- Their lenses are sharper than Nikon's. Period. Their "kit" 18-55 f/2.8-3.8 lens is a quality lens that rivals any Nikon lens I have seen or used in sharpness, contrast and build quality - the images are so sharp as to hurt the eye. I can say the same for the Fujinon 55-200. Both have image stabilization that works great. When you twist the zoom or focus of a Fujinon lens, it FEELS like quality instead of like a plasticy piece of junk. Fuji does not cater to the lower end consumer market, but it will compare to CaNikon's mid-upper end in price.
- The color rendition of the X-trans sensor is incredible, as is the film-like quality of the images.
- Fuji wrangles low-light very well. ISO 6400? Not a problem.
- Want a 56mm f/1.2 that's sharp wide open? Fuji's got it covered at about $900.
- How about a 55-200mm f/3.5-4.5 that is also sharp throughout the F and zoom range? Done.
- I watch pros like Zack Arias (http://zackarias.com/blog/) and David Hobby switching to Fuji for good reasons.
- Fujifilm's continuing support and firmware updates (bodies and lenses) are exceptional. I just got a major update with more features for a two-yr old body.
- I now carry 1/2 the gear and weight. Everything's smaller & lighter.
The glass is a bit more expensive (the "kit" 18-55mm is about $400) than CaNikon's low-end junk, but I would rather pay a few extra bucks for quality than for over-hyped soft lenses. Fujinon lenses are a bargain at the price. I no longer have to process an image and say "if it were only sharp. Sigh."
I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD NIKON GEAR FOR SALE HERE:
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Got carried away on the processing, but I like it
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