My Switch to Fujifilm X-series Cameras

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Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson is an award-winning outdoor photographer, specializing in landscape, commercial and editorial assignments, and travel photography. Patricia has spent the last 20 years living on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast where she developed her landscape photography skills. Currently, she and her husband live nomadically, traveling in their RV throughout the western United States. With a background in the visual arts and web development, she sets out to produce images that express her artistic vision and passion for photography, as well as her love of nature and the outdoors.

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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.

California Beamin’ - Light & fog creating light rays in the California Redwoods.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji 18-55mm @18mm . f/22 . 1/25″ . ISO 800
California Beamin’ – Light & fog creating light rays in the California Redwoods.
Forest Fog & Blooms - Rhododendron blooms in the morning light and fog in the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF55-200mm @55mm . f/8 . 1/125″ . ISO 1000
Forest Fog & Blooms – Rhododendron blooms in the morning light and fog in the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, California.
Silent City Glow - Grouping of hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah during late afternoon light.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF55-200mm @148,5mm . f/5.6 . 1/200″ . ISO 200
Silent City Glow – Grouping of hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah during late afternoon light.

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 X-T1 only had 16 megapixels. I often would bring both the DSLR and the mirrorless with me on a photo trip.

Lines in the Sand - White Sands National Monument at sunset.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji 18-55mm @55mm . f/16 . 1/9″ . ISO 400
Lines in the Sand – White Sands National Monument at sunset.
Cave of Dreams - Colorful slot canyon ceiling at Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mm @10mm . f/4 . 1/110″ . ISO 640
Cave of Dreams – Colorful slot canyon ceiling at Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
Canyon Spirits - Light shaft and canyon walls photographed within Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mm @19,1mm . f/4 . 1/140″ . ISO 640
Canyon Spirits – Light shaft and canyon walls photographed within Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.

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.

Sweet Creek Falls in Autumn -Sweet Creek Falls waterfall can be found along the Sweet Creek Trail in the Oregon Coast Range.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mm @13,8mm . f/13 . 4,3″ . ISO 200
Sweet Creek Falls in Autumn -Sweet Creek Falls waterfall can be found along the Sweet Creek Trail in the Oregon Coast Range.
A Big Horn Sheep at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm . f/4.8 . 1/10″ . ISO 1600
A Big Horn Sheep at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.
High surf advisory at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF55-200mm @55mm . f/10 . 1/3200″ . ISO 800
High surf advisory at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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.

Grandfather & grandson on a hike at Mirror Lake with view of Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-55mm @20,5mm . f/5.6 . 1/170″ . ISO 400
Grandfather & grandson on a hike at Mirror Lake with view of Mt. Hood in Oregon.

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 wherever 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!

Approaching storm on Tucson, Arizona.
Fuji X-T2 . Fuji XF55-200mm @134,5mm . f/11 . 1/800″ . ISO 400
Approaching storm on Tucson, Arizona.
Colorful slot canyon abstract at Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF10-24mm @22,9mm . f/4 . 1/125″ . ISO 640
Colorful slot canyon abstract at Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
Abstract of a concretion embedded within sand stone found along the Oregon Coastline.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF55-200mm @55mm . f/5.6 . 1/250″ . ISO 400
Abstract of a concretion embedded within sand stone found along the Oregon Coastline.

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 setup 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.

Our RV home on wheels and tow vehicle at a campsite near Sedona, Arizona.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-55mm @22,3mm . f/3.2 . 1/20″ . ISO 200
Our RV home on wheels and tow vehicle at a campsite near Sedona, Arizona.
Our RV home on wheels at a campsite near Sedona, Arizona.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-55mm @24,3mm . f/3.2 . 1/20″ . ISO 200
Our RV home on wheels at a campsite near Sedona, Arizona.
Shazam! - Light & fog creating light rays in the California Redwoods.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-55mm @18mm . f/5.6 . 1/160″ . ISO 200
Shazam! – Light & fog creating light rays in the California Redwoods.
Our RV home on wheels and tow vehicle camping at the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona.
Fuji X-T1 . Fuji XF18-55mm @18mm . f/10 . 1/350″ . ISO 200
Our RV home on wheels and tow vehicle camping at the KOFA National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona.

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