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  1. I offer a piece of sage advice: if any of your new gear isn't completely and entirely second-nature to you by the event date, leave it home. Your X-E3 will do a fine job. While different Fujifilm cameras have vast similarities, they are not identical, especially if your new camera body is an SLR form-factor. You can't go wrong with additional lenses, but be very clear to yourself which lens you will reach for in any given situation, or it's then just analysis paralysis on the fly. Fujifilm's XF zooms have great image quality, and will give you great images once you get the light worked out in the venue. My professional wedding photography career began and ended the same night in 2004 when by my best friends hired me to photograph their wedding. I bought new Nikon gear (an F100, N80, four lenses, and four flashes) for the event, but my practice time got used up on a heart attack and two surgeries. My familiar Nikon FE was unserviceable, so I took the new gear to the event, literally not knowing how to operate the unfamiliar electronic features, and suffering indecisiveness on lens selections. I shot 40 rolls of film that night, all of which looked like Kodak snapshots. I have never forgiven myself for failing my best friends, and to punish myself, I never further pursued professional photography. Dennis Green, a former American football coach once said "when opportunity knocks, you gotta have your bags packed". I found that to be true, but new photo gear comes in black cardboard boxes, not packed bags. On the brighter side, Congratulations! Prepare well, and make good on the honor your friends bestowed on you. If anybody gets this right, it's gotta be the Fuji Guy, right?
  2. I just don't get the negative comments on this video over on the Fuji Rumors page. I am mesmerized by the fact that Fujifilm sees photo gear for what it is - tools for those who have passion for photography; and has such high respect for photographers. The gear they produce is icing on the cake. It was fascinating for me to see the creative process, inputs and constraints that shape these marvelous products.
  3. 1. IS Shortcut 2. Focal Length in Information Display 3. Y Axis Level Indicator 4. Multiple Exposures >2 For my purposes, the FujiFilm X-E3 is the most near perfect system on the market. Note that I said "near perfect". I very carefully made my body selection based on feature set and minimalism. The optimal ergonomics was icing on the cake. No other Fujifilm camera body could make me as happy as the X-E3. That doesn't mean I don't think it could be just a little better, and rather than feeling the need of a different camera, I am hopeful for a modestly improved firmware as noted below. 1. IS Shortcut - There is no option to create a shortcut to turn off Image Stabilization via Fn, T-Fn, Q Menu, or MyMenu. XC lenses have no external switch to turn off IS (such as the XF lenses do), so the user must dive into the menu for this. Users who frequently go on and off the tripod currently must make that menu dive each time. As such a user, I would be very grateful for the ability to make such a shortcut. 2. Focal Length in Information Display - This would be helpful to zoom lens users. This information is available in exif, so I assume it can be polled for display. 3. Y Axis Level Indicator - Could be useful for scientific, engineering, or documentary purposes. I've grown so fond of the X Axis indicator, I can't imagine ever being without it again. 4. Multiple Exposures >2 - Fujifilm have done such an amazing job of maintaining the classic features we enjoyed back in the day. As I recall, however, every camera on which I could perform multiple exposures could perform multiple-multiple-exposures. I'd have no problem holding the photographer responsible for the exposure, but a photo with five or six exposures (without software sorcery) is still something I'd like to do on the X-E3. And that's it. These four features gets the X-E3 as close to perfection as I can imagine on it's current hardware base. And I can make a better case for keeping the X-E3 an X-E3 than evolving to an X-E4 (hint: any further hardware feature or feature that appears on other bodies are not "minimalist", which is something that holds high value for me.) Thanks for any consideration, and I'm pulling for you, Fujifilm.
  4. I shot 35 mm film since 1978, and pretty much documented most of my life and the lives of my family. I only shot digital since 2004, and then only point-and-shoot, then later on, with phones. I recently retired, and looking for a way to spend some time, I decided to do some creative photography. I wasted a lot of time and effort to find a digital body to use with a substantial collection of existing Nikon film gear. I just felt like I was going to spend $3k on a body, and still have a 20th century system, so I looked into 21st century mirrorless rigs. I did a hefty amount of research before committing, but Olympus and Fujifilm both made the short list. The deciding factor was the collection of internet user comments. I noticed next to no one reported broken Fujifilm equipment, while Olympus comments not only reported many failures, but also difficulty getting repair services. So, I bought Fujifilm, and I'm beyond happy with it. At the moment, I have an X-E3 w/XF 18-55 kit lens, an XC 50-230 OIS II, and an XC 16-50 OIS II. Not finding any deals on the XF 55-200, I went with the XC because I only shoot the occasional outdoor shot with a lens that long. After experiencing the XC 50-230, I added a used XC 16-50 to use in harsher environments than I feel comfortable subjecting the XF 18-55 to (bad weather, beach sand, etc.). I use the supplied EF-X8 flash for light TTL, but mainly as a commander for an array of flash gear from my film rig. It works flawlessly. The whole system does. I don't think the X-E3 gets as much love as some other models, but it is absolutely the one for me, and its price point had nothing to do with it. I'm coming out of film, and the last thing I need is an overwhelming collection of buttons and menu options. I sought, bought, and expected 'minimalist', as Fujifilm calls it, and not only is the feature set spot-on, the ergonomics of them are optimal for me. I've owned this rig a little over three months now, and I am ALWAYS anxious to get my hands back on it.
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