Fuji: My Parisienne Paintbrush

Paris Speaks

NOTE: This is a lengthier post than usual. It’s a summary of how the Fuji gear I took to France and I got along. (Famously!). It’s not meant to be camera “review”. It’s one human’s experience of being on a mission of art and heart; and the gear that helped bring it all to fruition. I’ve had a ton of questions about whether I’m sticking with Fuji after this… I think this will answer them all. 😀

For the record, I carried a Fuji X-T1 and X-T10, with the 16-55mm f/2.8, 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8, 10-24mm f/4 and 27mm f/2.8 lenses. 

Well, I’m back. Back from Paris, back from the glorious countryside of France, the incredible almost-a-month experience that began with some trepidation and ended with my not wanting to come home!

I had big ambitions to stay on top of blogging, video-ing, Periscope-ing, posting and all that ‘share every second of your life’ stuff we do nowadays. But y’know what? At a certain point I just had to surrender to the experience and let myself sink deeply into all that it had to teach me. There are times I just can’t talk about stuff; I have to live it. Words come later. This was that.

I went to France seriously in need of a break. Mostly from myself and the treadmill of self-made deadlines, high expectations; the pressure and anxiety spin cycle that I just couldn’t shake.

I’m definitely a believer in “wherever you go, there you are”… there’s no running away from yourself. But I also know that sometimes you have to change things up. Do something radical. Dip yourself in a new fondue.

So… Paris beckoned. Then it spoke; of passion, of art, of finding the wonder in all things. I listened.

Thus, filled with intent to experience miraculous and wondrous things, I departed.

Taken with the Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 320. At the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Hey, What About The Gear?

You may wonder what this all has to do with Fuji cameras?

Everything. Why? Because I’m a photographer. A light bender, a lover of life-as-art. I wanted to paint the picture of a journey of heart, soul and the unexpected miracles – and that  requires a unique instrument.  I didn’t expect a veritable paintbrush, mind you… I figured a lighter camera was the best I could hope for. But… BAM. I got the golden egg.

Those of you who’ve followed this whole DSLR brick to mirrorless DSLR journey know I started off simply wanting to find something lighter, with good enough lenses to cover the gamut of what I like to shoot. If I could get decent enough images… I could post process from there. But seriously, could mirrorless gear replace my Canon set up? Time would tell…

Taken with the Fuji S-T1, 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens, ISO 640 – at The Louvre. ReadingGeometry

Game of Shutters

We all love our cameras. We’re passionate about them. There’s something about all this that stirs up a gladiator mindset. Camps are formed… those for and those against favored brands. The fight for supremacy ensues. Players try to sway the other guy to their team. There’s boasting, swaggering, waxing prophetic, shedding virtual word-blood.  It’s like a medieval fantasy HBO special. Personally, I don’t care about any of that. I just can’t muster for bloodsport. I want freedom, light and awesomeness. Is that asking too much?

My approach:
1. Figure out what you need.
2. Go get it.
3. Get busy creating. Preferably without yapping too much or hurting anybody.

I did my best to do this according to my own needs… and I’ve shared the process in hopes that it shines a light for you to do the same, independently of all the huzzah, hurrah and blah-blah of verbal swordplay over what brand is best.

So What’s All This About Paintbrushes?

Ok, I know it sounds daft when I talk about a camera as a paintbrush. But I’m all arty like that.

See, I’ve loved my Canon these past several years; it’s a tremendous technical instrument. The landscape world is about acquiring the “perfect” capture. It’s a calculated, precise and technical sport. I do love it… and Canon performed like a solid, predictable machine.

Thing is, I crave more. If I had a modicum of talent for it, I’d paint. But I want to bend light, so cameras it is.

After nearly a month creatively stretching myself and my gear in France, I started to think of my 2 Fujis: the X-T1 and X-T10 as paintbrushes. Maybe it was the French air. But to me, these little dynamos began bridging the gap between vision, experience and expression in ways I only dreamed of before now.

See, paintbrushes allow the artist wielding them to lay down the colors as they wish. They bend the bristles in exquisite ways, in an absolute extension of their vision and expression. In this sense, the paintbrush is an extension of their mind.

