“Today I thought I try to balance out the X-Pro3 sh*tstorm, by sharing a few stories of people, who actually either like or understand (and hence accept) the new X-Pro3 hidden tilt screen concept.
If you ask me personally, I admit that my first reaction was also something like “what the heck is this?”
But you know what I have learned from reading the massive (and brilliant) essays of Michel de Montaigne?
I have learned that we should try to “suspend our judgment”….”
Suspension of judgement is exactly what is needed in this moment between Fujifilm revealing the X-Pro3 at its recent X Summit Shibuya 2019 and the first appearance of production versions of the camera in the specialist media and retailers.
Fujifilm is clearly going through a process of differentiation and granulation with its current and coming camera offerings, pushing the X-Pro series even further into rangefinder photography camera territory.
When the X-Pro1 was released, there was no X-Tn series and certainly no X-Hn series, and no mention at all of any possible GFX medium format cameras.
All our hopes were in the one basket but now there are non-rangefinder-style alternatives like the X-T3, X-T30 and soon, hopefully, the X-H2 to realize all the promise revealed in the X-H1 that was thwarted somewhat by its X-T2 generation sensor and processor.
I still love shooting 4K video with my X-Pro2 when needed and when it is the only camera I am carrying at the time, which is almost every day, and was saddened by the limited video functionality Fujifilm gave us in the relevant firmware update, but heavy video production requires the use of cameras with heavyweight video firmware functionality.
Right now, the Fujifilm X-T3 makes an excellent Super 35 video camera for use with gimbals and other forms of traditional stabilization via hardware, and OIS-equipped zoom lenses are also a good solution when shooting handheld video.
The coming Fujifilm X-H2 needs to take a leaf from Panasonic’s book, learning the lessons of the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5, the GH5S and the S1H and then surpassing them with all the hardware features and firmware functionality required for handheld or heavily-rigged video production.
I am looking forward to learning more about the X-Pro3’s improved optical viewfinder and especially its improved electronic viewfinder, the latter one of the weakest aspects of the X-Pro2 despite its other many strengths as a documentary camera.
- Denae & Andrew – The X-Pro 3 solves a MAJOR concern I’ve had with Fuji – video
- Fuji Rumors – Some LOVE the Fujifilm X-Pro3, and Here is Why!
- Fujifilm X – X Summit Shibuya, Sept. 20th, 1PM GMT
- FUJIFILM X Series – Live from Tokyo: X Summit SHIBUYA 2019 / FUJIFILM – video live stream – “Following the first round in Dubai, we are pleased to announce that the second X Summit will be held on September 20th 1PM GMT! This time, the X Summit will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo -the mecca of street photography in Tokyo.”
- Gajan Balan – Fuji X-Pro 3 Revealed // How Accurate Was I? HONEST Reaction and Thoughts – video
- Gemini Connect – Fujifilm X-Pro3 is coming out – Who is this camera for? – video
- Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions – FujiFilm X-Pro2: NOW I Understand, 2 Years Later – video – “So many of you have suggested I go hands-on with Fuji’s modern interpretation of the Leica M rangefinder that I finally reached out to Fuji to get one — along with the trio of “Fujicrons,” the 23, 35 and 50 f/2s. I’m glad you did. I “get it” now.”