Switching to Fuji

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I've tried Fuji but didn't gel with it. Handling not to my taste and XTrans seems like a technology with downsides and no upsides. Raw processing is less than ideal unless you use specific PP tools. LR is not the best for it and it's my go-to software.
 

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I've tried Fuji but didn't gel with it. Handling not to my taste and XTrans seems like a technology with downsides and no upsides. Raw processing is less than ideal unless you use specific PP tools. LR is not the best for it and it's my go-to software.
From someone who's dipped in and out of the Fuji ecosystem since 2012, I agree. Excepting the V, I've owned all the X100 cameras plus X-Pro1&2, X-T 1&2 and the X-H1. All good cameras - one or 2 even great (X-H1 and X100F IME) - but the overriding elephant in the room has been that god-awful X-Trans sensor. I really cannot see what it brings to the party.
 

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I'm actually just boxing up my X-T1 and X-T2 right now, they go in tomorrow for an E-M5 II.

Why?

First off, they're my secondary system these days. I have a FF body (Z5) and I just don't think that there's enough separation between the Fuji stuff and my FF stuff to make sense. Plus the Fuji bodies seem to be growing like the Panasonic ones did. There's good and bad to that.

Secondly, Fuji colour is pretty hit & miss for me. I love the greens and the B&W conversions are second to none, but the blue rendering is weak compared to my Z5 or any of the Oly's I've owned.

Third? If you are used to the level of computational photography that Oly or Panasonic deliver on recent bodies, you'll be unhappy with Fuji, only the GFX100(s) do multishot in any real way.

Fourth? The 12-40 Pro. Fuji's 16-50 is a massive beast in comparison and not as good, and the 16-80 is no match for the 12-100 in range or performance. Thankfully I held onto my 12-40 when I returned the E-M1.2 I dabbled with earlier this year (ended up with that Z5 instead, which works for the uses I wanted it for, I still want another E-M1 series eventually)

Fifth? The 9-18. Still unmatched in any system.

Sixth? The Fuji traditional UI is something I really like, but I realized I don't use it much. And those bloody chiclet buttons suck (Not as much an issue on the X-S10 though)

Seventh? The IQ differences between the 20MP m43 bodies and the 24/26MP Fuji's is pretty small, and with multi-shot will regularly land on m43 as the better performer.

That said, Fuji remains the only company to take APS-C seriously anymore, the lineup is generally excellent and also reasonably priced and if you are a 3:2 shooter you'll pick up significant IQ going to APS-C (since the jump is a fair bit bigger in terms of effective sensor size than 4:3 m43 to 3:2 APS-C is).

You are choosing a great system, but be aware Fuji is a fairly different system. Also be aware that Fuji's lenses often prioritize nice rendering over absolute optical performance. The Fujicrons in particular are generally inferior optically to the equivalent f1.8 Oly's, but do render gorgeously.
 

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I'm actually just boxing up my X-T1 and X-T2 right now, they go in tomorrow for an E-M5 II.
I'm pretty bored lately, and have been considering trying something else. I've been bouncing between the X-S10 and the Z5. I was about to pull the trigger on the X-S10 to get better OOC jpgs and more resolution, but the 16-80 reviews are not spectacular, and neither really is the 23/2, which are the two lenses I was targeting. The Z5 + 24-70/4 look solid, but no small fast(ish) 35. Frustrating.

You like your Z?
 

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I'm actually just boxing up my X-T1 and X-T2 right now, they go in tomorrow for an E-M5 II.

Why?

First off, they're my secondary system these days. I have a FF body (Z5) and I just don't think that there's enough separation between the Fuji stuff and my FF stuff to make sense. Plus the Fuji bodies seem to be growing like the Panasonic ones did. There's good and bad to that.

Secondly, Fuji colour is pretty hit & miss for me. I love the greens and the B&W conversions are second to none, but the blue rendering is weak compared to my Z5 or any of the Oly's I've owned.

Third? If you are used to the level of computational photography that Oly or Panasonic deliver on recent bodies, you'll be unhappy with Fuji, only the GFX100(s) do multishot in any real way.