Taken with the Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 1600 at Monet’s home in Giverny. MotherOfSunDrenchedKitchens

And so it is with Fuji more than any camera I’ve used or owned. From street to architecture to travel to artistic fancy to landscapes… it became this thing where if I could see it, I could paint it in light.

My Canon allowed me to technically and efficiently capture a moment, such that I could go home and process it into a final result.

Fuji captures the spirit of the moment itself. Both technically and artistically.

This is why it was the perfect tool for France – and for me. I went on a journey to re-discover a deeper sense of art, expression, self and Light… Fuji was apparently created for just such a mission.

OK, But What Is It, EXACTLY?

Yeah, I know I’m being all poetic and stuff. But hey, I’m still coming back from my walkabout-of-the-soul!So let’s get down to brass tacks. You can Google Fuji specs for both cameras… loads of proper reviews out there too, like the ones Gordon Laing does at Cameralabs. And here’s the Fuji site’s rundown on the X-T1 and the X-T10.
For here though, I’m going to keep it personal. I started making a list on my trip, as some sort of attempt to explain to MYSELF why the heck I was acting like a girl in love to a couple of damn cameras!

What I love most: FREEDOM!!

Oh lord, freedom from size and weight pinning me down, from high ISO noise, from being pegged as a photographer when out amongst the populace. I took them EVERYWHERE, something I could never do with my Canons. I feel like I’m getting my mojo back. Whew! I was starting to worry…

In no particular order, here’s what I came up with:

    • Size/weight… can’t say it enough; smaller IS better! Less weight does count. This alone pretty much rocked it.
    • Outer dials and buttons vs. menu-diving. I’m not constantly jumping between the creative right brain and left brain trying to remember where that damn setting is in the menu. LOVE!!
    • The look/feel of Fuji’s images… it’s really unique. Fuji’s been in the game longer than anyone – and they’ve got the film feel down. I started in film so I love this. Hard.
    • How much fun it is to use. Fun wins, every time. If it ain’t fun, it’s staying at home! My Fujis went everywhere I did. They may even speak a little French now. Probably more than me. 😉
    • The incredible sharpness of images. It’s stunning! And it’s a beautiful, buttery sharpness. It doesn’t have that crispy/jagged feel to it.
    • The film simulations within the camera are amazing. (Despite my initial nose-wrinkle at the whole idea.) That’s another head-messer. I never wanted a camera to take the creative control out of my hands. But these simulations think like me or something, I dunno what it is. But I pretty much loved the ones I used – and I used them ALOT!

FOR INSTANCE: This image is SOOC (straight out of camera). I did nothing to it. Nada. Zilch. It was taken with my X-T1, 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens, ISO 1250 with the film simulation “Velvia” (which is a Fuji film). I didn’t even see that little spider on one of the top stalks until I was looking at the images on my computer.


  • Stunning high ISO performancewhat happened to the noise?? I thought this level of low noise was a couple of years away! But holy crap – this part blew me away.
  • When some noise finally does appear (a little) it’s different type of “noise”. The digital noise that I see is more regular; both in spacing and size/shape of the dots. In film grain was irregular. It wasn’t ‘noise’… something to be rid of. It was an analog texture that some films had more than others. That’s what I liken Fuji’s noise to IF it happens to appear. I actually like it. I’m an analog girl from way back.

I know you’ve seen this image in a previous post, but I it’s a good example of 6400 ISO showing a bit of grain. I actually like it; it’s something I might have even added myself. Taken with the Fuji X-T1, 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 lens.


  • Fabulous dynamic range. Did you know there are 30-something shades of black? I think Canon provides about 5. (that’s not scientific, that’s just me exaggerating. Sorta.) So if your darks get to deep on a Canon image, good luck lightening them. Fuji doesn’t have that issue, not in any color range. I don’t shoot as much HDR for this reason alone. All the color and light levels are right there in a single image. Another freedom!!
  • The jpg’s are almost as beefy as the RAW’s. (Heck, they may even BE as beefy as the RAW’s, I’m just allowing a little wiggle room there.) So, OK, this one took me awhile to sign off on. But since Photoshop and Lightroom didn’t yet read the X-T10’s RAW images yet (at the time I’m writing this, the camera is just too new. It’ll all catch up at some point though.)… I processed the jpg’s only. It was weird to have so much data available in a JPG. They behaved more like what I was used to in Canon RAW. That one still messes with my head.

