I had the Fuji X-Pro 1 since June 2012 … and it was my main camera for 18 months before I got the Nikon Dƒ early 2014. After I got the Dƒ, the X-Pro1 was rarely used, as I was using the Dƒ and Leica M240 most of the times. I decided to convert the X-Pro 1 to Infrared at Life Pixel in April 2015, and I was always waiting for an X-Pro 2 to go along the X-Pro1 IR. I got the X-T1 Silver Graphite end of May 2015, since waiting for an X-Pro2 seemed like waiting for Godo. I had the chance to try the Sony A7II early June 2015, less than 15 days after I got the X-T1…. and suddenly all was clear to me … I sold my Nikon D800E , my whole Fuji system (X-Pro1 IR, X-T1 SG with 14/2.8, 23/1.4 and 56/1.2 and all its accessories), and my Nikon D3s in less than 2 months. Having the Nikon Dƒ, Leica M6/M9/M240 and now the Sony A7II, I didn’t find a reason why the Fuji X system should stay.
NOTE that I am not going to make a direct real life comparison, and I don’t want to go technical, I am just talking about my personal experience and preference and that might not be applicable to all users. Each one of us have different preferences, and I am not here to convince or debate with anyone who might prefer the Fuji X or other systems.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Fuji X system, still do… It’s an excellent mirrorless system with APS-C sensor, it has excellent quality glass. but, for me, it can’t compete with the A7II for the following reasons:
- Full Frame sensor vs. APS-C in a similar compact package is a deal breaker for me.
- Dynamic Range of the A7II is way better than that of the Fuji X, and this is also due to the larger sensor.
- High ISO range of A7II is also better (due to the larger sensor mainly). not forgetting that the ISO on the Sony is usable in RAW from 100-25600 whereas on the Fuji it is 200-6400 only in RAW.
- AF speed and accuracy is very similar for both cameras.
- I personally prefer the Ergonomics and Controls of the A7II . When you customize it according to your need, you don’t ever have to go through the menu. I know that many of you might prefer the direct control dials of the X-T1. Well I don’t: I find the controls on the X-T1 too cumbersome.
- The Video on the Sony is better: and I think we all know that.
- Now the Lenses: Yes, Fuji has a more complete line up of lenses. They are excellent. they are a bit more compact (X-T1 with 18-135mm is about as compact as A7II with 24-240mm). They are a bit less expensive. But I don’t have to have all the lenses in the world to enjoy my A7II; I already have the FE1635f4, FE35f2.8ZA, FE55f1.8ZA, FE24240OSS, with Nikon F to E, Leica M to E and Canon FD to E mount adapters… so the choices are endless. You might say that Fuji X has the same option of mount adapters. Yes, True, but a FF lens on a FF sensor works better for me.
- Now about the Colors. Many of the Fuji fans love the Fuji for the Fuji colors it gives. Well, I am not a fan of Fuji colors since day one. I enjoyed the X system for the excellent IQ and sharpness it gives and the excellent lenses (mainly fast primes) it has. I find Sony colors more real than the Fuji. And y favorite colors are still Nikon and Leica colors to date.
- If for any valid reason (I don’t see any today) I decided to have a more compact APS-C system in the future, I might go with Sony E mount and share my FE lenses with it.
Today, I say Goodbye Fuji (until you make a Medium Format Digital Range Finder one day) , and Welcome Sony…
You can check my A7II flickr album HERE
You can check my X-T1 flickr album HERE
You can check my X-Pro1 flickr album HERE
You can check my X-Pro1 IR flickr album HERE