We could call it also HVF vs EVF or Rangefinder vs DSLR style … it’s the decision between the X-PRO and X-T line.
SAME SAME …
Now, in order to be able to answer today’s poll, we will assume that the Fujifilm X-T2 will have the same specs (*), as the rumoredX-PRO2 specs: 24MP X-Trans sensor, EXR III processor, same AF-performance, tilt screen, 4K…
… BUT DIFFERENT
The main differences between the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-PRO2 would remain the HVF vs EVF, Rangefinder vs DSLR-style and some controls/ergonomics (like no ISO-dial on the X-PRO2, better grip on the X-T2 etc.)… and the price, of course. Due the Hybrid Viewfinder, I think it’s reasonable to assume that the Fuji X-PRO2 will be more expensive than the Fuji X-T2.
So here it is, the battel of Fuji’s future flagship cameras… and I’m really curious to see which one you’d pick up between X-PRO2 and X-T2. Personally I have a preference, but I’ll drop it down later in the comments
Between the X-PRO2 and X-T2, I would choose the...
Fujifilm X-PRO2 (48%, 2,442 Votes)
Fujifilm X-T2 (45%, 2,256 Votes)
I don't know (7%, 340 Votes)
Total Voters: 5,038
*At the moment I have NO rumors about the Fujifilm X-T2
Brian has just posted improved Fujifilm X-Trans film style presets for Iridient Developer 3. These latest versions include improved results particularly at the extreme (dark shadows, bright highlights) ends of the tonal range. With the Vivid preset in particular dark shadows should be much improved and all color styles should show better results in bright highlight gradations and color saturation. The monochrome presets remain the same as in the previous versions.
The presets are now available also for the compact X-Trans models as well (XQ2, X30, XQ1 and X20).
The downloads include a ReadMe text file with detailed instructions on installation and use.
Keep up voting and sharing your absolute favorite X-shot… and here is how to do it:
1) SHARE & DESCRIBE: go to the Fujirumors facebook timeline and submit your favorite X-shot (and a short description) in the timeline by selecting “Photo/Video” .
2) VOTE & COMMENT: All the images will be displayed at the Fujirumors facebook photostream. You can vote & comment the images there.
Capture one released version 8.2 has been released with Fujifilm X-A2 support. Check it out it here. / post-processing fuji X-trans files in the apple photos beta at tjfelicianophoto / Photo Ninja 1.2.4 review at wimarys / Iridient Developer Fujifilm X-Trans Presets at wimarys /
Björn: I am owning an X-E1 and have designed a custom grip via Shapeways which is a bit more affordable than the one offered by Fuji and meets my taste in terms of ergonomics more accurately because it makes the cam feel a little bit more like a DSLR. You can take a look at it here!
Our 10 Favourite Fujifilm X100T Accessories at mirrorlessons / First Impression: Lensmate Fujifilm X100T Thumbrest at rivalsvs / Lee Filters on my Fujifilm X100T at darcymoore / Problems using LEE filters on Fuji lenses at finn-b / Fujifilm Extension Tubes for the X Series at brandonremler / New X-E2 and X-E1 half case at Nucis Leather /
a bit of everything – X-PRO2 Babblings & Film Simulation VELVIA
Babblings About Fuji X-Pro2 at olafphotoblog / Chris Weston CP+ 2015 stage talkshow on youtube / What does a pro look for in a photoshoot at jccrafford / Street Photography with the X series at fujilove & Panorama Photography Meets the Fuji X Series at fujilove / 8 tricks to dominate the visual power in your photos at the Spanish site fuji-Xperience (translation) / Interview With… Kevin Mullins at X100C / Luna: “I think. X-Pro1 brass edition is very cool. Painted of Gundam Marker Gold color. Flickr” / Aurora, Fuji, Sony and Fish-Eye at miksmedia / The Death of Kaizen? A Change in Fujifilm’s Update Strategy at henrysmithscottage / The Best Mirrorless Cameras According to 30 Expert Photography Bloggers at mirrorlessons /
These T-shirts are proudly made in Cambodia by Fair Trade & Zero Waste fashion label Tonlé and designed by Papernoise. 100% of the profits will be devolved to KNGO, an NGO that gives Cambodian kids access to free education.
For now I’ll anticipate just one thing: with the money raised, KNGO could employ more teachers, build a New Classroom and include more children into its free education program!
WHO MAKES THE X-SHIRTS?
TONLÉ: The T-shirts are made by Tonlé, a workshop in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), that produces clothes 100% out of recycled fabrics and pays its workers a salary most Cambodians can only dream of.
There is a short & creative video presentation of Tonlé down below… make sure to check it out!
AND THE PROFITS GO TO…?
KNGO: 100% of the profits will go to KNGO, an NGO created by Mr. Saveth for his community at the Bospo Village (Cambodia), which today gives access to free education to hundreds of kids (please read more about it down below).
As anticipated above, the goal is to include more children into KNGO’s free education program… and to reach it, we need the support from X-shooters worldwide!
US-residents can buy the Tonlé X-shirts for $29.95 (Free Shipping) at the dedicated fujirumors/shop page (only PayPal accepted). There are 3 sizes: Small, Medium, Large. Just a limited number of X-shirts is available.
