On October 9, my new Fujifilm X-T3 arrived and I felt like I had leaped forward more than just a decade in technology-time. Tech-time is so hard to grasp when a 2018 mirrorless camera stuns me into excited confusion from the 2009 DSLRelic I’ve been toting around with me everywhere. Not to mention the 35mm fully-manual film camera I still have and use on occasion. I still catch myself chimping at the back of the film wall. Bad habit?
This is my 3rd big camera purchase and I seem to space them out by roughly 10 years. When that much time goes by, there’s a shock to the system and the learning curve steepens in an attempt to ease the technical photographic process in the long-run.
I noticed these things before I ever received the camera because of all the online tutorials and videos and the unusual fact that I read the manual prior to committing to the purchase. Reading the manual alone did two things: it both freaked me out and sealed the deal. The new features will make shooting easier and more efficient–as complicated as they may be compared to my Canon. I think I’ll also spend less time processing the daily shots since so much more can be done in-camera, including the lovely film simulations provided by Fuji.
Another significant adjustment to going mirrorless is the ability to see what I shoot in the electronic viewfinder. Having the final image prefaced in the EVF is an amazing luxury. “Development time” is a curious thing when I think about waiting for my processed film to return to the one-hour photo shop… to viewing the results on the LCD… and to now seeing it in real-time through the viewfinder. Seeing is good.
Update | 23 October 2018
Two weeks later with the Fujifilm X-T3…
It’s like shooting with my old Pentax K-1000 again with all the perks of digital photography. I can see my critical settings (ISO, Aperture, & Shutter Speed) without turning the camera on (and thus consuming the battery) and having these as nobs and rings suits my style (and if I want to dedicate them to certain Fn buttons, I can). Then there’s the film simulations and the “recipes” I can create with corresponding settings that add to the fun and creativity. I’m leaving out some other killer features that have taken my “domestic documentography” to the next level, like autofocus and video, but handling and film simulations are the two big factors that simply make shooting with the X-T3 a fun experience.