Fourth? The 12-40 Pro. Fuji's 16-50 is a massive beast in comparison and not as good, and the 16-80 is no match for the 12-100 in range or performance. Thankfully I held onto my 12-40 when I returned the E-M1.2 I dabbled with earlier this year (ended up with that Z5 instead, which works for the uses I wanted it for, I still want another E-M1 series eventually)

Fifth? The 9-18. Still unmatched in any system.

Sixth? The Fuji traditional UI is something I really like, but I realized I don't use it much. And those bloody chiclet buttons suck (Not as much an issue on the X-S10 though)

Seventh? The IQ differences between the 20MP m43 bodies and the 24/26MP Fuji's is pretty small, and with multi-shot will regularly land on m43 as the better performer.

That said, Fuji remains the only company to take APS-C seriously anymore, the lineup is generally excellent and also reasonably priced and if you are a 3:2 shooter you'll pick up significant IQ going to APS-C (since the jump is a fair bit bigger in terms of effective sensor size than 4:3 m43 to 3:2 APS-C is).

You are choosing a great system, but be aware Fuji is a fairly different system. Also be aware that Fuji's lenses often prioritize nice rendering over absolute optical performance. The Fujicrons in particular are generally inferior optically to the equivalent f1.8 Oly's, but do render gorgeously.
I do appreciate this breakdown. Fuji is really the only other system I have interest in outside of M43, but I can tell it’s quite the departure from what I’m now used to. I don’t fully understand sensor tech, but it sounds like Fuji goes a different direction and folks don’t elaborate on the differences.
 

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but no small fast(ish) 35.


Some will appear, imo. Nikon are listing a "40mm compact" on their lens roadmap but exactly what it will be , I'm not sure.

I'm tempted by the Z5 as well. It's a nice camera in the hand and not really any bigger than the G9. Very good value. The 35/1.8 lens isn't small, but it's also not exactly huge, I'd probably go that way, and perhaps the 24-200 as a do-it-all weather sealed landscape lens.


I'd also love an Xpro3 , purely for the control and ergo layouts. That's the big appeal with Fuji, for me. The style and tactility.
 

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I do appreciate this breakdown. Fuji is really the only other system I have interest in outside of M43, but I can tell it’s quite the departure from what I’m now used to. I don’t fully understand sensor tech, but it sounds like Fuji goes a different direction and folks don’t elaborate on the differences.

Fuji doesn't do anything interesting in terms of the sensor itself, they use off the shelf Sony sensors (the 26MP sensor is the APS-C variant of the 102MP mini-MF sensor and the 61MP FF sensor).

They use a non-standard colour filter array, which they call X-Trans. It gives up colour resolution at low ISO for data stability at high ISO's. The reduction in colour resolution also reduces colour moire effects. It should also deliver cleaner high ISO than Bayer, but that's never actually been observed outside of theory.

The downsides are that good RAW conversions are more difficult and less well optimized than Bayer. That means that you need to be pickier about RAW converter choices. Also there's a larger reduction in red and blue channel resolution compared to green (the source of both the weird foliage artifacts in the early RAW converters and my issues with blue rendering).

I consider X-Trans to be an artifact of Fuji being unable to admit error. They've proven with both the inexpensive X-A and X-Tx00 bodies and the high-end GFX that they can deliver Fuji's colour signature on Bayer, and aside from low colour moire none of the claimed benefits of X-Trans have ever been demonstrated in reality.
 

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I just picked up a used Xt-3 and the 16-55mm lens. The 16-55mm lens is a beast. I think it weighs more than my entire m4/3 kit. The view finder in the Xt-3 is to die for. Also after just one day with the camera the menu system is more intuitive to me than Olympus. Also the font is like 4 times larger. I can actually see it. Going to have to get use to no-IBIS. Keeping my Pen-f and most of my m4/3 lenses for now.
 

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I'm pretty bored lately, and have been considering trying something else. I've been bouncing between the X-S10 and the Z5. I was about to pull the trigger on the X-S10 to get better OOC jpgs and more resolution, but the 16-80 reviews are not spectacular, and neither really is the 23/2, which are the two lenses I was targeting. The Z5 + 24-70/4 look solid, but no small fast(ish) 35. Frustrating.

You like your Z?

I love the Z5. The ergonomics are great, the EVF is hands down the best available in the price range and the IQ is stellar. I did buy it for two uses, backpacking (which it probably will never really get used for due to system size although I do have the surprisingly excellent 24-50 muffin lens) and adaptation of classic and manual focus lenses for which it's excellent. S lenses are on par with m.Zuiko PRO lenses for quality. For the current price, nothing matches it unless you need an action camera.