CASE IN POINT: This shot of from the top of the Sacre Couer was taken with my Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200. It’s a single JPG. Some folks (including me) wondered what happens when you process these images. Do they hold up? Ummmm… yep. They seem to do just fine.


  • The different ideas I get when shooting. This one is hard to describe… but since I literally never have to worry about high ISO; noise is non-issue, since the colors and dynamic range are so incredible, since Fuji was constantly saying “Don’t worry, I got this… just get the shot”… I stopped worrying about my gear and started paying more attention to the moment. All by itself that took me places creatively I’ve never been with a camera before. I thought I was there with my Canon… but discovered a whole new “there” there.
  • How it makes me want to shoot more often. WAY more often.
  • How it opens me up to interpret the world; to think, feel, create in new and different ways.
  • The exquisite lenses. Fujinon has been making lenses for decades. Fuji made cameras in WWII… they first went commercial in the late 40’s, early 50’s. The experience shows.
  • Their firmware updates and responsiveness to users. Unparalleled, IMO.
 A Few Other Notes: 

It’s FAST! Fast focusing… and fast in that interim between turning on the camera and focusing on your subject.The electronic viewfinder is not quite as fast (yet) as a standard one… but I couldn’t believe how close to real time it is. It took a very minor adjustment on my part to capture the dancers at the Opera House… as well as just the part of people’s strides when they walked.  That’s been one of my beefs in the past with electronic viewfinder, but the X-T10 just about has this whipped.It’s smaller and more compact than the XT-1, but the images are every bit as great.

I understand it’s minus some of the features of the XT-1, but I didn’t miss them, whatever they are.

I did miss the left ISO dial. That’s one change from the XT-1… it just takes a little getting used to. But I was able to switch between the two cameras easily, with no missteps. I pretty much always carried both cameras at all times.

I think the shutter could be way quieter. Even with the sounds turned all the way down, the X-T10 wasn’t as stealthy at the X-T1.Not crazy about where the SD card is located, on the bottom accessed by the same door as the battery.

BOTH CAMERAS: Can’t get over the low noise, at high ISO or otherwise.

Sharpness – it just has a special quality.
Dynamic range – game-changer for me.
Unique look and feel of images. “Buttery exquisiteness” keeps coming to mind.
Handling of the cameras – I felt at home with them from the get-go.

Overall, not so crazy about:

Battery life: I think of batteries now like Chiclets; small and need replacing often. But they ARE light, so I just keep a few extras on hand at all times.

The panorama feature; I’ll stick with my iPhone for quick, automatic ones… for full res panos, I’ll make them myself.

After close to a month of having them in my hands every single day… I only fell in love with my Fujis more.

Next up: Landscape exploration. I haven’t had a chance to do too much of that yet… but that’s next on my list! Suffice it to say I’ll only be carrying lady Fuji out there. I expect great things. Stay tuned… 😉

Fuji X-T1, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 6400. Saint Sulpice Cathedral.

 Fuji X-T1, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 200. Notre Dame Cathedral.

Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Strolling along the Seine River, the Notre Dame looming.

Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. 

7 or 8 shot pano, stitched together later.  Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Standing on Pont Neuf, looking south.SeinePano1-a

Fuji X-T10, 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Just a neighborhood moment, SOOC. Film sim: Velvia.

33 thoughts on “Fuji: My Parisienne Paintbrush

  1. Hi Karen, great articles. Would you recommend either models you have for sports, i.e. football?

    1. Hey Robert,
      I’m not sure about sports photography, to be honest. Mainly because I haven’t done much of it myself. The X-T10 does seem the fastest to me of the two cameras I have. However, I seem to be able to capture birds in flight cleanly without a problem with either camera – and the X-T1 did fine in France with the dancers at the Paris Opera House. I just haven’t tried football or other sports.

      That said, I’ve had some pro shooters comment around here say that they’ve ditched their DSLR for the X-T1 for their sports work and love it, would never go back… others say “No way!. My conclusion so far is that it’s likely a large measure of personal taste, shooting style and comfort levels.