The Tonlé X-shirts will be offered with FREE SHIPPING in USA only.
But also Europe & all other countries outside USA are VERY IMPORTANT for the success of this campaign… and here is why!
The X-shirts are available also in Europe & Worldwide via Spreadshirt, a popular online T-shirt printing platform. I’d like to cover all the production/shipping/design costs I’ve paid upfront with the earnings coming from the Spreadshirt sales… leaving all the US T-shirt incomings to KNGO.
The price of the T-shirts (fairly made in Portugal) is of € 24,89 (+ shipping that goes from € 2,90 to € 3,90 in most EU countries – outside EU for € 9.90).
I’m Mr. Saveth, director of Khmer New Generation Organization (KNGO).
We aim to provide free, supplementary education, without restriction, to children within Bospo Village, Cambodia.
Over seven years of activity, KNGO has made free education accessible to thousands of kids, at the moment we have 450 students, from 6 to 20 years old. They attend our free English and Khmer supplementary classes from Monday to Friday.
But this is not enough to cover the need of our community. There are 350 more children hoping to get access to the free education we provide, but at the moment we do not have enough teachers and classrooms to accept all 800 children.
We would like to expand our project and make free education accessible for all children in Bospo Village. To reach this goal, we rely completely on donations of volunteers.
The money that you spend in purchasing these T-shirts could help us to get closer to our goal by raising the salary for our teachers, employing more teachers and building a new classroom.
Today I write you in the name of (probably) many X-shooters following FujiRumors, and especially those who own an X100S and would like a new firmware update. But first let me say this:
THE KAIZEN HISTORY (or why we love Fuji)
When it comes to firmware udpates, we X-shooters are probably complaining at a level all other camera brand owners frankly envy us (and I know it from the guys at 43rumors, SonyAlphaRumors and CanonWatch in our regular meetings, that they are jealous about how Fujifilm listens to its customers and delivers amazing firmware updates).
Over the years you did an amazing job in keeping our cameras up to date with the latest features. That’s something no other brand offered with such a consistency and dedication (huge X100 update after 3 years, X-PRO1/E1 focus peaking, X-E2 EVF frame rate like X-T1, X-T1 Electronic Shutter… and there would be A LOT MORE to put into this list.)
So, Fujifilm, I don’t say it for captatio benevolentiae, but I really Thank You for all the effort you’ve put into all those new firmware updates.
THE KAIZEN LIGHT (or why updating older X-cameras with New Features is NOT Good)
It is also clear to me that, with the rapidly growing number of X-cameras, the costs to keep them all updated with the latest new features would be unsustainable, unless you cut your resources destined to the development of new camera technology and redirect them to update the XQ1, X-A1, X-M1, X100, XF1, X-E1, X-PRO1, X20 and all the other X-series cameras with new features.
But given how fiercely contested the CSC market is, it’s wise to put most of your R&D into new camera technology for the Fujifilm X-PRO2, rather than spend your time, money and manpower in figuring out how to bring the electronic shutter on the X-M1.
Therefore I personally understand if you start to look forward and (apart bug fixes) stop introducing new firmware features to older cameras and focus on FW-updates for newer and successful ones… let’s call it a Kaizen Light approach .
THE DAVID HOBBY FIRMWARE (or why you should update the X100S)
That being said, there is one thing I really do not get, and it’s about a firmware for the X100S… a pretty successful X-camera that would still deserve a bit of Kaizen love.
Here is the thing: a new X100S firmware already exists and it was used by David Hobby to test Classic Chrome on his X100S. Hobby himself said: “I have played with the new Classic Chrome film simulation on an X100S that had been altered to include it.”
So I think it should not be that difficult anymore to release a firmware update that allows all X100S shooters to add this new film simulation to their camera… just as you did with the X-E2 and with David Hobby’s X100S.
I know the X100T is fresh on the market and you don’t want to endanger its sales. But the X100T offers so many other improvements over the X100S (30 improvements listed in Rico’s X100T first look, starting from the ERF & WiFi), that a simple Classic Chrome update would for sure not make the X100T sales collapse, since there would be still 29 improvements left… or 28, if you’d add to the firmware also the electronic shutter or the intervalometer .
So, dear Fujfilm, it would be really great if you could make the “David Hobby-Firmware” available for download.
THE KAIZEN FUTURE (or how you could possibly still update also older cameras)
And what about this: maybe you could work on a huge X100S firmware update (with Classic Chrome, Intervalometer, Customizable Quick Menu, Electronic Shutter, more reliable Battery Level Indicator, PDAF support in Instant-AF, Spot Metering AF frame coupling etc.), and make us pay a few bucks for the work? Please think about it. I’ll add a poll about it down below.
So, thank you Fujifilm for (hopefully) reading this letter. If you have any statement or reply to make on it, please don’t hesitate to contact me at fujirumor [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d be happy to post your answer here on FujiRumors.
Would you pay (and how much) for a FW-update that brings new, long awaited features to your "older" Fuji-X?
No, I just want free FW-updates (26%, 2,010 Votes)
Yes, I'd pay even more than $40 (23%, 1,717 Votes)
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