I had been using a Canon camera for over 10 years, and it was a pleasure specifically using the Canon 5D mark 3 for my landscape Photography.
Sadly though like most things nothing last forever. My first ever Camera was in fact a Fujifilm fine pix bridge camera, so when I had my damaged Canon issues it made perfect sense to downsize in Camera but retain the Quality and improve in more modern technology.
This is NOT a Fujifilm XT3 review just my findings and thoughts after a for months of using this epic camera. Spoiler alert yes I absolutely love using this camera. The light weight with that amazing quality is brilliant and with my Sight limitations it has many helpful abilities for someone who is blind not letting landscape photography stop me.
Perks of this camera
The obvious one to begin with is the weight of the camera, To go with the small size this camera comes in at an impressive 539g without a lens. Therefore this makes it ideal for landscape photographers or those living outdoors for wild camping for example. Focus Peaking is a Game Changer for my Eyes
Outstanding Image quality both with JPG and Raw, also with the Film simulators in JPEG there is lots of scope.Then we discuss the dynamic range capabilities witch is Top of the pile.
One thing which is going against the camera is the battery life however it's a small camera so you shouldn't expect it to last forever. I have a number of batteries but they are not all Fuji batteries. I have a few third-party via Amazon. Also one battery from Newell specifically for the Fuji although you can also buy them for other brands.
So in short as long as you have a good amount of batteries you should be fine this is not to say that you will be changing them all the time because I've never had that much trouble. I've managed to do a short overnight wild camp whilst only having one battery however I had spares for backups but I've hardly had to change a battery so far. This could be slightly different in winter of course when the temperature start dropping the battery life should also be shorter but again that's common sense.
So let's jump into some of the imagery captured whilst using this camera over the last few months. I call myself a landscape photographer with that it can be specified even more as a Peak District-based / Derbyshire Landscape photographer and Woodland photographer. However I am no expert when it comes to woodland photography I have enjoyed a little success over the years but I very much enjoy the peace and quiet from being around trees.
This was one of my first mornings out with the Fujifilm XT3 Camera back in February 2022.
Spring was just around the corner on this cool misty morning. I have not travelled far with a friend then a short walk had me situated at this location photographing these silhouetted trees. The wide angle 10-24 lens was ideal for this photograph. Using the focus Peaking in red gave me an amazing opportunity to fine-tune the sharpness. This camera has a number of colours available for focus peaking such as red yellow blue and green depending on your environment. At the time of focusing for this image everything was still blue and cold therefore focusing in red was ideal. Switching between the eyepiece and digital display gave me the ability to control the exposure and highlights together to really Capture the distance through the trees without the highlights being too blown out. Overall a great way to start using this camera out in the field.
A few months later and the river beds and Woodlands were filling up with flowers and smells with new growth was everywhere and singing birds were happily emerging in the trees. The aroma of bluebells shortly followed by the wild garlic was a welcome sight and smell to go with my photography. Switching for a portrait or landscape image in 16 x 9 or 1x1 for a square starting to be fantastic for my photography and very easy to control.
More recently I completed a wild camp in one of my favourite but not most popular areas of the Peak District and I was capturing the flowering Heather. More specifically the area of this Lonetree a nice Silverbirch I have captured an image of a few times and I have followed its growth for sometime now. I had hoped for some morning missed however it's been very dry this year as we know therefore it wasn't going to be likely. As I climbed out of my one man tent I leaned against a post to put my boots about 45 minutes before sunrise. Less than 5 feet away I can see the white silhouette of a barn owl silently looking round at me wondering if I was a threat. I tried to get an image on my phone to start off with but it was just too dark as well as video it wasn't going to happen. I knew if I moved or took one step the owl would fly away therefore I just stood there and enjoyed the special moment before it silently flew away moments later.
20 minutes later and my tent was packed away there was no evidence of me being there and no damage has been caused to the Peak District National Park. Myself and fellow Peak District photographer James pictures made our way to the location to photograph this tree and we spent about 20 minutes capturing some imagery here before moving on however I would like to try and get one more trip here before the Heather turns to drown and hopefully might get some morning mist you never know.
Also during my wild camp last week in the Peak District National Park I began my adventure to this location the well-known historical location called Carl Wark. This was especially nice because of the flowering Heather. Not only is it nice to have the colour filling up the landscape it is also one of the best shows I've ever seen for many years. Number of photographers at this location was also a surprise. This place is normally fairly quiet which is why I decided to do sunset here before camping expecting it to be very quiet perhaps one maybe two photographers. This was not the case however which is absolutely fine the park is for everyone it was just funny when there was almost 7 to 10 photographers in the same location all under each other's feet however always being polite so it was fair enough. Waiting for decent cloud to arrive was the worst thing and perhaps it was a bit windy at times but apart from that it was a good welcome evening out.
To finish off I am very much enjoying my time with this camera and I can't wait to complete many more adventures perhaps a bit further afield as well. For now though I am just enjoying my photography being outside and capturing some memories for the portfolio.