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I bought the XH1 with the vertical grip and extras at the $999 last year. Planned on an update of my GH4 that I've used at my guitar shop (and taken over 100k photos and hundreds of videos with). I still haven't quite got the look I want with the Fuji, but it took me a long while to get the GH4 sorted to make the photos I wanted also. Eventually the Fuji will become my guitar camera probably until I retire (if that ever happens).

Suggestion: dump the hoods that come with the 35/2 and 23/2 and buy the optional Fuji vented hoods. They are superb, metal, beautiful, Leica-like from when Leica made this type of hood. They're kinda expensive for what they are but I think they're worth the price. Those lovely little Fujicrons deserve hoods like this.

We Three: My Shadow, My Dog and Me

Hey, Mike, I bought two of the X-H1 kits last summer, and should have probably gotten three. I use them every day for work -- well, okay, these days "work" is an odd concept. (I'm shooting birds at the feeders with a 100-400 and the 1.4x converter -- keeps me moderately sane.)

The X-H1 is an excellent all-around camera. It's not as enjoyable to shoot as my X Pro 2 bodies, and the image quality doesn't touch the GFX100, but it'll handle any most assignment with aplomb. Glad I got them, even better on sale. I think I can finish out my career with them.

I too bought the XH1 on $999 closeout. I started with an XPro2 and the 35mm "cron" but couldn't resist the XH. Once I tried the XH and saw the the improvement in the EVF over the Pro2 I knew I'd get a Pro3 when it was announced. Now I use both. The XH is a very very good camera and that shutter, wow super silky smooth and quiet.
I can't at all understand people who complain it's large. It isn't even large with the grip but I still have and use FF Nikon D3/4's. Those are large. What did those people shoot before, Minox?
I have all three Fujicrons now and also bought the 35mm 1.4 I had rented from LensRentals. I know, two of the same length lenses but they are different and the Pro3 really does focus that lens faster than the XH.
Keep it up with the XH. It's only complicated if you make it that way.

I bought two, both open box or demo when I managed to sell my X-T1's. I really miss the exposure compensation dial; the X-H1 is somewhat clunky by comparison - twiddling the dial is likely to depress it, setting it partway to where I want it. Lens hoods and EVF - I don't know what's making it so hard for me to use a polarizer but I find it clumsy and hard to set. And that's the worst I can say - it's a great tool. Usually I go out without the grip or an extra battery. No power, wrong lens? No worries, no job on the line.

For my daily constitutional I walk over to the local park and take a few laps. Yesterday I found that someone had placed colorfully painted rocks at each corner of the park and on each rock is hand painted a single word… Strength, Trust, Faith, Hope…

Someone in the neighborhood is sure looking out for the rest of us. Thank you, whoever you are. I think I’ll take my camera on my walk tomorrow.

"cut a deuce" is a new one for me.

Lovely post about your walk, cheered me up.

My old camera mostly died back at the beginning of February, so I got a new one just before the lockdown - and consequently barely used it since. Just enough to realise that everything is just slightly different, which makes it rather counter-intuitive to use, which will take a lot of time to overcome.

"You might be happy to know I put a Fujicron on the Fuji and a leash on the dog and took them for a walk yesterday evening."

I am. And you've reminded me that I must do the same later (but without a dog).

"All my pictures are just so much the kind of picture I would take."

You know as well as I do that people who practice their craft diligently do not create a masterpiece every day. Or even every other day.

That detents detail is just lovely. This is why Fuji is regarded as the "new Leica". The tiny glass cover for the Leica M3 frame counter is a magnifying glass, to make the numbers easier to read. Who thinks of that indeed.

Every time I get tempted by a Fuji I remember their proprietary raw file format and move on.

I agree with everything you said about the X-H1. It is a great camera, and I was fortunate enough to get one in truly like-new condition, with the battery grip, for a price that was almost too good to be true from an individual seller.

I will never need another camera. (Which, of course, doesn't mean I will never get one!)

I did take advantage of the $999.00 X-H1 sale price last year and I am so glad I did. I find the need for IBIS more often these days due to nerve damage and aging.
In hindsight, it was a great move, as the screen design changes Fujifilm implemented in the V4 XT do not appeal to me at all. It seems they decided to appeal to Youtubers, forsaking the Stills photographer with that decision.
For the first time in a long time, I was able to resist the temptation to upgrade to the latest models. My cadre of 24mp Fujifilm bodies have enough resolution, and the XH-1 IBIS completes the set. It also has the same higher resolution EVF as the current models - another plus!

Hi Mike. What a smile inducing post!

You can delete this next part if you wish. It's just for fun.
I've been playing around with some old songs as time killers.
This is to the tune of World Without Love by Peter And Gordon…..

I’ve been locked away - - and surely I will stay,
here inside, where i’ll hide, from that bad virus.
I don’t care what they say, I won’t live in a world full of germs

Birds sing out of tune - - and rain clouds bring more gloom,
that’s OK, here I’ll stay, without getting dressed.
I don’t care what they say, I won’t live in a world full of germs

So I wait, and in a while
I will see the grandkids’ smile
They’ll FaceTime, I know not when,
When they do it’s great, so listen once again…

Stay safely away - - waiting for the day,
when it’s safe, for us all, to go out again.
I don’t care what they say, I won’t live in a world full of germs

..."What more could anybody reasonably want in a lens?"

How about a nice subject to see through said lens.

Happy Easter!

"Did anyone buy an X-H1 when it was on closeout?"
I did, and it was directly attributable to your TOP article describing how much you liked the X-H1!
So, I got the X-H1 body, the battery grip, and three batteries. The IBIS is everything I hoped it would be, and the X-H1 is the only camera I've used since I got it.
Still, my "perfect" Fuji camera would be an X-E4, featuring IBIS and tilt screen. The word is, though, that there won't be any more X-E's made, so there's one I won't have to buy...

Love that lens.

"It strikes me as a simply amazing camera; virtually everything on it is well thought out and beautifully implemented, and works smoothly and effectively.

Well, yeah. If memory serves, I've been posting to that effect here for over 2 years now.

It's also...durable and rugged. Trust me, I know.

I bought mine at the full retail price the month it shipped in Q1, 2018. No regrets whatsoever. Mine has been used for everything from motor racing to architectural to dance photography.

IMHO, one of the best cameras Fuji has ever made and that I've ever used.

Hey Mike,

I quite like the photo of the shadows of you and Butters out for a walk: simple, unpretentious, nothing "arty" about it, just, well, "sweet."

It doesn't get much better than that … (IMHO, YMMV)

@James: "World Without Love" was written by Lennon & McCartney, although never recorded by them. Peter Asher (of "Peter and ...") was the brother of Paul McCartney's girlfriend, Jane Asher.

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