Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography

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sharkyofcuths Regular Member • Posts: 126
Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography

After procrastinating for two years, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and upgrade my camera.

I done a lot of research and have whittled it down to two systems that will fit my budget (around £1,200 secondhand)

Nikon Z50 + 16-50, 50-250 and 50 f1.8

Fuji X-T30 + 16-50, 50-230 and 50 f2

I will primarily be using it for indoor theatre photography (a mixture of silent/electronic and mechanical depending on the type of lighting used), and some bird photography.

I don't want to use a FTZ, so I'm effectively starting off with a blank slate lens wise.

So I’m looking for something with

  • good image quality (especially at higher ISOs)
  • good eye-AF, especially in low light.
  • No issues with shutter shock between 1/60 and 1/180

Which one should I go for? I'm going to make a firm decision by the end of this month, so I can get it in time for Easter. Any suggestions would be welcome.

Fujifilm X-T30 Nikon Z50
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KCook
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Re: Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography

Subtle differences.  If possible, rent first.

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AstroVagabond
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Re: Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography

Here is a side by side of some of the technical specifications:

https://www.digicamdb.com/compare/fujifilm_x-t30-vs-nikon_z50/

No information on the difference in auto focus capabilities of the two which would be of interest to me if making a purchase.

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ChelseaPhotographer
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Re: Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography

sharkyofcuths wrote:

After procrastinating for two years, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and upgrade my camera.

I done a lot of research and have whittled it down to two systems that will fit my budget (around £1,200 secondhand)

Nikon Z50 + 16-50, 50-250 and 50 f1.8

Fuji X-T30 + 16-50, 50-230 and 50 f2

I will primarily be using it for indoor theatre photography (a mixture of silent/electronic and mechanical depending on the type of lighting used), and some bird photography.

I don't want to use a FTZ, so I'm effectively starting off with a blank slate lens wise.

So I’m looking for something with

  • good image quality (especially at higher ISOs)
  • good eye-AF, especially in low light.
  • No issues with shutter shock between 1/60 and 1/180

Which one should I go for? I'm going to make a firm decision by the end of this month, so I can get it in time for Easter. Any suggestions would be welcome.

if you can, rent them. But if you can't, go to the camera store and give them a good test. Handling the cameras for a few minutes can make a huge difference in your decision making process.

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OP sharkyofcuths Regular Member • Posts: 126
Re: Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography

Sadly, it's not going to be possible to test them until non-essential stores re-open in the UK on April 12th.

Does anyone who has used either (or both) of these systems have a view on their relative merits?

rwant101 New Member • Posts: 5
Re: Z50 vs X-T30 for theatre photography
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I shoot theatre with my X-T20. With both bodies being similarly capable, I think it comes down to the lenses; especially with stage lighting. If you're shooting on-the-run in addition to staged, photocall type work, you'll need the flexibility zooms offer (as your research suggests). In low light theatrical conditions, I often find my 18-55 2.8-4 isn't fast enough; the 16-50 will be even worse capturing dimly lit scenes.

Fast primes will work for staged shots with adequate light or if you can roam every area of the theatre freely while you shoot, but you're going to miss a lot of shots with that 50 2.0 if you're only shooting on-the-run. You may want to consider the 16-55 2.8 and don't get the 50 if your budget allows. The 50-230 will give you enough reach to shoot close-up details of costumes, props, small scenic elements, etc., but only with enough light.

I can't speak to Nikon's lenses

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