Going back to DSLR...

Started Jan 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
keithinmelbourne Contributing Member • Posts: 918
Re: Going back to DSLR...

Al Downie wrote:

With mixed feelings, I've just returned the 60mm I bought from Amazon, and will be selling the X-E1, 35mm and 18-55mm - I'll be very sorry to let it go. It's been great fun to use, and the image quality is surprisingly good, as you all know.

I've just ordered a Nikon D800 and three Nikkors (85mm f1.4G, 135mm f2DC, 16-35mm f4G) and might buy the Sigma 50mm when it's released, if the price/performance is anything like their 35mm model.

I've surprised myself to be honest - after all my bleating about how disappointing the Df is, and all the excitement about the X-T1 which is without doubt the closest thing yet to the camera I've been longing for, in the end I've given up on the small sensor and gone full-frame with a conventional DSLR that offers NO traditional controls at all. Nuts.

I love the controls on the Fujis, and the light weight and portability. Love the image quality too, as far as it goes - I've loved shooting family portraits, landscapes, travel etc with the X-E1 (and the X100). Sadly though, the AF system is just not responsive enough to make the camera completely versatile, and there are no long prime lenses on the road map, so wildlife and sports (and even hyperactive toddler life) are pretty much excluded. I also have a nagging feeling that, with Fuji, I'd become a consumer rather than a photographer. It sort-of feels like that niche of the market is still evolving too quickly, and I'll end up having (or wanting) to buy newer, better stuff all the time. Looking at Fuji forums, it seems that everyone cannot wait to replace this Fuji or that Fuji with the next Fuji, and I'm sure that there WILL be a full frame Fuji at some point, which will mean replacing all the lenses too. I can understand the attraction, but I need a bit of stability!

I'm keeping the X100 for sure; it'll remain my little carry-around camera, but I'm *so* looking forward to being back on full-frame again, with an investment in great glass that will hopefully last 10-20yrs. The D800 should be good for at least 5 years too, I think.

Best of luck to you all - hope you continue to enjoy the Fuji journey!


It's always interesting to read posts such as this one. I have a pretty solid FF and APS-C system that wasn't always like that. I switched to MFT with the advent of the Olympus EM-5. I never quite came to grips with its focus or results, so I sold it. I bought a 100D for its size factor and have kept it, but I think its AF is pretty rudimentary. I bought a Canon 70D to bridge that gap and it is fantastic. I bought a Fuji 100S recently and love using it for street work, and last week I bought a Fuji x20 because I was going to a concert where DSLRs were not allowed.

I use all these cameras with varying degrees of intensity. My 1Ds3 with the 85L and 50L; the 6D with the 24-70 f2.8LII; the 70D with the Sigma 18-35 and the 100D with the 40mm f2.8 & the 85 f1.8. The two Fujis I use on the street and carry one of them all the time.

It's a crazy system but it works for me. In short, I don't believe that there is any system where one could claim that size fits all. I like to play to a camera's strengths and use it within those parameters. If I could only afford one camera it would probably be the 6D and 24-70L. The Fuji X100s would be next, because it does a bit of everything that I need. The rest are nice to haves.

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Fujifilm X100F Olympus TG-5 Olympus E-M1 II Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 45mm F1.8 +15 more
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