kirkt wrote in post #18709224
After shooting Canon 5D (I, II, III, IV) since the release of the original 5D, I switched to the Fujifilm X system and the X-H1 a few months ago - the decision to switch took almost two years, although it became a serious consideration within the last 6 months prior to switching. There are several things I considered and continue to appreciate...
The full-frame versus APS-C flame wars are overrated. Would I like more pixels sometimes, regardless of sensor size? Sure. But the idea that you cannot make a "professional" image without a FF sensor is a weak assertion.
Fujifilm color and contrast (sensor + lens) is, in my experience, superior to Canon regardless of raw or JPEG. Even if I shot a subject with a Color Checker reference in the lighting I was using, Canon color was always a battle, especially at higher ISOs (the 5DIV started to overcome this problem in the shadow tones). I am still feeling out and tweaking the X-H1's AF system, but that is user error most of the time, not a limitation of the camera. The Canon dual-pixel AF on the 5DIV was pretty sweet. The X-H1's IBIS is fantastic.
Canon as a company is a behemoth that seems to care little about what its civilian camera users want. Case in point, the EOS-R mirrorless pile they just served up. I spent almost two decades waiting for Canon to innovate (the 5D series, or otherwise - you know, a mirrorless FF?) and finally decided I had had enough of waiting for the unwieldy inertia of whatever their thought process is to create a camera that suited my needs. Their titration of minuscule advances for full retail pricing made me start to question the viability of continuing with Canon. Ironically, the most useful and useable advances made for the Canon 5D cameras were produced by the Magic Lantern firmware project and those firmware hacks and tools kept me wed to my Canon 5D's for probably longer than I would have otherwise.
I traded in my L and Zeiss lenses and camera bodies (I had an EOS-3 film camera too) and just closed the book on Canon. No transition, no renting a Fujifilm camera, nothing. I just did my research and looked at sample raw and JPEG output and knew that Fujifilm was the best system for my needs. I also considered Sony briefly, but could not stomach the company approach and the consumer electronic mentality of creating spec-monster cameras with little thought as to how they were used for image making.
In terms of Fujifilm's system - the glass is impeccable, more compact and less expensive than its full-frame Canikon and Sony equivalents. Color and micro contrast is superb and the options for adapting lenses is vast. I have not had the camera long enough to purchase adapted lenses, but I am planning on adapting Voigtlander and Pentax lenses. Some of the lenses in the line-up are older and their AF is slower than the more modern lenses, so consider the applications you will be using them for.
The camera and the shooting experience is much more enjoyable as well, from the controls and the ergonomics to the ease with which I adapted to the camera and was able to customize it. The film sims live up to their reputation. I was a 100 percent all the time raw shooter with the Canon, but have recently done a few shoots where I actually retouched the out-of-camera JPEGs in PS for the final image. That is a huge step for me and my workflow. Even so, I shoot raw+JPEG and can always reproduce any number of JPEG variants from the raw using Fuji X Raw Studio and the camera's processor. This creates interesting shooting possibilities - like placing the camera in Acros or B&W film sim mode while shooting to help focus on tone, rather than color, for composition and lighting evaluation. The raw will give you all of the color info for later processing, but the viewfinder will give you monochrome for tone and lighting. This is also a huge evolution in shooting technique for me.
The smaller, lighter system makes it easier to pack and ride/hike/carry too. Although subjective, I really want to shoot more for my personal enjoyment with the Fuji system compared to the Canon. I used to leave the Canon at home and shoot with a Ricoh GR when I was out and about, bu the Fuji is now coming with me more and more in those situations too.
The Godox radio strobe system is also terrific and more affordable than fuji strobes.
As you probably know, Fujifilm are also known for being attentive and regular in their firmware updates - the X-H1 has already gained focus bracketing, for example, since its release.
I can only tell you from my personal experience that I have not regretted moving on from Canon.
Godox X-Pro1 and TT685F x3 speed lights
XF 16 f/1.4
XF 35 f/2
XF 60 f/2.4 macro
XF 16-55 f/2.8
XF 50-140 f/2.8
Zeiss Touit 12 f/2.8
Attached is one of the retouched JPEGs I recently shot for a friend who is a bicycle frame builder. Shot with the 50-140, Provia film sim with the camera placed at ground level, with the tilt-screen tilted up so I could compose. Another handy feature. My Canons would have made a mess with all of the subtle reds in the paint on the frame. Also - being able to review images in the EVF is terrific, especially in daylight conditions.
EDIT: I use Capture One, Raw Photo Processor, Silky Pix Studio Pro and, occasionally, ACR as my primary raw converters (as well as X Raw Studio). I find that Capture One provides the most efficient workflow and best output. I typically sort and reject in Fast Raw Viewer prior to raw conversion.