My thoughts on shooting Fuji: side by side with Canon and a FUJI PRESET
So here's the thing. I've been really enjoying shooting on my Fuji lately even though I am a Canon shooter. And so many people keep asking me on Instagram about my thoughts and whether they should switch, how they should edit their Fuji files etc...
Before we go any deeper, let me just say this is not a review or one of those stories about switching brands and having life all figured out now :) After all, the camera is out for a while and there are other photographers who only shoot Fuji now and they might be more qualified to write down their experiences. But if you and I went to a coffee shop to chat about cameras, this is probably what I would tell you.
Also: FUJI PRESET! I developed some presets specifically for Fuji because I found their files deserve some special treatment. You can get it down bellow. Or HERE if you can't wait.
There is no need to spend too much time talking about why Fuji cameras are so attractive. They're small, fast, relatively cheap, they look great and their lenses are very solid. Plus the image quality is right there (almost) with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras. I'm just gonna skip this part, you can find amazing reviews everywhere. Ok now back to our coffee shop scenario.
Editing those Fuji tones!
What always drew me towards Fuji besides the obvious reasons (size, look...) were the colors. I am not a big fan of the tones in raw images but when you learn how to edit them, there is something special about the look and texture. It took me a while to figure out the fuji files because their sensors are just so much different than what I am used to. What has worked for me on Canon or Nikon files always looked strange on Fuji. And the other way around.
That being said, I created some new presets and now I actually enjoy editing again. There is something about the rich greens and reds on Fuji which is exactly the look I am usually going for.
No full frame and depth of field.
Not having a full frame is apparently the biggest concern when thinking about getting Fuji for professional work. Obviously, it is a big deal. I must say I don't care about the full frame "look" 90 percent of the time but then there are moments when my full frame Canon can really save the day. Especially when you are not always in control of the light and angles and backgrounds (hello weddings!).
In solid light conditions I actually prefer the look of Fuji over my Canon. But when the light is not perfect and the environment is kind of messy, having a full frame camera is a huge help. That does not mean you can't work with crop sensor, it just requires more work and thinking. This might be actually a good thing as Fuji constantly pushes me to find different ways to create a separation between subject and its background.
But I must say, when I was shooting my both cameras (Canon and Fuji) in a dark forest, the Canon files were just so much cleaner and nicer. Focusing was also better on Canon and the hit/miss ratio, that was night and day.
Side by Side with Canon
I tried to shoot side by side during couple of engagement shoots. I was curious to see how different my final files will look and how easy or hard it will be to edit different files. I was able to match colors within a minute but what stands out the most is the depth of field difference. Although it doesn't really make the photo that much better, I would pick the right photo over left one any time.
My Current setup
I love shooting with Fuji even though there are better cameras in my bag. It's just fun and I love that I can bring it with me everywhere without thinking twice. No more heavy backpacks during hiking or people staring at me in a coffee shop because I take photos of my girl eating cake using my giant camera (sorry Canon). Plus I really enjoy editing now and getting the perfect tones is now easier for me.
However I keep my Canon for weddings and other shoots where I am not always in control of the situation, and only bring the Fuji as a backup or second camera for some specific moments (getting ready, engagement shoots). This might change as I am getting more and more comfortable using Fuji but for now I love my setup.
People keep asking me "Is Fuji good enough to be your only camera?" and my answer is always "absolutely yes". If nothing else, it might make you love shooting everyday life again.
After playing with Fuji for a while I noticed how different their files are compared to other brands and how different treatment they need during editing. That's why I created some presets specifically for Fuji. You can purchase them HERE if you want.