Camera testing: Fujifilm X100S vs Canon 5D mark II with the Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens

I wanted to see how a camera like the Fujifilm X100s would compare to a Canon 5D mark II and an L lens. It's a fraction of the size, weight and price. Below are some tests:

The difference for me is significant, but I think the convenience of having a pocketable camera that takes pretty decent shots makes it worth having (especially as I spend most of my time these days chasing round after my 3-year-old daughter).

With post processing:







Unprocessed (straight out of camera):



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  2. Interesting.
    I cant focus my x100s and take less shots i am chuffed with than when i used to lug my d700 which is like an extension of my arm...the fuji will never be that.

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  3. Thinking about getting the X100s for its high sync speed. I use studio flash on locations a lot and personally like the 28mm lens look for a full length model on an APS-C camera in particular (I have been using a Zeiss ZM 28mm on a Fuji X-T1). Hopefully, the 23mm lens is not too wide for my liking.

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  4. I don't think we should compare F2 on an APS-C against F2 on a full frame because even though the angle of coverage is similar, the image perspective is not the same (23mm vs 35mm). To me, my Fuji 56mm F1.2 shot at F1.2 is equivalent (DOF wise) to a 85mm F1.8 lens at F1.8 with the look of 56mm in terms of the size of the foreground vs the background.

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  6. Firstly, you can compare them cause 5D is a FF!
    You should have done a neck to neck with Nikon D810 - lol!

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    1. I don't have a D810. The point of this was to investigate the claims the the X100s was "full frame" quality and to see if it would be a suitable alternative to taking out my 5D and 35mm L lens.

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  7. Honestly, the images you posted from the X100S look better than the Canon equivalents. While the X100S is in no way a DSLR replacement, I've carried both DSLR's and an X100S around a city for a day.....after 6-8 hours, the DSLR setup just sucks to carry. It really depends upon ones needs though. I generally shoot prime lenses on my Nikon D810 and prefer the 35mm focal length for a lot of things, so for me, the X100S is pretty ideal - I just ordered an X100T for an around-the-U.S. bicycle trip I will be embarking on next spring. I originally was going to take my D810 with Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART lens and my 85mm F1.4G lens, but is just too heavy.....and for what I will be using it for, the Fuji will do most of what I need anyway for 1/4 of the weight (I will also be using the teleconverter as well for a 50mm equivalent on the X100T). Autofocus speed on the X100S is ok...obviously not nearly as fast as my "pro" lenses (most notably, my Nikon 200mm F2 VR2), but it gets the job done. There is a slight learning curve to the Fuji if you're only accustomed to DSLR's, but in my experience it really wasn't that bad nor difficult. It mainly depends on what you need it for and what you need it to do. I know when I was testing out an X100S and carried it around Boston all day, I couldn't get over how light it was and how "invisible" I was as a photographer, and the quality of the photographs. It wasn't a perfect camera (what camera is, really), but Fuji addressed a lot of the shortcomings I didn't like in the X100T.....minus the weather-sealing bit, which I still don't understand why they haven't done that.

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    1. I think it comes down to personal taste. I ended up getting rid of X100s. I just don't like the colours (and the lack of weather sealing did my head in a bit). I also found that I couldn't autofocus at all when out in a dark bar or night scene where I know my 5D would have been fine. Totally agree about the invisibleness of the Fuji — a really great advantage. The lightness is good too. In all honesty, I don't find carrying round my DSLR with a 35mm lens that difficult. I think there's a temptation to take a whole array of lenses out with you though which the Fuji stops you doing. Cameras are a very personal choice, I think.

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    2. Yes, the pictures from the girl taken with the Fujifilm look better. It's rhe girl - the model - that behave in another manner when she loked to the smaller camera. That's what's attracting me.

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  8. Thank you for saving me from this camera! There are so many photographers sponsored by Fuji making positive reviews of the camera that others then make positive reviews, not wanting to go against the grain. You've confirmed all my suspicions esp regarding having a camera with you at all times (phone) and purposefully going out to shoot (my d750 w 28mm). It's a sexy little camera but simply not necessary.

