FujiFilm X-T3

From today, I’m the proud owner of the FujiFilm X-T3 mirrorless camera together with the Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens.

Choosing FujiFilm is not evident for wildlife photography. Most photographers prefer Canon, Nikon or Sony equipment, mainly because those brands have a broader choice of telephoto lenses.

The Camera

FujiFilm X-T3 with VG-XT3 vertical battery grip

You can have a silver or black finish, for my kind of photography the choice is obvious, the less shiny, the better, so I bought the black version. You can also buy the VG-XT3 battery grip. It makes taking portrait-oriented photos with the shutter-release button on the grip much easier, and I have big hands!

FujiFilm X-T3 Camera
FujiFilm X-T3 Camera

The top 3 reasons why I chose FujiFilm:

  • I can operate the camera without digging into the menus. All essential camera functions are available from the outside.
  • The colour rendering of FujiFilm is superb and, for me, the best in the industry!
  • You keep getting updates and improvements even after 2-3 years. It’s FujiFilm’s philosophy called “Kaizen“, a Japanese term meaning “change for the better” or “continuous improvement.”

The Lens

Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Currently (2019), FujiFilm doesn’t produce lenses for the X-series with a focal length of more than 400mm. This is almost a deal-breaker for me, but their Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is impressive! This is by far the sharpest lens I have ever owned! This duo is perfectly compact without sacrificing picture quality. Now I can walk all day long without worrying about the weight.

Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens
Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens

(Update 2021: There are rumours that FujiFilm will produce a 200-600mm lens soon. Wait and see).

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