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Thursday, 06 September 2018

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As a RF user, I would be interested in HEARING when the XPRO-3 will come out (not that I would BUY one.. ha)

And it's a looker!

Another fantastic new camera. This is a great time for digital photographers. But the big question: since most serious photographers already have amazingly good cameras, will the new Nikons, Canons and Fujis be enough of an improvement to convince them to buy new hardware? Will their photography really improve? Compared to, say, 10 years ago, I bet more and more photographers look at their budgets and say "no, why bother."

Have Fujifilm done just enough to get me to upgrade my X-T1 to an X-T3, or should I save £400 and get an X-T2 run out deal? Or have Canon done enough to pursuade me to buy an EOS R?

The perils of having two camera systems and not being mega-rich! The X-T1 has never done enough to convince me to part with my Canon system, there are too many handling annoyances... but then, every time I decide to sell off my X-system I find myself unable to part with those gorgeously tactile XF primes...

I think I need help! ;-)

No IBIS that will be a deal breaker for Mike!

I wonder how this compares to the technology in the X-H1.
I was startled to see the amount of negative comments about the X-H1 in fuji forums.

Not to be outdone by Nikon, then Canon, Fuji - now having waited until patience can no longer stand it anymore - made its release.

Fourth player Sony, which I am sure will not want to be left labelled as not keeping up with the times, will want to launch another torpedo.

Leica, all this time in a different league, are entertaining folks with deep pockets all manner of fine wines, canapes, entertainment, and interesting guest speakers. It seems that anything badged with a little red dot sells.

As you feared, no IBIS.
Looks good otherwise, but I won't be buying one.

The latest Fuji would certainly beat out the Nikon Z and Canon RF in a beauty contest. This shouldn’t matter, but it does.

“boasts the highest performance in the history of X Series."

I’m reminded of Apple always used to say: “This is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made.”
Well, duh. Why would they make a slower one when processors continually progress?

The reason IBIS is not in the X-T3 is two-fold:

1) IBIS has an impact, to some degree, on outright image quality (this is also why Panasonic did not put IBIS GH5S). The IBIS mechanism that Fujiflm specifically designed to minimize the impact on absolute image quality has a specified engineering requirement that the camera frame/body shell be 8mm thicker than the X-T2/X-T3 body to accomodate the IBIS mech. This is also why there is not, much to the chagrin of YouTube talking heads, no flippy LCD screen on the X-T3, because it would also have to be thicker so as to not interfere with the video and data interface ports on the left side of the camera. Based on input from customers, Fujifilm did not want to make the X-T3 body thicker (and therefore, also heavier) than the X-T2. Hence, no IBIS or flippy screen.

2) IBIS would have added at least $200 to the retail price of the camera, putting it out of the price range that Fujifilm wanted to sell the camera.

@louis mccullagh: The purpose for the X-H1 is misinderstood by many X-T series owners. Its viewed by them as a line extension to the X-T series, when in fact, its actually an APS-C version of the GFX 50S, what I refer to as a "hard-core" professional body; for folks like photojournalists, sports, commercial studio and professional videographers. I have a very demanding set of requirements for motorsports photojournalism work, and the X-H1 is the best Fuji X-cam I've used to date. Because its built to achieve and maintain incredibly tight optical tolerances (less than 0.1 micron) for the lenses it was specifically designed for (e.g. the Fujinon 20mm f/2.0 and MK cine lenses), its capable of fully extracting maximal image quality from Fujinon lenses, and as a result, produces truly outstanding image quality that has many of the attributes of the medium-format GFX50S. It also has the best control set, viewfinder, ergonomics, build quality, and durability of any interchangeable lens Fuji X-cam I've ever used.

The image gallery for the X-T3 on Dpr leaves a lot to be desired sadly. It shows some old issues popping up again, like weird artifacts in areas of foliage, the Jpegs look to get 'smudgier' as ISO goes up too

+1 for Mr. Scharf’s comments on the X-H1. Its the best platform they’ve yet made for XF lenses. I can see the visible difference in the files when using the bigger, heavier red label zooms, especially the no OIS 2.8/16-55mm. Having a big grip, more mass and 3 batteries helps as well. It’s an excellent video platform too, even handheld; X-T3 won’t be in the same league.

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