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  1. Remember that the 'Fuji colors' only apply when you use the jpegs straight-out-of-camera. The Fuji film simulations can be compared to Nikon's picture profiles. You can even add Nikon Picture Profiles that are based on film stock, rather than the basic ones that Nikon delivers. When your workflow is raw-based the possibilities of color grading are defined by the raw processing software rather than the camera. I personally use Capture One with some predefined Styles and in my experience NEF-files are a bit easier to grade than the RAF-files (esp. in shadow tones). In 2014 I switched from Canon 5D to Fuji for the exact same reason as you're mentioning, even though I don't carry my cameras for a full wedding day 😉. In 2021 I switched back for professional work to full-frame (Nikon Z) for a number of reasons: I ran into a few reliability issues with Fuji cameras and lenses; the IQ of full-frame is still a bit better than APS-C (and in case of Nikon the Nikkor Z lenses are superb); the magazines I work for (I'm in fashion photography) nowadays demand larger files (often min. 7000 pixels on the long end). Comparing a D850 and an X-T4 is a bit tricky. When you look for straight-forward IQ it's a bit unfair. The D850 is one of the best full-frame cameras ever, so you will notice some drop in IQ. However, the D850 is also big and heavy compared to the X-T4 and so are the F-mount lenses. In all honesty however, you need to compare the cameras with the battery grip attached to the X-T4 as the D850 can easily last 1800 shots on one battery. Comparing the X-T4 to a full-frame mirrorless camera is perhaps a better comparison. The Z7II (that I use) is approx. the same size and weight as the X-T4. Full-frame lenses are obviously a bit bigger and heavier, although the Z-mount lenses are generally more compact and lighter than the F-mount equivalents. The Z7II has a similar IQ as the D850 (I think it's even the same or a very similar sensor). Whether the IQ of an X-T4 is sufficient for your wedding reportages is something only you can decide. You can make decent large prints from an APS-C camera, if needed, but dynamic range and how the camera handles complex textures of e.g. fabrics is a bit 'less'. I would rent/loan a camera before switching in order to decide whether its good enough for you. I wouldn't recommend adapting lenses. Esp. in wedding photography you can't run the risk of reliability issues with adapters. Next to that you actually forfeit on the advantages of the smaller APS-C lenses when you opt for adapted full-frame lenses. Moving to medium format is another option mentioned above. We use Hasselblad H6Ds in our studio, but I wouldn't recommend those for wedding photography. The Fuji GFX cameras have approx. the size of a full-frame DSLR (like the 5D or D850), but the lenses are considerably larger and heavier due to the larger image circle. It would actually move you away from your goal of a lighter, more portable kit. Although the GFX50SII and the GFX100S are quite 'snappy' for medium format cameras, compared to a D850 or an X-T4 they're slow to respond. It will certainly force you to slow down your workflow when shooting weddings. All of the above may change when you also do video work with the same camera. In that case the X-T4 or the Z6II are great choices and well-above a DSLR like the D850 or any GFX camera. Today I'm using my remaining X-Pro2 for personal work. For that the IQ is sufficient and portability is key. Besides that, I love the form factor and the jpegs are of great quality for Instagram.
  2. Usually X-Pro users are quite meticulous about their camera, so you should be able to find well-preserved pre-owned X-Pro2's at a decent price (around €650 in Europe and $600-700 in the US). These cameras are well-built and should be able to serve you for many more years, Pre-owned X-Pro3's are harder to find (by lack of an X-Pro4) and come at a much higher cost (€1450-1500) which is close to new price. Of all the Fuji cameras I had over the past ten years, I only kept the X-Pro2. It still has some advantages over the X-Pro3 and with its fixed LCD, it is less prone to defects. I've heard that most X-Pro3 defects are back panel issues. The X-Pro4 is expected mid-2023 earliest, so X-Pro3 prices will remain high for a while...
