Farewell, Nikon!

And this is this day: after 20 years I finally abandoned the Nikon ship. Since April I was using in parallel D810 and X-Pro2 and I have noticed two things:

  1. Nikon was laying on the shelve, while Fuji was used frequently.
  2. When I was using D810 and X-Pro2 at the same time, often pictures coming from X-Pro2 were better. – even when using the same lens (AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4) with both bodies.

What has convinced me to change the system?

  1. Lenses. Fujinons are designed for DX sensor – small, light, easy to use and very good optically. Nikon offers reasonable lenses designed for FX sensor only – big heavy, not so easy to use. Of course, there are some DX lenses, but no the ones I need.
  2. Features in the body. Nikon clearly goes for sport: fast AF, high fps, mirror-based finder. Fuji has more features I need: depth of field scale, mirrorless design (no mirror-generated vibrations, no issue with AF detectors alignment).

Is this parting final? I don’t know – time will show. But as long as Nikon has no reasonable mirrorless system (Nikon 1 isn’t reasonable by any mean) probability of my comeback is marginal.

And the best macro lens for X-Pro2 is…

…no, not FUJINON XF60mm F2.4 R Macro. It is hard to call this lens not only the best macro lens, but macro lens at all. With 1:2 reproduction ratio and 60mm focal length I would call it rather “pseudo macro”. This is why macro Fujifilm passionate have to invent something on their own. And I invented something like that:

AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4 D ED
AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4 D ED

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Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR vs AF-S NIKKOR 200–500mm f/5.6E ED VR

In the spare time I have made some shots with both lenses. Definitely this is neither a scientific analysis nor neutral comparison. This is because Fujinon was working on X-Pro2 – 24 Mpx, while Nikkor was on the D810 – 36 Mpx. Why this way? The simple answer: I don’t have any APS-C Nikon body. A bit more complex answer: Fujinon is an APC-C lens, so it’s natural way of working is with APS-C body. But Nikkor is a full frame lens – in it’s case the natural environment is the full frame body. So why would I use it with APS-C body? Especially when the majority of the weight is concentrated in the lens? Continue reading “Fujinon XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR vs AF-S NIKKOR 200–500mm f/5.6E ED VR”