Fujifilm X-Pro3: You Don’t Get it – Running After Sony Specs is Wrong. It’s Smarter to Offer a Different Photographic Experience!

Fujifilm X-Pro3

Thomas is a passionate photographer as well as product manager, and he has his own little space on youtube.

In his latest video, he shares his well pondered opinions about the Fujifilm X-Pro3, that I believe could be interesting to discuss also here on FujiRumors.

As many of us, when he saw the X-Pro3 screen he had a “what the f***” moment. But the more he thinks about it, the more it makes sense to him. And those, who still sh*tstorm on the X-Pro3, don’t get it that it’s actually a very smart move (in his opinion).

In fact, he now even considers to replace his X-T2 with an X-Pro3 instead of an X-T3.

Why?

Well, the video is in German, but you are lucky I am a polyglot managing 4 languages, so I am going to translate it for you down below.

Ready?

Then check it out down below.

What You Don’t Get!

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Fujifilm X-Pro3: Massive Leaks, Facts and Compared to Fujifilm X-Pro2

Fujifilm X-Pro3 – Everything we Know

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 will be announced October 23 at 1 AM New York time (7AM Berlin time). Of course there will be a live blogging on FujiRumors :).

So what do we know about the X-Pro3 so far?

The recent nokishita leak confirmed what we already rumored, and adds more details:

X-Pro3 vs X-Pro2

X-Pro3 X-Pro2
Size 140.5 x 82.8 x 46.1mm 140.5mm x 82.8mm x 45.9mm
Weight 497g 495g
EVF 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel 0.48-in TFT color viewfinder Approx 2.36 millions dots
EVF Refresh rate 100 fps
+
new “Smoothness priority” for equivalent refresh rate of approx. 200fps
85 fps
LCD 1.62-million-dot
Yes, Touch Screen
1.62 millions dots

No Touch Screen

Low Light AF -6.0EV -1.0EV
Connection USB-C USB 2.0
Grain Effect Strong/Weak Strength/Size (more precise control)
Clarity Setting Yes No
Tonal Curve Yes No
Ratings Compatibility with 3rd party software Not Compatible with 3rd Party Software
Q Menu Choose the number of icons to be displayed in the menu from 16, 12, 8 or 4

– – –
Transparent Background Option

Fixed to 12 itmes

 

– – –

No Transparent Background Option

Film Simulation Classic Negative No Classic Negative
AF Range Limiter Yes No
Computational Photography New HDR Feature

multiple exposures of up to 9 frames in the Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark mode

No

The Facts

  • coming October 23 at 1 AM New York time
  • hidden LCD screen
  • no D-Pad
  • some buttons re-arrangements
  • mini screen for camera data or film simulation display
  • coming with new Classic Negative film simulation
  • made out of titanium
  • coming in 3 colors, Black, DURA Black, and DURA Silver
  • complete hybrid viewfinder re-design
  • OVF has increased clarity, reduced distortion, and wider angle of view
  • EVF re-design: higher resolution, brighter, wider color space, faster frame rate

The Rumors

  • X Processor 4
  • X Trans 4
  • In Camera Tone Curves and Clarity Adjustments
  • “Clarity setting” has been included as an image quality parameter to complement the existing Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone and Sharpness
  • no IBIS
  • ISO dial has a “C” instead of “H” (confirmed by leaked images)
  • leaked hands on images
  • leaked hands on video
  • 4K video
  • autofocus at the minimum luminance of -6EV
  • new HDR shooting function, which combines multiple continuously shot images of different exposure levels to expand the dynamic range. It produces natural tones without causing exaggerated amplification of colour tones
  • multiple exposures of up to 9 frames in the Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark mode to combine images taken from multiple viewpoints or at different times into a single image
  • exterior made out of titanium, interior of magnesium alloy
  • 70 points of weather sealing. Works at -10℃
  • AF range limiter function – select from two preset values or use the focus ring to specify any focus range. This gives the focus preset function available to all XF lenses
  • EVF: 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel with high contrast ratio of over 1:5000 and the maximum luminance of 1500cd/m2 to display the finest details even in shadows and highlights. It covers 97% of the sRGB colour space
  • EVF has a “Smoothness priority” for equivalent refresh rate of approx. 200fps (recommended when you are taking pictures of fast moving subjects and need to track the erratic motion)
  • 1.62-million-dot high-resolution tilting LCD touchscreen display (tilts down 180 degrees)
  • rear 1.28-inch colour Memory LCD, protected with toughened glass, displays shooting settings regardless if the camera is turned on or not or Film Simulation, white balance and other image settings reminiscent of film cameras
  • Updated Black & White adjustment function called “Monochromatic Colour” function: choose the key colour from a matrix of Warm / Cool tones and Magenta / Green hues, incorporating the rich gradation into your images
  • The Grain Effect function, which simulates the photographic film, has been evolved so that you can adjust “strength” and “size” to attain a more precise control over graininess
  • Compatibility with 3rd party software has been improved so they can now read ratings given to pictures using the “Rating” function.
  • Q Button: You can now choose the number of icons to be displayed in the menu from 16, 12, 8 or 4. “Transparent” has been added as a new background option, allowing you to change the settings but ensuring you won’t miss a photo opportunity
  • USB-C
  • Size : 140.5 x 82.8 x 46.1mm
  • Weight : 497g

