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Fuji XT-3 Will It Live Up to the Hype?
Old 09-11-2018   #1
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Fuji XT-3 Will It Live Up to the Hype?

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Old 09-11-2018   #2
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By the sound of it, a lot of things have been upgraded including autofocus, sensor, video quality and overall operation. This should be a great camera for someone looking for a top shelf aps-c mirrorless camera, and possibly a competitor for full frame mirrorless cameras as long as you don't need full frame depth of field control. As for hype, I'm not seeing a lot of hype, just a comparison of old and new, and what the possibilities will be. No one is promising you'll shoot pro sports or make an Oscar winning movie with it.
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Old 09-11-2018   #3
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I genuinely hope so. I've used an X-T1 for four years and think it's a wonderful camera. A good friend swears by his X-T2 and comments that it's a noticeably better camera than the 1st incarnation. Not so much that an upgrade is a must, but an overall improved shooting and imaging experience.

If the word on the 3rd incarnation is correct, we're living in very generous times for making photographs.
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Old 09-11-2018   #4
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What's the hype? It being capable of competing with the D500 with better video to go? Surely that is not impossible to pull off?
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Old 09-11-2018   #5
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I haven't noticed the X-T3 being hyped. It's flying under the radar after the Canikon mirrorless announcements, probably partly because it doesn't have IBIS and a fully articulated screen.

It's a marked improvement over the X-T2 at a lower initial price, so chances that it'll be disappointing are low.
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Old 09-12-2018   #6
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Not sure what hype there is to live up to... seems like a better X-T2. The X-T2 was already a great camera. All of these new cameras are pretty nice. None of them will stop you from getting your best photos.
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Old 09-12-2018   #7
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I'm writing it here to keep excitement level (current number of posts) same is in "I wanna 150$ digital P&S" thread. But overwhere comments are more heavier in words.
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Old 09-12-2018   #8
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I predict the new AF system will deliver a significant improvement in overall AF performance. The AF improved steadily for the camera's I owned (X100 --> X-Pro 1 --> X-T1/X100T --> X-Pro 2). The XT-3 AF is more sophisticated, quicker and more sensitive in low light (rated at -3EV).

The XT-3 sensor should benefit by switching to a back lit design and lowering the native ISO to 160. It remains to be seen to what degree these upgrades improve perceived image quality.
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Old 09-12-2018   #9
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I tend to update things at most every other update, so I will have to wait until at least the XT4, if I don't move to the GFX/R before then.
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In July, I bought the X-H1 as an upgrade to the X-T1. Works for me.
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Old 09-13-2018   #11
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I agree with dof's friend. I also think the X-T2 is "a noticeably better camera than the 1st incarnation". But I'm can't get the X-T3 because I'm afraid I'd look crazy since I'd own all three versions!?

Oh well, maybe I'll just keep waiting for a faster focusing non-rangefinder medium format from Fuji.
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Old 02-14-2019   #12
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I agree with dof's friend. I also think the X-T2 is "a noticeably better camera than the 1st incarnation". But I'm can't get the X-T3 because I'm afraid I'd look crazy since I'd own all three versions!?

Oh well, maybe I'll just keep waiting for a faster focusing non-rangefinder medium format from Fuji.
Hrrm, well I have avoided it with the XT series (though i will likely get the XT3 when the right offer comes around) but in the house we have XE1 (infra red conversion though) XE2(my wife uses it ) and XE3 I just got, I also now have both Xpro models (time to really sell some things) . I love my XT1 but now I have the Xpro2 and the XE3 the old Xpro and the XT1 will likely move on (and then maybe i will get the 3, and consider selling xe3 and x100 to get latest x100 and a couple of wr primes ...) gas is killing me lately
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Old 02-14-2019   #13
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I haven't seen much hype. I see no compelling reason to upgrade from the XT2. Of course, some people just have to have the latest model. They are usually the ones with empty wallets.
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I’m happy with my XT-2 and see no reason to get an XT-3 for my purposes. I think my next Fuji body purchase will be the X-H2 (2020?).
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Is it enough for the XT2 owners to upgrade?

Is it enough for the XT1 owners who didn't jump to the XT2 to upgrade?

