Let me first introduce myself. 57 years and amateur photographer since the age of 12, although with intervals. My passion lies with portrait, fashion, street and urban landscape. All stills photography, almost no video.
I started with an Olympus OM1 (which I still have and occasionally use) but have been around the block: from Olympus to Nikon to Pentax to Minolta to Canon and Leica. I took a few years off of photography, until someone lend me his X-Pro1 for a day. It reminded me of my M6 and M8. The X-Pro1 was far from perfect. However the camera grew on me and the image quality was so beautiful that it kept me wanting to shoot more.
When the X-Pro2 came along I immediately upgraded and after a year or so I added an X-T2, which later on I swapped for an X-H1. The X-H1 is a bit big for Fuji standards, but after the EOS 5D its a breeze. In the meanwhile I own 9 XF lenses. Mostly primes, but also the 16-55 (hence the X-H1 for its IBIS). 90mm is the longest focal length I need (and have).
For me the X-H1 also marks the transition point of Fujifilm. From this point onwards Fuji started to lose me. Let me explain.
First of all next to the X-T10/20/30 Fuji launched the X-T100/200 line rendering the beautiful X-E line redundant and from what I hear, repealed soon. I understand the commercial viability of video capabilities and a DSLR-style over a rangefinder-style, but speaking of crowded market segments...
Next to that Fuji launched the X-T3 only a few months after introducing the X-H1. I would have understood this if the hybrid X-H1 had the 26Mp sensor soon followed by the X-T3 with a similar sensor. But cannibalizing a flagship model within half a year or so, dramatically drop its price and discard of any meaningful firmware update for more than 1.5 years, is an insult to buyers. That kind of corporate behaviour is what we previously accused Nikon, Canon and Sony for, but they’ve bettered their lifes.
It seems that history is repeating itself with the new X-T4 versus the X-T3. In a few years Fuji went from “video as an after-thougth” to “video-first”. There’s little progress in the X-T4 when it comes to stills. You could even say some degress: the fully articulating screen is not for stills photographers. Occasionally ‘killing your darlings’ is part of progress, but this almost feels like leaving a group of customers behind.
In the meanwhile Fuji also launched the X-Pro3. I can dig dropping the d-pad and the reversed tilted screen. The titanium top- and bottom plates are a nice touch, but add little to the quality of the camera. What I can’t understand is getting rid of the dual magnification for the OVF. That renders any lens wider than 23mm or longer than 50mm useless in combination with the OVF, which is the main attraction of the X-Pro3. Leica already understood this decades ago...
Probably Fuji’s best matured camera is the X100V. The style, new lens and tilted screen has defined today’s ultimate street camera. In fact I even consider swapping my beloved X-Pro2 for an X100V. The X100V shows that clearly defining a product line and improve and innovate on a regular basis is a better strategy than creating new and mixing existing product lines. It also makes it easier to maintain a stable pricing strategy.
My hope is now on the X-H2 to restore ratio in Fuji’s product line-up and break with the recent ‘video-first’ mantra. However, considering the X-H was meant to be the hybrid stills/video camera, I fear the worst. I guess I’m part of a dying breed but Fuji please don’t make me want to buy an A7R...
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?
By Mr Michael
Hi, I understand that the x-pro 3 can now combine up to 9 exposures with different blending modes in-camera. I'm very interested in this feature for creative use for which I have had to depend upon Canon up until now. Reading through the manual doesn't answer all of my questions and there isn't currently a demo model available where I live.
Can the final composite image be in raw file format or is jpeg only offered?
Can multiple exposure be assigned to one of the function buttons?
I would be very grateful if someone who has the new camera can contribute to our understanding of how Fujifilm have implemented the multiple exposure feature. I am sure that this can attract new users to the brand.
By Sam Johnson
The X-Pro3's unique design has me really excited for the X-H2. FujiRumors near constant insistence that the X-H2 *might* not be coming in 2020 leads me to a few wild speculations:
They're going for something completely different with the X-H2, it seems obvious to just make an X-H1 with the updated X-Trans4/X-Processor4 tech, if that was the plan FR sources could be more definitive on release timeline than just "eh, maybe 2020, maybe not."
The uncertainty in my mind means they don't yet know the full design/tech of the camera. Maybe they're going for a more video oriented body with a new layout we've not yet even considered (ala X-Pro3's radical redesign), maybe (finger's crossed) they're waiting for X-Trans5 or X-Processor5 tech to be ready and skipping the X-T3's video tech entirely to come out with a major video upgrade and not just an X-T3 with IBIS (lovely as that sounds). It would make sense as their original goal with the X-H1 was to entice pro photographers to switch, however they screwed up because they used 2 year old tech in the process. Why do the same thing with X-H2? The X-Pro2 skipped the X-Trans2 sensor and was the first camera featuring the X-Trans3/X-ProcessorPro system and it was a massive success, still selling new units damn near 4 years later.
I know an X-T3 with IBIS/pro body sounds awesome but how much better would it be to have a totally unique new camera geared towards video the same way the X-Pro3 is geared towards Photography?
The only drawback I can see is we're probably looking at a late 2020/early 2021 release date in the best case scenario. I say it's worth the wait.
I have an X-T10 that stopped dead last week seemingly out of the blue. Went through all the basics... battery charged, repeatedly trying off/on, connecting to Laptop via USB, W/wo lens, w/wo SD card... no sign of life whatsoever. Upon careful examination, I could hear something loose inside. Removed the battery, SD card, and lens and capped it, and proceeded to disassemble it following a youtube video I found of somebody fixing a broken playback button. Anyhow, with the bottom and back off, out rolls a maybe 7mm long silver screw. I am an electrical engineer and tinkerer by trade, so I began tracing power and noted that the fuse on the main board was blown open, my guess being that screw crossed power supply components on the main board to blow it. Still working through disassembling further to try to figure out where the loose screw belongs. Jumpered out the fuse and see power rails come up on the main board, though not sure yet if there is other damage. Anyhow, long background to a few questions:
Have many others seen similar sudden deaths with their X-series cameras? I invested in a few lenses and hoped the body would go more than a few years without serious heartache. Does anyone know of a source for an electrical schematic, service manual, or parts list for the X-T10. Does anyone know of a source for parts for out of warranty FujiFilm Cameras, other than looking for a broken donor body on Ebay? I see some parts (circuit boards, components, etc) online shipping from China, but not sure of their original source or for the money if I'd trust them. Addition 3 days later: The loose screw was from up in the top securing the eyelet that the strap attaches to on the shutter side. It must have shorted some components and done some damage while loose because even with the fuse replaced , the camera is not right. Powers on with a blank screen, and after pushing buttons it seemingly randomly will come to a screen as if taking a picture, but solid white (even with lens cap on). Can get into menus and change them, and can playback shots on the SD card, but cannot take a pciture or see anything but white. Tried re-writing the firmware to it as a last ditch effort, with no improvement. Thinking it's toast at a level beyond my repair capabilities at this point. Sad to think that for a drop or two of thread lock on that screw at the factory, this failure could have been avoided.
Final notes: Found 2 other fuses on the back side of the main board, and one was also blown. Replaced it (as well as the main one on the top side) and my camera is alive again!!