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    Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    I test drove the Fuji X-Pro2 for a few days. Coming from an extensive kit of FF DSLR's and Medium Format Hasselblad, I was intrigued by the Rangefinder design and the Hybrid EVF/OVF. Out of the box, I was a fan. The camera is small enough, I like the styling. The grip is adequate, but not great. Turning the camera on, I'm still a fan. The AF is very fast and the EVF is clean and crisp. The one lever switch to OVF from EVF is simple enough. Images, out of camera, I'm still a fan. They look great. The 35mm f2 is a nice lens. Light and sharp. Balances well with the camera. The ability to apply film styles is innovative. The ability to process RAW images in camera is impressive.

    So where am I not a fan? Basically it's simplicity and ease of use. The camera just has too much stuff. It's trying to be all things to all photographers. I think it lost the essence of a Rangefinder. There are way to many buttons and each button does way to many things. The wheels scroll and push. There are 7 function buttons, yet no way (that I could find) to back button focus. The spacing on the buttons are awkward. The menu systems are organized, but ridiculously deep. To me there is just to much. This was the camera that was created by designers listening to every nit feature that customers could dream up. It might be a technological tour de force, but the camera has no Soul. I ended up returning it. I wanted it as the camera I would drop on the passenger seat every time I went out. After two days, I knew that wouldn't be the case. It's a great camera, but it just doesn't work for me.

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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    That's odd. I find the X Pro2 just as simple to use as my Mamiya 6 rangefinder. You actually do not have to use all the buttons and menu options.

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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    Perhaps you should give the XT2 a try instead. I've owned a couple Hasselblad MFD's, a Phase One, Nikon D800, Sony A7 series, M9 and Q. I'm sure they're other digital cameras, but none as satisfying as shooting with a Fuji XT2. No diving into menus for the essentials. ISO, comp. and shutter dials are right there. They also have speed modes and bracketing switches right on top. An amazing weather resistant lens selection and incredibly built cameras using metal not plastic! Lenses imo, are as nicely built as Leica and are less expensive then almost every other manufacture. I can shoot at 8fps and use gorgeous lenses in inclement weather without thinking twice. I won't bother with MFD because at 16x24 there's no difference in image quality. If I need bigger wall sized photos for galleries or clients. I shoot with MF film cameras. The XT2 also has a battery grip that adds performance. After all that gear, this is the camera I bring everywhere. It's also given me peace of mind because i'm not chasing tech anymore or cringing at depreciation of the obscene marketing of MFD. That's not to say I won't be tempted by an XT3

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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    That's odd. I find the X Pro2 just as simple to use as my Mamiya 6 rangefinder. You actually do not have to use all the buttons and menu options.
    I decided to give it another try. I reread he manual and I can simplify my use of the camera. One thing I haven't figured out is if the camera can be set to back button focus in AFC mode. Doesn't look like it, but when reviewer on You Tune said it was possible.

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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    Not sure if this is your focus question or not but I'd for sure swap functions of the AFL button on the far right back of the camera with the AEL button closer to mid camera. That way I could use my thumb for focus as I do on my Nikon D3.

    I had rented an X100F for a recent trip and used the AF/AE button on back to focus. That worked great. Between that button and the toggle for moving focus points it was very much like the Nikon.

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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    Quote Originally Posted by mkerouac View Post
    I test drove the Fuji X-Pro2 for a few days. Coming from an extensive kit of FF DSLR's and Medium Format Hasselblad, I was intrigued by the Rangefinder design and the Hybrid EVF/OVF. Out of the box, I was a fan. The camera is small enough, I like the styling. The grip is adequate, but not great. Turning the camera on, I'm still a fan. The AF is very fast and the EVF is clean and crisp. The one lever switch to OVF from EVF is simple enough. Images, out of camera, I'm still a fan. They look great. The 35mm f2 is a nice lens. Light and sharp. Balances well with the camera. The ability to apply film styles is innovative. The ability to process RAW images in camera is impressive.

    So where am I not a fan? Basically it's simplicity and ease of use. The camera just has too much stuff. It's trying to be all things to all photographers. I think it lost the essence of a Rangefinder. There are way to many buttons and each button does way to many things. The wheels scroll and push. There are 7 function buttons, yet no way (that I could find) to back button focus. The spacing on the buttons are awkward. The menu systems are organized, but ridiculously deep. To me there is just to much. This was the camera that was created by designers listening to every nit feature that customers could dream up. It might be a technological tour de force, but the camera has no Soul. I ended up returning it. I wanted it as the camera I would drop on the passenger seat every time I went out. After two days, I knew that wouldn't be the case. It's a great camera, but it just doesn't work for me.
    This seems to be a typical 2 days user reaction. Granted there is a learning curve at first, it was for me buying X-Pro2 after selling M 240 and placing order for M10. But, after a while using it I could not go back to rangefinder with its inaccurate frame lines, removable bottom plate and illogical frame line selector, size would be the only plus. X-Pro2 made me to cancel M10 and now I am in the process ordering Leica SL. X-Pro2 can be setup for as simple operation as you like it.
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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    Quote Originally Posted by mkerouac View Post
    I test drove the Fuji X-Pro2 for a few days. Coming from an extensive kit of FF DSLR's and Medium Format Hasselblad, I was intrigued by the Rangefinder design and the Hybrid EVF/OVF. Out of the box, I was a fan. The camera is small enough, I like the styling. The grip is adequate, but not great. Turning the camera on, I'm still a fan. The AF is very fast and the EVF is clean and crisp. The one lever switch to OVF from EVF is simple enough. Images, out of camera, I'm still a fan. They look great. The 35mm f2 is a nice lens. Light and sharp. Balances well with the camera. The ability to apply film styles is innovative. The ability to process RAW images in camera is impressive.

    So where am I not a fan? Basically it's simplicity and ease of use. The camera just has too much stuff. It's trying to be all things to all photographers. I think it lost the essence of a Rangefinder. There are way to many buttons and each button does way to many things. The wheels scroll and push. There are 7 function buttons, yet no way (that I could find) to back button focus. The spacing on the buttons are awkward. The menu systems are organized, but ridiculously deep. To me there is just to much. This was the camera that was created by designers listening to every nit feature that customers could dream up. It might be a technological tour de force, but the camera has no Soul. I ended up returning it. I wanted it as the camera I would drop on the passenger seat every time I went out. After two days, I knew that wouldn't be the case. It's a great camera, but it just doesn't work for me.
    Well. I think that everyone could just use the functions on a camera what they really need. I never ever had this problem with any of my (unfortunately very many) cameras and systems. AND especially with the Fuji's you have the Q menu that gives you just the most important functions at your fingertips.

    So I do not understand these types of complaints. Actually I think a Leica M10 might be just the ideal camera for you, definitely much more different and less deep menus but all for at least 4x the price of the Fuji XPro2. If this is what you like, why not just spend this money and be happy?????

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    Re: Test drove the Fuji X-PRO2. I'm a fan, well sort of.

    Quote Originally Posted by neils View Post
    Not sure if this is your focus question or not but I'd for sure swap functions of the AFL button on the far right back of the camera with the AEL button closer to mid camera. That way I could use my thumb for focus as I do on my Nikon D3.

    I had rented an X100F for a recent trip and used the AF/AE button on back to focus. That worked great. Between that button and the toggle for moving focus points it was very much like the Nikon.

    Neil
    That is kind of my focus question. I can get backbutton focus by setting the camera to manual and then using the AFL button on the far right for backbutton focus. But its not a great location. I can't figure out how to swap the AFL button with the AEL button. That would be a big help. Time to dig into the manual again.

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