Canon 5Diii VS Fujifilm X-Pro2

My little review of the Canon 5Diii using a 50mm f/1.4 lens and Fujifilm X-Pro2 using 35mm f/1.4 lens.

This post will be a little different to my usual post as it isn’t directed at my usual audience. Before I bought the Canon 5Diii I had a Canon 7D which I thought was amazing, until I started using the 5D and started to feel the 7D’s performance was somewhat lacking. The Canon 7D is 18MP with a crop APS-C sensor which delivered smaller images than the 21.1MP 5Diii (5184 × 3456px VS 5760 × 3840) and the low light performance was a bit rubbish. It ended up sitting in my camera bag not getting used.

Recently I decided to have a bit of a clean out and sell everything that wasn’t getting used including the 7D and buy something that might get more love. I decided I needed another camera and I spent a few months trying to decide on one. I almost decided to go over to Nikon and get the D750 but after much uming and aring I thought long and hard about what I actually wanted. I love my 5Diii but I didn’t want a second one, Ideally I would have been best to get another Canon but I didn’t want to get a 6D and the new 5Ds/r were not only out of my price range but totally unnecessary for me. I have been waiting for some kind of news on a mythical 5DIV or 4D but nothing is happening on those fronts. So….what did I like about my 5Diii? What did I dislike? I liked the quality build, the ease of use, beautiful images and low light performance. I don’t love the weight and sometimes the size can be a bit cumbersome. What does that leave me with?

I hadn’t heard much about smaller high quality cameras and there was no way I was getting a point and shoot; I still need interchangeable lenses. Then I discovered the world of mirrorless cameras. Small, lightweight cameras with interchangeable lenses. I looked into quite a few models and finally found one that fit my required specifications… the Fujifilm X-Pro2. Meet my new baby 🙂

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http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_pro2/

My new little camera is a APS-C which you may be wondering, “but you sold the 7D because it was an APS-C” which is partially right but my main problem was the pixel dimensions of the final image. The X-Pro2 is 24.3MP and delivers 4000 x 6000px images which are larger than the 5Diii. But how do they look? Behold, my stunning image tests, of such good composition they could win prizes. Seriously, sorry for the boring messy pic but it does the job. The following pics are taken with Canon 5Diii with 50mm 1.4 and the Fujifilm X-Pro2 35mm 1.4. All SOOC no edits.

ISO200 F1-4 1-80 CANON left FUJI right

ISO200 f/1.4 1/80 CANON left FUJI right

 

ISO200 F1-4 1-80 CANON top FUJI bottom

ISO200 f/1.4 1/80 CANON top FUJI bottom, 100% CROP


 

ISO640 F2.8 1/60 CANON left FUJI right

ISO640 f/2.8 1/60 CANON left FUJI right

 

ISO640 F2.8 1/60 CANON top FUJI bottom

ISO640 F2.8 1/60 CANON top FUJI bottom, 100% CROP


 

ISO3200 f/2.8 1/160 CANON left FUJI right

ISO3200 f/2.8 1/160 CANON left FUJI right

ISO3200 f/2.8 1/160 CANON top FUJI bottom, 100% CROP

ISO3200 f/2.8 1/160 CANON top FUJI bottom, 100% CROP


 

ISO12800 f/2.8 1/500 CANON left FUJI right

ISO12800 f/2.8 1/500 CANON left FUJI right

ISO12800 f/2.8 1/500 CANON top FUJI bottom, 100% CROP

ISO12800 f/2.8 1/500 CANON top FUJI bottom, 100% CROP


 

The next few images are the most interesting, They are images that have been underexposed then corrected in Lightroom by increasing only the exposure by +4.

ISO100 DARK f/2.0 1/125 CANON

ISO100 DARK f/2.0 1/125 CANON – left underexposed, right +4 exposure

ISO100 DARK f/2.0 1/125 FUJI

ISO100 DARK f/2.0 1/125 FUJI – left underexposed, right +4 exposure

And Now for the CROPS!

ISO100 DARK f/2.0 1/125 CANON top FUJI bottom +4 Exposure 100% CROP

ISO100 DARK f/2.0 1/125 CANON top FUJI bottom +4 Exposure 100% CROP

This really surprised me and I think I know what my favourite camera is now 🙂 The only issue I have with the X-Pro2 (and it is a problem I hope they will fix in the future) is the rubbish battery life. I haven’t tested this myself yet but on paper the Canon can get about 950 shots where the X-Pro2 can only get about 250. I’ve already ordered a few batteries to counter this problem but in the future they should really deal with that.

And to finish off…

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ISO 640 f/1.4 1/210 edited in lightroom

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