Fuji Parade

There is a Fujifilm parade marching through my house. My first Fuji was a X-E1. Since I like having two bodies I bought a X-M1. I sold the X-M1 after I bought a X-T1. I bought a X70 as a daily carry and travel camera. I then bought a very used X-Pro1. I sold the X-Pro1 after I bought a X-T20 and then sold the X70 because the X-T20 was small enough. And then I bought a X-Pro2.

X-Pro2 Game Changer

Buying a used X-Pro2 messed me up. It is all I ever use now. It is portable, small enough that with the 27mm pancake, it fits into a coat pocket. With a grip attached it becomes formidable, large enough to comfortably hold and balance a large lens. It is high tech and old school. Serious and casual. I use it all the time.

For those not keeping score at home, I now have four Fujis: X-Pro2, X-T20, X-T1, and X-E1. Only two bodies are needed. The X-Pro2 is my "A" camera. For consideration is my infrequent "B" camera.

In the Fujidome, three cameras enter and two cameras leave.

Officially I work as the superintendent for a school district. Unofficially, I am the self-appointed staff photographer. The X-Pro2, my "A" camera, is with me seven days a week. During the weekday it travels in my work satchel along with a Chromebook, files, etc, and is on hand when I see something cool in the schools. The "B" camera appears when I shoot major school events such as graduation, honors nights, concerts, etc. It is infrequently used as part of a two body / two lens (18-55 + 55-200) tag team.

Here are the XPro2 A/B combos I am considering:

The Modern Marvels

  • Combo: Nearly identical capability and menus. 
  • X-T20:  smaller than X-Pro2 for true portability. Has articulated LCD for low/high angle use. 

The Pro Posse

  • Combo: Big, bold, beautiful, weather sealed bodies
  • X-T1: With battery pack, perfect for events especially when combined with the 55-200mm. Great EVF with articulated LCD for low/high angle use. 

Rangefinder Rock

  • Combo: Distinct rangefinder styling
  • X-E1:  Smaller than the X-Pro2 for true portability Even though it is the oldest camera, image quality remains exceptional. Possibly worth more as an occasional camera than money gained in sale.   

Choices, choices.  I am equally pro and con with each camera combo. I'll post this in various places and read what people have to say. In the meantime I may just put all three cameras on Craigslist and see what what sells. That may be the ultimate determination of which Fuji remains alongside the X-Pro2.

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