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The Defection: How Sony Stole My Heart From Fuji

By Anthony Thurston on March 12th 2015

I have some crow to eat and I want to get it out of the way as soon as possible. So here we go. I officially traded-in my Fuji kit for a Sony A7 Mk II kit yesterday, and today I wanted to share my reasoning why I made the switch.

The Preamble

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Let me first start by saying that I love(d) my Fuji X-T1. Honestly, there are only 3 reasons I even considered switching, especially so soon after buying into the Fuji system, but in the end, the Sony temptation proved too strong.

It was a cold morning last winter when I awoke to hear the news of the new Sony A7 Mk II, with its full frame sensor and IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization). That was about a week or two after I had bought into Fuji. I have to admit, and think I even mentioned in some posts regarding the A7 Mk II, how intrigued and temping it was to me.

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But I had just bought the Fuji X-T1, and I wasn’t about to switch it out so soon after my purchase. I loved shooting with the X-T1. I loved the vintage style to go along with my vintage lenses, the size, image quality, etc.

The Defection

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Fast forward now, several months later…I have been loving my Fuji, I raved about it every chance I got. But there was a frequent reminder of the A7 Mk II that I wanted, but couldn’t have. That was until this week, when a special opportunity changed that for me, and made it attainable.

There was a catch. In order for it to work, I had to trade my Fuji kit – basically a straight swap. As much as I loved the Fuji, and still do, three things really put the Sony over the top and made me switch, despite loving the X-T1 in virtually every possible way.

  1. The Full Frame Sensor: I missed the FF look. Having come from a Canon 6D to the X-T1, I missed the look of a FF image. The A7 could give that back to me.
  2. The IBIS – As you should know if you read my stuff here on SLR Lounge at all, I love shooting vintage glass on my mirrorless.  IBIS is a HUGE advantage for me because it makes my amazing Canon FD 50mm F/1.2L now a stabilized lens.
  3. The Megapixels – Again, coming from the 6D down to the X-T1 (in terms of MP on the sensor) was a shock. I loved the Fuji files, but I like to crop on occasion, and with 16MP, you don’t get a ton of leeway (in my opinion). The larger sensor and additional MP on the Sony was also a big draw for me.

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Now, here I am, the proud owner of a new A7 Mk II. I will probably get an X-T1 again down the line, or possibly one of its successors, but for now, with what and how I shoot, the A7 MkII just made more sense. Despite my love and affection for the Fuji, I had to let it go. If I am honest, if it didn’t work out to a straight swap, I probably wouldn’t have the A7 Mk II right now, but since it wasn’t any additional hair off my chest, so to speak, I figured I had to jump on that opportunity while I could.

[Jay Cassario Also Just Got An A7 Mk II, Check Out His Awesome Vegas Shoot!]

Knowing my luck though, Fuji will be announcing a new X-mount full frame body within the next couple weeks. If you own Fuji, you can thank me now… ha! In all seriousness though, I am happy and excited to start this new journey with the A7 MkII, and look forward to the day when I can again have some Fuji in my kit. But until then, Sony it is.

Have you ever had a similar situation? Where you had to make a switch so soon after buying into a new product? Leave  a comment below and let me know how it went!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Andrea Ledda

    I needed this article! And now I’m again not sure about what I’m gonna buy. Undecided between a Sony a7 (850£) and a Fuji X-t20 (850£) both with kit lens. I would love full frame and using old glass on it, but still love a good aps-c and the portability and new lenses of fuji. What would you reccommend, considering I will not have much more money to spend for future lenses?

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  2. GrayDude Blue

    This is what I want something to read about. I’m thinking of buying my first mirrorless camera and between the XT-2, I’m leaning on to the A7ii. This decision is based on, that the A7ii is FF and it can go along with my Canon gear or lenses for that matter.

    Mainly I used a 7D MKii and 70D with Sigma Art lens 18-35 and 50-100 F1.8 as my go to lens. I also have the 24mm F2.8 STM, 40 F2.8 STM and for Product photography 28-70 L F4 Macro MKii. With the Sigma MC-11 mount converter. I will be able to use my Sigma ART lenses with the A7ii on a Crop sensor mode I think. Can anyone share their experience or knowledge in this?

