The Switch From Canon To Fujifilm
Writing this isn't easy for me. I almost do so reluctantly because of my deep affection for Canon. I haven't parted with my 5DMIV; letting go of it would be too difficult. It remains an invaluable asset, especially regarding rapid shooting scenarios that the GFX can't match due to its slower sensor.
However, change was inevitable.
To put it simply — Fujifilm feels more modern. They demonstrate a keen understanding of their diverse consumer base — those seeking to enhance or change their photography equipment. Fujifilm addresses the needs of today's photographers without clinging to the outdated trends of the early 2000s. Their adaptability is both seamless and understated. With Fujifilm, there's never a sense of overexerting to win over younger demographics; they excel at identifying genuine consumer demands.
Setting aside my sentimental biases, it became apparent that Canon's technological progress wasn't meeting my expectations. DSLRs appeared to lag behind the innovations introduced by competitors, fueling my growing sense of missing out while using my camera. Even as Canon launched new models with updated specifications, their recent offerings no longer ignited the excitement I craved.
The debate often veers from DSLRs to mirrorless models. While DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have similar sensors, image quality, technologies, and numerous features, they diverge significantly in their structure and aesthetics. The distinctions are not just in their physical appearance — how they're shaped, how they feel in your hand, and how they operate — but also in technical aspects like 4K, 6K, or even 8K video recording capabilities and autofocus systems. Mirrorless models have added benefits like eye autofocus, a more compact size, and the ability to preview exposure in real-time without shifting to a live view mode. But truthfully? The specific type of digital photography experience wasn't my main concern. I was yearning for a breath of fresh air.
It had to be a complete departure from the familiar if I was going to make a change.
The concept of a mirrorless camera caught my attention, yet the charm of the medium format truly captivated me. One of the perks of working for Moment is the privilege of early access to the latest equipment. Taylor, a fellow filmmaker at Sunny Sixteen, had the chance to experiment with the camera, an experience documented in a popular video on Moment's YouTube channel. Her feedback? Stellar. Our artistic sensibilities align, so her endorsement was all the persuasion I needed, especially when she expressed her willingness to transition from her own Canon 5MDIV.