Fuji are one of the few camera makes who do just occasionally give the impression that they are prepared to react to customers’ wishes. I thought I’d offer my wishlist in the full knowledge that it will have zero effect. It does however provide a context in which I can focus my own thoughts. First please note the title is ‘Wishlist’ not ‘Which items should Fuji produce which will be the most successful and bring the most financial gain….’.
We’re clearly going to get another X camera soon, probably at about 28mp and placed to sit above the XT-2 which it will replace and the X-H1 alongside (but slightly above) which it will sit.
What would I wish for in the new camera:
- Longer battery life – I hardly use the LCD and yet still carry 5 spares, this is a tad ridiculous. I could use a battery grip but part of the appeal of the system is the smaller size and I’ve never liked screw on battery grips as they introduce a second potential plane of movement between the sensor and a tripod head. Not only is there the possibility of movement between camera and grip but the grips themselves can distort and allow movement.
- Add 5:4 to the range of image sizes so I can preview accurately in viewfinder.
- Increase the maximum shutter speed to 1, 2, 4 or even 8 minutes (or longer , the OM2 did better than the XT-2 40 years ago…). Available though aperture priority. (manual greatfully received in firmware update.)
- Re-site connection points for cables esp cable release to make it easier to use when in portrait orientation on an L bracket.
- Give us a much lower base ISO, 64, 50 or even 25.
- Allow full menu and button configuration, let the user define and organise their own menus and buttons without restriction.
- Offer an Arca Swiss foot for those lenses with tripod collars
- Understand that some users will trade light gathering power for a smaller size but still want the highest optical standards. Modest apertures with high level performance.
- Revamp the 14mm, 35mm f1.4, 18mm f2 and the 60mm f2.4 to give us WR and improved optical performance (in 18mm esp.)
- Something round about 16-55 f4 with the performance of the 2.8 but in a smaller lighter package.
- 50-140mm f4 as above
- Tilt and shift at about 16mm
That’s it, not too much to wish for but probably an awful lot to hope for. What it does show, in my opinion, is quite how quickly the Fuji X System has matured into a fine photographic tool.