      That’s not a definitive answer, but it’s my current working thought on the matter as of right now! If I had to choose (and weather sealing were NOT an issue)… I’d probably try the X-T10 first, based on what I’ve experienced thus far.

  2. Hi Karen,
    I admire you photography so much and have enjoyed every word & image of your adventures in France and into the world of mirrorless. I’ve been especially interested because I’ve been struggling to make the same decision for the same reasons you have shared. I’ve jumped back & forth between Sony & Fuji & and leaning heavily toward Fuji, especially after spending about an hour today at my local camera store, handling it and talking to the salesperson about all its awesomeness! You have graciously answered several of my questions earlier in this comment section, but there is still one nagging concern that I keep thinking about and can’t resolve. Landscapes are my first love, (but I enjoy shooting many subjects), and often print ‘sofa’ size to hang on walls. I also notice from your website that you offer fairly large prints (I think I saw around 40×60), for purchase. Was it a concern for you that the Fuji X-T1 is not full frame and has fewer megapixels than either the Sony or your Canon (or my 5d mm II)? In other words do you have any concerns with sharpness or noise in large prints??? No pressure here, but if you are kind enough to comment (I know you are a very busy lady), and your response is what I want to hear, I’m ready to order my Fuji x-T1 right away! (Woohoo!!). PS. I consider it divine providence, or something else, that 2 days ago my beloved canon just stopped working. My local camera guy said it can be fixed but that it was right at the end of its shutter life. I think it is telling me that it has served me well and in its old age doesn’t want the pressure of always having to perform flawlessly anymore!). Thanks so much for all your wonderful advice and information.

    1. Hey Karen,
      I don’t know whether to offer condolences or congratulations on the demise of your Canon! ha! That’s pretty funny that it just died.

      OK, so as for the printing issue… that’s one area I’m still waiting to see for absolute, positive sure. HOWEVER… a couple of things give me confidence about it.

      1. Fuji printed one of my friend Ken Kaminesky’s images from (I believe) an X-T1 at 70″ last year. I didn’t personally see it, but from all accounts it was gorgeous, even up close and personal. I considering the sources I heard this from, it gives me some confidence.

      2. Even though the Fuji images are stated as 16 mp… the file size is over 30 mb. What this reflects is the fact that the pixels themselves are bigger. And THIS is an area I’m just learning about! It’s interesting though. Pixels are made up of microns… and not all microns are the same size. The bigger the micron, the better quality the pixel, as a rule. It’s why medium format is so awesome… the microns are bigger, thus bigger, juicier pixels. In the APS-C realm, Fuji’s microns are on the larger side, which is why their images are so good and the files on the large side. HOW this all truly translates to big prints – and at what point do they start to show noise, etc? How big IS your sofa?? Gotta be honest and say I’m not 100% sure about all these answers yet!

      I CAN say that I’m in the process of having a 60″x40″ image printed for a client that was taken with my old Canon 5DII… and it’s not even as good a quality as these new Fuji images I’m seeing. But to hedge my bets…

      3. I’m photographing the images that I think are likely to printed large as panoramas. Even if it’s 2 or 3 images, it definitely beefs things up.

      4. All that being said and accounted for… I’m pretty darn confident they’ll print well up to the sizes that MY work is typically ordered in. Would they cover the side of a building flawlessly? Might have to shoot a many-framed pano for that!

      Best I can say for now… when I learn more, I’ll share it here! 😀

      1. Thank you as always for your thoughtful reply. So interesting about the larger size of the pixels. I had no idea about this! I always learn something new when I read your blog and the questions & answers. Yeah, I don’t think I need to worry about any of my images gracing a billboard! I do, however, print around 40×60 from time to time. I’m thinking that’s probably not going to be an issue for me, but I’ll still be interested in your assessment after you do some large prints. Thanks again for helping me make this decision.

  3. Hi Karen,

    following you since some longer time now and I am always amazed about your passion and of course the art you’re creating.

    You totally described the feelings I had when switching from my Canon full frame DSLR gear over to Fuji – although I struggled a little bit. So it was pure LOVE with Fuji since the first X100 came out and I saw it at Photokina in Cologne.

