Fujifilm Love Hate !

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I have lent out a lot of personal Fujifilm kit over the last five years and the result has always been some love hate relationships and personal battles with the kit. I always find this very interesting. I remember my first time with the X100 and how it wound me up no end that the sensor was giving me better black and white images than my Nikon D3s but how hard it was to get used to the camera and menus. Most of all the focus system was hard work and so much more. This all made me question my choice but the images spoke for themselves ! It felt like a toy camera compared to the mighty D3s ! But who cared about the feel when the images were just so great …

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XPro2 50mm f/2

On a recent trip to Edinburgh I was having a facebook conversation with a friend who had brought an X100T on my recommendation for her Street Photography. She hated it out of the box and many times I looked at her comments on social media saying how she wanted to get rid of it. One day it was driving her nuts the next it was fine. I could see the personal battle taking place this Marmite camera was tearing this girl apart !

She even asked me when the XPro2 was out and then the X-T2 and the X-T20 but all the time she went out shooting with the X100T. On this trip to Edinburgh she messaged me and said ” I love this camera Matt I really do, but it’s taken me 18 months to make it work for me”  I laughed and said I know ! I said to her the problem with the X100 series is you have to adapt your style to the camera and no one can help you with that. It’s up to you to decide on every setting from Jpeg to focus mode. You can’t just look up what other people do on the internet or blogs you just have to go out every day and have a personal battle with the camera and almost fight over who is in change !

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XPro2 50mm f/2

I have taught over 200 workshops over the last two years and so many people come on the workshops who have the same battle not just with the X100 series but some of the other Fujifilm models.

I was talking with another friend tonight who has my X-T10 and she said I am getting there but I am having a love hate relationship with this camera ! I just laughed and said I know…

I would say 99.9% of the people that have this battle win and they fall in love with the X Series Camera system.  I know a few people who have lost the battle and gone back to their chosen brand. I have noticed one thing though, the people that battle on don’t just learned how to adapt to a new camera system their work changes for the better too.

I think the the personal battle teaches them more than just how to use a new camera it makes them look at the way they work as well. It’s all too easy to pick up a DSLR out of the box and go out and shoot on auto, it’s not so easy to use the X100 you have to start to understand your craft more and in doing so your work improves.

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XPro2 50mm F/2

Quite a few people love the way the X Series slowed them down at the start but then became frustrated by that very fact ! Fujifilm responded to customer feedback and have made the  XPro2 and X-T2 but you still have to know what you are doing to get the best out of these cameras. You can use them out of the box on Auto now but once you really learn how to set them up you take a great big step up on your photography journey.

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XPro2 50mm f/2

The shame is that most people just look at these cameras on the internet or for a few minutes in a shop ! They never get to use them for 12-18 months and so never get to experience love hate battle and that is such a shame.  So many people don’t like change but I think that is where the X100F comes in. You can buy it as a back up camera and take it everywhere. Some days you will want to throw it in the river or bin some days you will want to hug it and kiss it ( possibly a bit far ) but when you look at those images you know you have an amazing bit of kit in your hands that you can stick in your pocket and take everywhere !  Take the X100F challenge buy one or borrow one  and see how you get on, then come back on here in 18 months and leave a comment.

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XPro2 16mm f/1.4

8 thoughts on “Fujifilm Love Hate !

    Paul Krippler said:
    June 7, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Hi Matt,

    thank you for this article. I must say that my experience is different. I got my X-E1 in October 2012 and felt immediately fine with it. The same then in 2015 with the X-T1 and now very recently with the X-T2.

    I was up and running very fast, felt very comfortable (of course you have to read the manual and check for tips on the internet for specific stuff).

    Regards

    Paul

    Mike said:
    June 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Hello there

    I am currently a Pany GX7 user and am eagerly awaiting an upgrade in cameras from Pany,.. but every time I read about, or hold, a Fuji X-series camera I can’t help but wonder what or why I am waiting for that upgrade (which may never come).
    I really enjoy reading your blogs/reviews and appreciate how “real-world” you are about these cameras and topics surrounding them.

    I may have to run out this week and dive into an X-series camera but am unsure where to start.
    Maybe the rumoured X-E3???

    Cheers and keep the great articles coming

      matt6t6 responded:
      June 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Hi Mike, I would buy an X-T20 over an X-E3 any day of the week. But that depends if you like rangefinder style or not. Thanks

    Derek Digglet said:
    June 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I am still loving my X-E1. Since they sell used for around $200, I will keep it until it dies.

    Paul Whiting said:
    June 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Hi Matt,

    I’m a keen amatuer photographer who switched to an X-T1 about 9 months ago after over 15 years of being a dyed in the wool Nikon user, of which I still own and regularly use two cameras.

    I have to say I have never had so much fun with a camera system and from the very start I found the X-T1 very intuitive to use. Substituting the PSAM settings found on most cameras and replacing it with auto settings on the various dials, not to mention the various drive options underneath them, was a master stroke and this in my opinion makes the system what it is. Easy to use and accessable with 95% of what you need just right there in front of you without requiring you to go and dive into various menus to tweak settings and then missing the opportunity that has since passed.

    The hardest part for me was understanding the Quick menu system, which actually is remarkably straight forward once you realise that you just need to navigate to the relevant setting and then dial in the changes using the back dial.

    I also can’t help but feel i know this camera more indepth than any Nikon I have ever owned. Whenever I pick it up I just can’t stop smiling. Now busy saving for an X-T2!

    P.S. If I could make one small change then I would add a film advancement lever (yeah I know) but not to advance the film! I’d use it to display and revue the last shot taken. Now wouldn’t that be something 🙂

    Regards
    Paul W

    Lawrence said:
    June 10, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I shot film for years (Nikon/Leica) so the transition to an X-T1 was relatively seamless. I was surprised though that adding the X-Pro1 was not, but I hung in there and now reach for it more than the X-T1.

    derekrutherford said:
    June 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I have an x100s and an xPro1 and am in the midst of this battle! I still reach for my Nikon d7100 when I want to be sure of getting the shot but there is so much I love about the Fuji experience (and the results when I do nail them) that I keep persevering.

    Guanacaste Kid (@GuanacasteKid16) said:
    June 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Enjoyed your article. Thanks for posting it. I use an Xe2 with a 16-50mm Fuiji lens and a number of adapted lenses. I also continue to use my Nikon D300 and D7K. I found the Xe2 easy to use. It cannot touch the focusing and viewfinder of the Nikons but it makes truly excellent photos. So until I can afford an XT1 I will continue to love my Xe2 but know its limitations. Same, of course, can be said about the Nikons (noise, weight etc etc). Thanks again.

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