X-Pro3 Reactions & Mixed

3 things you should NOT forget:

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Fujifilm X-Pro3 Specs and Images Leaked: Improved Autofocus at -6EV, HDR Shooting and Lots of Firmware Improvements

Fujifilm X-Pro3

The Fujifilm X-Pro3 will be announced October 23, at 1AM New York time.

Now nokishita leaked additional details and images. See it all down below.

The X-Pro3 uses the back illuminated 26.1MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and the X-Processor 4 image processing engine for superb image & 4K video quality and autofocus performance.

The X-Pro3 uses an improved algorithm to enable autofocus at the minimum luminance of -6EV, which is near pitch-darkness. The camera features a new HDR shooting function, which combines multiple continuously shot images of different exposure levels to expand the dynamic range. The tool, designed to recreate the vast dynamic range of light conditions that exist in nature, produces natural tones without causing exaggerated amplification of colour tones.

The camera handles multiple exposures of up to 9 frames in the Additive, Average, Comparative Bright or Comparative Dark mode to combine images taken from multiple viewpoints or at different times into a single image. You can apply different Film Simulation modes to each of the frames to create a multi-layered collage.

The exterior of the camera body is made of titanium, which gives the camera additional strength and corrosion resistance. It is combined with premium quality coating giving it a sleek, elegant appearance. The internal framework of the camera body is made from magnesium alloy. Weather sealing has been applied at 70 points to give the camera advanced dust and moisture resistance. The camera is also capable of operating in temperatures as low as -10℃, allowing users to be on location and not having to worry about the weather.

The X-Pro3 for the first time has an AF range limiter function, which has been available only on a limited number of lenses until now. You can select from two preset values or use the focus ring to specify any focus range. This gives the focus preset function available to all XF lenses.

Users can switch between the optical viewfinder (OVF), which provides a constant view of your subject without any time lag, and the electronic viewfinder (EVF), which allows you to check exposure while you shoot. The EVF uses a 3.69-million-dot organic EL panel with advanced display performance. The organic EL panel boasts a high contrast ratio of over 1:5000 and the maximum luminance of 1500cd/m2 to display the finest details even in shadows and highlights. It also covers 97% of the sRGB colour space, giving more accurate colour reproduction.

EVF display options in the “Boost” performance mode now includes “Smoothness priority” where a black frame is inserted between each of the frames at approx. 100fps to provide a smoother appearance with a minimal sense of residual images, giving an equivalent refresh rate of approx. 200fps. This option is recommended when you are taking pictures of fast moving subjects and need to track the erratic motion.

The camera also features the “Electronic Range Finder” function, in which a small EVF window is displayed within the OVF to help checking electronic settings. The EVF window displays live view, enlargement of an AF point and pictures taken, improving the usefulness of the OVF.

The 1.62-million-dot high-resolution tilting LCD touchscreen display, can flip approx. 180 degrees, allowing you to shoot from the hip, at ground level or with the camera above your head. The screen offers a wide angle of view and delivers high contrast yet natural colour reproduction to provide a clear and high quality view.

The rear 1.28-inch colour Memory LCD, protected with toughened glass, displays shooting settings regardless if the camera is turned on or not. The screen can be set in the “Classic” mode which displays Film Simulation, white balance and other image settings reminiscent of film cameras, or in the “Standard” mode for displays shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, the number of remaining frames and other shooting settings in plain numbers and icons.

“CLASSIC Neg” mode has been added to the Film Simulation function, which simulates colour negative film traditionally chosen for everyday snapshots. The colours, precisely controlled for each level of brightness, create a rich chromatic contrast to add extra definition to the image.

