Trading in... The Fuji X-T3 (First Impressions)

For a long while I have had a large pile of unused camera equipment, hangovers from upgrades gone by! Yesterday I popped it all in a bag and took it to my local camera store to see what we could do with it. The best option was a trade for a shiny new Fujifilm X-T3 with kit lens (mainly as this is a completely new system to me!)

Today has been a bit of a learning curve as I try and figure out how to drive this new hardware, my intention is to play about with it a bit and decide if it is going to replace my Olympus system which has been my smaller back up camera of choice for several years. Whilst I love the little OIympus OM-D I have run into limitations with it which would impact on some of my planned projects over the next year or so.

First impressions of the X-T3 are very, very good. The camera has that nice heft to it that speaks of resilience and quality, whilst the old-school analogue dials take me back to my old days in film photography (which, ironically, started with a Fujica 35mm SLR based on an old Pentax design). The kit lens continues this feel of quality with nicely damped controls and a metal construction.

In use it is taking a little while to get used to, but having spent a family day out with the camera I am starting to get there. Give it another week and it should all start to become second nature. Output wise I am struggling to really assess it just now as it is so new that Lightroom isn’t compatible as yet! I am trying to work with Capture 1 Express, but I am not so sure about that! Having said that the specifications suggest that we are going to get along just fine. A BSI sensor (the same kind of technology utilised by my more usual Nikon D850) should give me a large image quality boost with greater dynamic range, whilst the weather sealed body should shrug off the conditions that I work in. It is operating at that sweet spot of resolution (mid 20’s) that just seems to “work” on a crop sensor, so I should get a clean output… and finally there is the unique Fuji colour reproduction which I am looking forward to exploring!

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Once I have spent some quality time with this new system I will update with a proper review! There is a lot of interest in this new release from Fuji at present so it may be of interest to some of you!