How does Fuji compare to Full Frame?

Started Oct 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cartwheels MD Regular Member • Posts: 178
Re: How does Fuji compare to Full Frame?

Cailean Gallimore wrote:

Cartwheels MD wrote:

Cailean Gallimore wrote:

Cartwheels MD wrote:

Cailean Gallimore wrote:

dirkluchtman wrote:


I just purchased a Canon 70D after much contemplation about my next camera. I had a 5D Mark II, but was looking for the best compromise between fast operation, good video and image quality. The Canon 70D is sensational when it comes to overall operation, but the image quality lets down, with very limited dynamic range. For this reason, I am willing to go back to FF. The 6D is a good alternative (although I would sorely miss the brilliant video autofocus of the 70D), but I heard that the Fuji x trans sensors come close to FF quality. I am attracted to the compact, retro style bodies and manual control. I would be willing to sacrifice good video, if I get great FF like image quality from the Fuji bodies.

Can anyone comment on this please? Especially in terms of highlight and shadow recovery. How well is details at these extremes recovered from RAW files?


I don't think a meaningful comparison could be made.

Why? Put both in the hands of a good photographer and look at the results. See if you can pick out the FF vs. APS-C images. In fact, Zack Arias did such a comparison already:

And scroll through these posts to check out some test shots.

I'm not saying that ff is better than the Fuji APS-C, or that Fuji APS-C is better than ff. I'm just saying that to compare two things that are so very different, doesn't produce very meaningful results. Think about that a bit before you dismiss it.

Nor did I say that you said that. I wasn't even implying it. What I am saying is that a.) there is no such thing as FF quality and b.) the proof is in the pudding. It's all relative. You just have to use different focal lengths and aperture settings to produce the same results on APS-C. So with that in mind, I am reframing the OP's question as "Does the Fuji X system have excellent image quality?" and answering, "Yes, if you know what you're doing." The same is true for any camera.

All of this is assuming that he understands how to get the results he wants on an APS-C body since he bought one.

I understand what you're saying. Actually, I've gone down the same road as Zack Arias myself, and no longer see any compelling reason to use ff for the kind of work I do. Occasionally I pull out the ff when a particular job might work better with it, but that's becoming less often. When I look at large prints from my Fuji cameras they still surprise me with their quality. The user experience though, is very very different from a a DSLR, and not to everyone's taste.

That's what makes the comparison difficult.

Ah, I thought you were saying APS-C vs. FF.  Yes I agree that the mirrorless vs. DSLR experience is radically different.  OP, you should definitely rent from or something to test out the Fuji first.

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