It's not an action camera with the slower sensor and 4.5fps max frame rate, but AF is a lot better than the rumours suggest.

The 35/1.8 S is a world-beater, but small it is not. Of course, the Z5 isn't small either, it's noticeably but not massively larger than an E-M1.2/3, so it's much larger than the X-S10. That pays off in terms of ergonomics, but you do have to haul the extra weight.

One thing worth noting is Nikon's Picture Control system is wildly more powerful than Fuji's Film Simulations, although the starting points are not as good. Fuji nailed the base profiles, but customizability is very limited and you can't trade settings. With Nikon you can customize a lot more to get the look you want AND you can trade the Picture Control files with others (Nikon sadly has not done anything to take advantage of their Picture Control system beyond publishing a PC/Mac editor for the files).

The 24-70/4 is a gem as well, and a compact 40 is coming by Q1 2022.

With regards to the Fuji's, the 23/2 is actually not bad at all except at close focus, but like the other Fujicrons it's about being small, reasonably priced and pleasant in rendering rather than absolutely tack sharp. It's the weakest of the 4 Fujicrons (much as the 17/1.8 is the weakest of Olympus's inexpensive f1.8's)
 
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Here is an image of the Pen-f with Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 and the Fuji XT-3 with the 16-55mm f/2.8. Almost the exact full frame range on both lenses, 24-80mm on the Olympus and 24-82mm on the Fuji.

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I just picked up a used Xt-3 and the 16-55mm lens. The 16-55mm lens is a beast. I think it weighs more than my entire m4/3 kit. The view finder in the Xt-3 is to die for. Also after just one day with the camera the menu system is more intuitive to me than Olympus. Also the font is like 4 times larger. I can actually see it. Going to have to get use to no-IBIS. Keeping my Pen-f and most of my m4/3 lenses for now.
Wow that lens is really a beast, I already think the 12-40 Pro is pretty big and heavy - a reason why I'm not using it that much anymore. However in terms of flexibility and capability the lens of course is awesome, especially due to the minimum focus range.

Personally I wanted to dive into Fuji with either an X-Pro2 or X-Pro3. I went, surprisingly, however with an X100V, which still gives a great insight into the system. I also like the menu system a bit better, but not as good as I thought I would. While I like being able to fully customize the Q-Menu (the counterpart to Oly's Super Control Panel) and the My Menu, I would like to have an option to disable certain Film Simulations which I most likely would never use. On my Pen-F I can control which Art Filters, Color Profiles and Mono Profiles I can see and select, those I never touch can be easily disabled in the menu. On Fuji you always have every single one visible, which doesn't sound much of an issue, however when you quickly want to scroll or rotate through the Film Simulations, the ones you don't use simply bloat up the whole process. I also kind of miss the short infos the Olympus menu gave about every setting, it was often enough so you don't need to look at the manual, on Fuji you don't get any infos on the menu.

I also very, very much agree to the IBIS impression: I never noticed how natural and "given" the IBIS got for me on my Olympus cameras, until I started using the X100V. Shutter speeds of 1/10s, even 1/5s or in rare instances even half a second was doable with my Pen-F and the 17mm lenses - on the X100V those are out of the question. If I lean onto something and manage to fully stabilize the camera and my body, 1/10s might be somewhat possible, but for typical free handed shots, everything below 1/25th is pretty much set to fail. Of course I can increase the ISO to counter that, however than I get more noise and DXO's impressive noise reduction isn't an option due to the X-Trans sensor.

For now, the glimpse into Fujifilm which I got thanks to the X100V was enough to strengthen my idea of sticking with Micro Four Thirds, many things which really got me interested in Fuji didn't turn out to be so great as I thought they would. Last but not least, and to return to your lens comparison, lenses for the X-System are a critical point:
For example one of my most favourite lenses, the 75mm f1.8 is still fairly light and compact. For Fuji the closest counterpart would either be the Fujifilm 90mm f2 or the Viltrox 85mm f1.8: The Oly weights just over 300g and even with the bulky hood attached it still is shorter than the Fuji without hood - and the 90mm weights around 540g. The Viltrox is also close to 500g and even a tad longer than the Fuji.
 

