Fujifilm Forms & Functions

I’m a huge fan of the Fujifilm X-Pro2. It combines form and function beautifully and it makes lovely images. The X-Pro2 and the X100F are the two best cameras that I’ve ever owned. What they have in common are the same X-Trans III sensor and processor. Every X-Trans III camera is capable of the exact same image quality, the difference being the design. Form and function varies slightly from model to model, but the wonderful image quality does not. For example, my wife has an X-T20, and the pictures that come out of it look like what comes out of my X-Pro2.

Fujifilm makes a bunch of different models of similar cameras because different forms and functions are important or unimportant to different people. You get the same images no matter the model, the difference is the experience of using the camera. Your choice of camera is about how you prefer to interact with your camera. Of course budget constraints might play a large role, as well. Different models with different features will cost different amounts.

The Fujifilm X-T2 with the great 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens is on sale at Amazon for $1,499, which is a $400 savings. The reason why this camera is currently discounted so much is because Fujifilm recently released the first X-Trans IV camera, the X-T3. The X-T2 and the X-T3 are 95% the same camera, and there is almost no difference in image quality. The main difference between the two models seems to be in auto focus, specifically as it relates to tracking. There is no doubt that the X-T3 is better than the X-T2, but only by a little. There is also no doubt that the X-T2 is a very fine camera.

If you have been considering an X-T2, it’s a good time to buy one simply because it is currently on sale. If it’s still out of your budget despite the discount, I highly recommend the X-T20, which is not all that much different than the X-T2. My wife loves hers! She’s become a Fujifilm fan quite quickly after I got her an X-T20 for her birthday. It’s also on sale right now (with the 18-55mm lens) for $1,049, which is a $150 discount.


  1. Egil Wiken Sunde · October 3, 2018

    My bet is that we will not see an X-Pro3 until the X-Trans V generation.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 3, 2018

      That wouldn’t surprise me. I can see both the X-Pro and X-E line skipping this sensor.

  2. Willie · October 7, 2018

    Fuji needs to get off their Corporate butts and add Focus Bracketing to the X-Pro2. Their BS of “those who buy it don’t photograph that way” is just that… BS. With rangefinder Leicas we have Visoflex housings, microscope use and a full system – not “buy another camera if you want greater use”.
    Focus Bracketing was added to the X-T2 so should be able to be added to the X-pro2.
    I like the X-pro handling. Do not want to be forced into a body I don’t feel comfortable using – the X-T2. If I have to do that I’ll dump the Fuji stuff and get a Nikon D850.

    • Ritchie Roesch · October 7, 2018

      One thing that I love about Fujifilm is that they continuously improve their cameras through firmware updates. They don’t just fix bugs, which is what most other companies do, but go above and beyond and make real improvements to products that are sometimes years old. This is rare in the industry and I think this is one of the reasons that Fujifilm has a cult-like following. I’d be surprised if Fujifilm adds Focus Bracketing to the X-Pro2, but I’m sure they could and maybe they will. If they do that’s a great bonus. Thank you for commenting!

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