Fuji Fuji cameras and experiments with polarization


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Fairfax, VA
So, recently I got a new pair of glasses. I did not get the autodarkening this time as they didn't get that dark and the price adder was more than the rest of the glasses. I did get a set of clip-ons for these glasses. For reference all my glasses come from Zenni Optical.

I've also got a set of prescription glasses that are sunglasses that I've had for a while.

Yesterday, I grabbed the X-Pro2 for my bi-weekly photo walk and put on my sunglasses before heading out.

Looking through the viewfinder of the X-Pro2 none of the markings in the viewfinder were visible. Rotate the camera 90 degrees and voila, there they are.

So obviously this was the result of two polarized surfaces.

Out of curiosity, I did a test this morning of my three cameras and the results were most curious.

X-T2Marks visible both orientationsMarks visible both orientations
X-Pro2Marks visible camera verticalMarks visible camera vertical
X-100fMarks visible camera horizontal
Marks visible camera horizontal​

This was quite surprising to me. I can't help but wonder why no polarization on the X-T2 and polarization in different directions for the other two.

Unfortunately, this makes the X-Pro2 almost useless with sunglasses. I hadn't used it in a while and it came across as big and heavy in my photo walk. Normally I grab the X100f for these walks as it's light and small and easily carry able in one hand. This was a very different experience.

The X-T2 is a whole 'nother experience as I've got a XF16-80 mounted and it's the camera I usually use when out "exploring".

Unfortunately this all paints the X-Pro2 as the "red-headed stepchild", but I can't even fathom parting with it....

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