    Also, I don’t want my flashes go to waist as I have two 600EX-RT, a 430EX iii RT and the ST-E3 RT. With Cactus V6 ii I will be able to use these Canon flashes with the A7ii. Anyone have experience with this set-up?

    I’m not really sold on going FF with Canon. The 5D MK4 is just way too expensive. And I didn’t buy the 6D at that time because the 7D MKII is more a general camera for everything than the 6D.

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  3. Francisco Santos

    Both systems will get your pictures framed. Image Quality is so close, it shouldnt matter. If you need 42MP, get Sony. The newest Fuji sensor has 24MP which is enough for 99,9% of any work.
    Sony has Zeiss brand working for them. This is a huge benefit. If you want to adapt lenses, Sony is your brand.
    Build Quality is better on Fuji bodys and lenses. Made in Japan vs Made in Thailand. Ergonomics go to Fuji and out of camera results go to Fuji.
    Or like some people would say: Fuji is for photographers. Sony is a entertainment company who found a good investment in the camera market. But have no strong bond to the image business.. they can leave as fast as samsung.

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    • Tushar Maganda

      The issue with that assumption is that Sony has a huge business in the imaging and sensor business since they supply all the sensors for most cameras if not all smartphones. Tey aren’t leaving the industry anytime soon.

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  4. Lindsay Muirhead

    Just wondering how down the track have you thought you have made the correct decision on going Sony A7ii. I currently have the Sony A7ii and looking at going to either the Fuji Xpro2 or the XT2 when it arrives, never been completely happy with the A7ii always found not a easy camera to use, I do love the Ibis but Fuji have it all the zoom bar one, have you or anyone compared the results from the new Fuji sensor to the Sony A7ii sensor, i find this info hard to find, most want to compare the SonA7rii to Xpro 2 two vastly different cameras.
    I know Sony are now bringing out some great lenses but not small and not cheap, I feel they are now looking at the pro market more.
    would appreciated your views and any reader as well.

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  5. Erik Magnusov

    Hello Sir!
    Do you have any knowledge of how a zeiss lens with a c/y mount handles on the a7ii? And what adaptor would I need?

    Kind regards

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  6. Bryan Marriott

    These sound like NOOB reasons to switch. Full frame is meaningless. Take a look at Zack Arias’ youtube on it. IBIS? Rookie learn to hold a camera. Do you need Fuji to build a camera that can help you find subjects to photograph? Fuji is great for any situation Sony is and it has something Sony will never have, Character. Sony is a generic looking camera from a company that is more marketing than anything. It’s the Toyota Camry or Prius of cameras. Boring snooooozfest of a camera. If you are into photography you are a visual person. Visually the sony is blah, their lenses are blah. They are a TV company that it getting their butt kicked by Samsung. They are a walkman company that got their butt kicked from Apple, they are a surround sound company that got their butt kicked by everybody. They are a jack of all trades and superior at none of them. But the great thing about life is you are permitted to make mistakes. Enjoy yours. People that get sony get sony because they have other sony’s. The company that invented their own memory card so you can spend money on them. Sony cams are Betamax

