3 New Features On The Fujifilm X-T3 That I Find Fascinating

When Fujifilm announced the X-T3, the first camera to feature an X-Trans IV sensor, I only paid half attention to it because I’m not in the market for a new camera. I read a couple of articles about the differences in image quality between X-Trans III and IV sensors, and also the quickness of the X-T3, and left it at that. However, I failed to notice three new features that are quite fascinating. I stumbled across these new features pretty much by accident, and wondered why they haven’t received more press. Or maybe they did and I just ignored it. Whatever the case, I thought it would be worthwhile to share it with you.

The first new feature on the Fujifilm X-T3 that I find fascinating is the Color Chrome Effect. This is something that you can toggle on or off for any film simulation, and you can choose either weak or strong. What it does is increase the color saturation while also producing deeper colors so as to increase color gradation. They got the inspiration for this feature from the limited-run Fortia film, which was wildly saturated (more so than Velvia) yet maintained great color gradations. To be clear, Color Chrome is not a new film simulation, but something that can be added to any film simulation, which will give it a slightly different look, producing subtly different results. Fujifilm intended Color Chrome to be used in highly saturated scenes. It takes a lot of processing power, so it will slow down your camera a little and drain your battery faster, but I can definitely see the usefulness of it.

The next new feature on the Fujifilm X-T3 that I find fascinating is a monochrome adjustment that allows you to tone your black and white photographs, either warm or cool (+ or – 4). As long as the weakest adjustment is subtle, I would love to use this! I like to tone my monochrome photographs, something that I have done often over the last 20 years, including when I used to print my own pictures in a darkroom. You can infuse an emotional response into a photograph simply by how it’s toned. This is something that I have wished my X-Trans III cameras could do, so it’s great to see Fujifilm include it on the next generation.

The third new feature on the Fujifilm X-T3 that I find fascinating is D-Range Priority, which is a dynamic range setting that is in addition to the traditional Dynamic Range settings (DR100, DR200 and DR400). It flattens the image to retain highlight and shadow detail. It’s not something to be used all of the time, but in ultra high contrast situations it can be useful. I found someone who has had good success using D-Range Priority for sunset pictures. This actually isn’t a new feature, as the X-H1 also has it, but it’s not found on any camera that predates the X-H1.

I imagine that all three of these features will be included on all X-Trans IV cameras. Fujifilm could choose to include the last two in X-Trans III cameras through firmware updates, but they probably won’t. It sure would be nice if they did, though! Still, it’s good to see them on the new models. It definitely gives me camera envy, but it is reassuring to know that my current Fujifilm cameras are capable of capturing great images, and while I may want these new features, I certainly don’t need them.

Current Fujifilm Deals

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At Amazon right now the Fujifilm X-T100 (with 15-45mm lens) is $100 off, the Fujifilm X100F is $100 off, the Fujifilm X-E3 (body only) is $100 off, the Fujifilm X-T20 (with 18-55mm lens) is $150 off, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (body only) is $200 off, the Fujifilm X-H1 (body only) is $250 off, the Fujifilm X-T2 (with 18-55mm lens) is $400 off, and the Fujifilm X-T2 (body only) is $500 off. The X-T2 is heavily discounted thanks to the X-T3, so now is a good time to buy one if you’ve been looking. I think the price drop on the X-H1 can also be attributed to the X-T3. The X-Pro2 and X100F discounts might be an indication that new models are in the works, as Fujifilm doesn’t usually discount these two camera series, but that is just speculation at this point.

Also at Amazon right now the Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 lens lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 80mm f/2.8 lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 lens is $150 off, the Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 lens is $200 off, and the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens is $200 off. I used to have the 16mm f/1.4 and it’s pretty darn fantastic.

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Needles Eye Night – Custer SP, SD – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 16mm

Nobody pays me to write the articles that you find on Fuji X Weekly. The advertisements that you see plastered to this blog belong to WordPress, not me. If you click the links above and purchase something, a very small amount of the proceeds come back to me, and I will use that to improve the Fuji X Weekly experience. If you were already going to buy one of those cameras or lenses from Amazon, if you use my link it will support me. If you had no plans to buy anything, please don’t as I would never want to make you feel pressured to do so. I’m hoping that raising the awareness of things that are currently discounted is a service to someone reading this, and as a side effect I can improve this blog. Perhaps it is a win-win, or at least I hope that it is.

