Michael Abraham

Dear Canon, I am leaving for Fuji...

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Just recently, two game-changing cameras were released. The α7 III and the X-H1 are both mirrorless cameras and changed my world, but lets go back to just a few years ago. My dear friend and colleague Lukas left Canon and switched to Fuji, since he preferred rangefinder type cameras to DSLRs. At that time, mirrorless cameras were stepping up their game, but I can't say they were a competition to DSLRs. Shortly after that, I saw Fujifilm presenting themselves at the Photo+Adventure show (in Vienna if I recall this correctly). The guys in the Fuji booth did their best, showing their lineup, they were competent and very friendly. At that time, I was still into Canon, and the future was not looking too bad. I was treated the same way as the hardcore Fuji fans, and asked when I would switch to them and they listened to what I said. Almost a year later, in 2016, the Canon 5D Mark IV was released and I immediately found that it was not the camera for me. At that time it didn't matter, because there was still time for a 6D Mark II to be released and to show the world that DSLRs still made sense. Even though I slowly realized that if Canon continues this way, I needed a backup plan. In analogue times, I shot Minolta but my cameras were pre-autofocus times (actually I didn't like the Minolta Dynax cameras). Minolta became part of Sony and many of my problems with the Dynax series were solved slowly. The Sony α7 series were amazing, and via adapter they allowed the wonderful Canon lenses to be used. When Lukas asked: when are you going to shoot mirrorless? I replied that there still was a little more time necessary to improve the cameras, but if Canon kept their camera strategy, I'd see myself switching to Sony. Another year later without change: the Canon 6D Mark II was finally released. If the camera was good I'd be buying it immediately. In the meantime, my thoughts to some specs had changed. I had the Fuji X-T1 because it was the perfect camera I could take everywhere, since it was very compact. I loved the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and was even able to work at night. Also, I knew that I wanted dual card slots in my camera, since a single card can always fail, and Nikon already had dual card slots in even some of their entry-level cameras. Seeing the final specs of the 6D II was devastating. Even more so were the reviews, showing that low light performance and dynamic range were worse than the original 6D – this was not a camera I would buy, since my Fuji X-T1 and Canon 6D felt way better, but I still needed to update my 5D Mark II. Since Sony became better with every camera they put out, they became a force you couldn’t dismiss, and finally Canon rumors told that a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera was on its way. My thoughts were: if they want to compete, it has to be a α7 series killer which is not really realistic, also it is too late, too bad and looking at Canon recent releases definitely too overpriced. I am also still waiting for that camera. Rumors say Canon users have to wait till 2019, which is way too late to compete with Sony. Now we have the α7 III and the X-H1, both cameras I was looking for, and I knew it was time to switch. It took me a long time to think it through. Both cameras are game changers, and both are not perfect (although the only downside to the X-H1 for me is it not being a full frame camera, while Sony has that covered, but problems like color science, loud shutter sounds, among other problems, were better in their new cameras but not yet completely solved). So I ordered the X-H1 and it should arrive at the time this article goes online. Since I am more and more working with the older X-T1 with its wonderful dynamic range and much better highlight recovery in comparison to Canon, I am very positive me and the X-H1 will live in perfect harmony. A wonderful thing about Fuji is that their cameras get major improvements with every firmware update. For example the X-T1 got eye autofocus through one of their latest updates and although it is not as good as Sony in its new cameras, I really enjoy the possibility. So let’s see what my future with Fuji will bring.