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  1. The "Digital Split Image" focus assist (as implemented on fuji's cameras) requires a display, so in pure OVF it is not possible to use it. However, on the x-pro2 you can also add a little display in the lower right corner of the viewfinder: set it to "ERF mode" : http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-pro2/first_step/monitor/index.html#viewfinder_selector You should then be able to have the split image on the little EVF, with the rest of the viewfinder still in optical.
  2. You answered your own question there. As suggested in the other post, Fuji's 18-55 kit lens has an excellent reputation.
  3. The x100 series does have the option to screw on conversion lenses, the tcl-x100 and wcl-x100 (tcl is tele-conversion, wcl wide conversion). However, these are not zoom and the tcl will likely not enlarge sufficiently for wildlife. In short: if you want optical zoom, get another camera.
  4. Best bet seems to be getting a broken one (with a different defect) to scavenge.
  5. Is it? From what I understand of the a7s sensor, the actual per pixel area size on the sensor (not the sensor size) being bigger is a major factor in its better low light performance. That's the reason the sensor has about 12 megapixel compared to more than double of sony's other full frame cameras.
  6. My Great Wish would actually for the next x-pro to have increased sensor pixel size, similar to sony's a7S. Downside is lower resolution images, but the better low light performance, plus possibly improved battery life, would be worth it imo.
  7. If you want too shoot in somewhat lower light conditions, a f1.4 lens may make just the difference. There have been some great deals on the 23mmf1.4 lately, due to the f2.0's release.
  8. Not quite clear what the problem is: is the auto focus not working or can't you get manual focus working? If I remember correctly for the 23mmf1.4 lens, you must slide the focus ring to switch mode: towards the camera will set it to manual, away from the camera to set it to autofocus. Maybe the focus ring not being in the appropriate position is the cause of your problem.
  9. All fuji x100 (s/t/f) are made in Japan.
  10. Recommend going with single lens. Best compromise between enjoying the holiday and recording it Personally, I'd go for the x-e3 with 23mm.
  11. Seeing this, I am wondering: couldn't one take an external battery, say a 26800mAh one, and connect it through usb to power the camera during shooting? Of course, this is not a proper solution if you regularly need long battery life, but maybe it could be a good stopgap measure - it should, roughly, last at least as long as about 10 of the internal batteries.
  12. Smafones appear to get slower mostly because software updates target more modern hardware and/or one installs too many extra applications. Both of these problems you'll not have in cameras.
  13. Without having the camera in hand, its hard to judge how well it works, but imo the fujifilm engineers did something which was much needed: prune away some buttons. Especially with the e3 being smaller and the joystick added, all those buttons are starting to clutter up the back of the camera. Viewed in that light, the touch screen is not a trendy feature, but a replacement to still be able to use the extra functionality those buttons enabled (essentially, moving the buttons into the screen). Just because it is `trendy', it doesn't mean that this solution is bad.
  14. From your description, it seems to me that what you want is to disable auto focus. The auto focus function of your camera lets the camera focus the lens. I suspect that what you are seeing when you half press the shutter button is that the camera is focussing the lens. If you do not want this, you have to set the camera in manual focus mode. Also: some lenses override the camera setting of the manual focus mode. For example, if you have the 23mm f1.4, you must slide the focus ring of the lens towards the camera to shoot in manual focus. Manual focus assist functions are to help you better check whether the lens is focussed as you want it to be, for example by providing a zoomed in image, focus peaking, or both. Though the assist function can exaggerate the in-focus sharpness of the image on the EVF/LCD, it will do nothing to change the focus. So, the areas of the image which are out of focus will remain so (when in manual focus). Edit: might be helpful to know, which lens are you using?
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