  3. You really made an effort going to 4 stores 😉 First be aware of the sales techniques: a) a store will rather sell you a camera they have in stock as opposed to ordering one for you (a camera today is more valuable than one in 5 weeks time with you having time to change your mind); b) they are more likely to sell you brands or models with a higher margin for them; c) when they notice you're looking for a good deal, they revert to end-of-life-cycle models (like the EOS R and RP) or cameras with successors in the market (like the A7III or XT3). It's a way of clearing their stock. Some tips based on my experience (which is definitely different from yours): - when wearing glasses, be extra careful to check the EVF: the X-S10 is not great when you wear glasses. The X-T4 has a much better EVF. Just try it and check how much effort it is to see the corners; - don't get overly focused on weather resistance. There's some benefit to it, but basic care goes a long way too. When you find the X-S10 better handling, that's an important factor; - for landscape the Fuji 23/f2 is not a great option. The 35/f2 is much sharper. Whether you want the 18-55 or the 16-80 is a matter of personal preference. The 18-55 has slightly better image quality, but the 16-80 is more versatile and WR; - the EOS R and RP lack IBIS which is one of Canon's big mistakes with these cameras. That's why they're not very popular. Otherwise they're fine but make sure you use the 24-105/f4 rather than the mediocre f4-f7.1; - the A7III is a very mature camera with good features. For stills it's definitely 'better' in terms of image quality than e.g. the X-T4, but for video the Fuji has some better options. USD2000 is rather a steep price for an A7III. Once the A7IV becomes more widely available the price of the III will drop. I've seen the A7III for as low as USD1800 a few weeks ago. In terms of lenses there are a lot of options for E-mount. Don't be afraid to look at Sigma or Tamron as well; - I'm not sure whether you've ran into the Z5 or Z6. They would be my pick esp. also for the great Nikkor Z lenses; - Olympus is a Micro43 sensor (quarter of the size of full-frame and 2/3rds of the size of APS-C). Great build quality and very good PRO-lenses, but rather expensive for its sensor size and less suited for high-ISO photography; - Panasonic is very underrated imo. Both the S5 and the S1 are great cameras at a decent price. The new Sigma primes for L-mount are very good value for money, but the Lumix 24-105/f4 is a very good lens too; Whenever you have two/three models left, try to get some hands-on time. Some stores allow you to take a camera out for a walk or have the option to rent one (with refund after purchase). Good handling of a camera is a very personal matter. Good luck and have fun.
  4. In general: make sure you run the latest firmware (v1.31) and use Fuji recommended SD cards. It's a drag, but Fuji is incredibly sensitive to 'the right' SD cards. I've had the same issue when I had a GFX100S on trial for a few days. I wasn't able to 'solve it definitively' because I didn't keep the camera long enough.
  5. Set the lens to f2, insert a fully charged battery and restore to factory settings. Make sure that you have the latest camera firmware installed (v1.11). If that doesn't help, your camera needs to be brought in for repair.
  6. Is the camera indicating that the aperture is 0 (zero) when the lens is mounted?
  7. When you refer to the LCD panel on the back, you can just toggle the DSP/BACK key to switch to a 'clean' screen. For the EVF there's no easy way on the X-H1 to get rid of all information, other than disable it in the screen setup menu.
  8. As you didn't mention it, I assume you don't shoot a lot of video. When portraits and low light stills matter to you, I can recommend full-frame when you can afford it. My personal advise would be a Nikon Z5 (you can get some good deals and the first pre-owned ones now hit the market) combined with a Nikkor Z 28-75/2.8 and if you have some money left the superb Z 50/1.8 or 35/1.8 (whenever you need the f1.8). An option would be the 24-120/4.0. The Z5 has excellent IBIS (sorry to say, but far better than any Fuji) and excellent high-ISO performance. The Z50 and Zfc are good cameras too, but when you opt for APS-C you have limited choice in lenses with Nikon or you spend too much on full-frame lenses. It might however be a good option when you move to full-frame Z-mount in the future and buy the lenses now. When you stay with APS-C, Fuji might be a better choice. Whenever video matters, the X-S10, X-T4, a Z6 or a pre-owned Z6II are great options. Alternatively in full-frame have a look at the Lumix S5 or a pre-owned S1. Their video capabilities and IBIS are superior to almost all competitors. Another consideration could be your workflow. When you're not planning to edit your images in post, the film simulations of Fuji are a nice feature to get good jpegs out of camera. You can get similar out-of-camera output from a Nikon, but it requires some more tweaking. Nikon calls this Picture Control and on nikonpc.com you can download film profiles straight to your camera. Whenever you edit in post, all of this hardly matters as to which camera brand you pick.
