When I went to New Zealand I knew that when I came back I would be considering making the conversion from Nikon to FUJIFILM. It now seems that will be happening.
Making the conversion from Nikon to Fujifilm
A couple of years ago my friend Chris asked me if I would ever consider giving up my DSLRs and going mirrorless. I was surprised by the question. It wasn’t something I ever thought I would do. So, I said no. Why would I?
One of the main reasons at the time was the size of the camera. When I go out people seem to expect me to have a big camera. If your camera is small they think you aren’t a very good photographer. So to get respect from students I thought I needed that. The fact that I am older and larger meant I need to get as much credibility as possible. Sad, I know.
The other reason was that I didn’t really know enough about mirrorless. How could I convert to a system I didn’t know enough about.
Learning about Mirrorless
I set about learning as much as I could. I tried a couple of camera companies and the only one that seemed willing to talk to me and help explain it all was Fujifilm. They were fantastic. So patient.
They helped me to understand that there isn’t a lot of difference between a DSLR and a mirrorless camera. We talked quite a bit and then I asked if I could borrow one to try it out. The answer was yes.
I was loaned the X-T2 with the XF10-24mm lens, along with the XF56mm prime lens. It has to be said that I did fall in love with them. When I had it I didn’t use my Nikon gear at all.
So when Chris asked me again if I would consider it, my answer became maybe.
Trip to New Zealand
When I was planning my trip to New Zealand I asked FUJIFILM Australia if I could borrow the X-T3 and 3 lenses for the trip. The idea was that if I could do the trip with just the Fujifilm gear then I would need to consider whether or not to stay with Nikon.
Over the 16 days I was in New Zealand I didn’t miss my Nikon gear once. There was never a time that I thought I wish I had . . .
For me, that was great news. I loved using the camera and my back loved it too.
It has been a few months now since I got back from my trip. Trying to work out what to do next hasn’t been easy. For me, the biggest problems with converting were, 1 how would I pay for it, and 2 what about my macro gear.
The only way I would be able to pay for it would be to sell a lot of my Nikon gear. Would I be able to sell enough to get what I wanted? How much could I sell? How many lenses would I need and what would I need. So many questions and I couldn’t make up my mind.
The other problem is the macro stuff as I have so many different things to do macro that all fit the Nikon camera.
However, I have noticed the last few times that I have gone out taking photos and had to carry my gear for a few hours, it wasn’t comfortable. My back hated it.
One thing that didn’t bother me in New Zealand was how everyone asked my friend the photography questions. Her camera was bigger. I found it entertaining and I realised then I didn’t care about the size anymore.
I decided that the best thing to do was approach FUJIFILM Australia and see if I could do some sort of deal with them.
My dream has always been that a camera company, I thought Nikon, would give me a camera. That they would love what I do and want to support me. Though, I’m not at all disappointed that the camera company that has been the most supportive for me has been Fujifilm. I love the relationship I have with them.
If you haven’t guessed yet, then let me tell you how Fujifilm are sponsoring me with an X-T3 and the XF10-24mmF4 lens. They will be mine to keep. As part of the sponsorship they are supporting my solo show in October next year. I was told they loved what I’ve done with the camera in the past and especially New Zealand. I need to keep doing what I’ve been doing.
It is fair to say I am converted.
Making the conversion from Nikon to Fujifilm
It is going to be easier than I thought. I will still have to sell some of my Nikon gear, but only to get a couple of lenses. I will probably keep my D800 and use it for Macro at this stage.
If I am making the conversion then I want it to be complete. Eventually, I will build on the macro side of Fujifilm as well.
I’ve been walking on the clouds since the phone call and I can’t wait to get the camera and lens. This is a dream come true for me.
Thank you very much FUJIFILM Australia and I hope you love what I do with the gear.
All images in this post were taken with Fujifilm cameras and lenses.