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  9. The images on a $1000 dollar camera look better than the 6500 dollar camera in your hand I shoot Fuji and sold my 5d3 and have never looked back I carry an xt1 and x100s one weather sealed Fujinon lenses are a much better optical lens than canon there's no doubt ask hasselblaud ,no offence but your very wrong on your x100 review they are two totally different cameras and fujifilm is really making great leaps forward and the sponsored photographer by Fuji nonsense is because the pros all own Fuji x100 and love them I know this for a fact ,so Fuji sponsors them naturally .anyway everyone if your thinking of buying into Fuji x100s I guarantee he files will make you wonder why the big 5d3 cost so much in comparison both cameras gorgeous but for street and travel and more Fuji wins hands down iso their is no question Fuji anhialates canon.anyway no offence intended just honesty from someone who owns both cameras for years don't waste your money on a costly Delroy if you are not making money from it the Fuji x100 is a joy and shames the dslrs when it comes to warmth and clean files ,do your research or ask a friend who owns either camera then make your choice or rent one before you buy it ,fujifilm is a company that made the best film,lenses and now street cameras and more 5d3 and fujix100s are two different cameras simple as that .whats your use?,whats your genre?,what's your budget and remember the camera you got is the best camera.cheers Scott Wilson but it's nothing like that.

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    1. It's just down to personal taste. I don't like the look of the Fuji images. I like the colours Canon produces and I like the full-frame look. But that's just me. I can't believe how much this offends people sometimes. I had to turn comments off on my video review due to excessive hate mail because I didn't love the x100s.

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  10. P.s. The files shown Fuji wins hands down at a 5/6th of the price

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    1. On eBay: Canon 5D (mark 1) and a 50mm f/1.8 lens will cost you about £400. Fujifilm X100s will cost you about £500.

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  11. I do respect your view, but I don't get this, the bokeh on your Canon lens pretty much ruins the last picture. The colors in all the pictures can be easily adjusted in Lightroom to match 100 %. The DOF is slightly shorter on the Canon lens, but in these pictures I don't see that as an advantage, I think the Fuji has taken better photos in 5 out of 5 shots... I agree with you about the shortcoming of weathersealing on the Fuji. Apart from that - what in the Canon pictures made you think they are better, because I can not see it? Full frame "feel"? Point me in the right direction, will you?

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    1. (Typo: Should be 4/4 shots in my comment above.) Also I forgot to mention the very visible chromatic abberation on all the canon shots, do you really like it?

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    2. If you like the photos from a much cheaper, pocket camera better then that's great for you as you don't need to shell out for pro equipment and L-lens glass. Post production can do a lot, but it can't make an APS-C image look like a full frame image. The information just isn't there. The full-frame "look" that I like is a combination of lots of things (more colour detail in the blacks, finer noise etc.) I'm not the kind of photographer that goes into technicalities and does lab-tests for sharpness etc. I just care about how the images feel. It's good that you have a different opinion to me. You use the fuji and I'll use the Canon and we can both create shots we like.

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  12. As a canon shooter, to me I must say I like your x100s pictures more. But I am wondering whether some of your unhappiness is that you were happy with what you had. A lot of the guys who went to the fuji cameras did so because they wanted smaller and lighter with less stuff to carry.

    However there are a lot of photographers who just are happy with what they have and don't want a smaller camera.

    One persons preference may not be yours. Don't feel bad, it just obviously was not for you.

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  13. I too prefer your pics of Canon compared to Fuji here. Colours are better and more natural, and I don't feel as connected to Fuji pic as I do to a Canon one. Almost, like there's a veneer on Fuji which distances you from the subject. Just my view.

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  14. hi... I have a fuji x-t1... its a great camera BUT the photos i get out of 100 photo 20 are good the rest are DELETED..I don't i know why.. but sometimes it gets really spectacular pictures but the thing is that I don't like the inconsistency of the camera.also for my landscape photos the dynamic range is very bad.. after that i bought a canon 6d with sigma 50mm art f1.5 and believe it or not I did not like it either i have no idea why may be the size is too big for me !!..although I like canon pictures a lot when I see them on 500px website specially for portraits with 85mm f1.2 and the 135mm glass and i like the feel of full frame cameras but may be my skills are not good i Don't know... at the end i Ended up selling the 6d..Now I am thinking of buying the sony a7r ii ( Great for landscape ) .. I have no Idea where I am heading!!

