I just recently finally got my hands on the new Fujifilm X-Pro 3 in the Duratect Silver color, which to me is more of a Champagne color, but I love it, very classy looking! There are hundreds of Youtube reviews and online reviews that go into every detail and spec. so I won’t do that again, instead I woud like to share about where I see the X-Pro 3 fitting into the Fujifm X Series and how I will use it!
My overall impression, is that it is the best made and most ergonomic of all the rangefinder type cameras so far from Fujifilm. It fits great in my hands and has wonderfully natural feel in use. The “so called” hidden rear LCD that folds down is actually, for me, a nice touch. It is no touble to use when you need it, but it does help you keep your eye to the viewfinder. I set up the front button on the viewfinder lever to turn on playback and I can now shoot, review and continue without taking my eye away from the viewfinder. For waist level street shooting, something I rarely do, you can use the LCD folded down very effectively.
If I don’t do street photography and am no longer a photojournalist/documentarian, how could I like a camera designed mostly for that crowd???? I actually think the X-Pro 3 is a wonderful choice for people, travel, and Americana photography, and would work fine for nature/landscape as well. The X-Pro 3 has the same sensor and processor as the X-T3 and therefore makes identical images! It has some added features that we all hope will come to other bodies via firmware. A very effective HDR setting that delivers very nice and not overdone HDR shots for added dynamic range without looking like, well an HDR shot! Apologies to Jim Begley who is one of the very best HDR guys out there and his stuff does not look like a lot of poorly done HDRs that have given HDR a bad name!!!! The X-Pro 3 also shoots focus bracketing, and allows you to select a focus range to shoot within and has in camera clarity settings, very cool and very effective.
One question I’ve gotten from several friends is that since you have to pull down the rear LCD to do settings is that an inconvenience? No, not really. The X-Pro 3 can be set up to do almost anyhting you want to do wothout ever going into the menus. The Q menu of course can be displayed in the viewfinder, which is the best yet in terms of refresh rate and resolution for Fujifilm! By setting some of the back, top and front buttons to custom settings you can call up any frequently needed menu items up quickly. I found in a few days I could do almost everything with my eye still on the viewfinder!!!
One very nice change is that the self timer can now be set in the menus to stay on until “you” turn it off!!! Thaks you Fujifim, I know it’s a small thing but it ended a long held frustration as I use the self timer a lot for tripod shooting. ,Speaking of tripod shooting, would someone please get us an L Bracket soon!!!!!! Truthfully I don’t think the X-Pro 3 will get a lot of tripod use, I see it as a great hand holding camera!