As a reminder, in case you missed it, Fuji X Weekly is now on Instagram! Simply search for @fujixweekly on your Instagram app and it should pop right up. I personally invite you to follow me. Thanks to everyone who has already done so!

Salt Lake City Street Photography with Fujifilm X100F & XF10

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Salt Lake City Workday – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

I had an adventure in Salt Lake City a couple of days ago. My family and I rode the FrontRunner commuter train into the city and then hopped on the TRAX light rail train to traverse downtown. I captured it all on my Fujifilm X100F and XF10 cameras. These two cameras are both great for this type of trip because they’re small and lightweight and yet are capable of fantastic image quality.

Street photography is something that I enjoy, but it’s only been over the last few years that I’ve really gotten into it. Urban landscape photography is something that I’ve done off and on for two decades. While they are two different genres, they’re very closely related and it’s not uncommon to do both simultaneously, which is what you see in this article. If time allowed I’d certainly find myself wandering urban areas more, camera in hand.

Downtown Salt Lake City is one of the nicer urban centers in America. It’s clean, safe, pedestrian friendly and full of shopping, dining, entertainment and educational opportunities. It’s a great place to spend a day! It’s a great place to walk around with a camera or two, capturing the urban life and urban sights. It seems that I always come away with at least a couple of great images. There are a few photographs in this article that I’m particularly happy with. I hope that you enjoy them! Oh, and be sure to check out the video at the end.

B&W:

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Upside-Down Frown – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Urbanhood – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Boarding Anonymous – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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White Shirt Train Riders – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Blue Line – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Joy Rider – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Uncompromising Photographer – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Library Basement Stairs – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Library Interior From Basement – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Bike By The Fountain – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Staircase Down – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Curve Down – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Salt Lake Urbanscape – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Light On The Floor – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

Color

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M12 M2 – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Light Rail Curve – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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That I Can’t? – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Sisters On A Train – SLC, UT – X100F

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Coming & Going Passengers – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Stop, Look & Listen – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Where The Train Bends – Fujifilm X100F

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Overhead Wire – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Green To The Airport – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Evening Commuter Train – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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Autumn Downtown – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Autumn At City-County Building – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Caution – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Look Both Ways – Salt Lake City, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Dressed In Red – SLC, UT – Fujifilm X100F

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Passerby Strangers – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

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FrontRunner Station – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

I’m not a video guy, but I wanted to try out the video features of the XF10, so I recorded some footage and made a short video of this adventure:

Weekly Photo Project, Week 13

This week wouldn’t have been successful without the Fujifilm XF10. There were three days that likely would have been passed up without an image if I hadn’t had the little camera in my pocket. For me, the XF10 is an essential tool for this project. This week, which was one of the more difficult weeks for this series, features seven photographs that were captured with the Fujifilm XF10.

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Backside of Highway Sign – Kaysville, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Silver & Black – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Monochrome Succulent  – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Jon Holding A Praying Mantis – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Friday, October 19, 2018

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Anastigmat – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Autumn Over The Red Shed – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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Capital Lamp – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Week 12  Week 14

Fuji X Weekly is now on Instagram

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I’ve been on and off Instagram a few times over the years. I think it can be a fun way to share one’s photographs, but there are things about it that I don’t care a whole lot for. There’s a lot that’s fake, such as people buying likes and followers in hopes of reaching fame and fortune. I’ve been away from it for a number of months and it has been nice. If you are ever feeling frustrated with Instagram, I highly recommend stepping away from it for a period of time, perhaps six months or a year. It feels really good, like a social media cleanse. It helps to reaffirm what is and isn’t important in life. And Instagram is most assuredly unimportant.

With the growing popularity of Fuji X Weekly, I get asked frequently what my Instagram handle is. People are interested in seeing my photographs in a different forum than this blog. People also want to share their Instagram feed with me. I figured that it was a good time to jump back in, so I created a Fuji X Weekly Instagram page. Search for @fujixweekly and it should pop right up. I invite you to follow me. If you do, I will check out your feed as well, time permitting. That “time permitting” statement is an important one as I do not intend to spend gobs of time on Instagram. I like social media to take up a very small space in my life. Other things come first, and that’s a priority for me.