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  7. John Armstrong

    Thanks for the article. I have been fortunate to have been able to hang onto my Canon gear while using my Fuji gear in certain situations. It has been an interesting phase in my career and I am now in a position where I feel more confident that i could take on all my work using the Fuji system. In my line of work, which is primarily weddings and portraits, I have always been on the look out to reduce the size of my gear without compromise. I initially got rid of all my zooms, bar one (ultra wide zoom), for primes and have had the privileged of using the 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2 and 135mm 2 on two 5d mk111’s for all my work. It was a testing change at first, but I am now a far better photographer then before. Moving your feet to find shots has transformed my work, composition wise and with these lenses, image quality as well. Another side bonus is that I have also become fairly fit from my 14 hour weddings. Because these particular primes do not have great focus speeds or responsiveness compared to others, making the change over to Fuji’s primes is not all that hard and man are these fuji primes great or what. I personally would not bother with classic manual focus lenses on the fuji (have had in the past), these are just too good, in both manual and auto focus. I plan to sell both my canon bodies, but will hold onto my primes and would rent a newer model 35mm sensor body if need be for a certain work. There are few things I need to iron out before the big move happens. Off camera flash plays a huge part in my work and this is not the easiest to perform well on the fuji XT1. Fuji allows you to turn off preview mode for both exposure and WB in manual while keeping preview on in priority mode. This only works for off camera flash in certain situations while in full manual, but if you have hectic backlight, which is most of the time with off camera, what the camera works out as the viewing exposure for your EVF (not actual exposure) is mostly under exposure of your subject because of the backlight, so waiting for an expression on your subjects face to take the shot becomes tricky and you tend to land up winging it. I wish Fuji had a button in place of the function button on the front next to the grip that would allow you press and bump up your EVF exposure by two or three stops without affecting your taken exposure so you can see your subject. I am waiting on my ordered Nissan i40 ttl flash for on camera flash and will need to see how it performs as well. Secondly battery life as mentioned before is tricky. You take way less photos on Fuji then Canon as the live preview in the EVF makes certain of your exposure before the shot is taken, but still working out how many batteries to take for two bodies, getting through 14 hours is going to be interesting. Lastly, low light focus speeds are not great, especially around the reception and dance floor at a wedding with faced paced dancing. I normally only use a wide lens and the camera is hardly against my eye in these situations, mainly up in the air. The canon system with canon flash is unbelievable in these situation with the great depth of field the wider lens gives, hardly ever misses focus. I am planning to setup three off camera speedlights around the dance floors, probably the Godox system with its adjustable power setting transmitter, then zone focusing with either the 10-24mm or 14mm (which I own) at f4 or 5.6, 180th shutter speed with a reasonable ISO of 1250 or 1600. You could reduce your shutter further to bring in more ambient light and freezing your motion with the flash. I have tried this setup a few times and you actually land up getting some beautiful footage shooting this way. I will need to improve on these aspects and if I can get them them right, I look forward to only shooting Fuji. Lastly I mainly shoot RAW only, but man are not the jpegs out the fuji’s just best out there, amazing. Hopefully Fuji’s 90mm will be out soon to fill the gap in my setup, I do not really want the 50-140 at weddings. Sorry for the long post, maybe someone out there is in a similar boat? All the best.

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  8. Harry Fisch

    BTW, Sony marketing has provided me with a 7s and a couple of lenses… I have a week to test them against the Fuji XT. Will let you know my thoughts :-)

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  9. Harry Fisch

    Matthew, thank you for your extensive explanation. I do appreciate your comments and, yes. there is, of course, a difference from a Nikon 610 and mi Fujis but, as you pointed out, my style does not need the additional sharpness (?) -complicated word- that I found on the Nikon at monitor-size outputs.. I have produced and sold big size prints, up to 1.4 m long, and again, they worked…for me and my clients. After this discussion I am totally convinced: I will wait and see for a while. What you said makes sense: Sony is just at the beggining of a revolutionary trend and, without any doubt and for my type of photography, Fuji is a capable instrument…. Thanka again for your advice.

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  10. Harry Fisch

    Nothing against Fuji! I am very happy and use it as a professional tool for my work as well as at the photo tours I lead http://www.nomadphotoexpeditions.com . My only concern, has to do with my wish for more dinamic range and even better (Fuji is fenomenal) noise/signal performance…. without adding weight. It looks like my only possible way of improvement with this weight and size limitation, could be the a7s. This is what I am now investigating. Else than that I sold my 5D once I discovered the Fuji X. ThanI bought a FF Nikon 610, did not find any improvement, and sold it three months later. I kept to Fuji, and still keep them (Xpro1 and XT1) today. Again, my search os for Dinamic Range and S/N ratio. I do a lot of low light photography and technically those two conditions would improve my results. Wonder if anyone can give me his feedback based on his experience comparing both Fujix/and a7 results..

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    • Matthew Saville

      Harry, if you didn’t see a difference between your Fujis and the Nikon D610, then I don’t think you’d see much of a difference between your Fujis and the A7R, or a D810. Maybe a D810, but barely. Why do I say this? Because the difference is indeed there, but my point is that if you’re not seeing it between the Fujis and the D610, you’re probably not going to see it from the other models.

