You can’t read a photography blog or website anymore without some mention of Fuji being the “DSLR killer.”  I’ve read countless articles and posts of photographers (all skill levels) ditching their DSLRs and opting for a smaller, mirrorless camera.

I absolutely LOVE my Fuji X-T1 and have yet to officially sell my Canon 5D Mark iii system.  For some reason, I have felt this overbearing need to hang on to it – even though I haven’t shot with it in a long time.  Why? I don’t know.  Comfort, maybe?  Well, I recently read this blog post that Riley Joseph wrote called, “Gone DSLR Gone:: Fully Mirrorless!” where Riley discusses the EXACT reasons that I have been hanging on to my Canon.

I decided after reading Riley’s blog post that I was going to officially make my decision to sell my Canon system based on a few upcoming photo shoots as well as a few personal projects.  I wanted to put the Fuji through the paces, and once and for all, decide whether or not I can part with my Canon.

The first few shoots were in studio shooting some commercial portraits and actor portraits.  I’m working with studio strobes all powered by Pocketwizards, which work beautifully with my Fuji.  Sure, I’m sacrificing high speed sync and TTL, but I have never used either.  All my strobes are manual and I use a light meter.  What I did notice was that all of the selects (by both me and the clients) have been made with the Fuji.

The next series of shoots were just fun, personal projects of shooting landscapes.  In the past, I have done some crazy 5 to 7 shot bracketing with my Canon to make some beautiful landscapes.  From my first few tests with my Fuji, I can make just as beautiful photos.

Here are some examples taken with my Fuji.  Click for full size image:

The Lone Surfer

The Lone Surfer – Fuji X-T1 with 10-24mm

Testing out my new 10-24mm

Testing out my new lens in my backyard – Fuji X-T1 and 10-24mm

The Wonders of Google Glass | Commercial Portrait – Fuji X-T1with 35mm 1.4


My baby girl in her school play

My baby girl in her school play – Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm 1.4

Headshot of Joel Rickert

Headshot of Joel Rickert – Fuji X-T1 with 35mm 1.4

It’s official: I really don’t need that big beast of a DSLR weighing me down anymore.  Not physically.  Not mentally.  My Fuji system is exactly what I need for both studio photography and for my personal landscape and street photography.  It’s the right system for how I shoot.

G’by Canon, you served me well, but now my back is really gonna thank me 🙂

EDIT May 14, 2014: As of now, I have sold all of my Canon gear.