trailblazer wrote in post #18946007
First, some background context: Canon user here. I shoot weddings, commercial work and portraits. My current camera bodies are two gripped 5D3s and lenses are the 16-35 2.8L III, 24-70 2.8L II, 70-200 2.8L IS II and 100 2.8L IS macro.
I do not have the opportunity to hold, rent, or use a Fuji in my country. Camera rental companies do not exist and I do not have any friends or colleagues with Fuji and there are no camera stores here.
When I go on vacation, which is sometimes to the US, as I live in a third world country, I usually travel abroad go with 1 gripped 5D3, and all lenses except the macro, along with two flashes, a remote trigger for the flashes, a wireless trigger to operate the camera so I can be in the group shots, and a travel tripod.
Obviously, that is a lot of gear to carry while on vacation, and most time I use the 24-70 lens as the walk around and leave the rest in the hotel. I do use the 16-35 if I am going to look at architecture, or for shooting scenic landscapes, and I do use the 70-200 when I take candid snaps of my wife and toddler, or if I decide to take portraits of my wife and kid, which I try to do with OCF included.
Before I had a toddler, carrying the gear in my thinktank streetwalker pro was never an issue. Now that I do have a toddler that also requires carrying, along with the toddler bags etc, it has become a huge hassle to vacation with gear. I have also started vacationing with my wider family as well to reduce costs as we can now rent a villa/small house/large apartment and share costs for food/lodging when we travel. They do not have patience with me when we go out and I have to fiddle with gear, and I struggle as I deal with new responsibilities, while still trying to get the best photos I can of my family as trips abroad as usually a big deal for us as it is a great expense.
All that out of the way, I am looking for something smaller and lighter that I can carry that would still give me great quality images. I have a Canon A1 in mint condition from my dad which I love using because of the manual and analog experience so I am thinking of the Fuji cameras vs something with an inherent digital vibe like the Sony. Plus, I just find the black and silver Fuji XT3 to be quite handsome. I am also not looking to replace my Canon gear for my professional work at this time, but just to find a camera system that is fun to use and light to carry.
I do realise that my shooting style tends to be on the extreme ends of each lens, so I am usually shooting 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 200mm. The 70-200 is probably the only lens that I use the interim distances a lot. I am looking at getting all primes.
I was thinking of picking up the X100F, but I simply for the life of me am not sure I will get by with just the one lens, especially since I keep reading it is soft close up and I dislike non-sharp photos.
While I think the Fuji XT3 could be the camera, I am on the fence about the lenses. What should I get? I see there are 1.4 and f/2 variants and while I like the idea of the fast lenses, especially as the crop body makes the bokeh of the f/2 look like f/4 but is it really that bad? With weight being an issue, I am in such a pickle and I hate not being able to hold the equipment and try it out to see for myself.
Also, what do I get for flashes and for a flash remote trigger that doesn't look too bulky? I would also need a remote trigger to trigger the camera on a tripod so I can be in some photos.