      Both the Fuji and Sony sensors are amazing. The Fujis, in my opinion, are going to offer more for your style of photography I think. (I’ve followed your work a lot!)

      The Sony system is in its infancy, and could wind up going in a direction that is not really the same as what you and I both appreciate about compact, robust systems such as Fuji’s and Olympus’. In fact, this seems more and more likely, with each new item that Sony releases. So if you want the most incredibly robust and weather-proof system, get a Pentax or an Olympus. Or a Fuji, if lenses and image quality are important enough to make a slight compromise on those aforementioned items. Sony, possibly, could end up focusing on bells, whistles, sexy-ness, and status symbols.

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    • Matthew Saville

      I suppose, though that I should lay off what seems to be a lot of Sony bashing, or at least caveat it. As I’ve also said before many times: Sony is only ~1 generation away from completely turning the tables and winning over the entire industry, and offering cameras that suit even my own quirky, obscure demands. (I’d have to use a few Rokinon lenses, sure, but hey, that’s already a fact of life for Canon / Nikon, too!)

      I’m only really speaking up because voices always need to be heard when it comes to good ideas and bad ideas, and there have been lots of both…

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  11. Patrick Shipstad

    Ha ha… I’m feeling the opposite! I have a love affair with the Fuji X100S and even did some beautiful stuff (mostly macro) with the X20.. I just LOVED what I got out of the Fujis. Then I got the A6000 and the A7II. They’re great cameras but like many others, I’m hating the few (and very expensive) native lens choices for the Sony. yes I know I can use my Canon glass with them (and I do), but I really do like having a fast AF system available. I always wanted the look, feel and UI experience I got with the X100S but with other lens options. So now, even though I do really like the Sonys, I can’t stop jonesing for that XT1.. Something about the Fujis (to me) are just magic. I better get some some scratch n’ win lottery tickets ASAP!

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  12. Harry Fisch

    Nice to read from someone comming from a Fuji XT-1. My main question is about the final quality and feeling of the picture… What is your impression when comparing the “new” a7II pictures against your “old” Fuji ?

    I own myself a Fuji XT-1 and an X-Pro 1. With the later I won, and later lost by disqualification, the “Places” World National Geographic Photo 2012 . The same camera got a finalist picture at the Sony World Awards. A great, capable camera, the Fuji. But…. I am lately tempted with the a7s and possibly the a7II.

    The Fuji can display an incredible capacity, much more than it’s APSC size could advance http://www.nomadphotoexpeditions.com/blogwp/2-tips-next-photo-tour/

    My only reason to shift would be to improve the signal to noise ratio at high ISO’s and the Dinamic Range 40% of my pictures are shot on the range of 3.200,6,400 and 12.800 and I am very much interested on highly contrasted scenes.

    I have been reading all the reviews that I could find in Internet. and , by what I read, it seems that those precise issues: signal/noise ratio and DInamic Range are well addressed with the a7s. a 12MP camera. The a7II seems to be less efficient at those issues. I wonder if it really outperforms, in real life, the looks of the Fuji XT-1.

    You should know :-)

    But those are technical reviews and I have found that all kind of technicalities won’t really help me to appreciate the nuances and color matters. Then finally, what is your impression when comparing the “new” a7II pictures against your “old” Fuji ? Is the difference obvious. In low light?

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    • Matthew Saville

      Harry, having tested a handful of these cameras at least briefly, I will say that Fuji seems to be at the head of the game when it comes to high ISO performance in 1.5x crop sensors. Their ISO 3200 and 6400 look as good as the chart-topping full-frame cameras, such as the Canon 6D and Nikon DF etc… Unfortunately, DXO hasn’t bothered to test a Fuji sensor since the X100, which is a huge shame, so we won’t have that metric any time soon I suspect.

      Then again, I suspect that the A7 mk2 will have similarly extended dynamic range at its lower ISO’s, like the Nikon sensors that Sony supplies, and for me a good balance of both high ISO and dynamic range is preferable.

