Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 24-105mm L
EF 70-200mm L (Mark I)
Shooting style: Tripod using pano rotating head, HDR bracketing using cable release, mirror lockup with 2 sec timer, AF then switched to MF for focus lock
Usual Settings: ISO 100, F8-16, 3 brackets -3, 0, +3 stops
I have owned the Fuji for a week now, here are my thoughts so far...
You don't have the ability to auto focus then switch to manual focus as by switching back to manual focus you will not be on the same focus distance that you found with the auto focus, it defaults to the previous manual focus distance that it was last set too. So it's either manual focus or auto focus, not a combination of the two, so for me it's manual focus all the way as I can't shoot auto focus when I rotate the pano head. You don't get an on-screen focus scale in manual mode with the XF14mm.
Manual focus is very easy though thanks to the zoom preview, yet to play with this properly, but confident this will be fine in the field.
The Fuji is limited to only 3 brackets -1, 0, +1 stops max. This is no where near enough, but I knew this before purchasing... hoping this will be corrected with a firmware update.
Disappointed at the speed of the bracketing... you seem to have to wait for the camera to do some sort of display animation before you can shoot more frames. This is a shame since continuos shooting or even stills mode with manual focus allows you shoot faster. I think this is poor on Fuji's part. The good news is that I don't have to lock up the mirror anymore, so I can get away with having to wait 2 seconds for the mirror lockup like I do on the Canon. Shooting pano HDR landscapes, bracketing speed is paramount. I have also noticed that you cannot set the lens to be set at the same aperture that you shoot at, this means the lens is always having to close down before taking a shot, again this seems to slow down the capture speed. Maybe there is a setting I have not found that can do this? For my style of shooting, I don't really need Live View all the time, being able to turn this off and thus have the lens in a constant state of being ready to shoot would be my preference if it increases speed.
Compared a shot with the Canon vs Fuji, ISO 200, F16, 1/125th both cameras shot with equiv 50mm. Converted using DNG Converter 8.1 to linear DNG. I was expecting to see a sharper image from the Fuji, but the Canon did pretty well. The corners are where the 24-105mm lens let down the sharpness of the Canon image, although I did not run any distortion correction and I know the Canon lens has a lot more than the Fuji...
Where the Fuji really beats the Canon is noise - boosting the shadows right up the Fuji doesn't reveal any noise worth worrying about, but the Canon really shows it's age here - very noisy in the shadows... Dynamic range seems slightly better on the Fuji.
I am not overly keen in the demosaic of the Fuji raw file, maybe Adobe need to continue revising the X-trans process but there are areas of detail that look a bit smooth and pixelated... hard to explain in words. You only really see this at 400% though.
The aperture ring is a little too easy to accidentally move, harder clicks would have been better, but I like having the aperture on the lens. Exposure compensation dial only works in auto shutter speed mode, which is frustrating and not something I can use for pano shoots. I have not found a way to turn off the auto image review after shooting, again this extra step is perhaps slowing down the shoot speed as the camera is busy working to present a file to display. Maybe I can turn that off but not yet found that option.
On a tripod I don't really think I will miss the OVF of the Canon. For my usage the EVF and live view is fine. Actually having live view at last is nice!
Amazingly small and light. This is the biggest factor for me to switch systems. It's tiny compared to the Canon DSLR, it's also much much lighter; I am looking forward to taking it abroad instead of lugging the heavy DSLR.
All in all it's still early days. A few niggling issues but the weight and size savings I make with the Fuji are enough for me to sell my Canon. I was hoping for a more dramatic increase in detail giving no AA filter, but that isn't a deal breaker for me. For the price it's a really nice system, hopefully Fuji will fix some of my issues with firmware updates.