I'll have words with the guy who started the thread. Oh, wait . . .The XEs are distinct from the XTs. Notably, the ergonomics were designed to draw in users from DSLR systems - hence the placement of the centered EVF and the controls. You said "XE," not XT. I was responding to the XE, which was how this thread was started.
Which is, interestingly, due more to the placement of the viewfinder than anything else. And which is the same reason we used our Leicas for wideangle work and our Nikons for long-lens stuff.What I think is missing from this conversation is WHY Fuji branched the XT line out. And it was to do several things - not the least of which was to appeal to DSLR users, but also open a different ergo model that would make handling much easier. Let's face it, the 55-200 on an XE is probably the limit of what I'd want to handle without additional support. Adding a 50-140 to it? Nope. It's just awkward as heck. That doesn't mean you can't. The ergo is *much better* with the XTs.
And that's perfectly lovely. As previously noted, no one would be obligated to purchase an X-E battery grip, any more than you were obligated to purchase one for your X-T. I suppose that had there been an internet at the time, there would have been people saying that Nikon shouldn't make a motor drive for the Nikon F because they personally wouldn't use one. I guess I somehow caused confusion, so let me say again that I do not believe that were Fuji to produce a battery grip for the X-E line anyone should be forced to purchase it. I do think enough people would purchase them to make them worth producing, even if you are not among those who would buy one.I still don't use a battery grip even on XT because the smaller footprint is part of the appeal. I'm done lugging around additional lbs of equipment for what I see as very small gain. The whole point of me moving over was to shrink my burden, not keep it.