If you’d like, follow Fuji X Weekly on Instagram by typing @fujixweekly in the search box on your app. I hope to keep it interesting and fresh so that it’s worth your time and attention, but I also don’t want it to become time-consuming. It will be a balancing act for sure. Hopefully it is one small thing that I can do to improve the experience of this blog.

Fuji X Weekly Merchandise Coming Soon – First Sneak Peek!

I’ve been working on some Fujifilm inspired products to make available for sale. The profits will be used to improve the Fuji X Weekly experience. It’s not yet ready to make public, but it’s getting closer, and it will definitely be up and running prior to the Christmas shopping season.

I ordered an item for myself: an iPhone 7 Plus cellphone case. I needed it, as my old case was falling apart. It arrived today in the mail, and it looks great! I’m really pleased with how it turned out. This is one of many items that will be available for purchase soon.

The camera on the case you might recognize as the Fujifilm X100F. It’s such a beautiful camera, one of the most beautiful cameras ever made, so obviously it looks great printed on other things, such as phone cases and shirts. This is just one of many designs that will be found in the Fuji X Weekly store.

As soon as everything is ready to go you will see a special announcement posted on this blog. I hope that you are excited as I am! I know that I will be purchasing several things for myself. This cellphone case is just the beginning.

The Film Simulation That Fujifilm Should Create Next

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The last new Film Simulation that Fujifilm created was Eterna, which right now is only found on the X-H1 and the X-T3. My guess is that all future X-Trans IV sensor cameras will include it. I’m a little surprised that some of the X-Trans III cameras were not given Eterna through firmware updates, but Fujifilm elected not to do that. There’s been talk and rumors that Fujifilm has been working on another new Film Simulation. I thought it might be fun to speculate what it might be, which is something I did a little over a year ago prior to Eterna being announced. I’m not sure if this new future film simulation will be made available on a camera next year or sometime later or even at all. It’s all speculation, but it’s amusing to guess.

With the current film simulation offerings that Fujifilm provides, it’s possible to create all sorts of different looks. The settings can be customized to mimic many different aesthetics. I don’t think that there is necessarily a big need for a new film simulation, but I do have some good ideas for looks that can’t be achieved with the current offerings (or, at least, I haven’t figured it out yet). I wouldn’t want them to come up with something that can be made with what’s already there, but instead create something that can’t currently be accomplished.

My first choice for a new film simulation is Fujifilm 400H overexposed. This film, when exposed a little brighter, has a pastel color palette that’s quite unique. While 400H film isn’t anything special when exposed correctly, add a stop to the exposure and watch the magic happen! I think it would be great if Fujifilm figured out how to recreate this look with their digital cameras.

How about color infrared? While it would be cool if Fujifilm cameras had a removable IR filter like Sigma cameras, I think it would be interesting if they offered a convincing faux infrared film simulation. I mean, people spend a lot of money converting their cameras to IR, so why not offer an easier solution?

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While I created a cross-process recipe, I think it would be fun if Fujifilm offered a Velvia cross-process film simulation. This would be bright, bold and funky. I would certainly use it, maybe frequently. I used to cross-process actual Velvia film back in the day. It would be nice to easily achieve the same look in-camera.

I think, lastly, perhaps a Polaroid aesthetic of some sort would make a good film simulation. That would be unexpected, but more useful than it might initially sound. For example, when I used to use Alien Skin Exposure software, one of my go-to looks was a Polaroid film preset. So there’s potential for something great if done right.

There really isn’t a big need for new film simulations, but I would welcome anything that they come up with. Fujifilm has the opportunity to think outside of the box and create something that’s unusual and wonderful, but will they? Acros and Classic Chrome are great examples of what the masterminds at Fujifilm’s lab are capable of, so maybe they will. I suppose we might have an answer in a year or two.

Now it’s your turn! What film would you like to see Fujifilm’s next film simulation based off of? It can be one that I suggested or your own idea. Let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing your ideas!