      In short, I wouldn’t switch from Fuji to Sony if your only, main priority is SNR. Fuji ha always had a class-leading sensor in this regard, from the olden days with their S3 and S5, to the modern sensors in the X100T and X-T1. They will continue to stay at the head of the pack, with their exclusive sensor designs, and seeing as they’ve focused primarily on 1.5x for this whole time, their lens lineup and overall system will be much more favorable to anyone that is on a budget that makes a bag of expensive full-frame lenses a bit tough to stomach.

      (And with the direction Sony and Zeiss seem to be taking with their lineup, that’s precisely what it looks like will be happening- insane prices for high-end lenses, and if you want anything cheaper, use an adapter!

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  13. Abby Wiz

    I’m curious what the dynamic range is on one of these!!

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    • adam sanford

      Be curious no longer:
      http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Sony/A7-II—Measurements
      (then click on dynamic range)

      The answer is a lot. A lot of dynamic range.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Don’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, Adam. Did you notice that according to DXO, the A7 mk2 actually TAKES A HIT to dynamic range, compared to the original A7? 13.6 EVs vs 14.2 EVs. Whoops! What happened, Sony?

      I hope that this measurement is still in the territory of “laboratory hair-splitting”, though, for most photographers. Just ask yourself what your most-shot type of photography is, whether it be landscapes or weddings or sports or whatnot, and decide which is more important: DR, ISO, stabilization, weather sealing, etc. etc…

      IMO a balance of everything is good, and in that case the A7ii wins. But as a serious landscape shooter myself for example, I’d go for a used A7R, or wait for the A7R mk2 which sounds like it will be announced any day now…

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  14. Dave Beddome

    Trader:)

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  15. Ralph Hightower

    On the question about switching systems, my answer is sorta. I switched from Canon FD to Canon EF. Actually, I still have both systems and shoot with both. I still use my Canon A-1 (FD) that I bought new in 1980. In July 2013, I convinced my wife I wanted a Canon F-1N: “That’s their flagship camera?” “It was in the 80’s”. She said “Get it”. I can share lenses between the A-1 and F-1N.
    December 2013, I bought a Canon DSLR. I can’t share FD lenses with the 5D. I have to buy new glass.

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  16. Kevin Cucci

    Adam, I feel the exact same way. I have trouble letting go of my Canon lenses. This is what is keeping me from switching systems. I love the dynamic range of the Nikons, the small form factor and EVF of Fuji & Sony, but there is just no replacement for my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II.

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  17. Dirk Bouwen

    I think staying with one system has a lot of merits. At least, it had in the past. And investing in lenses always counted more than in bodies. Don’t underestimate the change in workflow. I’d rather stay with a less impressive camera-ecosystem allowing a perfect workflow, than jump on something revolutionary that becomes a complete adventure. In that respect, I made a mistake myself. Nikon F has been for almost 30 years part of my life. And suddenly there were the X100, than the X-Pro1, now the X-T1. This lingering in the sideline with Fuji has costed me a tremendous amount of time to find a decent, fluent workflow and I’m still not satisfied. Fuji’s hardware isn’t cheap either, like all MILC stuff I’m still having the feeling its all a fair bit overpriced for the real, intrinsic quality you get. And I know I wouldn’t be better off with Sony. Or Olympus. All these systems lack the kind of solidity, ergonomics, perfectionism and professionalism the major DSLR manufacturers have, when we’re honest, this market was a bit invented to secure the future of the compact camera industry. Weight and size aren’t everything – that’s one reason why Nikon F is still my primary system and I keep Fuji as a solution for particular missions. That two way complementary approach makes sense, but it’s far more complicated and expensive story than I originally thought to be. And here is really still a serious degree of technical progress to be achieved in this MILC arena before I start seeing this as the ‘one size fits all’ solution.

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    • adam sanford

      As I just said on another thread, people should pledge allegiance to a *mount* and not a sensor unless you have considerable disposable income.

      Sensors improve and bodies are changed out periodically, but you keep your lenses a long time. I chose the EF mount about 10+ years ago and though my 5D3 has a ‘wretched’ sensor [cue laugh track], I love the pictures I’m taking with it and all the options I have to use with it. There are better sensors out there — I cannot deny that — but they aren’t better *enough* to get me to walk away from a boatload of great glass.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Very well said, Adam.

