Looking at the size I think it's obvious that the Fujifilm fits my personal preferences way better than the Canon EOS 7D. It's always way smaller and lighter than the Canon, although the Fujinon 16-55 is undoubtably a really heavy and huge lens. But still the body is smaller and I can reach any button without any problem and can shoot one handed. I guess, it's not necessary to see the winner size-and weight-wise, when screwing on the 23mm lens. the Fujifilm X-T1 It just gave me the freedom of walking around again, not having to worry about the gear to break in snow or drizzles. Instead, I had a camera i could handle completely by dials on the top even wearing my winter gloves, not having to fumble through any menu: Straight-forward, direct, quick, uncomplicated and just intuitive.
ISO, Shutter speed, exposure compensation and aperture are directly available through physical dials. Also high-speed shooting and bracketing or other camera modes as well as metering systems are directly available. Fujifilm mastered it to create a camera in which I do not have to use the menu inside the camera anymore. Instead, I can focus on the moment, the model, my environment and start living photography again.
I also missed the tilting screen from the Canon EOS 600D on my 7D. I also wish that Fujifilm will implement a completely flippable screen, but for now Fuji found already another geeky solution: The remote control app. Just connect your phone with your camera via Wifi and adjust all settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO) via phone and press the shutter. Then you can also take a selfie standing away from your camera. To be honest, it is still quite buggy though and sometimes the reach is rather small. But it is a first step into the right direction.
Focus peaking is also a functionality of big importance for me. As you could see, more and more people came into my frame. And I never, really never mis-focussed. Focus peaking is the technology of the future. Simply said, the camera's display highlights areas in a colour of your choice showing either the highlights or shadows you focus on. That way, you can see directly through your viewfinder, which is by the way the same screen as your screen on the backside of the camera, which areas are in focus. I have heard very often about it, before I decided to purchase a mirrorless camera, but I really underestimated the power and accuracy. Another tool to enhance your confidence and reduces your worries while shooting. Without this fantastic technology of Fujifilm, I would not feel confident in my portrait photography.
I don't want to go too deeply into gear reviews. You can read that somewhere else much better than in my post. I am not specialized in gear reviews. I just want to express how this camera helped me grow as an artist by giving me back my lost creativity.
I'm going out to shoot nearly everyday. It fulfills me with pure pleasure.
I think, it also reflects in my photos.
Growing as an artist / Summary
First of all, I want to outline clearly that it's possible to shoot both kind of pictures with both kinds of cameras. I am not saying Canon is worse than Fujifilm or vice-versa. It's also possible to change your photographic style without changing your gear. The most important thing I want to share is: Don't buy a camera, because it is expensive, don't buy a full-frame just because someone told you it is "professional". Buy a camera that suits you!
My gear restrained me for too long. I'm back where I started my photographic journey nearly 10 years ago: I'm going out and just do what I love, just now in better quality than 10 years ago. Photography is too important in my life to just keep watching how I'm losing my creativity, caused by unsuitable gear. I want to live photography and feel alive in it. When I had my Canon 7D, I realized quickly it does not suit me, it's not light, not small and not weather-sealed. But I was paralyzed and was afraid of change. But Fujifilm made it surprisingly easy to quickly adapt to a completely new camera system. I even do not have to stop down my lens, I can just shoot widely open on F2.8, get a beautiful bokeh, no chromatic aberration and just classic film noise, not just digital grain, because the low- light performance of the DSLR camera is bad. In the past, I cleaned my pictures up, reduced any kind of noise, but these times are over.
Who tells you, what's a good or a bad picture? It's not the amount of grain, it's the composition and the heart you put into your work. Of course, technical knowledge and post-production are significant as well. But if you shoot bad pictures or have a bad attitude while shooting, no software in the world can fix that. And now I love my pictures for having this nice film grain and film look. There is also one secret to my new style: The Fujifilm X-T1 has implemented film presets which you can apply in Lightroom or raw- converter of your choice. I learned to love the Classic Chrome preset, which desaturates the picture, brings in more blacks and just gives you a good start-off for emotive pictures.
But the biggest secret is: If you don't feel comfortable with your camera, don't be afraid to change it. By the way, I still stick to APS-C. I would recommend thinking about changing camera manufacturers instead of joining discussion or thinking about "fullframe or not". If you want to change your gear, go for the big change. The slightly bigger sensor won't make a difference anymore. Since I bought the Fujifilm X-T1, I only once merged and uploaded an HDR. But I realized quickly that it is absolutely not necessary. The dynamic range of this sensor is so immense, as well as the file sizes, so that you can tweak them as never before. Even if you over- or underexpose some shots, the Fuji-files are very forgiving. You might have to get used to a different feeling in your raw processor, but also those small obstacles will disappear very quickly.
If you are running out to the shop and just buy a Fuji X-T1, I definitely failed in transmitting my message. The message is: There is no such thing as "a camera to rule them all". But there are cameras that do not fit your needs and your style. Be honest to yourself, be courageous and find one that suits you. Don't waste time for being restricted by your camera. Your soul and heart have to form the picture, not the camera.