Going back to fujifilm after 2 years…

Question: Have you ever switched camera brands, only to regret the decision later on?

Solution: If you find yourself in this situation, consider going back to Fujifilm after 2 years.

It’s not uncommon for photographers to experiment with different camera brands in search of the perfect fit for their needs and preferences. However, sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. If you previously used Fujifilm and miss its intuitive controls, film simulations, and overall aesthetic, it might be time to consider returning to the familiar and reliable brand. In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why going back to Fujifilm after 2 years might be the right move for you.

Going Back to Fujifilm After 2 Years

Going Back to Fujifilm After 2 Years

First Impressions of the Fujifilm XH2s

So it’s actually been more than two years since I’ve shot with a Fuji camera. The last Fuji camera that I shot with or did a review of was the XT4 and I really liked that camera. It solved a lot of problems for me that I had with the previous Fuji cameras like XT3, but it wasn’t an XH1 successor. The XH1 was definitely my favorite form factor when it comes to body design out of all the Fuji cameras and out of all the cameras that I’ve tried and I’ve tried quite a few of them. It has the best Ibis – the in-body stabilization that no other camera could compete with.

Photoshoot with the Fujifilm XH2s

So this is the Fujifilm XH2s and I’m really excited to test it out. I’ve got the 33 millimeter 1.4 on there as well which is a new lens that I have not tried yet. I’m super excited to try it out. I’m actually about to do a shoot with my friend Knox. She’s about to meet me here really really soon if you like go up against the fence kind of thing foreign. If you go further down yep stop there that’s good. Oh that’s actually awesome getting a reflection off something oh it’s that building that looks sick. Looks like I’m using off-camera flash but yeah look towards the building there that’s sick foreign foreign.

Impressions of the Fujifilm XH2s

First things first, I want to say a massive thank you to digidirect in Brisbane for loaning me this camera. They’re pretty much my go-to for all my camera gear while I’m here so if you are in Brisbane make sure you check them out. I absolutely love the photos that I was able to create with the Fujifilm XH2s and even the jpegs look amazing. There’s no shortage of dynamic range and this 33 millimeter 1.4 when you’re shooting at 1.4 gives you a really great separation from the background.

So that was one of the biggest factors when I started shooting more photography. I wanted to go back to a full-frame sensor so that I could get a shallower depth of field because I just really like that dreamy look and this still has an aps-c sensor, no changes there. You’re still going to get the same amount of depth of field as you would with previous Fuji cameras.

Ergonomics and Functionality

Ergonomically, this is definitely my favorite Fuji camera. I really like having a nice large grip to hang on to. So this definitely has that. It’s probably around the same size as my Canon R6 or my Sony a74 so that’s really interesting to note. The only thing that really tripped me up with the design of this camera was having the playback and the delete buttons on the other side so your hand is on this side and these buttons are over here so when you’re flipping through images you kind of have to use two hands to really get around the camera so that was something that I had to get used to.

One other thing that I noticed coming from these other cameras that I just mentioned is that they actually have a dial or a wheel that’s dedicated to all three ISO, shutter, and aperture. On this camera, you can change the front and rear dials to do aperture and shutter speed and switch them over but there’s no real way to assign ISO to either of these wheels. I just could not find it in the menu. If you have an XH2 and you know how to do it please leave it down in the comments section below and I will pin your comment. But that was kind of frustrating to me because they’ve got this great wheel on the lens that you can use to change your aperture. I mean that’s fantastic. That’s kind of what it’s there for so why would you need an extra dedicated dial on the camera for your aperture? Just makes sense to be able to assign it to ISO and then you have control over all three. In order to change ISO you have to press this little button up on the top of the camera. A little bit of a workaround that I wish were different.

Performance and Image Quality

As I mentioned, ergonomically, this is my favorite Fuji so far and I must say, I love the look of the photos I was able to capture. There is quite a lot of detail in these files. It wasn’t the resolution bump that I was hoping for over the XH1. One interesting thing that I found when I was editing the photos in Lightroom was that the sharpening performed much better than the other x-trans sensors that I’ve tried to sharpen in the past. There’s still some weird worming artifacts when you pump the sharpness all the way up with the XH2s, however, I would just revert to my usual practice when I’m shooting with Fuji files and that is to leave the sharpening at zero, export all my files, and then do a final pass of sharpening through Photoshop. It gives you a much better result.

Going back to Fujifilm after 2 years…

Q: Why should I consider going back to Fujifilm after 2 years?

A: Fujifilm has continued to innovate and improve their camera systems, lenses, and technology over the past 2 years, making it worth considering returning to the brand for their updated and improved features.

Q: What new features or improvements can I expect from Fujifilm?

A: Fujifilm has introduced new sensor technology, improved autofocus systems, and expanded lens options to provide better image quality, faster performance, and more creative possibilities.

Q: Will my old Fujifilm gear be compatible with the new systems?

A: Fujifilm has maintained compatibility with their older gear while also introducing new accessories and adapters to ensure that your old equipment can still be used with their latest systems.

Q: How has Fujifilm expanded their product lineup in the past 2 years?

A: Fujifilm has introduced new camera bodies, lenses for various photography genres, and accessories to cater to a wider range of photographers’ needs and preferences.

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