So Long Fuji

Started Mar 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
scotbot Senior Member • Posts: 1,196
Re: Gone the Other Way...

Peter Sills wrote:

Interesting post, especially as I've gone the other way.

I have a GREAT relationship with Sony. In fact I had the NEX-7 prior to release and took it on an assignment to Cuba. Sony wrote an article about it using my photos. No doubt Sony makes good cameras.

Why switch to Fuji?

Sony doesn't understand photography, and I can tell you they probably never will. Their saving grace is video and the focus in development is heavily in that direction. Look at their camera designs. Their color balance is favored towards video and their control scheme's are designed by the same people who design their camcorders. While their lens selection and quality is poor, I don't ever expect it to reach Fuji levels. Sony rely upon third-parties to fulfill ths for them. Also, due to their camera design, while the camera may be smaller than a standard DSLR, their lenses will be quite similar in size, ergo very little benefit to the system overall.

In the end, for me, it comes down to image quality, and Sony just doesn't have it. Look, if you want detail, buy a used Pentax 645D. The prices are about to plummet as the new one comes out. However, I lost faith in Sony's ability to compete in the future and to produce a quality product aimed at serious photographers.

I wish you well. However, remember it is not the equipment that makes the photograph, it is the photographer!

I agree, and have moved to Fuji (XT-1) after owning and using many Sony cameras since the F717. Sony as a company is totally different to Fuji, they are an impenetrable corporation who's policy is to ignore their customers. Their cameras are technically great but always have some terrible UI problems or crippled functionality. They rarely fix problems that can easily be solved in firmware as they want their customers to buy a new camera instead (classic case is the A55 black screen when using non-Sony flashes). I also have a Sony Z1 phone and the plastic over the glass scratches extremely easily and they won't acknowledge the many complaints about it and have stated that removing the scratched film will void the warranty. Nobody knows if they will continue to make A mount cameras and lenses beyond the next few years, they probably will but again they have chosen to not say anything about it. There are serious problems with A7 jpeg rendering if you consider the price of the camera and the outstanding RAW quality - my personal suspicion is they they will not improve this in firmware.

I'm quite sad to be parting company with Sony but they have lost the plot.

After using the x100S for a few months and finding the 23mm fixed lens to limiting (I wasn't sure how I would adapat to that) and finding the AF too slow on the otherwise amazingly good XE-1, the XT-1 is for me the pinnacle of photography-centric design, quality and functionality.

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