A Fuji Wishlist

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.

Lenses General

  • 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.

Lenses Specific:

  • 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.

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7 Comments:

  1. Frank
    June 02, 2018

    I like your thoughts and can only wish the same. I have the GFX and the cable release is not in a good place. It should also have the same fitting as Nikon so it better weather sealed, just like my D850.

  2. runbei
    December 30, 2018

    Improved pre-release software testing. Letting users debug software is a very, very, very dangerous path for a company to follow. Already, it is creating a backlash and dulling some of Fujifilm’s luster, witness the X-H1 which has re-set all user settings randomly during important event shoots. I count myself lucky, still using the most excellent X-T20. I would have upgraded to the H1 but for the countless reports of lockups that could not be attributed to using the wrong memory card or switching camera off and on while it was still writing to the card. Thanks, but I’m fine with a GoPro Hero 7 Black for video and the X-T20 and amazing kit lens for everything else. And yes, I do shoot professionally.

  3. Mark Webb (@WizardWebb)
    December 30, 2018

    The upcoming 16-80 f4 would seem to meet one of your requests. I’d like to see a longer f4 companion as well. So rather than the 50-140 f4 you suggested, something like 80-200 f4 (or even 80-240!). A bonus would be if it worked with the existing teleconverters.

  4. admin
    December 30, 2018

    Agree. There is a fine line between gradually improving through firmware and expecting the public to be unpaid beta testers. However, listening to criticism and responding with updates, must always be a positive?

  5. admin
    December 30, 2018

    Agree on all. I’d still be keen on a 50-140f4 however on the basis of a much smaller lens. Too late for me however anyway as I ditched my Fuji for a Nikon Z7 and couldn’t be happier. The Fuji sensor let down the overall camera for me.

  6. Peter Williams
    December 30, 2018

    “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.”

    Yes, yes, yes.

  7. admin
    December 30, 2018

    Nikon seem to be getting it with the Z lenses.


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