  9. Now, some bad luck can happen with every brand, but in 35+ years of photography I've never had as many issues as I had with Fujifilm. Some camera, but mainly lens issues and except for one, all of them manufactured in their Philippines factory and all pretty soon after purchase.
  10. The overview on the Fujifilm sites states it is not compatible. Now that could mean a physical limitation (e.g. with retractable lenses) but often it is just because the lens is not recognized and you're not able to set the focal length or image corrections. It doesn't always mean it will not work. Besides that, the list is dated May 2012: https://fujifilm-x.com/global/support/compatibility/accessories/list-of-compatible-m-mount-lenses/ I've used multiple lenses not on the list and they worked fine. Even on an X-Pro2 with the optical viewfinder, I was able to select the right frame lines. My suggestion is to try it out before you buy or make use of a return right or so.
  11. It's not uncommon to hear some noise from the AF motors (esp. with Fuji 😉) but when the pitch changes based on how you hold the lens/camera, that would be strange. When you say overhead work, I'm assuming the lens was pointing downward vertically? As the 33mm moves 5 or 6 elements to focus, weight/gravity can be a factor and put a bit of strain on the single linear motor. My suggestion is (as you apparently live in London) to go to the Fuji House of Photography (near St. Martin in the Fields church) and ask them to try one or two other copies of the lens on your camera. You will soon be able to tell whether they sound the same or different.
  12. You don't mention which tripod + head you have. Esp. with 102MP medium format any vibration from shutter or ground can create a resonance in esp. lighter or less dampened tripods with a camera/lens combo of around 2.5kg. It doesn't affect you at 1/650th, but could certainly at 1/30th or slower.
  13. If you talk image quality (sharpness across the frame, chr. aberrations, contrast...) the 23/f2 has most room for improvement. It's not a bad lens, but nothing special either. Wide open it has quite soft edges and corners. Both in sharpness (line pairs) as well as in contrast. The lens also suffers a bit from longitudinal chr. aberration (color fringing). The 23/1.4 MkII is much better in terms of IQ, but bear in mind it is also larger and heavier and if you use it with an X-Pro body, it blocks a fair part of the optical viewfinder. The 35/f2 and 33/f.14 are much closer in terms of IQ. It's just that the f1.4 is a stop faster. One difference though (apart again from size and weight and OVF impact): the 35/f2 has significant focus breathing whereas the 33/f1.4 doesn't. That could be important when you do video work. The great thing about both the 23/f2 and the 35/f2 (and the 50/f2 as well) is their compactness and usability for street photography. Robust little pocketable lenses, weather resistant, decent performance at a reasonable price. Though the f1.4 are still not large lenses, you don't put them in your jeans pocket that easily... Next to that, they're pricy.
  14. Welcome to the forum. First on the camera. The X-T3 and X-T4 are very similar except for a) IBIS in the T4, b) a slightly deeper grip on the T4 and a larger battery, c) the pivoting LCD (that most still photographers dislike) and d) some extended video capabilities on the T4. Because of the LCD, I'd always go for the T3 ;-). Even if it was the same price. In your case both landscape and astro are probably often with a tripod, so you might forfeit on IBIS. Another option when you really want IBIS might be to buy a used X-H1 or an X-S10. Don't worry about the 24MP vs 26MP. In real life you can't tell the difference in 99.9% of the images. Though the X-H1 is an older camera, it is noticeably better build and weather sealed than all other X-cameras. As for lenses, the 16-80 and 70-300 are good lenses, but nothing special. If you can afford it, buy the 16-55 and 50-140 (perhaps even with the 1.4 converter). The 90 is a great lens, but it is a bit of a specialist lens. Unless portrait is a main activity, I wouldn't buy it next to the 50-140. You'll probably won't use it that often. Both the 16-55 and the 50-140 are excellent for portraits in that 50-90mm range. For astro and landscape I'd rather buy the 16/1.4 (instead of the 90). That is a great lens for landscape and astro (virtually no coma) and much better than the 16-55 at 16mm, which is rather 'soft' and has some coma towards the corners. Not ideal for astro. However, when you start with the 16-55 and the 50-140 only, you can get used to the system and decide later on additional lenses. I host workshops for fashion and portrait photography in our studio and I see people carrying bags full of lenses. In practice they use 2 or 3 regularly and the rest rarely.
