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The X-series is more than just stunning image quality. The viewfinder, the lenses with aperture ring, the retro design, the controls and more are part of the “soul” of the X-series. This is why Patrick La Roque, when asked if he would buy or not the X-M1, gives a clear answer: NO! The X-M1 is simply a digital camera that delivers fabulous images but there is no “true photography” feeling as with the other X-Trans cameras. But keep in mind that pro-photographers are not really the target of the X-M1. Read Patrick’s article here.
“Leaving out the viewfinder, building lenses without aperture rings… When you strip away the physicality of that experience what are you left with? A Canon or a Nikon. The camera’s image quality is fabulous but in the end, it’s a robot. It’s a digital camera that flaunts its digital nature at every turn and takes all the immediacy, stealth, thoughtfullness and pleasure out of the equation. It completely disconnects you from the scene. I know I’m being harsh but there’s a reason I’m so enthusiastic about the X series; this ain’t it.”
Tell me, what should Fuji do to save the X-series. What’s the “soul” of the X-series? Make a list with your suggestions in the comments (I’ll then make a poll).