Visiting Ree Drummond’s Mercantile & Ranch in Pawhuska, OK

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Drummond Ranch – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

This last summer my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Ree Drummond’s mercantile store and ranch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Ree Drummond, who is also known as The Pioneer Woman, is a famous television host, cook, author and blogger. She’s practically a household name! Her home, which just happens to be one of the largest ranches in America, is just outside of Pawhuska, which is where you’ll find her restaurant and store.

Pawhuska is a quintessential rural country town in northern Oklahoma. It once boomed, but an oil bust, the Great Depression and Dust Bowl left lasting scars on this small town. Less than 5,000 people call Pawhuska home, but it does have one famous resident that has breathed new life into the area, and it has become a mecca of sorts, a tourist destination for fans of The Pioneer Woman. People travel from all over the county, even the world, to visit The Mercantile.

You might be wondering right now what any of this has to do with photography, as Fuji X Weekly is a photography blog, other than I captured some photographs of this place while visiting. Well, a lesser known fact about Ree Drummond is that she’s a pretty good photographer. She’s captured some amazing photographs of Oklahoma ranch life. In fact, her store and ranch are decorated with her pictures. You’ll find some of her photographs in her different books. I know that she’ll never read this article, but if by chance she ever does, I would strongly urge her to publish a photoessay book showing life on her ranch, which might include 40-50 of her best black-and-white photographs. The art world has yet to recognize Ree’s pictures, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a talented artist or that she shouldn’t share her pictures with the world. I do believe someday her prints will find their way into an exhibition somewhere, and she’ll receive recognition for what she’s done with a camera.

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The Merc – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

We visited The Mercantile, which is an old brick building in downtown Pawhuska, in the afternoon, browsing the store that’s packed with unique items. Some of these things feature Ree’s designs, while other things fit her style but aren’t designed by her. It’s a fun store to walk through, and my wife found many things that she wanted to purchase. After that we went upstairs to the coffee shop, which includes a great space for sipping hot drinks and eating tasty pastries and just relaxing. The Mercantile was busy, but it didn’t feel overcrowded, and we took our time soaking up the experience.

The Drummond family opens up The Lodge for tours from time-to-time, and it just so happens that it was open for tours while we were there. The Lodge is located on their ranch several miles outside of town and down some dirt roads. This is where the cooking show is filmed, and it serves as a guesthouse for visitors. It’s a beautifully restored and decorated ranch house. Visiting it was an intimate experience, as it felt like stepping into their home, even though this isn’t their main house. My wife pretended to host the show, and we got a good laugh out of that. We were able to pet a few of their dogs, which are seen in the show and books and were just hanging around the building. We even saw some of their horses, and my 10-year-old daughter, who loves horses, got to pat one on the nose. It was a good time and well worth the dusty drive to get there and back.

That night we returned to The Mercantile for dinner in the restaurant. The food was every bit as delicious as we imagined and then some! The atmosphere was just as enjoyable as the food. It was one of the best meals we had on our road trip. Ree’s restaurant really was ridiculously good!

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Kitchen Window – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

We spent the night in Pawhuska. We awoke the next morning to rain, but that didn’t stop us from returning to The Mercantile in the morning for breakfast. As delicious as dinner was the night before, breakfast was even better! I can understand why Ree is a popular television cook, as her recipes are incredibly tasty.

Before coming to Pawhuska we had read on the internet that The Mercantile and restaurant can be extremely crowded with long lines, and that sometimes you have to wait for hours. We didn’t experience any of that, but as we were leaving town we did notice that the line for the restaurant was becoming quite long. I would suspect on weekends or busy travel days, during peak hours, that it can get extraordinarily crowded. My recommendation would be to come during the middle of the week and be there either early near when they first open or late just a little while before closing and you’ll miss the gobs of people.

The Pioneer Woman experience was a highlight of our summer vacation. It felt like we were invited guests and not strangers. We ate delicious food. We toured their guesthouse. We purchased some merchandise. We didn’t want to leave, but it was time to go. We took with us some good memories. Oh, and I captured the photographs you see here.

