Switching from Nikon Full-frame to Fujifilm APS-C
I don't consider myself has a gear addict. For me, the best gear is always the one you have with you...
For sure, it's always a pleasure to buy new stuff or to use it. And the best gear you have the most comfortable and easy your photo experience will be.
I started photography in 2013 with a Nikon D3100 that someone had lent me.
After enjoying it for a couple of months, I bought my first camera in 2014. It was a Nikon D810 as I was use to the Nikon system and ergonomics.
And I renewed it in 2018 with the D850.
End of 2019, after a long reflection, I sold all my Nikon gear while switching to the Fujifilm system. Today I would like to explain to you why.
But before starting, I would like to tell you that this article will not be a scientific comparison but more a personal feeling and approach of the photo.
Those days, whether you are on Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Fuji... all of these brands produce amazing camera bodies or lenses.
Why I switch :
Since I started my travel guide company, I do my best during 7 years to discover Japan while walking all around the country.
Going from all around Tokyo city to the top of Mount-Fuji (who I already climb 7 times), while exploring north of Japan Hokkaido to the south island of Kyushu.
During these explorations, with an amount of 400 kilometers of walking per month, I was most of the time with my gear.
Using a huge full-frame camera is a real pleasure and Nikon gave me thousand of great moments with their product. But every time I was coming back home those kilos of gear on my bag causing me pain on my back.
When after times this pain starts to stop me in my photographs explorations.
Every time I was planning a new discovery with my wife or alone, as and I left equipment or some parts of my gear at home because I knew it would be cumbersome in our journeys. Or I knew it would just be too "heavy" for a full day walking.
I started to get interested in Fujifilm equipment in 2019 by following the Youtube channel of a friend called Pierre Boisseaux (with whom I offer Workshops today). Subsequently, I began to learn about the brand, its mentality, and what they offered. The argument which seemed in my opinion the most interesting was the lightweight of their system, which would allow me to resume the pleasure of walking with a camera.
At the end of 2019, I decided to resell all my Nikon D850 cameras and lenses as well as my accessories to convert into Fujifilm system. And this is how I switch :
Nikon D850 for a Fujifilm XT3
14-24mm f/2.8 Nikkor for a Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4
24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor for a Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8
70-200mm f/28 Nikkor for a Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8
Just this changes make my bag more than 2 kilograms lighter. But as my Nikon gear was expensive than what I bought I use this extra money to switch my Velbon 655 aluminum tripod for a Gitzo Traveler made with carbon fiber, etc. etc.
All this switch makes now my bag more than 3 to 4 kilograms lighter and due to that, I rediscovered the pleasure to go out, walking with my gear, explore and shot!
Even if on paper, 4 kilograms do not seem to make a significant difference, at the end of hiking day or a night of photography, my back pain has disappeared and gives me pleasure in photographing!
I lost 4 kilos in my bag but nothing in terms of quality!
Of course, I didn't want this change to influence the quality of my photographs. And there would have been no changing if the Fuji sensors had not been so great.
Even if the Fujifilm XT3 sensor is only 26 million pixels, this is more that I need in my photography or on my prints.
For sure, 45.7 million pixels give you more range to shoot or to crop in post-prod but I discovered that sometimes a smaller sensor can give you more details and more precisions into your images.
And even if the Nikon D850 was an amazing camera, my Fujifilm experience is completely different.
I really love the Fujifilm camera look and its photography process with all its iso dials, shutter speed dials, and its aperture system who give me more impression to "do" the photos that it was with my Nikon experience.
In addition, it's extremely rare that I print on more than 1 meter long so I was don't really needed a full-frame sensor.