FujiFilm X-Pro 1 & Canon 6D {a mom’s thoughts}

Eight years ago I invested in the first version of the Canon 5D. It is kind of incredible that it lasted that long considering how much I used it and all the times I dropped it. It is still a working camera, but lots of features have gone kaput. Needing to invest in a new camera again, I considered all my options. Ultimately, I purchased a FujiFilm X-Pro 1. I am not a spender or quick to purchase things (I had a 5D for 8 years while running a photography business!). All that to say, I really thought through what camera I wanted to purchase.

About six weeks later I bought a Canon 6D.

I am going to share with you my perceptions on the cameras and how they work (and don’t work) for me. This is not a technical camera comparison. I am not going to share any technical information or even begin to discuss any of that. If I tried, this post would never get written. You can do a quick google search to find more in-depth and technical reviews. This is simply my perspective as a mom trying to capture her kids with her camera – a friend to friend kind of review.

First, I really like both cameras. A lot.

I was in a creative rut with my 5D, mainly because it wasn’t working and it was frustrating. The FujiFilm was so exciting to use at first. It is a “mirror-less” camera, which means it doesn’t have an internal mirror for capturing images like a DSLR. This makes it much smaller.

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This is a side by side shot from both cameras using the settings: ISO 200, 1/125, f/2.8. You can see that the Canon image is brighter than the X-Pro using the same settings. I would just need to slightly change a setting to brighten the X-Pro shot. Both of these were taken with factory settings, meaning I didn’t customize anything on the cameras.5.14canonfuji-1And a side by side outside. (X-Pro ISO 200, 1/125, f/2.8 – Canon ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.8)
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So here are my thoughts in a nutshell:

I have a love/hate with the X-Pro 1. It produces incredible pictures, especially considering its price. I would compare it to any high end pro-level DSLR. I really like how small it feels in my hands and how light weight it is. It is really fun to shoot with – if I am shooting something that doesn’t move. It has a ‘cool factor’ to it. That sounds silly, but it does just feel so much cooler – like an old film camera.  When I pull it out people always ask about it. I go from not-cool to cool just by pulling it out of my bag. It is funny how others respond when they see it. I think the cool factor plays into why a lot of people really like it, even if they don’t come out and admit it 😉

However, I wanted to throw it against a wall when trying to capture my moving kids. 95% of my shots are of my kids. The X-Pro 1 focusing is slow and the lag time time between shots is slow. It feel like it is a camera that is meant to be used slowly and methodically. If I were primarily shooting still life, scenery or other similar subjects I think I would love it. As much as I like the intentionality behind shooting slowly and methodically – that just does not translate in my day to day life. I’m not a photographer who works with subjects that will stay still or have patience to wait for me to adjust my settings. While the dials look cool and have that old-school feel, I just have not been able to adjust them as quickly as I can on my DSLR. Shooting in manual is fun for me because I can adjust my settings so quickly, with the X-Pro 1 the way the buttons and dials are set up just does not feel as user friendly to me. Granted, I could take time to learn it and I will. But, in the meantime I really want to still be capturing images of my kids.

I had voiced my frustrations to Chris, but I was determined to just make it work. In the process, I realized how different it functions from a DSLR – and well – I need a DSLR to teach my SnapShop courses. Chris surprised me and got me the 6D. And I love it.

The photo quality of both cameras is exceptionally high – I would compare it even to the high end DSLRs. They both capture sharp images with little grain using high ISO settings. When strictly looking at the images they produce, they are on par with one another. However, when it comes to functionality for a mom capturing young kids – the Canon 6D is the winner for me.

I’ve read online reviews from other photographer moms that LOVE their X-Pro 1, but I just can’t get past the amount of time it takes to make setting adjustments, focus, and the lag between shots.

In this phase of life my primary objective with photography is simply to capture the beauty of my days. I want to be able to capture an image quickly and then set my camera down. I don’t want to have to take a lot of time to set up shots and wait in between shots. I want to capture my kids and then be with my kids. I was just too frustrated with the X-Pro 1 in this regards.

I won’t be selling my X-Pro 1. If I ever go wander the streets downtown or spend a day alone at a huge outdoors flea market – it will be the camera I take. It is a really wonderful camera, but the Canon 6D has won my heart.

IT IS SO MUCH FUN having a camera that works again – and one I simply love without the hate 🙂

Canon 6D shots below5.14canonfuji-5

When I tell her I am going to take a picture of her eyes, this is what she does. Every time. Stinker.5.14canonfuji-6

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  • Debbie C - Hee hee…that last pic of her closing her eyes made me laugh. Reminds me of my daughter…sigh. Why do they always have to fight our pictures?

  • Susanna - Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate your advice and opinions on photography and cameras. That’s what drew me to your blog at first. What keeps bringing me back is everything else you share as well!

