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New, Rather Expensive ($1,699) Pseudo Rangefinder Fujifilm X-Pro2 Leaves Me Cold.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and view here. From the DPReview analysis. Use link below to access full, excellent, review. Seeing the LENS in the viewfinder would drive me BATS!

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assessment of the Fuji X-Pro2.

Given that I (think) I have convinced myself that my next camera will be a Fuji X-T1 or ITS SUCCESSOR, I spent a lot of time and effort learning about the newly announced Fuji X-Pro2 given that I, like many, believe that the ‘X-T2’ would have similar specs. I have been baffled by the unstinted enthusiasm I have seen for the X-Pro2. I just can’t get it — as I have already said earlier.

It is NOT a rangefinder. It just looks like a rangefinder and as such has all of the FLAWS of a rangefinder WITHOUT the one big advantage of that genre, spot-on ‘image superimposition‘ focusing. Instead the X-Pro2, like the X-Pro1, has this hybrid OVF/EVF — albeit with refinements in the ‘2’. Do NOT get it. Yes, I am the first to admit it. I, since the Apple Mac pioneered this revolutionary concept 3 decades ago, have been a confirmed WYSIWYG guy. I like, at all times, to see exactly what I am getting or hoping to get. Since September 2015 when I switched, irrevocably, to ‘mirrorless‘ I have been in awe of the delights of using EVFs. I like to change WB etc. and see exactly what I can expect. Seeing the lens in my OVF would drive me bats. Plus I want to see the entire image I am shooting, full-frame, in my viewfinder — not within some white lines.

And then another thing I never understood, and could not properly rationalize, BUT has been mentioned in a number of X-Pro1 vs. X-T1 reviews that I have studied. The X-T1, invariably, delivers slightly better image quality than the X-Pro1. Don’t know why and none of the reviewers explained. Of course the X-Pro2, with better specs, should beat the X-T1 for now. But what I wonder is will an ‘X-T2’ with X-Pro2 like specs end up with better picture quality.

I just can’t see myself with an X-Pro2. To I it would be a regressive step. I tried very hard to convince myself that I could like the X-Pro2, BUT I can’t. IF there is to be no X-T2 I would rather get a X-T1, and save myself some serious dough, than get a X-Pro2. So that is where I stand for now. But many of my past claims about what camera I would get next have proved to be invalid. So time will tell. For now I am waiting for a X-T2. 

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by Anura Guruge

Fujifilm X-Pro 2, Alleged To Be Announced In A Few Weeks, Does Not Make Any Sense.

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Yes, now that I have CONVINCED myself that my next BIG camera (not counting a ‘GoPro’ equivalent I just bought because the girls want one for Christmas) will the supposed Fuji X-T2 I am, of course, doing my diligence on Fuji and their cameras.

I have done some, though not extensive, research on the X-T1 vs. X-Pro 1. From everything I can see the X-Pro 1 is now a folly. The X-T1 is superior to it in every way other than for the fact that it does NOT look like an old rangefinder and does not have an Optical Viewfinder (OVF). Got that. I have to believe that Fuji no longer sells many X-Pro 1s. That is fine and fair. Most people who want a Fuji X-family camera are probably opting, despite the higher price, for the X-T1.

To bring out a X-Pro 2, especially without 4K video (though that bothers me naught), does not make sense. From my research the ONLY meaningful improvement that the X-Pro 2 will have over the X-Pro 1 is higher resolution — at least 24MP vs. the current 16MP. Yes, of course, that is never to be sneezed at. 16MP is on the low side and 24MP, in 2016, is ‘Goldilocks’.

But the PRIME APPEAL of the X-Pro is its retro look. My contention is that those that like the retro look probably already think that 16MP is way beyond what they need. Lets face it you can take some pretty fine images with 16MP.

The reason I am waiting for the X-T2 is the higher resolution. But as we already discussed the X-T1 is a better camera, technically and in practice, that the X-Pro 1. So a X-T2 makes a lot of sense. Not so a X-Pro 2.

Just like the rather stupid a68 Sony announced last month. Marginal cameras searching for a niche. These Japanese camera manufacturers, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, as I broached upon yesterday, really are in need of some ADULT supervision. Just remember camera companies can go UNDER. Kodak. Polaroid.