TL;dr Looking at buying into a system - FF Sony vs APS-C Fuji. Both have incredibly similar lens options in terms of size, weight, specs, and price for my needs.
Let me start off by saying I have no preference for either brand, or any brand. I’m at the point where I feel like it may be time for an upgrade. My first camera, my Nikon D3300, seems to be finally holding me back… or at least, making things somewhat annoying. The D3300 has just about zero features that are useful for landscape photography, although I do enjoy the small size and weight. My main objective is to find something that will be an upgrade in image quality, add useful features (tilting screen, weather resistance, intervalometer, bracketing, etc), and keep things light weight. For the final reason I’m sticking with mirrorless options.
For mirrorless options, it seems Sony and Fuji are really the only two that cater in some degree to the hobbyist, with a good mix of cheap and mid range lens options available. So I have a few questions about comparing the two and hoping for some insight as I know a few in here use both.
The main question seems to be FF vs aps-c. How important is the sensor size for landscape? How does that change if I’m interested in Milky Way? Surprisingly enough, for the lenses I’m looking at, there’s practically no difference in size, weight, or options between the two, which would seem to favor Sony as it’s FF. But I do have some confusion when it comes to comparing the two.
How do you compare light gathering abilities? For example, how would f/4 on a FF compare to f/2.8 crop, in terms of light transmission and DoF? Astro aside, is it often even that important to get faster than f/4 for landscape photography?
The main lens I would be interested in is something in the 24-70mm range. Both mounts have very similar options in size, weight, and price, and in either f/2.8 or f/4. If i feel the need for a faster Astro lens, again both brands have a very similar, lightweight 35mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 equivalent. Fuji has the advantage with a cheaper and lighter mid-price telephoto, but i’m not as concerned there.
I do enjoy the features of the Fuji better… 3 way tilting screen (that’s a big one to me), intervolometer, focus stacking. But I assume Sony will eventually catch up, so I feel like buying into a system with lenses is more important.
Long post but would love to gain some insight! Thank you!