    Your blogposts about your journey to France and especially Paris are sooo wonderful to read and the pictures you show us are far more than just amazing!

    So thank you and welcome to the X-Family 🙂

    Best wishes from wonderful Heidelberg, Germany

    1. What a lovely note, Sven… thank you! Yes, I can understand the struggle going from DSLR to mirrorless… and the delight at finding just the right one.
      It’s been my delight to share my journey with it all… and there’s more coming! I’ve just had to take some time to take it all in. It’s been a gamechanger. 😀

      Welcome to our little world over here!

  4. Thanks, Karen, I appreciate you taking the time to answer. I prefer no glasses as well, maybe I’ll go back to contacts.
    Have fun with your mowing, that is the one thing I don’t miss from moving to Las Vegas from Southern California!

  5. Great article, Karen! I’ve been looking at the Fuji X-T1 for a while now, but have not even seen a real one yet. I was wondering about the viewfinder. I understand that it has a bigger, brighter one. I am currently on a Sony a6000, from a Canon 60D. I’m not crazy about the Sony viewfinder, among other things, but the viewfinder is a big deal for me because I wear glasses. When I shot film back in the day I was a big fan of Velvia, loved those blues and greens! Any input you have would be greatly appreciated. Awesome images and stories from France, bet your glad to be back in the mountains though!!

    1. Hey Gail…
      I haven’t actually seen the viewfinder on the Sony a6000, so I can’t comment on that for comparison. The only thing I can tell you is that I can use Fuji’s with or without my glasses. I prefer without – it just feels better – but it does work either way. Will it work well for you? Not sure! I suppose it partially depends upon your specs. (as in, spectacles. heh.). You raise a good question. Wish I had a better answer besides one girl’s experience.

      As for being back in the mountains… oh my goodness yes. I underestimated how great it would feel to be home. Of course, everything’s green and gorgeous – so that helps! (Big mowing extravaganza this weekend… everything grew ALOT in the past month+!)

  6. You are the epitome of Inspiration Karen Hutton!!

    This is so helpful in so many ways! I wish I had this info at my fingertips when deciding on my first mirrorless 6 months ago.. The choices I made may have been different. Still time to move though.. ahhhhh decisions decisions…
    Its the lens choices in particular that have me so very tempted.

    1. Ahhhhh Tanya, SUCH a huge decision… I know! Of course, if you’re happy with your gear then there IS no decision. If not, then sigh. If you lived next door, you could just borrow mine! And YES the lens choices have been seal on the deal for me, as you know. Plus they’re amazing. I hoped – but didn’t expect – them to be so good. It doesn’t seem that the lens selection for your camera is going to grow rapidly any time soon, so I feel your dilemma.

      1. Great read karen glad you enjoyed France love the great pics taken with your new gear looking forward to the landscape ones in the future

        1. Hi Geoff! And thank you. Yes, France was awesome… and I’m now just waiting for our monsoon season (we get the edge of it, with the fabulous skies) to arrive for some epic landscapes!

  7. Hi Karen,
    I know you are a very busy woman, but I’m teetering on the edge of switching my Canon gear to Fuji mirrorless, and I’d really, really, really, pretty please, love to get your opinions on the questions I asked in an earlier comment. I so much respect your comments on both the Sony and Fuji. I’ll understand if your response is short and sweet. Thank you so much! Karen Larsen

    1. Hi Karen! I’m so sorry for the delay responding… I do understand the urgency of the teeter.

      So.. with regards to portrait photography and Fujis, Zack Arias wrote this interesting article. I think he’s written some other pieces about Fuji too.. so you might Google him for other thoughts. I’ve never met Zack, but he’s well respected in the photography community. No nonsense too, so I always feel like I can get a pretty unbiased opinion from him. Also Paul Schlemmer (whom I don’t actually know at all) has some very cool images and thoughts on the Fujis he’s using for portrait and concept work.

      Macro opinions… not really sure! I plan to check all that out myself, but haven’t yet. And I don’t have a ready resource for you there, sorry!

      Landscape… my early results are looking good! But I do know that Ken Kaminesky, Elia Locardi are both travel photographers, but as such also have some landscape images mixed in. Jack Graham is another long time photographer who’s recently switched to Fuji… he’s got lots of landscape images. Those are just a few off the top of my head… I hope that helps!

