A lot of people have asked me why I've recently switched from Sony to Fuji and the reasons are multiple so I'm going to write a short blog post to let you know why I did that (and just cause you've asked no, nobody has paid me, I just wish Fuji had :-)).
I may be a bit paranoid but having 2 sd cards on my camera to backup the pictures I've been taking makes me less nervous... i don't know about you :).
Size and weight
The reason why I switched from Nikon to Sony at the beginning was because I wasn't bringing my DSLR with me every time. Photography for me was kind of dead so when I found out that mirrorless cameras were out I bought a Sony A7. That camera gave me a new motivation to start shooting again and since then I've taken thousands of pictures with it. As the Sony system keep growing unfortunately their lenses keep getting bigger, heavier and more expensive. I know they are still pretty light in comparison with other full frame systems but it was too much for me. So after a few hikes I did in Norway I decided that my setup was too heavy and I had to choose something different. I went to a local shop here in Dublin to buy a Fuji x70 just to try it out. I was so impressed by the handling and the image quality of this tiny camera that in a few weeks I went to buy a Fuji Xpro 2 and a few lenses.
Build quality and handling
I've always been pretty disappointed with the build quality of the Sony A7. The camera had a problem with the sensor and sometimes I've noticed some strange glares in my pictures. The lenses were losing color and they were very easy to scratch. After a few weeks it seems they were overused and old. The build quality of the Xpro 2, instead, is very good. The camera feels solid, it is weather sealed and the lenses are very solid too. Everything feels premium and very durable. Also the handling of the Fuji is amazing. I love to shoot with this camera and it feels very good in my hands. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are very easy to change and everything is just a click away.
I know the Sony A7 has a bigger sensor but the pictures from the new Fuji Xpro 2 sensor are amazing. Because of the lack of AA filter and the quality of the lenses the pictures are sharper. Maybe the dynamic range was better on the Sony but I don't really like to push my editing too much and to give my pictures an HDR look. Also the colors are better on the Fuji. I prefer the warmer look that the pictures have, the Sony look instead was always a bit too cold. I shoot RAW but I feel I really have to change less to the pictures I take with the Fuji.
I can't understand why I've to spend 3.2K euro for a Sony a7 with a 35mm f1.4 lens when I can have an Xpro 2 with a fantastic 23mm f1.4 and save money to buy a new lens or to travel somewhere nice :-). What about the size and the weight then? The Fuji 23mm f1.4 is half the size and weight of the Sony 35 f1.4 and I don't think anybody will notice any difference in pictures taken with these two lenses.
My Sony A7 was a great camera but the Xpro 2 suits me better. Pictures are sharper, colors are nicer, it is smaller and lighter and I love its look and feeling. I think if you like your camera you will bring it with you more often and this always let you shoot better pictures. Choose the camera you like and don't mind about brands or what other people say. If you like it you'll use it more and it will improve your photography. And if you like Sony or Canon or Nikon or whatever other camera better we can still be friend, I don't care about brands :-).
As you've read on my blogI've been in Iceland in April for two weeks taking pictures for the Icelandic tourism board. It was a fantastic experience: the nature in Iceland is truly fantastic and views, landscapes and spots to photograph are everywhere. It wasn't so difficult so to come back home with more then 3000 pictures!
To show you some of the best pictures I've taken I've decided to create a video slideshow. Here are all the pictures I liked the most in a short (hopefully not boring)
video. You can find more pictures from Iceland on my Iceland pictures section of my gallery.
I hope you enjoy the video, let me know in the comments below if you want to have more information about Iceland or if you want to know where a picture was taken.
I've been in Iceland for a project about 2 years ago. I've been there for just 4 days and I didn't get the chance to explore the island. Since then, Iceland has been on my list. I had to go back and take some shots of that beautiful country.
Now the time has come and yes, I'm going back to Iceland!
With the support of the fantastic people at Inspired by Iceland and Icelander hotels I'll be travelling around the country for 10 days with my wife. As I'll be taking pictures (hopefully the weather will be nice with us) I want to let you know what gear I'm going to bring with me for this trip.
I like to travel light and I'm mostly exclusively a prime lenses shooter so you won't find a long list of items here. I generally adapt to my camera as doing this let me think more about the composition and the shot I'm going to take. So here we go, this is the gear I will bring with me to Iceland (please bear in mind that nobody sponsored me and every item in the list has been meticulously tested and chosen :-)):
The backpack, my trusty Manfrotto Advanced Active Backpack I
The camera, a Fujifilm X-PRO 2 (and a Fujifilm X-e2s as a backup just in case my X-PRO 2 breaks)
Three lenses: a Fujifilm 14mm f2.8 for landscape, a Fujifilm 23mm f1.4 for everything (I love this lens :-)), a Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 if I need something longer
The tripod, a Manfrotto BeFree Carbon Fiber (yes I'm that lazy and I'll be hiking around :-))
The igadgitz filters holder with 3 filters (Hoya ND1000 58mm, Haida ND1000 62mm, Hoya Polarizer 58mm )
The Expro dual battery charger
Sd cards and batteries
A MacBook pro (not in the picture) to backup and edit pictures and to assist all my customers around the world (I love you people :-))
A rubber bulb to clean sensor and lenses (I've been asked strange questions about it in various airports :-))
A microfiber cloth
That's it guys, as you can see I like to keep it simple and use my mind (when it works) to bring home some good shots. I leave you now with some pictures I've taken the last time I was there and hopefully I'll do better this time :-). You can follow me on Instagram, Flickr, 500px, Twitter or Facebook to find out more about my trip.
I'm glad to announce that one of my pictures has been shortlisted for the final of the Siena International Photography Awards!
Siena International Photo Award is one of the photo contests with the highest international participation ever. 2016 edition has received nearly 50.000 images from amateur and professional photographers from 130 countries worldwide so I'm proud that they picked my work for the final stage.
Wish me luck for the final I hope I could win one of the final prices.
Unfortunately I can't reveal which of my pictures they have shortlisted but I'll update you as soon as I'll get some news.