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Make the Switch ary Matthews switched from a full-frame Nikon DSLR to a FujifilmX-T2 and FujifilmX-T4, and she is a very happy – and even keener – photographer

I’VE TRIED LANDSCAPE photography, but scenes just don’t speak tome and I can’t get up early enough for the beautiful light anyway. Right now, I am really enjoying street photography, inspired by my new FujifilmX-T4. Also, street is very demanding in terms of camera set-up and needs practice, so it’s more of a challenge for me. I used to use a full-frame Nikon D800 with the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8, and the lenses just on their own were heavy. When one of my Nikon lenses needed repairing – I got sand into it when I was photographing on a beach – I took it tomy local camera shop. The shop owner mentioned the FujifilmX Series and even gave me a brochure – this was back when the X-T1 came out, so a few years ago. While I had been thinking about switching, I didn’t follow himup on it at the time and I carried on using my Nikon equipment. However, a lot of members inmy camera club were switching over to Fujifilmmirrorless, saying what I was thinking. My bag of Nikon kit and its weight was taking its toll and

MARYMATTHEWS Enthusiast photographer, Kingston Camera Club, photosnap16

FREE 48-HOUR FUJIFILMLOANS The Fujifilm Connect loan service means you can try specific Fujifilm cameras and lenses in your own home free of charge for up to two days (including delivery). Loans can be extended, and if you decide to purchase it afterwards, Fujifilm will refund your loan fee. For full details of this special loan scheme, go to fujifilm-connect.hireacamera. com/en-gb ABOVE “I’m really keen on street photography,” says Mary. “I’ve just bought a XF56mm f/1.2 R for it.” Fujifilm X-T4 with Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R. Exposure 1/450sec at f/1.2, ISO 1250 BOTTOM LEFT This reflection was captured on a Fujifilm X-T4 with Fujifilm XF56mm f/1.2 R. Exposure 1/30sec at f/3.2, ISO 1250. “I’m happy using the X-T4 at ISO 6400,” says Mary RIGHT Shot on a Fujifilm X-T2 with a Fujifilm XF16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR at 23mm. The exposure was 1/180sec at f/2.8 and ISO 400

I was suffering more andmore from backache. I went tomy local camera shop to look at the X-T2 and I had just come into a little money, so I bought it, together with the XF16- 55mm f/2.8 R LMWR zoom. A fewmonths later, I added the XF23mm f/2 RWR. It’s a good lens and I did some night shoots with it, but I thought I’d benefit from a lens with a faster maximum aperture, so when a used XF35mm f/1.4 R lens came up on eBay, I thought, ‘Yes, I’ll try that.’ I went for the XF23mm f/2 RWR and not the XF23mm f/1.4 R, because it was weather resistant, but the XF35mm f/1.4 R was the focal length I wanted, so I went for it even though it wasn’t aWR lens – and it was a good price. I shoot in London and I like shooting in the rain – and it rains a lot in London! – because of the reflections you get, so being weather resistant is important. Also, going back to the problem I had with the Nikon lens when sand got into it, having a protected lens would help if I got into a similar situation. With the XF23mm f/2. RWR and the XF35mm f/1.4 R inmy bag, I can use whatever suits the conditions.

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