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  15. Thank you for being honest. I agree, the Canon images are better than the Fuji images. I was thinking about purchasing the Fuji X100T, but now I'll put the money into the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. Thank you.

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  16. It's sad that you had to close comments on the video, and that there are so many 'you are wrong' comments here. The biggest thing I took away from the video (and the comparison here) was that you agree that the X100s is a great camera, just not the right camera for you. Of course the Canon combo is going to beat the Fuji when it comes to available information to work with in post. All that extra weight and money better buy you something, right? Since you already have a pro setup and don't mind the weight, I can see why you returned the X100. I'm still thinking of buying an X100 (S or T) for my next (and only) camera, but kudos to you for going against the grain and providing a different point of view.

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  17. It actually seems like the Fujifilm has better dynamic range than the Canon. Just checking the high lights. Isn't it?

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  18. Really interesting, thanks. Can't beat that full-frame bokeh, you're right. Out and about, Fuji. If you can carry the bulk, Canon. Thankfully we can all choose for ourselves eh? :)

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  19. Thank you James for your review! Thank you for your reply. Your opinion has a perfect scene for me. I saw numbers of wedding pictures shot with x100s and Pro-1 and I can tell you 99.99% of them was meant to be shot about 0.5 sec earlier. At least I had this feeling. I will wait till the price of x100s will reach about 400$ for used one) I hope its leaf shutter and built in ND filter might work for me in some outdoor projects where studio lights and high speed sync are required. Have a great day!

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  20. I agree Canon looks better. But it never occurred to me that an APS C sensor would equal a full frame sensor. If not for size and weight I see no reason to buy APS C.

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  21. Hi there. Your comparison here seems to be between a 5dm2 and the fuji, but on youtube you're talking about a 5d. Am i right?

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    1. Yes. I have done a 5D review on YouTube. Why?

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  22. Jamie c'mon! I always appreciate your reviews but these images show such a tiny camera going toe to toe with a Goliath . . . there a bit of unfairness here.

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    1. Hi. I'm not sure I understand why this is unfair. As I said in the description, I'm comparing the difference between small, cheap (comparatively) mirrorless and its professional-level counterpart.

      I seem to have really angered people with this (not you) and I can't work out why. Some people got so angry that I decided that ultimately the fuji wasn't the camera for me. I had to shut off the comments on my video due to hateful messages. I genuinely don't understand what I've done.

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  23. what I have come to notice while researching for full frame - Apc comparisons is,how passionate the fuji people are about their camera ,and at the same time so dismissive when it comes to obvious evidence...you don't see this happening with the rest of Crop sensor owners .

    one thing that's obvious to me is the sense of space that Full frame image has ,compare to the flat looking image from the crop sensor .it looks more natural and pleasing to the eye ,and that is the real advantage of full frame.
    you can stop down/open up all you want ,change focal length/field of view and use every little trick you can think of . you will never reproduce that FF natural look with a crop sensor

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  24. Nice review. I've owned the 5D classic for 10 years and can see the difference that you speak of. I purchased a used x100 limited edition with bayer sensor. I use DXO optics pro and photoshop. Well, the images from the x100 are beautiful. The xtran sensor needs a program like photo ninja to get the best out of the files. Adobe still has issues with xtrans although they have come a long way.

    I've decided to keep the x100 because of how i can control any light. Example.. 12 noon sunlight is no problem with the x100. Just turn on 3stop nd filter, shoot f2 at 1/1000 with fill flash .. Bang!!! Thats simply awesome. No focal plane camera can do this. Or i can shoot f4 at 1/2000 or f8 at 1/4000 and the make the noon sun look like 7pm all in the palm of my hand. Not to mention the ovf/evf capabilities.

    My 5d only comes out for sports for the kids with the 70-300 DO lens.

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