      1. Oh, thank you so much! It is such a hard decision to break away from my Canon. It’s like leaving an old friend! I’m trying to find out as much as I can from the photogs I respect so much before I make the switch. Any thoughts on the X-T10 vs. the XT-1, if you absolutely had to choose one or the other?? P.S. I have been so impressed with the quality of the photos you have posted from your fabulous trip. Partly because of the camera, but mainly because of the photographer. Thank you again!

        1. I know! It’s a huge decision, especially if you have to sell in order to buy! That said, if you order from Amazon you usually have 30 days to return gear for a full refund. (double check policy though. If the seller isn’t Amazon proper, that might not be true) I find that the 1-2 weeks rental outfits offer isn’t enough, especially since that includes postal time.

          ANYWAY, someone else asked that question about the X-T10 and X-T1 on social and I didn’t have a good answer! For the way I’m using them, they each have their pluses and minuses… but are so close I’d be hard pressed to recommend.

          Right now (until firmware updates close the gap) the X-T10 is faster than the X-T1. Faster focusing, faster in that space between turning it on and focusing. It’s really impressive. I think the upcoming X-T1 firmware update will bring that up to the same level. That’s what I hear, anyway. I like fast – and it’s one of the things that always made me aware I was shooting with mirrorless vs. my Canons. (meaning, mirrorless in general hasn’t been known for ‘fast’.)

          The X-T10 is less expensive. That’ll be the turning point for alot of people. But the images are every bit as good, so no sacrifice in that department.

          The X-T10 is smaller. If that’s a factor, then there you go. It’s not HUGELY smaller, but a bit. For instance, my Really Right Stuff L-plate fits on both cameras… but on the X-T10 it’s like a younger sister wearing her older sister’s clothes. A bit roomy.

          The X-T1 has an ISO dial on the top left. I like that feature. The X-T10’s same dial isn’t ISO, it’s all the adjustments for Standard shooting, Continuous, Bracketing, Advanced, etc. Right now I control the ISO on the X-T10 by pressing the Q button on the back and making the adjustment from there. I’m not as fond of that… BUT it’s entirely possible that you could set the ISO adjustment to another dial or button (there are several Custom settings you can make – meaning, assign functions to different dials/buttons)… I just haven’t looked into it yet. I need to! I keep meaning to, but then get busy with other stuff.

          I think there are other specs that are different on the X-T10… but none of them affect what I do so far, so I didn’t study up on what they are. Think of it as the little sister of the X-T1.

          One interesting thing… When I had both the Canon 5DIII and 6D… it was always a bit bumpy going back and forth between them. I always shoot with 2 cameras and bounce between them regularly. With my Canons I always had to stop and think which one I was using so I’d remember which button/menu configuration to go for. This was challenging sometimes, especially in the dark after sundown. And would always mess with my ‘in the moment’ mojo to some degree. I remember it being annoying. I think it’s interesting that I haven’t had that same problem working between the Fujis, despite the ISO settings being in different places. It’s close to a seamless experience between them, at least for me.

          The weather sealing on the X-T1 might be better… I’m not 100% sure about that. I’d have to check. That’s often a differentiating feature between models of cameras at different price points.

          I came home from France dreading the question of “which one would you choose”… cause it’s kind of like Sophie’s Choice! And I still don’t know. I think it’s going to boil down to one’s own preferences about things like price point, strong ISO dial preferences… and if there’s a difference between the two re: weather sealing. Or if there’s some other difference in the deeper specs affecting wedding or portrait photographers that I don’t really care about for what I do.

          That’s as informative a non-answer as I can come up with, Karen! Hope it helps…

          SUCH a stellar name you have, BTW. 😉

          1. Karen, thank you so much for all this juicy information. SO helpful. You are so kind to share your insights with all of us who follow you regularly.

  8. Fantastic work, amazing pictures. You have blown my mind with that picture of Monets House. Trying to wrap my head on this one, so it was taken xt-10 and inside the camera you applied a filter to it. I’m loving this filter.
    can you elaborate a bit more on this as to me this sounds like a big selling feature, it really helps add drama to a picture.
    how many filters are there? are they all as good as this.
    my process is to take picture than use lightroom to add a Trey Ratcliff LR preset or use photoshop to digitally blend layers as I tend to do HDR often.

