if you had told me that i would swap my entire fuji gear for sony alpha a year ago, i probably would have deemed you insane. however, recent events in my life gave me the opportunity to swap my gear for a very good deal. and then i did it. this was neither an easy nor a quick decision; i was well aware of all the pros and cons of both systems. but, keep in mind, i mostly had heard stuff about sony alphas, and i only had some few opportunities to shoot them for short periods.
i still like the fuji system very much. for me, its the best apsc-system out there. you cant basically do anything wrong when investing into fuji gear. as every camera system, of course, it has its flaws. when it comes to fuji however, users tend to forgive those flaws because of all the things fuji does right with their x-series – a fact that is often not understood by non-fuji-users.
now, i wont tell you how the cameras compare or how they differ. in fact, there is a shitton of reviews and comparsions to be found online, and i am pretty sure you can type that into google yourself. i would like to provide you with my personal view, my first impressions and my not-so-first impressions when i had taken the sony a7ii with me for some time and left my beloved x-t1.
before i start explaining in full detail, allow me to provide you with a short version:
i really like fuji. and i had a bad feeling at first. after the second day out in the field with the a7ii, this feeling went from bad to absolutely amazed.
when reading on the internet, i expected the a7ii to be a clunky computer with an aweful user interface, a soulless machine. the kit lens had to be crap, of course; because its widely known that sony lenses are not that good. the reviewers sure had to be bought by the company.
now i stand corrected. the a7ii’s build quality feels way more solid that the x-t-line and more serious. the AF is noticeable quicker and better than my x-t1, and the kit lens, while not superb, provides a good enough image quality to satisfy my initial needs.
after the initial “system-swap”-shock, i really have to give credit to sony for their work here. yes, the menu is very complex. but most of its complexity is because you have a enormous possibility of customization options.
i really dont like to compare image quality between systems and cameras. most of todays systems provide more than enough quality to produce very good shots. but the user has to take them. im not a pro, and i dont want to be one, so i leave such comparsions to other people. but i have to admit, that the difference between fullframe and aps-c is pretty noticeable, once you can compare raws next to each other.
being somewone who really likes to shoot wide open and to play with depth of field, the sony sensor in the a7ii offers me more ways to express this in my photos, even with the kit lens, which ranges from 3.5 to 5.6.
yes, the fuji film simulations are awesome and sony has nothing to offer in this category. when shooting raw, however, i want to develop most of my pictures myself – so i do not really miss anything here. when opening the first raw file in lightroom, i was at first very shocked – due to more megapixels, the pictures were more noisy than the fuji ones, and the whole noise-and-stuff-pattern is completely different from bayer to x-trans, something i forgot sometime while shooting fuji.
it took me some time to set up a completely new workflow in lightroom, but i feel pretty comfortable now.
i didnt have that much time to get comfortable with the system yet, but my overall impression is that i made the right decision. in the end, time will tell, but i am pretty confident that i will not regret my choice.