  15. There's an excellent Zeiss Touit 50mm f2.8 lens for X-mount. The Touit-series isn't 'proper Zeiss' in the views of many Zeiss diehards, but the 50 macro is very good nevertheless. AF speed is somewhere between the Fuji XF80 (quite fast) and the XF60 (slow). It goes to a 1:1 magnification ratio (unlike the XF60).
  16. From what you describe it sounds like dirt/dust is on the EVF panel inside the camera. Normally you can't clean that with a blower. The hybrid viewfinder of the X-Pro (all versions) is a very delicate mechanism. The TFT-panel of the X-Pro2 slides in place when you activate the EVF feature. Though Fujifilm claims that the X-Pro2 is Weather Resistant (WR) they didn't do a very good job. There are three areas that appear esp. sensitive to dust and moist getting into the camera (apart from the mount of course): a) the collar around the on/off switch, b) the back dial and c) the diopter wheel. As soon as there's dirt/dust inside the viewfinder don't try to remove it yourself. Send it to Fuji support for some internal cleaning if it really bugs you, but be prepared to wait for a couple of weeks before your camera is returned. Using strong dust blowers (esp. a can of compressed air) to clean on the inside of a camera often make things worse.
  17. I can recommend the Lumix S1R or the Leica SL2 for this purpose. Both cameras have an excellent in-camera focus stacking capability with almost no work in post needed. Both cameras also have an excellent hi-res mode that combines 8 images into a 184MP raw file in-camera. So there's no additional work in post needed to combine the shots (like with Sony or the GFX100). In my experience it works flawless for landscape and architecture. Even with small movement in the image (like clouds or a passing plane). Finally, both cameras also have an excellent built-in hyperfocal indication and DoF-scale.
  18. I've used the X-H1 for professional fashion and make-up portrait work for a while, but I replaced it (actually almost all my Fuji gear) with a couple of Z7II's. The eye detection AF of the X-H1 is close to useless. It switches eyes erratically and there's no way to control it. I always used face detect that worked reasonably well. The zebra pattern you describe are actually moiré artefacts which is more prone in darker areas esp. at higher ISO-values.. Under those difficult circumstances a 24/26MP or higher APS-C sensor without anti-aliasing filter tends to struggle with this. As for firmware updates, Fuji made it very clear that the X-H1 is in 'maintenance' mode, meaning only updates to accommodate new lenses/flashes or repair blocking bugs. We've been waiting for the Eye AF repair for ages now and Fuji will not do that anymore. Your 3) is certainly not something that can be fixed in firmware. So, don't expect Fuji to issue new firmware updates that will solve any of your comments. I'm not sure what your workflow is (jpeg-based or raw-based) and in case of raw, which software you use? The Fuji skin tones and colors are very nice in jpeg, but skin tones need a lot of work in raw. The jpeg profiles of the Z7 are not as nice as the Fuji film simulations, but the actual skin tones in raw are far easier to work with. We're using Capture One here in our Zürich-based studio.
