Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fuji Wins...Sort of

I have decided to keep both my Sigma DP3M, Ricoh GR, and Canon S95. Nothing beats the Sigma DP3M in detail. As much as it's a pain in the ass to use at times, it has no viewfinder, it has to be shot in low ISO, the results still beat everything else I've owned in regards to detail. I am sad I gave up on the Sigma DP2M, and wish I had it back now. Luckily, the Ricoh GR is a joy to use with one of the sharpest lenses at 28mm, coupled with it's pocketable size which is so damn convenient. It eases the pain of the sold Sigma DP2M a bit. The Canon S95 has a nice macro feature, and being that I don't have a macro lens for my Fuji, it stays for now. (I suppose I could use my iPhone but the file sizes are so crappy small and the detail isn't as nice.) Also, it is good for the quick video, though it's kind of crap by today's standards. I'm not a video person, but I'd like the option. I do miss the Sony A6000 for that. I honestly don't need 4K and find the A6000 capable enough for me for what little I do with video. I miss the A6000 for video. It's frustrating to own different brands of gear in that it would be so much more seamless if a company could make that one perfect camera. I now realize that this will never ever happen. So it's a compromise.

Anyhow, I love the Fuji colors and the sharp lenses. I don't think the detail is as good as the Sigma DP3M foveon sensor, but like I said before, I don't think most people notice this. The prints for both Sigma and Fuji come out so lovely. The Sigma DP3M has the edge in making bigger prints due to the sensor, and the B&W is sublime. Fuji is very close. The Ricoh GR also prints some beautiful photos.

Do I miss the Leica D-Lux 4? Yes. I miss the size factor and the prints. I don't miss the very slow function. My eyes are not the best. Nowadays I need a viewfinder, and I need an EVF not an OVF. I've tried the Fuji X-Pro 1 and although I loved the design of the camera, I couldn't deal with the OVF, and lack of tilting screen. I've really come to rely on it. My next camera body will be the Fuji X-T2. I would like the extra pixels.

I experiment with different gear to see if it is good in working situations. What makes it annoying and what makes it work. For me, being an older woman with some health issues, and definitely eye problems, the most important factor is to have at the very least an APS-C sensor in a small size body. It must be small. It must have an EVF and tilting screen. The lenses must be sharp and fast. The ease of use is relative. I've used some gear that's been such a pain to navigate the menus or dials, but once I got used to it, it wasn't a big deal. So size, durability, sharp workable lens ranges, EVF and tilting screen. Sony & Fuji were my choices. Fuji won out due to the better & sharper looking files. I came very close to just keeping the A6000 and investing in an A7 series. The ease of one-handed shooting with the A6000 was a dream, and the enticing full frame of the A7 series lured me in...almost. I couldn't justify the expense, didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on gear, (Leica fiasco of past years cured me of that), and quite frankly, the colors coming out of the Sony were not as pleasing to my eyes as the Fuji. I started in Fuji, the X-E1 and hated the slow AF, loved the kit lens, but ultimately sold it due to the AF focusing issues. Since that time, Fuji has listened to photographers and they have come up with the best gear that is now leaps and bounds over what they started out with and I am sold on the brand for now. It's more than enough pixels for me. I can print large with no loss of detail. That's what matters.

These shots below taken with Sigma DP3M.

These shots below taken with a Fuji X-T10 and 35mm F/2 WR Lens.

These shots below taken with a Ricoh GR.

I have to say that the Ricoh GR was a joy to use on vacation. It was small, easy to carry, and takes beautiful photos. I wish Ricoh had a zoom lens version of this camera with an EVF. I would use that as my carry-everywhere camera. The 28mm equivalent lens is so sharp. 

The Sigma DP3M is for specialty shots, mostly landscapes and architecture outside. Best on a tripod, but also good as a slow-moving street camera. Best used in bright light, but still quite useable on a tripod indoors for product shots. 

The Fuji is a great all-around performer and their lenses are sharp. Fuji listens to their photographer clients and they have a pretty good turn-around time for fixing gear. It's the best for professional use, though for carrying everywhere it is heavier than the Ricoh GR. I expected that for more usability though. It just makes sense to use this system for clients.

Next on the list of things to do is to buy some Fuji lenses and the X-T2.