Recently I had the pleasure of taking a backpacking trip down California's "Lost Coast."
Rugged and undeveloped, the most beautiful areas of coastline are inaccessible to anyone unwilling to travel on foot, and carry all of their own gear.
When you're hiking for miles, especially in loose sand, weight quickly becomes an issue. As most serious backpackers will tell you, we go to extreme lengths to lighten our loads. Every ounce counts. The lighter your bag, the farther and faster you can go in greater comfort, and the more pleasurable your trip is. That is one of the major reasons that I have embraced the Fujilm X System. With my basic Canon kit weighing in at 3lbs 14oz, and my equivalent Fuji kit2 weighing only 1lb 10oz*, the discrepancy is obvious. And when you start adding lenses into your bag, it becomes exponential. Anyone who has cut the handle off of a toothbrush or dehydrated their own food to save weight will understand how this is a no brainer. And while I lose some resolution moving to the smaller camera*, I gain an estimated 2 stops of dynamic range, bringing more detail to my shadows and highlights, and creating an overall more pleasing image. Saving weight without sacrificing image quality is a winning proposition for me.
In the end though, the debate over which camera is technically superior is somewhat meaningless. The best camera in the world is the camera that you have ready in the crucial moment that you want to take a picture, and the Fujifilm X-E2’s size and weight allow me to have it comfortably accessible all day while hiking, instead of being tempted to pack it away in my backpack while I hike.
*: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105 F/4L IS Lens vs Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 18-55 F/2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens
* The Canon 5D Mark III boasts a 22.3 Megapixel sensor, while the Fujifilm X-E2 has a 16.3 Megapixel Sensor