I rented a Fuji X-Pro2 for my Mexico trip, and apart from a little bit of user error, I fell in love with it. It was bigger than the two bodies I’d previously used, the X-T1 and X-E1, but a slab form like the X-E1 and felt great in my hands.
The thing I liked best about it was the speed and quality of the focus. It was on par with my DSLRs and is the kind of thing that would make me sell off my Nikon kit to enjoy. The camera was (relatively) lightweight–I noticed a huge difference in hauling it around vs. a Canon 7D, although that was attached to a heavy 24-105 zoom. I made the mistake of forgetting my Fuji 18-55 kit lens at the hotel on my walkaround day, so I had to compose and shoot everything with a 35mm 1.4–something that forced me to stop and compose my shots a lot more.
I’m still bumping up against DSLR habits when I shoot with the Fuji kit. I’m used to having a lens in the 24-105 range permanently mounted on whatever my walkaround is; shooting with a prime has been an education in choosing, composing, and setting up the right shot at the right time. I still do a lot of shotgun-blast shooting, but I’m more careful to set things up and be prepared for the right moment.
A couple of weeks ago I spotted an ad on Craigslist for an X-T10 body at an extremely low price, and followed up with it. I met the guy in Chinatown and he showed me a very well-cared-for body in great shape, with all of the accessories and the original box. The X-T10 is a pared-down version of the X-T1/2 series, minus the weatherproofing and high-end features. It’s two years newer than my X-E1, so there are a lot of updates to the platform, and this body features a bunch of things the more consumer-grade E1 doesn’t have: a tilt screen, better controls, an updated interface, Wi-Fi (my first!) better focus and a faster shutter, and a host of other improvements. It’s laid out like a DSLR, in that the viewfinder is in the center of the camera–I liked the X-Pro2 and my X-E1 for the left-hand viewfinder, because my nose doesn’t get in the way–but it’s not a dealbreaker. The camera itself is smaller than the X-E1, which is a lovely bonus, and the controls, while generally similar to the E1 and T2, are just different enough to have me scratching my head.
Having used it for a couple of weeks, I’m much happier with it than the X-E1. So, I put an ad on Craigslist and within two days sold it for $50 less than what I paid for it. I made a command decision to sell it with the kit lens it came with, which helped move it along faster. I rarely used it mainly because it exists in the same focal range as my other two lenses and doesn’t add a whole lot to the kit. I’ve been looking at the 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6, which is a large, weather-sealed, do-anything lens for walking around that covers a huge focal range. It gets great reviews and would extend the range of my kit, which I like. Amazon has it on sale for $200 off the normal price, so with the sale of the X-E1 and some other gear I’ve been getting rid of (an older MacBook Pro, an older Nikon DSLR) I’m getting very close to pulling the trigger.