Here are some.
1. Is APS-C sensor inferior compare with Full Frame sensor?
This is probably the top rank asked question. I am not going
to get into the science of this; I will leave this to the expert in this field.
Here is just a simple test and may not be the most accurate;
but I decided to take a 5D3 with a 24mm F1.4 L ll and Xpro2 with
XF16mm F1.4 for a simple faceoff! I also did another set of picture
with Canon 24-70mm L2.8 and XF16-55 F2.8. I know its never a fair
comparison. But Its something important especially for those planning
to downsize to mirrorless from DSLR system. How much will you be
losing in term of IQ versus FF camera of a similar MP?
23.4 MP(FF) 24.3MP(APS-C)
I was expecting a slight difference with the advantage toward 5D3.
And I was absolutely wrong. With the advancement of technology;
not only did X-Pro2 is on par with 5D3, personally I think it maybe
a tad ahead in this pack.
The culprit has to be the newly developed 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III
Sensor which has a perceived resolution far greater then the actual
number of pixels used. Now that is a big shoe to fill and indeed
a huge milestone for X-series.
Here are some SOOC photos that will definitely help those thinking
of making that switch to mirrorless system.
2. Is the AF really that slow?
Its was slow. But not now. With improvement of technology,
X-Pro2’s AF is now inside DSLR territory. Remember the firmware
update 4.0 for X-T1? That was a fast and a huge improvement from the
original X-T1. The X-Pro2 AF is even faster then that.
Here is an interesting write up by Fujirumor on X-Pro2’s AF.
With the mechanical shutter speed brought down from 1/4000
to 1/8000 and flash sync of 1/250; plus a frame rate at 8 frame
per second with dual SD slot; doesn’t this sound like a pro
DSLR specs? All I do know; I am a happy photographer with X-Pro2.
3. Are there enough lens line-up to Fujifilm X-system?
X-series may be only 5 years old. But their lens line up is definitely
on par with any DLSR system lens line up. As for now X-series boast
of 20 top quality lenses and a teleconverter in their line-up. With the
increase of MP to 24 for X-Pro2; with the same fujinon lenses we are able
to capture more details. As we speak maybe we will have another
1-2 additional lenses popping up this year. If rumor is true; a new
35mm F1.0. Wow. That will be a legendary lens! Start saving peeps!
4. Is there tethering for X-Pro2?
This is one of my fear when I switch. Then X-Pro1 doesn’t have this
feature. Since X-T1; tethering is possible via LR. As for now I am not
able to tether with Xpro2. But I was told soon it will be with firmware
5. Weight savings. At least 25-35% off! That is a lot.
Here is an example between a typical FF DLSR vs X-Pro2.
860 gram FF DSLR
650 gram 24mm F1.4 lens
1.51 KG Total
445 gram Xpro2
375 gram XF16mm F1.4 WR
0.82 KG Total
6. Cost of ownership.
This is a no brainer. Other then saving weight; you will
be saving your hard earn money too. Its definitely lower
cost to own a X-series system compare to a FF DSLR.
I would roughly think you will save between 20% to 25% vs DSLR.
Having a good camera system is important to every
photographer, not just for me as a commercial photographer.
This is even more important when you are using this gear to
make a livelihood and support a family. As this is not a
matter that I take it lightly.
I need a camera system that is relatively compact, great
quality lens lineup, quick AF, well built with water and
dust resistant. Top notch IQ and colors; this is one area
Fujifilm truly shines! Stylish looking camera is a plus point!
Hybrid viewfinder is a joy to use. Having said all that, all this
work together to make my life better as a photographer.
And I have found this in X-series. There are no prefect
camera system in the world but X-series is pretty close to me!
Finally; if anyone of you is thinking to moving into mirrorless;
I hope this few pointers will help you make a good decision
and wave a confident farewell to your DSLR.
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