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  18. Kevin Cucci

    If you could put together a wedding kit with the A7II, what would it include. Let’s assume we need two bodies, native lenses, and a decent off camera flash system. Go! Haha. Trying to decide if I should make the jump from my current Canon kit.

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    • adam sanford

      Yep. The more involved you are not only with a lens mount but with a camera company’s ecosystem of accessories, the migration becomes a more weighty proposition.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      The Phottix Odin/Mintros+ Speedlight system actually has a Sony version, so that covers that. (Fuji has terrible/no OCF support) Its really, for me, the lenses that are the hangup for most people’s needs right now with the Sony FE system.

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    • Kim Farrelly

      Anthony, I just popped my YN 560 TX onto my X-E1 and it works great with all of my YN-560 Mark iii’s.

      I guess for me an A7 M2 and an A7s might be the cameras of choose for weddings, as for lenses I’m stuck on that decision completely, so interested in peoples opinion on this one as well.

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  19. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Good choice!
    I hesitated between the A7II and the X-T1 but finally decided on the X-T1.
    When I bought it, the Sony was 800$ more than the Fuji and my budget just couldn’t allow it. The Fuji was already at the top of my budget.
    I also really love the way the Fuji handles.

    If I have had the budget, maybe I would have chosen the Sony.

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  20. Leo Hoang

    I made the same switch earlier this year also…

    Dumped my Fuji gear and was actually heading for A6000, then missed my exit and ended up with A7ii + 55mm… added 35mm f/2.8 to that also…

    because I suffer stupid amounts of GAS, I added an A7s to the mix as I couldn’t decide between the two bodies… thought i’d get both and whichever I picked up least, I sell…

    A7ii is the loser in my case… a7s silent shutter and immense ISO suits me better…

    But A7ii isn’t selling for what I’d ideally like back to minimise loss… so I guess I keep both and make proper use of it to make it worth while… :S #whoops

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  21. John Priest

    OH STOP… who says one has to “stick with one system”????

    I have been a canon (APS-C) shooter for the longest time, and I recently went with a new SYSTEM camera…
    I just got the new OLYMPUS OMD EM5 MkII as my first dive into “another” system. (Micro Four Thirds)

    Will I get rid of my Canon gear… HECK NO! Who says one can’t have multiple cameras/systems for different situations/jobs.

    I TOO WILL get a Sony A series FF camera… but I don’t think a “good deal” or “Situation” was the real reason why someone will switch/add another camera to their arsenal!

    Go get your Fuji again… enjoy life, shoot multiple bodies/systems/lenses to your hearts content! (or whatever your wallet will allow)
    ;)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Oh, don’t get me wrong. If I could have both cameras right now I would. But my budget only allows for one, and the one I chose is the Sony. That said, if that budget situation changes anytime soon, you can bet that Fuji will find its way back into my kit.

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  22. Kim Farrelly

    The one thinks that puts me off Sony is their lack of good lenses. I know they have some Ziess glass now but that stuff is even more pricer than Canon’s L glass. Where is the 24-70 2.8, where are the f1.4 primes that don’t suck?

    If only Sony and Fuji became friends….

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  24. Vince Arredondo

    I need to try out one of those babies soon!

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  25. Graham Curran

    I’m just wondering how long I can hold out before moving to mirrorless.

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    • adam sanford

      That depends on what you shoot:

      Landscape / astro / architecture (i.e. anything deliberate, composed, Liveview-based, etc.) = Move to mirrorless now. You don’t need to wait for native lenses as adaptors and Liveview will get you by.

      General walkabout / portraiture / events / street = Not terribly long; whenever the AF gets to a speed you can live with and you have *native* lenses in the FLs you care about to leverage that AF, make the move.

      Sports / wildlife = Hang on to your SLR, because it’s going to be a while. AF and responsiveness are far far far better with SLRs today.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Adam, while I wholeheartedly agree with your reasoning for the 2nd and 3rd assessments, (general photography, or action sports photography) …I have to say that DSLRs still hold quite a few advantages for anyone who shoots landscapes or astrophotography, for sure.

      An optical viewfinder does a whole host of things for these folks- If you’re going on long trips away from a charger, your batteries last multiple times longer, by a huge margin. If you do more than just traditional landscapes, and shoot many night shots at 30+ second exposures, let alone timelapses, …then the problem of battery life is increased again by a multiplication factor, not just a small percent.

