How I came to Fuji

Further to my last post, I have been out and about with my new X-T3 and I loved it. All my concerns about my thumb getting in the way whilst I back-button focus from the AF-L button were unfounded. Said digit seemed to not get in the way at all.

To be honest I loved everything about the camera. The huge viewfinder and the speed and accuracy of focusing and the whole feel of the camera were excellent. I did not miss the X-Pro2 one bit.

This all may because I used to have an X-T1 and loved that too. So why did I get the X-Pro2 a couple or so years ago?

For that, we have to go back to when I got the X-E2 and the 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens. I bought it second-hand because I was still only thinking of moving away from Nikon and my D800 and D7100 because of their size and weight and I wanted to try out Fuji. A short while later I bought a second-hand version of the 18-55mm F/2.8-4 zoom lens. The combination of this lens and the X-E2 was a revelation. I began to really love using the Fuji system. As a result, my Nikon equipment was sold and in 2016 I purchased the X-T1, XF18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 and the XF55-200mm F/3.5-4.8.

Just after I purchased the X-T1 the X-T2 was announced, but I stuck with the 1 until 2017 when I thought I might upgrade to the X-T2. It was then that the X-Pro2 came into my line of sight and I just couldn’t make up my mind which one I wanted, X-T2 or the rangefinder-style X-Pro2.

In the end, I went for the X-Pro2 and I really don’t regret it. It is an astonishing camera. But the main reason I decided on this model was because I am left-eye dominant and on the T series some controls are difficult to get to, whereas on the P series the right-hand side of the camera and its controls are easy to access. Having purchased the XPro-2  I then added to my lens collection the XF18, 23 and 35mm F/2 prime lenses.

I was warned and so I did know about the slightly smaller rangefinder on the X-Pro2 with only 16mm eye-relief and to be honest it wasn’t ideal but it didn’t really cause me too many problems, I just move my eye around more to see all the viewfinder. As a matter of interest, the X-E2 had 17mm eye-relief and the X-T1 had 23mm as does the X-T3.

Obviously, I am still on the X-T3 “honeymoon” as it were but I am looking forward to getting out there with it to put it through its paces.


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