    How much total weight for your fuji film set vs your avg canon set?
    I switched to Sony A7r last year and I can relate to “freedom” i can travel farther and longer since its so much lighter. for me the A7R has been a true love affair. but it lacks what fujifilm can do filter wise.

    Great review, has me thinking about adding an XT-1 to my gear.

    1. Hey John,

      So here’s the deal with look I gave that image of Monet’s kitchen. It began with the Velvia film simulation filter, which enhanced the contrast, definition and saturation in a really cool way. It could’ve worked just like that. I’ve never really liked “in camera” looks before now, to be honest. But I used this one alot in France.

      But I went further on this image and went into Photoshop and add my own concoction of layers and effects to make it even more fanciful. I can’t tell you right off the top of my head what the heck I did – I’d have to go look at the PSD file to figure it out. (Processing for me is very ‘in the moment’). So the bottom line is that it didn’t come out of the camera looking just like that.

      That said, both Fuji’s filters and the images just plain really do have their own look, tone and coloring. It’s unique and I find hard to put my finger on, other than to shake my head and say “I love that.”

      As for weight… feels like about half the weight of my Canon rig. Maybe even less. It’s really astonishing, as you know from your Sony. Of course now I pick up my Canon and it feels even heavier than it did before! What’s up with that?? ha!

  9. yeah … you’re home!
    and with a mind full of spectacular memories …
    good to read of your equipment experience — thanks

    1. DEFinitely a mind-ful, Elizabeth! So many thoughts and inspirations that will be working over time too. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the read.

    1. Thanks Jean-Philippe! And I’m definitely enjoying the little powerhouses. BUMMER I won’t be seeing you…Next time!!

  10. Hi Karen, like Mike said, this is a great article. Thank you for taking us with you as you explore options for your next new camera system. I’ve been a Canon girl forever, and have been in love with my 5D Mk 11 for years, but now, as an ‘elderly’ shooter, I find the weight, plus lenses, a burden, AND a creativity killer. It’s just too much effort to lug it all around. (I used to have a husband to do the lugging, but now even he’s had enough!) I’m sort of a jack-of-all trades type of shooter, but now days, I’m heavy into landscape and macro, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting some more of your thoughts in these areas. I also enjoy portraiture in a limited way. Do you know of any additional unbiased opinions or reviews on how the Fuji cameras perform with portrait and macro subjects?? Also, could you explain why you shoot with both the Fuji X-T10, and the X-T1? Is one better than the other for certain subjects, etc., and if you had to choose only one, which would it be? Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. From an ardent admirer, Karen P.S. Besides, I like your name http://www.whatkarensees.blogspot.com/

  11. Thank your for a great read and your usual wonderful images. I’m just switching from Canon to Sony mirrorless and am enjoying the ride. Unfortunately, now you have me wondering if I made the right choice. 😉

    1. You know what Marianne? Whatever feels good and makes you excited to take pictures is the right choice. Everyone’s different – and no one solution fits all. If Sony makes you grin that big wide smile, then that’s your home run! If you still have doubts, or wonder… take the time to rent, then decide. The biggest thing is to be clear on what you want your final product and experience to be… and go git that! Don’t worry about what anyone else says. It’s all about the fun factor! 😀

  12. You’ve captured the essence of the Fuji experience Karen in your article. The X is a retina plug-in-paintbrush for your mind… being in the moment.

    1. Oh, I love that description: “a retina plug-in paintbrush for your mind”… perfect verbiage! And it’s alllll about being in the moment. Thanks for your always welcome perspective, Peter. 😀

  13. Just a great article, Karen. My carte bleu is beginning to heat up. Thank you purveyor of great ideas. Mike

    1. Hahahah! Thanks Mike… I could see that look in your eye when we were in France. I’m lucky I came home with all my gear! Wait, I DID come home with all my gear, didn’t I? [quickly rummages through her camera bag, just to make sure Staubes didn’t carry through his threat to make off with it]. Whew! Yeah, all good.


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