Why I Won’t be Switching to the Fuji X-T3

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I’m a big Fuji fan. I love my X100F and have been thinking about switching to Fuji for my professional work for a while now. The X-T3 is a fantastic camera: fun to use, well-built, excellent image quality and focus. I love it, but I can’t use it.

One of the reasons I want to move to a crop-sensor mirrorless camera is the smaller form factor and reduced weight. Carrying all that gear for an 8-hour wedding day can be a burden. Unfortunately, despite wanting a smaller camera, I still need a big grip because swinging a camera with a big lens and a big flash from your hip to your eye 1,000 times in a day requires a rock-steady hold on the camera.

The problem with the X-T3 is that the camera is so thin and the grip so minimal that it’s hard to hold well in my right hand. Add to that the trigger placement in the “traditional” spot on top of the camera (compared to the modern “trigger” style) and you get a camera that is forever unsteady in your hand. Sure, you can put a larger grip on the camera, but this won’t solve the trigger issue—you still have to rotate your palm to get to the shutter release, which moves the camera into a position where it is held only by the fingers and thumb pad, instead of the palm grip we have on other cameras.

It’s a real shame, because I would love to switch and if I shot in studio or with natural light or with prime lenses, I would make the jump. But this old gunslinger needs a pistol that fits my hand like a glove and the Fuji X-T3 just doesn’t do it.

Oh well, there’s always the Fuji X-H2. 🙂

About the author: Booray Perry is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based out of Tampa, Florida. To see more of his work or head more from Booray, visit his website or give him a follow on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. This post was also published here.

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