Nice review. It makes clear that this is a fully capable modern camera but also aimed at those who prefer a certain style of photography. I always use cars as the best example of my belief that cameras are more than just a tool for many people. The feel and aesthetics matter and there is nothing wrong with that. Practically, Fuji came up with an interesting solution to my one problem with the XPro and XE series, i.e., I like to do waist level shooting in some cases and need a tilt screen to do this. Otherwise, it tucks away. It gives me a camera that I can look forward to buying used sometime in the future.
Even worse, it's that dull titanium "shiny". Instead of silver paint on your silver body you can have actual metal. If you appreciate metal bodies this could be hard to resist, especially since you don't pay a weight penalty relative to the earlier bodies.I'm not sure, it's something my wife likes to say when I see something and go "Ooohh, shiny!".
As I understand it, there are three finishes. Standard black, Duratect black, Duratect silver. $200US more for the Duratect finishes.Update: nevermind. I see now the silver is not bare metal, but instead is a clear finish (duratect) that is applied for protection.
Maybe someone can help me understand. The silver version is $200.00 US more than the black version. My understanding is the black version is just the bare metal (silver version) painted black. What might I be missing?
I had to do a search as I wasn't familiar with "Duratect". In short, the basic black body is just paint while the $200 extra Duratect finishes are scratch resistant and were licensed from Citizens.As I understand it, there are three finishes. Standard black, Duratect black, Duratect silver. $200US more for the Duratect finishes.I don't have a definitive answer. But maybe they have done some research and found that fans of the silver look are willing to pay a premium.
It certainly seems weird that they would apply a coat or two of paint and charge $200 LESS if it really is the same.
Maybe that clear finish is some exotic, expensive product (or application process) compared to black paint.
While the standard, "classic black" version of the X-Pro3 bears paint atop these metal panels, prospective buyers are faced with a rather unusual add-on option which promises a more scratchproof finish. (Fans of patina on their well-loved cameras need not apply.) For the titanium panels alone, Fuji has licensed a cold-plasma surface-hardening technology from Japanese watch-maker Citizen, known as "Duratect".
This finish is applied only to the DR Silver and DR Black body colors, and comes at a premium of US$200 over pricing for the base model. In its own products, Citizen brands this finish as "Super Titanium", and claims it to be "five times harder than stainless steel" in terms of scratch-resistance, suggesting it should be significantly more long-lasting than a paint-based finish.
Fair enough. It was a common enough occurence with X-Trans II era bodies that the camera really seemed to have a preference to the background, if there was something contrasty inside the focus rectangle.I’ve never had an issue with the Pro2 focusing incorrectly using the optical viewfinder.