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  1. I do not want the complications of video and flippy screens on a stills camera. They add weight, cost, and points of failure. Why people would buy a brand known for amazeballs in-camera color processing (only to throw all that gorgeous color data away!!?), ease of operation with real metal dials, and a focus on actual photography then demand they add features that are completely opposite to that brand’s vision seems silly. It’s like moving next to an existing airport and complaining it’s noisy. Or buying a sledge hammer to split wood and expecting it to be good for fine finish carpentry. You want video, buy a video camera. I did this upgrade. I have an X-T2 for some adapted lenses (old Canon FD lens) that shoots in B&W and upgraded to the XPro3 for all the amazing simple camera glory and couldn’t be more pleased. I will shoot the XP3 into the ground, buy another and another and do it again. I appreciate Fuji for being old-school Japanese and up until recently resisting the fluffy feature train so I hope they don’t go too far down that path. I would like them to continue to be old-school Japanese.
  2. I use 64GB memory cards in both my Fuji Cameras and in both available slots. They duplicate to both (backup mode). I shoot stills, rarely burst, and short video happened maybe twice in two years. When traveling I am similar to a member here that doesn’t backup but his memory cards live with him the entire trip. I find carrying more cards with less space on each to be ..... I don’t know, more peace of mind? Maybe? Logic is in case something happens to any one card I lose fewer photos. Memory is cheap tho and having a 128 card is almost appealing. So, I have looked around photo sites but since we are specific to Fuji, I wanted your thoughts on what flavor you like your memory. Maybe some quick pros/cons for each. Do you carry many small cards, fewer large cards, or some other combinations? If you want a hypothetical, how about a generic 14 day trip through various large and small European cities.
  3. Has anyone had odd behavior with the Face/Eye-Detection setting seeming to change itself to off with an X-Pro3. I realize it's likely me but I can't duplicate the cause and that's throwing me off. I set the focus area to all and turn on Face/Eye-Detect to Eye Auto. It will function for a length of time then, looking through the OVF, it won't recognize a face. Curious, I check the setting and it's turned Face/Eye-Detection off. I turn it back on without changing any other settings and poof, face recognition works fine. Rinse and repeat. The detect setting is not assigned to a function button. I tried changing batteries, memory cards, metering modes, zone/point focus modes, focus point displays, film simulations, movie/stills mode, exposure comp, flipping screens and all the dials, changing the OVF/EVF, and changing lenses with the camera on and off and nothing seems to duplicate the occasional surprise change in the setting. It's one of those things that happens when I'm not paying attention to it -- Haha... okay, I know it sounds crazy but I'm wondering if there is anyone with some suggestions on what I may be overlooking as a possible cause.
  4. Thanks for all the feedback. I don’t plan on all but the occasional lens change; I like my 35mm and am quite used to it over the years. It was concerning tho to install a lens and have it be so tight. For the record, my third copy arrived and was just as tight so I will just continue on as is and enjoy shooting more and more every day. This camera is a dream. Thanks everyone.
  5. Fuji tech support will “call me back” on the issue but she sounded surprised by it. They didn’t have a comment on whether or not this was a common problem. Ordered a third body as maybe third time really is a charm and will return the other depending on how it fits. Will update when I get more information in case I’m not the only one.
  6. I work for an airline and travel very light to keep my ability to be flexible. I carry around the 35/2 all the time and swap into the 56/1.2 only when I’m looking for portraits. Zooms are great and have a purpose, sure, but I like the speed at night and lightweight travel of the fixed lenses. I took the 18-55 “kit” lens on a trip once and felt so weighted down - ha! Plus it forces me to be creative instead of choosing lenses I look for great photos at xx focal length. I determined my lens needs by looking over my EXIF data for the last 15 or so years. Even with zooms, right around (full frame equivalent) 50mm and 85mm were the majority of my photos. Sure I had longer and shorter but most of my keepers are in that ballpark. Looking over that kind of data may help determine what you like to use, too.
  7. Has anyone else experienced an overly difficult/stiff mounting and un-mounting of lenses on the X-Pro3? I have three lenses: the 23 and 35mm F/2, and the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 (two weather resistant, one not). They seem to all be very stiff to get on and off the mount. I thought I got a bad camera sample and exchanged it for another but the issue persists. It leads me to believe it's just the way it is. However, my X-T2 never felt this resistance when it was new (it's not that old), nor did the X-Pro2. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Should I try a *third* sample? Is this a, "with use it'll be easier" thing?
  8. Oo... thanks for the tip! I’ll take a look at both those products. I usually keep them in a single side of my camera bag so no other metal objects are around them. But for some occasions having a cover or pouch like the above would be nice. Thanks, again!
  9. The current Fuji NP-W126S batteries do not come with little caps or cases to protect the terminals. Has anyone found a decent alternative or do we all just sorta toss them into the bag and go with it? The terminals appear recessed so I’m not overly worried but having come from other systems it seems... idk, odd.
  10. The brown model seems to be hard to come by. I’ve seen it in stock a few times at keh.com. They regularly have the silver model in stock in a variety of quality levels. I would be worried about purchasing from an unknown eBay or similar vendor. Also, I feel like brown models will command a higher price for being rare. Other sites like mpb.com have less Fuji gear but I’ve seen it cycle. Personally, I like the silver models the best. Graphite is a close tie but it’s just not the same. The silver always reminds me of the cameras of the past. And they get attention when I’m striking up a conversation for an unplanned portrait, at least I find. New v. used... well, right now with new being only USD$1199 (through end of month I think) I’d have to save at least USD$250 to make it worth going used unless it was a very reputable source. I also feel it depends on how much your going to use the camera and plans for reselling. New might offer a better service life or resale value.
  11. On my Mac, my X Acquire software is only used for shooting teathered. For transfer, depending on your photo organization system, the simplest option is just use a Finder window and the built in SD card reader if your device has one or a USB card reader. If you have an editing program like Lightroom, Capture One, or Luminar, they—for me—all open the import dialog automatically when the camera is connected or an SD care is inserted in the reader. Also, Fuji makes PC AutoSave (yes, also for Mac) that will transfer wirelessly if I remember.
  12. These are the QC issues I was worrying about and went with an X-T2 until there can be some more data. That’s unfortunate for a new camera. I’m surprised Fuji is taking so long to respond to you. Has this been a typical case?
  13. I am joining the Fuji sensation with an X-T2 because of this. The tear down video tho has eased some of my thoughts about going with a X-T3. Huzzah for the trial period!
  14. This is my biggest concern as well for jumping in to the Fuji system. Coming from Canon where my better equipment was made domestically in Japan, and even my light gear was Taiwan, I worry joining Fuji with a camera and/or lenses made in China would leave a bad impression. Specifically if there are QC issues, or corners cut, etc. I feel I wouldn’t be getting that Fuji experience that everyone is in love with. I’m sure there’s no basis for this as Fuji is supplying the parts and pieces so I feel a bit silly but it’s the reason I decided to purchase an X-T2 instead of a 3. The 18-55 lens it is coming with is made in Japan and so is the 35mm f/2 I ordered. Did you end up purchasing the X-T2? Do you feel like you’d have been okay with the X-T3 in hindsight? Any thoughts to share on real or perceived quality differences now that it’s been a bit?
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