      Also, an optical viewfinder affords your eyes a lot less strain, I have discovered. Each time I’ve tried to review a mirrorless camera for astro work, I found myself constantly having to adjust my eyes to a pitch-black scene before me, and a camera LCD even at its dimmest setting. Using the EVF instead of the rear LCD is even worse, because you have to squint into a hole which totally ruins your night vision, repeatedly all night long. (And when using a rear LCD, many of them will remain ON as a black screen, even during an exposure, which harms your night vision in addition to killing battery life…)

      So, there’s that. Then there’s also the general complete lack of weather sealing in Sony’s current flagship lineup of A-series bodies, both full-frame and crop-sensor. An Olympus mirrorless camera doesn’t have this problem, of course, but then again their 2x crop sensors aren’t the best for astro work in my experience.

      Lastly, mirrorless bodies used via adapters with non-native lenses are still a bit of an unknown factor in the realm of ultra-wide image quality; Roger Cicala has a pretty good article on “sensor stack thickness” that is worth reading but I won’t go into it here.

      In short, all the advantages of a mirrorless camera are often reduced quite significantly, or overshadowed by disadvantages, depending on the kind of landscape / astro work that you do.

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    • Bryan Marriott

      Batteries are cheap. You can probably carry 50 of them and still be lighter than a DSLR. You can get full frame on the Fuji sensor with Nikon lenses and Metabones. DSLR=One foot on a banana peel and one foot in the grave.

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    • adam sanford

      I was glass-half-full responding to Graham, Matthew. Excellent points, though. I love my SLR and would not leave it even for a far better sensor. SLRs do too many little, medium and big things better than mirrorless right now for me to get on-board.

      But someday I’m sure I will get one. That someday will be when I no longer feel it is more sluggish than my SLR, and when the AF is as fire and forget as my 5D3 is now. So… *yeah*. It’ll be awhile for me. :-P

      But for others with different priorities (i.e. the ‘IQ is king’ camp, the ‘I need a much smaller rig’ people, etc.), moving to mirrorless sooner is possible (and is already happening). It’s just a question of what you prioritize. I will be a late adopter and I’m comfortable with that.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Also, just to be clear Matt, the A7 II does have “enhanced weather sealing”. Whatever that means.

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  26. Greg Urbano

    I am wondering what the regrets are on the move (if any!) ?
    Are there things you liked on the X-T1 that you miss on the Sony?
    Are there reasons for someone to buy the Fuji over the A7II?
    I know you just got the camera but in the near future these would be good questions to reflect on and answer in a follow up post!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Great questions Greg! Im not sure there are regrets about the switch, but there are def some things I like about the Fuji better (The focusing controls/MF peaking, and camera style overall to name a few). If you are someone who is going to shoot with native glass on the system you choose, and are not dead set on a FF sensor, then I would probably pick the Fuji over the Sony. But for me, the ability to turn my 30+ yr old lenses into stabilized ones (via the IBIS) was too great of an opportunity to pass up, the FF sensor and added MP were icing on the cake – for me.

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    • Paul Nguyen

      As someone who’s shot extensively with Nikon before switching to Fuji, after considering both Fuji and Sony, I think there are quite a few benefits to each system. Like Anthony says in the article, Sony’s strengths are in their sensor, IBIS…etc.

      For me, the main benefits of Fuji, especially the X-T1, is manual controls. I can’t emphasise how useful the ISO dial is. Under controlled lighting, I use a fixed ISO, when out and about shooting in natural light, of course, I use Auto ISO. Being able to flick between the two without having to go through menus is a lifesaver.

      Fuji also has a stronger lens selection, at the moment, with their best lenses arguably better/sharper than the Sony equivalents. E.g. the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is a better built and sharper lens than the Sony 24-70mm f/4, for example. Fuji also has many lenses that Sony doesn’t have. Fuji is smaller, an X-T1 paired with a 27mm f/2.8 or 18mm f/2 is far smaller than anything on Sony and I find that it’s also cheaper to build a system around Fuji. The X-T1 is cheaper than the A7 Mk II and Fuji lenses are also cheaper (perhaps due to them being APS-C).

