Yes, gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) seems ever present in some photographers.

I had rented or used different cameras over the last few years including Sony a7, Fuji X-T1, X-E1,X-T2, Olympus, Panasonic, Canon 5D Mk II, etc. because I was always curious. But switching cameras system is expensive and would have meant a learning curve to adjust to the new tool. I stuck with Nikon and worked to learn how to use what I had.

I recently switched to Fuji. I did not do this frivolously. I did not switch because Nikon sucks and Fuji is fantastic. I did so because my Nikon DSLR broke last winter and I did not have the budget to replace it right away. I waited until the summer, and I spent the intervening months considering my options -- purchase a Nikon D500, or Nikon D7200 or Nikon D5600 -- I realised that perhaps I should look at other options outside Nikon.

I borrowed a friend's Canon, and while I was getting used to the difference in menus and controls, I started thinking about how I use a camera. I realised that the modern DSLR was not to my liking. Flipping into menus or holding down a specific combination of buttons to change things like ISO and shutter speed etc. was a drag. I had rented some Fuji X cameras a few years ago, and I liked how the controls felt in my hand. I was feeling some nostalgia for my younger days when my father took us on day trips in his Volkswagen Bettle and took photos with his Asahi Pentax SP II. This wasn't a new realisation.

I had long felt that the D40, D5100 and other cameras I had rented/borrowed over the years, were more like gadgets than cameras. When Fujifilm came around the corner with the Fuji X-Pro1, Fuji X-E1 and started to develop a new system with apparently excellent lenses, I was very close to switching when they released the Fuji X-T1. But since I didn’t like the first version of this camera for various reasons, it took me another four years until I finally decided to concentrate on only one system in the future.

My main subjects of importance always were the usability (the pragmatic point) and the fun (the emotional end) that I felt I could obtain from working with this system. My desire for this intensified over the years. For me, the Fujifilm X-T2 is the best in terms of usability for the last 2.5 years now. It’s the perfect symbiosis of form and function.

Mechanical dials are provided for key operation, including the shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation, drive modes and metering modes. The settings can be adjusted even when the camera is turned off so that you can always be ready for the next shot.Fujifilm X-T2 website

I finally bought a Fuji X-T2 and the Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR lens. The switch was not because of technical specs but because of the way the Fuji cameras operated. My choice of camera is about how I prefer to interact with my camera. With the controls/knobs being just at my fingertips the Fuji feels "right". I like the layout of the controls, the retro-styled knobs and such, that allow me to make quick changes without jumping through menus.

I have only the one camera body and one lens. Over time I want to acquire a few more lenses, namely:

  • XF27mmF2.8 R WR - 40mm is close to "normal" FOV for the human eye. This lens does not exist, and the current 27mm (~ 40mm in 35mm format) lens does not have an aperture ring. I only want lenses with aperture rings.
  • XF23mmF2 R WR - I think this would be a great travel/street photography lens until Fuji makes a similar lens at 27mm.
  • XF8-16mmF2.8 R WR - The XF16-55mm isn't wide enough for most landscape and cityscape photography.
  • XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR - A camera system isn't complete without a sporting lens but I'm not sure about this one. I rarely shoot sports (but I attend the high school games to support the band) and dislike big, heavy lenses.

For nature photography, I could rent an XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR when needed. But I most likely won't need it. I would also love a Fuji X100F for when my travel companion, my spouse, gets annoyed with the bulk of the X-T2 occupying the dinner table when we eat out.

On my short list of items to purchase for my new kit, are a flash unit, L-bracket and strap. I don't know much about how well the Fuji EF-X500 flash units perform. I am willing to consider third-party flash units so long as they are fully compatible with all the functionality possible with the X-T2. I haven't researched to find out what's available.

My last L-bracket was a Really Right Stuff, so I expect I will purchase from the same brand. I have been getting by without one, but I am annoyed that I can't shoot vertically on my tripod. The Really Right Stuff BXT2 plates for the X-T2 are currently out of stock.

After many years of indecision, I recently dumped my Nikon APS-C gear and bought a Fuji X-T2 so I won't soon be in the market for a new camera. It's great that Fuji keeps pushing the envelope for APS-C cameras.

The X-T3 is an amazing camera. It’s a true next generation APS-C sensor and processor in what has been tested as a perfect enclosure. Brand new on the inside, same on the outside. It has incredible speed bumps in regards to tracking, burstshooting, overall speed and rendering and the videospecs are really quite impressive. But what is more important to me is the added dynamics to the image quality. The X-T3 is a very serious mirrorless camera. And with ins conception I see no reason why I would buy a full frame mirrorless camera.—Jonas Rask

All in all, I am very happy what Fujifilm has achieved with its new flagship. Unfortunately, I did not have too much time for testing it (I know this time is always too short) but I can honestly say that I am positive surprised about the X-T3 and will look forward getting it into my camera bag once it will be available (which should be around September 24th). With the X-T3 you get a powerful camera that definitely can compete with a DSLR in the same range. If you were wondering why I have not written anything about the film features, which have been updated as well compared not only to the X-T2, but also to the X-H1, I simply haven’t had the time on the one side and on the other side I leave this to the specialists who have a better knowledge about it.—Wechsel.ch

I have shot with a lot of other mirrorless systems, and while other manufacturers are stripping away physical dials, like Sony, Nikon, and Canon with their newly announced mirrorless cameras, Fujifilm is planting their feet firmly in the ground in a way that makes me extremely happy. Because in reality, it means EVERYTHING to the way that I shoot. Between the operation speeds, improved low light performance, and autofocus improvements this is a total win. And the already small gap between APS-C and full frame is all but closed in my opinion.

“Impressive… MOST impressive.—”Bryan Minear

It is time for Nikon and Canon to listen up.  Your financial charts are going on a downward slope.  You know it and we all know it.  So start paying attention to what your customers want.  Your customers are buying Sony A7 series cameras with the intention of using their Nikon and Canon lenses on it.

You know this.

So why would you not design a camera to compete with it? Why allow your customers to go somewhere else? Scott Wyden via Hey Nikon – Why I Almost Got A Sony A7 & Why It Was Sent Back

I agree with Scott. I'm a Nikon shooter and for the last year I've been trying out various compact systems (aka mirror-less) cameras from Fuji and Olympus -- Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus PEN EP-3, Fuji X-E1,and Fuji X-T1. I'm impressed.

Come on CaNikon. Answer Scot''s questions.