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My friend who bought the x100F recently has just bought an XT3. Absolutely loves it.
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Old 02-14-2019   #17
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A few days ago I almost bought a Fuji X100F or possibly an X-Pro2. But now I am getting excited (or better: confused) by the XT-3 and the Canon EOS RP.

The market for (affordable) mirrorless is getting so crowded and I am more confused than ever!
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Old 02-14-2019   #18
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I've owned many of the Fuji bodies... X100 series, XT1, XPro1 and 2. Recently bought the X-H1 for the IBIS... works great. And the shutter feel/sound is much softer/quieter than previous bodies.
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I have the x100, xPro-1, and XT-1 so I guess I'm a Fuji early adopter, or at least an early model adopter. I find myself using the XT-1 more than the others because it's just quicker and I like the size. They all produce fine quality images for me. Been looking at the XT-3 just for the focusing and startup speed improvement, but like others hard to justify another camera. It gets great reviews, doesn't seem like hype. Knowing myself, if I keep looking, I'm sure I'll bite the bullet at some point.
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I think it is worth upgrading to from a 16mp Fuji, but maybe not from the 24mp versions. I can tell you that an X-Pro3 with this same upgrade would not make me buy it and I love the xpro series.
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Yeah, the OVF is special.
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I was surprised to find out that the X-T3 and X-T30 can both focus in light down to -3ev. That’s about a 2.5ev difference from other Fuji cameras. That could be a reason for some to upgrade.... including myself.
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Old 02-27-2019   #23
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Found a used XT3 at B&H and in a moment of weakness (not unexpected) pulled the trigger. I have to say it's a very impressive camera. Feels well built, solid, great in hand, focus is head and shoulders above my XT1 and XP1, very good EVF, great file quality . Very snappy altogether. No regrets, it's a keeper.
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I've had the XT-3 for a week now and it exceeded my expectations: the build quality of the body and 23/2 lens is great, I love that it has a magnesium body and weather sealing, all controls are surprisingly intuitive, the EVF has a high resolution, the autofocus is lightning fast, and the image quality is fantastic, as expected for this new sensor. When you turn all the annoying beeping noise of the autofocus and shutter off, its is very quiet and discrete. Another feature that I love is that you can turn on the camera with the right hand and by the time you lift the camera to your eye, its ready to shoot. <1-sec boot up time, not bad! Perfect for street photography or anything else that needs fast reaction time. It might sound silly, but this was my main argument why I didn't buy the Canon EOS R or EOS RP (aside from the monster-sized lenses), which have the on/off button on the other side of the camera and you need two hands to turn it on. I am also a huge fan of the USB-C connector. For someone like me who only has Apple products, it means that I can charge the battery inside the camera with the power supply of my MacBook and MacBook Pros. And contrary to what I've read, in-camera charging is just as fast as using the external battery charger, no difference. BTW, the camera is being criticized for having a low battery life of around 350 photos. I can run around all day to make photos and still have plenty of electrons left by the end of the day, so no issue for me.

Overall, this is a great camera that beats most DSLR, in a form factor the size of a Leica M body!

The only thing I'm still struggling with is manual focus. Sometimes the AF doesn't lock on what I want to be in focus, and I'd like to correct the focus by turning the focus ring on the wheel. But apparently, the manual focus ring on the lens is only active if I set the camera to manual focus. Weird, but maybe this is user error. Also, I don't like that the lens has no infinity stop. But hey, its all electronic anyway, you can even chose in the menu if you want to turn the focus ring clockwise or anti clockwise to infinity!

Also, I would have expected that if I plug the USB-C cable into my laptop, the SD cards would show as external storage drives and I can drag & drop the photos to the computer. But apparently, this is not so and I have to use software to see the photos on the camera from my computer.

Also, WIFI sync with my iPhone and laptop is painfully slow. It takes over around two minutes to have the camera connected and the transfer rate of the photos is slow. Bummer and useless in real life.

I think I made a mistake that I bought two expensive 64GB SD USH-II cards with a 300 MB/s transfer rate. This is way overkill, both in terms of speed and capacity (over 4,000 photos on each card!). I used one SD card for JPGs and the other for RAW, but didn't see a difference in quality. So from now on I'm just shooting JPG and use one card as a backup.

In the end, I'm stunned that Fuji could squeeze such an outstanding camera in such a small body and still keep it with a reasonable price range.
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