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I came across a new Xpro2 and 23mm - the graphite special edition kit - in a store the other day. It's been sitting there literally for years with little interest. I'm very tempted, but I can't decide, lol.
 

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I bid on a couple of X-Pro2 Graphite auctio s on ebay over the last couple of months, but ended up empty handed. It's a nice looking and for sure capable kit, depending on the price they are asking, it might really be worth a thought...
 
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Question—between the Olympus and Fuji X-mount bodies, which one do you think has the most intuitive user interface.

Earlier this year, I came over to M43 from Pentax. While I love the smaller size of the Olympus, it’s UI isn’t as intuitive as the Pentax was. I’ve been taking a look at the Fuji X-Tx series and the top dial setup has really gotten my attention. Is the rest of the UI as intuitive as top dials look?

Thanks! 😊
 

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Question—between the Olympus and Fuji X-mount bodies, which one do you think has the most intuitive user interface.

Earlier this year, I came over to M43 from Pentax. While I love the smaller size of the Olympus, it’s UI isn’t as intuitive as the Pentax was. I’ve been taking a look at the Fuji X-Tx series and the top dial setup has really gotten my attention. Is the rest of the UI as intuitive as top dials look?

Thanks! 😊
Truthfully, I've not enjoyed the Fujifilm analogue style controls as much as expected - I love the aesthetics, but in reality I find it faster and more convenient to change settings on cameras (including Fujifilm cameras) with PASM dials.

The Fujifilm menus I found pretty good to navigate - much easier than Olympus, but I prefer Panasonic menus. For customisation, the Fujifilm Q menu is my favourite out of the three brands.

I hope that helps 😀
 

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Question—between the Olympus and Fuji X-mount bodies, which one do you think has the most intuitive user interface.

Earlier this year, I came over to M43 from Pentax. While I love the smaller size of the Olympus, it’s UI isn’t as intuitive as the Pentax was. I’ve been taking a look at the Fuji X-Tx series and the top dial setup has really gotten my attention. Is the rest of the UI as intuitive as top dials look?

Thanks! 😊
It depends what you are looking for:

If you are looking for a more modern UI with typical, (D)SLR styled PASM controls, your only option would be the X-S10, as it is the only Fujifilm body which actually got off the more traditional approach, to control shutter, aperture and ISO by dedicated dials. Instead the body gives you a mode dial (which also includes for C-Modes!), while you are controlling the other settings using your front and rear dials. It also comes with a much more pronounced, again DSLR-styled grip.

If you don't care about a PASM interface, pretty much all other bodies are similar in terms of UI. Personally I think the Fujifilm menu isn't much easier than Olympus, it looks more modern but can also be pretty cluttered. Having said that, Fujifilm does give you a couple of ways to further improve the experience:
  • Q-Menu: The counterpart to Olympus' Super Control Panel, hit the Q-button on the back and you'll get a quick menu which lets you change certain settings, you can customize the layout with 4, 8, 12 and 16 tiles, each tiles can be assigned to a specific function or left blank.
  • My Menu: Once you hit the Menu-button, you always land in the My Menu first, if you have it enabled. For My Menu, you can assigned any setting from all menus you want and order them in your desired way. In combination with the Q-Menu, you can access pretty much everything you want, the way you want.
  • Button assignment: Not much different then Olympus, but it looks a bit more modern - you can re-assign pretty much every button on the camera for a bunch a various functions.
  • X-T4 Stills/Movie Modes: The X-T4 has a unique feature, a Still/Movie-Mode switch right below the SS-dial. Besides telling the camera whether you want to shoot photos or record videos, it also changes the settings menu by completely disabling any settings which aren't necessary for the currently selected mode. For example if you have "Stills" selected, the "Movie"-menu within the settings is completely gone.
The key is, you just need to take your time to re-learn any menus in my opinion. Coming from Nikon, I've found the Olympus menu system confusing and bad at first, however after a few months of use, I simply learned my way to navigate them and finding what I'm looking for.
 

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Truthfully, I've not enjoyed the Fujifilm analogue style controls as much as expected - I love the aesthetics, but in reality I find it faster and more convenient to change settings on cameras (including Fujifilm cameras) with PASM dials.