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Pioneer Woman Table – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Singing Cowboys – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Headless Three – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Chair Shadow – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Backwards Gear – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Window Seat – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Blackberry Lemonade – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Berry Creme Brulee – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Devil’s Food – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Drummond Ranch Horse – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Mercantile Treats – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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The Lodge Porch – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Kitchen Flowers – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Chairs By The Window – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Ranch View – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Cowboy Boots – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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The Lodge Kitchen – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Dog & Cow – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Drummond Ranch Vista – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Foal Shy – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Country Horses – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

B&W:

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Mercantile – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X100F

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Cafe Flowers – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X100F

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Wet Tables – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X100F

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Bakery – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Light Fixture – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X100F

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The Pioneer Woman Store Corner – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Pat – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Cup of Joe – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X100F

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Rural Cows – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Two Horses In The Grass – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Horse Gate – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Horse & Hand – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Drummond Ranch Overlook – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Drummond Ranch View – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

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Walter – Pawhuska, OK – Fujifilm X-Pro2

Weekly Photo Project, Week 12

I used a variety of cameras during this week. You’ll notice that the Fujifilm X-T20 shows up for the first time. That’s my wife’s camera, and it was more convenient to use in that one instance. I haven’t touched it much at all, but in the little that I have handled the X-T20 it seems like a nice, well thought-out camera. The 50-230mm lens that was used for two of these images is also my wife’s, as she was gracious enough to let me borrow it. It’s alright for a cheap zoom, definitely not the sharpest I’ve handled but very lightweight.

Monday, October 8, 2018

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Wasatch Orange – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 50-230mm

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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Super Fujinon – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-Pro2 & 60mm

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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Powder – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T20 & 50-230mm

Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Pentax Shutter Dial – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X100F

Friday, October 12, 2018

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Red Squash – South Ogden, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Saturday, October 13, 2018

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Towering – SLC, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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Autumn Forest Trail – Fruit Heights, UT – Fujifilm XF10

Week 11  Week 13

Future Fujifilm X-Trans IV Cameras

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I’ve been asked to speculate on when future X-Trans IV cameras will be released. I don’t have any insider information whatsoever, so take whatever I say with a very large grain of salt. It’s just a guess, and just for fun.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is the first and only camera with an X-Trans IV sensor. This new sensor has a tiny bump in resolution (26-megapixels vs. 24-megapixels) and a tiny increase in high-ISO performance. From an image quality point-of-view X-Trans III and X-Trans IV are nearly identical, kind of like X-Trans I and X-Trans II were nearly identical. Where the X-Trans IV sensor shines is speed, made possible by less heat emission. X-Trans IV is significantly faster than any previous X-Trans sensor.

The Fujifilm X-T3 has been out for a month or so and it’s received raving reviews across the web. There is no doubt that it is an excellent camera. But not everyone wants the X-T3, as Fujifilm designs different cameras for different people. The question is, when will Fujifilm update the different models with the new sensor?

My guess is that next spring Fujifilm will release a new X100 series camera with the new sensor (perhaps called X100V), and an X-T30. Later next year an X-Pro3 and an X-H2 will come out. I’m going to speculate that an X80 (replacement for the X70) will be announced in the fall, and it will include an X-Trans IV sensor. Perhaps an X-E4 will be released in 2020 sometime, or maybe an X-E4 will never come out. Don’t be surprised if the X-E line goes dormant for a couple years, and perhaps is revived when the X-Trans V sensor is made. Maybe Fujifilm will even surprise everyone with a brand-new camera series, but I wouldn’t count on that.

I think 2019 will be the year of the X-Trans IV sensor. We’ll see many different models announced throughout the year. The next generation of X-Trans is already being worked on by Fujifilm, and don’t be surprised if in the second half of 2020 or the first half of 2021 the X-Trans V sensor is announced, and with it more new cameras will begin trickling out. There is always some new camera just around the corner.

What X-Trans IV really means for you is deals on X-Trans III cameras. Currently at Amazon the Fujifilm X100F is discounted $100 off, the Fujifilm X-E3 is $100 off, the Fujifilm X-T20 is $150 off, the Fujifilm X-Pro2 is $200 off, the Fujifilm X-H1 is $250 off, and the Fujifilm X-T2 is $500 off. If you use these links to purchase those cameras, you’ll be supporting Fuji X Weekly. Also, as a quick update, Fuji X Weekly merchandise, including T-shirts, coffee mugs, cellphone cases and more, will be available very soon, so be on the lookout for that.