The Black & White adjustment function, originally introduced to the X-T3 and X-T30 to apply warm and cool tones to monochrome images, has been updated as the “Monochromatic Colour” function. The X-Pro3 now allows you to choose the key colour from a matrix of Warm / Cool tones and Magenta / Green hues, incorporating the rich gradation into your images to create photographs with a personal twist.

“Clarity setting” has been included as an image quality parameter to complement the existing Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone and Sharpness. Texture and outlines of subject can be accentuated or softened while retaining gradation of colours to control the overall look of a picture.

The Grain Effect function, which simulates the photographic film, has been evolved so that you can adjust “strength” and “size” to attain a more precise control over graininess, instead of having just two options of “strong” and “weak” graininess in previous models.

“Highlight Tone” and “Shadow Tone” options, have been integrated into the “Tonal Curve” setting so that you can intuitively adjust settings while checking the tonal curve.

Compatibility with 3rd party software has been improved so they can now read ratings given to pictures using the “Rating” function.

The functionality of the “Q” quick menu has been improved. You can now choose the number of icons to be displayed in the menu from 16, 12, 8 or 4. “Transparent” has been added as a new background option, allowing you to change the settings but ensuring you won’t miss a photo opportunity.

The X-Pro3 has a USB Type-C port (USB3.1 Gen1), to charge the camera’s battery and transfer data.

Size : 140.5 x 82.8 x 46.1mm

Weight : 497g

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Fuji X Mount Autofocus Lens Review Roundup

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 AF is definitely the hottest non Fujinon lenses of the moment, alone for the reason that, besides the Zeiss Touit Fuji X trinity, it’s the only autofocus lens for the Fujifilm X system.

But, unlike the Zeiss Touit Trinity, it is the only reverse-engineered lens AF lens for Fujifilm X.

Moreover, it is pretty affordable!

So far the reviews have been very positive, and while it can’t match the Fujinon XF quality, it is definitely great value for money.

Hence, we keep up covering this lens in dedicated roundups here on FujiRumors.

The good news?

There will be more!

As we reported here, the Fuji X mount Viltrox 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 are coming within 2019 with seriously aggressive price tag.

It’s great to see competition coming for our beloved Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4, XF 35mm f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2.

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Roundup

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It Was Inevitable: I am Leaving Lightroom for Capture One Pro

My wife enjoys sunrise high up in the mountains.. and FujiRumors enjoys editing in Capture One Pro

Leaving Lightroom

It was inevitable, because:

  • I use Lightroom standalone
  • Adobe now offers only subscription model
  • Newer cameras are not supported on LR standalone
  • I don’t want to join a subscription model

So I had to look for alternatives, and although my lovely Fujifilm X-E3 is still supported in Lightroom standalone, I figured out that, since I am going to leave Lightroom anyway at some point, I better do it now.

Luckily we live in times, where there are a lot of valuable alternatives, such as:

And after a summer spent at home hiking my mountains (you can see my wife and me caching sunrise at 8,200 feet here) and editing pictures with a mix of different software, I decided to make Capture One Pro my main software of choice.

I will leave Lightroom, use Capture One Pro 12, but always keep an eye also on Luminar 4, Picktorial and ON1 Photo RAW…. but especially on Luminar 4.

And yes… X-Trans files and Capture One do get along very well :).

The learning curve?

Well, that actually went faster than I’d have expected, as Capture One is just a very good software overall, but there are also lots of quick tip C1 youtube videos you can check out for help.

We have shared Capture One tutorials and quick tips already in past roundups:

  • read here – Migrating from LIGHTROOM to CAPTURE ONE Free Video Tutorials Online
  • read here – Capture One Pro Workflow Tips and Tricks
  • read here – Capture One for Fujifilm: Tips and Tricks, Quick Guides, C1 vs Lightroom and Luminar
  • read here – Capture One Pro 12: Sharpening Fujifilm Files, New Features Overview, Jonas Rask Capture One 12 Coverage and More
  • read here – TESTED: Capture One Pro 12 Improved Fujifilm X Trans Support
  • read here – Best RAW Converters for FUJIFILM Files in 2019, Why Capture One is Better than Lightroom (Sometimes) and More Comparisons

And today, down below, you’ll see a few more of them.

Farewell Adobe… I am out… and just a recommendation: treat your customers better than this ;).

New Capture One Roundup

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