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The kit Ginny used

FujifilmX-T3 The FujifilmX-T3 is a mirrorless digital camera featuring a 26.1-megapixel back- side illuminated ASP-C sensor, blackout- free continuous shooting, an AF system with 2.16 million phase detection pixels providing 100% coverage, with the ability to record 4K/60p video in 4:2:2.

XF16mm f/1.4 RWR This ultra-fast prime lens offers a

super-wide 24mm equivalent focal length in 35mm format and a maximum aperture of f/1.4. With the addition of weather- sealed construction, this lens is ideal for architecture, landscape or astro photography.

is also an exposure compensation dial on top, which could be useful when shooting in aperture-priority or shutter-priority modes. I shot in Raw only, but two card slots mean it is possible to record JPEGs at the same time on another card. Typically, my fortnight with the X-T3 began with the end of the consistently clear night skies and the beginning of the full moon, neither of which is conducive for good star shots. However, by keeping a closewatch on the cloud conditions via the Clear Outside app, I managed to take a few long exposures on a tripod inmy local southDevon area, and I also had one opportunity to catch the Milky Way over Start Point Lighthouse just before moonrise. With no built-in stabilisation in the X-T3 or the lenses I had borrowed, I was conscious of ensuring I was shooting on a fast enough shutter speed to keep the images sharp when shooting handheld. This meant constantly adjusting the sensitivity – easy to do with the accessible dial on top. ISOs in the range of 800 to 3200 presented no post-processing problems and allowed me to wander around London at night with an inconspicuous camera in my hand and no tripod. The menu is multilayered, but quite clearly and intuitively laid out. There is a quick menu (Q) button on the back that gives immediate access to 16 different options, all of which can be customised from an extensive

list of choices. My top choice was self-timer for a two-second delay on the shutter release when on a tripod, but I also easily accessed the autofocus (AF) mode and the white balance setting through the Q button. When I finally got a clear night sky, I found the manual focus magnification easy to use and the moveable LCD really useful. Single focus point worked well on stars, and I was impressed with the number of focus points, right up to the edge of the frame. Selecting these using the focus stick is quick and easy. Battery life could have been better, so I always carried a charged spare. My only other complaint is that, typical of all modern machinery, the manual is online. I would pay extra just to have a hard copy in my hand! My two weeks with the FujifilmX-T3 have only scratched the surface of its potential, and I mostly used settings and procedures with which I already felt comfortable. With more time, I would challenge myself to explore the range of settings and in-camera processing possibilities in more detail, as well as setting all the options for more personal use. It’s a mighty camera, and its excellent image quality in low light and at night certainly makes it a strong contender when I decide to abandon my DSLR. In fact, I would say to anyone considering a switch, make sure you look at the X-T3 first!

It’s a mighty camera, and its excellent image quality in low light and at night certainly makes it a strong contender

XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LMWR With an equivalent focal length of 24- 84mm in 35mm format and a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, the weather- sealed Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR professional zoom lens provides versatility, durability, quality and speed.

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