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    Ammut reacted to Jon Whipple in Has the X-Pro3 been a success?   
    I think the answer to this question depends on the criteria used to measure "success". And also success for who? For Fujifilm? For you? For me?
    I can't find any sources that breakout sales for Fuji cameras by model, and of course it would be impossible to know what Fujifilm's criteria for success might be, even if we had that information. It has always struck me since becoming aware of X Series cameras that Fuji seems to attach a great deal of value to the design proposition of Electronic Range Finder cameras. It's a pretty distinct form for modern mirrorless cameras and they might value the distinction so much that break-even or even a manageable loss on X100 and X-Pro lines is totally worth it to them.
    Maybe for you or other X-Pro2 users, the X-Pro3 isn't compelling enough for an upgrade. I get that. The X-Pro2 strikes me as a great camera. In fact I decided to get the X-Pro2 and was saving my money when they introduced the 3. So I am totally into that being a thing.
    For me, the X-Pro3 is a total success. I have never owned a digital or mirrorless camera before buying the X-Pro3. The details that others dismiss as gimmicks were compelling enough for me to want them. The sub monitor doesn't feel or look like a gimmick to me at all. I like it. People who ask about my camera are always surprised and delighted by that detail. They are fascinated by the fact the LCD folds down and out. I like this too. I don't want to even be tempted to chimp, but it's super nice to have a screen available that isn't smeared with skin oil when I want to double check a result or make a wait-level photo if I'm unable to crouch or kneel.
    I purchased the FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR as my first lens because I love the wideness. Is it a problem the viewfinder doesn't have framelines for this? It hasn't been for me. Maybe because of the way I compose things? Maybe I don't care? I certainly never once was "disappointed" or found myself wishing for those framelines. I also use adapted Pentax Takumar M42 screw mount lenses on the camera, including a Super Takumar 300mm F4. Does using this long lens make the "rangefinder" useless? Not entirely. You certainly have to trust that what you saw before you brought the camera to your eye will still be the case for the lower right of the frame. But that's where the functionality and flexibility of the ERF is so great: A simple push or pull of the viewfinder mode lever lets me see the electronic view. I can switch back and forth if I want. I can stay electronic if I want. I can have both. And I don't have to be "pure" or do one or the other. I can just do what I want.
    It's not just looks, or living a rangefinder-pure life that the X-Pro3 brings, but wonderful flexibility. The instrument helps me and facilitates me.
    This camera makes me want to pick up and shoot. It inspires me and instills me with confidence.
    X-Pro3 a success? For me it absolutely is.
    https://youpic.com/photographer/JonWhipple/
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    Ammut reacted to Golden Oxen in Has the X-Pro3 been a success?   
    A truly niche camera would be an X-Pro 4 that has no video features whatsoever, Zero
    A state of the art stills only camera would be a surprisingly big winner in my view.
    Why force folks like me to buy hybrids with so many camera models already.
    Do something really different Fujifilm, Please. Non video users are a part of the market to that no
    one is catering too.   
     
     
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    Ammut got a reaction from Chayelle in 18mm f/2 - Your experience/opinion on this lens?   
    Throwing my 2c in.  I love this lens.  Compact, excellent IQ for what I need for photo journalism/street photography.  It's not a bad landscape lens either.  I think it gets too much of a bad rap, and mainly from the pixel peepers. As you can see from some of the photos people have posted, it's a fine lens.  I use it with the X-Pro2.  
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    Ammut got a reaction from Curiojo in 18mm f/2 - Your experience/opinion on this lens?   
    Throwing my 2c in.  I love this lens.  Compact, excellent IQ for what I need for photo journalism/street photography.  It's not a bad landscape lens either.  I think it gets too much of a bad rap, and mainly from the pixel peepers. As you can see from some of the photos people have posted, it's a fine lens.  I use it with the X-Pro2.  
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    Ammut reacted to Warwick in 18mm f/2 - Your experience/opinion on this lens?   
    I'm using my 18mm a lot these days, and enjoying it. People say it's not sharp in the corners. I've not been bothered to check whether that's true or not. Besides, if people are looking at the sharpness of your corners rather than at your subject, you're doing something wrong as a photographer.
     
    Some pictures from a trip to Ghana




     
     
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    Ammut got a reaction from PoulWerner in Problem with my X Pro2.   
    Awesome.  Thanks!  Good to see that it was just me being a dummy, and not any bugs.  Also, I found this as a replacement for the printed manual (might be old news for you folks), and it's much easier to understand.  http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-pro2/  
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