      Fuji’s colour rendition, especially for people, are also very good compared to other brands.

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    • Leo Hoang

      I had switched from Fuji X-T1 to Sony A7ii also, and no regrets whatsoever…

      The only thing I miss from Fuji is the wireless remote system and 56mm f/1.2.

      But those are two features I hardly used anyway.

      Day-to-Day use I find my Sony A7ii AF to be much faster and having Full Frame which is much more portable is lovely.

      Their face detection/eye auto focus on the Sony is great too.

      If you’re trying to decide between the two, it is down to personal preference and what you shoot. But for me personally, Sony is the new Champion in my opinion.

      I shoot my Nikon for work as it’s definitely faster and more efficient for what I do. But Sony isn’t too far behind and in a few years I may be dumping Nikon as well if Sony keep this up.

      #Fanboy lol

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  27. Austin Swenson

    Another one bites the dust! Welcome to the dark side my friend…

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  28. Greg Silver

    I think I’m one of those guys who doesn’t invest too heavily on lenses but would jump ship to another brand if there was significant justification in terms of features, quality and performance.

    For now and what I can see in the near foreseeable future, I’m happy sticking with Sony.

    I think you made a good choice Anthony!

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  29. Daniel O’Bruba

    What is the best adapter to utilize my 14-24/2.8 Nikon on the A7II, and will non-Sony lens retain full function? Thanks

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    • Matthew Saville

      According to some industry geeks such as Roger Cicala, the wider you go on a Sony sensor, the more you may run into “sensor stack” issues due to the difference in glass sensor overlay thicknesses. So yes, there is the possibility that a 14-24 may simply not look the same as it does on a native Nikon.

      However, plenty of people do use that combo with success. I can’t speak to which adapter is the best, but you’ll definitely want one that is compatible with Nikon G lenses, (no rear aperture ring) and preferably one that actually helps you know what f-stop you’re at, instead of completely eyeballing it and having zero lens EXIF data later in post-production.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Considering the weight and performance of my D750, I think I’ll stick with it for another couple generations. I might pick up an A7S just for low-light video tutorials lol, but not for actual shooting. Optical viewfinders still seem to be king of the hill when it comes to astro-landscapes and timelapses that involve 30+ second exposures… :-\

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    • Daniel O’Bruba

      Thanks Matthew, I appreciate the feedback… I shoot with the D810 now and I am looking for a higher speed 2nd body for sports. After a little further reading, the A7II isn’t going to be for me. I’m going to stick with Nikon for the time being.. either grabbing a D750 or put my cash aside and wait for the D5 announcement. Thanks again

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yeah Daniel, A7 series is def not an option right now if sports/tracking is a big priority.

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  30. Steven Pellegrino

    I feel your pain as it relates to Fuji. I’ve been shooting with both Fuji and Nikon and had to make a decision to pick a system and invest in it. Because I do a lot of photojournalism work I had to go with Nikon. I’ve tried and tried with Fuji, but the camera and lenses that I’ve worked with cannot handle the situations I shoot in. I’m blown away with Fuji’s image quality and if all I shot was portraits I’d invest in Fuji, but I need speed and I’ve missed more shots than I think is acceptable, so my money went to Nikon.

    Everything I’ve read about Sony makes me want one and I’m sure I’ll give it a try one day soon. FF isn’t my biggest priority (I’m shooting with two Nikon DX cameras now), but performance and versatility is a priority. I know there are Canon shooter trading in their 5D’s for Sony, which is another reason I’m leaning towards them to continue with a mirrorless system.

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    • adam sanford

      Yep. I often hear of Canon *landscapers* moonlighting with A7 rigs. It’s a gateway rig in that lets you try a SoNikon sensor without selling your Canon glass. Use an adapter + LiveView and bang, you’re in business.

      But if you need reliable and quick AF, the conversion game is much more daunting. Your great current lenses get benched and you need new native ones for the Sony rig. And that’s why conversions aren’t happening at the breakneck rate various internet forums would have us believe.

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  31. Colin Conn

    YESSSSS, welcome to the fold!

    Source: Owns an A7II

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