Should Fujifilm Launch a Monochrome Camera? POLL

Fujifilm Monochrome

In the early days of FujiRumors, I asked you guys if you think Fujifilm should make a monochrome Fujifilm X series camera.

And in fact, there was a point in time, when a monochrome camera was an option on Fuji’s table.

So I launched a poll back in 2015, but the results where not in favor of a monochrome option, and I have been told by sources, that Fujifilm dropped monochrome plans after having seen our negative poll results.

But now, 5 years after the original monochrome survey and looking at the market situation now, do you still think that Fujifilm should not make a monochrome camera?

I know, developing a monochrome camera takes away R&D from other projects, because it is not as easy as just removing the color filter array on the sensor, at least not if you want to make thinks properly and good.

There is a lot more development that goes into it!

On the other hand, personally I think Fujifilm should offer something different at some point. A camera that is surely a niche project, but that would undermine one more time, that Fujifilm listens to customer needs, even if those needs are very specific.

Because as Fujifilm super-boss Toshi Ilda said in this interview,

the more we think about photographers, the more different styles of cameras we have to create. Fujifilm always thinks: what can this camera do for this kind of photographer

the center of photography is not the camera or equipment, but the photographer

And I believe, a monochrome camera would fit perfectly into Fuji’s philosophy! And for my taste, it should be an X100 style camera.

But I’d love to hear what you guys think about it.

And especially Fujifilm would like to get feedback, since it’s a known fact, that Fujifilm does watch the FujiRumors community closely, and with a bit of luck, they even take 1:1 our poll results and make them become reality :).

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Monochrome Fujifilm X-Pro1 M and X100S M Available – Converted by Maxmax

If you always dreamed of a monochrome Fujifilm, then this might interest you.

The company Maxmax is converting th X-Pro1 and X100S to Monochrome cameras.

  • X-Pro1 M = $2,425
  • X100S M = $2,600

Expensive? Well, at least it’s considerably cheaper than the Leica M Monochrome ;)

You can download sample images and RAW files here.

I remind you that at a certain stage, Fujifilm managers publicly said that they are considering to make a monochrome X-Pro, but they are trying to understand how much interested there is on the market for that. So I launched a Poll here on FujiRumors, where you guys showed no big love for a X-ProM and shortly after, because of this poll, Fujifilm killed any plan. This is a true story shared publicly by a Fujifilm insider and shows that sometimes you guys have a terrific influence on Fuji’s plans (like the revival of the X-E3). Read more here.

via petapixel via fujistas