May 29, 2019

A Fuji Camera Test (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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A fellow member of ViewPoint Gallery recently liquidated their DSLR equipment in favour of a Fuji mirrorless camera and pair of lenses. Upon finding out I had a significant interest and attraction to the Fuji mirrorless cameras (in part because of their 56mm f/1.2 APD lens), I was offered the loan of the camera for a week, to put it through its paces.
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In the end, I just used the camera for a single morning, and it was a gray and wet one at that. But it couldn't have been a better test for the tools. The camera performed amazingly well, with both the image stabilization and mid-ISOs (400-1600) working wonderfully to help me capture some bright, luminous images of flowers. The auto focus system was responsive, and manual focus easy to implement when necessary. But the best part of the camera was using manual exposures - the camera can be set to provide highlight warning BEFORE an image is made..so I just adjusted exposures until I saw a warning, then backed up a single click, and photographed away. An amazingly fast system to get perfect exposures every time. Absolutely stunning.
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In the end, the camera was fabulous to work with (and made me wish I could afford a couple) but the lenses left me flat. This is not a surprise, as I am used to high quality prime lenses, and the two Fuji lenses were consumer zooms, but it did make me realize I would have to follow a similar approach to one I used in the past, should I ever move to building a Fuji camera system. In the fall of 2008, when I was planning a shift from Nikon to Canon, I bought an 85mm f/1.2 portrait lens...and then three months later, my Canon 5D MKII arrived.

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