A review ( Or something similar..) of the Fujifilm X-T3
Ok, so this will be my thoughts and experiences about the Fujifilm X-T3 after using it 6 months.
Im no spring chicken when it comes to the Fuji system, as i have now for the second time committed to buying Fuji cameras and lenses. The first ”fujiphase” i went through was year ago when after traveling i saw the X-T1 and became smitted with the look and feel if the camera.
I brought it with me together with 3 lenses to Paris the first time, and was so happy with it and the pictures i managed to shoot with it. Some of them which are still my favorite pictures.
After hauling my Nikon D700 and the 24-70 and other lenses through the streets of Rome, i felt blessed getting to carry the Fuji gear around. It saved my shoulders and back and i had fun instead of constantly complaining about having to carry so much gear.
Also the Fuji X-T1 was so much fun to shoot! Loved everything about it.
Time went on and i also got the successor in X-T2. The improved AF and other features were welcome, but the need for a grip felt a little annoying at times to boost the speed enough on the camera. Still, it had most of what i loved with the X-T1. My favorite lenses after using the system for a while then was the mighty 16mm 1,4, the 56mm 1,2 and the 90mm 2,0.
Other lenses i used and also liked very very much were 10-24( which i shot most of my architecture etc in Paris with ), the 23mm 1,4 ( was not used much though since i had the 10-24 already ) and the 16-55 2,8.
For most of my work and other projects i was using Nikon and was also very happy with that, but for all the fun day to day shooting i loved using the Fuji cameras and lenses.
As i have written in another blogpost a few years back i had my eyes on a Leica Q ( which i also wrote a short review about earlier ). And after thinking it trough a long long while i decided at that point to sell my Fuji system and buy it.
I was lusting for the Q several years and while i DID love Fuji and have had so much fun with it, i just wanted to at least have tried the Q since it felt so close to what i loved shooting on a daily basis. So i took the plunge and did not learn my lesson that time, lost a lot of money selling and buying the Q.
On to the Q, which was a new love affair when it comes to cameras for sure.
It lived up to my already high expectations and beyond. Except my Nikon Df its probably going to be one of my favorite cameras ever.
Even so i went through yet another phase of ”upgrading” when i saw the X-T3 coming out. It got such rave reviews, and it adressed some of the ”shortcomings” like the grip from the X-T2 i complained about earlier.
Also in my private life i had a son, and while i shot his birth on the Leica Q i was planning ahead and felt that a camera like the X-T3 and lenses to match would be a great small system to yet again record the daily family life in the near future.
So i did it again, i went through all the pain of selling the Q and buying the X-T3 and my favorite lenses, i knew a part of me would regret it, but i tried to be practical about it and see the benefits i would have with the ability to change lenses and the really good AF of the new X-T3.
And yes, i lost a lot of money going through that process again and thought to myself that i hope this is the last ”upgrade” for a long while..
So, i felt right at home with the Fuji system again. I had my beloved lens setup again and the X-T3 which WAS amazing in many ways to be honest. Fast, good-looking ( this time i went with the silver version ), great video if one is interested in that.
This time around i was actually happy for those features considering my son being born. Not only getting stills from his development was a very nice touch with the X-T3.
The X-T3 is like many reviews when it came out said a great great camera, one of the best mirrorless cameras out there for sure. And in my opinion one of the most versatile cameras out there and in such a small package.
It might not have the same solid Eye-AF of the Sony cameras. or as many pixels of some of the other big boys out there, but it punches above its waist for sure and many seem to like using it a lot more than other cameras out there, which is a very important aspect of photography as well.
Being inspired is 80% for me, almost all cameras out now are such capable cameras, so the ”connection” with a camera and the feel of a camera is a big deal to me.
And the X-T3 delivers in that regard. The ergonomics are great, it feels good in the hands, i always liked the tactile fel of the Iso wheel and the other buttons. The retro look is also a big plus for me, always was drawn to that in the earlier versions as well.
Was it built more poorly than the X-T2 and 1?
I heard a lot of rumblings about the X-T3 being manufactured in china instead and how that effected the quality. I can’t say i noticed any difference. And while one complaint i have with the X-T3 has to do with the quality , its more of the fact that i picked the silver version than the X-T3 being any worse than before.
I had the black X-T2 and X-T1 and the black finish did not scratch as easily as the silver on the X-T3 did. I was very very careful and had a half case at all times already from start, but even so putting it down and taking it out of the bag managed to wear the corners down a bit up top, and just moving the half case wore on the silver finish at the bottom to easy for my liking.
Other than that i felt the X-T3 was as good as the earlier versions when it came to build.
I did not really see any horrid difference when it came to the low light capabilities of the X-T3. I also heard those discussions about the noise being worse. I DID notice it, but not to the point of being disappointed enough to feel it was not a worthy upgrade considering all those other added upgrades like the Low ISO and the faster AF and better video etc .
Over all was a splendid camera. IS a splendid camera. I will tell you in a bit why i made a freudian slip there and used the word was in a bit.
For me shooting street photography a lot besides family pictures and portraits, the new faster AF and face detection abilities etc was awesome. Walking around with the 16mm or the 90 and just picking great moments fast was something every street shooter would want and love to be able to.
Also the lower Iso capability was very nice for those landscapes and they felt more vivid and more dynamic than before in my mind.
I felt like the legendary ”worms” were not as much of a problem than earlier, i never have had that much of a problem with it in the past even if i did see it in some instances, but it felt even less of a problem now and i have the same workflow in LR and Alien Expsoure as before.
Final thoughts about my long time with Fuji and my thoughts on the latest version i used and why i keep referring to it in those terms.
I will never forget using the Fuji system for many reasons, and maybe i will come back to the cameras and lenses in the future. But this time around it will be a long while.
I think from the 3 bodies i used liked the X-T1 the most. It felt like a blast from the past using it, the retro look, the wow factor being able to produce such great pictures with such a small system at that point was amazing.
The X-T2 was a better camera technically in many ways but did not make me go wow as the X-T1 had. Still loved using the camera and lenses though, and would not want to use any other brand out there at that time more.
The X-T3 was even better in many ways with all the blows and whistles and added features. But for some reason an old friend kept on beckoning to me telling me my long story with Fuji was at the last stages. And maybe for that reason i never really warmed up to the X-T3 like i had to the earlier versions. because its still one of the very best cameras i have used, and a LOT of fun to use.
So this concludes my thoughts and my long love story for Fuji, and now the camera and old friend that made me sell the Fuji system for the 2d time..
Hi again the Leica Q……or, the Q-P!
Yes, it was the Q or rather the ”new” Q-P that made me take the plunge again. And i want to stress the point that it had nothing to do with the Fuji X-T3 being a worse camera in any way shape or form. id say it outshines the Q in many ways technically.
It is just that the Q just suit my personal photographic needs better in some ways. And it inspires me in a way that not many other cameras have.
And like i said earlier that is more important than most other technical specs in cameras for me.
But i will talk more about the Q-P in the future. This post and ”review” was about the X-T3 and Fuji in general. And even though i did sell the system in the end, i can highly recommend it to anyone wanting great cameras that you will like to shoot with. They made me fall in love with photography again after several years when i found the X-T1, i hope they will do that for many other as well.
/Over and out.