My Switch to Fujifilm X-series Cameras

///My Switch to Fujifilm X-series Cameras

My Switch to Fujifilm X-series Cameras

I’ve been using Canon cameras since my husband bought me my first DSLR a number of years ago. Over the course of the years I’ve upgraded my Canon cameras to newer models, my latest being the Canon 6D full frame.

Two years ago I was interested in looking into mirrorless cameras so I purchased a Fujifilm X-T1. I really enjoyed the camera and began taking it along with me everywhere. The Fujifilm X-series are lightweight, small cameras so they are really great for hiking. I didn’t completely trust it with my landscapes though. For one thing, the XT-1 only had 16 megapixels. I often would bring both the DSLR and the mirrorless with me on a photo trip.

Last December (2015), Fujifilm released the 3.00 version firmware update that improved autofocusing, shutter speed and much more. Since then, Fujifilm continues to add updates and new features to their firmware. At the time of this writing, they are up to firmware version 4.30. The X-T1 felt like a brand new camera after these upgrades. It continues to be a fun little camera.

This past spring I decided to just start using the X-T1 more for my landscapes. I knew that the new X-T2 would be released this year and I had already made the decision that I would purchase it when it was available. This would mean that I would be selling all my Canon gear and going totally with the Fujifilm X-series.

After selling off all my Canon gear I had a hard time finding the X-T2 online or in camera stores. I couldn’t pre-order one as I didn’t know where I would be in 2-3 weeks when the camera would ship since I travel full-time. I decided to call Pro Photo Supply in Portland, Oregon and just get on their pre-order list. They had assured me they could ship it to me where ever I was at the time. I certainly couldn’t do this with an online retailer. I was surprised that within a day of calling them, they had a new X-T2 body ready to ship to me!

Now that I have used the X-T2 for just a couple of weeks, I am really enjoying it even better than the X-T1. I haven’t had a chance to use it for landscapes yet. I plan to purchase an L plate that fits my quick release set up on my tripod’s ball head just as soon as I can get my hands on one. They are hard to get at the moment.

I have added a collection of my favorite images to this post, taken with the X-T1.

White Sands National Monument at sunset.


Light shaft and canyon walls photographed within Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.

Rhododendron blooms in the morning light and fog in the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California


Colorful slot canyon ceiling at Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ.

By |2018-03-28T16:48:01+00:00November 19th, 2016|Gear|17 Comments


  1. Hugh November 27, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Presently, an X-T1 body is available from authorized dealers for $899 while the X-T2 is $1599. Theoretically, it should be twice as good as the 1, which of course it is not. I would like to know what the X-T2 is doing for you that the X-T1 does not.

    • Patricia December 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Hey Hugh,

      I would say go for the X-T1 if the price is right for you. Remember, this camera has been out a few years so that’s why it is reduced to $899. Be sure and do all the firmware updates to get the best use out of the camera. When I purchased my X-T1 it was $1299 for the whole kit. I purchased the newer X-T2 because of the newer features, more megapixels, updated sensor and I like the changes to the dials. I especially like the focus stick, it’s amazing. Hope that clears it up for you. Let me know how you like the X-T1 if you pick it up.

  2. Patricia November 21, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks. Appreciate your comment.

  3. Trish November 20, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I have recently bought the X T2 from Stallards, cost near $2000. I believed the price wouldn’t be excessive. Because of the dollar the price would be compatible. Be interested in what you payed. I also have the 18-55 lens. I’m enjoying discovering how to use them after using Nikons. I’d be very interested to follow your journey with various lenses and filters.

    • Patricia November 21, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Trish,

      I paid $1599 for the body only. I already had the kit lens from when I bought the X-T1 a couple of years ago. Thanks so much for your comment and follow. I’ll try and keep some post going on the X-T2 as I update the filters and of course when I get new lenses.

  4. Sue November 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    So beautiful, Pat … when we win the lotter this week, I’m gonna get that camera!! ????

    • Patricia November 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Sue! Your comments always make me smile! Fingers crossed you win the lotto ;)

  5. Jeff Walker November 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

    After almost thirty five years of doing film photos (Hasselbland, Nikon F2AS), I bought a DSLR. I hated it so much I stopped doing photography for almost five years. Then I had an opportunity to spend some time in Europe. My wife asked if I was taking a camera. No, I replied. “Well, you can’t spend time travelling without a camera, so go buy a pocket camera.” I researched mirror less and bought the Fuji XE2 with kit zoom. Love it, love it, love it. Have shot almost 10,000 frames in just around 3 years. Carry it with me almost daily. I’d but the DSLR version if I had more need for one, but for the photos that I am currently doing (family, travel) this is a perfect solution for me.

    • Patricia November 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Hey Jeff! I’m so glad you found the camera that you enjoy using! You definitely couldn’t go to Europe without a camera :) It’s all about enjoying photography and the camera that works best for you. Thanks for your comment.

  6. Michael November 20, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Have you found an ND filter system you like with the Fuji?

    • Patricia November 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Michael, I am still using my larger circular ND and Polarizing filters that fit my Canon system with step-up rings. I’m not really a fan of step-up, or step-down rings I should say. Either I’ll buy some smaller filters to fit my Fuji lenses or look into a 100mm filter system. I’m doing research now.

  7. Shashikiran November 19, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Why did you choose Fujifilm over the many other mirrorless options? Sony, for instance?

    • Patricia November 19, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      That is a very good question. I have looked at the Sony for a long time. I had a chance a couple of times to get my hands on one. It just didn’t feel right in my hands. I love the dials and menu system of the Fuji, it’s easy to understand. Shooting with the Fuji is fun, I really enjoy it. I really believe the quality is good. I look forward to seeing what Fujifilm does in the future.

      • Shashikiran November 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm

        Thanks for your reply.

        I’ve been using the Sony A7S and the A7R2. A month ago, I bought the X100T for take-anywhere use. I’ve been enjoying the dials and the menu in the way you describe.

        Very nice article here by you.

        • Patricia November 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

          Sounds like you have a great line up of cameras! Yes, the dials on the Fuji systems are pretty nice :) Thanks again for your feedback!

  8. Doug November 19, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Do you have a favorite lens you used so far? I just bought the XT2 and have the 18-55 and really enjoy that combination so far.

    • Patricia November 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Doug, I have the 18-55mm I bought in the kit with my X-T1. I also have 56mm, 10-24mm and 55-200mm. I’m going to be purchasing the newest 23mm and the 35mm soon. There are a few more on my future list as well ;) Enjoy your X-T2!

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