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  1. Paul, I looked at some of your work on Flickr. It is my amateur opinion that the X-T1 with an old and beat up 18-55 did not hold you back in the least. It just seems that talent trumps gear every single time.
  2. Jim, I'll start off by saying I'm completely in the tank for the X-E3, so my opinion is anything but objective. When I came to Fujifilm, I selected the X-E3 very carefully to suit my specific needs and best value. I was careful to NOT compare the X-E3 to other models because every model matches a different set of needs. In that regard, I never compared the X-E3 ergonomics to another Fujifilm model, with or without the D-Pad. However, I migrated from Nikon where I did have a D-Pad, and I do not miss it at all on the X-E3. In fact, I find X-E3 ergonomics to be optimal; I really don't think they can any more efficient than they are. For me, I think the addition of a D-Pad would actually slow me down. In shopping for a spare body, I rejected the X-E2s because of the D-Pad and placement of the other buttons. It just felt clumsy to me compared to the X-E3. I believe the X-E3 at $500 USD is one of the best value opportunities in the market. I am buying another X-E3 at this price, so I'm putting my money where my mouth is. And my hope for the upcoming X-E4? I just hope it's the X-E3 just as it is.
  3. I don't use neither the X-T3 or Godox flash equipment, but as there are no other suggestions, I have a wild guess for you. If you set the camera flash menu to "Commander Mode", does this help you? I use a legacy flash array triggered by an EF-X8 on an X-E3, and I am amazed that the light from the trigger or the AF never enter the exposure. The deal with Commander Mode is that all this gets out of the way before the flash and exposure begin. As I said, it's just a hunch.
  4. I am not quite a year into my Fujifilm experience, and I find myself in a place I didn't expect to be. As I grow my lens collection, I find I am preferring XC lenses over the XF counterparts. I am using three of them; a 50-230, a 16-50, and the new 35 mm f2. I like them all, but I am wondering about that plastic lens mount. Has anyone here ever broken one? Is it feasible to replace it with the metal mount from a junked XF lens?
  5. I am elated to hear the X-E4 might be back on the roadmap. I am very excited the form factor lives. Fujifilm, please remember, the X-E is MINIMALIST. We know you can put nearly un-imaginable features in a camera, but you already did that to about a dozen other models. I think X-E users love those cameras because of what isn't on them.
  6. Where is this lens failing you, focal length or speed? Besides the XF100-400 or a teleconverter, I don't know of a Fuji branded solution. I'm not bird guy, but I take, or did take, a few outdoor action shots, and I find the 50-230 more than adequate.
  7. Your logic makes sense here. It appears to me that Fujifilm is gobsmacked by video right now, and seem to be forgetting that some of their customers enjoy taking photographs with small cameras, and really not interested in 4k selfies. I love the X-E because when I take photos, it just holds my beer (photos), and gets out of my way.
  8. There are a few guys I regard as both knowledgeable and friendly toward Fujifilm gear. Theora Apophosis, Omar Gonzales, Bigheadtaco, Three Blindmen and an Elephant, and the Fuji Guys all come to mind. Of those, Ken Wheeler (Theora Apophosis) stands out for me with his technical acumen, and he has even written an ebook on Fujifilm gear. He is not palatable to everyone, as he is very blunt, and not apologetic for it.
  9. I think Fujifilm was seeking to mimic form factors popular with photographers of yesteryear. They certainly have the engineering chops to put a viewfinder anywhere they want; I wouldn't doubt one of those guys has an X-T4 on his desk with a wireless hi-res viewfinder in a pair of Virtual Reality game glasses.
  10. I've never been pro, although I considered it briefly as I contemplated a career change in 2004. I retired a year ago, and decided I was going to to be a very active enthusiast of creative photography the rest of my life. I'm monogamous by nature; I used my Nikon FE for 37 years before going digital with the X-E3. I just ordered a new X-E3, so I will have a spare, but I will be forever chaffed by the fact that I can never replace them. I will remain a Fuji customer, and while I am very impressed by Fujifilm's recent accomplishments, I invite all the photographers on this thread to join me in voicing a great big "RASPBERRIES" to Fujifilm for leaving this form factor, and by extension, us, in their rear view mirror. I feel betrayed, abandoned, and disappointed that Fujifilm failed to make this a viable form factor. Alright, I'm going back to my room again.......
  11. Well, we just got the answer to this question. As reported on Fuji Rumors 3 March 2020, the X-Ex line is discontinued. Done. Finis. Auf wiedersehen. I am really upset over this. To force upon me unnecessary features is no appeasement to denying me brilliant simplicity. I understand the decisions they make as a business; apparently, they are less tolerant of the decisions I make as a photographer. I'm going to my room now. Leave me alone. And get off my lawn......
  12. Hi Alex, I've been shooting 42 years now, albeit all amateur. When I started out in 1978, automatic exposure was just coming of age, and most of the major brands were using aperture priority. Canon tried to appeal more to action photographers with shutter priority. Flash guys were relegated to manual only. At least that's how I remember it. Back then, cameras had one auto mode and manual mode. Nearly all formal training was done on manual mode only. Today's phenomenal cameras have it all, and on top of all that, many have the capability to identify scenes, faces, and eyes, and do some subject tracking. Throw in autofocus, and it can be overwhelming at first. Now add video ........... Today, I think many pro-tographers (see what I did there?) use aperture priority for relatively still subjects, and the action guys use shutter priority. I use flash mostly, so I'm on manual most of the time. To actually answer your question, I would use aperture priority for your landscape work, and shutter priority for your action work. It furthermore sounds like you need to get more familiar with the autofocus and metering modes of your camera to capture stellar action shots. I recall watching a few YouTube videos by FujiFilm X-Photographer Dan Bailey on shooting action. I recommend them for your bike work.
  13. Do they appear overexposed visually, or does editing software measure them as overexposed?
  14. As I watch update after update and new model after new model, I wonder the same thing. I also wonder how driven I might be to buy such a new model. I get excited at all the new announcements, but as they occur, I realize two things: first, much of the new improvements are already in the X-E3*; and second, I don't need any of those new features. I like my X-E3 just as it is, except for a missing quick menu option that annoys me. * = well, that was true for awhile for firmware items, but many of the new hardware features are pretty amazing. As for what an X-E4 might be, all I can think of is the is the higher power sensor/processor for better autofocus and video. Anything more, and they will crossing over into more premium models that already exist. I'm thinking of another body for family members to use, but if I had an X-E3 and X-E_something_else to choose from, I would likely select the X-E3 again, maybe in black this time.
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