Fuji X-Pro3 first impressions

gryphon1911

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Central Ohio, USA
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Andrew
The images I see here from the XPRO3 look great. i look forward to getting my chance to handle it once I get into the local camera store.

Right now, there does not seem enough of an "upgrade" from the XPRO2 for me to jump on one new, although I would love to have the upgraded film simulation engine. I might consider selling the XE3 for the XT30 if I want to do that...but I really like that tiny XE3 and the range finder styled body. :)
 

gryphon1911

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Central Ohio, USA
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Andrew
I had my chance to handle the XPRO3 today.

As I had thought, it isi a nice camera, but not enough there for me to desire one over the XPRO2.

Some reviewers had mentioned that it felt more solid than previous iterations. I didn;t really get that, but then again I thought the XPRO2 was pretty solid to begin with.
The Optical EVF is definitely clear to see through, but being a glasses wearer, I cannot see the whole of the viewfinder on. Not a major thing as I can see enough...but i guess I don't get what was trying to be corrected or improved from the XPRO2.

I'm all for the XPRO3, but I believe that I'll pass on it and wait for another 2-4 years and see what surprises are in the XPRO4. To satiate my Fuji GAS, I'll probably be looking closely at the X100V and keep an eye on the used prices of the X100F.
 

jazz1

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Just playing around with XPro-3 while doing my ”social distancing“. Anyone liking HDR. I’m not sure about it yet.

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legine

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Hampshire UK
Bill: With one reservation I sense your barely concealed delight with the new acquisition. Concur OOC Fuji jpegs. I've been lucky enough to have been a Leica digital M shooter since the M-E back in 2014. I miss that M-E CCD image rendering (I know, a very hackneyed debate! - and the camera , it was stolen during house refurb) replaced with M240 - a meaningful and hefty bit of kit that comes close to replicating CCD in post. But here's the thing, maybe it's me but I rarely improve on 50/50 Leica OOC jpegs hit rate. But it wasn't until I got my hands on a Fuji EX-3 that I realised pretty near every OOC shot was fine - NO POST! Not believing my old eyes I fired up the RAW files to find the Fuji algorithms had done a fine job - little or no improvement to be had by PP tweaks. So for what it's worth - and it comes as a big surprise (to me) that comparing FF to APSC is not the issue I thought it might be. Judged by image alone it is astonishing they even bare comparison. So much so if I were starting out photo work today, knowing what I do I would probably plumb for the X-Pro-3.
 

jazz1

Rookie
ReneBee. Sorry for my late reply. You are absolutely correct. I've been loving the XPro-3! During the Pandemic I've been shooting birds with a 50-140mm with 2X teleconverter (normally I'm doing the street photography thing). A bit unwieldy with the X-Pro 3. This has pushed me to order a used XH-1 with battery grip. I'm hoping the in camera stabilization may help as much as giving me more to latch onto while using my bigger lenses.

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MiguelATF

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Miguel Tejada-Flores
Forgot to post this one the other day
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I'm experimenting with my own setting. I call it "Grunge" - it's the nearest I can get to the Ricoh "HiBW" setting. What do you think?

Looking at Bill's old post (from the end of 2019) - in which he was playing around with getting a high-contrast look from his XPro3 which came close to Ricoh's high-contrast B&W settings... and I have to say, Bill - if you are reading this - I think you nailed it. Whatever you did to achieve this range of black & white tones - really works. It's a great photograph, too.

I'm guessing (wondering really) if everyone who wound up springing for the (relatively pricey, at the time of first introduction) XPro3 - wound up liking theirs, as much as Bill appears to have appreciated his?
 

Lightmancer

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Sunny Frimley
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Bill Palmer
Looking at Bill's old post (from the end of 2019) - in which he was playing around with getting a high-contrast look from his XPro3 which came close to Ricoh's high-contrast B&W settings... and I have to say, Bill - if you are reading this - I think you nailed it. Whatever you did to achieve this range of black & white tones - really works. It's a great photograph, too.

I'm guessing (wondering really) if everyone who wound up springing for the (relatively pricey, at the time of first introduction) XPro3 - wound up liking theirs, as much as Bill appears to have appreciated his?
Praise indeed...

I still have - and love - my X-Pro3... I confess I have been carrying my GRIII more frequently during lockdown but the Fuji has something very special.
 

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