Remember my post, from 7 months ago, where I gave 10 reasons why I switched from Sony to Fuji? I’m a little bit ashamed of myself, but I switched back to Sony. I have tried the Fuji equipment, it is awesome, but it’s just not for me. Here are 10 reasons why I switched back to Sony..
Reason 1: Color Science
I always believed that Sony had a odd color to skin tones for example, and that Sony was a little over-saturated. I’ve read all these good stories about Fuji colors, and it was one of the reasons why I had switched to Fuji. Fuji really does have a whole different look. But, how I found that Sony was a little over-saturated, I found the Fuji under-saturated. Very neutral, and in my opinion, a little boring. Fuji has a more classic look to it’s pictures. I thought I liked that, but I found myself adding colors in LR and PS all the time. The new Sony 3rd generation Alpha series have new color science. It’s still saturated, but the skin tones are more natural now, not that pink/reddish look anymore. It’s really amazing.
Reason 2: Autofocus
The Fuji X-T3 should have blazing fast autofocus, covering the whole screen. And it does, but.. not really. I like to use continuous autofocus, and really rely on that. I expect the camera to focus continuously on a point that I have selected. But the X-T3 doesn’t do that, properly. When, for example, a bride is walking on the isle, and I have my focus points on her, the camera says it’s in focus, but when I look at the pictures afterwards, I can throw away half of the pictures because they’re NOT in focus. That’s not good for a photographer earning money to do his job. It’s not reliable at all. So I recently photographed a wedding with the Sony A7iii, and the autofocus is just as fast as the X-T3, but also accurate. I could keep 99% of all pictures if I would only look at focus.
Reason 3: 30 fps?
A cool feature of the X-T3, is the 30 fps burst mode. Now I’ve tried this mode, and it works, partially. If I don’t use any other option of the camera at the same time, yes, then it works great. But, like I said in reason 2, I’m a man that likes continuous autofocus. Especially with burst mode, because you will probably photograph moving subjects with this right? I mean, you won’t take 30 photos a second of a still object, right? But when you use 30 fps burst mode on the X-T3 in combination with continuous autofocus, it falters like crazy. Maybe get 10/15 frames? Still pretty neat, but not what has been advertised, and because it randomly falters, not predictable to get thé shot. So I ended up not using this function at all, and just use the 8/11 fps function when needed.
Reason 4: Updates
This will sound strange to you at the beginning, but just hear me out. Fujifilm, is pushing updates to it’s users too fast. Now I know I said I like their philosophy of Kaizen, but I only like it if they do it properly. Since I had the X-T3, 2 updates came out. Both updates did some good things for the camera. Improved energy savings, improved autofocus, added some extra functions, but, I have the feeling they don’t really test their updates comprehensive. Every time they fix of update something, they break something else. I’ve been in some Fuji communities also, a lot of people complaining about errors. Now I know that no community is perfect, especially in brand communities, but these Fuji people really made me laugh sometimes. Their response to most of these complaints is: “Yes we know, these things happen, just wait for the next update and it will be fixed. Also, Fuji rocks!”. Just the other day, I read someone asking for help, because his camera was constantly “breathing” focus while filming, wasn’t workable at all. He used continuous AF in bright daylight. The solution people brought? Just turn continuous AF off and use single, or manual.. These people are probably not making money with their photography or videography, otherwise you would be a lot more concerned. This community can also be very VERY defensive if you say anything wrong about a Fuji camera, or the Fuji brand in general. I think Kaizen is maybe a word for Voodoo in another language?
Reason 5: IQ & Sharpness
Ok, I said in my previous post that I found my Sony camera’s to be too damn sharp, and that the high ISO performance of the X-T3 would be good enough for my work. I thought that APS-C became so good, that there wouldn’t be a lot of difference between fullframe anymore. But I will admit, that I was wrong. Although the sharpness of the X-T3 in combination with the lenses I used was very good, the high ISO performance wasn’t that good in comparison to the Sony fullframes. It’s probably better then the A7 1st gen, but not better or even as good as the A7II. The 3rd gen Sony’s perform even better. As a part-time wedding photographer, I come in situations where flash isn’t wanted, but lighting is bad. I will have to work with higher ISO and still give my clients photo’s which aren’t all muddy. The X-T3 didn’t do so well. Bokeh and DOF is also something that affects my decision. An APS-C just doesn’t give the same look to my pictures as a fullframe does. The photo’s were great, but just not what I was used to. For example, I had the 56mm 1.2 lens, which should give the same result as a 85mm 1.8 on a fullframe, but it didn’t. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t. There was less magic then I thought there would be.
Reason 6: Fun
Well, this isn’t really a reason. I wrote in my previous post that fun was a reason to switch to Fuji. But, to be honest, it wasn’t exactly the camera that gave me that fun factor, it was just having a new toy to play with. Because now I switched to Sony again, that fun factor is just as high as when I just had a new X-T3. It’s very important to keep having fun with the camera you’re using, to keep your hobby or job going, and keep you creative. But you can also do that by learning new things, or buying now lenses that give you new possibilities.