  • Anna @ A Good Home - Gorgeous images! And I love the last one; my son makes a total goober face whenever I ask him to smile, so it reminds me of him 🙂

    I’m an Etsy girl still using a little Canon point and shoot digital camera for all my product shots. I HATE it, the quality is just pathetically low compared to what I’d get with a DSLR. Do you have a recommendation for a good entry level DSLR? I have very, very limited funds, so I’d need to save up to buy even that, but I’d like to get the best I can afford. Thanks!!

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators - I’m in the market for a new camera so I really appreciated this post! I’m contemplating making the switch from my old Nikon D80 to Canon and one of my concerns was learning to adjust the dials. Good to hear they’re a bit more user-friendly/intuitive on the Canon. Have you ever tried the Canon Rebel series? I’m wondering how it compares and if it would feel more basic.

  • Eva - I wholeheartedly agree with your comparison, as it relates to mirror and mirror-less cameras. I also have a love/hate relationship with my Fujifilm x100s for the very same reason you mentioned. Yes, it is a high quality camera for the price and it is soooo compact. It fits in my hand like my iPhone, which is the whole reason why I bought it- to replace my phone camera, not my DSLR. The lag drives me crazy, though, and I find that I use it most for posed snapshots of my kids or when they’re not moving around much. Like you, though, my DSLR just allows me to make adjustments quickly when quickness is required. I, too, get lots of comments when I’m out shooting with it because everyone thinks it is an old fashioned film camera (which I’m actually researching a purchase for at the moment). Anyway, congrats on your recent 6D purchase. Happy shooting!!!!

  • christina larsen - Thanks for the Mom review. I love your “real” insight into cameras and functionality.

  • Jenny B. - Thank you so much for taking the time to offer your thoughts on both! 🙂 I am seriously considering a Canon 6D. I currently use a Nikon D40. It still works fine, but I’m starting to feel its limitations. I really want to move up to a full frame sensor, and the ISO capability of ANY new DSLR would beat that of my D40, hands down. I’ll have to start from scratch with lenses since I’m switching brands, so I’m curious as to what you recommend. I know you have several (amazing) lenses, but what would you buy if you were starting over, and were just planning to photograph your kids and everyday life (not professional)? If it helps, my go-to lens for my D40 is a 35mm/f1.8. Thanks!

  • Caroline R - Thanks for this post. I am thinking of upgrading my 60D to this camera too. I can’t decide whether to go for the bundle with the 24-105mm L lens, or just the body, and I was curious to see which route you went or would suggest.

  • jodi - so happy for you to have a fully functioning dslr again – yea for Chris! What a great man – God is good!! Enjoy 🙂

  • Jamie - Thanks for sharing. I always love your opinion regarding cameras. I also love when you post your camera settings.

  • Bill Moody - Hi love your personal approach. So many youtube camera reviews by boys *sigh* last less than 10 seconds for me with all the ‘this is how a button works’ info…

    I bought a Canon 650D last February (Rebel t4i Stateside) and while it’s an excellent camera I’m thinking of upgrading to the 6D but like many others i’m also tempted by the mirrorless options out there. Size and portability are so important but having read this I’m not going to join the DSLR deathwatch just yet!

    I’m lucky enough to have a friend who has leant me on long term loan a 24-105L and Caroline R I can tell you it’s outstanding. I have the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8 and the big zoom focuses and handles like syrup being poured on a waffle. It’s heavy, slightly unbalanced on my Rebel series body, and expensive to buy separately but such a good deal as kit lens on the 6D. Do it!

  • Becky @ Farmgirl Paints - I gave the 6D too. It’s a great camera, but I know it can do way more than I’m capable of. I need to take one of your courses. I just fiddle with buttons until it looks decent:-)

  • Tanya - Thanks for this! I took your course and during I realized I was in a desperate need for an upgrade. I opted for the Canon 70D (wanted the full-frame, but just couldn’t afford it at this point), but debated on the mirror less as well. Since I’m capturing my kids all the time, I’m SOOO glad I made that decision. I just love it! And thanks for always posting your settings–I’m still a work in progress! 🙂 And I love the shot of your daughter with her eyes closed–of course!

  • Amber Alexander - Can I just say how amazing her lip looks? Wow! The surgeon did a fantastic job and the scar is so minimal. She is gorgeous! 🙂

  • Ashley - Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts!! I don’t see how you find time in your day for blogging, but I’m so glad that you do! I look forward to your posts!!

  • Wendy - I would love to update my dslr so a while back I started researching upgrades and mirror-less cameras. Ironically now I understand why most of the people who gave up their high end dslr cameras and went to mirror-less were those who shot hdr images. Reading your post … makes total sense. Thank you for sharing!

  • tara pollard pakosta - really cool post!
    I have a 30d, 50d and 5d, I actually love the 30 a LOT!
    but the 5 is best!
    how does the 6 compare to the 5?!
    tara