Your favorite Fuji camera body for use with vintage manual focus lenses

Started Aug 16, 2022 | Discussions thread
Aoi Usagi Veteran Member • Posts: 3,358
Re: Your favorite Fuji camera body for use with vintage manual focus lenses

lattesweden wrote:

The "Your favorite" series of threads now also include bodys, since no lens takes images without a camera body.

To avoid "brand wars" this thread is only for Fuji.
Similar threads focusing on each of the other brands will follow.

So, which Fuji model (mirrorless/DSLR, medium format/crop etc) do you think is the best for use with vintage manual focus lenses and why?

X-T1, or any X-Tx, X-Txx or X-Hx.  Large EVF for focusing, and large grip.

Bonus questions:

  • What are the pros and cons of your favorite body? 

It has a nice grip and the battery grip adds extra weight to balance the weight of the heavy vintage lenses.

  • How do you manual focus with it (describe the process)?

Magnification.  Peaking turned off.  Too many false positive focusing with peaking.

  • Does your favorite body have IBIS and how well does it work?

No, but it would be nice.

  • Does your favorite body have a database function one can build up in the body that stamps the lens name into the Exif and sets the IBIS right (if it has IBIS)?


  • Does your favorite body support adapted lenses in any other good way?

Focal length can be added, but I tend to do it in post.

  • Which MF adapter brand and type (tube type with or without optics) do you use with your favorite body?

Lens turbo II

  • Which camera body from Fuji that you have tried, should be avoided for manual focus vintage lenses and why?

Any X-Pro body as the OVF is practically useless with manual focus lenses.  The ERF can help a little. The lack of grip also makes it difficult to handle longer and heavier lenses.  The X-Ex series also has the grip issue.

  • Is there in your view a budget body from Fuji for manual focus vintage lenses that would be good for a beginner or someone with a lower budget and why?

X-T1, X-T10, etc.

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