The Fujifilm menus I found pretty good to navigate - much easier than Olympus, but I prefer Panasonic menus. For customisation, the Fujifilm Q menu is my favourite out of the three brands.

I hope that helps

I agree that the top dials look cool, but one advantage to modern cameras is that you no longer need labeled dials. The display tells you what is going on.

I saw that Tamron is dipping its toes in X-mount, bringing a very interesting sounding 18-300 lens, which apparently has close focus capabilities as well. It's not out yet, but I'll be watching for reviews this fall. It sounds very compelling to me, but also too good to be true.
 

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One thing Fujis do better than Olympus and even Panasonic in my opinion are the Viewfinders, particularly in the mid-sized XT models. They are big, bright, there are no artifacts from not having your eye centered as in some panasonics, they are high resolution typically, and there is no edge blurring.

Their small primes are also excellent and more consistent than the Oly/panny 1.8/1.7s which have some excellent and some just good lenses. In addition it just seems like the small Fujis have been well designed to be used as a kit…for example in m43 i have the oly 12/2, the panny 15/1.7, thr panny 20/1.7, the oly 25/1.8, the panny 42.5/1.7 and the oly 60 macro…some have an aperture ring, others dont, some are metal some are very plastic, I dont have access to an AF prime in the 21/20mm equivalent range either, and i like the 28mm equivalent FOV which i dont have (i never liked the 14mm 2.5) so i make do with the 15mm which is tighter than i am used to.

with the Fuji i have a 21, 24, 28, 35, 40, 50, 75 and 90mm macro equivalents, all metal, all same design philosophy with aperture rings. Generally with the exception of the 21mm eq all of broadly similar size to their oly/panny comparators.

The files from the Fuji are generally nicer, more apparent depth and ability to post-process (software dependent though), but you will immediately notice the aspect ratio difference, and i do prefer the 4:3 to the 3:2.

I really like what Fuji is doing with their system , they tend to use same sensor independent of body price, or at least the trickle-down happens faster, they tend to differentiate their bodys on size (S,M,L) and style (RF vs SLR) without crippling the smaller bodies as much. They have focused their lens pipeline on the classic focal lengths with typically both a fast (1.4) and small (f2) offering while retaining common design and ergonomics.

i also have a few of the zooms…the 16-55 2.8 is way too big in my estimation, its optically fantastic but ergonomically unreasonable for my use case. The 18-55 is a phenomenal kit lens but I prefer a zoom that starts at 16mm, so this one was sold to fund the 16-80 f4, which size wise is almost identical to my panny leica 12-60. I had read all the negatives about this lens in internet fora, but my experience is that it is at least the equal of my panny, maybe even better, yes there is slight blurring on the outermost edges, but no more than my panny has. The lens OIS is incredible, best ive ever seen.

I have not used the XS10 or XT4 but from what i have read, the IBIS on oly/panny bodies is still way better

In terms of UI, i also prefer the Fuji, more of the things i change frequently are on dials and well marked, which means typically less menu diving, the MyMenu is great, i just put the 5 menu items i use most frequently in there so as not to clutter it up, and it pops up when i open menus to those 5 items without having to search. In addition the menus are better laid out than Oly but pretty similar to panny. Either way i think you tend to get used to whichever menu system you use.

One last point is that the build quality of the Fuji cameras is darn good. I have no experience with the XS10 or the XA series but the XE, XT, XPro, and XH are mostly metal, broadly similar in feel to the PenF/EM1, quite a bit better in the hand than the EM10/EM5ii.
 

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When we have new gear we search for good light and we find it and we adore what we get. When in reality, our old camera would have been just as good in that great light. That's my take after going back and forth between different camera systems the last 13 years.
 

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I'm pretty bored lately, and have been considering trying something else. I've been bouncing between the X-S10 and the Z5. I was about to pull the trigger on the X-S10 to get better OOC jpgs and more resolution, but the 16-80 reviews are not spectacular, and neither really is the 23/2, which are the two lenses I was targeting. The Z5 + 24-70/4 look solid, but no small fast(ish) 35. Frustrating.

You like your Z?
Since this thread kicked back up, I'll update my own post above. I looked long at the S10, and tried the Z5. I settled instead on the G9, which is singularly one of the best cameras I've ever had full stop. Everyone is different, but the G9 is marvelous for me.
 

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