One month with the Fuji X-T3
I’ve taken over 2000 photos in the one month that I’ve spent with the new Fuji X-T3. Here I’ve taken a few minutes to list some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up that might be of interest
Fuji X-T3 RAW Editing
I decided to trail Capture One Pro 11 while I waited for Adobe to update support for Fuji X-T3 RAW. I’d read the reviews and comparisons between various RAW converters and the many reports that Adobe just doesn’t manage X-Trans sensor processing very well and wanted to see for myself.
I can see the ‘wormy’ artefacts in my Fuji files processed in Lightroom if I look carefully enough (Zoom in to 200% or more) this never really bothered me too much (There are workarounds) but having taken the time to learn the interface of Capture One Pro and use it for 30 days I have switched!
I wrote a brief article with some details of my comparison of Adobe Lightroom and Capture One Pro 11 - The bottom line is I prefer the look of the files edited with Capture One Pro
Fuji X-T3 Wrist Strap
I prefer to utilise a simple wrist strap rather than a neck strap for my X-T3. I found the Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap to be a perfect choice.
Fitting the strap to the X-T3 is tight (I’d advise not fastening the strap to the triangles supplied by Fuji as this makes the strap attach awkwardly)
I chose to remove the inner sections from the metal lugs and thread the Peak Design strap through (using some fine thread to tug it through is easiest)
There is a handy YouTube video demonstrating the approach which I have linked to below. It does seem that the inner rings might cause wear on the strap if left in place.
Fuji X-T3 and 10 Stop ND
I noticed that the Fuji X-T3 had the ability to effectively see in the dark. I used a 10 Stop ND filter screwed on to the lens and with the X-T3 set in ‘B’ Bulb mode it was possible to view the composition and re-compose and even focus!
I’ve not seen this before and it saves having to remove the ND filter to allow for re-composition.
Fuji X-T3 and aftermarket batteries
The X-T3 will use aftermarket batteries but responds with an annoying alert message warning that some features will not function normally including boost. I’d recommend avoiding aftermarket batteries.
Fuji X-T3 L Bracket
I had the excellent Really Right Stuff BXT2 for my Fuji X-T2. Sadly these do not fit the X-T3 (although it is close so other X-T2 designed brands may be OK)
The RRS BXT2 will need to go to eBay while I wait for X-T3 options.
Fuji X-T3 Performance
The X-T3 is an amazing camera and significant upgrade to the X-T2. This is dependent on the type of Photography that you do but for ‘all round’ photography and videography there is a compelling reason to upgrade.
Autofocus has been significantly improved and it is easy to capture shots like this one as the camera easily locks on and focuses. The dog was in full flight (literally!) and the 56mm was at the widest aperture of f1.2
The rear LCD quickly shifts to a dim setting. This is disconcerting at first but once you are used to it it does not impact general usage. It can be avoided by using the camera in Boost performance mode.