  19. The 16MP sensor in the X-Pro1 and X-T1 is still widely appreciated for its character. Compared to the later 24 and 26MP sensors, the pixel pitch is quite a bit larger. This impacts the levels of noise reduction and sharpening needed for the images. When moving to the 24/26MP sensors Fuji adopted a slightly different approach. They moved to a more aggressive NR and Sharpening. Advantage is that the images look cleaner and sharper, but the side-effect is that esp. skin (but also other textures) can look 'plasticky' or less organic. To counter this, I set the NR on the 24/26MP X-cameras to -2 or even -3. The sharpening goes to -1 or -2. That solves the jpegs and preview images somewhat. For raw files in Capture One you have far greater control. My recommendation is to set Sharpening to 140-180, Radius to 0.8 (1.0 for 16MP files) and the Threshold to 0 or 0.3 max. Halo Suppression can be around 5-10. For Noise Reduction you can set Lumi NR to 0 for low ISO and up to 50-75 for high ISO images. Set Details and Color to around 50 and use Single Pixel only for long exposures. I don't use LR anymore, so I have no idea of the values there. Since they have a different scale, you can't just copy the numbers between C1 and LR. That way the 24/26MP files come out with a bit more 'organic look' just like the 16MP had from the start. It's usually better to have some 'grain' rather than over-sharpening your images. The higher megapixel cameras, the more critical this gets...
  20. Make sure you have the Performance set to BOOST in the Setup menu. That way, you'll get the highest screen refresh rate in the X-H1. The sensor and the processor are identical in the X-Pro2 and the X-H1. The EVF is not. The X-H1 has a higher res EVF that requires more processing, so technically it could lead to slightly longer blackouts. You might also want to check your focus and exposure settings in the X-H1. Both can also affect the black-out time of the EVF. Focus and Exposure Select focus mode C to vary focus with shot; to vary exposure with each shot, select OFF for BUTTON/DIAL SETTING > SHUTTER AE. Selecting CH in focus mode C restricts the choice of focus frames. Exposure and focus tracking performance may vary with such factors as aperture, sensitivity, and exposure compensation.
  21. This could be a result of a variety of issues: - using defect or incompatible SD cards: make sure you use only the Fujifilm recommended SD cards and format them every time in the camera. Switch off the camera before taking the SD cards out/in. - whenever you take the SD cards out to check images on a computer and put them back in without reformatting, make sure you put the same SD card in the same slot. Don't switch card 1 + 2 if you use 2 cards. - whenever your computer has performed a write action to the card (e.g. deleting images after importing), make sure you reformat the card in the camera. - whenever you only use 1 card, make sure it's in slot 1. - check the menu options in the SET UP/Safe Data Setting menu. Check if your images go to a different folder? - do you experience error messages (like: error writing to card) or unexpected restart requests (like: please turn off your camera)? If so, that could mean a defect in your camera. I've used Fujifilm X and GFX cameras since 2012 (GFX since 2016) for a part of that time also professionally and I've had different issues with some of them related to writing images to SD cards. I can only say that Fujifilm cameras seem more susceptible to these issues, since I've never had this with other brands. For me it was part of the reason to stop using them for professional work. My trusted X-Pro2 will stay with me and never had any of those issues. On the other hand/end, the X-H1 was notorious.
  22. Based on the past release schedule of the X-Pro cameras, I don't expect a new version before 2nd half 2023. The X-Pro3 is a niche camera for Fujifilm and the downward tilting screen was pretty controversial, combined with the steep pricing, leading to much lower sales numbers than the X-Pro2 reached at its peak (according to a friend who runs a large online cameras store in Europe). That could mean either a revised approach (e.g. an X100V-style LCD) or a delay in introduction of the X-Pro4 altogether. By the way, the X-Pro isn't actually a rangefinder camera. That is a term for a specific way of focusing. We could call it 'rangefinder-style' due to the OVF being positioned to the left. If you want a true rangefinder the Leica M cameras are the only current option to my knowledge.
  23. Be aware that (unlike the X-Pro2) the X-E2s is not weather resistant. It's more susceptible to moisture building up in the camera.
  24. When you buy the Pro-version of Capture One, it also has support for tethered shooting with the X-T2. Make sure you have a very good micro-B cable since Fujifilm cameras are very susceptible to cable quality and length. I can recommend the Tethertools cables.
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