Reason 7: Grip and handling
Maybe it are my big fat hands, but the grip of the Fujifilm X-T3 was to small. I found that I really needed an extra thumbgrip and L-bracket with extra grip, or even better, a battery grip to hold the camera properly. Without grip I could only hold the camera properly with the smallest and lightest lens (27mm 2.8). The button layout and feel isn’t the best either. With the Sony I was used to using back button autofocus, but the button placement, or feel of the AF back button, just didn’t work for me, so I went back to focusing with half-pressing the release button, which isn’t ideal if you’re used to back button AF. I also found the Q-button (quick menu, like Fn-button on sony) to be placed a little awkward. I sometimes accidentally pressed it and then a ugly grey menu would appear on my screen. That menu didn’t serve any purpose for me, which is strange because I use the Fn-button on Sony all the time. So I just disabled the Q-button.
Besides that, I loved the look of the dials for SS and ISO, and the Aperture rings on the lenses. But, to be fair, they weren’t really handy for fast work. The aperture ring is, but the ISO and SS dials weren’t. I should be able to look through the viewfinder, and change these settings with a little movement of my finger. But it was too much of a hastle to use these dials because of the placement. So I had setup my front dial to change shutter-speed, and a button on the back to change ISO. I changed the back dial to Exposure Compensation for when I would use one of the automatic modes. It worked for me like that, but that’s not how it’s supposed to be, is it?
Reason 8: Video and Picture Profiles
I’m a hybrid shooter, which means that I am using my camera for photography ànd videography. So video is important to me too. The Fujifilm X-T3 is a better camera if you look at the specs, 4K 60p, 10bit internal, 4:2:0 internal, H.265, the option to choose Long-GOP @200 Mbps or ALL-Intra @400Mbps. The Sony A7iii only has 4K to max 30p @100Mbps. There is a lot of difference on paper, but to be fair, I don’t see it when editing the footage. The footage of the Sony should be softer, with less detail, but I just can’t see it on my big 4K monitor. Also the dynamic range, and the noise algorithm seems better and cleaner on the Sony. If I can’t see the difference, my clients will not see it either. So why should I shoot huge files, if I can make a better workflow with smaller files, and have better dynamic range. That dynamic range is part of the picture profiles of course. Fujifilm only has F-Log or film-simulations, which aren’t the same as picture profiles, where Sony has S-Log, which is more advanced and workable then F-Log, and it has far more picture profiles like Cine4 and the new introduces HLG3, which is brilliant and can be worked with at ISO125. Both camera’s are very capable of creating stunning video, I just think the Sony works better for me, workflow wise, and it also has less impact on my computer.
Another thing to mention, is the slo-mo function. Both camera’s can do 120fps @ 1080p. But I have to mention, that when shooting in this mode on the X-T3, it will play back in slo-mo also, and it won’t record sound. It’s like the Sony S&Q mode. So the Sony does this also, but can also record in normal 120fps mode, where it does record audio, and it does play back normal. Why shouldn’t you record audio? Audio doesn’t take much space, and I want to be able to play back audio from my footage when I need it. Let’s say something happens that I want to record in slo-mo, and right next to it something happens that I have to record normally and there is no time to switch, I need that audio.
Reason 9: Lenses
Although the lenses of Fujifilm are cheaper, there isn’t that much of a choice. There aren’t much 3rd party lenses out there, the magical prime lenses with fast apertures are slow in autofocus and noisy. Also not reliable for autofocus, they hunt a lot and miss focus. The newer lenses, which are cheaper, lighter, quieter and better, are only f/2. Pro lenses, well, they don’t have a lot. And the ones they have aren’t cheaper then the competition. I wish I found this out a little earlier, because that would be reason enough not to switch from Sony to Fujifilm. So I blame this one to not doing my homework.
Reason 10: Familiar
I have shot a long time with Sony, I had a Sony Alpha A58, then I had the 1st gen A7, then the A6000, then the A7ii, the A7rii, so I really had a history with Sony. People always complaining about menu’s and stuff, I found it all bullsh*t because I was very familiar with it. My muscle memory always knew which button to press etc. The switch to Fuji was hard, because everything is different. It’s like switching from Android to iOS. You kind of know where to look for something, but you have to get used to the new system. I have done a lot of shooting with the Fuji, but didn’t really get used to it. I couldn’t get it to work like I wanted it to, it behaved different with some functionalities than I expected, and it was just more work.
You know that feeling when you are on a holiday, having much fun and all, but when you get home after, and lie down on your bed, it’s the best feeling ever? -“I missed you bad, bed”. When I got my hands on a Sony again, I got that exact feeling. I just wanted to grab it and cuddle it. I felt my heart beating in my neck, and when I put it against my face, it was almost like it whispered to me -“please take me back”. It took a few days, watching my photo’s that I made with Sony, remembering the good times we had while drinking some wine. Then I decided to break up with Fujifilm. It was a temporary love, until I realized how much I had with Sony. It took some effort, but we’re finally back together, and I will never doubt our relationship again.
These were my 10 reasons why I switched back to Sony. Now mind you, these are MY 10 reasons, you don’t have to be agreeing with me, but I just thought I’d share it with you. These are my opinions, and my experiences with the Fujifilm X-T3 and the Sony A7 series. No camera and no brand is perfect, they are tools that help you create the art that you invision. Some tools work better for you, while other tools may help better for others. Don’t bash me for having an opinion. Don’t get emotional because I express my opinion and you don’t like it. Embrace it, and maybe use it if you are having second thoughts on your own gear and are considering a switch. do your homework, get your hands on it and test it before you do a major switch. If you have the money, Buy the new system besides your already owned system, and see if you really want to switch. Switching costs a lot of money, so don’t make the same mistake I did.