Mirrorless cameras have been gaining popularity over the past few years amongst videographers and photographers. The mirrorless camera is an interchangeable lens camera that has eliminated the mirror and optical viewfinder. This allows for smaller camera bodies and an electronic viewfinder. I recently made the switch from a DSLR to the Fuji X-T2 camera and here are my top 3 reasons why I made the switch!
I have been a professional photographer for 9 years now and have been a proud owner of Canon cameras from the beginning of my business. I have loved my lenses and the color straight out of camera from Canon. However, my least favorite thing has always been focus accuracy at wide apertures which lead me to not having confidence in my camera.
Enter the Fuji X-T camera! I bought the Fuji X-T1 early on after some glowing reviews from one of my favorite photographers, Zack Arias. I immediately fell in love with this camera after I noticed how accurate the camera was at focusing. The Fuji X-T1 was my back up camera but I was slowly using it more and more on my portrait sessions. I was eagerly awaiting the release of the Fuji X-T2 and made sure to get on the pre-order list. This camera certainly did not disappoint and everything I loved about the X-T1 only got improved with the X-T2.
The Fuji X-T2 has now become my main camera body and the Canon 5D Mark 3 has become my backup camera. The main reason for the switch is how quick and accurate the focusing is on this camera versus any Canon camera I have ever owned. I can confidently shoot one frame at a wide open aperture with my X-T2 now instead of taking a series of shots in hopes that one frame had the focus I was hoping for with my subject. It is such a confidence booster knowing that I can get the shot I have envisioned instead of constantly being frustrated by ever so slightly missing the shot due to my camera missing focus.
An equally enticing feature of the Fuji X-T system was the overall size and weight of the mirrorless camera versus the Canon 5D Mark 3. Carrying around a huge DSLR and several lenses can wear you down, especially on a wedding day. Once I held the Fuji X-T1 in my hands for the first time I was amazed at how light these camera bodies were built. It felt great in my hands, it looked sexy, and it was small!
The Fuji X-T2 maintained the look and feel of its predecessor and Fuji improved the grip of the camera to feel even better in your hands! You can also add the vertical battery grip for improved battery life, improved frame rate, and continued grip support. What I enjoy most about the size of this camera is that it is less intimidating to the subjects you are capturing. During a wedding day it is much easier for me to be a fly on the wall with my small camera versus the Canon 5D Mark 3. Plus the added advantage of not feeling so weighted down with gear while shooting.
One of my top reasons for choosing Canon over Nikon was that I loved the colors that came straight out of camera with my Canon over anything I saw with Nikon. I had a similar decision to make when deciding which mirrorless camera system I was going to invest in which ended up not being much of a decision at all. Fuji obviously knows film and produces gorgeous colors in their prints. When I was doing research on mirrorless cameras I learned that Fuji had film simulation built-in to the Fuji X-T cameras and this made me really excited to test out. These film simulations require in-camera image processing, so you must either shoot in JPEG or RAW+JPEG to take advantage of it but you will be able to see the effects while shooting either way. I have been shooting in RAW+JPEG and sending a select favorite from the session I am shooting to my phone to share on social media before I get home. Because I love the film simulation that has already been applied to my photo the amount of phone editing is minimal before sharing online. For those that are curious, for my portrait work my film simulation of choice has been Pro Negative STD.
There are several great options for mirrorless cameras these days and it really comes down to testing them all out and finding out which camera you enjoy the most.Make sure you check out how they all function before making your decision. I made my choice based on the look and feel of the Fuji X-T2 versus the other options out there.The Fuji X-T2 gave me confidence again in my shooting and keeping things as simple and lightweight as possible has changed my life for the better.
Jared Rey is a lifestyle portrait photographer based in Dallas, TX specialising in high school senior portraits. You can follow his work on instagram @jaredrey or his website www.jaredrey.com and www.jreyseniors.com.