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Why I Chose a Fuji Mirrorless Over a Full-Frame
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Why I Chose a Fuji Mirrorless Over a Full-Frame

Friends, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I’ve fallen in love with a camera that is NOT a full frame camera!!!

I remember dreaming of that beautiful full frame camera, being overjoyed the day I finally could upgrade, and don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE that camera, but not all the time. Like the park, I would dread bringing my ‘big’ camera, I felt like I was drawing so much attention to myself with that giant thing in my hand.

I've actually never thought about getting a smaller camera, but her reasons for going with a mirrorless are perfect! Read - "Why I Chose a Fuji Mirrorless Over a Full Frame."

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The weight, oh the weight of that camera, not to mention the amount of space it took up, this momma still has kids in diapers, which means I also hold my kids a lot, a baby on one hip and a super heavy diaper bag on the other arm equals no fun at all!

And then there was this factor, something I never really expected. But once I pulled that full frame camera out, I held myself to this standard I didn’t always want to achieve. I never felt like I could just capture a snapshot moment, it had to be GOOD. Before, I would turn to my iphone to give me the freedom to not worry about all the technical aspects of a perfect image buuuut, it still has it’s limits.

I needed something in between those two options and I’m happy to say I’ve found it!

Fuji Mirrorless

I introduce, the Fuji X-T1!!!! This beauty has solved all the problems I mentioned above and even has a few extra bonuses!

The Fuji X-T1 is a mirrorless camera so it’s significantly smaller than my Canon Mark iii as you can see below (taken with iphone).

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It still has many of the manual adjustment capabilities as my full frame camera including a view finder! My biggest drawback to most all of the mirrorless cameras was that you looked at a screen instead of through a view finder. I didn’t want to loose that aspect of photography so I was thrilled when this camera also had one!

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The next thing that has been such a great added bonus for me is the ability to wirelessly connect to my iphone to download any of the photos I want to put on my phone! Again, this wasn’t a feature that my Canon had and let me tell you, I have LOOOOVED this feature! So many of my Instagram photos are taken with the Fuji. The ability to snag one photo quickly has been a game changer for me!

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And speaking of connecting to my iphone, I can also use my phone as a wireless remote! We all know how important it is to get in the frame with your family so I still get to with this bad boy.

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I even used the camera for a maternity session! If none of those other factors have convinced you of my love for this camera, I’m pretty sure saying that I trusted it for AN ACTUAL SESSION should prove that it really is a quality camera!

Now I wouldn’t recommend this camera for say a family photo shoot because you really can’t beat the fast shutter of a full frame camera but it does a pretty decent job when you’ve got two adults in front of you :)

So if you’re like me, and you want an option that still gives you quality images with a light weight camera then I will encourage you to take a look at the Fuji X-T1. And I’d love to hear if any of you have a mirrorless camera that you’ve fallen for as well, leave a comment here!

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10 Comments
  • Hana Kim
    October 28, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    I have only ever used mirrorless since they diest came out around the time I wanted to upgrade from a pointand shoot. I have the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark ii. For the exact reasons you stated, I love it! It also has a vintage style look I love so it is as beautiful as it is functional. One day I might get my hands on a full frame but for now running around with little kids and it being a hobby, mirrorless is perfect.

  • Christine
    October 28, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    We are on the same wavelength! I posted a similar article yesterday about why I went from a full-frame Nikon to a Fuji mirrorless. Great minds… :) It’s made such a huge difference for me in how I shoot! I LOVE IT.

  • Carolyn
    October 30, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    So, what lenses do you recommend to start off with p for a mirror-less camera? That’s assuming that you’re not using it for business purposes, just personal reasons? I have a child too and that’s one of the reasons I’d consider a smaller mirror-less camera for those everyday needs.

  • Mary
    November 3, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    I would not mind having a mirrorless camera one day, but I will always use my full frame Nikon and all the lenses I bought for it. I have high standards for photography that a mirrorless camera cannot meet.

  • david
    November 4, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    You can have your cake and eat it too. Sony makes full frame mirrorless cameras, about the same size as the Fuji, and very similar features.

  • Michael Chapman
    November 4, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    My wife and I have the Sony and it’s amazing. We tested it against Canon and found the quality to be similar and the ease of use amazing.

  • Jill Brisken
    November 4, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    I totally converted over from Canon camera and lenses to Sony mirrorless. I use a Sony a6000 (crop sensor) and a Sony a7ii (full frame). I’ve used both in my professional shoots. Love them and the quick focusing and clear and bright image quality they produce, not to mention the lighter weight, especially for all day wedding shooting. http://www.laineybugphotography.com

  • Mark
    November 4, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    I, unfortunately, cannot afford a full frame. But I’ve had 2 crop sensor Nikon DSLR cameras, I’ve loved them both. I’ve put a lot of mileage on them, especially my first one. Then, as a gift, I received an Olympus EM10. I LOVE IT!!!! It doesn’t give quite the image quality of my Nikon, but it’s only a micro four thirds, so I’ll deal with it. It has become my everyday use camera. If I’m going on vacation or to a special spot to photograph something I absolutely take my Nikon. Or, if I’m doing a photoshoot, I take the Nikon. (Though I take the Olympus as well) But if I’m just driving around exploring, I absolutely use the Olympus. It’s light, it’s functional, it’s easy to carry and use. I love it.

  • Lauren Eby
    November 4, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    I use a Sonya6000 semi professionally. I trust it completely! The beautiful crisp images it produces. With fast speeds is great. I originally bought to semi replace my old DSLR while I travelled (light weight should be a no brainer for anyone travelling) haven’t replaced with a dslr and don’t plan on it!!

  • Andrei
    November 5, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Well, actually weight is not an advantage for mirrorless, not anymore. It just looks so in your review since you compare a crop sensor mirrorless with a full frame DSLR.

    There is also the option of crop sensor DSLR which are extremely lightweight these days. Before buying a mirrorless I would look at Nikon D5500 (or even D3400) or Canon SL1. All of those combined with a lens are much lighter and much cheaper than XT1… And have all the advantages of a DSLR…

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