Why I switched from Canon to Fujifilm X Series

James Hatter on the Fujifilm XT-3

I have been a long standing Canon DSLR user. My first Canon camera was the Canon EOS 60D. An APS-C camera released in 2010. Since then, I have owned a number of different bodies, first upgrading to the 80D in 2016, before going on to purchase 2 Full Frame Canon 6D Mark ii's in 2017. That's not to mention the investment made in the multiple EF mount lenses I had in my collection. Investing in any system is going to be expensive, hence why so many people tend to stick with a particular brand of camera, rather than opting for that elusive switch.

I first started to really notice the Mirrorless market in 2018 and with rumours of a Full Frame Canon mirrorless system due for release towards the back end of the year, I was intrigued as to what the future held for the Canon brand.

In October 2018, Canon released the EOS R, which on paper looked like a really good camera, with some great specifications that would put it on par with the flagship Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. My biggest bug bear at the time was the lack of a 2nd card slot. Wedding photographers rely upon 2 card slots to ensure our clients photos are continually backed up whilst shooting throughout the day.

Upon the release of the EOS R, Canon also announced the introduction of it's brand new lens system. The RF mount. With so many people switching from DSLR to mirrorless, I did start to wonder whether the old EF mount would become redundant in the years to follow. Was it time for me to cash in on my current investment, whilst I still could?

Having looked at the pricing of the EOS R, I felt Canon did a really good job at providing consumers with a quality full frame mirrorless camera at a competitive price, but with the lack of that elusive second card slot, was this really a camera aimed at people using it professionally?

Unfortunately Canon lost me when I saw the prices of the RF lenses they had released. Yes, they released the EOS R with an EF adapter, so that you could migrate your current lenses across to the new system, but I always feel that cameras perform better when using lenses native to the body.

Canon had done such a good job at keeping the camera body competitive on price, but then totally blew most people out with their lens pricing.

It was time for me to start looking elsewhere.

I had originally had my eye on the ever popular Sony A7 series, but it was during my initial research stage that Fujifilm really caught my eye.

The Fuji XT-2 had already received some stunning reviews and was about to get an overhaul in the form of the Fuji XT-3, released around the same time as the Canon EOS R. After doing a lot of research looking at the specs, reading reviews and watching vlogs, I finally saw one in action through a very good friend of mine and thinking...."I need this camera". I decided to take the plunge and make the switch to Fujifilm.

So what was it about Fujifilm that made me want to leave my beloved Canons?

1. They are just a sheer pleasure to use - First and foremost, the Fuji XT-3 is just a joy to use. It's effortless, requiring minimal concentration on camera settings, allowing me to focus more on available light and composition.

2. The electronic viewfinder - It took a while to get used to it, but to be able to see how the shot is going to look before I've taken it, is one key feature of the mirrorless camera that any photographer can not ignore.

3. Price - You get ALOT of camera for your money and the lenses are just as beautiful as the Canon equivalent, but at a fraction of the cost.

4. Size & Weight - I carry 2 cameras on my body during a wedding and boy do I feel it the next day. DSLRs are heavy due to the extra weight required to host the mirror mechanism. The Fuji XT-3 is a fraction of the weight and feels just as good in the hands. It's smaller in comparison to the Canon DSLR's and I can therefore be more discreet in my approach at a wedding without intimidating guests with a huge camera.

5. It's super quiet - If I use the electronic shutter on the camera, it's absolutely silent. Just what you want during a ceremony. The camera does radiate some noise in mechanical shutter mode, but it's still quieter in comparison to my old Canons.

6. Fujifilm have been in the mirrorless market a long time - Fujifilm have been in the mirrorless game a lot longer than Canon. They have learned from previous mistakes and there has to be some benefit to that over the first generation EOS R.

7. Fujifilm film simulations and colours - The film simulations built into this camera, make photos straight from camera just look wonderful. Canon users rave about those Canon colours and yes, the Canon colours are nice but, in my opinion, Fujifilm have absolutely nailed the colours within their cameras.
8. Image quality. Superb. Fujifilm cameras don’t have an anti-aliasing filter and the resulting images have a sharpness and clarity that I never obtained from my Canon cameras.
9. Two SD Card slots. Yes. This camera has 2 SD card slots. I can shoot on one and backup on the other. SD cards can fail and become corrupt. Shooting with a camera that has the ability to back up to a second card gives me and my couples the peace of mind that in the unfortunate situation of a card failure, those special photos wont be lost.

Do I have any regrets? None at all. I love my new cameras and I’m continually blown away by the quality of the images that they produce. Go try one out and see for yourself.